Random Ephemera

Houston's Vampire Court Gathers For a Pagan Sumbel

As we explained in this week's cover story, Houston's population of real vampires, those individuals who believe they must feed on the psychic energy created by other living beings to maintain their own sense of physical and emotional well being, are a diverse group.

While modern vampires tend to share some similar beliefs about the nature of that psychic energy exchange, they often follow other spiritual traditions outside of those directly associated with vampirism. Many of Houston's vampires also self identify as pagans, rejecting conventional religions in favor of various forms of polytheism that often include magical practices as part of their observance.

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Chris Lane is a contributing writer who enjoys covering art, music, pop culture, and social issues.