Vampires share bloodthirsty tips

2011-07-23 15:02

Ever wondered how difficult it must be to be a vampire in South Africa? Suppose you craved a drink of blood – where would you go? Abattoirs won’t sell you a pint or two.

“Most butcher departments in the kind of store you’ll find in a mall will refuse point blank to supply anyone with cast-off blood from meat they package,” was the comment published earlier this month on SA Vampyre News, the first online news site aimed at vampires.

“Some will say this is for health reasons. Others because they harbour religious taboos about blood consumption.”

The publication, launched on June 13, gives local blood suckers advice and ideas. One article ­explains how they can protect their identity; another is about “donors” – people who cut themselves to give blood to vampires.

A July 1 piece entitled “The Vampire’s Survival Guide – Surviving on Animal Blood” tells ­local vampires how to obtain blood if there are?shortages.

It reads: “Another way to satisfy the hunger is to eat out and ­order a steak rare or even ‘blue’?– which is basically raw, just introduced to the grill for a micro-second. Some say it’s nought but a placebo, but if it’s fresh and still contains some blood, it can help.

“Another friend confided in me her habit of liquidising a raw fresh steak and drinking it as a ‘blood shake’. She claimed it was quite tasty but I have yet to try that.”

The publication’s aim isn’t to swop recipes, says Octarine Valur, editor and one of three writers. And they’re not jokers.

“The local community is still developing. Until recently most vampires were unaware there were others” she says. “The most active centre is in Joburg and the next biggest in Cape Town.”

The community prefers anonymity and Valur, a vampire since the age of 15 who drinks a tablespoon of blood every two weeks, talks only via email and doesn’t give out her real name. But some do give their identity to donors.

“Many keep it within the structure of a long-term relationship or marriage,” said Valur.

“Animal blood is a last resort. Cattle blood works if it’s fresh and tastes better than lamb blood. One vampire I know gets queasy and is a vegetarian but needs blood.”

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