Vampire Hunting with Michael deMeng
A Vampire Hunting Kit Workshop in New Orleans
May 12-18, 2014
I have never met a vampire personally, but I don't know what might happen tomorrow.
- Bela Lugosi
Nixing Nosferatus is not like getting rid of raccoons in the attic. It takes skill and training but it also takes the right tools and devices. So in this workshop you will be using your artistic skills to modify an everyday box or case into something that will send shivers down the spines of those nocturnal lurkers. Of course, to make a proper vampire hunting kit one must understand the type of vampire at large and use the appropriate method to exterminate.
Before you get to New Orleans you may want to do a bit of research into the type of vamp your dealing with. In the famous words of vampire hunter, Hieronymous Grost, “There are as many species of vampire as there are beasts of prey. Their methods and their motive for attack can vary in a hundred different ways.” Take this into account when devising your kit You’ll start off with a nice portable briefcase, suitcase or toolbox and then you will transform it into a home for anti-vampire gizmos. Some of the items that you might deem necessary for you kit are things such as:
- Undead Irritants - like garlic…silver….Britany Spears etc..
- Protective Baubles- amulets, religious artifacts, holy water, etc.
- Vampire Detectors- things that clue you into a vamp being in the room, like mirrors…though a bloodless corpse is a pretty good indicator.
- The Killing Device – things that will get rid of the rascals for good such as stakes, liquid sunlight, etc.
Here are but a few of the possible late night nibblers lurking among us:
Types of Vampires
Homo Wampyrus Lamia
Rael stands astonished doubting his sight, struck by beauty, gripped in fright;
Three vermilion snakes of female face, the smallest motion, filled with grace.
Muted melodies fill the echoing hall, but there is no sign of warning in the siren's call: "Rael, welcome! We are the Lamia of the pool.
We have been waiting for our waters to bring you cool.”
The Lamia – lyrics by Peter Gabriel
These are demonic vampires from ancient Greece…and earlier. Watch out…they are shape shifters who can appear in a pleasing guise. They are seducers and also child snatchers.
Best places to find them:
Where children play without adult supervision.
Tell tale signs
Snake-like body when not in disguise (sometimes full snake, sometimes just the lower body}
Viper like fangs
Affinity for streams and bodies of water
Silver knife (fatal)
Rosemary, salt and fire (fatal)
Homo Wampyrus Nosferatu
Graf Orlok: "Is this your wife? What a lovely throat." -Nosferatu – Symphony of Horror
These are vampires that had a tough time shedding there mortal coil…thus they usually quit physically deformed. They are more like zombies in many ways…just blood-drinking beasts, with very little finesse.
Cemeteries – typically their own grave
Rural, dark and sparkly populated areas. Since they are beastly in appearances they use the cover of night to stalk there prey
Often found in areas with much pestilence or disease as a way of disguising the cause of death.
Tell tale signs
Long claw-like hands
Front two teeth are sharp fangs. Rat-like teeth
Usually dusty or dirty from sleeping crypts.
Never visible during the day
Sunlight –this is the best way for these beasties (fatal)
Stake through the heart (fatal)
Destroy it’s coffin or prevent it from returning to its grave – these monsters need to sleep on there native soil. (fatal)
Homo Wampyrus Draco
“I could see it under the heavy moustache, was fixed and rather cruel-looking, with peculiarly sharp white teeth; these protruded over the lips, whose remarkable ruddiness showed astonishing vitality in a man of his years.”
― Bram Stoker, Dracula
This type of vampire is closely associated with Count Dracula. They are the most human like of all vampires and often walk among them. They are extremely powerful with tremendous powers of persuasion and seduction, thus making them extremely dangerous.
Dark urban alleys
Well dressed, often in clothes that are from earlier eras.
Usually wealthy – High intellect years of immortality have allowed this vampire to acquire vast amount of money
Can change shape into many things…wolf, bat, mist, younger, older.
Religious artifacts, such as crosses, holy water, magic amulets. (annoyance)
Stake through the heart (fatal)
Sunlight (annoyance- usually only weakens…not necessarily kills)
Fire (fatal…if the body is thoroughly burned…must be burnt to ashes)
Homo Wampyrus Sauria
It took us centuries to make them believe that we are no more than just bad dreams. We should give them no reason to suspect. -30 Days of Night
These are vampires who typically don’t mingle in the human world unless hunting. A close nit vampire clan with there own language and ways. Extremely violent with a tendency to binge feed…then go for long periods without nourishment.
Remote places with little outside contact
Places with long days – Russia, Alaska, Nova Scotia.
Tell Tale Signs
Teeth all pointed like a lizard.
Usually blood stains around the mouth due to the ferocity of there attacks
Pitch black eyes
Unusual accent and language- they are a clan vampire and have a special language of there own.
UV lighting (can be fatal if in large doses_
Vitamin D (annoyance)
New Orleans - Vampire Central
New Orleans is rich with Vampire lore so this will be are base of operation, as we search for the beasties in the French Quarter bars, cemeteries and jazz clubs. Are you ready to join the Elite League of Vampire Hunters? If so...prepare to report for duty.
If so then Click Here: http://www.valleyridgeartstudio.com/artventures/new-orleans-2014/