The changes involved when one's vampirism begins to manifest itself, if one is a latent vampire.

The primal, animalistic, nature of a frustrated or desperate vampire.

Black Swan:
A non-Vampire lover or friend, favourably inclined towards Vampyres. They may or may not frequent vampyre nightclubs and usually understand the vampyre-fetish lifestyle.

Blood Drinker:
Anyone who drinks blood, regardless of motivation.

Blood Fetishist:
Someone who is erotically attracted to the sight, taste or smell of blood, but they don't *need* it

Blood Junkie:
A derogatory term for someone who experiences the physical need to consume blood, a Sanguinarian

The act of cutting flesh to extract blood, commonly used for blood play, fetishism and feeding.

Similar to bloodletting, bloodplay is the act of using blood in sexual or fetish situations.

Clinical vampirism:
A psychological condition, also referred to as Renfield's Syndrome, in which the afflicted person experiences a psychological urge to drink blood. This urge is often satisfied with their own blood.

Coming Out (of the coffin):
Being open or frank with people about being a vampire, drinking blood etc.

Covens are groups of individuals and organizations who embellish the vampyre/vampire lifestyle

Someone who gives/shares their blood without obligation.

A prominent member of the Vampyre community who is respected for their experience, accomplishments and devotion, a teacher. Elders are often those individuals who have helped establish a community.

The act of turning one into a vampire by the giving of one's blood to another (fictitious, rpg term).

Energy signature:
Term used to indicate the unique energy-pattern, feeling, or vibes that each individual has. Vampires are believed to have a particular energy signature that can be recognized by those familiar with it.

Energy Vampire:
An individual who has a need to feed upon the life force of others. Most energy vampires feed upon chi or psychic energy and avoid drinking blood.

The act of consuming pranic energy (blood) or psychic energy (emotional and elemental energy)

A strong form of hematophilia.

Term used for the purposes of distinguishing those who are not vampire. (unliked because it implies that vampires are not human.)

The Hunger:
The desire to feed, also identified as the Thirst. The Hunger is both a psychological and physical sensation.

Someone that hunts, stalks, threatens, or does harm (whether it be physical, psychical, psychological, or emotional) to someone because s/he is a vampire, or because the hunter believes them to be so.

Term commonly used to refer to or describe vampires as incapable of death or dying, it is used much more loosely in reference to vampires, implying that they are not subject to aging, are impervious to disease and injury.

Latent vampire:
Someone who is already naturally a vampire, but whose vampiric tendencies have not yet manifested.

An incredibly rude, derogatory and disrespectful term to call someone who is a vampire.

The one who made you a vampire or awakened you and/or taught/guided you.

Term used to distinguish those who are not vampires.

The Nephilim:
A rather widespread belief within the vampiric community which asserts that vampires are the inheritors of the Nephilim. The Nephilim are demi-human beings who were sired by angels, as told in Enoch I, a book that was dropped from the Bible in the early stages of its canonization.

Of the Blood:
A term sometimes used to refer to someone as being a vampire.

An acute medical condition which has been postulated by some scholars to have inspired the vampire myths of the past. Sufferers of porphyria have pale, flaky skin and are very sensitive to sunlight. They are also severely anaemic, and some sufferers of porphyria have been know to drink blood in an attempt to relieve the cravings brought about by anaemia.

Someone pretending or claiming to be a vampire who is not, with the intent of deceiving others, by making false claims as to their powers, abilities, lifespan, etc.

Pranic energy:
Refers to blood and sexual energy.

A vampire, almost always an elder, who founded or is the leader of a large family or coven of vampires.

Psychic energy:
Refers to emotional and elemental (energy of the earth), also the life-force that surrounds and is contained in living things.

Psychic Attack:
A term used for an attack by an psi-vampire. Any uninvited draining of one's vital energy. One is said to have experienced a Psi-vamp attack when a psi-vampire has targeted and successfully fed from you, without your consent. Another view is that psychic vampire attacks ONLY take the form of such draining by the use of the psyche.

Psychic vampire:
Someone who feeds from psychic energy, drains life-energy rather than blood from others. Technically speaking in some views, psychic vampire is a vampire who is psychic while a psi-vampire is a vampire who feeds on energy, preferably emotional energy.

Real Vampire:
Someone who has a condition which includes but is not limited to a physical thirst and need for blood (which is non-erotic in nature; and in more significant quantity than is generally required or desired by other blood-drinkers), or psychic energy (real need exists for energy draining of others emotional energy and that of the earth.)

a) A vampire/blood-drinker's former source who parts company on hostile terms and causes trouble; b) A vampire who can't handle things and becomes violent and/or irresponsible, posing a danger/threat to both theirself and others.

Renfield's Syndrome:
is a psychological condition in which the sufferer has an affinity for drinking blood. Sufferers of Renfield's Syndrome typically bear slashes on their hands and arms where they have withdrawn quantities of their own blood to drink.

One who engages in role-playing games like VtM and others. Sometimes RPGers are also lifestylers, others distinguish between their 'human' life and their role and have nothing to do with Vampires.

Someone who has a physical thirst, need, craving for blood (which is non-erotic in nature) in more significant quantity than is generally required or desired by other blood-drinkers).

A term which indicates a blood-drinking vampire. Energy vampires or psi-vamps, if they supplement their feeding with the active drinking of blood.

Someone who is seeking vampires, or knowledge of vampires, usually desiring to become one him/herself.

Sexual Vampirism:
A relatively rare variety of vampirism that feeds primarily from sexual energy.

A very literary term often used by Ann Rice fans and few RPGers. Someone who is responsible for turning someone into a vampire.

A person that makes public and obnoxious claims of killing people who are (or who the slayer thinks are) vampires.

The craving, need, desire, urge to drink blood, experienced as an intense thirst-sensation or withdrawal.

Refers to the "making" of a vampire (fictitious term).

Vampire bait:
A poser or wannabe who is just screaming for a vampire to come after them.
Vamping out:
Experiencing an acute flare-up of the thirst, involves a change in the person's manner, breathing, pulse rate, thought patterns, etc.

Vampiric Community:
The community of people who identify with or have been identified with the label "vampire".

"Vampyre" is the older spelling of the word "vampire"

In general, this is the magick practiced by vampires. Many vampires are pagan and follow the old ways, and the ways of magick are an integral part of their beliefs.

Vampire lifestyler:
Someone who incorporates fictional vampire imagery and trappings into his/her personal life, often cultivating a "Vampiric" physical appearance and forming alternative extended families and social structures modelled on the "covens" or "clans" of vampire fiction and role-playing games, and utilizing that terminology.

Derogatory term for someone who wants to become a vampire, usually with unrealistic expectations of what it would be like, and usually without consideration of such practical matters as how one would find sources.

White Swan:
Someone who cannot tolerate the Vampire lifestyle and proves antagonistic to the Scene. In general, White Swans are still a part of the Gothic or fetish scene, which often brings them into contact with the vampire community despite their disgust of vampirism