A World of Secrets – Vampire Verisimilitude

Middle West Virginia isn’t exactly spook central or populace-palooza… which makes it perfect for the discreet Vampire. As such, there isn’t much in the way of trouble-making strangers (for the most part). Sure, we get a new crop of students over at GSC every Fall as well as those returning, but the college campus is essentially self-contained. Think about it: in spite of the influx of students from all over the East Coast, Gilmer County is still one of the five poorest counties in one of the poorest states in the country.

halloweenscarecrowThis brings me to today’s meandering thought: what other supernatural or paranormal creatures or things are also out there?

I found out about Vampires when I awoke as one, but my first real lesson was that secrets are currency. Money and people are easy to manipulate; everything else falls into place with a little patience and creativity. That said, whenever you try to pry a secret from another immortal, you either have to prove it will benefit them to share it or have a one of equal value to trade.

So, here’s what I’ve learned.

  • Vampires – We’re real. Not an alien race or even a perpetuating one (unless you count turning others). Vampires were made, not born, and our makers apparently did so in an attempt to consolidate their power. This brings is to…
  • Witches – Okay, but not really. The term I’ve heard is Bloodworkers: those with an innate ability to rend so-called magic from living blood. Like Vampires, they know there are essential properties contained within blood that yet escapes the detection of science. But if a Bloodworker made the first of us, what else could they make?
  • Werewolves (or were-anything/shapechangers) – Never met one or even heard of there being one. If they exist, they keep a lower profile than we do. The best story I’ve heard is that Vampires created the legend of Werewolves to explain away a Vampire’s nocturnal activities to foolish locals. “We killed the wolf! It was Old Bob, and now we don’t have to move away!” Cruel and sneaky.
  • Ghosts – This one’s still a mystery to me. I know people spotting an immortal can be mistaken for ghosts, and the daydreams of Vampires are haunted by our victims, but are ghosts real? As before, I’ve never met one… so why do stories about them persist?
  • Zombies – Really? Does anyone still actually think zombies are plausible sci-fi? Totally fantasy… and totally made up. Trust me.
  • Angels and Demons – We can throw God and the Devil under this one, too — do these folks really exist? I was raised in the Church of Christ; I believe what I was taught, but I also strongly question it. Never mind that science can’t yet detect the supernatural component of blood or the existence of a soul — I have proof that these energies are real and can be manipulated, so I can’t rule this one out (and neither should you).
  • Fae, Trolls, Goblins, and Such – I have no idea. Any misdeed a fairy creature has ever been accused of could easily be attributed to a Vampire, from stealing babies to seducing men. I have my doubts there are or ever were such things… except trolls on the Internet.

So, with this little pre-Halloween shared, what have you seen or heard? I’m ready to believe you.

Keep each other safe.

~ Janiss

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Angels, Agnostics, Atheists, and Aliens – Vampire Verisimilitude

Does God hate me? Why would “God” let these things happen? Is there a supreme being at all? Are little green men watching us?

Vampires have too much time on their hands, and some devote a significant portion of it to existential questions. Nature vs. Nurture is a big one. Does the monster we’ve become overshadow a lifetime of being taught right from wrong? Is killing justified at the top of the food chain?

But that’s not what I’m talking about today.

I’m asking if there’s a God, a Jehovah, or an Allah. Is there a Devil or a Satan? Are angels and demons real? Do the Winchester brothers exist? I’m sort of kidding on that last one (of course, they do).

Some say only fools believe in “an invisible man living in the sky” who demands everyone behave, but none of us are born into life alone. Someone is there in the dark, someone to trust and believe in, someone to take care of you because you can’t do it yourself.

There’s a line from the movie Contact where atheist doctor Ellie (Jodie Foster) is being confirmed; they ask her why she should be allowed first contact, representing the human race, as “someone who honestly thinks the other ninety-five percent of us suffer from some form of mass delusion” that God exists. I can’t attest that 95% of humanity believes in a creator, but as an intelligent species, we’re always asking “Is this all there is?” and “Are we alone?” The answer to both questions is very likely no, but even critical thinkers need a baseline to support them.

VampiresImNotSayingAs an amateur stargazer thinking light years outside of the box, what are the possibilities of life (as we know it) developing on Earth at this time, tucked into this solar system sweet spot, where the balance of infinite variables allow all of us to exist? The more you think about it, the more the idea that all of this is chance or happenstance goes way down.

There is also so much we don’t know. We either haven’t asked the right questions or can’t yet perceive some things. Ghosts, the paranormal, the supernatural? Our own staff researchers still haven’t figured out the medium that empowers the blood of a Vampire, and yet we can fully predict its effect and duration on the human body, even its transformative properties. We can observe the effect of something we can’t otherwise detect, and so our research continues toward understanding. Note: I’m pretty sure we’ve ruled out midi-chlorians.

While “God” may or may not be what any of us have ever imagined, I remain a faithful agnostic that we don’t have all of the evidence and cannot rule out the possibility that none of this is a cosmic accident…or the only one that has ever happened, perhaps in a galaxy far, far away.

Yes, I’m a Vampire who believes Aliens may exist. I also hope Predators exist, too, in order to take them out.

Keep each other safe.

~ Janiss

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