One of the most commonly held misconceptions about Goths is that we all believe that we are vampires. This is patently not true. Hell, not only do we not think we're vampires, but some of us aren't interested in vampires whatsoever. OK, so that's probably a minority, but the fact remains that Goth culture revolves around music, fashion, literature, art and dark beauty - and not bloodsucking demons of the nocturnal variety.
Which brings me to my next subject - the vampyre lifestylers. The vampyre lifestyle is followed by a subculture of people who are fascinated by vampire lore and wish to imitate it. Vampirists commonly use the term 'vampyres' to refer to themselves, and the term 'vampires' when speaking of Dracula, Count Orlok, Lestat, et al - aka, the real deal. However this distinction may not be made by all in the vampyre community and in some cases may be reversed.
So what goes on at a vampyre club? Well, I hate to ruin the mystery, but all that goes on in a vampyre club is pretty much the same as what goes on in a Goth club – lots of dancing, socialising, chatting, making out, drinking and general fun. The basic difference, in case you hadn’t already gathered, is that all the patrons are dressed as vampires, and emulating the manners and social behaviour of these immortal creatures. (Worry not - blood drinking is generally not encouraged in public.)
There are even vampyre Houses – which work like courts. Each has their own hierarchy and rules. Becoming a member is usually as simple as following the rules, or at least saying that you will. Members have titles and duties such as taking minutes at meetings or acting as ambassador to another House. A few of the most well-known Houses are as follows: The Society Nocturnus of Gotham (no Batman jokes please), the Court of Lazarus, Harlem’s Hidden Shadows, and New Jersey’s Court of the Iron Garden. In the UK we have the London Vampire Group, which organises events and publishes a magazine for its enthusiasts. Not all vampyres are affiliated with a group or House.