They identify others with a similar need and have produced a community from that need.
But real vampires can also help us understand, and perhaps even shed, some of the ideological baggage each of us carries.
Particularly in the internet age, vampires are often well attuned to community issues. I found the vampires of Buffalo to be keen to keep up to date with the global community, while those in New Orleans were often more interested in the activities of their local vampire houses (an affiliated group of vampires usually led by a vampire elder who helps his or her house members to acclimate to their vampiric nature). But these people aren’t the stuff of nightmares – far from it actually. I’ve spent five years conducting ethnographic studies of the real vampires living in New Orleans and Buffalo.Just sit down for a drink with one of them and ask for yourself. They are not easy to find, but when you do track them down, they can be quite friendly.Some were married, some were divorced and some were parents.Unquestionably, I found the vampires I met to be competent and generally outwardly “normal” citizens.
In fact, the real vampire community in general seems to have appropriated very few of the trappings mainstream culture attaches to creatures of the night.