An academic article by John Edgar Browning discussing the vampire community and NOVA.
This research note is an elaboration of my ethnographic work of the last 5 years and is here presented to raise careful discussion of the little-explored identity and phenomenon of “real vampirism”. An auxiliary purpose of these preliminary findings is to draw attention specifically to a yet unexplored dimension of the real vampire identity: geographical specificity. This line of enquiry is informed by the intensive ethnographic fieldwork I conducted in 2009–2011 in the New Orleans metropolitan area, and by supplementary ethnographic work in 2011–2013 in Buffalo, New York. Also explored is what I term “defiant culture”, through which, I posit, vampire self-identification is able to achieve a measure of empowerment by resisting “normalcy” while critiquing and challenging the power structures that re/produce it.
Read the article here: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/articles/palcomms20156
What does it mean to lead a Real Vampire Community? To find out, GetFanged recently talked with Belfazaar Ashantison, (founder of NOVA and active member of the vampire community) about everything from leadership to voodoo to donor rights, and where he sees himself in ten years.
Title: Vampires: Episode 10 - Finale
Released: May 7, 2012
Synopsis: With the Endless Night Vampire Ball just days away, Travis reflects on the challenges of fatherhood and his next DJ gig while Zaar and NOVA join forces with Father Sebastiaan to protect Endless Night from an outside threat.
Title: Vampires: Episode 9 - Awakenings
Released: April 23, 2012
Synopsis: Zaar, Travis and Jezabel discuss their awakenings, how they dealt with them, and the reactions of friends and family.
Title: Vampires: Episode 8 - Lady Jezabel
Released: April 16, 2012
Synopsis: Pranic Vampire Jezabel DeLuna spends Mardi Gras reading tarot in Jackson Square and discussing how she feeds, her belief system, and how it affects her life.
Title: Episode 7: Voodoo Vampire
Released: April 2, 2012
Synopsis: Zaar gives us the basics of Voodoo and explains how it works into his life as a Vampire.
In the New Orleans area or interested in the community there? Check out the NOVA hosted Facebook group:
New Orleans Vampire Community hosted by NOVA
About: This group is to help communication between the New Orleans Vampire Association and realvampires within the New Orleans Community and those interested in the New Orleans Community. Though this group is hosted by NOVA, it is NOT an extension of NOVA. Some things discussed here will be brought up at the monthly NOVA meeting.
Title: Episode 6: Travis' Video Journal
Released: March 26, 2012
Synopsis: Travis shows us his day-to-day through his own point-of-view using his flip cam. We get to see how his day plays out as he spends time with Josie, gets ready for the baby and goes out partying in the Quarter.
Title: Episode 5: NOVA
Released: March 19, 2012
Synopsis: The New Orleans Vampire Associate talks about the past, present and future and how Hurricane Katrina changed the vampire community in New Orleans forever.