Fireside Chats: The Missing Body
I monitor all things vampire and sanguinarian (big difference between the two, as I define things) on social media. I am frequently taken aback at the childishness I see, the petty bickering that seems endemic to every online interaction. Then there are the serious feuds. I have chosen not to take sides in them, but I do keep up with them. Researcher Anthony Hogg has made a lot of enemies, it seems, but none more prominent than Bishop Sean Manchester of Highgate Vampire fame. Recently Hogg posted about the way in which Sean Manchester now seems, to use Hogg’s term, obsessed with determining what happened to the mortal remains of his deceased rival, David Farrant. The details of the Manchester/Farrant feud span decades and encompass far more detail than I will attempt to cover in this report. Suffice it to say that it was *involved*.
Why is Manchester, again to use Hogg’s word, obsessed with what happened to Farrant’s body after Farrant passed? Hogg and I share the same theory. I have to admit, though, that the whole thing struck me in a way unique, I think, among those keeping up with it. I found it…kind of sweet. I think that Manchester genuinely misses his old enemy. It’s a curious thing, the way longtime enemies can forge a sort of bond over time. I think about STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE and the relationship between the shapeshifter Odo and the Ferengi Quark. Quark once opined that, as Odo’s oldest enemy, he comprised the closest thing Odo had to a friend. A mutual respect, bordering on affection, had developed over the years between the two. I suspect the same happened with Manchester and Farrant, and now that Farrant is gone, Manchester misses him. Like I said, I find it touching. And it makes me a little sad.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.
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