After a reader raised some legitimate concerns about the potential of some mentally ill person taking VAMPIRES IN AMERICA too seriously, and doing harm to some self-professing (but all too human) “vampire”, I decided to holla at my dawg Eric Streit, one of the vampire hunters from the pseudo-documentary VAMPIRES IN AMERICA, to get his thoughts. I will now share them as they were offered.
“Thanks for reaching out and letting me know about this….Using the kind of logic [the complainant] is employing, every film, television series, book or documentary about vampires—from Dracula to Twilight can be construed as encouraging the type of behavior she is concerned with.
In ‘Vampires in America’ we examine the myths and lore surrounding vampires and seek to find answers to longstanding questions. We explore the space between myth and reality as we investigate the possibility that vampires live among us today.
There is a long history of lore and fascination with vampires. We discover new aspects of our world every day. ‘New’ species are discovered by scientists and explorers all the time. Seldom are they actually ‘new’ – they are only newly discovered.
We believe that vampirism is a topic that can benefit from exploration. This is an examination of a very real concept that has been debated and discussed over hundreds of years.
We absolutely denounce vigilantism, and do not advocate people go around chopping off people’s heads. We are not advocating violence in any way whatsoever.
Our hope is that ‘Vampires in America’ encourages people to explore the unknown and be open to the possibility that there is more to discover in our world today.”
Please reread the second-to-last paragraph. Then, if in doubt, read it again. If you want to hunt vampires, do it at the library, and if you simply must venture out into the “wild” to look for them, bring a camera and not a stake. If real vampires do exist, they’re not something you can hunt down and destroy. That only happens in the movies.