These vampires described themselves as atheistic, monotheistic or polytheistic.
Some identified as heterosexual, some homosexual and some bisexual.
This involuntary discharge is known as jiryan/Jaryan.
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.
They seemed to know much less than you might expect – at least for vampires – about how their kind were depicted in books and films.
By this I mean to say that the people I met with and interviewed hadn’t turned to drinking blood or taking psychic energy simply because they had read too many Anne Rice novels.