I’m known to the real vampire community as Merticus. I’ve been a member of the vampire community since 1997. I’m a founding member of the Atlanta Vampire Alliance [AVA], co-founder of the research company Suscitatio Enterprises, LLC, founder of Vampire Community News (VCN) on Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress, the current administrator for Voices of the Vampire Community (VVC), organizer for the Atlanta Vampire Meetup Group, and a principal contributing author and researcher for the Vampirism & Energy Work Research Study (VEWRS & AVEWRS). I’m a native to Atlanta, GA and am active in both the online and offline community; consulting not only with fellow members of the vampire community but also with academicians, law enforcement, and the media on matters relating to psychic and sanguinarian ‘real’ vampirism and the vampire subculture.
I’ve contributed to numerous academic and general media articles regarding vampirism; including an October 2007 interview with TAPS Paranormal Magazine, an October 2008 interview with ABCNews.com, an November 2008 interview with the Washington Post, an August 2009 interview with the St. Petersburg Times, an October 2009 interview with the Miami Herald, an November 2009 interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, provided technical background and consultation to ABC’s 20/20 Real Life Vampires special which aired November 2009, and I’ve consulted extensively with Joseph Laycock on a paper delivered before the annual conference of the American Academy of Religion in November 2007 and for his 2009 book Vampires Today: The Truth About Modern Vampirism. I’ve also contributed to Brad Steiger’s 2009 book, Real Vampires, Night Stalkers, and Creatures from the Darkside, Corvis Nocturnum’s 2009 book, Allure of the Vampire: Our Sexual Attraction to the Undead, David Skal’s 2009 book, Romancing The Vampire: From Past To Present, J. Gordon Melton’s 2010 book, The Vampire Book: Encyclopedia Of The Undead (3rd Ed.), Rosemary Ellen Guiley’s 2011 book, The Encyclopedia Of Vampires & Werewolves (2nd Ed.), and others.
I regularly attend and present at gatherings throughout the United States and am a member of numerous forums and discussion groups. Personally, I maintain a collection of non-fictional writings, artifacts, and accounts of vampires throughout history as well as contemporary information regarding vampirism. I also collect period works [ http://www.librarything.com/profile/Merticus ] pertaining to the occult, witchcraft, demonology, martyrdom, religion, and angels.