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A woman who claims to be a real-life vampire admits to drinking the blood of others and claims she's actually 600 years old.
Lilith Vampyre, 27, lives in London and works a 'normal 9-5' job, but outside of her day job she has amassed more than 150,000 followers on her Instagram account where she shares gothic-inspired snaps.
In true vampire style, Lilith says she likes to avoid being out in direct sunlight and that she feels more energised at night.
She said: "I can go outside and function in the daytime though I prefer to avoid direct sunlight as I find it to be draining. I feel my best after sunset."
Her fascination with all things vampiric started when she young and saw horror movies featuring the blood drinking ghouls.
"I was first introduced to the lifestyle after watching Dracula as a child and I became fascinated with these mysterious creatures," she said.
"I loved anything vampire-related, and that interest was what led me to discovering others like me, online and in real-life groups."
"I would say I 'became' a vampire at 18, though I was not fully aware of it at the time, but I have now come to realise."
Lilith doesn't just look the part, she also admits to drinking human blood, but stresses that it's something done between like-minded individuals and not helpless sleeping victims like you see in the films.
"I drank human blood firstly out of curiosity," she explained. And it tastes metallic, almost copper like. Though the taste can vary.
"We make a small cut on the skin in a discreet spot, and drink it from there.
"They are close friends or people I meet who are interested in the lifestyle. It doesn't have to be a large amount, I find it's more about the overall act. It's very intimate."
Lilith reckons she is actually 600 years old in vampire years and feels an affinity with the past.
She said: "I sometimes feel ancient. I've always had a keen interest in history and a lot has changed in the world from then to now, but the old world feels familiar to me as if I've lived in it."
Lilith enjoys the whole 'vampire lifestyle' explaining: "I find that being a vampire is liberating and empowering, and I love the air of mystery that comes with it.
"The lifestyle consists largely of socialising with other vampires and attending events and clubs together.
"I also enjoy reading books about it, watching films and dressing up. Though a lot of it is internal and being on a path of self-mastery whilst understanding myself and humanity."
She added: "I mostly receive compliments or questions from those who do not understand the lifestyle.
"I don't think there are too many negatives, though the ignorant reactions from some people can become frustrating.
"I would say mostly are just those who are committed to misunderstanding what it is all about.
"My family is okay with it and quite used to me at this point.
"I have become acquainted with many people who are also interested in the lifestyle and enjoy anything vampire-related."
"We love to dress up and wear fangs, though it is not customary but certainly adds to the aesthetic.
"I can see how it could be a fetish to some, though I think it does go beyond that.
"For some, the idea of a vampire is quite sexy, and I certainly agree. Though we are complex beings like everyone else."
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