Wellington: Vampires are probably not mythical creatures anymore - Melbourne 'vampire' Kriss Poison drinks her husband's blood as an expression of love, reports MidDay.
"It is a loving power. It is all about love. When you love a person you can take from them, and they can take from me," Stuff.co.nz quoted Poison as saying.
She's not the only one though - Poison believes as many as 300 Australians share her gruesome habit.
Researchers say the Internet has enabled disparate individuals around the world to meet and reinforce spiritual beliefs based on traditionally "dark" mythical forces such as vampires and werewolves.
"People are becoming inspired by the characteristics of the vampire and see them as a source of fulfilling their potential and inner abilities," said Adam Possamai, Sydney author of Sociology of Religion for Generations X and Y.
"The vampire is no longer a monster that needs to be exclusively destroyed; it is now a superman type of character that people aspire to become, to realise their full potential," he added.
John Polidori, author of the 1819 short story 'The Vampyre' said that vampires went through a radical transformation in the 1970s, when they started to arouse a longing for personal transformation, and the success of Twilight has only further heightened their appeal as models for personal transformation.
"Vampires are no longer lonely creatures hiding in the underground of our cities; they live with us in the daylight in our towns and suburbs - and we had better get used to them," he said.
Sydney vampire Morpheus, who first tasted blood when he bit someone in a fight in primary class, believes drinking blood will prepare him for a better afterlife.
"I bit someone in the fight, and when I tasted blood it almost tasted like I had done that before," he said.
He now drinks only the blood of females he is romantically involved with.
Drew Sinton worked in advertising before studying to be an Anglican priest. A girlfriend with a fetish for being bitten was his first foray into vampirism.
He renounced the church after a research trip to Nazareth left him disillusioned, "I was always a bit of an outsider, but then I swapped advertising - a bloodsucking career - for a bloodsucking lifestyle."
Queensland scholar David Keyworth said an unofficial psychiatric disorder called Renfield''s syndrome involved (usually males) drinking blood for sexual pleasure.
"There is an increasing number of otherwise-normal youth who genuinely believe that they are vampires for real, and claim to have a congenital or metabolic need to consume the blood (self-styled ''sanguinarian'' vampires) and/or bodily energy of the living (''psi-vamps'')," he wrote.