The Vampire Court of Houston welcomes you and thanks you for your time and consideration during the application process.
The Vampire Court of Houston, under the leadership of Michael Vachmiel, has grown to be the largest vampire court of its nature in the terms of size. As of January 2017, the VCH has grown to over 10,000 square miles. This is larger than the nation of Belgium.
To ensure a well-functioning organization, we require an application to be submitted. Then an interview.
We look forward meeting you!
Reverend Michael Vachmiel
Vampire Court of Houston
Application for Admission
Please fill out the application completely. Any omissions can be grounds for disqualification. The following information will not be disclosed to any third parties. If you are not approved, all applications will be destroyed within 30 net days upon receipt.
What is your legal / day side name?
What is your night side name?
What is your address?
What is your phone number?
What is your email?
If any, who are you on
Are you primarily a vampire or black swan?
Do you consider yourself otherkin?
If so, what species?
How long have you been in the Vampire sub culture?
Why did you get involved in the Vampire sub culture?
Why do you want to join the VCH?
The Vampire Court of Houston takes the protection of its members VERY SERIOUSLY!
As such, there are things that will disqualify you. If you have a felony criminal record involving a violent sexual offence or a felony involving children, we simply cannot accept you.
Mariana Lemesoff , the owner and mistress of Avant Garden, formally the Mausoleum, has taken the esteemed political position as Mayor of Montrose! What the future holds for Montrose as the “alleged” vampire ascendant political powers take hold remains to be seen!
“Here is the base of the basket being donated by the Vampire Court of Houston, (VCH) along with LMT Sonia Spaw and LMT Michael Vachmiel for the VaJanuary Planned Parenthood show being put on by the Dem Damn Dames at Number’s Houston Night Club on Friday January 26 (Please note the basket will be wrapped up for night of the show and labels will be affixed properly.) Basket contains One Couples Massage Gift Certificate Four Travel Size Lotions
Four Travel Size Mister Bottles for use in house, car, and body.
Two Perfume Oils
100 Incense Sticks
Two Incense Burners
Two Bathing Salts
One small Box of Chocolates”
More details about the show from the event Facebook page
“IT’S VAJANUARY AGAIN!! DEM DAMN DAMES have teamed up with LEGISLATE THIS! PRODUCTIONS for the fourth year in a row for their annual fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. Come and support health care for all and women’s reproductive freedom with a burlesque and sideshow extravaganza! Proceeds go straight to Planned Parenthood Gulfcoast. We will be featuring a raffle with amazing prizes from Emma D’Lemma, Ms YET, tattoo package by Christopher Malice, and MORE! We have high goals this year… last year we raised $10,000 so let’s hustle it up and turn it out for Planned Parenthood!!”
“Featuring Performances By:
JD Hickcock Tifa Tittlywinks Ms YET Nick The Vegan
Chanel St Sin
And Black Orchid from San Antonio, TX
Al E Cat of the Benefit Betties
Intermission Entertainment By:
Jay Bee Zay
Bake Sale By:
The Benefit Betties
Geoff with a G
Big Top Couture
Lone Star Beer
Copy Dot Com
SOK Salon on Kirby
Legislate This! began in Austin, TX as a reaction to the perils of having Rick Perry as our governor. Tired of feeling marginalized and looked down upon for having a vagina, Ginger Snaps decided to fight back the best way she knew how, by hosting a fundraiser!
“I decided that since I couldn’t just follow Rick Perry around flipping him off, this was the next best thing!”
Occasionally creativity wins out above immaturity, and that’s how great events are born! Over the past couple of years Legislate This has raised thousands of dollars for Planned Parenthood chapters across the country and we’re excited to continue this momentum!
-Legislate This! Founder Ginger Snaps
$20 Standing Room ONLY
Ticket sales END at 5pm on January 26th
Tickets will be available at the door starting at 7pm
Stick around post show for Classic Numbers – Houston’s BEST 80’s dance party – for FREE!
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
18 and up only, please.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Street parking is available. Please do not park on Avondale.”
The dangers of vampire cults by a real life vampire.
By Michael Vachmiel
January 6, 2017
If you are reading more than likely you are a parent, teacher, social worker, youth pastor, school counselor, or some other way involved in youth culture. Thank you for a moment of your time as we explore my world and some of the dangers in it.
Like any subculture, the culture of real vampires, thoses that feel they must bring in additional life energy called QI into a themselves through an act we call feeding, can be inspiring. Art, fashion, literature, communication, movies, television and theater has greatly been influenced by the vampire, gothic influence.
Societies that have formed around that aesthetic have donated thousands to charities, have assisted in blood drives, and have been a boon to local businesses that help drive the local economy.
A few vampire definitions.
A healthy vampire House – a small local group of like minded vampires who form a strong friendship, can be a wonderful extended family. A vampire Coven, a group of like minded spiritual vampires, can enrich a person’s life. A healthy vampire court, the political arm of the vampire community, can help the greater community by acting as the bridge between the vampire subculture and every day world that we are all apart of.
That is what I am doing here today.
Michael Vachmiel, Imperator of the Vampire Court of Houston
I am Michael Vachmiel, Imperator of the Vampire Court of Houston. one of the largest real vampire organizations in the world with over 200 global members.
Today I want to speak to you, the concerned lay person who is looking at their teen starting to wear black, putting in fangs, listening to strange music, and changing before your eyes.
I want to talk about what is a healthy group vs what is a cult.
What is a cult?
According to Eliyahu Federman in his Huffington Post Article “When Organized Religion Becomes a Cult” on September 9, 2013 a cult can be loosely examined as follows
“Cults claim exclusivity, are highly secretive, and authoritarian. To many of my atheist friends, religion fits the bill. What distinguishes religion from cults is the ability to question without being shunned and ability to reject dogmatic tenets without being shunned.”
This is the very important distinction!
In a healthy group, debate, criticism, discussion, and the ability to examine leaders without fear of being socially or economically harmed.
Federman goes on in his article to describe that harm a cult can inflict.
“The harm stems from a system that shuns and ostracizes adherents that don’t accept their exclusive claims to truth. That is where conventional religion becomes a potentially harmful cult. Forcing people to conform by using the subtle threat of social alienation is a form of coercion.”
In the case of the vampire community, it is the concept that only a few self-appointed elites can bestow who is, or who is not, a vampire. In short, a very harmful type of bullying!
Because of this, many young people are forced into obedience fearing social retaliation and isolation. Forms of obedience may include demands for money and sexual favors to their vampire cult leaders.
Signs to look out for in cults.
Not everything on this list makes for a cult. As it has been state, it is when actions start to harm those around them.
Demands of isolation from friends and family.
Us vs Them mentality
The offering of “special” truths that is only for a select “elite”
Leaders can not be questioned
Leaders can not be wrong
Leaders can not give out their real names or details of their lives to anyone
Leaders claim to have special powers or divine guidence
Hate toward other religions, doctrines, or groups
Not being able to discuss group meetings or group details
Demands for money, sex, drugs, or other resources
Encouraging illegal behavior
Bullying others and harassing them into obeying the group leaders
When it doubt, confront the leaders of your children’s group!
If they are breaking the law, call the police!
The members of the Vampire Court of Houston takes being responsible and civic minded citizens very seriously. As such, we are an 18 and over group only!
We feel that our culture is a wonderful and beautiful thing, but one that should be reserved for consenting and rational adults who can make firm and informed decisions about their lives.
Real Vampires and Economics
How all vampires are capitalists and why that is a good thing. By Reverend Michael Vachmiel, Imperator of the Vampire Court of Houston.
December 4, 2017
“Human behavior is economic behavior. The particulars may vary, but competition for limited resources remains a constant. Need as well as greed have followed us to the stars, and the rewards of wealth still await those wise enough to recognize this deep thrumming of our common pulse.”
— Nwabudike Morgan, “The Centauri Monopoly”
Vampires are the ultimate consumers!
Vampires are high maintenance. There is no other way to put it. All vampires, for some reason or another, need energy. Chi, qi, mana, prana, the names of energy are endless! However, at the end of the day, energy is a product, a good, a material that must be consumed. The very nature of the vampire is to be the ultimate consumer!
If there is a product, there must be manufacturing!
Have you ever thought about what it exactly takes for you, the modern real vampire, to feed? It takes people, meaning that you must have the entire economic cycle to sustain a population! Utilities, food, transportation, jobs, manufacturing, commercial and banking systems, schools, hospitals, fire and police at bare minimum! But that is the bare minimum!
If energy is the product, emotion the raw material, then art and culture is the manufacturing plant.
Most vampires have a prefered method of feeding because there is a favorite “flavor” of emotions that a real vampire enjoys. Night Clubs, Sex Clubs, Art Galleries, Parks, Opera, Theater and so forth. All these require buildings, maintenance, economic management to stay open, advertising and promotion, staff, performers, so forth and so on. In short, a highly complex economic system must be in place to sustain even the smallest group of real vampires to ensure a constant supply of healthy energy for our varies tastes and preferences.
What is the point of all this?
Awareness and rationality!
The point of all of this is to get the real vampire culture to think. To grow beyond the, wake up, feed, sleep, repeat. To think, to examine, to grow. To place your needs and desires in the proper social, economic, political, and spiritual context, just like ALL social groups do, we begin to take control of our existence in the most practical way, shifting from fantasy to reality.
It is time the Real Vampire Community stands on its own merits! BY Michael Vachmiel, Imperator of the Vampire Court of Houston, November 17, 2017
I am a game geek. Like many of you I enjoy Vampire The Masquerade and World of Darkness, now in the hands of Onyx Path Publishing . Also like many of you I was disappointed when I learned that the on line version of WOD was canceled.
So when I heard of Shadows Kiss Online game I was ecstatic. Finally a game that would allow us to play in a dark and gother world, a dark world, in a world of ….
Oh wait, that title is taken.
But I mean there is plenty of vampire material out there! They are raising over $50,000 on kick starter! Surly they would do the research and avoid work that was the creation of others right?
Phil Brucato of Onyx Path on Shadows Kiss
“sigh Not even TRYING to disguise their source. I mean, c’mon – “Kindred spirits”? “Blood dolls”? “A dark, Gothic version of our world”?
Why not just call yourselves “Albino Lupine Game Studios” and wrap your penis in a flag that says “We dare you to sue the shit out of us”?
From the website: “True Blood, Twilight, and Vampire the Masquerade have proven to us that Gothic fantasy is incredibly popular, yet there is no online world for fans of the genre to play in. Do you want to play a space captain… or a wizard… or a mech pilot… or even Batman? If so, there’s an online game for that. But if you want to play online as a vampire or werewolf, as a fallen angel or an insatiable monster, well, you’re out of luck.”
Mr. Brucato continues
“Yeah, dudes. Thing is, the fact that the owners of those copyrighted IPs keep dropping their attempts at an online incarnation on their heads does not mean you can just rip those properties off and call them your own.
And before anyone starts in with the usual “Yeah, but vampires and werewolves existed a long time before White Wolf” or “V:tM was just an Anne Rice rip-off”… no. Yeah, the Pale Puppy team drew inspiration from a variety of sources – including Rice, who was consulted and credited back in the day; we, however, credited our sources, created new elements that had not been seen before, and spun old ideas in new ways. These folks are not even bothering to change the names of unique, copyrighted terms and concepts that originated in the World of Darkness. Hell, they’re even tossing those terms and concepts around in their trailer.
Maybe these hard-working programmers and designers should have first consulted a competent copyright attorney.”
This is not the first time White Wolf had their intellectual property stolen.
In 2003 White Wolf sued Sonny over Underworld contesting over 60 points of copyright infringement! Sony settled the case privately.
I began to think and thus this question.
So how much does the real vampire community borrow from fiction?
All these are terms from White Wolf and Vampire the Masquerade
Charlaine Harris gave us the following terms which are being used in the vampire community.
Vampire Kings and Queens
Nights Clubs called Fangtasia
The top reason why originally is important to the vampire community.
While borrowing concepts from other sources is a time honored tactic, it makes those borrowing them seem less than authentic at times. While there are many wonderful monarchies the in the community and many wonderful organizations that use terms from White Wolf, Charlaine Harris, Anne Rice and more, the problem rises in legitimacy vs role play.
If there is no uniqueness, no originality, nothing that sets the reality of our unique culture from the fantasy that surrounds our culture, then making the steps from sub culture to culture is made more difficult.
While difficult, perhaps it is time for us in the real vampire culture to take a moment and examine our words, our language, and our culture to craft something uniquely our own, and not merely a shadow of some fantastic games.
Pursuing the Baby Bat.
Why the Vampire Community Needs New Blood. By Reverend Michael Vachmiel November 8th, 2017
I wish to dedicate this post to Charlynn Walls and her article “Chasing the Bunny: Why We Should Welcome Newcomers to the Craft” found in Llewellyn’s 2018 Witches Companion, An Almanac for Contemporary Living.
With Samhain 2017 fading into memory and the energy of winter upon us, I take time to reflect on what it is to be a real vampire. In this instance not so much what the community has accomplished, but what it still needs to achieve.
Those who are familiar with the culture of the real vampire, there is a tendency to think of the culture as single, unified group based solely around the real vampire’s impulse drive to feed, gather at balls, or pursue a type of social status.
However, when more established scene personalities perceive someone is not a serious or dedicated as they are to the vampire lifestyle and culture as they are, the term “baby bat” is often used in a most hostile and derogatory fashion.
What is a Baby Bat?
So let’s define “Baby Bat” as someone new to the vampire culture. Someone who does not understand all the social politics, someone who may still be a bit more into the role play or fashion aspect of the culture and may or may not have encountered the spirituality of energy exchange.
These individuals are exploring a new lifestyle, a new way of thinking, a new way of expressing themselves. At this time they are not fully dedicated to making a lasting change because they are not sure this is where their heart should be. This is good, because we should have to EARN THEIR HEARTS AS A COMMUNITY and not expect it out of some sense of social status!
So why pursue the baby bat? Because as newcomers to the community these people bring a fresh perspective, enthusiasm, a sense of joy and awe many elders have lost long ago, and information on the latest styles, musics, and art related to our culture. Elders tend to get stuck in a rut of what is “real” vampire, goth, industrial and so forth.
We all were new at one point!
We all started at the same place! Every path we are on now began with that single step of courage to try something new. We often forget the fear, the anxiety, the endless questions that come about with trying something new. We forget how much time we spent researching, becoming comfortable with our new friends, social network, and spiritual path before even trying to go to an event the first time out.
Many newcomers are solitary for a very good reason. They don’t feel welcomed. They are often met with silence, with hostility, with insults, with demands for sex, service or money. They are often met demand for allegiance to some house, coven or court before they are even recognized as being a vampire.
Lets have a moment of honesty. If our lovers and friends treated us like far to many real life vampire organizations treated newcomers, it would be considered an abusive relationship.
Many newcomers feel hopeless and frustrated and this shapes their outlook on us as a whole!
So why do some communities grow? Those communities that see the awe, the wonder, and the enthusiasm of the baby bat as an asset and use it as a teaching opportunity, as a means to build bridges, to expand and to become greater than what they were before, harness that vast human potential and energy!
Daily I receive questions. As my role as a Reverend I answer spiritual questions, as the Vampire Court of Houston’s Imperator in political matters, as a tarot reader and occultists more paranormal questions.
The point is, I spend a lot of time answering questions. I take these questions as an opportunity to provide solid information that I wish was there for me at the beginning of my journey on my paths. Kindness, Honesty, Humility and Mercy given freely and respectfully have powerful effects upon people.
When I do not have the answers they need, I refer them to books, to videos, to the works of others who have labored long and hard to provide the community of solid insights into the real vampire condition.
Renewing the Elder Soul
The honest truth about this community is how exhausting the drama is at times. For those of us who have been leaders for any length of time, there are days we want to hang up our wings, put our fangs away, pull the coffin lid over our heads and just sleep forever sleep.
When we take the time to welcome a new person into our fold, we are reminded of the joy, the wonder, the awe, and just how damn awesome we are! We are exposed to new books, to new music, to new fashions, new games, new clubs, new experiences!
For some this is a double edge sword. For those deep in the vampire politics, being exposed to so much new material can be a reminded of how much they do not know, how out of touch they have become, and that can result in anger and lashing out.
Community requires new blood to live. All communities! The only truth is, change happens! By embracing it, loving it, seeing change as a means to expand and grow, Elder, Childe, Swan, and newcomer alike can learn to take every interaction as an opportunity to grow as both individuals and as a greater whole.
Once you control ego and pride, you understand that sharing life experience and passions is an opportunity for greater knowledge!