Galway man who sleeps in coffin on why it sucks to be a vampire
“I might be a vampire but I just want to be treated like everyone else”, says Galway born blood-sucker Darkness Vlad Tepes.
6 ft 6ins Darkness, who drinks blood and sleeps in a coffin, says he is bullied for his alternative lifestyle.
The occult fan, who changed his name by deed pole from Jack to ‘Darkness’ says he has been a vampire for 13-years.
“My life was always a secret until I came out two years ago,” Darkness said.
Darkness Vlad Tepes
“I first learnt about vampires when I was 13 and growing up in Galway. I was taking my dog for a walk through the woodlands and I saw a group of girls dressed up and I thought they were zombies.
“I ran home because I was scared at first, but then I became really curious,” he continued.
“One day I found them again, and they initiated me into their coven, and I have been a vampire ever since.”
Darkness says he’s drank cows’ and pigs’ blood as well as human blood substitute.
Darkness Vlad Tepes
However, contrary to popular belief, the 25-year-old insists that garlic has no effect on him and he can happily be out in the sun.
“To be a vampire is to believe that I have a living body but a dead soul,” says Darkness.
“But I think there are a lot of preconceptions about being a vampire from films and books like Twilight or Dracula.
“Garlic doesn’t affect me and I can quite happily walk around in the sunlight.”
Not content with just slurping down bags of blood, Darkness sleeps in a custom made 6 ft 7ins wooden coffin.
Darkness Vlad Tepes and pals
“The coffin is purely a choice option to being a vampire; it’s one that I do because it feels right.
Darkness also opened up about an incident of bullying in an English pub.
“I went into the pub with two mates and a lad piped up and asked if I was abused as a child when I was young because of the way I look.”
“I felt so ashamed and embarrassed that I would get asked such a personal question based on my choice of lifestyle.
“I might be a vampire but I just want to be treated like everyone else. “
The vampire, who moved to Blackburn, UK, in 2012 says he was high up in an East Lancashire coven of vampires called ‘Underworld’.
“Being a vampire is difficult and of course there are some struggles in everyday life. But I’m happy to stand by my choice,” admitted Darkness.