One of the resources based in South Africa and often referred to by both local and international members of the Vampyre Community, as well as vampire fans in general, is the Vampyre History Project. This is a broad chronology of Vampyre and Vampyre-related events in history, collected from a variety of sources both in real life and online in order to compile as complete a reference guide as possible and to present it for general public use. This has to be, without argument, the most complete and detailed free-access publicly visible Vampyre history on the Web. We know, we’ve looked.
The Vampyre History Project is an ongoing project of House Valur which is based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The aim of the project is to compile as complete an historical overview in the form of a Chronology or Timeline of Vampyres in history, myth, folklore and also in terms of the development of real Vampyre culture and Community in the context of both ancient and modern history.
The bulk of the information presented in the Project has been sourced online via net trawls, gathered from news sites and from references to earlier, less complete – and much shorter – attempts to present a comprehensive Vampyre History.
Each new year’s entries appear to get longer and longer, and astute readers will notice the trends becoming apparent, another way in which this Project may prove useful to the community. The presence of the vampire in fiction is increasing and has been doing so since the 1950’s. Mention in the press and media, even of the real vampire communities around the world, has been gradually increasing, particularly since the mid 1990’s, and especially since the mid 2000’s. Vamp-centric crime has skyrocketed, with both Mundanes and Vampires becoming targets of criminal acts, both mild and extreme. Individual members of the VC have been appearing in documentaries, interviews, and even real medical, scientific and scholarly reports, studies and research papers. There is even a year-long course focusing on the real vampire community being presented at an American university.
While every effort has been made in order to ensure relevance of content, factual correctness of the content referred to within the Chronology cannot be guaranteed one hundred percent, as by implication it is a reference to material already presented by third parties as being factual and accurate.
Since the Project went online in 2010, it has been continually updated, and features entries covering vampires in folklore and myth, as well as events in the real Vampyre Community worldwide. Much of this information is added when and as it becomes available. Currently, the public version extends between Prehistory and the year 0 BCE, and 2010. There are well over a thousand individual entries covering mythical beasts, serial killers who earned the title “vampire” for their acts, attacks by the undead in legend, and current day events featuring figures in the modern community.
Late in 2010, Mistwolf, a member of the Spanish VC, sought permission to translate and make the entire Project available in Spanish on his website, Noctalium. Currently it is available right up to the year 1900 in Spanish. The entries for 2011 are likely to go up on the public site closer to the end of the year.