The end of another year has come, and as has become something of a tradition, the Vampyre Academy has posted its entry for 2013 in its ongoing History Project timeline. However, this year there is a little more to it than just the posting of the past years historical events in and around the international Vampyre community.
The Vampyre Community History Project is an ongoing project of the South African Vampyre Academy. It originally began in early 2010 as a project of House Valur, but was passed on to the Academy later. The aim of the project is to compile as complete an historical overview in the form of a Chronology or Timeline of Vampy(i)res in history, myth, folklore and also in terms of the development of real Vampy(i)re 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 attempts to present a comprehensive Vampyre History. Where information has been found widespread across the internet, from general history and in the public domain, material has been referred to without seeking prior permission. Where information has been obtained from direct sources, whether from authors or publications, credit or mention of the source has been mentioned per item.
The original resource was based on Blogger since 2010, but over time this platform has restricted the layout and number of pages per site. It was finally decided that the resource would move to WordPress, since the latter allows far greater freedom in design, layout and size. The newly relocated resource is a part of the Vampyre Academy site and is already active.
The Blogger site url will remain active for the time being, serving as a sign-post on the web to redirect traffic to the new resource.
This resource has been put together with the intention of providing a free easily accessible resource, however in the course of updating portions of this resource, their researchers have frequently found whole portions of the gathered material – some of it written by their staff – reproduced on other websites – some of them commercial sites advertising vampire-related products – verbatim, piecemeal and without any acknowledgement. The Academy doesn’t mind if you link to their articles, or if you quote or refer back to their resource. They do mind wholesale copyright infringement and bad manners. “If you wish to use our material,” the statement on the site reads, “at the very least, cite where you got it by acknowledging the Vampyre Community History Project as the source.”
This year’s entry has some juicy items from around the world, including the Lady Dark Rose scandal, an attack on the “Vampire King of Austin” as well as the usual criminal cases blamed on ‘vampires’.