Joseph Burris, 43, of Colorado says he has identified as a vampire for over two decades. Known as “Ludavik” in the vampire community, Burris first got into the gothic lifestyle as a teenager. However, a pivotal moment came at age 20 when on a whim he tasted his own blood and found he enjoyed it.
This discovery launched Burris into intensive research on vampire history, myths and attributes. He also has a condition called porphyria that makes sunlight exposure painful and hinders his vision. As part of his vampire identity, Burris took on a nighttime existence and bodyguard work.
Burris describes his style as a mix of Victorian-gothic and cyberpunk, allowing his inner vampire to manifest outwardly. He claims he never has to announce himself as a vampire, as people can sense his true nature. Over 23 years, Burris estimates he has consumed 22-25 pints of blood, though the human stomach can only take in small quantities at once.
Extremely selective, Burris says he only drinks the blood of trusted lovers, viewing it as an act of deep bonding and trust. He believes factors like diet influence blood flavor. Safety is paramount, with donors screened and precautions taken. For Burris, consensual blood consumption represents the ultimate intimacy and self-expression. His vampire lifestyle lets his dark side thrive as he connects with like-minded individuals.