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"Vampire fads come and go, emerging each decade in some new form, but for those for whom the vampiric mystique is a calling, the choices inspired become a life path. Vampyre Sanguinomicon offers a compelling and elegant presentation of the history, rituals, and customs of a specific spiritual movement. It has the quality of permanence, and it will likely make an enduring contribution to sanguinary lore." -Dr. Katherine Ramsland, author of The Science of Vampires and Piercing the Darkness

"The Sanguinomicon provides a unique and valid look at one of the oldest Vampyre traditions in the modern living vampire subculture. Full of rich descriptions and details of the past, it delves deep into the many aspects long whispered about in the shadows. Highly recommended." -Corvis Nocturnum, author of Allure of the Vampire

About the Author

Father Sebastiaan has been at the center of the Vampyre/vampire subculture since 1992. He is an avid student of chaos magick and esoteric studies, and is the founder of SABRETOOTH™, a fansgsmithing company, as well as the event coordination company Endless Night Productions. Author websites: and

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578634806
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578634804
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Father Sebastiaan, most commonly referred to simply as "Father," is one of the central personalities of the Vampyre/vampire subculture. He is known as the master fangsmith of SABRETOOTH, Impresario of the Endless Night Vampire Ball & author of Sanguinomicon (Weiser 2010), Vampyre Virtues (Sabretooth Books 2011) and Vampyre Magick (Weiser 2012).

He joined the vampire community in 1992 and is now known as an authority and teacher on Vampyrism, fangsmithing, and Strigoi Vii. He is also an avid student of Chaos Magick and esoteric studies.

Sebastiaan is the founding father of numerous organizations and businesses, including the fangsmithing company SABRETOOTH, event coordination company Endless Night Productions, and the Fangsmith Guild. In addition, he has
coordinated various legendary events such as the Vampire Ball of New York, Long Black Veil at MOTHER, Black Lutetia "Le Klub Vampyre" in Paris, Black Xion in Amsterdam, and the Endless Night Festival in New Orleans.

He also is the editor-in-chief of the Vampyre Almanac and the originator of the Black Veil, code of ethics for the Strigoi Vii and Sanguinarium. Over the years, Sebastiaan has appeared on television multiple times, including programs on A&E, CNNfn, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and National Geographic and episodes of USA's Up All Night and MTV's Oddville. He was also featured as a central character in the French documentary and book Vampyres: Reality Is Stranger than Fiction, by Laurent Courau, as well as Katherine Ramsland's (Anne Rice's biographer) book Piercing the Darkness: Undercover with Vampires in America Today. He has been featured in Cosmopolitan, The New York Times, the Financial Times, InStyle magazine, Glamour, Skin Two, and Time Out New York.

Sebastiaan has lived in New York City, Amsterdam, Philadelphia, Dubai, and Berlin; however, he considers himself not only an American but instead a New Yorker. He now resides in Paris, where he is pursuing his writing career. For more information on Father Sebastiaan, please visit his website at

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jaime Weida on September 6, 2010
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I've been studying the vampire archetype from a variety of perspectives for quite some time. "Sanguinomicon," in my opinion, is the best book of its genre. The prose is clear and accessible yet does not "talk down" to the reader and assumes an honest and intelligent interest in the subject. While the book may seem primarily geared towards the reader who wants to incorporate the vampire archetype into his/her personal paradigm, it is also an invaluable reference for the scholar or aficionado. Unlike some other books on the subject, "Sanguinomicon" approaches the subject of "living Vampyrism" from an intellectual, scientific, pragmatic, and realistic point of view. It offers practical applications as well as philosophy and rhetoric. It even incorporates vampire history, literature, and popular culture! Simply put, this book is a must-read and a valuable addition to any library.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ellis on September 2, 2010
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This tome of the "Living Vampire" is a must have for both seeker and scholar alike. The author manages to explain the sophisticated philosophies and rituals of the Strigoi Vii in a clear and concise manner. The lexicon is also full of excellent and beneficial exercises to help the would be initiate along on their quest for becoming. The book also includes an interesting and eclectic suggested reading list to help further the students journey, as the path to Xeper can't begin and end with one book. I honestly can't recommend this book enough.


Frater A:.D:.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 23, 2013
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Hi all,
I'm a long time chaos shaman and I have an extensive library of everything from Feritrad to Hermetics to Huna and Chaos Magick, and I do own the Vampire Codex and have for some years. This book is a great addition for my library - not just to sit on a shelf, I find myself taking it down often.

Pros: Once you get through the dense language, most of it is common sense. At least three rules of the Black Veil are rules you;d find on a message board: Don't screw around with minors, don't commit crimes, don't drink blood (which goes with the second one since it often counts as assault anyway). This text has a strong focus on taking care of normal, everyday physical life first, and goes further than the cursory admonition in most texts. The inclusion of NLP techniques and the focus on transhumanism is refreshing and followed with practical application of theory. The formal 'Mass' is completely solid - I've had great results with it and highly suggest it - after the basics of course. No aerobics without warming up.

Cons - the language is dense, and very dramatic. Which makes sense since the archetype of the Vampire is being used as psychopomp - which I'm used to from other chaos paths - Grimoire Dehara from Storm Constantine is a prime example. Vampires are dramatic and charming and chivalrous - that's the fun! And most folks don a dramatic persona for ceremony. But this would have been a more enjoyable read if it were simpler. The "Red Veils" is much clearer and more organized, though far less extensive. I think there's a sequel coming out which might cover the remaining material with greater clarity - I plan on taking a look.

As for the Psychic Vampire Codex - its a great resource for energy manipulation - basics and advanced techniques.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lady Azraelina on January 13, 2013
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This is a very Excellent book on the Spiritual philosophy of the living Vampyre. Father Sebastiaan goes into great detail on all of the Spiritual Paradigms and aspects that can be applied on our Spiritual journey towards the condition of Zephr ! He also goes into many other topics, on what living Vampyrism is, The Black Veil, Rituals, The Glamour, The Philosophy, Festivals, and also how a balance must be in order between your day and night side. I highly recommend this book, to anyone who is interested in learning about the Spiritual Philosophy of the living vampyre, and anyone who feels that they may be one, but don't know exactly what direction to turn to. This is a great guide and manual for anyone that is interesting in learning.

Azraelina Sahjaza
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lily Rayne on January 6, 2013
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Set to type, a cohesive and logical understanding of a path and lifestyle so few grasp the meaning of. Father Sebastiaan takes you through a journey of various personal life experiences through which he explains the fundamental differences between the primary vampire types and the practices of "The Living Vampyre". Along with his other books, he empowers you to embrace who you are and allow you to live your true nature, should it be your path. Far from trying to establish a "Gothic Occultism", or a "following" so to speak, he encourages individuality, independence and strength of self, while offering guidance and insight. Not for everyone, especially those with close minded beliefs who do not allow others their own opinions.

Lily Rayne
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Cranow on February 8, 2012
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Vampyre's are at the for front of the nation's attention right now. Tons of books, TV show and movies all about vampyre's. People love them because they are sexy, nocturnal, powerful and immortal. Everything we human's wish we could be. Most of us see them as blood drinkers, the vision Hollywood has given us. But that version is not real. Have they ever caught a blood drinking vampire????

Occultists are more familiar with psychic vampyre's. Psivamps as I call them are unable to make their own energy or prana. The life energy called Prana drains off of them rather quickly. Psi Vamps must feed of the aura of others. Personally I do not buy into the PSi Vamp thing all that much either. Strigoi Vii, on the other hand, are of a different ilk. Frankly I find this version of a vampire the most believable of all. Strigoi Vii means "living Vampyre"

Living Vampyres have to burn energy at a greater rate. Since they are most powerful they have to burn more energy quickly to keep running. Stigoi Vii prefer to surface feed off an energetic crowd than to attach their tendrils to another aura, although they do have techniques for that as well.

At this point I would like to dive directly into their paradigm. I find their philosophy most empowering and great psychodrama helps release the power of our subconscious to achieve magical results. Their philosophy is related to that of Chaos magic. They are firm believers in independent thought and believe that people should have a mind of their own. They do not want slavish obedience. Each person is his own god. They do not worship gods per se as they see deities as egregores or god thought forms. Thought forms are created by a group consiousness and then fed energy from acts of devotion.
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