THEY love drinking blood, hate sunshine – and are very kinky.
Meet the young married couple who by night transform into the “vampire king and queen of Austin, Texas”, where they are the appointed leaders of a group of 60 self-professed vampires.
Every month the Vampire Court of Austin meets at their private members club – a fetish venue about 15 minutes from central Austin where they hold an official court meeting before relaxing with a drink or a little BDSM on their sex floor.
Married couple Logan and Daly South founded the court around six years ago to provide a “safe haven” for all the city’s “awakened vampires” and “otherkin” which includes “werewolves, fairies and people who identify with animal spirits”.
They advise members – who include security guards, property managers, ex-military and actors – on how to drink blood safely and shield themselves from “psychic attacks”.
These psychic attacks are launched by so-called “Energy Vampires” who feed off people’s positive energy in order to boost their own.
It is said you can tell if you’re suffering an attack by the way you feel when you’re around them – sometimes a sudden nausea or stomach ache or stabbing pains around the back, chest and shoulders.
But these aren’t just a group of role players – the members of the court truly believe that if they do not feed – or they spend too long in the sun – they will become ill or even die.
And Austin’s vampires are not alone – one census estimated there were 50,000 “vampires” in the US at last count.
There are three main types of vampire, Queen Daly explains, identified by their main source of feeding – either blood, sex or “energy”.
Daly, 30, told Sun Online: “You’ve got vampires who feed from blood – sanguine vampires – you’ve got vampires that feed directly from energy – psychic vampires – and you’ve also got vampires who feed sexually, not just from sex acts, but from the energy of arousal.
“You’ve also got vampires who feed from all three.
“I awakened as a sanguinary blood feeder 15 years ago but over the years I’ve learned to feed from other methods as well.
“So now I only really need to feed from blood about once a month and the rest of the time I feed from ambient energy in the room or from a crowd or from a donor I feel sexual energy from.
“If you stop feeding for extended period of time, you’re probably going to get sick.
“I actually know someone who had a heart condition and she stopped feeding for an extended period of time and they told her she was going to die.
“She started feeding again and her heart condition disappeared.”
Husband Logan says the court’s preferred method of blood drinking is to use a lancet to prick the donor’s finger – not to “cut or slice” people.
“A lancet is a simple tool typically used by diabetics,” he explained. “You pull the end, you place it on the finger, you press a button and it creates a tiny little pinprick just right on the end of the finger, creating just enough blood flow for any vampire to get exactly what they need.
“I mean, sometimes you might have to do it two, three times, but it’s very simple, very contained and it heals up within a day.
“There’s not a lot of exposure or risk. You don’t want to go cutting into people with knives or anything unless you were a doctor…I wouldn’t go cutting into to places where you can have veins and arteries that could be opened and then have someone bleed out just because you thought you were going to make a tiny nick in an area that you shouldn’t have.
“And I’ve heard horror stories of people doing that kind of thing. And I think it’s very important that we, that we educate people on how to do that very safely. There’s no reason to go cut and slice and when you could just have a tiny little pinprick on the fingertip.”
Logan and Daly live on a ranch in Austin with their three wolf dogs, horses, goats – and Logan’s girlfriend, a fellow vampire called Ilona Lucille Westerna, who is also his blood donor.
The couple has always had an open relationship – with Daly having her own partners too – saying they broke down “any notions of jealousy early on”.
Logan describes his wife as his “twin flame” and his girlfriend as his “soul mate”.
“From the moment that we got together we decided to have an open relationship and then shortly after that we decided to have a polyamorous relationship, which meant that not only could we play with other partners, but we could also love other people and that would be perfectly fine,” he said.
“We decided to break down any potential notions of jealousy early on and realise that the most important thing was that both of us were happy, both of us were fulfilled and we realised that we could be more fulfilled by having other people in our lives, both sexually and in a relationship.
“Primarily the fulfilment was found from in my particular case having my girlfriend Ilona and the beauty that she brought into my life has definitely kind of filled my heart.”
So what is a typical day like for a polyamorous Texan vampire king?
Logan says he wakes up at about 6pm – just as the sun is about to set.
“I’ll eat breakfast and then I’ll go out and I’ll check on my horses, goats and my wolves.
“Then I’ll do all the different things that I have to do for my business. I mostly work online or in a physical nightclub location or my fetish club vamp here.
“If it’s a weekend or an event night, I’ll go out usually in a black tailored three piece suit and then I’ll go out and I’ll have a good time and I’ll make sure all my friends are having a good time.
“If there’s no event I’ll go off with Daly and we’ll go to lunch, watch some movie or I’ll go off with a Ilona and we’ll play some video games. We’re big comic book nerds and big video game nerds.
“Occasionally we’ll go out on our own on a night when we’re feeling a little frisky – maybe we’ll go find some “prey” as it were – whether that’s just some cute young thing, male or female – any which way.
“We like travelling a lot – we go to Denver, we got to New Orleans, LA, Hawaii, Romania.
“To be honest my day is probably just like anybody else’s except for sometimes I might be having a little more fun than them.”
Sun Online was granted exclusive access to June’s meeting where a group of around 20 to 30 vampires – many wearing specially made fangs and brightly coloured contact lenses – gathered to greet the king and queen.
Once inside the group took part in an “energy shielding workshop” where they learned how to protect themselves from “psychic attacks”.
They then cheered as one member, Tempest was named as the new “sheriff” of the Vampire Court of Austin vowing to put “her own needs second to those of the court”.
The court then talked about their upcoming charity and community work – of which the court is very proud – including blood drives, feeding the homeless and taking part in the upcoming Pride parade.
“We do a lot of community outreach for the Austin community,” Daly explained.
“A lot of that is to not only help the community, but it also removes the negative stigma that often surrounds vampire organisations, if they see a bunch of vampires out helping with children’s hospitals, blood drives, things like that, then it gives people a more open mind as to what, who we are and what we’re doing.”
Daley says there are lots of misconceptions about the vampire community – which she is keen to dispel.
She says people cannot be “turned” into a vampire, they do have a reflection, many can eat garlic – but most are very sensitive to sunlight and prefer to be nocturnal.
“I would say the biggest misconception that we come into contact with a lot is the idea of turning,” she said.
“You cannot be turned into a vampire. You are born a vampire and awakened later in life. It’s not something that you can just turn someone else into.
“As far as garlic, I’ve heard a lot of different theories. I personally love garlic I think it’s great, it’s good for you, it’s healthy but I know a lot of vampires who have dietary issues and garlic upsets their stomach.
“Whether or not that’s related to them being a vampire, I wouldn’t be able to say, but I have seen it quite a lot. It seems to be a half and half deal.
”Vampirism is not evil. It’s not a religion. It’s not something that you worship or, you know, decide to follow that path it’s just who you are.
“You can obviously pick whatever religion you want, but it’s not an evil is not an evil thing. It’s not, you know, we’re not going to walk into a church and burst into flame.
“A lot of us are Christian, lot of us are Catholic. There’s all sorts of faiths.
“Thank God we can see ourselves in a mirror because I don’t know how I would’ve gotten ready today – that would have been terrible.
“We don’t burst into flame the sunlight, but it can make us very ill, very nauseous. A lot of people will actually spike a fever, tremors pass out, headaches, things like that are very common.
“A lot of us are very nocturnal because of that… for those of us that have daytime jobs, that can be kind of difficult and often times those vampires have to feed more more often or from a more intense energy sources to keep themselves healthy.
“A lot of us have increased immune systems and increased healing abilities. I can heal a tattoo in five days where the normal healing time is two weeks, but we’re not going to live forever.
“I may live longer than the average person, assuming I don’t get hit by a car, you know, as far as that goes, the only immortality that we believe in is what you leave behind.”
But Logan’s love for all things vampire doesn’t stretch to popular teen vampire movie Twilight.
“I would say I detest Twilight on a cellular level,” he said. “I absolutely abhor it I think it is a disgusting film that glorifies an abusive stalker and does not in any way attribute itself to anything the vampires are – either in reality – or in folklore and legend.
“It is kind of a farcical version of vampires that I don’t appreciate.”