How to tell if you are a vampire

October 26, 1998|By Los Angeles Times

Up all night? Been chowing down on rare steaks? Want a job at your local blood bank?

If you answered yes to any of these queries, you might be a vampire. Or at least a vanna-be, according to Joel Martin, director of the Vampire Research Center in New York. Martin estimates there are 1,000 or so vampires around today, 400 of them in North America.

"Vampires love to come and go as they please, and they especially love a big city," he says. "Big cities have a very fluid population."

So, wondering if you might be a vampire? Here are 10 clues from a center questionnaire (available by writing the Vampire Research Center, P.O. Box 5442, Babylon, N.Y. 11707):

Are you a nocturnal person and dislike daylight? Are you a loner and tend to be secretive? Do you naturally look younger than you are?

Are you supermodel thin and pale? Do you have elongated canine teeth? Do you have the need to drink blood -- anywhere from two drops to a couple of ounces daily (which usually comes from a cooperative giver)? Do you have legal access to blood via a job at a hospital or a blood bank?

Do you have a strong interest in vampirology? Do you have a voracious appetite for rare meat and an aversion to garlic (not to mention mirrors)? Do you almost always dress in black?

Pub Date: 10/26/98

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