By Emma Pearson @emma_pear
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Videographer / director: Ruaridh Connellan
Producer: Emma Pearson, Ruby Coote
Editor: James Thorne
The 20-year-old fanged beauty and the 31-year-old psychic are real-life ‘vampires’ who have a passionate relationship based on sucking each other’s blood – and say it’s better than sex.
‘Countess Lea of House Van Doorn’ and ‘Count Tim of House Van Doorn’ met two years ago at a vampire festival and felt an instant ‘connection of darkness’, which quickly developed into a blood-sucking relationship.
Now the pair, who care for Tim’s three-year-old son, Daedric, are planning to tie the knot in a vampire themed wedding ceremony next year.
Lea says: “We are kind of like sharks once we get going. I feel this rush of life, their essence, and their energy is coming into me.
“It is a sexual experience and we often draw blood in the bedroom. Vampires are highly sexualised creatures and having sex literally gets the blood pumping. Sucking blood is literally a sensation like no other.”
Lea and Tim met at a vampire festival in a nightclub in Austin, Texas.
Divorcee, Tim, offered to read Lea’s tarot, but neither were expecting to see the other in their futures.
Lea says: “He just came up to me and asked if I wanted a reading. I thought he was really tall and attractive so I went along with it.
“I felt an instant connection and the reading he gave me almost made me cry. We became friends on Facebook and then things happened pretty quickly from there.
“There was a definite sexual element – I would say it was lust at first sight.
“I wasn’t looking for anything serious and Tim had just went through a divorce but we fell for each other. We were hyper sexual at the time but then we learned there was more to each other than just that.”
The red-blooded lovers quickly became a couple, and within weeks the feverish pair had agreed to introduce bloodsucking into their romance.
Lea says: “We were both practicing vampirism before we met and vampires definitely get a sense when someone else is a vampire too. There is a connection of darkness and a vampiric vibe that draws us to one another.
Now Lea and Tim regularly cut each other’s skin with razorblades or draw blood with syringes, and drink it from a goblet or suck it straight from the wound.
To them the sensation is ‘better than sex’ and feels like ‘ecstasy’.
Tim says: “When I feed via blood it is it just as good as sex because as I feel this rush of life, their essence, their energy is coming into myself and I am taking it in and I feel empowered. I feel the person I’m feeding from on a whole different level and in a totally different way than I could with words.
Lea says: "I actually prefer drinking blood to having sex. You are taking the essence of a person and that to me is ecstasy. There is no better feeling."
Although they acknowledge that their actions can lead to blood diseases – including Hepatitis and HIV – Lea and Tim insist that they are ‘squeaky clean’ and get tested every couple of months, something they describe as a ‘bonding experience’.
Tim says: “Blood feeding does tend to make people a little uncomfortable because you know they are afraid of being scarred or they are afraid of some transmitted disease or something like that and it is completely understandable given how some people can be very reckless with that. That’s why we predominantly keep feed on each other to keep it very behind closed doors.”
Lea says: “We go and get tested for diseases together and it’s almost like a bonding experience. I feel like it strengthens our relationship.”
Tim says: “We always try to make sure that our other partners are sanitary and if they are unable to provide documentation and I do feed from them, the next week I make sure I go tested right away. We haven’t had any problems so far.”
Now the pair are planning their wedding, which will be vampire themed, for November next year.
Lea says: “We definitely want to incorporate vampirism into our wedding – it’s our way of life. We plan to incorporate our vampiric beliefs into the vows and there will definitely be some vampires in the congregation.
The couple, from Austin, Texas, plan to be open with Tim’s son about their vampirism and will welcome him into the coven should he choose to follow the same blood-streaked path.
Lea says: “We won’t force anything onto Daedric but we are open with our lifestyle and if he decides to follow in our footsteps of course we will support him, but we feel that it is something that the vampire has to discover for themselves.”
Although their family and friends are accepting of their lifestyle, Lea and Tim admit that they do come up against some misconceptions.
Lea says: “I feel like I come alive at night, but we aren’t allergic to sunlight, I am partial to garlic and we definitely don’t sleep in coffins.
“Many people see out lives as controversial but it’s as natural as breathing to us. I can’t see myself ever moving away from vampirism, it’s not for everyone but it’s who we are.”