[identity profile] samthereaderman.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] sdaleconspiracy

Many of you in the community are aware of the endless rumors about vampires in Sunnydale. In vain we who take a more scientific approach to the matter of Sunnydale say stories like these spread without any basis, that high school students spread stories based on mere rumor, or even that authorities over-react to the presence of a few Goths.

Well, here's a story from the Boston Globe that shows how this can happen.  Boston Latin officials seek to quash 'vampire' rumors.

Note: No real vampire at all.  But I'm sure some here will say that this is another example of a coverup, that the federal government has the initiative to send in their monster fighting army team, or even that they have faith there is a "vampire slayer" in Boston.  Hogwash.

Date: 2009-03-27 12:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ffutures.livejournal.com
You can never rule out media-stirred panics, of course, but it really doesn't account for much of the Sunnydale weirdness - even real vampires would barely be a blip on the radar when you look at the other things that went on, such as the high school explosion, freak weather, FJMS (False Jonathan Memory Syndrome), black helicopters, etc. etc.

Could it be some sort of media source that led to rumours? Were there any vampire shows on US TV around the late nineties / early years of this century? The only one I can think of easily is the show with the vampire cop, Forever Knight, which doesn't really seem to be the sort of thing that would arouse superstitious rumours. I think I also heard of a TV show based on the Vampire role playing game, but I don't know much about it. And the British show Ultraviolet was around that time, but I don't think that ever reached the USA. Apart from that you have Anne Rice and the Anita Blake books, again not really obvious as a source that would lead to such widespread rumours.
Edited Date: 2009-03-27 12:34 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-05-18 12:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rangermatthias.livejournal.com
There was also a revival of the tv series Dark Shadows in the early 90's. Very "Goth" moody.

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