COUNT TIM: Vampirism is something that you live, that you breathe, and that you’re
in it 100% every day of your life. COUNT TIM: Hi! My name is Tim, and this is my beautiful Countess Lea Van Doorn,
and we’re vampires. COMM: Count Tim and Countess Lea are part of a growing community of vampires living
in Austin, Texas. COUNT TIM: We do wear our fangs out in public. It’s part of who we are. A lot of people
come up to me like, “Will you bite me?” COUNTESS LEA: Yeah.
COUNT TIM: We could definitely draw blood, if we really wanted to. If we bit hard enough,
oh yeah! COUNTESS LEA: They are sharpened to a complete
point and they’re real dental acrylic fangs. COMM: Tim and Lea met through a mutual friend at an event not long ago. COUNT TIM: I felt a connection of darkness, as I call it. You know, there was a certain
vibe of vampirism. COUNT TIM: The typical stereotypes of vampirism are, you know, we can’t be out in the sun
or that you know, we, you know pounce and, you know, take someone by force, and stuff
like that. That’s not who we’re. That’s not what we do.
COUNTESS LEA: I mean we could if if you ask nicely. COUNT TIM: No. COUNT TIM: This is our sacred space. This is where we do our rituals and so forth. You
know, she has her altar and I have mine. I removed the door, so I could actually have
my own little space. COUNT TIM: I always had this odd connection to the night time. I felt like, I just felt
more empowered, more awake, more heightened, I guess the word would be…
COUNTESS LEA: I’m hyper sensitive to sunlight. I get intense migraines. Even if it’s cloudy,
I will wear sunglasses outside. I have a parasol that I carry, that’s why I’m white as
a ghost. Because I just don’t like the sun, it hurts. COMM: And naturally being a vampire requires regular feeding, which for these two is done
in more ways than one. COUNT TIM: How I feed? Most commonly is via sexuality. I kind of absorb it via the skin,
you know, kissing and so forth. And when they have reached the climax, I take in that energy.
Also, I feed via blood as well. COUNTESS LEA: A feeding for me, I actually
prefer blood. You’re taking the essence of a person and that to me is ecstasy. COUNT TIM: Basically, I just feel very, just open, just allowing her just to do, what she
needs to do to satisfy her hunger. COUNTESS LEA: I have to panic control myself,
because I get very hungry actually, I desire it more. So I have to be very careful when
I am doing this. COUNT TIM: The way I do the blood feeding
is that I’ll allow my love here to you know just have a straight razor, you know, a clean
one, and she picks a part of my arm to cut and, but we let it bleed enough and, you know,
she just puts her mouth around it. COUNT TIM: Feels really good actually. It feels like she is taking a part of me into herself. COUNT TIM: I flex my fist, so therefore it helps with the blood circulation.
COUNTESS LEA: And then you can see from my bite mark, I’m biting that to make it bleed more. COUNTESS LEA: It’s like, the best chocolate in the world you can imagine and someone just
gave it to you for free. I feel stronger, I feel more energised, I feel more awake. COUNTESS LEA: We don’t sleep in coffins, I mean I would like one, but…
COUNT TIM: Some people do, some people don’t, you know, it’s all personal preferences.
COUNTESS LEA: Yes. COUNTESS LEA: It’s part of who I am, it’s part of who we are, and it’s a very prominent
part of our lives, and I love every second of it, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.