Blut Katzchen isn’t your typical florist – for Blut allows herself to be feasted on by real-life vampires!
The 28-year-old is known as a ‘black swan’, someone who allows self-proclaimed vampires to drink blood direct from their body.
For more than 10 years she has travelled across the US to satisfy the bloodlust of men and women within this little known subculture.
Blut’s latest admirer is 43-year-old Michael Vachmiel from Houston, Texas, who claims her blood gives him the energy he needs to survive.
The two get together a few times a year to perform the ritual.
‘I’ve always been entranced with the whole vampire culture since I was very young,’ says Blut, from Shreveport, Louisiana.
‘I found a book on vampires in my sister’s collection and became completely entranced with it.
‘It takes a very specific type of mindset to enjoy being a swan,’ adds Blut. ‘You have to be more submissive and enjoy giving.’
The pair met two years ago at a Vampire Ball in Houston, Texas.
‘You have to have a very strong connection to the person who is feeding off you,’ explains Blut. ‘Michael and I have a very intimate relationship and I trust him completely.’
Despite what you might imagine from watching vampire movies, Blut insists that the process is very clean, safe, and consensual.
‘I have specific tools that draw the blood and Michael will drink it from my body. The cuts are about an inch long – it doesn’t take a very deep cut to draw the blood.’
Blut uses a razor blade to make a cut and then uses a set of suction cups to draw the blood out.
‘We’ll sterilise the area with alcohol and Michael uses mouthwash before drinking, so it’s very clean,’ insists Blut. ‘There are some risks involved, but we do everything we can to keep it as clean as possible.
‘I’ve been doing this for almost 13 years and I’ve never had an STD or blood-borne illness scare.
‘It’s a release like any other release people seek – if you’re getting something out of it and the drinker is too – then I don’t see a problem with it,’ says Blut.
‘It’s a spiritual thing for me – to be able to give energy to someone, even if it’s a small bit, is an extremely liberating feeling.’
After making a cut, Blut lays on her stomach and has the blood drawn from her shoulders or back for a few minutes.
‘If you drink too much you do get sick,’ she explains. ‘It doesn’t take much blood for Michael to get his energy.’
Michael, 43, started drinking blood at the tender age of 13, and does this type of feeding a few times a year.
‘I started drinking blood by accident – it was during an intense sexual act where blood was drawn and touched my lips. At that point it was an awakening,’ says Michael.
‘Just like a person has a favourite culinary dish, vampires have a favourite spiritual culinary dish.
‘There are many ways to get energy, this is a more intimate way and it’s a ritual for vampires,’ he continues.
‘In doing such, we get the energy we need and the donor has their need to submit, so it’s completely consensual.’