‘The taste of the blood depends on the person.’

Enter the sleepy town of Haverhill in Suffolk at your own risk, as you might just find yourself face to face with real-life vampires.

While these vampires show no aversion to sunlight or crucifixes, they do share one trait of their literary counterparts: a thirst for blood.

20-year-old Lia Benninghoff met ‘vampire’ Aro Draven on Valentine’s Day through a dating website. The two became smitten, Lia being intrigued by Aro’s vampire lifestyle.

After three weeks of dating, 38-year-old Aro asked for Lia’s hand in marriage, to which she happily agreed. But the true test of their love came the week after, when after lots of consideration, Lia asked Aro to turn her into a vampire.


Come the witching hour –3am – Lia had been turned.

‘I’ve always had cravings for blood since the first age I can remember,’ explains Aro. ‘Any time anyone cut their finger I’d put it in my mouth.’

He did admit that this wasn’t usually met with much enthusiasm from the other person.

To satisfy their hunger, Lia and Aro drink each other’s blood once a week, as well as eating raw steak from the local butcher, alongside a wine glass full of pig’s blood.

Though they plan to get married on Halloween, the couple still have’t told Lia’s parents about their ‘alternative’ lifestyle…


What do you think of Lia and Aro’s lifestyle? Are you tempted to join the dark side? Comment below to let us know!