I am not a psychic vampire, nor do I really believe in them, but I am interested in differing viewpoints on life. This was a very different one and I found it to be an informative overview of what it’s like to be a psychic vampire and the ethical implications of that. I didn’t want to write a review which would invite mockery, because the book is heartfelt and thoughtful, and I appreciated the care with which it was written. Clearly being a psychic vampire can be difficult and this book lays out different exercises and ways to mitigate the worse impulses or outcomes. There’s a lot of information on consent and ethical ways of getting energy. The main focus of the book is energy work, which makes sense, and there’s a long section on paganism.
Since I personally am not a psychic vampire, and I don’t know anyone who thinks they are, this was a drier read for me and a bit of a struggle. So much of the book is very practical advice and exercises to practice energy work and using your energy tendrils to interact with your donor’s energy fields, but I wasn’t that interested in step-by-step walkthroughs. I would have liked more personal essays or interviews, as there were some interesting quotes throughout. But again, I know I wasn’t the target audience and I could tell that the exercises and practical advice would be useful for someone in that situation. Overall, drier than I thought, but a straightforward handbook that might be helpful to someone trying to live an ethical psychic vampire life.
Warnings for: discussions of non-ethical vampirism, blood drinking, discussions of how to ethically slaughter animals, BDSM/sexual topics