Vampires of Gotham Halo (New York City)

At the New York Vampire Ball at the Bank / Element Nightclub
At the New York Vampire Ball at the Bank / Element Nightclub

Gotham Halo is the Sabretooth Clan term for the New York metro area including the 5 boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Northern New Jersey, Long Island, parts of Upstate New York, Southern Connecticut and Rockland Country. This term Gotham has been adopted by the vampire subculture.

Many call Gotham the ”Rome of Vampires” and has the largest collection of lifestyle vampires, clans, households and courts than any other place on earth. Gotham Halo has a long vampire history because this is the historical seat where the Sabretooth Clan was founded on August 7th 1995, initiating Gotham as the first Halo. The first Endless Night Vampire Ball at the Bank nightclub which took place in February 1996 at the Bank nightclub officially launching the new era of Gotham and Sabretooth Clan culture.

Alchemistress Ambrosia the inventor of the Bloodbath cocktail at MOTHER / Long Black Veil Thursdays. 1997-2000.
Alchemistress Ambrosia the inventor of the Bloodbath cocktail at MOTHER / Long Black Veil Thursdays. 1997-2000.
Outside of MOTHER’s Long Black Veil at 432 Washington St. NYC
Outside of MOTHER’s Long Black Veil at 432 Washington St. NYC

In the 1990s nightclubs like Limelight (a deconsecrated church at 660 6th Ave 1983-2000), MOTHER (432 Washington St. home of Long Black Veil, Jackie60 and Click + Drag 1996 to 2000) and the Bank (225 E. Houston Street 1990-1999) were the centre of the vampire community and officially recognized havens by the Sabretooth Clan. In March of 1997 Empress Chi Chi Valenti and invited me to host Long Black Veil & the Vampyre Lounge at MOTHER. LBV is where the vampire subculture on the East Coast of the USA and first black Black Veils and Legacy Ankh were originated. Katherine Ramsland (Anne Rice biographer) wrote Piercing the Darkness (1998) about the 1996 disappearance of investigative journalist Susan Walsh bringing national attention to the New York vampire subculture.

The Limelight Nightclub, one of the three original Havens of the Gotham Halo Vampires.
The Limelight Nightclub, one of the three original Havens of the Gotham Halo Vampires.

A Vampire Halo is an egregore (thought form or energy signature) which is comprised of the history and interactions of Sabretooth Clan within this geographic area combined with the mundane culture and energy. Before the term and concept of a Halo was coined in Amsterdam by Crystalfang and Father Sebastiaan in 2004, there existed a monthly meeting called “The Court of Gotham” starting in March 1997. The name Gotham takes its name not from the city of Batman legend, but from the fanciful tales of author Washington Irving and his depiction of Dutch colonial era. These fantastic stories included the Headless Horseman (yes Sleepy Hollow is in Gotham Halo) and Rip Van Winkle.

This article is an excerpt from BLACK VEILS: “The Vampire Lexicon” © 2017 Father Sebastiaan with the assistance of Victor Magnus.

The Black Veil of Gotham Halo
The Black Veil of Gotham Halo
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