Vulture: Inside the All Souls Convention With 400 Witches, Daemons, and Vampires

On a recent sweltering weekend, nearly 400 self-identified witches, daemons, and vampires traveled from around the country to the Science History Institute in Philadelphia for two days of bookish revelry.

The ladies — they were nearly all ladies — favored flowy cardigans and long crystal necklaces strung with alchemical symbols; they nibbled on punny delicacies (“maca-runes”); they attended lectures delivered by academics on such topics as the genetic mutations that might allow a creature to live forever by drinking the blood of others; they wept over alchemical manuscripts. “I’ve never experienced anything like it in my life,” observed one of the librarians at the Institute. “Usually we deal with people who are interested in petroleum engineering.”

Excerpted from an article on Vulture by Lila Shapiro.


September 9, 2018