Monday, June 8, 2009

Porphyria


John Harlacher, the director of this year's Nightmare in NYC, sent me this link to an article (one by someone who has never heard of spell check) about how vampires are real, but not in the way that Twilight depicts them. They are real in the way that there are people who fit the afflictions of a vampire from back in the day. Not the Anne Rice variety, but more of the Eastern European ilk. This is actually the direction we are going in the haunted house this year. I am not going with fantastical, supernatural vampires but rather the kind of people that others called vampires but were just people who had rabies, etc., or this rare genetic disease called porphyria.

Porphria is a rare hereditary disease in which the blood pigment hemoglobin is abnormally metabolized. Porphyrins are excreted in the urine, which becomes dark; other symptoms include mental disturbances and extreme sensitivity of the skin to light.

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