The thought of someone enjoying the sight or taste of blood is enough to make normal people sick, however, this does in fact occur. While the term vampire comes to mind, that is a fictional character and these are real people. So, what do we call these sorts of people?
What Do You Call Someone Who Loves Blood But Is Not A Vampire?
Since calling someone who loves blood a vampire is somewhat of a make-believe term, we would generally prefer to use something truthful, yet real. Therefore, this article will be exploring the following ten terms that accurately describe someone who has an unquenched thirst for human blood:
- A Sanguinarian
- A Blood-Lover
- Renfield’s Syndrome
- A Blood-Fetishist
- A Predator
- A Bloodsucker
- A Lamia
The preferred version that we will be highlighting for the purposes of this article is “a sanguinarian”. This is the best way to depict someone as being the type of individual who enjoys seeing or consuming the blood of another person.
We can define “a Sanguinarian” as a person who lives a lifestyle similar to the fictional vampire, as they have a physical third, need or craving to consume blood. The term comes from the Latin word “sanguinarius”, which means to be bloodthirsty.
The main misconception with Sanguinarians is that they bite people, similar to what we see vampires do in movies. However, these are people who often cut themselves to drink blood or have donors that are willing to use IVs. Human teeth are also not sharp enough and it’s incredibly dangerous – which goes against the Sanguinarian community standards where safety is actually quite important.
We can now look over the following examples that highlight the use of this term:
- He is a Sanguinarian, which means he loves to consume blood.
- Most Sanguinarians do not have a donor or a regular supply of human blood other than their own, so they will purchase animal blood from butchers.
- The idea of Sanguinarians may seem frightening, but they are regular humans like you and me, minus the need for a red drink here or there.
Another alternate term that we can choose to use is “a blood-lover”. “A blood-lover” can be someone who actually likes to consume blood, or can merely be someone who enjoys the appearance of blood, the sight of injuries or pain.
This can be someone who enjoys blood in a sexual nature or for the purposes of arousal or someone who just genuinely finds a fascination or satisfaction with blood itself.
Here are a few examples that showcase the use of this term in a sentence:
- She is a known blood-lover, which causes her difficulties in personal relationships.
- I’m not sure how anyone could ever be a blood-lover, as I get squeamish at the sight of blood.
- My cousin is a blood-lover – she was always cutting herself and drinking it as a child.
“Hematophagy” is defined as the practice of consuming blood as a food source. While this is generally a term used to describe animals, a human being could also practice hematophagy. Some animals are obligatory “hematophages”, which means they must consume blood in order to survive.
Some examples of animals and insects that are “hematophages” are vampire bats, lampreys, leeches and even mosquitos.
For additional clarity on this term, we can look over the following examples:
- Hematophagy is beyond a love of blood – it’s a complete necessity and desire.
- Hematophagy is the preferred form of feeding for many insects and animals, like insects.
- Although very uncommon, there are humans who’ve attempted the prolonged practice of hematophagy.
“Renfield’s Syndrome”, also commonly known and referred to as clinical vampirism, is an obsession with drinking and consuming blood. This is considered to be a very serious psychiatric disorder, one that should be diagnosed and handled by a medical professional.
It is thought that “Renfield’s Syndrome” progresses in stages from licking or sipping the blood from one’s cuts, to eventually seeking out an animal or human blood to quench an undeniable thirst.
We can now look over the following examples that highlight the use of this particular term:
- Renfield’s Syndrome is considered a true neurological disease that often does require intervention and treatment.
- My sister has just been diagnosed Renfield’s Syndrome after years of drinking her own blood and then progression to attempting to drink mine.
- People often refer to Renfield’s Syndrome as vampirism.
A Blood Fetishist
Another alternative that we can choose to use is “a blood fetishist”. This can be defined as the type of individual that finds arousal (mainly sexual) from the sight, sensation, or taste of blood. Often, their sexual experiences can include or surround what is referred to as “blood play”.
Without getting into any further details, it is true that a “blood fetishist” is someone who loves blood, but is certainly not a vampire.
The following are examples that include the use of this specific term:
- I had to break up with him because he was a blood fetishist and I couldn’t support that.
- A blood fetishist isn’t generally someone who wants to injure others, as that would be assault.
- I imagine it would be difficult or quite embarrassing to want to disclose to someone that you were a blood fetishist.
Generally, “a predator” refers to an animal that consumes prey in order to survive. The scent of blood is considered a universal sign, as many “predators” are drawn to it, like wolves and tigers. Therefore, we can use this term for someone who is drawn to the scent of blood.
We can now look over the following examples that highlight the use of this term in a sentence:
- Apparently, he was very animalistic in a predator sense – which is why he’s locked up.
- That murderer was known for being a predator and drawn to the scent of human blood.
- A predator and a vampire are very similar, both love blood.
“A bloodsucker” is defined as being an insect or animal that sucks blood. Two very common examples of “bloodsuckers” are mosquitos and leeches. Because “a bloodsucker” is an animal that loves blood, we can use this term to accurately describe someone who is similar.
Dracula and other vampires are known for being “bloodsuckers”, which makes this a superb alternative to utilize.
For additional reference on the use of this term, here are a few examples:
- She was a famously terrifying woman, known for being a bloodsucker and calling herself a vampire.
- I couldn’t imagine meeting a human that was a bloodsucker; a person who genuinely loved the taste of blood.
- Blood makes me squeamish, yet there are people who are bloodsuckers!
Another great alternative term that we can choose to make use of is “a Lamia”. In Classical mythology, “a Lamia” was a female demon that devoured children. In later traditions, however, it was regarded as a night spirit, very consistent with that of a vampire.
Therefore, “a Lamia” is an applicable term for someone who loves blood, similar to a vampire.
Here are various examples to go over that highlight the use of this term:
- The original Lamia was the queen of Libya who had an affair with Zeus, which ended horribly and resulted in her killing every child she could.
- A Lamia is often depicted as a half a woman with the bottom half of a snake.
- In later writings, a Lamia was always considered to be somewhat of a vampire, only drawn to the blood of children.
Piquerism is another type of love for blood, in a sexual nature. This is a sexual interest in penetrating another person’s skin for the purposes of arousal. This is a very dangerous form of blood love or fetish and has been known to cause serious injuries.
This is also considered to be a psychosexual disorder and should require medical attention.
We can now look over the following examples that include the use of this term:
- Piquerism comes from the French word “piquer”, which means to prick.
- People have been known to be seriously injured from Piquerism – that’s terrifying!
- Piquerism is a very dangerous type of love for blood.
The final alternative that we will be going over in this article is “haematomaniac”. A “haematomaniac” is often referred to as someone who is a modern-day, real-life or self-identified vampire. No one is aware of what causes “haematomania”, the undeniable craving to drink blood.
Those who consider themselves a “haematomaniac” often describe it as an intense, thirst-like sensation or an addiction, from which they can face major withdrawals. While seemingly similar to a vampire, “haematomaniacs generally like to distinguish the differences between film vampires and real-life ones.
Finally, we will go over our last few examples for this article:
- Most haematomaniacs claim to live a normal and functioning lifestyle, minus their added need to consume blood.
- Most haematomaniacs apparently live by both safe and ethical standards, as they wish to remain healthy throughout their practices.
- Haematomaniacs have a large desire to drink blood, many of whom find they most consume it on a daily basis.