Are the Nephilim Behind the Supernatural Romance Genre? These Nephilim Believers Say Yes!
There is an adage on the internet that if something exists, there is a porn version of it. Given that we live in a world where dinosaur porn is a viable subgenre, it shouldn’t surprise me that there are also Nephilim-themed “romance” novels like D. M. Pratt’s The Tempting: Seducing the Nephilim (2015), a book that begins with a description of a woman whose most intense orgasm leads to a concussion when she hits her head while writhing in ecstasy. I found it humorous to read Dennis Moore’s review of the book in which he described himself as being conflicted, torn between finding it sexy and sacrilegious in equal measure, at least until he realized that the Nephilim were found in Genesis 6:4 and therefore give Biblical license to supernatural romance!
There isn’t really much point in describing the novel—which I have never read—but it makes an interesting claim in identifying the Nephilim as the first vampires. As it happens, this isn’t just a supernatural romance writer’s fancy but is apparently an active subset of Nephilim theories, at least among those who chase down “giant” Nephilim or threaten gay people with genocide for their alleged Nephilim influence.
But it’s also interesting to note that Pratt is far from the only romance author dealing with Nephilim. A Good Reads list has more than 200 Nephilim romance novels—and that doesn’t even get into Nephilim-based Christian science fiction, which is so filled with Nephilim that even Christian bloggers are asking if there are too many Nephilim in Christian entertainment. On the more disturbing (and less Christian fundamentalist) end of the spectrum, Lyn Gibson, erotic horror author and alleged “vampire historian,” blames King James for excising the Book of Enoch from the Bible (unfortunately, the Church Fathers beat him to it by 1,000 years!) and thus hiding the truth about the Nephilim. (That truth? She says it’s that God never intended us to learn “irrigation” and “gardening” from the Nephilim, among other things.) She believes that Adam’s first wife, Lilith, was one of the women who mated with the Nephilim in Genesis 6:4, and she gave birth to a vampire. She also believes that women who had Nephilim babies died from the trauma. She attributes her knowledge to the fictitious Book of Nod, a text written for the game Vampire: The Masquerade, but which she professes to believe is a genuine ancient text (or, rather, a set of surviving fragments) written by Cain himself before the Flood. (I hope this is a joke, but somehow I doubt it.) Oddly, though, the passages she quotes do not appear in the published book, and I think they come from its sequel, The Erciyes Fragments. Again, these are modern gaming books, despite the cover art that lists them as “translations.”
If you are a Nephilim extremist, you undoubtedly agree with “Naomi Astral,” who in 2012 expressed her belief that, vis-à-vis Bigfoot and vampires, the Nephilim are central to understanding faith and history: “Could it be that the bible is a record of the ‘Nephilim’s’ his-story (sic) and not the original peoples of earth? I’m very familiar with the bible and the only time it makes sense is when I read it from the ‘Nephilim viewpoint’.” And if you happen to be an ex-Christian extraterrestrial enthusiast, you have even stranger views of the Nephilim, like Richard Vizzutti of the Star Gods website, who offers a novel connection between the Nephilim and vampires:
Since the Nephilim have mated with a varity (sic) of species, we now have a variety non-humans among us. Each has their own special traits. One example is Vampires. They were created when Nephilim fused their DNA with vampire bats. Vampire bats come out at night when the sunlight is dim as sun hurts their eyes. Like the Vampire bat, human vampires are adversely affected by sunlight and crave blood. Many true vampires, (not wannabes or Goths), crave blood from the time of their birth.
He also thinks that werewolves are Nephilim-wolf hybrids and that David Icke’s Reptilians are Nephilim-lizard hybrids. His warrant for this? In the Book of Enoch 7:5 the Giants “began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and to devour one another’s flesh, and drink the blood” (trans. R. H. Charles). Vizzutti reads this “sin” as bestiality. Indeed, in The Nephilim and Pyramid of Apocalypse (2004) the late apocalyptic Irish author Patrick Herron (who died last year) concurs that the Nephilim had sex with fish and birds and so on, and thus brought God’s judgment upon the animals (Gen. 6:7) “because the context of this passage is sexual sin.” But is it? No, it is not. Here’s why:
1 And all the others together with them took unto themselves wives, and each chose for himself one, and they began to go in unto them and to defile themselves with them, and they taught them charms and enchantments, and the cutting of roots, and made them acquainted with plants. 2 And they became pregnant, and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells: 3 Who consumed all the acquisitions of men. 4 And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against them and devoured mankind. 5 And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and to devour one another’s flesh, and drink the blood. 6 Then the earth laid accusation against the lawless ones.
Notice where the sin against the animals falls: between the giants eating humans and then engaging in cannibalism. The implication is clear: the giants’ sin wasn’t sex—that was the angels’ sin—but the great violence they did to nature in consuming flesh. The order of events is obvious: The giants ate people, and when they ran out of people, they ate all the animals until there were too few animals and they had to eat one another. As Richard Laurence rendered the same lines in an earlier translation, the giants “began to injure birds, beasts, reptiles, and fishes, to eat their flesh one after another, and to drink their blood.” I think this clarifies that passage sufficiently. A side note: This particular line may be an interpolation in the Ethiopian version since George Syncellus, who had access to now-lost originals, omits it from his quotation (Chronography 13), though Syncellus was not always the most faithful of quoters.
That is why in the subsequent chapters of Enoch the emphasis is not on human sin but on the “violence” the Giants wrought and the evil the angels induced. The Flood, in Enoch’s telling, is not the end of humanity and animals—most had already been eaten in a horrible bloodbath—but rather a last attempt to “heal the earth which the angels have corrupted, and proclaim the healing of the earth” (10:7). Enoch provides an explanation for theodicy and re-contextualizes the Flood as a restoration rather than a destruction, allowing God to be good and merciful even while performing an act that seems in the Biblical account to be among his most cruel.
Anyway, this is getting us a bit far from vampires. Let’s stipulate that in traditional folklore, vampires are not bats. That’s a Hollywood invention. In traditional lore, vampires are risen corpses, and when they are linked to animals they are more frequently said to have the power of lycanthropy or to control rodents. It is in the latter capacity they are thought to have a relationship to bats, as flying rats. But for Vizzutti, the Nephilim are sneaky bastards, hiding in plain sight as the Illuminati and keeping their animal hybrids around to harm us: “The Illuminati inner circle of power is made up of pure blood Nephilim. The outer circle hybrids are the ones that live among us and instinctually make out (sic) lives a living hell.”
The Nephilim’s secret plan is to continue seducing women, especially through the Twilight books, according to Christian fantasist Helena Lehman, a self-described “expert” on the connection between the Great Pyramid, the Bible, and astrology (sorry, “Pre and Post-Flood Sethite Astronomy,” not “occultic Astrology”). She is deeply concerned that vampire romance books, movies, and TV shows are leading women into the clutches of Fallen Angels and giants. (And, she says, teen boys, too, thanks to Twilight, for reasons I’m afraid I don’t understand.) For Lehman, horror movies are in fact true depictions of a reality that people foolishly believe doesn’t exist:
Though few people realize it, this sort of entertainment invokes terror in me because I know that it accurately depicts the dark desires of demons that continually lust after human flesh and blood. Furthermore, I know that these unseen demonic entities are actually the spirits of the Nephilim, alien beings that hate mankind with an intense passion, and that once inhabited the Earth before the Flood. At that time, the Nephilim vied for the control of the Earth, and desired to destroy every human being that was not mesmerized into submission and sexual sin by their dark, exotic and sensual allure.
Lehman is deeply worried that she and the audience for supernatural romances may be unable to control themselves when in the presence of an attractive Nephilim without sufficient prophylactic application of Jesus. We know this because she tells us that before the Flood, every single human being who had not been “killed” by the Nephilim “lusted” for the Nephilim (for a good Christian, she bases a surprising amount of her work on 1 Enoch and its alleged “prophecies”). To that end, she sees vampires as masks for the Nephilim, continuing to lure women into sexual temptation: “It’s time for believers to wake up and realize that any love of paranormal paramours and the demonic divas who court them is a dangerous re-visitation of the dark sensuality that gripped the entire world before the Flood.”
It would be funny if it weren’t so sad. To the above extremists we can add L. A. Marzulli, Steve Quayle, and the rest of their merry band of Nephilim researchers who advocate mass genocide of alleged Nephilim bloodlines. There are way too many people who are trying to indoctrinate the public into some bizarre theology of sexually irresistible cannibal giants in service of appeals to use mythology to defend the power and privilege of (choose at least three of the following) straight, white, conservative, Christian men.
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5/24/2015 05:04:14 am
"threaten gay people with genocide for their alleged Nephilim influence"... ??? I must have missed this somewhere; WTF?
5/24/2015 05:12:14 am
Nephilim believer and religious extremist Steve Quayle argued that the Nephilim turn people gay and/or that homosexuality is a sign of Nephilim influence. He also argues that God has sanctioned the genocide of all Nephilim. Applying the transitive property, it appears that Quayle was offering a coded claim that gay people deserve death.
5/17/2018 12:42:15 pm
Are there any other categories of people (in addition to gays) that the Nephilim-hunters also want to annihilate for being, allegedly, Nephilim descendants?
5/24/2015 05:21:42 am
I have to laugh, because The Book of Nod and The Erciyes Fragments are mere "color text" for the games, and the "transcribed by" on the cover of Erciyes is frankly no different from the fictitious claims made by many a young-adult novelist on their own works--Rowling on a couple of her filler texts for the Potter universe and Rick Riordan on the Kane Chronicles are two examples that leap to mind. They're great reads and very well-researched, because White Wolf LOVES research, but someone believing in them as truth is sort of a touchstone for most gamers for "don't game with this person, they need Professional Help First." And I have to wonder, at least a bit, whether VtM came first or whether this Nephilim-as-first-vampires bit came first, because there are suspiciously strong similarities between the two.
5/24/2015 07:04:25 am
Games have hugely done this to a number of genres. I've seen serious movie reviews talk about how the LoTR movies were "D&D-like" without a trace of irony. But one can clearly see the impact of games on a lot of fantasy.
5/24/2015 01:03:56 pm
I'm not sure that I can agree that "such systems completely drain the mystery out," particularly when speaking of the White Wolf universe. Yes, it gives a set of mechanics for interaction, but that doesn't mean that those mechanics completely define every possible interaction players are capable of making. How "literature-like"--or "genre-like"--a given game is really depends on the Storyteller/Dungeon Master/Game Master and on the players. As an example, my brother developed a game that literally gave his players nightmares by utilizing mirrors within the game mechanics in such a way that the players became so engrossed by the storyline being built that they couldn't tear themselves out of it readily, and isn't that the defining feature of any piece of great literature?
5/25/2015 03:48:17 am
Literature isn't my strong point, I'll just note that.
5/25/2015 05:38:15 am
In terms of the literary/storytelling value of "most games," I will say that yes, most are akin to trashy dime novels of various sorts. But I guess a lot of my viewpoint about it comes from being involved in the world(s) of fanfiction--I really don't think the quality of the storytelling experience is at all the fault of the rules. See, fanfiction doesn't have these sets of rules in the way; you can do quite literally anything you can dream up with the characters you're using. The only "systems" you have are ones that let readers have some vague idea about the nature of your content--porn, not porn, characters in a completely different world than the one they came from, that sort of thing. And yet, that total freedom produces a lot of complete dross, with a small handful of amazing works of derivative fiction. In fact, you will often see a higher quality of work as a result of contests with specific sets of rules governing the writing. So the fact that there's a lot of horrible storytelling in gaming circles, to me, has nothing whatever to do with the rules systems, and everything to do with the abilities of the storytellers, which with gaming involves many people at once.
5/25/2015 06:33:28 am
I don't think rules inhibit creativity, they emphasize one kind over another. If, like the Nephilim folks, you want to make a persistent shared literal supernatural world, then it would be no surprise one would go to games for inspiration. Especially since there have been several games dedicated to creating secret worlds hidden more or less under the surface.
5/25/2015 07:41:13 am
"It's ok if it never gets explained, or used again in some tactical sense, but that is to some degree impossible in traditional rpgs, as it must be explained in order to make him a functioning part of the game that could be used in new ways."
5/24/2015 05:24:53 am
I get the horrible feeling that at least some of the announced Republican candidates for POTUS probably read these novels.
5/24/2015 11:06:46 am
Now, that would explain a lot of their collective insanity.
5/24/2015 12:41:57 pm
I would like to propose a theoretical cage match between Nephilim researchers and Templar researchers. Of all the fringe camps, they seem to be the most alike.
5/25/2015 03:49:31 am
"Of all the fringe camps, they seem to be the most alike."
5/24/2015 02:13:00 pm
Fuck it, I'll be the one to say it.
5/25/2015 04:02:02 am
Here's my big question on that:
5/25/2015 09:41:04 am
I can't answer the mental question. However, I still find it disturbing that there are members of a community calling for the genocide of those they believe are Nephilim-spawn, all in the name of God. For example:
5/25/2015 12:29:46 pm
The Rh- thing is also found in some alien abduction lore circles. Which screams common source in conspiracy lore at some earlier date.
5/25/2015 02:58:07 pm
I think the common source for the Rh-negative blood element may stem from the angels/demons = aliens (and vice versa) interpretation. Depending on which camp is using it for "evidence" determines whether it originated from the Nephilim or aliens.
5/25/2015 03:13:36 pm
Seeing as how some of the sites talking about this "note" that Jews and Basques have more Rh-, it looks like it's some version of the old Aryan/BritishIsraelite/19thcenturyrace bullshit.
5/25/2015 05:33:30 am
I'll admit I'm surprised at the market demand for this stuff. The smallest amount of critical thinking would cause anyone with even below average intelligence to reject some of these theories and hence the fiction would also be viewed as a joke. Then again I don't get the mega church thing or even the religious side of the environmental movement. I find it hard to believe how astrology logic drives our economic policy makers as well. There is no substitute for rational debate but society isn't doing a very good job at creating those that question authority thes days. Heck the patriot act is based on irrational fear to fund big govt and we have folks running for president who believe in that narrative.
5/25/2015 06:48:48 am
5/25/2015 07:16:48 am
"She believes that Adam’s first wife, Lilith, was one of the women who mated with the Nephilim in Genesis 6:4, and she gave birth to a vampire. ... She attributes her knowledge to the fictitious Book of Nod ..."
5/25/2015 03:23:10 pm
Wait a minute, you're saying 'dinosaur themed' romance is a thing?
5/25/2015 03:26:39 pm
Thank Amazon for monetizing self-publishing of _anything_
5/26/2015 01:33:04 am
First, scenes from Delta Green cited as UFO abduction cases, and now WoD flavor text cited as scriptural lore.
5/29/2015 11:02:12 pm
William Schneoblen identified the Nephlim with Vampires first.
3/1/2016 06:04:25 pm
Jason, I do not mind if you use information from my blog however, if you are going to quote me, quote me correctly! 1-I do not write Nephilim erotica. 2- I did not claim that King James removed the book of Enoch from the Bible, I did state that the book was removed from the King James version as we know it. 3- I did not label the fictitious Book of Nod as ancient scriptures, when referring to Nod, it was the land of Nod, where Jewish legend states that Lilith encountered Cain. 4- I never stated that God had no intentions of us developing irrigation, my statement was that the Nephilim taught humans things that God never intended for us to know. Astrology and the dark arts were the reference. My title of Vampire Historian derives from my knowledge of Vampire legends all over the world. I do believe that Lilith mated with the fallen Angels therefore creating the Nephilim race on this planet. Perhaps, Jason, you should do a more thorough job when researching prior to plastering grossly misquoted information.
4/17/2016 03:36:43 pm
Theo nephilim giants have already been judged and unredeemed. They are demons who will be resurrected at end times. Cannibalism will return as famine will be prevalent. There are now "tweaked" nephilim and they are everywhere. They come out of the tunnels and mingle with humans, both socially and biologically. I do think God would redeem one of these unless it was already a beast, i.e. trsnshuman hybrid. They staff FEMA, DHS, etc.
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