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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