Chanel Bryson

Chanel Bryson

Having worked as a psychiatrist for ten years now, Edgar Hammet is the only publicly known client that Chanel Bryson has evaluated and tried to help.

Having graduated from UBC, Chanel Bryson had a passion for the nuances of the human mind ever since she was a child. Growing up she spent many hours evaluating her friends, public figures and herself, comparing her findings and assertions to what she could read had been decided upon by acclaimed doctors over the decades.

Chanel Bryson is currently in a relationship with another psychiatrist. The couple have been together for twelve years but have decided not to marry citing the “pointlessness of paper to prove commitment.”

“Edgar Hammet’s arguments were untenable.”
– Chanel Bryson regarding “The Hammet Sessions”

To date Miss Bryson has spent over 90 hours evaluating Edgar Hammet and is in the process of condensing her findings into a book entitled “The Hammet Sessions.”

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Who is Edgar Hammet?

Edgar Hammet

Edgar Hammet is the delusional leader of the Hammet cult, a group of deranged individuals that through Edgar’s coaxing were lead to believe that vampires in actual fact do exist. Through various twisted rituals, Edgar managed to convince several people in their twenties to commit reprehensible acts under the guise that they were in actual fact capable of eternal life through the high and elation that other people’s blood gave them.

He acquired various health conditions through deliberate tampering with ordinary life, leading his followers to believe in the validity of what he states.

“There is no ‘Plan B.’ ‘Plan A’ succeeds, because it’s planned.”

– Edgar Hammet (attempting to convince Neyla Reed)

Autophagy – digesting blood

There are a variety of reasons why the Hammet cult assumed they were of a different “species.” One of the most prevalent was the notion instilled by Edgar Hammet that they were able to engage in near-cannibalism to strengthen themselves.

To begin with the group indulged in autophagia, otherwise known as “autophagy.” They would bite their own flesh, attempting to mimic the vampire’s they had read about and seen on screen. However, this only served as a learning curve for them as it proved ineffective.

Autophagy is more of a practice that serves bodily nutrition by consuming some of the body’s tissues, it’s used to remove damaged organelles within a cell. This is not the same as what vampires practice, obtaining their nutrition from blood. Various cult members experimented with varying levels of autophagia, none very successfully.

Edgar Hammet fully tested his theory out on some of his victims, but both Neyla Reed and Kyp Malkmus have been quoted as saying that he didn’t benefit much from his hypothesis.

Eisoptrophobia

The devotion behind Edgar Hammet’s delusion was quite extreme. Vampire lore set the rules that Hammet would follow, convincing his cult to do so in turn.

One of the staples of Edgar’s upbringing was the fact that his parents allowed him to be without mirrors in his room and bathroom. Other areas of the farmhouse; his brother’s room, parents room and other bathrooms included mirrors. But Edgar’s basement room and accompanying bathroom were permitted to be without. Whenever Edgar would pass a mirror, he would reel from his reflection, confused as to how he could have one with his belief being so strong that he wasn’t human.

Over time, he developed acute eisoptrophobia. For those unfamiliar with the term, “eisoptrophobia” is a fear of your own reflection such as seeing oneself in a mirror. His fear wasn’t that of a typical teenager that assumed he or she would have unruly hair or all too visible acne, his fear was that his family would notice the fact that he had no reflection and wish to report him. Neither of which could be further from the truth; he could be seen in the mirror because he was human, and his parents would never do anything to deliberately damage him emotionally.

Catoptrophobia

Edgar encouraged the cult to convince themselves that “Catoptrophobia” was a reality worth recognizing. Catoptrophobia is a fear of mirrors, and within the Hammet cult’s various lairs, mirrors were forbidden in any form. Even a front facing camera on a phone was considered a mirror, and if Edgar saw such a thing, it would be smashed. Irrespective of the item’s cost.

Underneath Hammet’s tutelage, the cult developed their own set of rules and guidelines, living in almost a created world. The lairs which they shared had a specific set of regulations that had to be upheld at all times.

Edgar’s own catoptrophobia galvanized that of the group, which in turn solidified the mirrors ban.

Xeroderma Pigmentosum

What is “Xeroderma Pigmentosum”?

Simply put, it’s a problem with exposure to sunlight or, the genetic disorder in which an individual is unable to repair skin from UV ray damage.

Edgar repeated this term (with further explanation) to the Hammet cult, re-enforcing their trust in him through his apparent wisdom. The unfortunate thing is that the information could easily be discovered and repeated in parrot fashion by utilizing simple internet searches.

His deliberate avoidance of light helped enhance his psychological blocks and created real daylight sensitivity, especially for his eyes.