The history behind “Carmilla,” the story of a 19th century lesbian vampire

The Blood Splattered Bride (1972)

Whoo boy! This Spanish horror film connects the loss of female virginity to murderous tendencies. A young woman has a terrible vision that she is assaulted by a stranger on her wedding night. When she and her new husband return to his childhood home, she begins to have vivid images of a mysterious woman. This woman (Carmilla, who also happens to be the groom’s ancestor) goes from appearing in the young bride’s head to manifesting in the flesh. The women have a sinister Sapphic romance and go on a killing spree, until they are finally stopped. 

Nightmare Classics: Carmilla (1989)tumblr_nffpruSMQv1re5o97o1_500

Want to see Meg Tilly seduce Ione Skye? Sure you do! This made-for-TV adaptation brings the Styria action to the states, and is set before the Civil War. The character of Laura is now Marie, and is a little more petulant than the girl in the novella. It’s quite cheesy, and the actresses show their youth with rather wooden performances, but if you are a fan of the genre, you can find it pretty easily on YouTube.

Carmilla The Erotic Horror Classic of Female Vampirism (1991)

This six part comic book series by Steven Jones and John Ross gives Carmilla the erotic treatment. Back when it was originally released, some of the covers were so “adult” that they were covered in paper. They are currently available on Amazon if, you know, you are into research and stuff. 

Carmilla: The Return (1998)41UpuBEwKEL._SX315_BO1,204,203,200_

Author Kyle Marffin resurrected Carmilla in this updated “sequel” or sorts. This time, Carmilla is living life in the post-grunge ’90s, strangely enough, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In this version, Laura is Lauren, but Carmilla wants her just the same. The book has pretty mixed reviews so you might be better off reading some Carmilla fanfic.