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

Carmilla Magazine (2002)


In 2002, editor Inoue Meimy started the erotic lesbian magazine Carmilla. In a 2005 interview, Meimy talked about how the magazine got its name: “One day I happened to be talking with Kawanishi, who I was writing with, about this novel that I had read as a child—a novel that first made me aware of sex between women. I had really loved Carmilla and it turns out that she had felt exactly the same way. And when we talked about it, it was perfect—Carmilla was erotic and the storyline focuses on a vampire named Carmilla who draws hetero women into the world of love between women. And so we thought, well, that’ll work. Plus, it had fueled both our masturbatory fantasies—and that’s how the magazine became Carmilla.” The magazine was designed to be sexy but also light in tone. 

Lesbian Vampire Killers (2009)

Two bumbling mates take a camping trip to get their minds off of real life, and find themselves in the middle of a mess of lesbianing. Hey, it’s that guy that sings with people in their cars! (Actually James Cordon said in an interview that this film was one of his biggest career regrets. Oops.) The plot involves curses, virgins and, of course, Carmilla as the vampire queen. If the lead actor telling you this movie is not good doesn’t away you, you can see for yourself on Amazon

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (2010)
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Carmilla appears as a boss villain in six editions of the Castlevania video game series. In it, she’s mostly scantily clad and a loyal follower of Dracula. In Lord of Shadows, Carmilla turns into a huge, gargoyle-like beast with wings who is to be vanquished by the hero Simon. In 2014’s sequel, Carmilla is after Simon’s love interest, and is killed by being stabbed through the heart and then impaled through the mouth with a large rod. Yeah, that gross symbolism isn’t lost on us, Konami.

Believe it or not, these are not all of the Carmilla adaptations out there. Have you looked into any, or are you sticking with the web series?