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David Campton’s “Carmilla”

Several play versions of Joseph Sheridan LeFanu‘s classic novella exist, from the Wildclaw Theater‘s grand guignol adaptation to recent musical in development and even one penned by yours truly.  There’s one particular version that has seen several different productions in the United Kingdom since its premiere in the 1970s–that of David Campton (who also wrote…

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Carmilla Adaptation STYRIA Needs Your Help

As some of you may know, I’ve been following the production of Styria for some time.  This is the first major effort to seriously adapt Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic novella Carmilla in over twenty years.  Last year I even did a three-part interview with Mark Devendorf, one of the writer/directors of the project. Now…

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STYRIA A First Look

Post production on the first major film adaptation of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla nears completion.  With that comes a new Facebook Page as well as a teaser trailer online for only 48 hours.  By the time anyone reads this, the teaser will most likely no longer be available.  So we here at Vampires.Com offer…

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Directors Who Should Do Carmilla

Two decades have passed since Showtime’s adaptation of Carmilla with Meg Tilly as the title character.  As this article goes is written a new version of the classic is looking for a distributor.  Titled Styria it stars Stephen Rhea.  To be sure, Le Fanu’s wonderful and seminal novella so far ended up on the screen…

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Nightmare Classics “Carmilla”

As noted elsewhere at Vampires.com, at least two films based on Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s vampire classic are on their way to movie theaters.  One, Styria, remains in post-production whereas The Moth Diaries is seeking a distributor. Time to take a look at the last major version of Carmilla maybe?  Why not? Nightmare Classics back…

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Online Carmilla Event

From September 12 until October 12–one entire month–a rare film version of “Carmilla” will be available online as part of a promotion for a book, “The Annotated Carmilla.” Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic novella, which pretty much created the Lesbian Vampire trope, has been adapted half a dozen times for the screen since its publication…

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Vampire Tales that Belong on Cable TV

Consider. “True Blood” is a bona fide hit, as is the network television series “The Vampire Diaries.” Now consider the huge success of various other cable shows–from “Dexter” to “Weeds” to the epic “Game of Thrones.” Might we not ask cable television to give us some more undead-themed television, especially since cable allows generally higher…

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Top Ten Lesbian Vampires

Go to any search engine of your choice and type in the phrase “Lesbian Vampire.” The results will include a fair amount of scholarly essays, pure porn, a Wikipedia article, reviews to more than a few very cheap movies (as well as some of much higher quality), places where you can purchase anthologies as well…

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Get Vampires for Free on Your Kindle!

I have finally joined the Kindle masses! Yes, at long last I own a Kindle! After I was finished staring at it, petting it and whispering compliments to it’s pretty screen, I decided it was probably time to actually put something to read on it, so I hit up Amazon and, well, my love for…

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Who Should Play Carmilla?

Two film versions of “Carmilla” are in some stage of production right now. A stage play based on Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s last work just opened in Chicago. With the number of Draculas numbering in the dozens, little wonder those interested in the genre find this female literary predecessor increasingly interesting. The current wave of…

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Carmilla in Chicago

Wildclaw Theatre in Chicago (the name is in memory of Ray Wild aka “The Claw,” a writer/director/actor) specializes in what they proudly call Horror Theatre. Their avowed mission is to “…bring the world of horror to the stage. We intend to attract a new kind of audience which does not usually go to the theatre,…

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Carmilla on Stage

Browsing the website DeviantArt I came across photos by the lighting designer (http://dionysuspsi.deviantart.com/) of a Canadian high school production of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s “Carmilla.” Evidently, the set was minimalist (“a set of demented white ‘pillars’ that when put in the correct configuration form a closing hand”) while the destruction of the vampire in the…

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