Carmilla: Exclusive Interview with David Macdowell Blue

The Horror Hothouse

Hot on the heels of the British Film Institute’s reissue of Schalcken the Painter comes another adaptation of one of Irish Gothic writer Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s works. This time it’s Carmilla, which was originally published in 1872. Le Fanu’s massively influential Sapphic vampire tale has already been interpreted by a number of filmmakers, musicians and writers: most notably by Hammer as The Vampire Lovers (1970) and Roger Vadim as Blood and Roses (1960), and it even inspired Cradle of Filth’s album Dusk… and Her Embrace. We’ll leave 2009’s  Lesbian Vampire Killers under the carpet where it belongs though.

David Macdowell Blue’s new stage adaptation of the innocent Laura’s seduction by the blood sucking Carmilla takes place in Nazi occupied Austria just before the outbreak of World War II. The Horror Hothouse‘s Simon Ball caught up with David during casting for the North Hollywood production to ask him…

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