Homosexuality and Vampires

Posted April 21, 2017 by Greta in Artifacts, Phenomena, and Haunted Places, Encyclopedia and Lexicon, Uncategorized / 0 Comments

The first gay vampire story was Manor, written by Karl Henrich Ulrichs, the founder of homosexual studies, and was first published in 1884. The term homosexual had been coined in 1869 by Hungarian journalist Karl-Maria Kertbeny. Ulrichs himself used the term “urning” to denote a male who desired men. The first lesbian vampire story was Sheridan le Fanu’s Carmilla, in 1872.

Considered to be the definitive vampire novel of all time, Dracula was penned by the Irish author Bram Stoker, and published in 1897. Although he was far from the first to write of vampires, his novel, which was the culmination of painstaking research concerning the myths and legends of the vampire, became the standard by which other vampire stories were compared, setting the rules under which vampires operated for many years.

Not surprisingly, as Stoker was a long-time associate of the flamboyant author Oscar Wilde, there are homosexual undertones to be found in the novel. Stoker began writing the novel one month after Wilde’s sodomy conviction. In 1951, Ernest Jones said in On the Nightmare, “blood often stands in for semen in the context of vampire narratives”. Perhaps that is why most straight men in vampire films, while willing to some degree to be bitten by a beautiful female vampires, they eschew the touch of the male as possessing sexual connotations. They seem to be fearful of being painted by the homosexual brush—and perhaps enjoying it.

Carmilla was not made into a film until 1960 when director Roger Vadim, husband of Brigitte Bardot, made Blood and Roses. Prior to that time, though, lesbian vampires were cinematically represented. 1936’s Dracula’s Daughter was the first in its seduction of a young girl by the title character, played by Gloria Holden.

Hammer Film Studios produced a more explicit lesbian vampire trilogy, the first of which was The Vampire Lovers. It was released in 1970, directed by Roy Ward Baker and it starred Hammer Film staple and future Star Wars general, Peter Cushing. The second film in the series was Lust for a Vampire, 1971, followed the next year by Twins of Evil. Each film seemed to have less lesbian content than the one before. The third starred twin sister/Playboy Playmates, Madeleine and Mary Collinson.

The men were slower to receive their own films, but in 1983 there was Gayracula, The Vampire of Budapest in 1995, both porno films. Not to be outdone, the females got a lesbian porno version of Dracula, Lust for Dracula, in 2005 The Lesbian Vampire Killers in 2009.

Gay male vampires have fared better in manga than in film, as yaoi has been embraced by females around the world. There is also a growing cult of m/m romance novels which feature gay vampires which shares many of the same readership.

Lesbian Vampire films
• Blood and Roses
• Dracula’s Daughter
• Lesbian Vampire Killers
• Lust For a Vampire
• Twins of Evil
• The Vampire Lovers
Gay Vampire films
• Gayracula
• Vampire of Budapest

Gay manga
• Blood Honey
• Homemade Vampire
• How to Seduce a Vampire
• Necratoholic
• Pathos
• Vampire’s Portrait

M/M Romance novels featuring vampires
• Blood Signs
• Brothers of the Night
• Leonardo di Caprio is a Vampire
• Love Immortal
• My Fair Vampire
• Vampire Thrall
• Winter of the Soul

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