With the long-discussed Castlevania TV series finally set to air on Netflix, let’s reminisce about our favorite blood-sucking, night-stalking, and strangely charismatic supernatural foes!
I’ll swoop in first:
I really like Sheridan’s 1872 novella Carmilla, one of the works that influenced Dracula. The tension in the first half is incredible; a slow, tired dread that captures the feeling of being worn down by the vampire Carmilla’s mercurial shifts between being kind and controlling in her relationship with the protagonist—a relationship with some definite lesbian undertones. It doesn’t have the gripping, propulsive ending of Dracula, but it’s still interesting if you’re into 19th century lit.
Here’s an amazing full reading by Shannon Sarr (of the webcomic Bound by Sound) that I come back to each October: