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Daughters of Darkness: Lesbian Vampire Stories

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  • Daughters of Darkness: Lesbian Vampire Stories
  • Editor: Pam Keesey
  • Publisher: Cleis Press
  • Year: 1993
  • Country: US
  • 257 pages

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In Daughters of Darkness, lesbian vampires woo, seduce, and otherwise overpower their intended. An anthology of ten sexy, innovative short stories, mostly by contemporary women authors. It includes the 1872 classic 'Carmilla', by J. Sheridan LeFanu, as well as stories of a couple's first visit to New Orleans, and a bored hard-core S/M vampire dominatrix getting confronted by a mortal.

Qvamp says:

This is perhaps the most famous lesbian vampire collection in existence, and rightly so. It's a very good collection of stories. One of the stories here, I admit is my first experience with hard-core lesbian vampire S/M.

The author has also invested a significant amount of time in understanding and summarizing the history and cultural significance of the lesbian vampire. She traces the emergence of the lesbian vampire back to the 1800s in the story 'Carmilla'(included in this book).

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From Library Journal 12/01/2001

Although this collection is probably for a fairly specialized market, there are some excellent stories here--including works by Jewelle Gomez, Kathryn Forrest, and Robbi Sommers--which, as editor Keesey points out, are hard to find elsewhere. Before Dracula, much vampire lore in fact centered around female vampires, and Keesey is bringing to light some of that tradition. By combining the ideas of women as vampires and women as seductive lesbians, Keesey doubles the force of images that have historically crystallized society's fear of powerful women. This book will be particularly at home in collections of feminist fiction, folklore, and popular culture; the explicit eroticism may limit its use in popular fiction collections.-- Marylaine Block, St. Ambrose Univ . , Davenport, Ia.


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