Carmilla The first vampire

Amy Chu

Book - 2023

"Before Dracula, before Nosferatu, there was...CARMILLA. At the height of the Lunar New Year in 1990s New York City, an idealistic social worker turns detective when she discovers young, homeless LGBTQ+ women are being murdered and no one, especially the police, seems to care. A series of clues points her to Carmilla's, a mysterious nightclub in the heart of her neighborhood, Chinatown. There she falls for the next likely target, landing her at the center of a real-life horror story-and face-to-face with illusions about herself, her life, and her hidden past. Inspired by the gothic novel that started a genre and layered with dark Chinese folklore, this queer, feminist murder mystery is a tale of identity, obsession and fateful fam...ily secrets"--

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2nd Floor Comics New GRAPHIC NOVEL/Chu (NEW SHELF) Due Dec 16, 2023
Detective and mystery comics
Graphic novels
Queer comics
Social issue comics
Vampire comics
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books 2023.
Main Author
Amy Chu (author)
Other Authors
Soo Lee (illustrator), Sal Cipriano (letterer)
First edition
Physical Description
112 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents unavailable.
Review by Booklist Review

Living through the winter of 1996, lifelong New York City resident and queer Chinese American Athena Lo is a social worker trying to find answers to a string of disappearances; all of the people are young women, many are down on their luck, and all are Athena's clients. Her investigation leads her to Carmilla's, an underground club in a seedy part of Chinatown, where she meets Violet. Violet is homeless, and Athena offers her a place to spend the night, despite her partner's disapproval; Violet, however, is much more than she appears to be, and soon Athena becomes too involved in Violet's plight to back out. This graphic novel is strongly centered around the New York City of the '90s and its ongoing recovery from the decline of the '80s; illustrations are fittingly dark and gritty, with many panels reflecting the Chinese culture Athena shares with her yeh yeh. This is a modern retelling of Sheridan Le Fanu's nineteenth-century novella, and readers familiar with it will easily recognize it in this atmospheric vampire story.

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.