From SDCC’ 22: Prepare yourselves for HORROR…as Amy Chu and Soo Lee unleash Carmilla: The First Vampire – a horror murder-mystery set in Nineteen Nineties New York Chinatown – from Berger Books in January 2023.

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The plot abstract, based on Dark Horse:

“Set in 1996, the Year of the Rat and the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, an idealistic Chinese American social employee turns detective when she discovers younger, homeless LGBTQ+ girls are being murdered and nobody, particularly the police, appears to care.

“A series of clues points her to Carmilla’s, a new mysterious nightclub in the heart of Manhattan Chinatown. There she falls for Violet, the next likely target, landing her at the center of a real-life horror story—and face-to-face with questions about her own identity and murky past.”

Carmilla: The First Vampire will release January 11, 2023 to native comedian outlets and bookstores January 24.

Writer Amy Chu says,

“Everyone is familiar with Dracula, but few know it was inspired by the vampire Carmilla who fell in love with the many young women who became her victims. Bringing the story to ’90s New York let me explore themes of cultural identity, gentrification, homophobia and racism. It’s definitely the darkest, most mature storyline I’ve ever written!”

The Carmilla that Amy refers to is the serialised gothic novella by Irish creator Sheridan Le Fanu within the early 1870s – almost thirty years earlier than Bram Stoker set quill to paper on 1897’s Dracula – which launched a feminine vampire with a style for different girls. The forthcoming graphic novel by Amy Chu and Soo Lee ought to show fairly the fascinating reinterpretation and replace of this overshadowed character.

Artist Soo Lee, who relies in New York City, chimes in:

“Goth, horror, and vampires make up the classic backdrop to 90’s New York. Using the colorful ambience of the city and cultural references, Amy and I bring back to life to an old NYC that I know and love in this retelling of Carmilla.”

Karen Berger editor and curator of the Berger Books line at Dark Horse mentions the attraction of this story:

“Not only is Carmilla a mesmerizing, steamy and decadent thriller but Amy and Soo have delivered a story with important cultural themes which resonate in today’s antagonizing times.”

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