Carmilla: The First Vampire (2023)


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.

From: Penguin Random House

Notes on This Title

The main character of this title is a queer Chinese American woman. A Black queer woman is a supporting character. An older Asian character seems to be a drag queen, although their gender identity is not established on panel.

This title contains depictions of racism, use of homophobic language, and frequent depictions of violence and the aftermath of violence.


35th Annual GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Original Graphic Novel/Anthology - Nominee
2024 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel - Nominee


Carmilla is a fine vampire story set in New York City’s Chinatown 30 years ago.” (Source: Bleeding Cool)


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