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Carmilla and Laura

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“'I have been in love with no one, and never shall,' she whispered, 'unless it should be with you.'" black heart [version 1] Happy October, and Happy Drawlloween! Today's prompt is "vampire" so I finished up my Carmilla & Laura sketch from last month (you can see the rough sketch here)

It's time once more for Drawlloween! For those who aren't sure what that is, it's a month-long challenge to create spooky artwork in any medium throughout October.
I'm using Mab Graves' prompt list, but because of my packed schedule right now, I'm only doing a couple of the prompts this year. But it'll be fun to see what everyone else creates! Be sure to follow the #mabsdrawlloweenclub tag on instagram to see everyone's artwork black heart [version 1] 

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So exciting, the thought of Laura surrendering, following her lover into a new eternity, becoming undead, together forever

Tuume's avatar

Always loved this tale since I first discovered it in my high school library. Dark, hungry, yet loving. You caught the feelings exquisitely.

asari13's avatar
Cute Laura and Carmilla
Anonymous--Friend's avatar
Love it... this is one of the best Carmilla's depictions I have seen XD
one of my favorite vampire stories!
Xlavok's avatar
This is not accurate to the novella where she's supposed to pass off as a normal human with no inhuman features save for her barely noticeable fangs with a rosy healthy complexion and she doesn't have pointed ears at all and especially she feeds from the breast area as well.
Spider-Bat700's avatar
A version of Carmilla exists in my original Superhero setting, actually. Nice to see her done here. 
Chaosfive-55's avatar
I love the Nosferatu ears (and complexion!) :w00t:
Xlavok's avatar
Despite the fact she doesn't have any Nosferatu ears and she's supposed to have a healthy complexion and she's not pale like other vampires.
Chaosfive-55's avatar
True, but I for one would love to see an adaptation/dramatization where Carmilla does have Nosferatu complexion and ears,
and we the audience can see it, but those around her only see the glamour that she casts; only in her half-sleeping
trance does Laura see Carmilla for what she really is.  That would heighten the creepy factor in my opinion. 
Xlavok's avatar
Redesigning Carmilla having Nosferatu complexion and ears would be taking away from one key points of the original story where she was supposed to pass off as a normal breathing human being while in reality she's really a vampire whose features are unique to her own variation being handed down from the Karnsteins (such as having healthy rosey complexions, warmth of life and faint heart beats since she's supposed to be one of the more human type of vampires compared to others like Dracula and Orlok for example) which was how she was able to be taken in the first place and plus Carmilla's mother from the carriage wreck scene apparently has leverage on her not to reveal her true nature to mortals as well hence Carm's behavior towards Laura throughout the story and her constant lying just to preserve the Masquerade that is.

Also redesigning Carmilla with the intent of "making her more monstrous" would be only ramping up the original story's homophobia up to eleven by turning her into a caricature just to be edgy of course.
Chaosfive-55's avatar
Okay, but I honestly think you're taking offense where none is intended; Abigail has in fact
done other images of Carmilla and Laura which are "closer to the story," please seek them out.

I am a huge fan of Le Fanu, but if you want to be a purist about vampires, the original legends describe
them as far closer to Nosferatu than Countess Karnstein's undoubted charm and grace...and if you read the story
more closely, you will see that her beauty is a deception; recall if you will how she behaves as the funeral passes by,
and her spiteful rage at the gypsy peddler when he offers to grind down that sharp tooth of hers! ;P
Xlavok's avatar
but if you want to be a purist about vampires, the original legends describe
them as far closer to Nosferatu
Actually Vampire Legends were actually broad and diverse which varied from village to village and not all of them looked like Orlok or Nosferatu which matter of fact the major inspiration behind Carmilla where Sheridan Le Fanu specifically got the idea from according to the Annotated Carmilla book I own was from "The Phantom World" published in 1850 by a Abbot Monk Augustin Calmet written in 1746 which is from this passage:…


The public memorials of the years 1693 and 1694 speak of oupires, vampires or ghosts, which are seen in Poland, and above all in Russia. They make their appearance from noon to midnight, and come and suck the blood of living men or animals in such abundance that sometimes it flows from them at the nose, and principally at the ears, and sometimes the corpse swims in its own blood oozed out in its coffin.[472] It is said that the vampire has a sort of hunger, which makes him eat the linen which envelops him.
This[Pg 273] reviving being, or oupire, comes out of his grave, or a demon in his likeness, goes by night to embrace and hug violently his near relations or his friends, and sucks their blood so much as to weaken and attenuate them, and at last cause their death. This persecution does not stop at one single person; it extends to the last person of the family, if the course be not interrupted by cutting off the head or opening the heart of the ghost, whose corpse is found in his coffin, yielding, flexible, swollen, and rubicund, although he may have been dead some time. There proceeds from his body a great quantity of blood, which some mix up with flour to make bread of; and that bread eaten in ordinary protects them from being tormented by the spirit, which returns no more.

Footnotes: [472] V. Moréri on the word stryges.
More info here:….
Chaosfive-55's avatar
:hug: It is SO nice to come across someone with as great an interest in the old folklore as I have!!
And it's true!  Endlessly diverse variations on the theme...did you know that it was believed by many
that when a werewolf dies, he or she becomes a vampire?

And if you scatter mustard seeds on its grave, the vampire is compelled to pick them all up, so if you scatter enough seeds, the creature will 
have no time to go out sucking blood!  

And if you hear someone call your name at night, do not answer until they call you a second time, for a vampire cannot repeat itself.

Now, let me ask the old question:  Do you believe that They truly exist?
Xlavok's avatar
Now, let me ask the old question:  Do you believe that They truly exist?

I would certainly hope so but if they did, they're going to resemble more like their folklore counterparts than Pulp-Culture (then again even Pop-Culture has it's roots in folklore so it's redundant eitherway anyways) of course they might be very rare today considering how we dispose of bodies nowadays compared what we did in the past that is since it's possible that Vampires used to be more common than maybe today that is.

Since Vampires are after all corporal undead beings and anything could be hijacking the corpse as a host whether it's a actual deceased person or a spirit  or even a Faerie or Demon perhaps or sometimes Vampires could be incorporeal or even a weird mix of corporal/incorporeal "ghosts" that is.
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Nice, I like your style. :)
santiboca's avatar

Very cool

I love it!!

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Judging from the blood flow, the vampire was smart enough not to bite the carotid.  I work at a hospital so I sometimes ask the doctors questions about the body when there's something I need to know for my stories.  I once asked a surgeon what the ideal place for a vampire to bite would be.  With the most serious look on his face, he said, "Not the carotid arteries.  NEVER, EVER POP THE CAROTID."  I said, "That bad, huh?"  He replied, "Let me put it this way:  If a vampire bites the carotid artery, they won't be drinking any blood because it's going to be spraying everywhere except their mouth.  So, unless they want to be lapping it up like a cat, vampires should never bite the carotid."

Also, it's amazing what doctors and other people will tell you when you start the conversation with, "I'm doing research for a book."  :D (Big Grin) 
ollympian's avatar
very good point. most people dont realize just how large the carotid artery is and just how much blood there would be spurting out even just from a small puncture. most stereotypical vampire stories show just a small trickle of blood coming out but its incredibly unrealistic : P
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