My Three Favourite… LGBT Vampires

12th Feb 2013

My Three Favourite... LGBT Vampires

But just in case Edward doesn’t float your boat, and a ‘Team Jacob’ themed duvet set isn’t on your wish list, here’s a list of some of the best LGBT vampires around.

These bad guys seduce, tantalize, and confound, shock, rock and roll their way into the vampire Hall of Fame. They drink blood, break hearts, cause havoc- and there’s not a single purity ring between them.

Geraldine in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Christabel (1797-1800)

This poem introduces Christabel, a young woman apparently ‘devoid of guile and sin.’ But just in case you’re bored, it also tells of Geraldine, a snaky, serpentine woman who seduces young Christabel with a strip-tease. (Yes, really.)

Christabel begins by praying by an oak tree for her fiancé, a knight. (Swoon.) But the knight fantasy soon fades when Geraldine slides out from behind the tree.

Ironically, it’s Geraldine- rather than Christabel- who holds the reader’s attention. Christabel invites her into her home, taking her hand.

When Geraldine collapses, she carries her (with surprising strength!) over the threshold like a husband carrying his new wife.

When they enter Christabel’s bedroom, things turn bizarre, as the spirit of Christabel’s dead mother appears. Yet Geraldine dismisses her coolly: ‘Off, woman, off! this hour is mine.’

With that callous dismissal, Geraldine sucks Christabel deeper into deviance. Christabel watches, enraptured, as Geraldine undresses, revealing an unspecified (but no-doubt demonic) mark, and takes her in her arms.

The next morning, Christabel dissolves into shame for her ‘sins’ (‘Sure I have sinned!’) but the real shame is that she still possesses none of the charisma of the unrepentant Geraldine.

Geraldine hisses and looks at her with ‘shrunken serpent eyes.’ Revealed as a vampiric, lamia-like snake, Geraldine is a symbol of the vampire lesbian-the ultimate deviant- who can only be exorcised through innocence.

True enough, ‘holy’ Christabel steps up to the plate, and Geraldine is cast out. Christabel is left free to marry her knight, and Geraldine is no doubt free to wrap her coils about another victim.

Lestat de Lioncourt in Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire

When plantation owner Louis loses his wife in childbirth, he also loses his will to live. But then into his life sidles the beguiling, bisexual vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, who takes a liking to both Louis and his plantation. Lestat offers Louis the chance of another life as a vampire, and Louis takes it, but the consequences mean he’s forever bound to Lestat.

Arrogant, greedy, defiant and steeped in decadence, Lestat is the perfect blood-sucking throat-savaging foil to the moral Louis, and a wonderful antihero. Lestat, with his gold curls and blue eyes is a Little Lord Fauntleroy grown up and gone bad. He is intimidated by women, desirous of men and drawn towards Louis.

When confronted with the still-beautiful Louis after many years, we cannot help but feel a pang of pity when the now dry and shrivelled Lestat asks Louis to stay with him, and Louis refuses.

Zillah in Poppy Z. Brite’s Lost Souls

The homoeroticism in Brite’s Lost Souls is so rich it’s hard to know where to begin. There’s the odd couple of the alcoholic guitarist Steve and otherworldly, mystic visionary Ghost, who tour America as the band ‘Lost Souls?.’ They (finally) become lovers in Brite’s follow-up 2000 short story, Stay Awake, but the chemistry between them here cannot be ignored.

There’s also Zillah, Molochai and Twig, three eccentric vampires who ooze sex and subversion. Twig and Molochai orbit Zillah like satellites, feeding off his dark energy and his love of chartreuse.

Unnervingly beautiful and beautifully unnerving, Zillah has green eyes, multicoloured hair, pierced nipples and black nails. He’s a glam rocker, a sexual predator and a psychopath.

He seduces naïve fifteen-year old human Jessy, the result of which is a boy he names Nothing and then abandons. Yet it doesn’t take Nothing long to find his way back to his father, and fall under his sensual spell.

Countless sexual trysts later, Nothing realizes the truth about his blood-soaked parentage, and the novel spirals into a dark and satisfying horror, with a homoerotic heart that beats strong and loud.

Guest Post by Eleanor Keane. Eleanor is an English graduate, a library assistant, a committed feminist and gay rights campaigner, a wannabe hippy and a lifelong bibliophile. She has recently self-published her first YA novel, The Breathing Ghosts, for LGBT readers- about a young lesbian vampire hunter- available for download on Amazon