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Kat Ellinger

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781800348295

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781800348295.001.0001

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Twins of Evil

Twins of Evil

(p.77) Chapter Four: Twins of Evil
Daughters of Darkness

Kat Ellinger

Liverpool University Press

This chapter contextualises Daughters of Darkness within a framework of vampire, Gothic, and decadent literature. It also discusses the literary and mythic origins of the female vampire and how these have been applied to the characterisation of Countess Elizabeth Bathory in the film. Even though the director states he was not looking to books like Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla to inform him when he wrote the screenplay for the film, he does admit to having read it. Therefore, it is not surprising that some parallels can be made between the film and Le Fanu's text. Additionally, Daughters of Darkness not only shares an affiliation to the likes of Carmilla, ancient myth, and some of the earliest examples of female vampires in literature, but it also delves into the territory of fin de siècle decadent writers, in particular Charles Baudelaire, Jean Lorrain, and Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly.

Keywords:   vampire literature, Gothic literature, decadent literature, Countess Elizabeth Bathory, Carmilla, ancient myth, female vampires, decadent writers

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