BW • 5.75 x 8.5 • 224 pages
Grades: 9 to 12 / Ages: 14 to 18

Hardcover Jacket
978-1-5253-0130-8 | May 7, 2019
List Price:
USD $16.99, CAD $17.99


An adaptation of Shaftesbury’s award-winning, groundbreaking queer vampire web series of the same name, Carmilla mixes the camp of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the snark of Veronica Mars, and the mysterious atmosphere of Welcome to Nightvale. Newly escaped from the stifling boredom of a small town, college freshman Laura is ready to make the most of her first year at Silas University. But when her roommate, Betty, vanishes and a sarcastic, nocturnal philosophy student named Carmilla moves into Betty’s side of the room, Laura decides to play detective. Turns out Betty isn't the first girl to go missing — she’s just the first girl not to come back. All over campus, girls have been vanishing, and they are completely changed when (or if) they return. Even more disturbing are the strange dreams they recount: smothering darkness, and a strange pale figure haunting their rooms. Dreams that Laura is starting to have herself. As Laura closes in on the answers, tensions rise with Carmilla. Is this just a roommate relationship that isn’t working out, or does Carmilla know more than she’s letting on about the disappearances? What will Laura do if it turns out her roommate isn’t just selfish and insensitive, but completely inhuman? And what will she do with the feelings she’s starting to have for Carmilla?

Produced by Shaftesbury, and available on the YouTube channel KindaTV, Carmilla is a global sensation. A scripted transmedia series that puts a modern spin on the cult-classic gothic vampire novella by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu, Carmilla has generated over 71 million views and 245 million minutes of watch time across three seasons since its launch in 2014. It has been translated into more than 20 languages and also been made into a feature film. Author Kim Turrisi brings her trademark humor and sensitivity to an adaptation that offers a deep dive for existing fans and a portal for new fans around the world.


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Reviews & Awards


“An enchanting novelization of the best lesbian vampire web series of all time, Carmilla takes the reader on a dark, dangerous and devastatingly romantic tour of Silas University and its supernatural students. Basically, if you love vampire ladies smooching non-vampire ladies, this is the book for you.”
— Sam Maggs, author of Girl Squads and Wonder Women, October 2018

“A fun and faithful adaptation of the beloved hit web series. Laura, Carmilla and the rest of the Silas gang will have both dedicated Creampuffs and newbies alike, cheering for more.”
— Dana Piccoli, pop culture writer, critic, Fairy Gaymother, October 2018

“… readers will be drawn in …”
Booklist, March 2019

“… an action-packed story that combines a vampire story, mystery, and a budding romance.”
CM Magazine, May 2019

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