Vampirella was Angela Carter's first radio play, broadcast in July 1976.
This small illustration was made in one day for the Radio Times as they need it really fast, it is about a young Englishman, travelling by bicycle through Transylvania, finds himself at the mercy of a 'lovely lady vampire' and her governess. Vampirella was Angela Carter's first radio play, broadcast in July 1976.
Vampirella was originally written as a radio play in 1976 and later rewritten as the short story 'The Lady in the House of Love'. The piece employs the Carter strategy of taking a narrative with which we are familiar, in this case that of the voracious vampire and the virginal object of desire and reimagining it from a different viewpoint. Here the vampire is female and the virgin is a gormless young Englishman, on the eve of the First World War.
The work is replete with Carter’s wicked humour, keen sense of gender politics and her awareness of the potency of ancient stories in the here and now. It plays with time and place, cultural stereotypes and the question of agency.
Could finding true love, free Count Dracula's daughter from her "dreadful wheel of destiny"?
Thanks to Folio art and to:
Marlene Díaz-Ellinghaus Lewis
Designer, Radio Times
AWARD WINNING CREATIVE DESIGNER OF THE YEAR, 2017