Hospitality, Rape and Consent in Vampire Popular Culture

Letting the Wrong One In

  • David Baker
  • Stephanie Green
  • Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska

Part of the Palgrave Gothic book series (PAGO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. David Baker, Stephanie Green, Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska
    Pages 1-15
  3. The Dangers of Crossing the Threshold: The Interplay of Power Between Host and Guest

  4. Vampiric Bodies: History, Humanity and Subversion

  5. Those Bloody Kids: Consent, Liminality and the Uncanny in the Figure of Vampire Child

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Amanda Howell
      Pages 129-145
  6. Bloody Romance: Vampires in Intimate Relationships

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 219-225

About this book


This unique study explores the vampire as host and guest, captor and hostage: a perfect lover and force of seductive predation. From Dracula and Carmilla, to True Blood and The Originals, the figure of the vampire embodies taboos and desires about hospitality, rape and consent. The first section welcomes the reader into ominous spaces of home, examining the vampire through concepts of hospitality and power, the metaphor of threshold, and the blurred boundaries between visitation, invasion and confinement. Section two reflects upon the historical development of vampire narratives and the monster as oppressed, alienated Other. Section three discusses cultural anxieties of youth, (im)maturity, childhood agency, abuse and the age of consent. The final section addresses vampire as intimate partner, mapping boundaries between invitation, passion and coercion. With its fresh insight into vampire genre, this book will appeal to academics, students and general public alike.


Vampire culture Vampire romance consent in vampire films Vampire relationships Lesbian vampires Horror romance Hospitality on screen True Blood Buffy Dracula Carmilla rape and consent in film hospitality and power the Other Vampire genre

Editors and affiliations

  • David Baker
    • 1
  • Stephanie Green
    • 2
  • Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska
    • 3
  1. 1.Griffith UniversityNathanAustralia
  2. 2.Griffith UniversitySouthportAustralia
  3. 3.Jagiellonian University KrakowPoland

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