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First Kill is a sapphic vampire drama coming to Netflix in June

First Kill, a sapphic vampire drama is set to premiere on Netflix next month on June 10.

When you cast your mind back to a piece of media that caters to both the sapphics and vampire lovers, you’ll probably come up with something like Carmilla. Carmilla is indeed a great book, but it goes to show just how little sapphic material is out there including vampires, especially for those of us out there who are looking for something that’s not focused on the male gaze.

Thankfully, Netflix looks like it’ll be adding to that sapphic vampire list with First Kill – an 8-episode series that follows two warring families, one vampire, the other a vampire hunter and a romantic relationship between the two teens caught up in all of that messy drama.

Our protagonists in this supernatural adventure are vampire teen Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook) and vampire hunter Calliope (Imani Lewis). The two of them have a huge amount of responsibility on their shoulders: Juliette is urged to get her first kill and solidify her place in her family, whereas Calliope’s free time outside of school is pushing her body to its limit so she can hunt vampires effectively. Talk about trying to balance your home and school life…

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Calliope and Juliette cuddle up together

Things start to get complicated between the two girls when Juliette sets her sights on Calliope, only to discover that the one girl she chose to be her delicious meal just so happens to belong to a family of vampire hunters. However, the two quickly learn that fighting one another is going to be a whole lot tougher when there are romantic feelings involved.

First Kill is based on a short story from V.E. Schwab from the vampire anthology Vampires Never Get Old: Tales With Fresh Bite. Schwab wrote all 8 episodes and has said that she pitched the short story “as “Buffy meets Killing Eve.”

As Lydia Wang from Netflix puts it: gay Twilight fans? This one’s for us.

First Kill is set to release on Netflix on June 10.

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