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Note: This article is about the comic story. For the episode, see Carpe Noctem.

"Carpe Noctem" is a short story from the Tales of the Vampires comic book miniseries. It was written by Jackie Kessler and illustrated by Paul Lee.


After vampires are exposed to the public, Cyn becomes extremely frustrated with the rules laid down by Harmony Kendall, feeling she can't not be a real vampire anymore. Meanwhile, her roommate, Ash, loves the newfound attention she has been receiving. They go out clubbing and, after being approached by a man who is into vampires, Cyn takes him into an alley, where she drains him.

Cyn agrees to go out clubbing more often, using this as an excuse to find more prey. As Ash takes home a man and proceeds to have sex and drink from him, she asks Cyn to join. She does, but then drains the man. The two roommates get into an argument and Ash stakes Cyn, remarking that she should have changed with the times.






Death count[]

  • Unidentified man, blood drained by Cyn in an alley.
  • Unidentified man, blood drained by Cyn.
  • Cyn, staked by Ash.

Behind the scenes[]


  • "Carpe Noctem" was originally published in two parts in the digital anthology MySpace/Dark Horse Presents #31 and #32.
  • "Carpe Noctem" is Latin for "seize the night," a play in the Latin aphorism "carpe diem," or "seize the day," from Horace's poetry collection Odes (23 BC). The title has also been used in the Angel episode "Carpe Noctem."
  • The story opens with a quote from the dystopian novel Brave New World (1931).


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