The Moth Diaries

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The Moth Diaries
Author Rachel Klein
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Counterpoint Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 246 pp
ISBN 0-553-38218-7
OCLC 57170287
Dewey Decimal 813/.6 22
LC Class PS3611.L45 M68 2003

The Moth Diaries is the debut novel of Rachel Klein, published in 2002.

Plot summary[edit]

At an exclusively girls' boarding school, Rebecca, a sixteen year-old girl, records her most intimate thoughts in a diary. The object of her growing obsession is her roommate, Lucy Blake, and Lucy's friendship with their new and disturbing classmate, Ernessa. Around her swirl dark rumors, suspicions, and secrets as well as a series of ominous disasters. As fear spreads through the school and Lucy isn't Lucy anymore, fantasy and reality mingle until what is true and what is dreamed bleed together into a waking nightmare that evokes with gothic menace the anxieties, lusts, and fears of adolescence. At the center of the diary is the question that haunts all who read it, "Is Ernessa really a vampire?" or has the narrator trapped herself in the fevered world of her own imagining?

Film adaptation[edit]

The book was adapted into a movie released in 2011, directed by Mary Harron. Lily Cole stars as Ernessa, Scott Speedman as Mr. Davies and Sarah Bolger as Rebecca.[1] Commenting on the film, director Harron said: "This is a chillingly atmospheric horror story with real emotional depth. I’ve tried to stay true to Rachel Klein’s novel in the way it re-works and updates the Gothic tradition and the whole notion of girl-on-girl vampires."[2]


  1. ^ "Sarah Bolger confirmed for The Moth Diaries". Fangoria. 7 June 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Brendon Connolly, Lily Cole and Scott Speedman to Star in Mary Harron's The Moth Diaries,, 17 May 2009. Accessed 3 February 2010.