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Carmilla [NOOK Book]

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Carmilla is a Gothic novella first published in the magazine The Dark Blue in 1872, and then in Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s collection of short stories, In a Glass Darkly the same year. Carmilla, the title character, is the original prototype for a legion of female and lesbian vampires. Carmilla selects only female victims, becoming emotionally involved with a few. Like Varney, Carmilla was not confined to darkness. She had unearthly beauty, was able to pass through solid walls, and could change into a large black ...
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Overview

Carmilla is a Gothic novella first published in the magazine The Dark Blue in 1872, and then in Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s collection of short stories, In a Glass Darkly the same year. Carmilla, the title character, is the original prototype for a legion of female and lesbian vampires. Carmilla selects only female victims, becoming emotionally involved with a few. Like Varney, Carmilla was not confined to darkness. She had unearthly beauty, was able to pass through solid walls, and could change into a large black cat (compared to Dracula, who changed into a large dog).

Carmilla had a heavey influence on Bram Stoker’s Dracula. In the earliest manuscript of Dracula, the castle is set in Styria, although Stoker changed the setting to Transylvania in a later version. Stoker's posthumously published short story Dracula's Guest, which was removed from Dracula to cut down on the novel’s size, shows a more obvious and intact debt to Carmilla. Both stories are told in the first person. The descriptions of Carmilla and the character of Lucy in Dracula are similar, and have become archetypes for victims and seducers alike in future vampire stories. The investigative character of Stoker's Dr. Abraham Van Helsing is a direct parallel to Le Fanu's vampire expert Baron Vordenburg.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012207555
  • Publisher: Smashbooks
  • Publication date: 9/25/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 641,093
  • File size: 111 KB

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  • Posted April 23, 2009

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    This is a great read!!

    If you're a fan of vampires, this is a great read. I really enjoyed the characters and story line. The writer made the book very descriptive so it played out like a movie as I read it.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

    Clearly, Carmilla is not a novel written with the intent of a ch

    Clearly, Carmilla is not a novel written with the intent of a child ever having read it. It's psychologically captivating and features the insatiable, sapphic bond of a vampire and her female counter part, or should I say, victim. I cannot quite understand how one would think that classic Gothic literature is even remotely appropriate for children. Unless one is a certain age, their reading capacity is so much different than that of an adult. This is a novel worthy of analytical reading, not the feeble minded conception of a child.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    This was a fantastic yet sorrowfully short read. The classic app

    This was a fantastic yet sorrowfully short read. The classic approach to vampires is one that never grows old, although the center focus on two women is something you can almost never find in old literature. I believe this gives it a nice change of pace from other vampire stories. The author pays much attention to detail and imagery, you can see the events unfold in your own mind with hardly any effort on your own part. No, this book is not meant for children. Why would any classic gothic novel be? Regardless, I still enjoyed this book very much, and I will be recommending it to everyone who asks. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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