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by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

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"Carmilla" from Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. Irish writer of Gothic tales and mystery novels (1814-1873).  See more details below


"Carmilla" from Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. Irish writer of Gothic tales and mystery novels (1814-1873).

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
HGenerally acknowledged as a major influence on Bram Stoker's Dracula, this novel, originally published in 1872, is the very first vampire thriller. Le Fanu, often compared to Poe, was a Victorian writer whose tales of the occult have inspired horror writers for more than a century. Seemingly by happenstance, the mysterious and beautiful Carmilla comes to stay with the young and virtuous Laura. Laura, who has been living a lonely existence with her father in an isolated castle, finds herself enchanted with her exotic visitor. As the two become close friends, however, Laura dreams of nocturnal visitations and begins to lose her physical strength. Through much investigation, the gruesome truth about Carmilla and her family is revealed. Though the basic premise of the story, that of evil targeting pure innocence, is familiar to anyone who is vampire savvy, this haunting tale is surprisingly fresh, avoids clich and builds well to its climax. Particularly interesting are the sexual overtones that develop between the two women. Follows's reading is flawless. In particular, her ability to capture Laura's na vet so convincingly will have listeners feeling almost as shocked as Laura as the unwholesome truth unravels. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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Carmilla 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Genevievech81 More than 1 year ago
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.
OpheliaF More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 
hpfan28 More than 1 year ago
This book has its pros and cons. The first being that it truly was revolutionary for its time, with the undertones of the lesbian vampires. Even though Le Fanu does not spell it out, you if you pick up on the clues you can see it. One of the cons is that the book was written in very simple language. But it does not draw away from the plot. I have always been interested with Vampires I always thought that Dracula was the trend setter, but really it was Carmilla. I look forward to seeing how closely they compare. Overall it was a fast and easy read with an enjoyable plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pre-Dracula After I first saw the Hammer Horror The Vampire Lovers on late night, I discover it was based on novella and read both graphic novel and the story on a vampire book. It about a lonely teenage girl in Styria with her widower father and her two governess. She and her father lives change forever when they play host to beautiful young girl named Carmilla after her near fatal carriage collision. It revealed that girls met before when Laura was a little girl. The two girls quickly become good friend but when local peasants begin to die off and Laura begin to fall ill and has nightmares. By then we already know Carmilla is a vampire. I don't understand why they can figure that Carmilla and Millica are the same person. And they never answer who the woman is who pretend to be Carmilla's mother and the people in the carriage (presumed to be vampire/or Renfield-type?). The difference between the two girls are Laura is a clueless Victorian girl and Carmilla's independent and femme fatale. Carmilla become not just Laura's friend but also her confident and mother figure tell her a lot stuff that neither her father and governess do not tell her. I heard a lot spectator that Carmilla is lesbian (because Laura comment of Carmilla keep looking at her and whisper to her "your mine") and some people like me didn't believe she gay because it was written in 19th-century I believe it was romantic friendship (but I'm start to believe she's gay). I read this is what story and I find that it's boring unlike Bram Stoker's Dracula. While Dracula was more action Bram Stoker influence Dracula from. They don't make too many adaptations of Carmilla in films. I only saw two the Hammer Horror and Shelley Duvall's Nightmare Classic (that was the last adaptations).
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I went into this thinking it'd be a good read. How wrong I was. It boring, so so boring. I had to force myself to finish it.