Carmilla

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The foremost teller of scary stories in his day and a profound influence on both the novelists and filmmakers of the 20th century, Anglo-Irish author JOSEPH THOMAS SHERIDAN LE FANU (1814–1873) has, sadly, fallen out of scholarly and popular favor, and unfairly so. To this day, contemporary readers who happen across his works praise his talent for weaving a tense literary atmosphere tinged by the supernatural and bolstered by hints of ambiguous magic.

“Carmilla” is Le Fanu’s 1872 novella—also included in the ...

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Overview

The foremost teller of scary stories in his day and a profound influence on both the novelists and filmmakers of the 20th century, Anglo-Irish author JOSEPH THOMAS SHERIDAN LE FANU (1814–1873) has, sadly, fallen out of scholarly and popular favor, and unfairly so. To this day, contemporary readers who happen across his works praise his talent for weaving a tense literary atmosphere tinged by the supernatural and bolstered by hints of ambiguous magic.

“Carmilla” is Le Fanu’s 1872 novella—also included in the collection of short fiction In a Glass Darkly—of lesbian vampirism, a chilling and terrifying tale of a young girl who comes under the evil influence of a female vampire. The prototype of an entire subgenre of vampire fiction, a clear inspiration for Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula, and the source material for countless movies, this is one of the more significant yet least appreciated works of pop culture of the past two centuries.

With a series of new editions of Le Fanu’s works, Cosimo is proud to reintroduce modern book lovers to the writings of the early master of suspense fiction who pioneered the concept of “psychological horror.”

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441419521
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/4/2009
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,293,642
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Sheridan Le Fanu (1814–1873) was an Irish writer of Gothic tales and mystery novels. He was the leading ghost-story writer of the 19th century and was central to the development of the genre in the Victorian era. Three of his best-known works are Carmilla, The House by the Churchyard, and Uncle Silas.
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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.

    8 out of 8 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.

    5 out of 6 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. 

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