CARMILLA: A VAMPIRE ROMANCE (Worldwide Gothic Bestseller) by S. Le Fanu Paranormal Romance [Influential Precursor to Bram Stoker Dracula Stephanie Meyer Twilight, Eclipse, New Moon, Breaking Dawn Anne Rice Interview with the Vampire] Nook NOOKBook [NOOK Book]

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CARMILLA: A VAMPIRE ROMANCE (Worldwide Gothic Bestseller)
by S. Le Fanu

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CARMILLA: A VAMPIRE ROMANCE (Worldwide Gothic Bestseller)
by S. Le Fanu

Paranormal Romance
Influential Precursor to Bram Stoker Dracula | Stephanie Meyer Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, New Moon, Breaking Dawn | Anne Rice Interview with the Vampire

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"Sometimes after an hour of apathy, my strange and beautiful companion would take my hand and hold it with a fond pressure, renewed again and again; blushing softly, gazing in my face with languid and burning eyes, and breathing so fast that her dress rose and fell with the tumultuous respiration. It was like the ardour of a lover; it embarrassed me; it was hateful and yet overpowering; and with gloating eyes she drew me to her, and her hot lips travelled along my cheek in kisses; and she would whisper, almost in sobs, "You are mine, you shall be mine, and you and I are one for ever"."


ABOUT THE NOVEL

Carmilla is a Gothic Vampire romance by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. First published in 1872, it tells the story of a young woman's susceptibility to the attentions of a female vampire named Carmilla. Carmilla predates Bram Stoker's Dracula by 25 years, and has been adapted many times for cinema.

The story is presented by Le Fanu as part of the casebook of Dr Hesselius, whose departures from medical orthodoxy rank him as the first occult doctor in literature.[2] The story is narrated by Laura, one of the two main protagonists of the tale.

Laura begins her tale by relating her childhood in a "picturesque and solitary" castle in the midst of an extensive forest in Styria where she lives with her father, a wealthy English widower, retired from the Austrian Service. When she is six years old, Laura has a vision of a beautiful visitor in her bedchamber. She later claims to have been bitten on the chest, although no wounds are found on her.

12 years later, Laura and her father are admiring the sunset in front of the castle when her father tells her of a letter he received earlier from his friend General Spielsdorf. The General was supposed to bring his niece, Bertha Rheinfeldt, to visit the two, but the niece suddenly died under mysterious circumstances. The General ambiguously concludes that he will discuss the circumstances in detail when they meet later.

Laura is saddened by the loss of a potential friend, and longs for a companion. A carriage accident outside Laura's home unexpectedly brings a girl of Laura's age into the family's care. Her name is Carmilla. Both girls instantly recognize the other from the 'dream' they both had when they were young.

Carmilla appears injured after her carriage accident, but her mysterious mother informs Laura's father that her journey is urgent and cannot be delayed. She arranges to leave her daughter with Laura and her father until she can return in three months. Before she leaves she sternly notes that her daughter will not disclose any information whatsoever about her family, past, or herself and that Carmilla is of sound mind. Laura comments that this information seems needless to say, and her father laughs it off.

Carmilla and Laura grow to be very close friends, but occasionally Carmilla's mood abruptly changes. She sometimes makes unsettling romantic advances towards Laura. Carmilla refuses to tell anything about herself or her background, despite questioning from Laura. Her secrecy isn't the only mysterious thing about her. Carmilla sleeps much of the day, and seems to sleepwalk at night. When a funeral procession passes by the two girls and Laura begins singing a hymn, Carmilla bursts out in rage and scolds Laura for singing a Christian song. When a shipment of family heirloom restored portraits arrives at the castle, Laura finds one of her ancestors, "Mircalla, Countess Karnstein", dated 1698. The portrait resembles Carmilla exactly, down to the mole on her neck.

During Carmilla's stay, Laura has nightmares of a fiendish cat-like beast entering her room at night and biting her on the chest. The beast then takes the form of a female figure and disappears through the door without opening it. Laura's health declines and her father has a doctor examine her. He speaks privately with her father and only asks that Laura never be left unattended ...
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Meet the Author

Le Fanu (28 August 1814 – 7 February 1873) was an Irish writer of Gothic tales and mystery novels. He was the leading ghost-story writer of the nineteenth century and was central to the development of the genre in the Victorian era.

Le Fanu worked in many genres but remains best known for his mystery and horror fiction. He was a meticulous craftsman and frequently reworked plots and ideas from his earlier writing in subsequent pieces. Many of his novels, for example, are expansions and refinements of earlier short stories. He specialised in tone and effect rather than "shock horror", and liked to leave important details unexplained and mysterious. He avoided overt supernatural effects: in most of his major works, the supernatural is strongly implied but a "natural" explanation is also possible.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    A Very Fast Read, But Very Awesome

    I haven't really read any other vampire books, but I really enjoyed this. The author did a great job of creating an eeire atmosphere. I reccomend it to anyone who likes creepy stories.

    Oh, and I read this in a couple of hours...

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Haunting, sexy and brilliant

    This is a brilliant book ... truly haunting and yet very edgy and sexy. Highly recommended.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Monica Wilson

    This book is AMAZING!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Not PG

    This story came out a loooong time ago...its a classic novel and was made successfully into at least one movie. This is not, by any stretch, appropriate reading for children. Its very erotic and lesbian storyline is not likely to be understood by the very young, and the creep factor could prove disturbing. Its a really good read for those of us who enjoy a unique vampire story. Several years ago I searched very hard and finally found a used copy for my young adult son because if you want a truelly creepy vampire story, its that good.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    ?

    I need to know if its good fr children and if it isnt then why not.

    2 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    INOPROPREIT

    THIS IS SOOOOOOOO NOT FOR CHILDREN!!!!!! :Q

    2 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Kittykat

    I am also 12....i want to know if this is a good book for me?

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Paige

    I geuss it's ok.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    Repost this!!!

    Kiss your hand 3 times then repost this on 3 differnt books after that look under your pillow...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Only read sample

    I only read the sample and it takes a long time to get hooked on it.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Haunting

    A hauntingly descriptive book....but in such a beautiful way. Definitely worth a read if you are questioning it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Reply back to Shuntet

    Is this book even qorth getting

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    To everyone

    Im 12 and i understood every chapter from this book so who ever said that childer cant read this book shout the fu** up

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    EXCELLENT

    Some of the photos used in this book were not consistant with the Old World imagery created by the author (a little over board).

    But, check out JOSEPH SERIDAN LE FANU. Vampire novelist and readers alike will not be disappointed.

    You will enter another world, another time.

    By the way BARNS & NOBLE, do you know that some of your ebooks of this title donot down load right and canot be read ??

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Amaris

    Dont like it

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    To: AG

    Shuz da fuc* up bi+ch

    0 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    To the person who asked if it's good for children

    I believe it is as long as you are mature and understand what's going on.Signed AG

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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