Carmilla

Carmilla

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by J. Sheridan LeFanu
     
 

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An early Gothic vampire novel.  See more details below

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An early Gothic vampire novel.

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ISBN-13:
9781105710988
Publisher:
Lulu.com
Publication date:
04/30/2012
Sold by:
LULU PRESS
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
142,744
File size:
649 KB

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Carmilla 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A hauntingly descriptive book....but in such a beautiful way. Definitely worth a read if you are questioning it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read about 80 books a year. Most are reference. Sometimes, a novel comes with such a wonderful recomendation, that I will make the attempt and commit to the first chapter. A Vampyre Tale was everything promised. I could not put Carmilla down until I had finished it. It is a well told story that uses brilliant language and vivid discriptions. I have not read very many vampyre tales, but I have read a great deal of good books. This is one of the better narratives for its time (1872?). Brilliant and enchanting, this book draws the reader into the romance and deception that are required for a vampyre to survive. The enraged father that realizes his daughter was taken by a vampyre posing as a friend, and his relentless work at tracking down the monster are a great addition to the story. In the end of the story, I felt bad for everyone involved. It will make you think. It will test your vocabulary and your appreciation for a well turned piece of prose. I highly recomend it.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Owning an audiobook version from Librivox, I often listen to this story while falling asleep. It's a little bit of a guilty pleasure for me, as I can't shake off the notion that it's target audience wasn't exactly males. Having read the "Not PG" review, I felt it was necessary to share some of my own thoughts on the book. Mostly to balance other reviews and not as much to review it myself. This isn't a horror story as most would understand the term. Most of the story reads as a friendship between two girls, Laura, the daughter of a semi-nobleman and her houseguest, the beautiful but odd Carmilla. They pass most of the story as friends in a remote "schloss" (a small castle as far as I imagine) enjoying each others company while Laura's health slowly declines. There's a definite atmosphere, but calling it haunting or erotic isn't exactly the truth. It seems to linger between creepy and pleasant. I would go so far as to say there ARE slight lesbian undertones, but only on a platonic level (if that makes any sense at all) Carmilla on occasion goes on how much she loves her friend, in a way that only a gothic vampire could. As I mostly fall asleep before the final chapters, in my mind it remains a story about two young girls with a friendship that is very deep and rewarding for both, but quite taxing and possibly fatal for one.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Predating the classic 'Dracula', this book does not disappoint. Everyone at some point in their life needs to read this story and get a taste of the original vampires. No sparkling, werewolf fighting vampires here. Just a wonderful story about two girls; one who happens to be a vampire. Also a very short read!
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Math_prime More than 1 year ago
Carmilla is an excellent and unique story. I read it after reading, Dracula (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Bram Stoker, Brooke Allen (Introduction). Carmilla is mentioned in Brooke Allen's introduction and notes. Clearly, Carmilla was a pivotal influence on the 'legend' of vampirism and the books that followed. As Brook Allen accurately mentioned about Dracula, Carmilla also depicts the conflict of conservative belief and deviant behavior during the late 1800's. What is still puzzling is that this publication of Carmilla is 108 pages, vs. 417 pages for the above mentioned publication of Dracula. Was the cost of book publishing and affordability in the late 1800's significantly different where fewer thick books were sold, or did economic conditions change during the twenty-five year lapse between the two book's publications? Or was there another reason for the somewhat short story, Carmilla? Perhaps short stories were favored at that time. I wish that Carmilla was much longer, so that characters and their relationships could have been developed more fully to complete such a wonderfully unique story.