Carmilla [NOOK Book]

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This Point Blank Classics edition includes the full original text as well as exclusive images exclusive to this edition and an easy to use interactive table of contents.

Carmilla is a Gothic novella 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. Carmilla was first ...

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Overview

This Point Blank Classics edition includes the full original text as well as exclusive images exclusive to this edition and an easy to use interactive table of contents.

Carmilla is a Gothic novella 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. Carmilla was first published in the magazine The Dark Blue in late 1871 and early 1872, and then in the author's collection of short stories, In a Glass Darkly the same year.
There were two illustrators for the story, both of which appeared in the magazine but which do not appear in modern printings of the book. The two illustrators, David Henry Friston and Michael Fitzgerald, show some inconsistencies in their depiction of the characters, and as such some confusion has arisen in identifying the pictures as part of a continuous plot. 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. 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. Carmilla, the title character, is the original prototype for a legion of female and lesbian vampires. Though Le Fanu portrays his vampire's sexuality with the circumspection that one would expect for his time, it is evident that lesbian attraction is the main dynamic between Carmilla and the narrator of the story. When compared to other literary vampires of the 19th century, Carmilla is a similar product of a culture with strict sexual mores and tangible religious fear. While Carmilla selected exclusively female victims, she only becomes emotionally involved with a few. Carmilla had nocturnal habits, but was not confined to the darkness. She had unearthly beauty and was able to change her form and to pass through solid walls. Her animal alter ego was a monstrous black cat, not a large dog as in Dracula. She did, however, sleep in a coffin. Carmilla works as a gothic horror story because her victims are portrayed as succumbing to a perverse and unholy temptation that has severe metaphysical consequences for them.

Some critics, among them William Veeder, suggest that Carmilla, notably in its outlandish use of narrative frames, was an important influence on Henry James' The Turn of the Screw.

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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: 9781611981001
  • Publisher: MobileReference
  • Publication date: 3/9/2011
  • Series: Mobi Classics
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 574,082
  • File size: 191 KB

Meet the Author

Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu (28 August 1814 – 7 February 1873) was an Irish writer of Gothic tales and mystery novels.
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Customer Reviews

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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...

    9 out of 9 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.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Monica Wilson

    This book is AMAZING!

    4 out of 7 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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    INOPROPREIT

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

    3 out of 21 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 19 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.

    1 out of 1 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 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Paige

    I geuss it's ok.

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2008

    Carmilla A Vampyre Tale by anonymous.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2015

    Love it

    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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  • 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...

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Reply back to Shuntet

    Is this book even qorth getting

    0 out of 5 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 10 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 8 people found this review helpful.

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