by J. Sheridan LeFanu

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Carmilla is a Gothic novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. 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 was six years old, Laura had 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.

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ISBN-13: 9783736806962
Publisher: BookRix
Publication date: 06/27/2019
Sold by: Bookwire
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 113
Sales rank: 820,223
File size: 447 KB

About the Author

Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu (28 August 1814 - 7 February 1873) was an Irish writer of Gothic tales and mystery novels. He was a leading ghost story writer of the nineteenth century and was central to the development of the genre in the Victorian era.M. R. James described Le Fanu as "absolutely in the first rank as a writer of ghost stories". Three of his best-known works are Uncle Silas, Carmilla and The House by the Churchyard.

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Carmilla 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 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.
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. 
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.
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).
john257hopper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful vampire novella, with a real creepy, fantasy atmosphere, a key influence on Bram Stoker's Dracula a quarter of a century later. Great stuff. 5/5
bzedan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a short and sweet classic vampire story, with a little subdued ladylovin'. The last couple of pages are kind of a distracted info dump, but the pace is good and the story better.
amydross on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow, how did I never read this story before? I was surprised by how sophisticated and intoxicating it was, despite being one of the first vampire stories. Although, I have to say it seems that vampires must have been fairly well-known even before the publication of this story, as the author seems to assume among his readership a fair degree of familiarity with the concept.
smat92 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book for two challenges: The Fangtastic reading Challenge and The Gothic Novel Challenges.From a modern perspective, the book is pretty slow and predictable but still pulls through with some suspenseful scenes. I found the descriptions really helped with the eerie mood of the story, especially when describing Carmilla or the surroundings of the chateau.All in all, I see how this novel is considered one of the building blocks of the vampire lore and I recommend it to all gothic and vampire fanatics, if not everyone, seeing as this is a relatively fast read.
shavienda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
bought this book on a whim, while searching Amazon with "Lesbian Vampires" I ran across this title, and read the wikipedia article, and was intrigued. Apparently this book was on of the ones that inspired Bram Stoker to write his classic Dracula, and so I thought I would like to read Carmilla myself.Despite my amazon search term, this book is not abounding with scantily clad vampires seducing the fairer sex. At first it was difficult for me to get used to the writing style (the book having been originally published in 1872 ). But sure enough, after a few pages I settled into the gait of the style, and found myself in for a pleasurable ride. The visuals conjured by the story transported me to a long ago time when vampire tales where quite different than they were today. A light short read, but an interesting one nonetheless.
nebula-ghoul More than 1 year ago
Beautiful and mysteriously enchanting masterpiece! A true timeless gothic novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have had this book in my TBR for a very long time, as I am a great fan of the publisher. After reading a piece about the revived attempts at making a movie about it, I decided it was time to read it. The claims of the article were that it preceded Bram Stoker's Dracula, and treated this trope much more in a true "Gothic" style. I agree up to a point. It is a more gentle treatment of love, sex and death, and the horror that can cause. What if we were allowed to live on forever? Would that be a living hell? We see the story through a woman's eyes. It is woman who allows for life giving. A woman's peculiar nature, often called meloncholia in those times could easily be reworked into a horror story by a man. Carmilla is dumped on this man and his daughter who are as hospitable as called for to her. Carmilla tries to find sustanence from villagers, but as the stories of the past propogate, she must "feed" closer to home. And dispite the conclusion reported, there seems to be no ending to this fable as alluded by the reporter. It will be interesting to see if this ever gets to a movie set.
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I geuss it's ok.