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Carmilla [with Biographical Introduction]

Carmilla [with Biographical Introduction] [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
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Carmilla [with Biographical Introduction]

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 136 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: (1 July 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1XTK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No sacrifice without blood 16 Jun 2010
The vampire has always been used to convey sexuality -- and one of the earliest ones, the title character of "Carmilla," is no exception. Years before Bram Stoker ever dreamed of Dracula. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu wove together a luscious, haunting gothic mystery that centers around a lovely, immortal young woman with a taste for blood.

When a mysterious carriage crashes at their schloss, Laura's father offers to take care of a young lady named Carmilla, who has been stunned by the collision. Laura herself is struck by how similar the girl looks to a strange figure that visited her as a child -- and Carmilla claims that they've had some sort of mutual vision of one another.

Even more striking, Carmilla immediately becomes VERY attached to Laura ("You are mine, you shall be mine, you and I are one for ever"), and Laura is strangely entranced by Carmilla's speech.

As the days go by, Laura is increasingly bespelled by Carmilla, despite the young woman's strange behavior (and her weird resemblance to an ancient painting in the schloss, of a woman named Mircalla -- get it?), and is becoming increasingly ill and nervous. But when they visit an old friend, he reveals the shocking truth about Carmilla's true nature... and what she will do to Laura.

"Carmilla" is a true gothic novel in the best sense of the word -- a lushly-written little novella filled with ruined palaces, abandoned villages, moonlight and blood. And Le Fanu injects a not-so-subtle lesbian subtext into the story, since Carmilla seems to be as infatuated with Laura as she is hungry for her blood. Lots of kisses, adoring speeches, and Carmilla constantly creeping into Laura's bedroom.

And Le Fanu's writing is utterly exquisite.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars greatest vampire story 25 May 2010
By Klaatu
Carmilla is a novella by Sheridan Le Fanu. It is the finest vampire story in literature. Le Fanu's language is exquisite and his tone throughout the whole story is perfectly pitched. This is a perfect little gem. Within its own terms it is simply perfection. I urge you to read it and share my joy in this little masterpiece.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Influential vampire story 5 Jun 2011
By Michael Finn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
First published in 1872, Carmilla is a hugely influential vampire story told by a young girl called Laura, starved of the company of children her own age. After a coach crash not far from her castle home in Styria, her family agree to look after another young girl called Carmilla for a period of some months. Laura recognises the girl at once from a disturbing dream from years earlier. And Carmilla admits to having the same dream. In the nearby village the deaths begin.
The enduring literary emblem of the vampire was born when Bram Stoker gave the world Dracula in the last years of the 19th Century, birthed by a century obsessed by the Gothic imagery associated with the darker shadows of folklore and mythology. From the scatological excesses of penny dreadfuls like Varney the Vampyre, the crafted prose of Le Fanu's Carmilla and the like, the groundwork was already laid. Without one or the other of these two mismatched parents Stoker's Dracula would never have entered its creator's brain. But unlike Varney and other Victorian age vampires Carmilla survived to influence horror films and fiction beyond Stoker's famous Count. The 1960s and 1970s was awash with lurid adaptations of the Karnstein saga. If you have any interest at all in the history and development of vampire fiction or you just like well written Gothic fiction you should definitely give this a look. It's a short read and Le Fanu's prose is lighter and more accessible than some of his other works. I think it is one of his finest works
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Vampire Not for the Twilight-Hearted 31 Jan 2012
By MaddieB
Surely the Dracula before Dracula, Carmilla is as shocking for its gory gothic horror and psychological drama as it is for its avant garde content. The characterisation of our leading antagonist is that of a young girl who is blatantly lesbian, a trait which must certainly have shocked and disturbed the author's contemporary readership. However, the mysterious Carmilla can still shock and disturb today's readers just as easily and provides a welcome antidote to the benevolent, romantic vamps of the Twilight generation.
The story begins with our Narrator, Laura (a poetically novel name for the object of our villainess' affection), assuring the reader that her story is true;it has been left as part of a manuscript to the unknown publisher of the documents. Laura tells us of her childhood dream of a woman sneaking into her room and into her bed before feeling a sharp sting in her chest. She fast forwards to when she is nineteen and after an accident meets a girl who is, in effect, the woman of her dreams. This alone should wake the reader into the knowledge that this is to be a truly sinister tale of a monster that stalks its (largely female) prey with a hinted penchant for paedophilia!
As the tale continues we learn more and more about Carmilla: She hates traditional funeral rites, she has an underlying violent temper, she `sleepwalks', she may be related to an extinct aristocratic family, but most disturbingly, she is highly possessive of the narrator , often speaking to and caressing her "with the ardour of a lover". Frustratingly, Laura does very little to deter Carmilla's advances and even seems to reciprocate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good quality book (print) the best of vampire stories.
Published 22 days ago by Helen
3.0 out of 5 stars a trips down imagination road review
Laura is the only child of a rich Englishman, who lives with a few servants and her father in a castle near the ruined and abandoned village of Karnstein. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Laura Greenwood (trips down imagination road)
4.0 out of 5 stars A hidden gem.
This book is certainly a hidden gem for any vampire fan. I bought this on a whim after hearing about it and so glad it did. Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Elkington
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it for the poetry on the words
Aren't the books that we like the most, the harder to review?
Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu became one of my favourite book of all time, it spoke to my soul... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Fableofdreams
5.0 out of 5 stars damn fine gothic chiller
good old fashioned victorian gothic horror vampires ghosts and of coarse the unmentionable but well discribed sex for when it was written it was most definatley ahead of its time i... Read more
Published 19 months ago by steve oggiano
5.0 out of 5 stars great stuff
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
Published on 17 Mar 2012 by John Hopper
4.0 out of 5 stars v good
Do you detest the whole Twilight saga interpretation of vampires and all this current nonsense which has vampires walking around at daylight emoting like teenagers ? Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2011 by the dude
4.0 out of 5 stars It Bites!
Bram Stoker did not invent the vampire but he might well have done so. In the century or so since his Dracula novel was published it has probably spawned more copycats, spin-offs,... Read more
Published on 27 May 2011 by A. G. Lockhart
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Vampire Story!
Carmilla, the first and oldest of the Vampire Loar!

I'll assume you've read the synopsys for this book that Amazon provide, so I'll cut to the chase. Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2008 by Mr. Thomas M. Fletcher
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