- Paperback: 98 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (27 May 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 147754965X
- ISBN-13: 978-1477549650
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.6 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 658,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Publisher
ABOUT THE READER:
Tracey has just finished a sell-out run playing Martha to Matthew Kelly's George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at London's Trafalgar Studios.
Tracey is best known for playing Lynne Howard in the popular eighties drama Howards' Way, and Linda Cosgrove in the long running Born and Bred.
Theatre credits include The New Vic's production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Great Gatsby, Sybil in Private Lives, Stepping Out, No Sex Please, We're British, Why Me?, The Hollow and The Unexpected Guest. Television work includes Prometheus, playing Rose in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Devil's Crown, The Amazing Affair of Adelaide Harris, Strangers, Landseer- Working Out The Beast, playing Marianne in Sense and Sensibility, Bergerac, Jane Eyre, Captain Zep, A Talent for Murder, As Seen on TV and Dempsey and Makepeace. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
The foremost teller of scary stories in his day and a profound influence on both the novelists and filmmakers of the 20th century, Anglo-Irish author JOSEPH THOMAS SHERIDAN LE FANU (1814-1873) has, sadly, fallen out of scholarly and popular favor, and unfairly so. To this day, contemporary readers who happen across his works praise his talent for weaving a tense literary atmosphere tinged by the supernatural and bolstered by hints of ambiguous magic. "Carmilla" is Le Fanu's 1872 novella--also included in the collection of short fiction In a Glass Darkly--of lesbian vampirism, a chilling and terrifying tale of a young girl who comes under the evil influence of a female vampire. The prototype of an entire subgenre of vampire fiction, a clear inspiration for Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula, and the source material for countless movies, this is one of the more significant yet least appreciated works of pop culture of the past two centuries. With a series of new editions of Le Fanu's works, Cosimo is proud to reintroduce modern book lovers to the writings of the early master of suspense fiction who pioneered the concept of "psychological horror."
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The story is told us from the perspective of Laura, who lives with her father in a schloss in Styria. At six she had what others attributed a nightmare, but she thinks was a real occurence. Jump forward to Laura at nineteen, when she meets Carmilla.
Although this is a vampire tale there is a strong lesbian theme between the two young ladies, although this isn't overt and is fitting with the time it was written. Usually overshadowed by Dracula these days this is really a tale that is a classic in its own rights.
With its subtext of vampires and lesbianism, it shows what modern thought the author had in the nineteenth century.
The style is Victorian, and as a huge fan of Shakespeare's work, I enjoyed the comfort of the writing style the victorians had to offer.
I really recommend reading this book, just one to have put in the collection; while also giving an insight into how the vampire horror genre all began.
Nowadays vampires are so prevalent in popular culture, nearly everyone knows about them. Their traits, their behaviours, every aspect of the vampire is so well defined that this Victorian story can seem quaint in the way it plays up the mystery of Carmilla. But when J. Sheridan Le Fanu's novella Carmilla was published in 1872 (the year before the author's death), the vampire was a relatively unknown creature in popular culture. John Polidori's short story The Vampyre had been published to some success a few decades earlier and the pulpy Varney the Vampire had been a popular series, but Bram Stoker's Dracula, the most famous vampire novel ever written and the book that would launch vampires permanently into the mainstream, wouldn't appear for another 25 years.
In fact, Carmilla is credited by Stoker as an influence in the creation of his novel, and it's easy to see why.Read more ›
any other sexual orientation. This is a fascinating piece of writing that will please for many many years to come and more for what it is 'Vamp Pires' a take on words.
As Ingrid herself has pointed out several times on filmed interviews; 'she loves men' and when she was making the film, Carmilla,
the term lesbian did not enter her mind. Read this book and you will understand. The Vampire fans will know this too.
I hope I enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed and never forgot the film; though this was probably due to Ingrids full on performance. Long Live
the Late Ingrid Pitt and long live this little book of horrors. 👻 Enjoy !
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the very best Vampire stories I have ever readPublished 3 days ago by richard Edward whitehurst
Enjoyed this story. Slightly ropey translation at times but did not detract from a good tale.Published 4 months ago by mellie
I very much enjoyed this book, definitely worth a read. The style is a comfortable medium between modern and Shakespearean and definitely piqued my interest. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Cameron
Not my usual read but read it to help me support in an English class.
Enjoyed it and will definitely help me support my pupils.
This is one of the original vampire stories, and stands the test of time very well. I recommend listening to the audiobook, which you can find for free here... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lauren James