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The Lady of the House of Love

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  60 ratings  ·  5 reviews
(based upon a radio play called "Vampirella")

A virginal English soldier, traveling through Romania by bicycle, finds himself in a deserted village. He comes across a mansion inhabited by a vampiress who survives by enticing young men into her bedroom and feeding on them. She intends to feed on the young soldier but his purity and virginity have a curious effect on her.
Published 1979 by Gollancz
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Davonna Juroe
Really great gothic short story about a female vampire living in a decrepit castle, lying in wait for her next male victim.

The story was originally written as a radio play entitled Vampirella which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in 1976.

Angela Carter's voice is poetically rich and decadent yet she strikes the perfect balance between her descriptions and moving the story forward. The beginning of this short story can almost be thought of as a day in the l
From BBC Radio 4 Extra - A Short History of Gothic:
On the eve of war, an unwary soldier meets the last of the Nosferatu family.
I just simply love Angela Carter
Ana Silva Rosa
Prose style: 5 it's Angela Carter after all.
Plot: 4
Depth of characters: 3
Originality: 4
Entertaining: 4
Emotional Reaction: 4
Intellectual Stimulation: 3

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From Wikipedia: Born Angela Olive Stalker in Eastbourne, in 1940, Carter was evacuated as a child to live in Yorkshire with her maternal grandmother. As a teenager she battled anorexia. She began work as a journalist on the Croydon Advertiser, following in the footsteps of her father. Carter attended the University of Bristol where she studied English literature.

She married twice, first in 1960 to
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“She herself is a haunted house. She does not possess herself; her ancestors sometimes come and peer out of the windows of her eyes and that is very frightening. She has the mysterious solitude of ambiguous states; she hovers in a no-man’s land between life and death, sleeping and waking.” 7 likes
“(And could love free me from the shadows? Can a caged bird sing only the song it knows or can it learn a new song?)” 6 likes
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