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Preview — Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
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BEFORE DRACULA, THERE WAS...
But to die as lovers may - to die together, so that they may live together.
This is a very important book in historic sense, in the genre of vampire reading, due that it was published 25 years before than Dracula.
Also, it presented lesbian situations, easily one of the first open mentions of the topic in literature.
So, it was a pioneer book in two subjects: Vampires and Lesbian literature.
Some may wonder how it was possible to publi ...more
Carmilla is a Gothic novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and one of the early works of vampire fiction, predating Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897) by 26 years. First published as a serial in The Dark Blue (1871–72), the story is narrated by a young woman preyed upon by a female vampire named Carmilla, later revealed to be Mircalla, Countess Karnstein (Carmilla is an anagram of Mircalla). The story is often anthologized and has been adapted many times in film and other med ...more
I still see merit in it, don't get me wrong. I read it for school and after intense studying I can see value in it, ...more
After reading this book, I am left frustrated and oddly underwhelmed, and yet there is an undeniable and dare I say it 'uncanny,' power to this story which is a mystery to me.
The smartest character in the story is the antagonist (who is not that smart), who proceeds to charm and bamboozle an array of protagonists who are all very nice, and not the least given to suspicion of others.
There are multiple events where the fact ...more
The authors themselves are not always gay. Bram Stoker was, of course - gayer than a guy who knows how to change the sheets on his bed - but Sheridan Le Fanu, the popular and terrific 1800s Gothic writer responsib ...more
This book is one of the best treatments of the vampire theme I have read (admittedly, I haven't read very many --even counting the ones I didn't like enough to finish!). While the author's diction is Victorian, the book is a short, quick read (unlike the massive tomes that some 19th-century novels are), so it shouldn't be daunting even for reader ...more
.....While not scary, CARMILLA is indeed an atmospheric well told story and one of the earliest works of vampire fiction. First published in 1872, CARMILLA predates even DRACULA by more than 25 years.
.....It all begins with a creepy carriage misadventure....is filled with phantasmagoria and ends....well, I'm no...more
This description of a vampire is not anything new and surprising to anyone that has an interest in v ...more
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 through words of darkness, each sentence was like sweet melancholic music echoing and engraving in me.
Sentences like “Girls are caterpillars while they live in the world, to be finally butterflies when the summer comes; but in the meantime there are grubs and larvae, don't you see - each with their peculiar propensities, necessit ...more
It's a short novella at 108 pages and is available as a free download so if you're into your vampires get downloading!
I read this in one sitting, it's so readable for a book written so long ago and I must say I enjoyed it. I'm coming to realise that I do enjoy a book where the narration is directed at the reader, it ...more
The unsuspecting hosts, the beautiful and mysterious guest. The girl who begins to grow wearier day by day. The strange behaviours of the beloved guest.
It just builds the suspense so brilliantly, and part of the fun is in seeing how these rational people deal with the irrational.
This one was interesting because the vampire is a girl very similar to her victim, and there is the element of friendship (and courtship?) that makes things so much more sinister ...more
"I have been in love with no one, and never shall," she whispered, "unless it should be with you."
How beautiful she looked in the moonlight!”
Very Anne Rice, except that Carmilla predates Rice’s Interview with the Vampire by about a century, so Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu did the "sexy vampire" thing first. He did it even before Bram Stoker unleashed Dracula on the world. Carmilla is one o ...more
Predating Dracula by 26 years, Le Fanu's novella is a classic vampire tale that gets a lot less attention than it should. It is loaded with Gothic atmosphere and also introduces a lesbian vampire theme that, while appropriately circumspect, is unmistakable and something that I never would have expected in ...more
(Also I love the fact that two of the most pioneering and influential works of vampire fiction wer ...more
I loved the atmosphere and the language, even if I thought it was a bit too flowery at times.
I know that it's wrong to judge a work of this age by today's standards, but man, everyone in this book seemed stupid and too naive to be believable. The whole time, I was thinking "My God, man, wake up!"
I'm glad I re-read this one but I think that shall be it for me with Carmilla.
Originally published in 1872, Dracula in 1897, this chronicles the story of a young woman's susceptibility to another seemingly young woman's (Carmilla) affections. But something is very wrong and has been wrong ever since Carmilla came into the picture. Can they stop this evil before it goes too far?
This is complete and utter speculation but I just want to put it out there... this could very well be the novel that Bram Stoker read that indeed inspired him to wr ...more
Carmilla can drink my blood anytime. Kill me you sapphic queen. Poor girl, just wanted a girlfriend but they kept dying.
Laura is the definition of useless lesbian. I said what I said.
“All things proceed from Nature.”
She is not evil. She is just a regular predator. Her actions aren't more evil than the actions of any other predator. She has to drink blood to survive. It’s just a natural instinct.
I think that this is the ...more
Actual Rating: 4.2
This went by surprisingly quickly. I think that’s partially because of ...more
Okay, how many vampire books have you read that contain that kind of elegant prose. Carmilla is a novella that was written in 1872, so it pre-dates Dracula by about 25 years. And a lot of its influence is later seen in Dracula.
Being as old as it is, there’s no twists that will catch a modern reader by surprise, as pretty much every variation on the vampire genre has been played out. But what you will find is something s ...more
I thought it was pretty good for a short novella on vampires. It was a very different take and I did enjoy it.
One of the reasons why I liked Carmilla so much is it's a very good vampire story. It would be even better if I didn't know that from the beginning. Nobody's fault. Everyone knows Carmilla is a vampire story.
It was first published 1872 and people usually expect those to be a bit harder to get through. Carmilla is definitely not like that. It almost reads like a contemporary story.
There are sixteen chapters but the story itself was sort of divided in two parts. One is told to us by Laura, ou ...more
Audible Original selection for October
First published in 1872( 26 years before Bram Stoker wrote Dracula), Irish Writer Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla is one of the early works of vampire fiction. I think this particular audio performance with David Tennant and Rose Leslie & all is THE way to visit this long ago written erotic gothic novella. I think the fact that it has a female vampire as the title character is awesome. It was hard t ...more
The leanings toward a lesbian relationship comes through much more clearly on audio what with the heavy breathing and little noises of contentment and all.
Thanks to Audible Audio Originals for the free download.