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Carmilla (original 1872; edition 2011)

by Joseph Sheridan le Fanu

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Title:Carmilla
Authors:Joseph Sheridan le Fanu
Info:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2011), Paperback, 72 pages
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Carmilla: a Vampyre Tale by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1872)

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Interesting to think it was the first book of it's kind. There's definitely a jump from the lore familiar in the modern world but is probably more organic to the time and place in which it was written. A bit frustrated that Le Fanu hit you over the head with some aspects to make his point but left gaping holes in other aspects. That's the thing with Gothic fragmentary writing though, I guess. Overall, a really interesting read. ( )
  suttonrl | Mar 31, 2016 |
Interesting to think it was the first book of it's kind. There's definitely a jump from the lore familiar in the modern world but is probably more organic to the time and place in which it was written. A bit frustrated that Le Fanu hit you over the head with some aspects to make his point but left gaping holes in other aspects. That's the thing with Gothic fragmentary writing though, I guess. Overall, a really interesting read. ( )
  suttonrl | Mar 31, 2016 |
This month's book club selection, so I went up to the attic and dug out my old childhood copy of this... How very, very excellent is the cover art on this edition? (1971 Scholastic).
The negative aspect of this edition is that there are no introductory notes or even anything about the date that the story was written (classy, Scholastic).
Still, this is a classic vampire story: a must-read, and worth a re-read.
I personally feel that the lesbian aspect of the story has been overemphasized - there are only a few times it crosses the line over from that old-fashioned 'my very dear friend' kinda thing... so don't expect too much in the way of eroticism.
But LeFanu achieves a psychologically complex and morally ambiguous tale, as he tells this story of a lonely young woman who invites a stranger into her home and her heart.

Structurally, there are a few aspects to the story I feel could be better, and a few oddly unanswered questions... but hey, it was written in 1872, and was so very influential and historically important that any possible failings are only to be forgiven. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
A concise gothic horror. Interesting to have a female character as the villain. Enjoyable. ( )
  Laurochka | Feb 6, 2016 |
This was a gripping short story about the mysterious Carmilla who appears in the lives of Laura and her father and becomes a compelling and almost irresistible force. Full of supernatural suspense, Le Fanu reveals the horrible truth slowly through this tale of ancient horror. ( )
  missizicks | Dec 24, 2015 |
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Joseph Sheridan Le Fanuprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Codd, RolandCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Follows, MeganNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hännikäinen, TimoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Juan, AnaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Upon a paper attached to the Narrative which follows, Doctor Hesselius has written a rather elaborate note, which he accompanies with a reference to his Essay on the strange subject which the MS. illuminates.
In Styria, we, though by no means magnificent people, inhabit a castle, or schloss.
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Carmilla is the book that set the text for Dracula, that threw the light on our morbid fascination with the vampire legend. This is Carmilla, J. Sheridan LeFanu's classic novel of blood, terror -- and a love that dare not speak its name.
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The vampire novella "Carmilla" set in Austria is one of Le Fanu's best tales and greatly influenced Bram Stocker, who published Dracula 25 years later. This is definitively a great book and a must for the lovers of horror tales.

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La historia de esta novela gtica transcurre en un castillo de Austria; all vive una solitaria chica con su padre. Un da, mientras pasean por los bellos alrededores del aislado lugar, asisten a un accidente: un carruaje pierde el control en el camino y vuelca. En su interior viajan una mujer y su joven hija. La dama est obligada a continuar su recorrido a pesar del incidente, pero le pide al dueo del castillo un favor: que cuide de su hija, convaleciente de una rara y nunca bien explicada enfermedad, hasta su vuelta. La joven se llama Carmilla y pronto se hace amiga ntima de Laura, la solcita anfitriona. De inmediato comienzan a pasar cosas extraas: en los no tan cercanos pueblos mueren muchachas en aparentes ataques de vampiros.Following a near fatal carriage collision, the beautiful young Carmilla is taken in by the narrator Laura and her father who live near-by in a lonely castle. The two young women become close friends. Soon, however, strange things begin to happen; and, in villages in the surrounding area local girls die if apparent vampire attacks. Even Laura falls ill.… (more)

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