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Jackson Mahr, 2010 - Fiction - 120 pages
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Laura lives a lonely life in Austrian castle with her father, nursemaid and governess. When she meets Carmilla they become close friends, but Laura doesn't realise that Carmilla is a vampire and falling in love with her new friend. The torrid relationship between the two make for a disturbing Gothic tale. Beautifully written with haunting imagery, Le Fanu's book pre-dates Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' by a quarter of a century.

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Extremely easy to read and well paced. - Goodreads
And the ending was disappointing. - Goodreads
The original Vampire love story. - Goodreads
The writing is short, concise and fast-paced. - Goodreads
Expect flowery prose and a torrent of run-on sentences. - Goodreads
I love some of Le Fanu's imagery. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Melody Daggerhart - Goodreads

Written in 1871, Carmilla is a classic Gothic horror novella about a young woman's journey into the embrace of a vampire lover. It was a ground-breaking tale for the fact that it was about a lesbian ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nick Pageant - Goodreads

Best vampire story ever written. Anyone who disagrees with me? It's on! description Read full review


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About the author (2010)

The greatest author of supernatural fiction during the nineteenth century was undoubtedly J. Sheridan Le Fanu. Le Fanu was born in Dublin and, as with so many other English popular fiction authors of his time, entered the genre of fiction by way of journalism, working on such publications as the Evening Mail and the Dublin University Magazine. Le Fanu came from a middle-class background; his family was of Huguenot descent. He graduated from Trinity College and married in 1844. After his wife died in 1858, until his own death, Le Fanu was known as a recluse, creating his ghost fiction late at night in bed. Probably he began writing ghost fiction in 1838; his earliest supernatural story is often cited as being either "The Ghost and the Bone-Setter" or the "Fortunes of Sir Robert Ardagh," both of which were later collected in the anthology entitled The Purcell Papers (1880). Writing most effectively in the short story form, Le Fanu's tales such as "Carmilla" (a vampire story that is thought possibly to have influenced Bram Stoker's Dracula) and the problematic "Green Tea" are considered by many literary scholars to be classics of the supernatural genre. His lengthy Gothic novels, such as Uncle Silas (1864), though less highly regarded than his shorter fiction, are nonetheless wonderfully atmospheric. Le Fanu's particular brand of literary horror tends toward the refined, subtle fright rather than the graphic sensationalism of Matthew Gregory Lewis. His work influenced other prominent horror fiction authors, including M. R. James.

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