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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A great book and touching story. Haunting.
Poor Carmilla is the depiction of a lonely soul, and the first in-depth literary archetype of the female vampire. Stoker drew solidly on this story and presentation for his masterwork "Dracula".
Some of the writing is in passive voice, but ... the characters are sort of passive, so I wonder if this style was intentional on Le Fanu's part.
Also, there are readers who have commented on stereotypes of the vampire genre, and say "I saw this coming a mile away", but remember, this is one of the first books of its kind. No one, back in 1872, saw anything coming--this was fresh.
Overall, a must read. You'll never forget it.
(BTW, the cover captures Carmilla's depiction pretty well, IMO.)
Review: CarmillaUser Review - Brooke - Goodreads
Really creepy little story. Read full review