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Bibliolis Books, 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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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.)

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User Review  - Brooke - Goodreads

Really creepy little story. Read full review

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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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