Carmilla

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Bibliolis Books, 2010 - Fiction - 120 pages
426 Reviews
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
entertaining story, but way too much prose - Goodreads
The pace is slow and the suspense level is moderate. - Goodreads
Way faster than Dracula, but very similar plot. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Whitney - Goodreads

(Irreverent summary, paraphrasing the narrator) "Hi, I'm an innocent sweet young girl, very wealthy, and suddenly a carriage overturned on our land, and a gorgeous mysterious also very wealthy lady ... Read full review

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User Review  - Devon Forest - Goodreads

Technically I would probably give this a 4.5 rating but I'll bump it up to a 5. It was short and a quick read so the plot was fairly simple, but I really enjoyed it. Who doesn't love a classic vampire story? Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
5
Section 3
12
Section 4
22
Section 5
32
Section 6
46
Section 7
52
Section 8
58
Section 10
71
Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
90
Section 14
97
Section 15
104
Section 16
111
Section 17
116

Section 9
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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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