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[THIS KINDLE BOOK QUALITY IS GUARANTEED: It has been carefully edited with a fully interactive content.] Carmilla is a Gothic novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and one of the early works of vampire fiction, predating Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897) by 26 years. First published as a serial in The Dark Blue (1871–72), the story is narrated by a young woman preyed upon by a fem [THIS KINDLE BOOK QUALITY IS GUARANTEED: It has been carefully edited with a fully interactive content.] Carmilla is a Gothic novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and one of the early works of vampire fiction, predating Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897) by 26 years. First published as a serial in The Dark Blue (1871–72), the story is narrated by a young woman preyed upon by a female vampire named Carmilla, later revealed to be Mircalla, Countess Karnstein (Carmilla is an anagram of Mircalla). The story is often anthologized and has been adapted many times in film and other media. BONUS : • Carmilla Audiobook. • Biography of J. Sheridan LeFanu. ABOUT THE PUBLISHER: Rutilus classics publishes great works of literature at an affordable price. Our books have been carefully edited with a fully interactive content.


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[THIS KINDLE BOOK QUALITY IS GUARANTEED: It has been carefully edited with a fully interactive content.] Carmilla is a Gothic novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and one of the early works of vampire fiction, predating Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897) by 26 years. First published as a serial in The Dark Blue (1871–72), the story is narrated by a young woman preyed upon by a fem [THIS KINDLE BOOK QUALITY IS GUARANTEED: It has been carefully edited with a fully interactive content.] Carmilla is a Gothic novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and one of the early works of vampire fiction, predating Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897) by 26 years. First published as a serial in The Dark Blue (1871–72), the story is narrated by a young woman preyed upon by a female vampire named Carmilla, later revealed to be Mircalla, Countess Karnstein (Carmilla is an anagram of Mircalla). The story is often anthologized and has been adapted many times in film and other media. BONUS : • Carmilla Audiobook. • Biography of J. Sheridan LeFanu. ABOUT THE PUBLISHER: Rutilus classics publishes great works of literature at an affordable price. Our books have been carefully edited with a fully interactive content.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Alejandro

    Bloody relevant to read! BEFORE DRACULA, THERE WAS... But to die as lovers may - to die together, so that they may live together. This is a very important book in historic sense, in the genre of vampire reading, due that it was published 25 years before than Dracula. Also, it presented lesbian situations, easily one of the first open mentions of the topic in literature. So, it was a pioneer book in two subjects: Vampires and Lesbian literature. Some may wonder how it was possible to publish a b Bloody relevant to read! BEFORE DRACULA, THERE WAS... But to die as lovers may - to die together, so that they may live together. This is a very important book in historic sense, in the genre of vampire reading, due that it was published 25 years before than Dracula. Also, it presented lesbian situations, easily one of the first open mentions of the topic in literature. So, it was a pioneer book in two subjects: Vampires and Lesbian literature. Some may wonder how it was possible to publish a book with lesbian issues in 1872. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanú was ingenious in that, since when he was asked about, he just replied that it wasn't a homosexual situation since Carmilla was a vampire and due that, it was a creature without sexual genre. Sneaky devil this Le Fanu! Of course, that was a trick by the author but it worked since the book didn't have any trouble to be published in those times when there was a extremely close-minded attitude. And certainly the importance of the book to the eventual sucess of Bram Stoker's novel was fundamental. Without Carmilla there weren't Dracula and due that maybe there weren't a vampire sub-genre in the horror books that now it's one of the strongest subjects in modern paranormal literature. BRITISH GOTHIC Nevertheless, life and death are mysterious states, and we know little of the resources of either. Le Fanú also was the father of the Gothic horror of Britain establishing the style of how that kind of literature would be written even on these days. Maybe the only trouble with Carmilla to be read by current readers is its form of mystery that it's impossible that anybody would pick nowadays this particular novel to read without the previous knowledge that Carmilla is a vampire, and due that, the reader felt like reading a mystery where one already knows the answer to the mystery. The clues to the real nature of Carmilla are elegant and stylish but too evident for any reader familiar with vampire-related similar books, movies, TV series, etc... It's clear that Carmilla started all and the reality is that anybody else copied FROM it, but sadly, in many case, readers find the book way after of being already too familiar with the general world of vampires, diminishing the shock that the book could ever do. However, it's still an important book in literature history.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jesse

    In many ways the antithesis of Dracula, and if Stoker's novel disappointed me with its clean-cut, heterosexual male-influenced dichotomies, than le Fanu's novella is the flipside of the coin: female-centric, homoerotic, ambiguous and enigmatic (and all in about a quarter of the length!). Here the vampire is not the withered, evil "Other" but the beautiful, sensuous stranger that is readily welcomed into home and heart, becoming the double for the protagonist, leading to a very different sense of In many ways the antithesis of Dracula, and if Stoker's novel disappointed me with its clean-cut, heterosexual male-influenced dichotomies, than le Fanu's novella is the flipside of the coin: female-centric, homoerotic, ambiguous and enigmatic (and all in about a quarter of the length!). Here the vampire is not the withered, evil "Other" but the beautiful, sensuous stranger that is readily welcomed into home and heart, becoming the double for the protagonist, leading to a very different sense of horror--the necessary destruction not of an enemy but a loved one, perhaps even the self. It's a really eerie, beguiling little novella, uncanny in a way that Dracula only is in brief flashes...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nayra.Hassan

    ما كل هذا البطء المغلف لتحركاتها ؟ ما كل هذا البرود و التحفظ..كأنها بلا ماضي او مستقبل ؟ انت لي. .انا و انت سنصير واحد إلى الابد؟؟؟؟؟ ا{يا للروعة منذ إثنى عشر عاما رايت وجهك في احلامي و ظل يسكن فيها منذ ذلك الحين }ا و{منذ اثني عشر عاما رأيت وجهك في الواقع }هكذا بدأت علاقة بين فتاتين في 1871 قوامها الافتتان من طرف و ان كان افتتان مشوبا بشكوك عديدة هنا مصاصي الدماء يتجولون في عز شمس الظهيرة عادي هنا حيث يقطن كارنشتاين هنا القلاع المهجورة و الخراءب و المقابر و الأحداث الغامضة البطيئة التي تحتمل تفسيرين .. ما كل هذا البطء المغلف لتحركاتها ؟ ما كل هذا البرود و التحفظ..كأنها بلا ماضي او مستقبل ؟ انت لي. .انا و انت سنصير واحد إلى الابد؟؟؟؟؟ ا{يا للروعة منذ إثنى عشر عاما رايت وجهك في احلامي و ظل يسكن فيها منذ ذلك الحين }ا و{منذ اثني عشر عاما رأيت وجهك في الواقع }هكذا بدأت علاقة بين فتاتين في 1871 قوامها الافتتان من طرف و ان كان افتتان مشوبا بشكوك عديدة هنا مصاصي الدماء يتجولون في عز شمس الظهيرة عادي هنا حيث يقطن كارنشتاين هنا القلاع المهجورة و الخراءب و المقابر و الأحداث الغامضة البطيئة التي تحتمل تفسيرين ..الرعب القوطي كما يقول الكتاب. .النوفيلا ليست لكارهي النهايات المفتوحة و الاحتمالات اللانهائية هنا البروفة الأولى لرواية دراكولا

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Carmilla, J. Sheridan Le Fanu Carmilla is a Gothic novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and one of the early works of vampire fiction, predating Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897) by 26 years. First published as a serial in The Dark Blue (1871–72), the story is narrated by a young woman preyed upon by a female vampire named Carmilla, later revealed to be Mircalla, Countess Karnstein (Carmilla is an anagram of Mircalla). The story is often anthologized and has been adapted many times in film and other med Carmilla, J. Sheridan Le Fanu Carmilla is a Gothic novella by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and one of the early works of vampire fiction, predating Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897) by 26 years. First published as a serial in The Dark Blue (1871–72), the story is narrated by a young woman preyed upon by a female vampire named Carmilla, later revealed to be Mircalla, Countess Karnstein (Carmilla is an anagram of Mircalla). The story is often anthologized and has been adapted many times in film and other media. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز بیست و چهارم ماه ژوئن سال 2008 میلادی به زبان اصلی عنوان: کارمیلا؛ نویسنده: جوزف شریدان له فانو؛ برگردان: هامون جعفرنژاد؛ مشهد، بوتیمار، 1394، در 125 ص؛ شابک: 9786004040334؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی - سده 19 م کارمیلا نام یکی از نخستین شخصیت‌های خون آشام ادبیات است. این شخصیت، بر خلاف دراکولا، یک زن است، و البته جای یادآوری دارد، که رمان دراکولا، نوشته ی برام استوکر، پس از کارمیلا نوشته و منتشر شده است، بنابراین هستند کسانیکه میگویند: «استوکر در نوشتن دراکولا از لی فانو تاثیر گرفته است». کارمیلا اشراف زاده ای نفرین شده است، او به خون آشامی‌ اشتغال دارد. کارمیلا ظاهر یک دختر جوان زیبا را دارد، که زیبایی و معصومیتش، جذاب و گیراست. دندان‌های نیش او، نه به اندازه ای که خیلی مشهود باشند، اما تا حد مشخصی، تیز هستند، تا نیمه شب، بتواند آن‌ها را در سینه ی قربانی فرو برده، و از خونش تغذیه کند. کارمیلا، گاهی به طور ناگهانی، غیب میشود، و پس از مدتی، دوباره در محل غیب شدن خویش، دیده می‌شود. او با شنیدن حرف‌های مذهبی، یا سرودهای کلیسایی، رو ترش می‌کند، و محل را ترک می‌کند. کارمیلا، برای جذب قربانی، مدت‌ها زمان صرف می‌کند، تا به او نزدیک شود، و محبت بسیاری برای قربانی روا میدارد. نقل از متن کتاب: در شبی مهتابی، پس از غروب کامل آفتاب، به بالای یکی از برج‌های کلیسا رفت، و از پنجره‌ اش قبرستان را زیر نظر گرفت. لباسی از جنس کتان را، که پیشتر تا کرده بود، در کنار قبر قرار داد، و به سمت دهکده‌ ای به راه افتاد، تا طاعونش را بر سر اهالی آن فرود آورد؛ ... پایان نقل از متن کتاب، ترجمه شده به فارسی در سال 1394 هجری خورشیدی. ا. شربیانی

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    PRETTY AVERAGE. I don't feel like I particularly learned anything. It was a very monotone and non-climactic. Very /quaint/. And the giant plot twist was spoiled for me (i mean, it'd be spoiled for anyone living in 2015 because it's SO OBVIOUS) but I really feel that that spoilers shouldn't have the power to ruin a story, but I really feel that all this book had was that one spoiler. I still see merit in it, don't get me wrong. I read it for school and after intense studying I can see value in it, PRETTY AVERAGE. I don't feel like I particularly learned anything. It was a very monotone and non-climactic. Very /quaint/. And the giant plot twist was spoiled for me (i mean, it'd be spoiled for anyone living in 2015 because it's SO OBVIOUS) but I really feel that that spoilers shouldn't have the power to ruin a story, but I really feel that all this book had was that one spoiler. I still see merit in it, don't get me wrong. I read it for school and after intense studying I can see value in it, but Goodreads is a place for personal opinion, I think, and I just found it very "MEH."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Councillor

    With Dracula, The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, some of the most famously recognized horror stories of the nineteenth century have been created, yet only few people seem to know this little story which may have been the ultimate inspiration for Bram Stoker to write his popular novel Dracula. Carmilla is an early vampire story, laying the foundation of a genre which would see many other vampire tales in the upcoming years, until the development recently c With Dracula, The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, some of the most famously recognized horror stories of the nineteenth century have been created, yet only few people seem to know this little story which may have been the ultimate inspiration for Bram Stoker to write his popular novel Dracula. Carmilla is an early vampire story, laying the foundation of a genre which would see many other vampire tales in the upcoming years, until the development recently culminated in the seemingly perfect picture of the attractive, charming and oh so sexy vampire. Le Fanu's tale, only 100 pages long and perfect to read as a two-hour-long distraction during a Sunday afternoon, may seem unoriginal and inferior compared to the huge stories listed in the beginning ... but looking closer at this, it might be easier to realize that "Carmilla" is much more than that. Set in a gothic atmosphere surrounding the Austrian castle home of the first-person narrator, eighteen-year-old Laura, and her father, Carmilla tells the story of a young lady who comes to visit them under mysterious circumstances, with death and nightmares falling over the inhabitants of the castle and the vicinity soon. Not only does this premise introduce an interesting development - seldomly could it have been possible to find a female character in such astonishing circumstances in the 19th century - but also does the author prove himself to be far ahead of his time, including several homosexual allusions and thus being one of the first authors of his time to do so. Most of the events in this novel are implied rather than accurately explained, which strengthens the chilling atmosphere and makes up for a thrilling reading experience. Le Fanu's writing is anything but tiresome. While the gothic influence can easily be recognized in the novel, it feels like the writing could also have originated in modern days. Slowly does the horror creep inside the pages, and short chapters as well as fast-paced scenes help the reader to hasten through those pages. Apart from the dumb and rather annoying protagonist and the casual, perhaps even lazy characterization, Carmilla is a fascinating tale which should be read by everyone interested in the gothic horror genre and, generally, by horror readers.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nick Pageant

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

  8. 4 out of 5

    Werner

    Note, Oct. 1, 2012: I just modified this review slightly to incorporate a changed perspective I came to as a result of a discussion in one of my groups. This book is one of the best treatments of the vampire theme I have read (admittedly, I haven't read very many --even counting the ones I didn't like enough to finish!). While the author's diction is Victorian, the book is a short, quick read (unlike the massive tomes that some 19th-century novels are), so it shouldn't be daunting even for reader Note, Oct. 1, 2012: I just modified this review slightly to incorporate a changed perspective I came to as a result of a discussion in one of my groups. This book is one of the best treatments of the vampire theme I have read (admittedly, I haven't read very many --even counting the ones I didn't like enough to finish!). While the author's diction is Victorian, the book is a short, quick read (unlike the massive tomes that some 19th-century novels are), so it shouldn't be daunting even for readers who have a problem with old-fashioned prose. Unlike John Polidori's Lord Ruthven and the title character of Varney the Vampire, LeFanu's vampire is female. He concentrates on psychological horror rather than on blood and gore, and does not try to eroticize the vampire's activities. (Carmilla definitely does use language in places that suggests that she demands an attachment from her female victims that borders on romantic love, which gives her attitude what today would be called a "lesbian" undercurrent; but we can also fairly say that even though she wants strong female attachment, it's not genitally sexual in nature.) The atmosphere of menace and suspense easily evokes the reader's concerned attention. One of the characters here is an eccentric scholar with knowledge of vampire lore (a kind of adumbration of Stoker's Van Helsing). Also, Le Fanu indicates the hostility between the vampire and Christian faith (his vampire, of course, is in the classic mold --an instinctively evil embodiment of appetite and cunning malevolence, rather than a person with a moral free will and an individual personality, like many modern fictional vampires), but doesn't develop this theme as fully as Stoker does in Dracula. For a reader who enjoys seeing fiction in its historical and literary context, it's fascinating to see the way elements whose seeds are planted by the earlier writer are more fully developed by the later one!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    .....Here it is OCTOBER and I'm stumped at finding a good scary read so I reverted to the GR list of Best Horror...then moved on to Best Gothic Books Of All Time and found this little gem......While not scary, CARMILLA is indeed an atmospheric well told story and one of the earliest works of vampire fiction. First published in 1872, CARMILLA predates even DRACULA by more than 25 years......It all begins with a creepy carriage misadventure....is filled with phantasmagoria and ends....well, I'm no .....Here it is OCTOBER and I'm stumped at finding a good scary read so I reverted to the GR list of Best Horror...then moved on to Best Gothic Books Of All Time and found this little gem......While not scary, CARMILLA is indeed an atmospheric well told story and one of the earliest works of vampire fiction. First published in 1872, CARMILLA predates even DRACULA by more than 25 years......It all begins with a creepy carriage misadventure....is filled with phantasmagoria and ends....well, I'm not going to say, but there is the slightest lesbian undertone to the tale that I found surprising......Highly recommend for a bit of mild gothic horror!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Meave

    Poor Carmilla. I guess there are only so many isolated noblemen's daughters you can devour before they start talking.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Candi

    "The amphibious existence of the vampire is sustained by daily renewed slumber in the grave. Its horrible lust for living blood supplies the vigor of its waking existence. The vampire is prone to be fascinated with an engrossing vehemence, resembling the passion of love, by particular persons… It will never desist until it has satiated its passion, and drained the very life of its coveted victim." This description of a vampire is not anything new and surprising to anyone that has an interest in v "The amphibious existence of the vampire is sustained by daily renewed slumber in the grave. Its horrible lust for living blood supplies the vigor of its waking existence. The vampire is prone to be fascinated with an engrossing vehemence, resembling the passion of love, by particular persons… It will never desist until it has satiated its passion, and drained the very life of its coveted victim." This description of a vampire is not anything new and surprising to anyone that has an interest in vampire lore, but what is amazing about these words are that they were written prior to Bram Stoker's Dracula. Le Fanu's Carmilla is a short but impressive tale of a female vampire which I found to be wonderfully gothic and appropriately spine-chilling. Rumors of a strange sickness circulating the area of Styria in Austria come to the attention of a young lady, Laura, and her father at their secluded castle. Shortly thereafter, these two find themselves with a very mysterious guest following a carriage accident just outside the confines of their palatial home. Laura, our narrator, reflects upon the face of this guest as being one that appeared to her in a very vivid and disturbing childhood dream. Despite this fact, the lonely Laura becomes quickly attached to her newly found companion, Carmilla. "I did feel drawn towards her but there was also something of repulsion. In this ambiguous feeling, however, the sense of attraction immensely prevailed… she was so beautiful and indescribably engaging." As time goes on, Laura is not able to glean any background information from this extraordinary guest. Where did she come from? To which place was she headed? And, why did her mother leave her in the hands of strangers whilst hastening on to some secretive destination? The suspense of the novel increases as Laura becomes once again plagued by nightmares and strange occurrences. A gradual decline in Laura's health and sinister reports shared by a respected friend in the neighborhood prompt Laura's father to obtain answers and spur him to action. The events that follow are dramatic and exciting. I found the plot of this book to be a bit uneven at times. It also seemed a bit too short - I think the story could have been developed a bit further. Overall though, there was great atmosphere, and it was fun and well-done for an early vampire story. It would translate really well into an excellent movie! 3.5 stars

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maria Clara

    3.5/ Hacía tiempo que quería leer este relato y no me ha defraudado. Es verdad que a día de hoy puede ser algo inocente, pero es interesante leer uno de los primeros relatos sobre vampiros que se conoce.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Graeme Rodaughan

    (EDIT Updating to 4 stars for persistent impact and memorability of the story... it's spooky - I would read this again). After reading this book, I am left frustrated and oddly underwhelmed, and yet there is an undeniable power to this story which is a mystery to me. The smartest character in the story is the antagonist (who is not that smart), who proceeds to charm and bamboozle an array of protagonists who are all very nice, and not the least given to suspicion of others. There are multiple even (EDIT Updating to 4 stars for persistent impact and memorability of the story... it's spooky - I would read this again). After reading this book, I am left frustrated and oddly underwhelmed, and yet there is an undeniable power to this story which is a mystery to me. The smartest character in the story is the antagonist (who is not that smart), who proceeds to charm and bamboozle an array of protagonists who are all very nice, and not the least given to suspicion of others. There are multiple events where the fact that Carmilla is a vampire is hinted at with growing strength, upto and including the discovery of a perfect portrait painted in the dim past. Le Fanu doesn't quite get to the point of hanging a sign, written in fresh blood around Carmilla's neck proclaiming, "I am a vampire, and I am here to kill you." But he gets close. With the characters stumbling about in their ignorance as the Vampire runs rings around them - I was left imagining shooting fish in a barrel. I found myself thinking what if a terrible blizzard arrived that shut up the Schloss for 3 days (and especially 3 nights). Leaving Carmilla alone with only the hero, Laura (our narrator), her father, the governess, and the other staff without any hope of escape. As the death toll mounted, the presence of a vampire would quickly become obvious. Laura would then be confronted with a need to make a decision of consequence and take irrevocable action. Something she really doesn't get much of a chance to do. Passive characters, especially if the narrator are frustrating. On the plus side, the author has made an excellent stab at establishing the vampire genre. He has also provided a clever subplot of lesbian love. Neither would have been easy to do in his day and age. Also the description of the actual vampire attacks is genuinely spooky and admirable writing. While this book failed to excite me with it's general lack of pace and suspense, I'm sure that it has qualites that many would appreciate. Especially those with a taste for "Creeping Horror." On a weird personal note. I had a dream while reading this novel where I was visited by a dark haired female vampire and I willing offered my arm to her. Something that I have never done before in a dream. What was also noteworthy was the experience of personal intimacy that accompanied the act of freely giving blood to sustain another. The sultry summer evening had barely given way to the night. I had left the bedroom doors open to the balcony to allow a light breeze to circulate. I lay back on the bed, tossing and turning, unable to sleep. The house belonged to me, I was its sole occupant, but the loneliness of this house weighed heavily - it was not a home. Moonlight cut through the room, then it vanished for an instant. A momentary shadow flitting through the doorway, entering my bedroom and filling it with a pervasive sense of possession - the room was no longer mine. My heart thudded in my chest. I suddenly sat up, pressing backward against the headboard. There was someone in the room, the feeling of her presence was overwhelming, but I couldn't see anyone - there was no one there. The shadows thickened at the end of my bed. I stared, frozen where I sat, as the shadows coalesced into the ethereal shape of a young woman. She wore a light diaphanous gown. Her hair was lustrous black, her skin pale like marble, her eyes were large and dark, her lips red, full and slightly curved in a coy smile. Her form solidified. A faint perfume filled the air. She seemed deeply familiar, and yet, I had never seen her before - at least I had no memory of ever meeting her and I'm sure I would not have forgotten. She moved to her right, floating, lithe, serene. She was majestic and mesmerizing - power beyond words was bound up in her gaze. I couldn't tear my eyes away from her even if I tried. She sat down beside me, gently picking up my left arm with her cool hands. She turned it over, palm up. I didn't resist - I didn't want to. I lifted my arm up and she lent forward. A bell rang in the distance, a muffled warning - ignored and discarded in the face of her needs. Needs I was a willing servant to. Moonlight gleamed on her ivory fangs. She leaned further in, first kissing, then licking - finally biting. A single drop of blood fell off my wrist, dark against the white bed sheet. She murmured in delight, my heart beat hard in my chest, but I stayed still - unwilling to disturb her feast. Everything was for her... (inspired by my dream while reading this book...) I am left wondering just how deep this story can creep into you when you read it?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Skel

    Hellow, Aren't the books that we like the most, the harder to review? Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu became one of my favourite book of all time, it spoke to my soul through words of darkness, each sentence was like sweet melancholic music echoing and engraving in me. Sentences like “Girls are caterpillars while they live in the world, to be finally butterflies when the summer comes; but in the meantime there are grubs and larvae, don't you see - each with their peculiar propensities, necessit Hellow, Aren't the books that we like the most, the harder to review? Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu became one of my favourite book of all time, it spoke to my soul through words of darkness, each sentence was like sweet melancholic music echoing and engraving in me. Sentences like “Girls are caterpillars while they live in the world, to be finally butterflies when the summer comes; but in the meantime there are grubs and larvae, don't you see - each with their peculiar propensities, necessities and structure.” will never leave me be anymore. It was short and like some classics the end was a bit rushed but the away it was written compensates every bit of hastiness on get in to the end. Read it for the poetry on the words, when it comes to authors like Le Fanu, you have to see the writing as the experience, more even that the plot itself. Read it in a languish way,absorbing the luxurious sentences and get lost on the beauty of it. Regards. Yours Sincerely, SkeletonOrchid

  15. 4 out of 5

    Apatt

    “I am sure, Carmilla, you have been in love; that there is, at this moment, an affair of the heart going on." "I have been in love with no one, and never shall," she whispered, "unless it should be with you." How beautiful she looked in the moonlight!” Very Anne Rice, except that Carmilla predates Rice’s Interview with the Vampire by about a century, so Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu did the "sexy vampire" thing first. He did it even before Bram Stoker unleashed Dracula on the world. Carmilla is one o “I am sure, Carmilla, you have been in love; that there is, at this moment, an affair of the heart going on." "I have been in love with no one, and never shall," she whispered, "unless it should be with you." How beautiful she looked in the moonlight!” Very Anne Rice, except that Carmilla predates Rice’s Interview with the Vampire by about a century, so Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu did the "sexy vampire" thing first. He did it even before Bram Stoker unleashed Dracula on the world. Carmilla is one of the earliest work of vampire fiction, apparently not the, I have no idea whose story has that honor (Google is your friend!). First published in 1871 Carmilla tells the story of Laura, a young woman living with her father in a “schloss” (castle) in Styria. One day a carriage transporting a lady and her daughter has an accident outside the castle, the daughter, Carmilla, is a little injured and cannot continue the journey with her mother. Laura’s father, nice fellow that he is, offers to take care of the lady’s daughter while the lady takes care of her business. The two girls (age not mentioned, but Laura is probably about 16-18 years old, Carmilla looks the same age) quickly become BFFs. Laura finds Carmilla to be great company, very pretty, enigmatic and a bit weird. A few days after their association Laura’s health begins to fail, she wakes up feeling more and more anemic every day. She has no idea why but, being a bit of a fool, tries to hide the condition from her father. We, of course, realize the truth immediately, Carmilla, her new BFF has been making happy meals out of her. Though she seems nice, she sucks. The characterization of the eponymous Carmilla is quite well done, even when she is passing herself off as a girl she is creepy and charismatic. I can not say the same for the other characters, they are just there to serve the plot. Laura is too ineffectual to be of any interest and I am surprised Carmilla herself does not feel anemic from consuming her sappy blood. There is a mildly erotic angle to the story, which later authors like Anne Rice refined to an art form. From Victorean Gothic's article Carmilla has a disadvantage often experienced by early practitioners of a new genre of fiction, the writers who followed refined the basic idea and did it much better. So Bram Stoker, Stephen King, Richard Matheson, GRRM, Anne Rice etc. basically wrote much better, more frightening and thrilling vampire stories. Carmilla is not at all bad, the early part of the novella creeped me out a little bit. Unfortunately, as the narrative progresses it seems to run out of steam, and the final encounter with Carmilla feels oddly flat and matter of fact. Still, the novella is too short to outstay its welcome and I kind of enjoyed it; not exactly a ringing endorsement, but it is in the public domain so you may as well give it a shot! “Pardon me miss, do you happen to have a knife sharpener.... Ooer missus!” Notes: • The free Librivox audiobook version I listened to is read by the excellent Elizabeth Klett. • There are several film adaptations of this book, but the most well known is probably The Vampire Lovers (1970) Quotes: “Now the truth is, I felt rather unaccountably towards the beautiful stranger. I did feel, as she said, "drawn towards her," but there was also something of repulsion. In this ambiguous feeling, however, the sense of attraction immensely prevailed. She interested and won me; she was so beautiful and so indescribably engaging.” “Shy and strange was the look with which she quickly hid her face in my neck and hair, with tumultuous sighs, that seemed almost to sob, and pressed in mine a hand that trembled.” “Her soft cheek was glowing against mine. "Darling, darling," she murmured, "I live in you; and you would die for me, I love you so.” “She and I talked a great deal, and very animated she was; and the remainder of that evening passed without any recurrence of what I called her infatuations. I mean her crazy talk and looks, which embarrassed, and even frightened me.” “I saw a solemn, but very pretty face looking at me from the side of the bed. It was that of a young lady who was kneeling, with her hands under the coverlet. I looked at her with a kind of pleased wonder, and ceased whimpering. She caressed me with her hands, and lay down beside me on the bed, and drew me towards her, smiling; I felt immediately delightfully soothed, and fell asleep again. I was wakened by a sensation as if two needles ran into my breast very deep at the same moment, and I cried loudly. The lady started back, with her eyes fixed on me, and then slipped down upon the floor, and, as I thought, hid herself under the bed.”

  16. 5 out of 5

    Fernando

    Además de Edgar Allan Poe, se podía leer a Sheridan Le Fanu, que junto a Hugh Walpole o E.T.A. Hoffmann llevaron a la perfección al género gótico y el cuento fantástico o de terror. Este autor posee grandes cuentos de fantasmas y terror, puesto que en eso consistía su especialidad. Fue un escritor admirado por los grandes del género. Carmilla, junto con El Vampiro de John Polidori anticipa lo que iba a instaurar el libro Drácula de Bram Stoker: el género del vampirismo, tan vigente hoy en día. La Además de Edgar Allan Poe, se podía leer a Sheridan Le Fanu, que junto a Hugh Walpole o E.T.A. Hoffmann llevaron a la perfección al género gótico y el cuento fantástico o de terror. Este autor posee grandes cuentos de fantasmas y terror, puesto que en eso consistía su especialidad. Fue un escritor admirado por los grandes del género. Carmilla, junto con El Vampiro de John Polidori anticipa lo que iba a instaurar el libro Drácula de Bram Stoker: el género del vampirismo, tan vigente hoy en día. La historia entre Carmilla y Laura es de un alto voltaje para la época por sus fuertes características lésbicas. Hay momentos en que la tensión sexual entre ambas jovencitas es sorprendente. Creo que las historias de vampirismo son más efectivas cuando hacen más hincapié en lo sexual que en el amor, como es en el caso de Drácula. Carmilla es un clásico ineludible cuando a la hora de leer libros de vampiros se trata.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Barry Pierce

    I'm glad this was a novella. While the plot is interesting and the writing is just superb the entire concept of "oh she's a vampire, no wait, she's a lesbian vampire" gets tired quite quickly. However this is one of those works that you have to read just off of its sheer influence alone. The trope of the lesbian vampire was so important in early horror movies, B-movies and especially Giallo horror. (Also I love the fact that two of the most pioneering and influential works of vampire fiction wer I'm glad this was a novella. While the plot is interesting and the writing is just superb the entire concept of "oh she's a vampire, no wait, she's a lesbian vampire" gets tired quite quickly. However this is one of those works that you have to read just off of its sheer influence alone. The trope of the lesbian vampire was so important in early horror movies, B-movies and especially Giallo horror. (Also I love the fact that two of the most pioneering and influential works of vampire fiction were written by two Irish guys, go us!)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    The author takes advantage of the power of contrast. Many horror writers use contrast to throw a reader's mind off balance. Stephen King made Pennywise a joking freak of a clown, and Randal Flagg a humorous and diabolical psycho-demon. In this story, a small girl meets Carmilla, two petite and intimate little girls. The contrast twists the mind into suspended insanity when supernatural visitations come, and the small girl correlates to the events. His descriptions of vampires bring a terror seen The author takes advantage of the power of contrast. Many horror writers use contrast to throw a reader's mind off balance. Stephen King made Pennywise a joking freak of a clown, and Randal Flagg a humorous and diabolical psycho-demon. In this story, a small girl meets Carmilla, two petite and intimate little girls. The contrast twists the mind into suspended insanity when supernatural visitations come, and the small girl correlates to the events. His descriptions of vampires bring a terror seen in modern movies: a little girl covered in blood in a white dress of purity, a creature with no heartbeat, no breath, only a cold stare of lust and hunger. Half the story comes through dialogue, which I found rather confusing and crippling for the pace. Overall, the story exemplifies great writing; imagery and description fill the mind. The contrast disturbs the mind with precise clarity.

  19. 5 out of 5

    ᴥ Irena ᴥ

    3.5 One of the reasons why I liked Carmilla so much is it's a very good vampire story. It would be even better if I didn't know that from the beginning. Nobody's fault. Everyone knows Carmilla is a vampire story. It was first published 1872 and people usually expect those to be a bit harder to get through. Carmilla is definitely not like that. It almost reads like a contemporary story. There are sixteen chapters but the story itself was sort of divided in two parts. One is told to us by Laura, ou 3.5 One of the reasons why I liked Carmilla so much is it's a very good vampire story. It would be even better if I didn't know that from the beginning. Nobody's fault. Everyone knows Carmilla is a vampire story. It was first published 1872 and people usually expect those to be a bit harder to get through. Carmilla is definitely not like that. It almost reads like a contemporary story. There are sixteen chapters but the story itself was sort of divided in two parts. One is told to us by Laura, our young narrator, years later. The other is almost the same story which happened to another girl. This one is told to Laura and her father by the father's friend. It doesn't end well. I won't retell the story itself. (view spoiler)[Carmilla the character drove me crazy. I'll give you just one example what annoyed me about her. At one point of the story a funeral procession is passing by. People are singing a hymn. Laura, being a decent person, stands up and joins in the singing. Carmilla starts with you offend me with this and 'how can you tell that your religion and mine are the same'. She is a freaking guest there and neither Laura nor those people did anything offensive. (hide spoiler)]

  20. 4 out of 5

    Annie♡

    Siniestro y bello, ¿es posible? SÍ y SÍ. "Me juzgarás cruel y egoísta, muy egoísta, pero recuerda que el amor es siempre así. Cuanto más intensa es la pasión, más egoísta resulta. No puedes imaginarte lo celosa que estoy de ti. Tú has de venir conmigo; has de quererme hasta la muerte. O puede que me odies, da lo mismo. Pero ven conmigo y ódiame a través de la muerte y del más allá. En mi vocabulario no existe la palabra indiferencia." Para la época en que fue escrito tuvo que causar su revuelo Siniestro y bello, ¿es posible? SÍ y SÍ. "Me juzgarás cruel y egoísta, muy egoísta, pero recuerda que el amor es siempre así. Cuanto más intensa es la pasión, más egoísta resulta. No puedes imaginarte lo celosa que estoy de ti. Tú has de venir conmigo; has de quererme hasta la muerte. O puede que me odies, da lo mismo. Pero ven conmigo y ódiame a través de la muerte y del más allá. En mi vocabulario no existe la palabra indiferencia." Para la época en que fue escrito tuvo que causar su revuelo, ¿por qué? Por el tinte lésbico que tiene, por la tensión sexual entre dos mujeres. Me encantó, de verdad. No pude dejar de leerlo, tenía que terminarlo ya de ya! "El amor exige sacrificios, y en los sacrificios corre la sangre. Ahora deja que me abandone al sueño." El relato no abusa de escenas sangrientas. No, no, nada de eso. Me pareció que se contaba lo que se tenía que contar, y ya. :)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Carmo

    Uma vampirice à moda antiga a fazer lembrar os contos de Bram Stoker, quando afinal, foi este quem se inspirou em Carmilla para escrever Drácula. Os cenários são os apropriados para histórias de terror e o suspense é uma constante até ao final. Com uns toques de erotismo e um lesbianismo mais que subtil, é capaz de ter chocado os mentecaptos da época.

  22. 5 out of 5

    BrokenTune

    I had heard of Carmilla, one of the forerunners of Dracula, but I had not read it. So, when the chance to read a book for the "Gothic" square on a Halloween Bingo game came up, I jumped at Carmilla. And it does not come more Gothic than this... "Over all this the schloss shows its many-windowed front; its towers, and its Gothic chapel. The forest opens in an irregular and very picturesque glade before its gate, and at the right a steep Gothic bridge carries the road over a stream that winds in de I had heard of Carmilla, one of the forerunners of Dracula, but I had not read it. So, when the chance to read a book for the "Gothic" square on a Halloween Bingo game came up, I jumped at Carmilla. And it does not come more Gothic than this... "Over all this the schloss shows its many-windowed front; its towers, and its Gothic chapel. The forest opens in an irregular and very picturesque glade before its gate, and at the right a steep Gothic bridge carries the road over a stream that winds in deep shadow through the wood. I have said that this is a very lonely place. Judge whether I say truth. Looking from the hall door towards the road, the forest in which our castle stands extends fifteen miles to the right, and twelve to the left. The nearest inhabited village is about seven of your English miles to the left. The nearest inhabited schloss of any historic associations, is that of old General Spielsdorf, nearly twenty miles away to the right. I have said "the nearest inhabited village," because there is, only three miles westward, that is to say in the direction of General Spielsdorf's schloss, a ruined village, with its quaint little church, now roofless, in the aisle of which are the moldering tombs of the proud family of Karnstein, now extinct, who once owned the equally desolate chateau which, in the thick of the forest, overlooks the silent ruins of the town. Respecting the cause of the desertion of this striking and melancholy spot, there is a legend which I shall relate to you another time." I'm not going to compare Carmilla and Dracula other than to say that I actually preferred the story of Carmilla - simply because it is less convoluted. To me the simplicity of Carmilla makes it more legend-like, more like a myth that can give you shivers when travelling through the dark countryside. " I don't know. I didn't get the same sense of dread and atmosphere from Dracula that I got from reading Carmilla, and for that reason alone I prefer Le Fanu's telling of the vampire story. Incidentally, I guess, the vampire aspect is pretty much where the comparison between Carmilla and Dracula needs to end for me because Stoker's work expanded into a lot more than the vampire story, and included a lot of social commentary that is not the focus of Carmilla. So, anyway, as a mere vampire story this was a great read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    An atmospheric delight, gems of beautiful images falling off the page in a simple, straightforward, and yet strangely enthralling sequence. Laced through beautifully with the Victorian obsessions of scientific inquiry and the grotesque- of its time, certainly, but beautifully explored for all that. No one does feverish obsession quite like the Victorians. However, our lady narrator is dumber than Dumbo's inbred country cousin. Shame she fell victim to the narrator explains it all storytelling dev An atmospheric delight, gems of beautiful images falling off the page in a simple, straightforward, and yet strangely enthralling sequence. Laced through beautifully with the Victorian obsessions of scientific inquiry and the grotesque- of its time, certainly, but beautifully explored for all that. No one does feverish obsession quite like the Victorians. However, our lady narrator is dumber than Dumbo's inbred country cousin. Shame she fell victim to the narrator explains it all storytelling device, but yeah, just sayin'. Be warned.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Reckoner

    Oh man !! The tension was so thick in this one that you could cut it with a knife. Doom and gloom, eroticism, mystery and mysticism wrapped up in beautiful language. YΓ. 1 If you loved this, you should watch Carmilla, the web series ΥΓ. 2 Sorry StaringGirl for not reading this together ♥

  25. 4 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    I read this story out of the A Taste for Blood Anthology. I was excited to finally read the story that is really the grandmother of the vampire tale. It preceded Dracula by Bram Stoker by more than twenty years. Well I have to say that I have mixed feelings about Carmilla. In some moments, it was very eerie, if not downright frightening, but those moments didn't quite occur often enough for me. There were passages of description that became rather mind-numbingly boring. I have read enough classic I read this story out of the A Taste for Blood Anthology. I was excited to finally read the story that is really the grandmother of the vampire tale. It preceded Dracula by Bram Stoker by more than twenty years. Well I have to say that I have mixed feelings about Carmilla. In some moments, it was very eerie, if not downright frightening, but those moments didn't quite occur often enough for me. There were passages of description that became rather mind-numbingly boring. I have read enough classic horror by now to be used to the flowery prose of Victorian writing, so I don't think that was the problem. I just think Le Fanu spent too much time on minutiae. I have this book three stars because of the elements that I felt were strong and enjoyable about this story: The lesbian subtext was pretty strong, in my opinion. The relationship between Carmilla and the narrator could have be characterized as a girl's friendship, but there were aspects that were more along the lines of a sensual relationship. I haven't studied Victorian female interactions very well, but I felt that Carmilla and the narrator were intensely touchy-feeling, caressing and kissing each other in a passionate fashion, although not on the mouth, and it was clear that her interactions with and Carmilla herself had an erotic effect on the narrator that simultaneously thrilled and repulsed her. I really do have to admire Le Fanu for incorporating this element. I would imagine that it was pretty outre' for this prudish era. I don't know that he did it to give his opinion of the sinful nature of same-sex relationships, or just in a matter of fact way. It felt more matter of fact than an overt denouncement (at any rate no moreso than the interpretation that vampire fiction be taken as a denouncement of sensuality and sexuality.) The other aspect I enjoyed were the scenes that sent a shiver down my spine. The scene where they find Carmilla in a coffin, floating in inches of blood was really scary. Carmilla might appear to be a youthful, beautiful girl, but she an ageless, evil creature of terrifying menace, who had taken many innocent young girl's lives, preying on the bonds of friendship and the susceptiblity of a young girl to seduction. There are some scenes that had imagery that affected my subconscious. As a matter of fact, I woke up in the middle of the night and turned my TV on, so I think it did give me a scare or two. The traditional elements of the vampire tale I truly enjoy: The fact that the creature is afraid of anything representing God. The creature will avoid light and roam in the dark. The method of killing the creature, and its supernatural powers (such as going through locked doors and taking the shape of animal). These are all staples of the vampire tale that has more or less stood the test of time. This is proven in the fact that many modern vampire tales still employ these elements. And those that don't, acknowledge them by saying, the traditional vampire folklore (see above) doesn't apply. I end this review by stating that were it not for the overabundance of seemingly endless, dry monologues, I would have thoroughly enjoyed this at times harrowing tale (and would have rated it higher). Despite its shortcomings, I still recommend this tale to a true vampire fiction fan. Read this story, because this story should be honored as a building block of the vampire genre.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pau

    4/5 Llevaba dos años queriendo leer este libro y por fin se me presentó la oportunidad gracias al club de lectura de La cafetería de Audrey. La webserie Carmilla desarrollada por KindaTV es mi serie favorita. Desde que la descubrí estoy obsesionada con ella y ahora mismo es muy importante en mi vida. La serie está basada en el libro pero no es para nada fiel a él. Yo ya lo sabía, pero quería conocer el libro igualmente. Me sorprendió muchísimo cómo está escrito. Da gusto leerlo, es una mezcla de i 4/5 Llevaba dos años queriendo leer este libro y por fin se me presentó la oportunidad gracias al club de lectura de La cafetería de Audrey. La webserie Carmilla desarrollada por KindaTV es mi serie favorita. Desde que la descubrí estoy obsesionada con ella y ahora mismo es muy importante en mi vida. La serie está basada en el libro pero no es para nada fiel a él. Yo ya lo sabía, pero quería conocer el libro igualmente. Me sorprendió muchísimo cómo está escrito. Da gusto leerlo, es una mezcla de ironía, perspicacia y sabiduría. Es un lenguaje embriagador que le da a la historia un toque gótico perfecto. Para mi, esta característica es lo mejor del libro. El libro también es una mezcla entre misterio, sensualidad y leyenda. Y me pareció que estos elementos aparecían exactamente en la proporción perfecta para conseguir un producto increíble. Aunque yo no pude evitar compararlo con la serie y algunas cosas me chocaron bastante, tengo que decir que no me decepcionaron demasiado. Y como no, me encanta el personaje de Carmilla Karnstein. Aunque la protagonista en teoría sea Laura, para mi el alma de la historia es la vampira. Sin embargo, así como en la serie profundizan mucho más en ella, aquí queda más en segundo plano y fue lo que menos me gustó. Además en la primera parte se centran bastante en la relación entre Carmilla y Laura (esa pareja es lo mejor de todo tanto en la serie como en el libro) pero luego pasan a la historia de Elle y se olvidan de ellas dos. Esta segunda parte me pareció mucho más floja. En resumen, un libro que da gusto leer y por supuesto una lectura obligatoria para los amantes de los vampiros. PD: sí, soy muy pesada, pero os recomiendo mucho la webserie.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I got this book upon watching a movie on Netflix called, "The Moth Diaries". One of the classes the girls were in, the teacher passed this book out for them to read and review. And of course, I had to order a copy. I thought it was pretty good for a short novella on vampires. It was a very different take and I did enjoy it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    The Good: This influential little tale is moody and dark, and gives that sense of the otherworld common to many books written so long ago. The plot itself might seem cliche to those of us raised with vampires all over TV, but the reason it's been redone so often is that it is an excellent, tense mystery that hits you right in your scary gland. The rustic Austrian setting is beautiful and very well conveyed. The Bad: The language gets a bit florid, though it may have been viewed as colloquial by rea The Good: This influential little tale is moody and dark, and gives that sense of the otherworld common to many books written so long ago. The plot itself might seem cliche to those of us raised with vampires all over TV, but the reason it's been redone so often is that it is an excellent, tense mystery that hits you right in your scary gland. The rustic Austrian setting is beautiful and very well conveyed. The Bad: The language gets a bit florid, though it may have been viewed as colloquial by readers of the time. The characters - all 19th century mitteleuropäisch aristocrats - were far too distant from my own world for me to fully engage with any of them. Plus there were a few too many loose threads left over. 'Friends' character the protagonist is most like: The narrator, Laura, is innocent and passive and hardly a protagonist at all. The real protagonist is her unnamed father, who is stoic and long suffering, and originally from England. He's also not married to Ross Geller, which makes him exactly like Ross' ex-wife Emily.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Duane

    A Gothic horror novel featuring a beautiful lesbian vampire, understated as you would expect in a Victorian era novel. This short novel was well structured and very well written. I enjoyed it more than Dracula to be honest, and Carmilla was written two decades before Bram Stoker's classic.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I honestly don't know what to say about this book. It's at once hilarious and ridiculous but clever and full of interesting things to critique. And lesbian vampires. Never doubt the Victorian ability to bring innuendo to every situation.

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