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A classic Victorian vampire novella, which influenced Bram Stoker s later treatment of the vampire mythos in Dracula Poor Carmilla I guess there are only so many isolated noblemen s daughters you can devour before they start talking. Best vampire story ever written Anyone who disagrees with me It s on Best vampire story ever written Anyone who disagrees with me It s on Carmilla, J Sheridan Le FanuCarmilla 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 FanuCarmilla 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 2008 1394 125 9786004040334 19 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 muchthan 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 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 Spooky Vampire Leaves Author Prostrated I can t get her out of my head After reading this book, I am left frustrated and oddly underwhelmed, and yet there is an undeniable and dare I say it uncanny, 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 Spooky Vampire Leaves Author Prostrated I can t get her out of my head After reading this book, I am left frustrated and oddly underwhelmed, and yet there is an undeniable and dare I say it uncanny, 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, up to 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, It has deep qualities that many would appreciate Especially those with a taste for Creeping Horror On a decidedly UNCANNY personal note I had a dream, an incredibly VIVID dream, while reading this novel where I was visited by a magnetic, alluring, 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 an abiding 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 sat up suddenly, 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 Her eyes glittered like black diamonds, brilliant and hard I couldn t tear my eyes away from them 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 Vampires are gay They ve always been gay Twilight was literally the first vampire story that wasn t gay Unless it was I don t know, I didn t read it Dracula was our pioneering gay male vampire story Carmilla, which predates it by some twenty years, is our pioneering lesbian one.The authors themselves are not always gay Bram Stoker was, of course gayer than a guy who knows how to change the sheets on his bed but Sheridan Le Fanu, the popular and terrific 1800s Gothic writer responsib Vampires are gay They ve always been gay Twilight was literally the first vampire story that wasn t gay Unless it was I don t know, I didn t read it Dracula was our pioneering gay male vampire story Carmilla, which predates it by some twenty years, is our pioneering lesbian one.The authors themselves are not always gay Bram Stoker was, of course gayer than a guy who knows how to change the sheets on his bed but Sheridan Le Fanu, the popular and terrific 1800s Gothic writer responsible for Carmilla, seems like a cousin fucker but a straight one And this is, if we re being honest, lesbiansof the nightgowns and swooning variety than the roommates who enjoy pants variety Roommates who enjoy pants is what they called them back then So this is lesbians by way of the male gaze, and with quite a lot of Daddy Issues mixed in My hot daughter s hot friend keeps flouncing about in nightgowns, is one way you could describe the plot view spoiler Eventually I had to murder her naked body is how these things end they find her floating naked in a coffin full of blood, by the way, that s amazing and hide spoiler I mean we ve all seen Poison Ivy, right Do a shot for every time you see the word languid Ch ch ch ch ch ch ch ch cherry bombThe hot daughter and her single father live in an old castle schloss is now a word you know in the middle of nowhere, because of course they do, and a total stranger driving by leaves her hot teenage daughter with them for a few months because she fainted That s the plot They set the nubile stranger up in the bedroom that has a tapestry of Cleopatra holding poisonous asps to her bosom, and can I tell you how much I love imagining that decorating decision What if we make this room the Dead Naked Lady Room Cool Cleopatra And The Asp by Girolamo di Benvenuto, 1500ishTownspeople are dying, as they do Carmilla s door is locked from the inside at night She comes down late in the morning My strange and beautiful companion, says daughter Laura, would take my hand and hold it with a fond pressure, renewed again and again blushing softly, gazing in my face with languid and burning eyes, and breathing so fast that her dress rose and fell with the tumultuous respiration It was like the ardor of a lover it embarrassed me it was hateful and yet over powering and with gloating eyes she drew me to her, and her hot lips traveled along my cheek in kisses and she would whisper, almost in sobs, You are mine, you shall be mine, you and I are one for ever Then she had thrown herself back in her chair, with her small hands over her eyes, leaving me trembling.Do a shot for languid And should this be taken seriously Is it literature Is it great vampire literature Are vampires inherently silly Sheridan Le Fanu would you bang, yes or noVampire books are mostly gay and always about sex Dangerous visitors to your bedroom at night Certainly Le Fanu intended Carmilla to be hot, and if Stoker didn t intend Dracula to be it was only because he was so far back in the closet that he ended up in Narnia But of course vampires are predators, as well, so there s an element of these depraved homosexuals, right So hot But so dangerous But so hot I hope that in these enlightened times we re slightly less panicky about the vast spectrum of our sexual desire But sex is still dangerous, and it seems to me like a serious concern Books about sex are worthy And what other books, particularly in the stodgy 1800s, were about sex If you didn t smuggle it into a vampire book, where else would you find it Henry James certainly wasn t helping anyone.What I love about this particular edition of Carmilla by Lanternfish Press is that they ve convinced the mighty Carmen Maria Machado, a Gothic lover herself, to write an intro where she says all the quiet parts out loud Machado first of all insists that the entire thing is true, producing historical documents like a righteous gay Borges, and then further accuses Le Fanu of straightwashing the story It s not gay enough, she says The true story would have been about about a young woman s sexual awakening the senseless slaughter of her supposed defiler Machado points out that gay passion is often read as murderous hello, Patricia Highsmith , while making a driveby suggestion that the infamous Countess Bathory of Blood was bathing less in virgin blood than in their vaginas Countess Bathory, one kind of scissor fighter or anotherMachado continues,The act of interacting with text that is to say, of reading is that of inserting ones self into what is static and unchanging sounds that it might pump with fresh blood Having read this introduction, I hope you will enter into Carmilla thusly, using your fingertips and mouth and mind to locate what exists below the erotic relationship of two high strung and lonely young women.This whole thing is, of course, a meta joke about our modern hobby of declaring old books gay Carmen Maria Machado is fingerbanging Carmilla But under that, there s something serious going on, right This is a declaration of our right to interpret old books however we want to The book is as gay as we say it is, she suggests The words on the page are, of course, static and unchanging But when we go down on them, we open them up and find new meanings hidden inside, and those are not only valid but crucial to the survival of the book If there s nothing hidden in it, it doesn t matter Girls are caterpillars when they live in the world, says Carmilla, 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 structures.A book can be lurid and great at the same time, and Carmilla certainly is both I love every preposterous sentence of it Look at this indelible scene where the vampire appears at Laura s bed, her nightgown drenched in blood Illustration from the Lanternfish editionThe image was echoed by Stephen King 100 years later in Carrie, another great novel about the terror of feminine sexuality It s spectacular, and Carmilla is still a gripping and unnerving book It has plenty of secrets and peculiar propensities left for our probing fingertips 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 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 arefully developed by the later one