Have you read Carmilla?

Because I haven’t but have been wanting to for ages! I’m a little bit obsessed with vampires and Gothic horror stories and can’t really explain why I haven’t read it yet. If you have, please tell me what you thought! I just ordered it online and it’s a version of In a Glass Darkly that contains four other short stories by the author.

Carmilla is a novella from 1871-72 by the author Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. It’s one of the first (lesbian) vampire fictions and it’s also what Bram Stoker took a lot of his inspiration from to Dracula. The plot circles around 19 year old Laura, a girl who lives in a secluded, luxurious castle far away from the rest of the world. One night, there’s an accident with a carriage outside of the castle and the family has to take care of a girl the same age as Laura, this is Carmilla. The girls are fond of each other but Carmilla is far from ordinary, she has mysterious habits and girls in the area suddenly starts to die from strange diseases… And if you’d rather read the entire plot it’s basically out on wikipedia, but I don’t want to spoil anything just yet.

 

 

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5 Replies to “Have you read Carmilla?”

  1. I did read Carmilla a long time back but I don’t remember a lot of details. I remember liking it and seeing a lot of similarities to Dracula, stuff that was “of that time.” I also vaguely remember lesbian overtones that were quite scandalous for their time. I can’t wait to hear what you think. Maybe you can refresh my memory on the details.

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  2. In A Glass Darkly is available for free on Kindle. Which is great-it has two of my favourite Le Fanu stories in it: Carmilla, and Green Tea. Another favourite, in another collection, is Schalken the Painter.

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    1. That is great! I’m looking forward to reading more of Le Fanu as well.

      I love real books (forever traumatized by uni) and found In a glass darkly for 45 SEK, ca 4 GBP, including shipping which felt like a good deal.

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      1. If you like Carmilla try Le Fanu’s Spalatro, (particularly part two). It is about the confession of a notorious highwayman to a priest shortly before execution, detailing how he fell into his way of life. Part One is an account of how he narrowly avoided murder at the hands of robbers. Part Two is a nightmarish, Poe-like sequence set in Rome, detailing an encounter with demonic figures and his enthralment with a blood-drinking beauty who is a forerunner of Le Fanu’s later Carmilla.

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