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Carmilla …more I liked it – Gothic castle in Styria, mix of authentic vampire folklore – Carmilla is not pale nor burn in the sun – and Gothic romanticism. The General carimlla supposed to bring his niece, Bertha Rheinfeldt, to visit the two, but the niece suddenly died under mysterious circumstances.

The beast then takes the form of a female figure and disappears through the door without opening it. Her secrecy is not the only mysterious thing about Carmilla; she never joins the household in its prayers, she sleeps much of the day, and she seems to sleepwalk outside at night.

However this is one of those works that you have to read just off of its sheer influence alone. To which place was she headed? To ask other readers questions about Jowephplease sign up. While the author’s diction is Victorian, the book is a short, quick read unlike the massive tomes that some 19th-century novels areso it shouldn’t be daunting even for readers who have a problem with old-fashioned prose.

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In many ways the antithesis of Draculaand 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: Everyone knows Carmilla is a vampire story. The house belonged to me, I was its sole occupant, but the loneliness of this house weighed heavily – it was not a home.

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Apr 11, Shdridan rated it liked it Recommends it for: Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater Group”.

There was someone in the room, the feeling of Her presence was overwhelming, but I couldn’t see anyone jkseph there was no one there. The purple prose is oh-so-strong but it really does th This was my first reading of this classic lihro of dark secrets written in The mother convinced the General that she was an old friend of his and asked that Millarca be allowed to stay with them for fwnu weeks while she attended to a secret matter of great importance.

When she was six, Laura had a vision of a beautiful visitor in her bedchamber. 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.

Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

When a shipment of restored heirloom paintings arrives, Laura finds a portrait of her ancestor, Mircalla, Countess Karnstein, dated She later claims to have been punctured in her breast, although no wound was found.

Carmilla disarms the General and disappears. The woodman says the tomb was relocated long ago by the hero, a Moravian nobleman, who vanquished the vampires that haunted the region. She leaned further in, first kissing, then licking – finally biting.

It was like the ardour of a lover; it embarrassed me; it was hateful and yet overpowering; and with gloating eyes she drew me sheridxn her, and her hot lips travelled along my cheek in kisses; and she would whisper, almost in sobs, “You are mine, you shall be mine, and you and I are one for ever.

Carmilla and Laura grow to be very close friends, but occasionally Carmilla’s mood abruptly changes. Using his forefather’s notes, he locates Mircalla’s hidden tomb. Mar 11, Fernando rated it it was amazing Shelves: Six years later, I decided to give it a chance. Apr 08, Nayra. The character is a prototypical example of the lesbian vampireexpressing romantic desires toward the protagonist, and is depicted as a trait of antagonism inline with the contemporary views sheeidan homosexuality.


There is a mildly erotic angle to the story, which later authors like Anne Rice refined to an art form.

This one was interesting because the vampire is a girl very similar to her victim, and there is the element of friendship and courtship? The whole time, I was thinking “My God, man, jseph up! Stoker’s posthumously published short story ” Dracula’s Guest “known as the deleted first chapter to Draculashows a more obvious and intact debt to Carmilla:.

So, anyway, as a mere vampire story this was a great read. On the plus side, the author has made an excellent stab at establishing the vampire genre.

Open Preview See a Problem? While the General and Laura are alone in the ruined chapel, Carmilla appears. The Grand Comics Database Team. Carmilla is ailing from what appears to me to be nothing more than a case of the vapors but mom dashes off anyway, saying she cannot take the poor ailing thing along with her. 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.

I loved the atmosphere and the language, even if I thought it was a bit too flowery at times. At one point of the story a funeral procession is passing by.

It tells all about h I’m happy to say that the classics turn out to be great.

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