Carmilla A classic Victorian vampire novella which influenced Bram Stoker s later treatment of the vampire mythos in Dracula

  • Title: Carmilla
  • Author: J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • ISBN: 9780809510832
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Paperback
  • A classic Victorian vampire novella, which influenced Bram Stoker s later treatment of the vampire mythos in Dracula.

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    1. J. Sheridan Le Fanu

      Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu 28 August 1814 7 February 1873 was an Irish writer of Gothic tales and mystery novels He was the leading ghost story writer of the nineteenth century and was central to the development of the genre in the Victorian era M.R James described Le Fanu as absolutely in the first rank as a writer of ghost stories Three of his best known works are Uncle Silas, Carmilla and The House by the Churchyard.

    631 thoughts on “Carmilla”

    1. Bloody relevant to read!BEFORE DRACULA, THERE WASBut 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 [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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, [...]

    4. ما كل هذا البطء المغلف لتحركاتها ؟ما كل هذا البرود و التحفظكأنها بلا ماضي او مستقبل ؟انت لي. .انا و انت سنصير واحد إلى الابد؟؟؟؟؟ايا للروعة منذ إثنى عشر عاما رايت وجهك في احلامي و ظل يسكن فيها منذ ذلك الحين اومنذ اثني عشر عاما رأيت وجهك في الواقع هكذا بدأت علاقة بين فتاتين في [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. Here it is OCTOBER and I'm stumped at finding a good scary read so I reverted to the GR list of Best Horroren moved on to Best Gothic Books Of All Time and found this little gemWhile 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 yearsIt all begins with a creepy carriage misadventure filled with phantasmagoria and ends.well, I'm not going to say, but there is th [...]

    8. (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 [...]

    9. 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.

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

    11. "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 [...]

    12. 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, necess [...]

    13. “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!”VeryAnne Rice, except that Carmilla predates Rice’sInterview with the Vampire by about a century, so Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu did the "sexy vampire" thing first. He did it even beforeBram Stoker unleashedDracula on the world. Carmilla is one of [...]

    14. 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 [...]

    15. 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 [...]

    16. 3.5One 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 [...]

    17. 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 caus [...]

    18. 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 [...]

    19. 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.

    20. 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 [...]

    21. 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 [...]

    22. 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 ♥

    23. 4/5Llevaba 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 [...]

    24. 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 [...]

    25. The image of the vampire has been through a series of metamorohosis: the vampire Dracula trying to adapt to the Industrial Revolution, the story of vampirism that proclaims that only the Greeks of the Orthodox Church whose bodies are reanimated by the devil,etc. A lot of these are ofcourse conjectures and delusions. But once in a while, there comes this carefully constructed narrative, a story that thrills, a potion that excites and inspires a whole slew of other works. Perhaps, I have already h [...]

    26. 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.

    27. 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.

    28. Bram was inspired to write Dracula because of this short book.I love gothic, vampire tales, and this one fits the bill.

    29. No me puedo creer que este libro se escribiera en el S.XIX. es increíblemente dinámico y muy muy sorprendente para la época y si soy sincera debo decir que le da tres mil vueltas a Dracula.

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