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You are mine, you shall be mine, you and I are one for ever. One of the most hugely influential vampire stories of all time, Le Fanu's Carmilla was written before Bram Stoker's Dracula. A true gothic novel, it is eery, rich in character and place and bathed in blood and moonlight. When a mysterious carriage crashes outside their castle home in Styria, Austria, Laura and her father agree to take in its injured passenger, a young woman named Carmilla. Delighted to have some company of her own age, Laura is instantly drawn to Carmilla. But as their friendship grows, Carmilla's character changes and she becomes increasingly secretive and volatile. As Carmilla's moods shift and change, Laura starts to become ill, experiencing fiendish nightmares, her health deteriorating night after night. It is not until she and her father, increasingly concerned for Laura's well-being, set out on a trip to discover more about the mysterious Carmilla that the terrifying truth reveals itself...
Publisher: [United States] : Hesperus Press : Made available through hoopla, 2014.
ISBN: 9781780942278
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Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Sep 08, 2020

This book was really engaging up until the final act when it seemed like it just quit. It's odd, in that it spends so much time building up a relationship between the narrator and the titular Camilla but for all that, was in a terrible rush to wrap things up. It's unfortunate, as the effective use of language, and the slow build lend themselves well to a gothic horror and a gothic romance. This book illustrates perhaps better than any other vampire novel I've read Why vampires are simultaneously terrifying and desirable.

That is until the story's conclusion, when the author unceremoniously snuffs out the plot, leaving a lot of unanswered questions and disappointment. I don't know if his publisher was growing impatient but it feels like a missed opportunity.

If any tumblr-ite is reading this thread and feeling fan-fic-y by all Means, flip me the URL for the final product.

OPL_DavidD Jul 22, 2019

Classic gothic horror. Predates Dracula and is an important step in changing the image of the vampire from walking corpse to decaying and parasitic aristocrat. This edition has some helpful annotations from one of the best new horror writers and some stylish and highly detailed illustrations.

Mar 02, 2017

While vampires are my favorite ghouls for horror reading, I wasn't too impressed with this book. The prose is pure Victorian and the tendency to wax poetic means I sometimes have to start over to understand meaning. But, then again, it was written 26 years before Bram Stoker's classic and provides a foundation for the legend of Count Dracula, so it deserves some respect, hence three stars in my rating.

rberardinelli Nov 07, 2016

Beautifully creepy and delicious vampire tale... THE vampire tale... a must read for horror fans!


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