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Carmilla de Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
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Carmilla (original: 1872; edição: 2000)

de Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

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Predating Bram Stoker' Dracula, Carmilla is the ultimate gothic vampire tale-stylish, menacing, sensual, and spellbindingYou are mine, you shall be mine, you and I are one for ever. 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 countenance 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.… (mais)
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Título:Carmilla
Autores:Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Informação:Prime Classics Library (2000), Paperback, 112 pages
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Carmilla de Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1872)

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I was intrigued by the idea of a lesbian vampire story that predated Dracula, but once I started reading it I triple faked myself out. First, there was the modern introduction that provided a Gothic framing for the story -- written as a modern academic providing evidence that while this story was perceived as fiction when first released, recent diaries, etc., have suggested that the entire thing could have been based on real accounts the author personally knew!

This introduction was perhaps far too clever and had opposite its intended effect. Paired with the fact that the only author photo and bio on the back cover was that of the modern author of the introduction, and not Le Fanu himself, I developed this conviction that the entire thing was a con. That Machado had written it all. Even visiting the Wikipedia pages for the book and Le Fanu couldn't shake my feeling of unreality. Add on the very modern illustrations, and I just couldn't read this as a pre-Dracula Gothic tale, but it felt modern throughout.

Which isn't necessarily a bad thing? After I emerged from the mists of this novel and dug a little deeper on the research, it became clear that this book was what it said it was. (Minus the gloss of it being a true if barely obscured account of a real vampire. Probably.) And that's kind of fascinating -- that it could have still felt so modern. Maybe just because so little period fiction with lesbian sensibilities survived to be handed down across ages.

Fun, but I would have preferred it without the introduction. ( )
  greeniezona | May 2, 2021 |
Loved it. A classic Victorian Gothic Horror. ( )
  Aetherson | Apr 26, 2021 |
Plot:
Laura grows up quite lonely with her father in a remote castle in Styria. She wants nothing more than a companion. When a carriage accident brings Carmilla, a girl her age, to the castle, Laura is overjoyed. But the two girls also realize that they know each other from their childhood dreams. Carmilla is a mysterious girl who seems to be hiding something – Laura doesn’t know what it could be.

Carmilla is a beautiful staple of the vampire genre (and it is set in Styria, which I didn’t know. as an Austrian, I find that particularly nice), and a lovely queer classic. I really enjoyed it.

Read more on my blog: https://kalafudra.com/2019/04/07/carmilla-joseph-sheridan-le-fanu/ ( )
  kalafudra | Mar 8, 2021 |
Carmilla by J. Sheridan Lefanu is one of the earliest vampire works, predating Dracula by 26 years. This is a novella length tale of Carmilla, a female vampire, who arrives at a European manor house under mysterious conditions and yet is invited to stay there for a few months. The young lady who lives at the manor, Laura, and Carmilla become fast friends. But the surrounding area seems under a curse as many young girls fall victim to a strange wasting disease that eventually takes their lives.

When Laura starts showing symptoms of the same disease, her father summons medical, religious and spiritual help yet it is only when an old friend comes to visit and tells his story about how a vampire took his loved one from him, that the pieces are put together and Carmilla is exposed.

Unfortunately I didn’t have a very good translation of this story so in addition to an interesting vampire tale, I also had a puzzle to solve with figuring out the strange translation. For example the word ‘candy’ was used in place of sweet, and “pricey” was used in place of dear. So the phrase my ‘pricey candy girl’ meant my dear, sweet girl. Luckily, I found this more amusing than irritating.

I did enjoy the story and noticed many standard vampire traits that are still in use today. Carmilla is the prototype of female vampires and hints at the lesbianism that is so often used in stories about female vampires. She selects only female victims and often becomes emotionally involved with them. She is extremely beautiful, is able to walk through walls and has an animal alter ego as a huge black cat.

Carmilla is an intriguing Gothic vampire story that still works today. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Dec 16, 2020 |
https://nwhyte.livejournal.com/3505921.html

It's a classic vampire story from 1872, 26 years before Le Fanu's fellow-countryman Bram Stoker wrote Dracula. It's a much shorter book; the protagonist is a young Anglo-Styrian noblewoman, Laura, whose friend Carmilla is not quite what she seems. Carmilla's vampirism is pretty clearly a lesbian seduction as well; there are a lot of interesting parallels with Dracula, including the first person narrative, sleepwalking, the symptoms of vampirism and the expert who comes in to solve it all (Baron Vordenburg here is the precursor to Van Helsing). The ending is not executed all that gracefully (too much of the important action is offscreen), but otherwise it's a fun, quick read. ( )
  nwhyte | Dec 5, 2020 |
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Le Fanu, Joseph Sheridanautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Codd, RolandDesigner da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Di Liddo, AnnalisaTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Evangelisti, ValerioIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Follows, MeganNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Juan, AnaArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Kraiza, RobertIlustradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Machado, Carmen MariaIntroduçãoautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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Predating Bram Stoker' Dracula, Carmilla is the ultimate gothic vampire tale-stylish, menacing, sensual, and spellbindingYou are mine, you shall be mine, you and I are one for ever. 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 countenance 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.

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