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See all customer images. Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The book starts with an introduction in dense, florid 19th century prose that probably throws off half the people who try to read it.

Then the carmiloa begins and the style completely changes to something quite readable. It really is a good, old-fashioned horror story. I’d also assumed the notorious lesbian undertones compleot be so subtle they’d be almost undetectable, but I was actually pretty surprised. Not that the book is explicit, but there is more voluptuous description of kisses and caresses than I expected between two women in a Victorian novel.

But carmillz real punch comes from the horror libroo of the novel. The well-worn gothic imagery of isolated castles, flickering candles and horses carmilka in the moonlight actually feels fresh when encountered what is practically their original context. If you’re a cimpleto of vampire fiction, you’ll probably get a kick out cxrmilla seeing elements destined to define the genre appear on the page for the first time.


The scenes where the vampire makes its nocturnal carmulla are crisp and effective, evoking visuals that easily match the best films.

And while the denouement is both libdo corny and yet over too quickly, I found the vampire’s death rather jarring. The book itself has a really nice finish to the cover and arrived in excellent condition. Page binding is of good quality and page layout is decent. My only complaints lie with the czrmilla of paper carmjlla for the pages it’s white and the size A tad too large for my tastes but I understand this is my personal preference. A brilliant tale of romance and seduction Carmilla is riveting.

Although written in less enlightened times the protagonist, narrator, and victim is painted just as attracted to Carmilla as she possibly finds her. Even though “monsters” carjilla be of any sexuality and often were in more repressed times what is unique is liking women is never condemned in the book. There’s no male hero that saves the woman from the evil sapphic temptress. There is some sympathy for Carmilla in the book by the narrator and the narrator is also the only main character of note besides Carmilla herself.

I suggest the reason this was able to be released had to do with the disdain for Horror by the more exemplary of the times. Those liberal minded enough to read penny dreadfuls and horror books were doubtless not close minded enough to object to a horror book with lesbian themes written by a bloke.

It’s also likely those who weren’t gay themselves would not pick up enough of the additional nuance to be offended. This is a truly exceptional book, and inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula as well as being the first to show a more emotional Vampire centuries before Anne Rice.

There have been many adaptations ranging from some truly awful and borderline homophobic ones to some that are rather good. The most famous is easily the Carmilla web series which takes a lot of inspiration from the novel but is in essence a new story.

If you read the book and wish Carmilla wasn’t evil and just wants to be with Laura then you will really enjoy the web series. In 3 seasons and one Movie thus far “Carmilla” is committed to positive portrayals of lgbt folk and never Burying The Gays. The book is criminally underrated and sadly it’s because one of its more interesting aspects is a queer protagonist who obviously falls in love with Carmilla.

It’s available just about anywhere for free and there are annotated editions available digitally for a fiver so it’s very easy to get ahold of and enjoy.


One person found this helpful. It’s a bit tough in some parts of this book.

The problem is some parts come across a lesbian-vampire fan fiction. It’s not something you can ignore. It comes across clearly in the story. Near the end you do get an explanation for it bit still early on its very in your face. There are some deep horror portions of this story which was good. This played out like carmillw sinister anime yo me. Camilla has some cute parts to it but the dark parts are what hold the story together. There is a lose plot thread to this story. That is something that by today’s standards would lead directly to a second book.

It’s something to keep in mind. I had just read Dracula and among the recommendations was this short novel or long tale? The decrepit decadence complefo a very powerful elements in the narration shown in the ruins of towns, the misfortunes hunting a familiar lineage, the uncomfortable seductiveness of Carmilla. So the story finish as a fable. Despite that to read more about the literature devoted to vampires I think it is an entertaining story.

For the time, this was probably a shocker with a surprise twist. Complsto this point in time, however, we have thoroughly explored every possible vampire story, and it’s pretty obvious early on that Carmilla is a vampire. The Gothic setting and moody style of the story makes up for the lack of genuine suspense, however.

If the art of the Gothic horror story is more your interest, then you’re probably reading JS Le Fanu for those reasons anyway. And it’s a very good JS Le Fanu story.

Read it even though you know she’s a vampire if carnilla like stories about castles, complwto nights, and mysterious strangers at elaborate fancy dress balls. See all reviews. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

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