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Carmilla (Unabridged Start Publishing LLC) [Kindle Edition]

J. Sheridan LeFanu
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This Gothic novella tells the story of a young woman's susceptibility to the attentions of a female vampire named Carmilla. Carmilla predates Bram Stoker's Dracula by 25 years, and has been adapted many times for cinema. Although Carmilla is a lesser known and far shorter Gothic vampire story than the generally-considered master work of that genre, Dracula, the latter is heavily influenced by Le Fanu's short story.

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Living a lonely existence in a remote schloss in Styria, on the border of Austria and Hungary, Laura and her father play host to an unexpected guest, the beautiful young Carmilla. Her arrival is closely followed by an outbreak of unexplained deaths in the area, while the young women's growing friendship coincides with a series of nightmares and mysterious nocturnal visitations, and a gradual downward spiral in Laura's health. A chilling tale of the un-dead, Carmilla is a beautifully written example of the gothic genre. Believed to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker's gothic masterpiece 'Dracula', written over twenty years later, Carmilla stands out as an all-time horror classic.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 923 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 65 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1847026702
  • Verlag: Start Publishing LLC (23. Januar 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00B597YLI
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Originelles von viktorianischen Vampiren. 9. Januar 2007
Von A. Wolf
Format:Taschenbuch
Mal im Ernst, wer heutzutage das Wort "Vampir" hört, der denkt in erster Linie an mehr oder weniger gute Filme. Einigen mag dabei dämmern, dass ja ein gewisser Bram Stoker einmal einen Roman namens "Dracula" geschrieben hat - das war im Jahre 1897. Seither ist Dracula ins kulturelle Gedächtnis als "der" Vampir eingegangen.

Nun ist es allerdings so, dass Bram Stoker seinen transilvanischen Untoten nicht ex nihilo hervorgezaubert hat, sondern seinerseits auf eine literarische Tradition zurückgriff. Eine Inspiration ist dabei mit absoluter Sicherheit Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla" gewesen. Im Jahre 1872 veröffentlichte der Ire Le Fanu erstmals jene Vampirnovelle um die schöne und blutrünstige Carmilla, die immerhin nach Dracula die meistverfilmte Vampirgestalt ist.

Die Geschichte spielt in der Steiermark, wo sich vorm Anwesen eines Adeligen ein Kutschenunfall ereignet. Töchterchen Lauras Entsetzen weicht schnell, als sie schließlich diese anmutige junge Dame erblickt, die - vollkommen geschwächt - aus der Kutsche ins ehrwürdige Anwesen gebracht wird. Laura ist fasziniert von der mysteriösen Fremden, die von Gott offenbar nichts hält, vielmehr einen ziemlichen Nihilismus an den Tag legt, so sagt sie etwa: "...how can you tell that your religion and mine are the same; your forms wound me, and I hate funerals. What a fuss! Why you must die - everyone must die; and all are happier when they do."

Dergleichen religiöse Anspielungen finden sich einige; sie zeugen noch von den Ängsten, die Darwin mit seiner Evolutionstheorie ausgelöst hatte, indem diese die Grundfesten viktorianischer Denkmuster gehörig ins Wanken brachten.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Ein Klassiker 12. Mai 2014
Von Nadine
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Wer sich für Vamirliteratur interessiert, kommt um Carmilla nicht herum. Das Buch ließt sich schnell herunter und ist in leicht verständlicher Sprache geschrieben.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Lesenswert! 1. März 2014
Von L. W.
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Dieses Buch hat mich gefesselt, die stimmungsvolle Schilderung der mysteriösen und etwas unheimlichen Begebenheiten in Carmilla ist sehr gelungen. Es ist regelrecht schade, dass dieses Werk nicht umfangreicher geworden ist, da ich gerne mehr Zeit mit dieser sprachlich vorzüglichen Vampiringeschichte verbracht hätte. Aber in der Kürze liegt die Würze und nach Frankenstein ist Carmilla mein Top-Favorit klassischer Literatur.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Weltliteratur 5. Oktober 2008
Von Manu
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
Carmilla ist nicht einfach ein Vampirbuch, nein.
Es ist die Vorlage für Dracula.
Außerdem ist Carmilla der Vampir, der am zweithäufigsten verfilmt wurde.

Der Roman ist zwar sehr kurz, aber in ihm sind Vampire einfach Vampire, so wie man sie sich damals vorgestellt hat.

Insgesamt ist Carmilla einer meiner Lieblingsromane, und ich kann den Roman jedem empfehlen, auch wenn man kein Vampir-Freak ist.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen BEFORE DRACULA THERE WAS CARMILLA 5. Februar 2004
Von K. Jump - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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J. Sheridan LeFanu's "Carmilla" stands as one of the richest, most literate and most enduring stories in the history of the vampire sub-genre. Many rate it higher than Bram Stoker's "Dracula," and while that estimation is at least debatable, there is no debate that "Carmilla" has exerted a mighty influence, consciously or not, on most vampire fiction to follow in its wake, "Dracula" not excepted. Indeed, Stoker's original early chapter in his masterpiece, later published independently as "Dracula's Guest," is particularly indebted to LeFanu's earlier work. As to which is better, let each reader decide for himself--and so enjoy them both!
The story is deceptively simple. A young girl, shaken up in a carriage accident, is left by her traveling mother in the care of the narrator's father. Laura, the young woman in whose voice we are told the tale, becomes fast friends with her new acquaintance, a friendship that is put to a powerful test when a strange malady begins infesting the idyllic Styrian countryside with nightmares, fever, and death.
LeFanu's style is unhurried, intelligent, and subtle, and the result is an eminently readable tale of mystery and the macabre that holds up remarkably well to repeated perusals. Though not as famous as "Dracula," and certainly written on a much smaller scale than Stoker's epic vampire opus, "Carmilla" is the more sustained and concentrated of the two. Many have traditionally argued that the novella, or short novel, is the ideal vehicle for a horror story, allowing for plenty of characterization and plot development without pushing the story itself beyond its dramtic limits. This reviewer tends to agree, and asserts that whereas "Dracula," masterwork that it is, often flags and succumbs to the doldrums, "Carmilla" never wavers and holds interest to the bittersweet end.
Originally published in 1871, "Carmilla" was quite sensational in its day, but I know many will not judge it to have aged well. A far cry from many modern vampire tales, "Carmilla" is probably not for everyone, or even every vampire fan. The deliberate pace, old-world feel, delicate characterization, subtlety, and relative brevity of the story may be turn-offs to those who expect page after page of gory action and explicit sex from their horror. Be that as it may, discerning readers will find few indulgences better than LeFanu's "Carmilla," a gothic triumph which will endure as long as vampire tales are read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Another Le Fanu Surprise! 24. Mai 2009
Von Ingrid G. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I read this short story in one sitting and could not put it down. Another hidden freebie I discovered by chance. Not gory like other vampire books, but simply leads us into life of a female vampire and her passion for the next victim. The love/obsession she has for her victim is delicately potrayed, but surely was controversial at the time this was written. Vampire lovers must read this, as it served as the inspiration of many other vampire works - such as the famous Dracula. This my second novel of this author in 24 hours - 100% free and good. I am impressed and will continue reading his other material. (review written from my Kindle2)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Classic vampire literature at its best 11. Januar 2010
Von Luxx Mishley - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I first came across J. Sheridan Le Fanu's 1872 novella as part of a graduate independent study of gothic literature. It quickly became a personal favorite, as well as an integral part of what will (hopefully) one day become my dissertation.

Carmilla tells the tale of a vampire (or oupire, as the peasants refer to them in the novella) who preys on young women; Carmilla becomes intimately attached to the daughter or ward of a wealthy family, and in her pursuit of love and friendship (and perhaps other things...) eventually drains her new found "friend" of her blood and her life. Predating Bram Stoker's classic tale by 25 years, and following the publication of Polidori's short story by 53 years, Le Fanu's tale is one of the first to popularize the figure of the vampire in 19th-century English prose, and has done much to help popularize the subject.

What I find particularly interesting about this work is the hybridization of traditional vampire legends (dating back to stories of Lilith herself) and the evolving contemporary vampire mythology of 19th-century England. Like traditional tales, Carmilla is represented as a young woman, and her victims often describe a sense of being strangled in their beds. However, the tale also presents elements of more contemporary ideas, such as a coffin full of blood and long needle-like fangs.

I won't go more in-depth for fear of turning a review into a chapter, but I can't praise Carmilla enough. It is a tale sure to delight anyone with interests in 19th-century prose, gothic literature, or vampires (or any combination thereof). LeFanu is a master of gothic tales, and Carmilla is a credit to his name and his craft.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Highly Influential Novella 30. Oktober 2003
Von Roule Duke - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
After seeing numerous films which all contain the Carmilla female vampire character, I was curious to check out the original material. As soon as I found out that the book actually predates Dracula I deiced it is a must read. As the phenomanly popular Dracula set ground rules for vampires which are so rarely deviated from in both literature and film, despite the fact that European vampyre lore varies dramticly in each region, I was curious to see how the vampire was portrayed before Bram Stoker.
Carmilla certainly is different. Both the vampire's appearnce and methods differ enormously from Count Dracula and his many spin offs. It is impossible to explain the story with out giving too much away as this is such a short story.
Carmilla is, I feel, influential in an interesting way. There are nowhere near as many direct film incarnations of Carmilla as there are of Dracula, 'Vampire Lovers' is a fairly direct adaptation of the novella (the Midnight Movies double feature disc Countess Dracula/Vampire Lovers has a special feature with actress Ingrid Pitt reading from Carmilla), the Carmilla character has a big part in 'Blood Spattered Bride' and also Carmilla makes a brief appearance in 'Twins of Evil'. However there is a heavy lesbian overtone present in Carmilla which while tame today was sure to be racy at the time of writing. It seems that this principle has being carried over into film just as faithfully as Bram Stoker's sunlight destroys vampires rule (in Carmilla vampires can walk around in the sun). Thus thanks to Carmilla, whenever there is a female vampire in any film she is automatically a lesbian! Some of my favourites are 'Vampyros Lesbos', 'Vampyres', 'Female Vampire', 'Shivers of the Vampire' and of course the previously mentioned Carmilla films.
I am glad I read Carmilla, it is an interesting and well written novella with a different take on vampires which is fresh and original due to it being older. In retrospect Carmilla has also spawned the beloved lesbian vampire film genre and it was awesome to read about the first lesbian vampire ever!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the definitive works of vampire fiction. 20. Oktober 2009
Von trashcanman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
"I live in your warm life and you shall die -die, sweetly die- into mine."

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla" is among the greatest and most influential horror stories ever told. It's a wonder that it hasn't received the mainstream acclaim and notoriety of Bram Stoker's masterpiece Dracula. The tale of a female vampire insinuating herself into a family's midst as a welcomed guest while preying upon their daughter is as timeless as any. I know what you're thinking: she's just a female version of Dracula, right? Well here's the thing about that: Carmilla was published in 1872 and predated her much more famous brother in undeath by a good 25 years. Stoker himself acknowledged the story as a primary influence on his work. So it is Dracula who owes his very existence to the queen vamp. And to this day, the novella remains a compelling read with it's deliberate pacing, first-person narration (also not unlike "Dracula"), and creative subtle horror.

One of my favorite aspects of vampire mythology is the predator who walks among us and feeds upon us in our sleep. Carmilla is the best example of this. The character devises a strategy which allows her to enter the homes of well-to-do families as an invited and welcomed guest due to circumstances which appear to be beyond her control. Using her wit beauty and charm, she becomes as a member of the family and is able to cover her tracks by playing the weak and helpless frightened little girl with odd habits which are easy to overlook. Then she slowly drains her victim night after night, savoring each feeding as one would a sexual affair while supplementing her appetite with the blood of village girls before resting in her grave and returning to her locked room before anyone is aware she has gone. Carmilla's apparent passion for her preferred victims is More then a little lesbian in it's insinuations. She intentionally seeks out beautiful young girls like her and throws herself into a deep and intimate friendship with an intensity that often alarms the object of her affection. While there is no blatant sexual inference made by the author, the innuendo is unmistakable. After all, these sorts of vampire stories are often meant to be somewhat sensual in nature and for their time were about as close as one could get to sexualized material. It's hard to picture somebody wrapping their mouth around your neck without feeling a little twinge of something at the thought. And with two women (or men) involved it's downright scandalous.

While female vampires are typically portrayed as oversexed and domineering, Carmilla stands out as a character whose greatest strength is as an active and vivacious conversationalist and a very girlish intelligent but creature capable of thinking on her feet and beating her prey to the punch. In one rather impressive passage Carmilla is greeted by a girl whom she visited and attempted to prey upon as a young child, she very quickly realizes the danger of recognition and turns the subject around by claiming happily that she once had a dream as a young girl where the same situation unfolded. This places the pressure on the victim, makes the predator seem as innocent as the prey, and gives a rather romantic and adventurous token of a shared dream between the girls to make it seem as though they were destined to meet. This is just brilliant writing. A vampire whose key attribute is her intelligence is a rare thing these days. And while I'm on the subject, the only thing more terrifying then being visited in the night as a child by a girl who vanished when the room was breached would be encountering that exact same girl -completely unchanged- as an adult. Creepy. Another fascinating little twist is that vampires in this story are only able to give their true name or else an anagrammatical pseudonym. Thus Carmilla is known by different names to different people, but all are derived from the same letters. Mircalla was her birth (and death) name, and Marcilla another alias. This is another aspect of the story that has influenced vampire lore to this day. You may be surprised at how many vampire names you read and hear are anagrams once you are aware of this.

To my knowledge, Le Fanu's masterpiece has yet to be fully captured in another medium, but the character has become a standard of vampire mythology regardless. My favorite of the many adaptations is Hammer Studio's The Vampire Lovers, where the story was highly sexualized and the character was transformed into a more intimidating and aggressive figure. It's a loose adaptation, but it's also the best. Two inferior sequels followed. An even looser adaption was Spanish grindhouse classic The Blood Spattered Bride which transformed the story into an exploitative battle of the sexes with mixed results. Carmilla has also been featured in comic books video games and anime, referenced on television, and has inspired unofficial literary and film sequels to her story. Not too shabby for a character only classic horror buffs recognize. But as with all great literary works, nothing ever fully captures the mood and grace of the story in it's purest form.

"Carmilla" is a rare tale of a vampire capable of making anybody love her, but a slave to her own obsessions. Such pleasure she takes from befriending her victims and becoming part of their lives
that she doesn't even seem to care that such habits repeated over multiple households in the same vicinity will inevitably lead to her demise. Perhaps she is just bored and starved for attention and human interaction. Her true motives for her unusual habits are never revealed; simply left to the reader to decide for themself. And while it may have been overshadowed by higher-profile contributions to the genre that were themselves inspired by this work, "Carmilla" stands tall as one of the giants among the many works of vampire fiction well over 130 years after it was published. It is available both as a stand-alone novella and as part of many short story collections including The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories, which no vampire fanatic can live without. However you get it, if you claim to be a follower of the undead you must possess this story.
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