108 pages

English language

Published Nov. 2, 2000

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Carmilla is an 1872 Gothic novella by Irish author Sheridan Le Fanu and one of the early works of vampire fiction, predating Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897) by 26 years. First published as a serial in The Dark Blue (1871–72), the story is narrated by a young woman preyed upon by a female vampire named Carmilla, later revealed to be Mircalla, Countess Karnstein (Carmilla is an anagram of Mircalla). The character is a prototypical example of the lesbian vampire, expressing romantic desires toward the protagonist. The novella notably never acknowledges homosexuality as an antagonistic trait, leaving it subtle and morally ambiguous. The story is often anthologised, and has been adapted many times in film and other media.

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Interesting dive into the origins of vampire novels

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Very interesting read! Gives some insight into the early stages of vampire novels and how connected it was with sexual desire and queerness from the very beginning. And although the perspective on queerness is definitely a negative one, I still think there is something to be gained from this in the name of reclaming what they use against us. Can highly recommend it, especially since such a short read.

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