Is this the true origin of the vampire myth? Predating Bram Stoker's Dracula by 26 years, this tale is chock full of the eerie gothic eroticism and intrigue we love. Damn it feels good to be a Vampire (and to read about one too).— From Rachel's Picks
A perfect bite sized story coined as the origin of vampire literature, Carmilla mixes passion with dread as we watch our protagonist discover that the girl she is so enamored by is actually a monster. Timeless and chilling, this is a must read for any vampire enthusiast.— From Kat's Picks
Carmilla is the original vampire story, steeped in the sexual tension between two young women and gothic romance.
A deluxe gift edition of the cult classic that predated and greatly influenced Dracula and much vampire literature that followed, including Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles.
In an isolated castle deep in the Austrian forest, teenaged Laura leads a solitary life with only her father, attendant and tutor for company. Until one moonlit night, a horse-drawn carriage crashes into view, carrying an unexpected guest -- the beautiful Carmilla.
So begins a feverish friendship between Laura and her entrancing new companion, one defined by mysterious happenings and infused with an implicit but undeniable eroticism. As Carmilla becomes increasingly strange and volatile, prone to eerie nocturnal wanderings, Laura finds herself tormented by nightmares and growing weaker by the day...
About the Author
Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873) was an Irish writer of gothic tales, mystery novels and ghost stories, most famous for his novel Uncle Silas. Carmilla was first published in 1872 and has served as an inspiration countless books, from Bram Stoker's Dracula and Henry James' The Turn of the Screw to Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, and a slew of films such as Hammer Horror's Karnstein Trilogy.
"Succeeds in inspiring a mysterious terror better than any other writer" --M.R. James