“Carmilla” by Sheridan Le Fanu is a gripping Gothic novella that predates Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” and has left an indelible mark on vampire literature. Set in the atmospheric backdrop of Styria, Austria, the story follows the young and vulnerable Laura as she befriends the mysterious and captivating Carmilla. However, Laura soon discovers that her newfound friend is not what she seems, as strange occurrences and a series of mysterious deaths unfold.

Le Fanu’s tale weaves together elements of horror, mystery, and the supernatural, creating an immersive narrative that explores themes of forbidden desire and the eerie allure of the unknown. The novella’s intense atmosphere and subtle, psychological horror contribute to its lasting impact on the vampire genre.

English (US)
Death and mortality
Public Domain

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