Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu (Heathen Edition)


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J. Sheridan Le Fanu
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April 6, 2023
February 12, 2024
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"My dear child began to lose her looks and health, and that in a manner so mysterious, and even horrible, that I became thoroughly frightened.

"She was at first visited by appalling dreams; then, as she fancied, by a specter, sometimes in the shape of a beast, indistinctly seen, walking round the foot of her bed, from side to side. Lastly came sensations. One, not unpleasant, but very peculiar, she said, resembled the flow of an icy stream against her breast. At a later time, she felt something like a pair of large needles pierce her, a little below the throat, with a very sharp pain. A few nights after, followed a gradual and convulsive sense of strangulation; then came unconsciousness."

Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu (1814–1873) was an Irish author of Gothic, mystery, and horror fiction. In 1872, he published the Gothic novella Carmilla, which is noted as one of the earliest works of vampire fiction, predating Bram Stoker’s Dracula by 26 years, and whose enduring influence can be recognized in every modern vampire tale. Serialized first in the literary magazine The Dark Blue, then collected in Le Fanu’s short story collection In a Glass Darkly, the narrative is presented as part of the casebook of one Dr. Martin Hesselius, whose departure from medical orthodoxy rank him as one of the first occult detectives in literature, while the story itself is narrated by a young woman named Laura who is seduced and preyed upon by a female vampire: the novella’s namesake Carmilla.

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