A “subtle” hint of Literary misogyny has confined Carmilla to countless Hammer-style lesbian vampire flicks yet J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s perfectly executed short novel (1872) preceded Bram Stoker’s Dracula by a good twenty years.
Gothic Victorian Lipstick Lesbianism!!!
May 15, 2014 by Lily Wight
Many familiar folkloric traditions were collected and presented here first, so Le Fanu’s tale has lost non of its relevance. The foggy Eastern European locales, racing horse-drawn carriages, suspicious locals and masquerade balls are all present and continue to contribute to the variable laws of vampirism.
The prose is fast-paced and contemporary with a tantalising cinematic quality. Taut with tension and genuinely chilling Carmilla deserves just as much adoration as The Count!