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Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

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Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

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I first heard about he book Carmilla while watching a horror movie entitled The Moth Diaries. Themes of female vampires (especially teen female vampires) have always been intriguing to me. Therefore, I decided to add this title to my monthly book club's reading list.

It is believed that Carmilla was one of the major influences that Bram Stoker has while writing his immortal classic Dracula.

The book tells the tale of Laura, a lonely country girl who makes friends with a stranger named Carmilla who is left at her home after a carriage accident. Eerily, Laura has seen Carmilla in her dreams when she was a child. But these dreams were no picnic, Carmilla was viewed as a monster. Little does Laura realize, her dreams are much truer than she thinks.

I really enjoyed this book. The character of Carmilla, to me, is the master manipulator. She uses her charms and good looks to bamboozle others into getting what she wants-- blood. Laura is a well meaning character but extremely naïve. However, since she has lived in a small village with no one other than her father and two women that she sees on occasion, she has no interaction with others and her naivety (and stupidity) can simply be chalked up to this fact.

The side characters in this book are also particularly entertaining, my favorite was the hunchback. Overall, this is a fantastic read. If you are looking for a gothic tale to read in a short amount of time I highly recommend this book to you. Fans of Dracula by Bram Stoker and Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice will enjoy Carmilla very much. This classic tale of odd friendship and manipulation is sure to make your spine tingle.

Baltimore City residents can purchase this book at the following locations:

Ivy Book Store

6080 Falls Road

Baltimore, MD. 21209

Barnes and Noble at Power Plant

601 East Pratt Street

Baltimore, MD. 21202

Baltimore City residents can check this title out at the following locations:

The Enoch Pratt Free Library

400 Cathedral Street

Baltimore, MD. 21201

The Baltimore County Public Library

320 York Road

Towson, MD. 21204

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