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Consequently, confusion has arisen relating the pictures to the plot. Hesselius, whose departures from medical orthodoxy rank him as the first occult detective in literature.

When she was six, Laura had a vision of a very beautiful visitor in her bedchamber. She later claims to have been punctured in her breast, although no wound was found. Twelve years later, Laura and her father are admiring the sunset in front of the castle when her father tells her of a letter from his friend, General Spielsdorf.

The General was supposed to bring his niece, Bertha Rheinfeldt, to visit the two, but the niece suddenly died under mysterious circumstances. The General ambiguously concludes that he will discuss the circumstances in detail when they meet later. Laura, saddened by the loss of a potential friend, longs for a companion. Her name is Carmilla. Both girls instantly recognize the other from the "dream" they both had when they were young.

She arranges to leave her daughter with Laura and her father until she can return in three months. Before she leaves, she sternly notes that her daughter will not disclose any information whatsoever about her family, past, or herself, and that Carmilla is of sound mind. Laura comments that this information seems needless to say, and her father laughs it off. She sometimes makes romantic advances towards Laura. Carmilla refuses to tell anything about herself, despite questioning by Laura.

Her secrecy is not the only mysterious thing about Carmilla; she never joins the household in its prayers, she sleeps much of the day, and she seems to sleepwalk outside at night. Meanwhile, young women and girls in the nearby towns have begun dying from an unknown malady. When the funeral procession of one such victim passes by the two girls, Laura joins in the funeral hymn.

Carmilla bursts out in rage and scolds Laura, complaining that the hymn hurts her ears. When a shipment of restored heirloom paintings arrives, Laura finds a portrait of her ancestor, Mircalla, Countess Karnstein, dated The portrait resembles Carmilla exactly, down to the mole on her neck.

Carmilla suggests that she might be descended from the Karnsteins even though the family died out centuries before. The beast springs onto the bed and Laura feels something like two needles, an inch or two apart, darting deep into her breast. The beast then takes the form of a female figure and disappears through the door without opening it. In another nightmare, Laura hears a voice say, "Your mother warns you to beware of the assassin," and a sudden light reveals Carmilla standing at the foot of her bed, her nightdress drenched in blood.

He finds a small blue spot, an inch or two below her collar, where the creature in her dream bit her, and speaks privately with her father, only asking that Laura never be unattended.

Her father then sets out with Laura, in a carriage, for the ruined village of Karnstein, three miles distant. They leave a message behind asking Carmilla and one of the governesses to follow once the perpetually late-sleeping Carmilla awakes. En route to Karnstein, Laura and her father encounter General Spielsdorf. He tells them his own ghastly story: At a costume ball, Spielsdorf and his niece Bertha had met a very beautiful young woman named Millarca and her enigmatic mother.

Bertha was immediately taken with Millarca. The mother convinced the General that she was an old friend of his and asked that Millarca be allowed to stay with them for three weeks while she attended to a secret matter of great importance.

After consulting with a specially ordered priestly doctor, the General realized that Bertha was being visited by a vampire. He leapt from his hiding place and attacked the creature, which had then taken the form of Millarca. She fled through the locked door, unharmed. Bertha died before the morning dawned. Upon arriving at Karnstein, the General asks a woodman where he can find the tomb of Mircalla Karnstein.

The woodman says the tomb was relocated long ago by the hero, a Moravian nobleman, who vanquished the vampires that haunted the region. While the General and Laura are alone in the ruined chapel, Carmilla appears. The General and Carmilla both fly into a rage upon seeing each other, and the General attacks her with an axe.

Carmilla disarms the General and disappears. The General explains that Carmilla is also Millarca, both anagrams for the original name of the vampire Mircalla, Countess Karnstein. The party is joined by Baron Vordenburg, the descendant of the hero who rid the area of vampires long ago.

Vordenburg, an authority on vampires, has discovered that his ancestor was romantically involved with the Countess Karnstein before she died and became one of the undead. Immersed in blood, it seems to be breathing faintly, its heart beating, its eyes open.

A stake is driven through its heart, and it gives a corresponding shriek; then the head is struck off. The body and head are burned to ashes, which are thrown into a river.

Dom Calmet. As with Dracula , critics have looked for the sources used in the writing of Carmilla. This is evidenced by a report analyzed by Calmet, from a priest who learned information of a town being tormented by a vampiric entity three years earlier. Having traveled to the town to investigate and collecting information of the various inhabitants there, the priest learned that a vampire had tormented many of the inhabitants at night by coming from the nearby cemetery and would haunt many of the residents on their beds.

An unknown Hungarian traveler came to the town during this period and helped the town by setting a trap at the cemetery and decapitating the vampire that resided there, curing the town of their torment. It was like the ardour of a lover; it embarrassed me; it was hateful and yet overpowering; and with gloating eyes she drew me to her, and her hot lips travelled along my cheek in kisses; and she would whisper, almost in sobs, "You are mine, you shall be mine, and you and I are one for ever.

When compared to other literary vampires of the 19th century, Carmilla is a similar product of a culture with strict sexual mores and tangible religious fear. While Carmilla selected exclusively female victims, she only becomes emotionally involved with a few. Carmilla had nocturnal habits, but was not confined to the darkness. She had unearthly beauty, and was able to change her form and to pass through solid walls.

Her animal alter ego was a monstrous black cat, not a large dog as in Dracula. She did, however, sleep in a coffin. Carmilla works as a Gothic horror story because her victims are portrayed as succumbing to a perverse and unholy temptation that has severe metaphysical consequences for them.

Dracula expands on the idea of a first person account by creating a series of journal entries and logs of different persons and creating a plausible background story for their having been compiled. Both authors indulge the air of mystery, though Stoker takes it further than Le Fanu by allowing the characters to solve the enigma of the vampire along with the reader.

The descriptions of the title character in Carmilla and of Lucy in Dracula are similar. Additionally, both women sleepwalk. The symptoms described in Carmilla and Dracula are highly comparable. The Carmilla faction under the rule of the Carmilla Vampire Royal Family favors a matriarchal society for the world of vampires while the Tepes under the rule of the Tepes Vampire Royal Family prefer a patriarchal government. Although the story is primarily centered around the exploits of General Spielsdorf, it nonetheless relates directly to events which unfold within Carmilla: The Wolves of Styria.

It is a derivative re-working, listed as being authored by J. Le Fanu and David Brian. Carmilla continues to play games with mortals, inserting herself into their lives and breaking them to her will. She settles herself around a teacher and his family, feeding on his baby daughter.

Some short stories set in the Anno Dracula series universe have also included Carmilla. Author Anne Rice has cited Carmilla as an inspiration for The Vampire Chronicles , her ongoing series beginning in with Interview with the Vampire.

Originally published as a serial in the pages of Scary Monsters Magazine from March to June , a revised version of To Love a Vampire was reprinted in paperback and Kindle editions in June Comics[ edit ] alphabetical by series title In , Aircel Comics published a six-issue black and white miniseries of Carmilla by Steven Jones and John Ross.

The first issue was printed in February The first three issues adapted the original story, while the latter three were a sequel set in the s. Film[ edit ] chronological Danish director Carl Dreyer loosely adapted Carmilla for his film Vampyr but deleted any references to lesbian sexuality. This collection contains five tales, one of which is Carmilla. Hesselius; and the scene in which Gray is buried alive is drawn from "The Room in the Dragon Volant".

The character of Laura is played by Adriana Ambesi, who fears herself possessed by the spirit of a dead ancestor, played by Ursula Davis also known as Pier Anna Quaglia. It is the first installment of the Karnstein Trilogy.

The Blood Spattered Bride La novia ensangrentada is a Spanish horror film written and directed by Vicente Aranda , is based on the text. The film has reached cult status for its mix of horror, vampirism and seduction with lesbian overtones. Carmilla is a black-and-white made-for-television adaptation from Poland, starring singer Izabela Trojanowska in the title role and Monika Stefanowicz as Laura.

In the direct-to-video movie, The Batman vs. Directed by Spencer Maybee and produced by Steph Ouaknine , the movie follows up the web series 5 years after the finale. Carmilla , written and directed by Emily Harris, was inspired by the novella. Fifteen-year-old Lara Hannah Rae develops feelings for Carmilla Devrim Lingnau , but her strict governess believes their strange houseguest is a vampire. Seated on a sofa, Laura and Carmilla recount the story retrospectively in song.

Additionally, the album Dusk Theatres des Vampires , an Italian extreme gothic metal band, has produced a video single called "Carmilla" for its album Moonlight Waltz. They also reference the novel in innumerous other songs.



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