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Book Review: Carmilla

Carmilla (Annotated)Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

[This review may contain spoilers.]

First published in 1872, Carmilla is one of the earliest surviving examples of vampire fiction and is arguably one of the most influential. Written a quarter of a century before Bram Stoker’s Dracula, this short novel introduces a number of tropes and ideas that would eventually become a staple of modern vampire fiction.

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Book Review: Dracula

Dracula (Penguin English Library)Dracula by Bram Stoker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I first read this book back in college as part of my English Literature course, and in particular as part of an exploration of how the vampire was represented in literature. Of the half-dozen or so early examples of the genre (vampire lit) I read, this and Sheridan le Fanu’s Carmilla were the two that stuck in my mind the most. I’ve since read both a number of times, and probably will again going forward.

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