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ISBN-13: 978-1934555644 ISBN-10: 1934555649

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  • Series: Valancourt Classics
  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Valancourt Books (March 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934555649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934555644
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Valancourt Classics' recent scholarly edition of the text, introduced, annotated, and edited by Jamieson Ridenhour, makes the reading of Carmilla more enjoyable, informed, and insightful than ever before....[E]xperiencing Carmilla in its original serial form published in The Dark Blue, complete with original illustrations, rather than its more usual form from In a Glass Darkly (1872) changes its reading for the better. --Mark M. Hennelly, California State University, in Le Fanu Studies, May 2009

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Angelica Blue on March 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
A very fine, thoughtful & scholarly edition of Carmilla, & one you should have whether you are reading Le Fanu's dreamy, frightening story for the first time, or for the thousandth (as I have by now). Included, besides the terrific story itself, are essays, other early poetry & stories about female vampires, & thought-provoking notations full of historical & social context...really, a must-have for any reader of Carmilla. Also, the original drawings from the serialized tale as it was published are here, & they are amazing...this is the best annotated & inclusive version of Carmilla I have seen to date, one you will pull out again & again for its analyses, appendices & fascinating bits of information. If the (sadly, somewhat limited) lore of the 18th & 19th century female vampire draws you in as it does me, & as it does the editor of this edition, Jamieson Ridenhour, & you want to know as much as you can about it, you must have this edition. Additionally, is it extremely affordable---the the "bang for your buck" factor is HUGE, in spite of this being a paperback edition. I bought one for myself & gave one as a gift to a VERY delighted friend. If you are indeed one of the folks who have never indulged in Le Fanu's lyrical tale of the obsessive predator Carmilla & her naive, lovely object of desire, Laura, then read it NOW. It'll chill your spine & have you sleeping with the nightlight on for days afterward---& with this edition, you can linger over the addendums with shuddery delight once you've finished the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 27, 2013
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Set in 19th century Austria, Laura is a lonely young woman living with her father and their two servants in the Styrian countryside until one fateful night when she and her father encounter a mysterious stagecoach barrelling through the forest near their house. Rather rashly, her father agrees to let the sickly young woman inside stay in their house while her strange mother continue on her journey. And then people in the surrounding area start dying of an unknown disease and the peasants start muttering about an “oupire”. Who, or what, is Laura’s new friend, Carmilla, really – and will she survive the encounter long enough to find out?

Nowadays vampires are so prevalent in popular culture, nearly everyone knows about them. Their traits, their behaviours, every aspect of the vampire is so well defined that this Victorian story can seem quaint in the way it plays up the mystery of Carmilla. But when J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s novella Carmilla was published in 1872 (the year before the author’s death), the vampire was a relatively unknown creature in popular culture. John Polidori’s short story The Vampyre had been published to some success a few decades earlier and the pulpy Varney the Vampire had been a popular series, but Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the most famous vampire novel ever written and the book that would launch vampires permanently into the mainstream, wouldn’t appear for another 25 years.

In fact, Carmilla is credited by Stoker as an influence in the creation of his novel, and it’s easy to see why.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 30, 2013
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I have read Carmilla before, but this edition with it's footnotes and extra material that ties this work in with some that followed, was really enlightening. Jamieson Ridenhour's observations have given me a whole new area of literature to contemplate! Loved it.
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I have read this book from different publishers. Valancourt Classic is the best, not just because of the illistrations, but also all the info provided. Ceck it out and see what I mean.
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