Carmilla

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Carmilla

by Sheridan Le Fanu (The Dark Blue, 1871-1872)

Illustration by M. Fitzgerald from Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu

A very early vampire novella, constrained by attitudes of the time yet nonetheless pursuing a lesbian angle and affording an uncommon measure of female empowerment. Le Fanu for the most part hints subtly at the supernatural, but resorts at last to exposition.

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