Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla, now released in a deluxe edition, is the story that is said to have inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
In an isolated Austrian forest, teenager Laura lives with her father, but both of their lives are changed forever with the mysterious appearance of the beautiful and mysterious Carmilla.
What begins as friendship almost falls into a secretive affair as Laura begins to question her mysterious and magnetic visitor.
Given this book was written in the 1800s, it was frighteninly ahead of its time, with its theme of gothic horror and romance. While the vampire motif only really comes into to play during the final third of the book, it is still a hypnotic and riveting read.
For fans of gothic horror and classic vampire tales, Carmilla is a must read.
Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu (The Deluxe Edition) is released on 6th September 2021 by Pushkin Press.