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Happy Birthday, J. Sheridan Le Fanu!

Happy birthday to J. Sheridan Le Fanu (August 28, 1814 – February 7, 1873)!

Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

“Thus fortified I might take my rest in peace. But dreams come through stone walls, light up dark rooms, or darken light ones, and their persons make their exists and their entrances as they please, and laugh at locksmiths.”

- J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla (1871)


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Aug. 28th, 2014 08:57 pm (UTC)
You may have to include him as part of your hallowe'en countdown this year...
Sep. 7th, 2014 01:06 pm (UTC)
He'd be perfect!
Aug. 29th, 2014 12:02 pm (UTC)
I finally got around to reading Carmilla a while back. Personally, I think the claims of lesbian vampire action are a bit overblown, and possibly even wishful thinking. I imagine it all comes down to the scenes where Carmilla is described as kissing the protagonist. The way these instances are presented are ambiguous enough that these kisses could just as easily be chaste little pecks on the cheek or forehead as the full lip-and-tongue action many of the sweatier readers are envisioning.
Sep. 7th, 2014 01:11 pm (UTC)
I don't know about "action," but I think the scenario is definitely a seduction, at least at the emotional level.

After all, there's

"I have been in love with no one, and never shall," she whispered, "unless it should be with you."
How beautiful she looked in the moonlight!
Shy and strange was the look with which she quickly hid her face in my neck and hair, with tumultuous sighs, that seemed almost to sob, and pressed in mine a hand that trembled.
Her soft cheek was glowing against mine. "Darling, darling," she murmured, "I live in you; and you would die for me, I love you so."


"You will think me cruel, very selfish, but love is always selfish; the more ardent the more selfish. How jealous I am you cannot know. You must come with me, loving me, to death..."

and the narrator's opening to and acquiescence in the "not unwelcome possession" of Carmilla's influence. I'm on board with the seduction metaphor.
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