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- Full Title: Carmilla
- When Written: 1871-72
- Where Written: Isle of Man
- When Published: 1871-72 as a magazine serial, then reprinted in Le Fanu’s collection of short stories In a Glass Darkly in 1872
- Literary Period: Victorian
- Genre: Gothic novella
- Setting: Styria, Austria
- Climax: Laura, along with her father, listen to General Spielsdorf’s story and realize the truth about Carmilla as they hunt her down.
- Antagonist: Carmilla
- Point of View: First person
Extra Credit for Carmilla
Illustrations. When Carmilla was first published as a serial in the literary magazine The Dark Blue, it was accompanied by illustrations by David Henry Friston, who is known for creating the first illustrations for Sherlock Holmes. These illustrations do not appear in modern editions of the book.
Carmilla in College. Carmilla has inspired many modern adaptations, including a web series of the same name, which is the story of Laura and her college roommate Carmilla. This series, while only loosely adapted from the original, takes the homosexual undertones of the text and brings them front and center, as Laura and Carmilla become romantically involved despite Carmilla’s taste for blood.