Sheridan Le Fanu

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Laura’s most formative memory was waking in the night as a young child to find a pretty lady caressing her in bed. Once she had fallen asleep once more, Laura awoke terrified with two…

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One night Laura imagines that she sees Carmilla “drenched in blood,” which is appropriate, since blood is the physical manifestation of Laura’s anxiety about Carmilla’s dangerous sexuality. In other words, Laura dreams of Carmilla covered…

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The Portrait of Countess Mircalla

The son of the picture cleaner delivers a number of restored portraits to the schloss one evening, and among them is the portrait of Countess Mircalla, which bears an uncanny resemblance to Carmilla. Previously…

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