October 7: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

October 7: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla" | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
October 7: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s “Carmilla” | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Happy Hump Day, Cobblers!

You have officially made it half-way through the work week, so it’s only appropriate that we commemorate this feat with the often overlooked vampire master himself, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, author of “Carmilla.”

“Carmilla” was published before “Dracula,” yet Le Fanu is seldom ever brought up before Stoker. If you’ve never heard of Le Fanu and his vampiric novella, check out this feature from Victorian Gothic: “Before Dracula, there was Carmilla.”

If you still need to read this work, Project Gutenberg has multiple types of free ebooks, including HTML links so no downloading is necessary: “Project Gutenberg: Carmilla.

Google celebrated Le Fanu’s 200th (would-be) birthday in 2014 with a Google Doodle. Here are two features that were inspired by that homage: The Irish Mirror’s “Sheridan Le Fanu: 10 things you need to know about the Irish horror writer” & The Guardian’s “Sheridan Le Fanu’s gothic spirit lives on.

I’m slightly obsessed with literary cartography, as I may have mentioned once or twice, so I’ve decided to include a literary map from Literature-Map.com, “Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu: Literary Map.” This does not map out the experiences of the novella or the characters in it. Instead, this map shows what other people who’ve read and liked “Carmilla” are also drawn towards. It’s a gnod product (Global Network of Discover), and they also have maps for music and other areas.

In my search, I ran across a scholarly article by Hayley Cotter: “Female Sexuality as Vampiric in Le Fanu’s Carmilla.” The article is hosted on Academia.edu, which is an open source platform where scholars can upload their work to reach a larger audience.

Finally, prepare for another show binge with the web-series “Carmilla.” This series was created by Vervegirl TV, and they’ve just wrapped up their second season. Bonus: it’s free! The episodes are short, but there are a lot of them.

Happy Gothic Literature Month, my friends!


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