I would’ve been a horrible character in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Even if I could keep up with daily diary entries, I have a horrible memory & can 100% guarantee most of them would sound like “Van Helsing went on this long ass rant about Lucy’s corpse or smth, idk I spaced out five words in lol. My neck do be hurting tho.” & then I would die.
This was a classic spooky book recommendation by some booktubers I watched. Since it is Halloween season, I tried reading books that fit on the atmosphere of the holiday and yes, there I encounter this masterpiece.
Almost everyone knows Dracula, the most famous classic vampire in the history. Lots have read his book, and some also wrote retelling of his story. I personally don’t know a lot about Dracula, except that he is every child’s favorite character to cosplay on this time of the year. As you can see, I am talking about our favorite vampire, so this book Carmilla, is about vampires.
If I’m not mistaken, Carmilla was published year 1872, 26 years older than Bram Stoker’s Dracula. And guys, this is so underrated! I don’t hear a lot about this book which it doesn’t deserve. This book created some issue because of its LGBTQ+ theme and everyone knows that year 1872 in Ireland is not a good year to talk about Lesbian vampires. That’s one of the reasons this book, I think, was not given importance that time and was shoved under the bed for lots of years until now.
Carmilla was about a girl named Laura, who lived in a castle in Styria with her father. One day, a report came to them that their General friend’s niece died of an illness caused by a monster. A mysterious carriage arrived at their place and was caught in an accident so the beautiful girl inside was left to be tended by Laura’s family doctor while the girl’s mysterious mother go ‘somewhere’. The girl was Carmilla, and she easily became good friends with Laura. At that time, a strange illness spread on their nearby town killing lots of young girls. Laura became ill, and started having odd dreams and hallucinations. The General came after mourning the death of her niece then told Laura and her father about what happened. They realized that it was Carmilla and they started plotting her death.
This was a super quick read, the aesthetic of a Gothic castle with an abandoned town nearby was captured on the words of every page. Carmilla will leave you spooked and suspicious if some stranger requested to stay in your house for a night. Prepare for a vampire attack and read this book for instructions! Adios!