UNH 52 – Vampires in Literature: Le Fanu’s Carmilla

UNH is back with bite, as we venture further into our VAMPIRES IN LITERATURE AND BEYOND mini-series… On the first episode of this three-part special, we talked about John Polidori’s The Vampyre (1819). Here we tackle Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla (1871) and the works inspired by it. Touching upon such films as Vampyr (1932); Blood and Roses / Et mourir de plaisir (And To Die of Pleasure) (1960); The Vampire Lovers (1970); The Blood Spattered Bride / La Novia Ensangrentada (1972); and Styria (2014), we examine the lasting legacy of the female vampire across cinema, radio and television. As always, we would love to hear of anything we haven’t touched upon or your favourite examples of films etc. inspired by the book. Please comment below or send an MP3 to unitednationsofhorror@gmail.com. “But dreams come through stone walls, light up dark rooms, or darken light ones, and their persons make their exits and their entrances as they please, and laugh at locksmiths.” ― J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla

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