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Sheridan Le Fanu - Carmilla

Read by Miriam Margolyes
Duration 234 minutes
Released 6 November 2011
Format Unabridged MP3 Download

 

Carmilla trailer (mp3)

 

‘Le Fanu stands absolutely in the first rank as a writer of ghost stories’ – M.R. James

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Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873) was arguably the nineteenth century's greatest writer of mystery tales and ghost stories. Best known for his gothic novel Uncle Silas (1864), Le Fanu's rich and sensual storytelling has had a seminal effect on generations of subsequent writers including W.B. Yeats, Henry James and Bram Stoker. Carmilla, originally published in the story collection In A Glass Darkly (1872), is his macabre masterpiece.

A beautiful but mysterious young lady, Carmilla, comes to stay with an aristocrat and his daughter in their castle in Styria, on the borders of Austria and Hungary. Almost at once an unexplained wasting disease breaks out in the surrounding villages, claiming the lives of numerous women. Within the castle itself, a huge demonic cat-like creature has been seen prowling at night. The forces of darkness are closing in and all eyes turn to the enigmatic Carmilla. Who - or what - exactly is she?

 

 


THIS UNABRIDGED AUDIOBOOK INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING CHAPTERS

Prologue
Chapter One - An Early Fright
Chapter Two - A Guest
Chapter Three - We Compare Notes
Chapter Four - Her Habits – A Saunter
Chapter Five - A Wonderful Likeness
Chapter Six - A Very Strange Agony
Chapter Seven - Descending
Chapter Eight - Search
Chapter Nine - The Doctor
Chapter Ten - Bereaved
Chapter Eleven - The Story
Chapter Twelve - A Petition
Chapter Thirteen - The Wood-Man
Chapter Fourteen - The Meeting
Chapter Fifteen - Ordeal and Execution
Chapter Sixteen - Conclusion

BONUS MATERIAL
'My Wild Heart Bleeds'
(an incidental music suite by Howard Carter)

 


CREDITS

Recorded on 5 and 6 July 2011
Directed by Barnaby Edwards
Music and sound design by Howard Carter
Recorded at Moat Studios
Artwork by Simon Holub

 


 

ENGLISH STUDENTS
Sheridan Le Fanu is a recommended contextual author for all three main examination boards:
English Literature GCSE, AS & A2 (AQA)
English Literature GCSE & GCE A-Level (OCR)
English Literature GCSE & GCE A-Level (EdExcel)

 


FURTHER READING
Works by Sheridan Le Fanu:
In a Glass Darkly, ed. Robert Tracy (Oxford Paperbacks, 2008)

Studies of Sheridan Le Fanu:
S.M. Ellis, Wilkie Collins, Le Fanu and Others (Constable, 1931)
T.P. Le Fanu, Memoir of the Le Fanu Family (printed privately, 1924)
W.J. McCormack, Sheridan Le Fanu and Victorian Ireland (Oxford, 1980)

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