Carmilla, aka Vampire Leverage, aka The Styrian Job: The Masterpost

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not going to lie, I’m pretty proud of that last one

Hi again!  I spent my Saturday livetweeting my way through Sheridan Le Fanu’s Victorian-lesbian-vampire novella Carmilla.  Here, then, are all those tweets, as well as a few tweets regarding the web series based on Carmilla (yeah, that’s a thing and you need it in your life):

  • “I live in a castle. But I mean, I’m totally not rich or anything.” – our narrator, Laura, basically
  • Like quit your fake modesty, YOU STILL LIVE IN A FREAKING CASTLE
  • Update: it’s a castle in the middle of nowhere, basically [note after the fact:  so she has nobody to gloat at, really]
  • “Barely anybody lives here. I’m not counting servants, though.” – excuse you, Laura
  • Laura just called her past self “a rather spoiled girl.” At least she’s somewhat self-aware.
  • CREEPY VAMPIRE-GHOST-PERSON ALERT
  • Laura was just a kid, apparently, when this thing juST FREAKIN APPEARED IN HER BEDROOM AND STARTED CUDDLING WITH HER WHAT THE HECK
  • I’m only on page 3 and I’m already freaked out – good job, Le Fanu
  • “I was wakened by a sensation as if two needles ran deep into my breast at the same moment, and I cried loudly.” UM
  • The house staff are terrible at pretending they aren’t scared
  • Man, if a priest came into my house after a weird thing like that and prayed over everyone, that wouldn’t do a thing to console me.
  • “Laura, it’s okay, there’s nothing to worry about-” “yOU BROUGHT A PRIEST HERE ARE YOU JOKING”
  • “oh btw that girl you were going to hang out with is dead, totally forgot to tell you lol” – Laura’s dad, pretty much
  • From Spielsdorf’s letter: “‘The fiend who betrayed our infatuated hospitality has done it all.'” Today in painfully obvious foreshadowing…
  • Seriously, Spielsdorf could have just stopped at mentioning “the nature of her illness” and left it mysterious.
  • “‘the accursed passion of the agent of all this misery'” def sounds homophobic
  • Laura’s dad just quoted The Merchant of Venice, and now I wish I knew that play. Haven’t read it yet.
  • Four horses pull this carriage in which I’m sure Carmilla is sitting. Whether or not the apocalypse imagery is intended, it’s effective.
  • “my father, who piqued himself on being something of a physician” – yeah somehow that doesn’t make me feel better
  • So whether or not this older lady traveling with Carmilla is her mother, she’s part of this setup. Intriguing.
  • She’s got a whole team. It’s like vampire Leverage or something.
  • This old lady, very melodramatically: “‘Here I am, on a journey of life or death'” – seriously, why did no one think to ask her about that?
  • Oh man, what’s the old lady whispering to Laura’s dad?
  • Apparently there were a few black people in the carriage, too (described as “ugly,” so that’s great).
  • So basically the whole team dropped Carmilla off so she could do her thing.
  • “bye, hon, see you in about three months” “don’t forget to brush your teeth, you know how blood can stain them”
  • I’m getting a little morbid here. Moving on.
  • “You may be sure I was not long in availing myself of this permission [to visit Carmilla in her room].” Laura, your gay is showing
  • “There was a sombre piece of tapestry opposite the foot of the bed, representing Cleopatra with the asp to her bosom”- OH MAN OH MAN
  • Hahaaaaaaaaaa I need to take a moment for that one
  • That’s actually a really interesting allusion to make, though, because Cleopatra put the asp to her bosom.
  • The obvious implication is that Carmilla is the asp. But does Laura join with Carmilla so willingly as Cleopatra did with the asp?
  • The question of agency promises to be really interesting. I’ll have to keep an eye on that.
  • Ish just got real, y’all. “I saw the very face which had visited me in my childhood at night.”
  • Given how much the incident frightened Laura, I would think Carmilla’s reappearance would freak her out a bit more.
  • “hahaha I totally saw you in a dream, what a crazy random happenstance” – Carmilla, basically
  • “Her dimpling cheeks were now delightfully pretty and intelligent.” methinks someone’s gay crisis is in full swing now
  • Oh em gee, y’all. There’s HAND-HOLDING in this paragraph. And BLUSHING.
  • I’m sure I haven’t even gotten to the juicy parts yet, and this is already pretty much the gayest thing I’ve ever read.
  • In Carmilla’s “vision,” the Laura-phantom-whatever woke up screaming instead of doing the boob bite thing.
  • Points for a little more subtlety in foreshadowing, I guess?
  • “I did feel, as she said, ‘drawn towards her,’ but there was also something of repulsion.” literally the most accurate description of (1/2)
  • (2/2) internalized homophobia that I’ve ever read, not even kidding
  • Carmilla just turned down Laura’s offer to have a maid stay in her room with her. Can’t have the help seeing her coffin, right?
  • Carmilla to Laura: “‘Good night, darling, it is very hard to part with you…'” That is the most blatant Romeo and Juliet reference ever.
  • Honestly curious, is there anybody out there at all who still thinks this isn’t the gayest story ever? because let me explain you a thing
  • “I was delighted with my companion; that is to say, in many respects.” *waggles eyebrows*
  • Laura starts out chapter 4 by saying there were some things about Carmilla she didn’t like… and then goes into raptures about C’s hair.
  • It’s like you’re not even trying, Laura.
  • “She used to place her pretty arms around my neck” – brb searching for the perfect Felix Dawkins gif for this
  • Seriously, does anyone happen to have gifs of Felix’s face in that one scene where Paul and Sarah are about to get it on? That’s me rn.
  • FOUND IT
  • Seriously, I have never identified more strongly with Felix Dawkins
  • Okay no can we just talk about that one monologue of Carmilla’s because we discussed it in class and there’s so much in it
  • It’s the one that begins “Dearest, your little heart is wounded.”
  • …which is actually in itself a rather vampiric double entendre, I’ve just realized.
  • I mean, there are obviously some overtly sexual aspects to the monologue, especially considering the double meaning behind “dying.”
  • Laura keeps asking Carmilla what’s up with her, and Carmilla doesn’t precisely answer her question – but in a way, she kind of does.
  • “‘I obey the irresistible law of my strength and weakness'” – strength in that she can seduce Laura and weakness in that she can’t help it
  • Our class also talked about the connotations of the word “rapture,” which (importantly) is used twice in this passage.
  • “Rapture” has the obvious religious meaning of moving on to another life, a less earthly one.
  • Which, I think, could also definitely describe the process of becoming a vampire.
  • By describing her life as a “rapture,” Carmilla seems to be referring to her origin story in a sense.
  • Was Carmilla once a regular ol’ teenage girl like Laura? She makes it sound like she was.
  • And the other time Carmilla uses “rapture,” she tells Laura that she’ll experience something similar someday.
  • She seems to be saying that Laura will be raptured as well – turned into a vampire.
  • If this isn’t what actually happens, I’ll be so disappointed, because this is such a good setup.
  • “I experienced a strange tumultuous excitement that was pleasurable, ever and anon, mingled with a vague sense of fear and disgust.”
  • And that, folks, is exactly what a gay crisis feels like. Internalized homophobia wrestling with attraction – god. So good.
  • “I now write, after an interval of more than ten years” – but wait, earlier she said eight years. Has Laura lost her sense of time or what?
  • “Was there here a disguise and a romance?… What if a boyish lover had found his way into the house…?” hmmmmmmm
  • Laura’s trying to rationalize everything by hypothesizing that Carmilla’s actually male, in a nutshell.
  • “‘Carmilla used to come down very late, generally not till one o’clock.” yeah, Laura, that’s really not a surprise to me
  • breaking news, Laura, people sleep in sometimes
  • “She would then take a cup of chocolate, but eat nothing” – seriously, this just sounds like a college student diet
  • “…her native country was more remote than I had at first fancied.” ha hahahaha AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
  • Oh look, another dead girl. Charming. Been snacking on the side, Carmilla?
  • There’s a prevalence of only children – only daughters, actually – in this story, which is super-fascinating.
  • Which begs the question, actually – if Laura had “often seen” the ranger’s daughter, why weren’t they better friends?
  • I’d have to consider it more, but I get the feeling it’s at least partly about class distinctions.
  • Laura lives in a castle and didn’t count the servants as part of the family. She’s definitely got some rich-girl snobbery going on.
  • And you know, if Laura and the (sadly unnamed) ranger’s daughter had been better friends, Carmilla might not have come at all.
  • There would have been no weak spot, no loneliness for Carmilla to prey on.
  • “argh, the cross, it burns” – Carmilla, basically
  • The people at this girl’s funeral are singing hymns. I bet it’s their religious nature that’s so vexing Carmilla.
  • I hope we get a scene in which Carmilla is exposed to whatever secular music was popular in the day – and enjoys it.
  • “‘I don’t trouble my head about peasants. I don’t know who she is.'” – yeah, sure, Carmilla
  • Oh, and now we have a dead swineherd’s wife. Why on Earth isn’t Laura more concerned about this?
  • Laura’s talk of all this plague stuff actually sounds rather nonchalant. Come on, Laura, can’t you pick out foreshadowing when you see it?
  • (I mean, obviously not, but still)
  • Carmilla’s having a really hard time not vamping out.
  • She “frowned and compressed her lips.” #fangs
  • So wait, now we’ve got a Quasimodo character on the scene.
  • (there’s a time jump, I should probably clarify)
  • “…he was smiling from ear to ear, showing his white fangs.” UM
  • Did people use “fangs” as a colloquialism back then, or does she mean to say that this dude’s teeth actually looked like fangs?
  • I’ll have to look that up in the OED later.
  • [note after the fact:  I looked it up, and it actually was used as a slang term before this was published – by Dickens himself, no less]
  • “[Quasi’s monsters] were compounded of parts of monkeys, parrots, squirrels, fish, and hedgehogs, dried and stitched together” – UMMMMM
  • That’s so creepy, what the heck
  • Sounds like something out of @CrapTaxidermy
  • Basically this guy’s a one-man Creep Circus
  • “‘Will your ladyships be pleased to buy an amulet against the oupire'” – I checked the notes, and ‘oupire’ indeed means vampire.
  • So on top of being a nightmare taxidermist, Q’s a fearmonger and a quack. This guy’s got so much going for him, y’all.
  • “‘Here is a charm that never fails,'” he says, as Carmilla the actual vampire purchases one of his anti-vampire amulets
  • Well, actually, there are a couple different interpretations to that.
  • One possibility, indeed, could be that the charm is absolutely useless against vampires, and Q’s a no-good quack.
  • But if, by some chance, the charm actually does work, Carmilla might be purchasing it out of some degree of self-loathing.
  • A desire to chase away the vampiric, predatory part of herself, perhaps.
  • Honestly, though, I think it’s far more likely that Q’s just a snake-oil huckster.
  • Q knows what’s up, y’all: “‘Your noble friend, the young lady at your right, has the sharpest tooth- long, thin, pointed… like a needle”
  • And Q’s offering, whether facetiously or in all seriousness, to blunt Carmilla’s teeth.
  • I can’t think of a reason why Laura wouldn’t know what Carmilla’s teeth look like, given how much time they spend together.
  • So why isn’t she more freaked out?
  • Vampire pheromones, perhaps?
  • Brilliant, we’ve got another woman dying. And still Laura’s dad insists they’re all “natural causes.”
  • “Something of a physician,” my foot.
  • Oooh, Carmilla got mad at the mere mention of religion. Dang, girlfriend.
  • Oh hey, backstory- “‘I suffered from this very illness,'” Carmilla says about the ladies who’ve apparently been scaring themselves to death
  • That just further reinforces my hypothesis that she was human once and then turned into a vampire
  • Laura: “I should be very much [afraid] if I fancied there was any real danger of my being attacked as those poor people were.”
  • I feel like there’s still an undertone of class to that, despite the additional pitying connotations to the word “poor”
  • Okay, this next monologue from Carmilla is also really curious.
  • “Girls are caterpillars while they live in the world, to finally be butterflies when the summer comes” – kind of recalls the rapture thing
  • Caterpillars come into a new sort of existence when they become butterflies, which definitely recalls the new-life aspect of rapture
  • The transitive relation of caterpillars/butterflies to rapture and rapture to vampirism is a weirdly fascinating one, though
  • As if vampirism is simply the next level of being for humans
  • This son of the picture cleaner is the first son to appear in the novel. Every other child mentioned has been a daughter.
  • And this guy’s from the Outside World, too, which has all sorts of implications on which I’ll have to stew.
  • Oh my dear sweet lord.
  • Carmilla looks exactly like Laura’s mom, and LAURA STILL ISN’T CREEPED THE HECK OUT [note after the fact:  I misinterpreted, Carmilla just looks exactly like an old deceased member of the Karnstein family whose portrait Laura’s dad happens to have]
  • “oh hey you look just like my dear darling dead mum hahahaaa what a coincidence let’s make out some more” – Laura, pretty much
  • Laura and Carmilla just established that they’re both descended from the Karnsteins.
  • Apparently the Karnsteins are a Hungarian family. Romania probably would have been too obvious a reference.
  • Which actually makes Laura’s fleeting hypothesis earlier – that they’re related – true in some measure.
  • Laura literally just asked if she could hang this picture in her room. Um.
  • Laura and Carmilla are cuddling outside right now. This is the only appropriate gif.
  • “She kissed me silently.” – actual sentence that was actually just in this book
  • “‘I have been in love with no one, and never shall,’ she whispered, ‘unless it should be with you.'” – BRB SCREAMING
  • This is seriously on par with Kirk’s “dig it in there, Mr. Sp-“
  • Carmilla has a moment, and Laura thinks *she’s* the one who’s sick with the terrors or something. Oh, my sweet summer child.
  • Speaking of children, Carmilla calls Laura “dear child,” which is definitely a not-creepy thing to say to a lover who’s supposedly your age
  • Yeah, that definitely doesn’t reinforce the creep factor introduced by the whole Carmilla-looks-like-Laura’s-mom thing. Not at all. Nope.
  • Oh man, I can’t wait to write my capstone paper on this story.
  • Ooooooohhhhhhhhhhhh, Carmilla didn’t even take chocolate. Something’s definitely afoot.
  • Where’s Carmilla’s mom? GOOD FREAKIN QUESTION
  • bless you, Laura’s dad, for finally thinking to ask that
  • Carmilla’s considering leaving the castle and rejoining her mother, aka her team. That could have a variety of motivations.
  • One, the rest of the team could honestly be up to something else, and the fact that they haven’t contacted her yet means trouble.
  • Two, Carmilla doesn’t actually want to go through with killing and/or vamping Laura, like she apparently did with Bertha.
  • Three, she’s just afraid of being found out.
  • Whoa, okay, we are DEFINITELY getting some sort of origin story stuff here
  • But first, let’s note this admission from Carmilla: “The time is very near when you shall know everything.”
  • So maybe she’s decided to vamp Laura instead of killing her, like (I suspect) she’s done with the other women who’ve died.
  • Filed under disturbing: “You must come with me, loving me, to death; or else hate me and still come with me, and hating me through death…
  • “…and after.” I’m thinking death, here, doesn’t mean literal death but rapture.
  • “There is no such word as indifference in my apathetic nature.” – Carmilla. Um… what?
  • That’s just plain confusing.
  • A trip to the OED is probably in order…
  • So anyway, back to the origin story: Carmilla asked Laura if she’d ever been to a ball (no), and now Carmilla’s remembering her first ball.
  • “‘I almost forget, it is years ago.'” – Carmilla.
  • Laura: How old are you?
    Carmilla: Eighteen.
    Laura: How long have you been eighteen?
    Carmilla: …a while.
    SORRY I HAD TO
  • “‘Your first ball can hardly be forgotten yet.'” – Laura to Carmilla
  • Carmilla admits that on the night of her first ball, “‘I was all but assassinated in my bed, wounded here,’ she touched her breast, ‘and…
  • “‘…never was the same since.” Oh, now that’s an interesting coincidence.
  • Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m fairly sure balls were something of a rite of passage for girls then.
  • So on the night of her first ball, the night she started being (socially speaking) a woman, Carmilla also became a vampire.
  • She entered a new sort of existence, both socially and biologically speaking.
  • Huh. That’s something I’ll have to remember for my capstone paper. Anyway, moving on.
  • “Religion was a subject on which I had never heard her speak a word.” Oh for Pete’s sake, Laura, you don’t remember the funeral incident?
  • I can remember two occasions off the top of my head in which Carmilla gets angry at the mere idea of religion.
  • “The precautions of nervous people are infectious.” Fitting that Laura’s catching the paranoia that’s affecting all the other women.
  • This just in, Laura has to sleep with a night-light
  • Interesting bit from Laura here: “But dreams come through stone walls, light up dark rooms, or darken light ones, and their persons…”(1/2)
  • (2/2)”…make their exits and their entrances as they please, and laugh at locksmiths.”
  • What’s funny about this is that Carmilla first visited Laura in a dream. Or what she thought was a dream, anyway.
  • Which in turn makes the “dream” Laura has on this particular night especially creepy.
  • Laura’s visited first by “a sooty-black animal that resembled a monstrous cat” that bites her just as that dream-Carmilla did years ago.
  • Then, just as soon as she’s bitten, Laura “waked with a scream” and sees a woman at the foot of her bed, standing like stone.
  • I’m so sure Carmilla is just Morticia-Addamsing it up here
  • “As I stared at it, the figure appeared to have changed its place, and was now nearer the door”- HOLD UP, Y’ALL, WEEPING ANGEL ALERT
  • Laura wakes up for real and goes to check her door. It’s still locked, because of course it is.
  • Even Perrodon and La Fontaine are getting creeped out by this point.
  • Carmilla saw the same sort of thing that Laura saw, because OF COURSE SHE DID.
  • Carmilla uses “anti-vampire charm” to deflect suspicion. It’s super effective!
  • Granted, Laura’s so under the influence of vampire pheromones or whatever’s in Carmilla’s magical perfume that that’s not saying much
  • At this point, I’m pretty sure the anti-vampire charm is a worthless piece of trash and Carmilla’s just milking the heck out of it.
  • …pretty sure Carmilla just pinned the efficacy of the charm on the placebo effect.
  • “…every morning I felt the same lassitude, and a languor weighed upon me all day.” Oop, looks like someone’s feeling vampy.
  • “Dim thoughts of death began to open” – oh god. I mean, I know she lives, because she’s telling us the story, but still NOT GOOD
  • “[Carmilla] used to gloat on me with increasing ardour the more my strength and spirits waned.” aaahhhhhhhhh not good not good
  • Stage 4 Vampire Syndrome makes you Feel Things, apparently. “Vague and strange sensations” are Laura’s exact words.
  • I’ll just leave that there.
  • These “vague and strange sensations” eventually come to include phantom touches. Cue a rather sexual-sounding description of said touches.
  • On top of everything, Laura looks like a stereotypical vampire now: “I had grown pale [and] my eyes were dilated and darkened underneath…”
  • Laura’s dad: You sure you’re okay? Laura: I’M FINE, DAD, GOSH. *slinks off to a chaise-lounge or something*
  • “It could not be that terrible complaint which the peasants called the oupire” – ahahahahaha about that…
  • Oh man, here comes a really creepy dream.
  • “‘Your mother warns you to beware of the assassin,'” says the mysterious person in this dream. Well, THAT could go a couple different ways.
  • “…Carmilla, standing, near the foot of my bed, in her white nightdress, bathed, from her chin to her feet, in one great stain of blood.”
  • YIKES (and yes, there really are that many commas in that sentence, to my chagrin)
  • Lots of ambiguity here – is Carmilla the murdered or the murderess? Victim or villain? Mother or assassin? Both? Neither?
  • Cue a gigantic game of hide-and-go-freak.
  • Oh, NOW you think to mention there are secret passages in your house? Thanks, Laura, that would’ve been good to know way earlier.
  • So Carmilla just turned up again. I can’t decide if she’s faking being freaked out, or if she’s genuine.
  • I mean, the likeliest explanation is probably that Carmilla skipped out for whatever reason. But why?
  • A late-night meeting with her team, possibly? [or a midnight snack?]
  • LOL at Laura’s dad trying to persuade himself that he can just science away all this weird stuff
  • A wild doctor appears!
  • Ooooohhhhhhhhhhhh, there’s a blue spot where Laura got bitten. #vampirehickey
  • I seem to remember one of the critics we read for class describing General Spielsdorf and Doctor Spielsberg as “laughably interchangeable.”
  • So they are, indeed.
  • Day trip to Karnstein! Whoo! Picnic time!
  • Laura’s dad wants to see the priest who lives there “on business.” By business, I suspect he means “an exorcism.”
  • And Carmilla isn’t going with them, because of course.
  • A wild General Spielsdorf appears!
  • General Spielsdorf: Vampire Hunter
  • No, seriously: “angrier passions seemed to have had their share in bringing [his change in appearance] about.”
  • “‘You believe in nothing but what consists with your own prejudices and illusions.'”- Spielsdorf is chewing Laura’s dad OUT
  • Laura’s dad’s response: “‘I am not such a dogmatist as you suppose.'” OH YES YOU ARE
  • Well, maybe Laura’s dad isn’t looking to perform an exorcism, but Spielsdorf sure is.
  • Laura’s dad is super-eager to hear what Spielsdorf has to say. Get the popcorn, folks, this is going to be good.
  • It can be no accident that Spielsdorf’s story starts out with a ball, like what Laura and Carmilla were discussing earlier.
  • Ooh man, both Carmilla and her “mom” went in for the kill with Bertha. Tag-teaming it.
  • Mama ‘Milla was just like “c’mon, you totally know me” and Spielsy was all like “you’re wearing a mask, dude”
  • “‘…the young lady, whom her mother called by the odd name of Millarca'” – JESUSMADIA IT’S AN ANAGRAM OF CARMILLA
  • HOW MUCH MORE BLATANTLY OBVIOUS CAN IT GET, GOOD LORD ALMIGHTY
  • Spielsdorf jokingly asked if he could call Mama ‘Milla “Madame la Comtesse,” which just sounds weird to me. Like “Mrs. Miss” or something.
  • Ooh, Madame has a manservant who’s deathly pale. Another vamp, I’ll stake my fortune on it.
  • In class we talked about Carmilla and co. using chivalry to their advantage. This is exactly what happened to Spielsdorf, and he knows it.
  • Carmilla’s previous names: Lilac Mar, Clam Liar, Carl Lima, Lacrimal
  • Spielsdorf’s story even has a Miraculous Disappearing Millarca. For heaven’s SAKE WHY IS NO ONE ALARMED YET BESIDES SPIELSDORF
  • These parallels are whacking everyone over the head
  • Pretty sure both Laura and her dad couldn’t see parallelism if it did the macarena in front of ’em, though
  • Oh and would you look at that, Bertha exhibited the EXACT SAME SYMPTOMS that Laura has right now. WHAT A COINCIDENCE.
  • Aaaaaaaaand Laura’s finally put the pieces together. About time.
  • Wait, though, Laura’s basically realized what’s up and she’s not actually doing anything about it? COME ON.
  • Okay, looks like I misinterpreted earlier. The portrait that looks so like Carmilla isn’t of Laura’s mother but of another forebear.
  • “‘Why, [the Countess Mircalla] has been dead more than a century!'”- Laura’s dad
  • OH MY GOD MIRCALLA IS ANOTHER ANAGRAM OF CARMILLA JESUSFREAKINMADIA
  • COULD YOU BE ANY MORE OBVIOUS, CARMS
  • Clearly Spielsdorf’s been studying his vampire lore.
  • Oh man oh man, ish went down in the old village. Oh MAN.
  • “‘[The village] was troubled by /revenants,/ sir'” – random knowledgeable old man. YIKES
  • Thanks to Doom 2, all I can think of when I hear the word “revenant” is this bad boy right here:

    nasty dude

  • A wild Moravian nobleman appears!… in the random knowledgeable old man’s story.
  • THE MORAVIAN DUDE LITERALLY STOLE A VAMPIRE’S CLOTHES HELP I CAN’T STOP LAUGHING
  • Pardon me while I laugh my head off at the image of a naked zombie-looking vampire running up the stairs of a tower to get his clothes back
  • Whoa, this Moravian guy just knocked the vampire dude off the tower and went downstairs again to behead him. Harsh, man.
  • Oh my god, Spielsdorf has more to tell? Ugh. Just cut someone’s head off already, please.
  • Oh man, Spielsdorf saw the bitey black creature too. Honestly, this is sounding more werewolfy than vampiric.
  • I was relieved on hearing the voices of Carmilla and Madame” – AN ACTUAL THING THAT LAURA JUST SAID, HOLY FREAKIN BANANAS
  • SHE LITERALLY JUST HEARD A STORY THAT RAN MORE PARALLEL TO HERS THAN ACTUAL PARALLEL LINES AND SHE’S **RELIEVED** THAT CARMILLA’S COMING
  • “a horror began to steal over me” – oh YAY FINALLY A SENSIBLE REACTION
  • “my heart sank as I thought that my friends were, after all, not about to enter and disturb this triste and ominous scene” – COME ***ON***
  • A wild Carmilla appears!
    Spielsdorf uses Ax Attack! It’s not very effective.
    Carmilla uses Death Grip + Vanishing! It’s super effective!
  • The chapter ends with the revelation that Carmilla, Millarca, and Mircalla are the same person. Seriously, I figured that out ages ago.
  • So is this weird-looking Baron dude a legit Slayer or…?
  • Oh hey, Mircalla’s tomb just so happens to be right here. Who woulda thunk it?
  • This is like some Indiana Jones ish.
  • So the next day they open the grave, and the gal in the coffin looks disturbingly alive. Big freakin’ surprise.
  • Oh man. They staked her AND beheaded her.

    gif credit to WordPress user theyearofhalloween

  • “Let me add a word or two about that quaint Baron Vordenburg” – yes please do
  • “he devoted himself to the minute and laborious investigation of the marvellously authenticated tradition of Vampirism” so basically Giles
  • Relevant Giles gif:
  • The Baron aka Giles finally had to spell it out for Laura that all these names were anagrams.

    credit to professionalfangirls.com

  • Oh god. That random Moravian guy was Mircalla’s ex-boyfriend. I don’t know how to feel about this.
  • So according to the rules of vampirism the Baron talked about, it’s entirely possible that once she’s dead, Laura will be a vampire.
  • And I’m done with Carmilla! Don’t know what I’ll be reading next, but I’ll watch @carmillaseries tonight and share my thoughts!
  • It’s been like two hours since I finished the book and the anagrams are still getting me
  • Just the fact that Carmilla’s anagrammed aliases were some sort of arcane Rule of Vampyr is strange as all get-out
  • Anyone have any idea if that corresponds to other aspects of vampire lore?
  • aaaaahhhhhhhhh why have I not been watching @carmillaseries because I like it a lot
  • the dialogue is natural, the acting is convincing (especially with Danny, my god that woman’s good), and that is the cutest dorm room ever
  • it does take quite a few liberties with the source material, but I think a huge part of that springs from the non-isolated setting
  • Laura’s castle is so isolated, whereas college is a fundamentally social institution, and this series milks that for all it’s worth
  • [TW: RAPE]
  • also can we talk about how Silas U not caring about the missing girls parallels real stories of rape victims grappling w/ their schools
  • so many higher ed institutions don’t care about stopping rape or punishing rapists, and the Silas U situation definitely recalls that
  • so tl;dr props to you @carmillaseries for being a super-intelligent, super-well-written series. you’ve got yourself a fan in me
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