Carmilla: A Critical Edition

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Costello-Sullivan has compiled a student-friendly version of Sheridan Le Fanu’s 1872 vampire tale, "Carmilla." This critical edition includes an introduction by the editor, a timeline, a short biographical sketch of the author, a selected bibliography, and four original, scholar-authored essays that explicate the novella for an undergraduate audience. This work situates "Carmilla" within its Irish cultural milieu and treats the text as self-standing rather than as a precursor to Dracula.
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Occult detectives—sometimes called psychic investigators—have been in vogue since the middle of the 19th century. This collection goes back to the roots of the occult detective story. The earliest story in this collection—Fitz-James O'Brien's "The Pot of Tulips"—originally appeared in 1855. Rare stories by Mary Fortune and Bayard Taylor, famous tales from the end of the 19th century by E. and H. Heron, plus 20th Century stories by Robert E. Howard, Edmond Hamilton, Manly Wade Wellman, Seabury Quinn, and many more round out the book...29 classic tales in all!

Included are:
THE POT OF TULIPS, by Fitz-James O'Brien
WHAT WAS IT? by Fitz-James O'Brien
THE HAUNTED SHANTY, by Bayard Taylor
Dr. Martin Hesselius in "GREEN TEA," by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
MR JUSTICE HARBOTTLE, by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
AYLMER VANCE AND THE VAMPIRE, by Alice and Claude Askew
THE DOOR INTO INFINITY, by Edmond Hamilton
Carnacki in "THE GATEWAY OF THE MONSTER," by William Hope Hodgson
Carnacki in "THE HOUSE AMONG THE LAURELS," by William Hope Hodgson
Carnacki in "THE WHISTLING ROOM," by William Hope Hodgson
Carnacki in "THE HORSE OF THE INVISIBLE," by William Hope Hodgson
Carnacki in "THE SEARCHER OF THE END HOUSE," by William Hope Hodgson
Carnacki in "THE THING INVISIBLE," by William Hope Hodgson
Flaxman Low in "THE STORY OF SADDLER'S CROFT," by E. and H. Heron
Flaxman Low in "THE STORY OF BAELBROW," by E. and H. Heron
Flaxman Low in "THE STORY OF YAND MANOR HOUSE," by E. and H. Heron
Flaxman Low in "THE STORY OF KONNOR OLD HOUSE," by E. and H. Heron
Flaxman Low in "THE STORY OF THE SPANIARDS, HAMMERSMITH," by E. and H. Heron
Flaxman Low in "THE STORY OF SEVENS HALL," by E. and H. Heron
Steve Harrison in "FANGS OF GOLD," by Robert E. Howard
Steve Harrison in "THE TOMB'S SECRET," by Robert E. Howard
Steve Harrison in "NAMES IN THE BLACK BOOK," by Robert E. Howard
Steve Harrison in "GRAVEYARD RATS," by Robert E. Howard
THE HALF-HAUNTED, by Manly Wade Wellman
Jules de Grandin in "THE JEST OF WARBURG TANTAVUL," by Seabury Quinn
Jules de Grandin in "PLEDGED TO THE DEAD," by Seabury Quinn
Jules de Grandin in "INCENSE OF ABOMINATION," by Seabury Quinn

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Syracuse University Press
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May 15, 2013
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Open graves, open minds relates the Undead in literature and other media to questions concerning genre, technology, consumption and social change. It features original research by leading scholars (Dr Sam George is a frequent commentator on the contemporary vampire; Dr Catherine Spooner, a pioneer of the study of Contemporary Gothic; and Dr Stacey Abbott is the author of the seminal work on the vampire in film and TV). The essays cover texts both familiar and unexpected, bringing debates around fictional vampires into the twenty-first century where they are currently enjoying a vogue. This wide-ranging collection forms a coherent narrative which follows Enlightenment studies of the vampire's origins in folklore and folk panics, tracing sources of vampire fiction, through Romantic incarnations in Byron and Polidori to Le Fanu's Carmilla. Further essays discuss the undead in the context of Dracula, fin-de-siècle decadence and Nazi Germany together with early cinematic treatments. The rise of the sympathetic vampire is charted from Coppola's Dracula, to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twilight. More recent manifestations in novels, TV, Goth subculture, young adult fiction and cinema are dealt with in discussions of True Blood, The Vampire Diaries and much more. The book is essential reading for those who wish to explore open graves with an open mind: scholars of literature and film, enthusiasts of all things vampiric and writers of Undead fiction. The Transylvanian notebooks of the award-winning novelist Marcus Sedgwick conclude the study, shedding light on recent trends in young adult fiction. Sedgwick lays bare the writing process for budding novelists and creative writers in the genre.
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