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After falling in love with Carmilla the webseries, I finally decided to read the original novel by J. Sheridan Le Fanu. I was expecting it would be a lot of labyrinthine Victorian prose or Dracula-esque fear of/male-gaze at women’s sexuality. It’s actually a novella, and the prose, aside from some outdated turns of phrase, is easy to read.

Illustration by Michael Fitzgerald for Le Fanu's story Carmilla in The Dark Blue (January 1872), electrotype after wood-engraving, reproduced in Best Ghost Stories, ed. Bleiler. Source

Illustration by Michael Fitzgerald for Le Fanu’s story Carmilla in The Dark Blue (January 1872), electrotype after wood-engraving, reproduced in Best Ghost Stories, ed. Bleiler. Source [Image: a wood-carving of Carmilla, seated and in dark clothing, holding the hand of Laura, who is standing, as a funeral procession passes.]

I shall begin by describing her. She was slender, and wonderfully graceful. Except that her movements were languid-very languid- indeed, there was nothing in her appearance to indicate an invalid. Her complexion was rich and brilliant; her features were small and beautifully formed; her eyes large, dark, and lustrous; her hair was quite wonderful, I never saw hair so magnificently thick and long when it was down about her shoulders; I have often placed my hands under it, and laughed with wonder at its weight. It was exquisitely fine and soft, and in colour a rich very dark brown, with something of gold. I loved to let it down, tumbling with its own weight, as, in her room, she lay back in her chair talking in her sweet low voice, I used to fold and braid it, and spread it out and play with it. Heavens! If I had but known all! (pp. 57-8, Overdrive ebook)

I’m sure Carm and Laura are just gal-palling it up all over Austria–

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Where lies the strangling fruit that came from the hand of the sinner

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The twelfth expedition to Area X, which has been cut off from the rest of the continent for 30 years, is lead by an five-woman team: the biologist, the anthropologist, the surveyor, the psychologist, and the linguist. Their mission: avoid contamination and survey the mysterious area from the lighthouse to the camp to the tunnel. Or is it a tower?

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Featuring a different cover set!

Featuring a different cover set!

In case you missed it on the Alanna post, the Beyond Binaries Book Club continues with Book 2 of Song of the Lioness: In the Hand of the Goddess (1984). (Click here if you missed our intro to or discussion of Book 1.)

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IMG_0597If you like YA paranormal fiction and you’d like a feminist short story about a vampire high-schooler, check out “The House of Aunts” by Zen Cho over on Podcastle (audio) and GigaNotoSaurus (text). (My review of Podcastle is here.)

Ah Lee is an average high schooler: she studies hard, has a crush on a classmate, doesn’t like the cooking or supervision at home–and just happens to be a vampire who lives with six old aunties who are also vampires.

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Credit: Podcastle

Credit: Podcastle

For fans of fantasy fiction, I’ve got guest post up on Have You Nerd? about Podcastle:

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Aaand we’re a day or two late. ぎりぎりセーフ。。。じゃない。

I collected a lot of articles on geeks and gender this summer and wanted to share them here on the blog. Japan Gender Reader will be back soon!

Image via Northwest Press.

Image via Northwest Press.

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