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Dearest, your little heart is wounded; think me not cruel because I obey the irresistible law of my strength and weakness; if your dear heart is wounded, my wild heart bleeds with yours. In the rapture of my enormous humiliation I live in your warm life, and you shall die–die, sweetly die–into mine. I cannot help it; as I draw near to you, you, in your turn, will draw near to others, and learn the rapture of that cruelty, which yet is love; so, for a while, seek to know no more of me and mine, but trust me with all your loving spirit.
—  J. Sheridan LeFanu, Carmilla

one time I was so tired I remembered a carmilla fanfic where Laura lived in like a regal estate n carmilla was made to stay with her after she got thrown from a moving vehicle n they gradually fell in love with each other n I got rly upset BC I couldn’t find the fanfic anywhere and it took me about half an hour to realise. The original novella. I was looking for the actual novella Carmilla by J Sheridan Le Fanu

You will think me cruel, very selfish, but love is always selfish; the more ardent the more selfish.
—  J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla
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There is no such sense of solitude as that which we experience upon the silent and vast elevations of great mountains. Lifted high above the level of human sounds and habitations, among the wild expanses and colossal features of Nature, we are thrilled in our loneliness with a strange fear and elation – an ascent above the reach of life’s expectations or companionship, and the tremblings of a wild and undefined misgivings.” ― J. Sheridan Le Fanu // Sonoma County, California | GarettPhotography

Never forget that while Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu may have some beautiful parts, he still wrote it to be hella pathologizing toward homosexuality, and the moral of the story was that girls need the men in their lives to save them from their wicked temptations. It’s why the the fact that the webseries is the way it is is so important.

Make that asshole roll over in his grave.

She used to place her pretty arms about my neck, draw me to her, and laying her cheek to mine, murmur with her lips near my ear,

“Dearest, your little heart is wounded; think me not cruel because I obey the irresistible law of my strength and weakness; if your dear heart is wounded, my wild heart bleeds with yours. In the rapture of my enormous humiliation I live in your warm life, and you shall die — die, sweetly die — into mine. I cannot help it; as I draw near to you, you, in your turn, will draw near to others, and learn the rapture of that cruelty, which yet is love; so, for a while, seek to know no more of me and mine, but trust me with all your loving spirit.”

—  Carmilla - J. Sheridan Le Fanu
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“For some nights I slept profoundly; but still every morning I felt the same lassitude, and a languor weighed upon me all day. I felt myself a changed girl. A strange melancholy was stealing over me, a melancholy that I would not have interrupted. Dim thoughts of death began to open, and an idea that I was slowly sinking took gentle, and, somehow, not unwelcome possession of me. If it was sad, the tone of mind which this induced was also sweet. Whatever it might be, my soul acquiesced in it.” 


― J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla

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144 years ago this year, j sheridan le fanu published a novella. a homophobic novella. fast forward to 2016, this novella has been adapted into a show so full of love and acceptance, a show that has saved so many people and helped so many people come to terms with their sexuality. a show that has been a safe haven for young LGBT people who have time and time again watched their fictional counterparts get hurt and killed the way they are in real life, a show that teaches them they can have a happy ending. a tale that used to be so full of hate has been completely transformed into a beautiful thing that has helped so many people and created a community. this show may now have come to an end, but the family that it has built will live on.