Irish horror writer Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873) is perhaps best known for his vampire novella Carmilla (1872). The story contributed to the monster’s popularity as well as its literary characterization, influencing subsequent vampire works such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897).
Containing some of the most concrete examples of lesbianism in Victorian fiction, the novella would become a pioneer text in both the vampire and queer horror subgenres.
Inspired by ancient crumbling architecture, dark and eerie literature, and damp forgotten crypts.
Moss and decay.
Dust and soot.
The velvet darkness of night and all that it swallows.
A penny dreadful was a type of British fiction publication in the 19th century.These serials started in the 1830s, originally as a cheaper alternative to mainstream fictional part-works, such as those by Charles Dickens for young working class males. The stories themselves were reprints, or sometimes rewrites, of famous Gothic thrillers as well as new stories about famous criminals. These stories were poorly written and overdramatic,but they introduced important literary figures such as Sweeney Todd. They also introduced the figure of the vampire in the occidental culture.