Carmilla is a Gothic novella, published in 1872. It was published in a magazine called The Dark Blue. The author was Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, a famous writer of ghost stories, who came from a well-
Carmilla shows sudden changes in her mood, from pure mellowness to extreme anger, she sleeps a great deal during the day and is often found sleepwalking at night. In addition, she hates Christian hymns. Most disturbingly, Carmilla starts to profess a romantic attachment to Laura, which she finds repugnant. Deeply disturbed, she dreams of animals attacking her at night and biting her on the chest. Suddenly, the animal turns into Carmilla. Finally, Carmilla's true identity is discovered and is killed.
Carmilla became a sensation and was widely read. It mostly derived from euphemistic language of the day, which was used to describe sexual relationship of both female protagonists. From this point, the vampire became an iconic image of the sexually voracious individual and helped explore the destructive aspects of human sexuality.