CarmillaBy Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Predating Bram Stoker's Dracula by 26 years, this book tells the story of a young woman's susceptibility to the attentions of a female vampire named Carmilla. "In Styria, we, though by no means magnificent people, inhabit a castle, or schloss. A small income, in that part of the world, goes a great way. Eight or nine hundred a year does wonders. Scantily enough ours would have answered among wealthy people at home. My father is English, and I bear an English name, although I never saw England. But here, in this lonely and primitive place, where everything is so marvelously cheap, I really don't see how ever so much more money would at all materially add to our comforts, or even luxuries."