An Audible Original Drama
by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, dramatised for audio by Robin Brooks for Audible Originals
AVAILABLE FROM 28 OCTOBER 2015 ON AUDIBLE
Directed by Fiona McAlpine for Audible Originals
Dramatised for audio by Robin Brooks
A masterpiece of erotic Gothic horror – encompassing mystery, suspense, forbidden lust, violence and lots of blood.
A brand new audiobook adaptation of J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic gothic novella, Carmilla – starring Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey), David Tennant (Doctor Who and Broadchurch) and Phoebe Fox (Life in Squares and The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death) – is available to download for free on www.audible.co.uk/freecarmilla from 28 October.
One of the very first vampire thrillers, this audio adaptation follows eighteen year-old Laura (Leslie) as she recounts the story of her mysterious, intriguing and beautiful house-guest Carmilla (Fox), who is stranded in the forest after a carriage accident and taken in by Laura’s widowed father.
The girls develop a friendship which turns into a passionate meeting of souls. A relationship of vampire and prey, the story is told through Laura’s eyes as she is drawn further into Carmilla’s terrifying world of pleasure and pain: “Without knowing it, I was now in a pretty advanced stage of the strangest illness under which mortal ever suffered…”
With a mysterious plague ravaging the local population of young women, General Spielsdorf, Laura’s neighbour, tells of how his daughter was preyed upon by a vampire who had an uncanny resemblance to Carmilla.
Rose Leslie, who voices Laura, says, “I’ve always been attracted to beautiful storytelling, which was one of the main reasons that drew me to this project. Being a gothic horror, everything, particularly the emotional elements of the story are, by definition, explored in the extreme. That level of heightened emotion was really exciting to play, and being an audiobook, it allows your imagination to really go wild.”
Phoebe Fox says of playing Carmilla, “The idea of playing a vampire was very tantalizing. As someone who always gets cast as the goody two shoes character, it was great to have a crack at someone so dark. I’ve definitely a taste for it now!”
Carmilla has been dramatised by Robin Brooks, an actor, dramatist and author who has been working as a playwright for over 25 years. He has adapted various works for audio and radio, including those of James Joyce, Terry Pratchett and Philip Larkin. Carmilla was directed by Fiona McAlpine of Allegra Productions for Audible Originals, a radio drama producer and director who also abridges books and stories for radio, including work with Stephen Fry. Her works appear regularly on BBC Radio’s Afternoon Play.
Carmilla – Phoebe Fox
Laura – Rose Leslie
Dr Hesselius – David Tennant
Father – James Wilby
General Spielsdorf – David Horovitch
Milady – Lucy Robinson
Madame Perrodon – Susan Wooldridge
Katherine – Hannah Genesius
Beppo, Doctor, Labourer – Michael Shelford
Little Laura – Kitty Peterkin
Maria – Mia Hall
Download Carmilla for free at Audible from 28 October 2015