J. Sheridan Le Fanu


Born
in Dublin, Ireland
August 28, 1814

Died
February 07, 1873

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Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu was an Irish writer of Gothic tales and mystery novels. He was the leading ghost-story writer of the nineteenth century and was central to the development of the genre in the Victorian era. M.R. James described Le Fanu as "absolutely in the first rank as a writer of ghost stories". Three of his best-known works are Uncle Silas, Carmilla and The House by the Churchyard. ...more

Average rating: 3.83 · 78,812 ratings · 6,738 reviews · 775 distinct worksSimilar authors
Carmilla

3.82 avg rating — 42,767 ratings — published 1872 — 1905 editions
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Uncle Silas

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3.74 avg rating — 5,710 ratings — published 1864 — 223 editions
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In a Glass Darkly

3.85 avg rating — 4,399 ratings — published 1872 — 113 editions
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Best Ghost Stories of J.S. ...

4.17 avg rating — 1,614 ratings — published 1964 — 5 editions
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Green Tea

3.33 avg rating — 875 ratings — published 1872 — 89 editions
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Madam Crowl's Ghost & Other...

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3.84 avg rating — 524 ratings — published 1923 — 14 editions
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The House by the Churchyard

3.69 avg rating — 422 ratings — published 1863 — 112 editions
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Green Tea and Other Ghost S...

3.89 avg rating — 330 ratings — published 1871 — 8 editions
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The Room in the Dragon Volant

3.37 avg rating — 355 ratings — published 1872 — 103 editions
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J. S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tal...

3.83 avg rating — 229 ratings — published 2004 — 34 editions
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“You will think me cruel, very selfish, but love is always selfish; the more ardent the more selfish. How jealous I am you cannot know. You must come with me, loving me, to death; or else hate me, and still come with me, and hating me through death and after. There is no such word as indifference in my apathetic nature.”
Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla

“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.”
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla

“But dreams come through stone walls, light up dark rooms, or darken light ones, and their persons make their exits and their entrances as they please, and laugh at locksmiths.”
Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla

Polls

April 2016 Monthly Short Story Poll

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, 98 pages, 1915
 
  42 votes, 25.3%

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, 122 pages, 1851
 
  32 votes, 19.3%

 
  28 votes, 16.9%

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, 96 pages, 1922
 
  22 votes, 13.3%

Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, 108 pages, 1872
 
  10 votes, 6.0%

 
  9 votes, 5.4%

 
  7 votes, 4.2%

Everyday Use by Alice Walker, Title Story 16 pages, 1973
 
  6 votes, 3.6%

 
  6 votes, 3.6%

Reunion A single short story as found in The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever, 3 pages, 1978
 
  2 votes, 1.2%

 
  2 votes, 1.2%

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