J. Sheridan Le Fanu


Born
in Dublin, Ireland
August 28, 1814

Died
February 07, 1873

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Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu (28 August 1814 – 7 February 1873) 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.

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Carmilla

3.84 avg rating — 30,146 ratings — published 1872 — 531 editions
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Uncle Silas

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3.73 avg rating — 5,168 ratings — published 1864 — 161 editions
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In a Glass Darkly

3.85 avg rating — 3,729 ratings — published 1872 — 98 editions
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Best Ghost Stories of J.S. ...

4.17 avg rating — 1,486 ratings — published 1964 — 5 editions
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Madam Crowl's Ghost & Other...

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3.87 avg rating — 455 ratings — published 1923 — 12 editions
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Green Tea

3.32 avg rating — 566 ratings — published 1872 — 37 editions
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The House by the Churchyard

3.70 avg rating — 365 ratings — published 1863 — 93 editions
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Green Tea and Other Ghost S...

3.94 avg rating — 273 ratings — published 1872 — 5 editions
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The Room in the Dragon Vola...

3.39 avg rating — 277 ratings — published 1872 — 67 editions
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J. S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tal...

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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

October 2016 Short Story Poll

 
  35 votes, 22.4%

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, 109 pages, 1952
 
  29 votes, 18.6%

The Pearl by John Steinbeck, 96 pages, 1947
 
  24 votes, 15.4%

Lady Susan by Jane Austen, 80 pages, 1871
 
  20 votes, 12.8%

 
  19 votes, 12.2%

The Door in the Wall by H.G. Wells, 66 pages, 1906
 
  14 votes, 9.0%

Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, 108 pages, 1872
 
  9 votes, 5.8%

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, 127, 1923
 
  6 votes, 3.8%

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