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 · 85,997 ratings · 7,676 reviews · 771 distinct worksSimilar authors
Carmilla

3.82 avg rating — 47,988 ratings — published 1872 — 2976 editions
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Uncle Silas

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3.74 avg rating — 5,844 ratings — published 1864 — 396 editions
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In a Glass Darkly

3.84 avg rating — 4,595 ratings — published 1872 — 134 editions
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Best Ghost Stories of J.S. ...

4.16 avg rating — 1,626 ratings — published 1964 — 5 editions
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Green Tea

3.32 avg rating — 978 ratings — published 1872 — 98 editions
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Madam Crowl's Ghost & Other...

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3.83 avg rating — 547 ratings — published 1923 — 15 editions
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The House by the Churchyard

3.67 avg rating — 436 ratings — published 1863 — 166 editions
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Green Tea and Other Ghost S...

3.89 avg rating — 305 ratings — published 1871 — 4 editions
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The Room in the Dragon Volant

3.38 avg rating — 376 ratings — published 1872 — 113 editions
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J. S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tal...

3.81 avg rating — 243 ratings — published 2004 — 38 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

February 2016 Monthly Short Story Poll

1942, The Stranger by Albert Camus, 123 pages
 
  27 votes, 18.2%

1915, The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka, 98 pages
 
  23 votes, 15.5%

1945, Animal Farm by George Orwell, 102 pages
 
  23 votes, 15.5%

1952, Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, 109 pages
 
  17 votes, 11.5%

1937, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, 103 pages
 
  16 votes, 10.8%

 
  9 votes, 6.1%

1871, Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, 108 pages
 
  7 votes, 4.7%

1936, Double Indemnity by James M. Cain, 115 pages
 
  7 votes, 4.7%

1960, Dreamtigers by Jorge Luis Borges, 96 pages
 
  6 votes, 4.1%

1894, A Respectable Woman by Kate Chopin, 26 pages
 
  6 votes, 4.1%

1912, Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, 96 pages
 
  5 votes, 3.4%

 
  2 votes, 1.4%

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