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This early work by Sheridan Le Fanu was originally published in 1838. Born in Dublin in 1814, he came from a literary family of Huguenot origins; both his grandmother Alicia Sheridan Le Fanu and his great-uncle Richard Brinsley Sheridan were playwrights,
" For some nights1slept profoundly ; but still every morning I felt the same lassitude, and a languor weighed upon me all day.1 felt myself a changed girl. A strange melancholy was stealing over me, a melancholy that 1 would not have interrupted. Dim thoughts of death began to open, and an idea that 1 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. " Written in 1872, more than twenty years before Bram Stokers Dracula, Le Fanu's masterpiece is one of the first vampire stories. And Carmilla is the first female vampire in British literature. Born in Ireland, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu was a politician and a man of letters. "The invisible prince," as he was nicknamed, would often ask bookshops for "a lovely little ghost story" Whereas his own were much admired by Henry James.
The locked room mystery is one of the iconic creations of popular fiction. Michael Cook's critical study reveals how this archetypal form of the puzzle story has had a significant effect in shaping the immensely popular genre of detective fiction. The book includes analysis of texts from Poe to the present day.
This file includes the classic ghost/mystery stories: MEMOIR OF JOSEPH SHERIDAN LE FANU, THE GHOST AND THE BONE SETTER, THE FORTUNES OF SIR ROBERT ARDAGH, THE LAST HEIR OF CASTLE CONNOR, THE DRUNKARD'S DREAM, PASSAGE IN THE SECRET HISTORY OF AN IRISH COUNTESS, THE BRIDAL OF CARRIGVARAH, STRANGE EVENT IN THE LIFE OF SCHALKEN THE PAINTER, SCRAPS OF HIBERNIAN BALLADS, JIM SULIVAN'S ADVENTURES IN THE GREAT SNOW, A CHAPTER IN THE HISTORY OF A TYRONE FAMILY, AN ADVENTURE OF HARDRESS FITZGERALD, A ROYALIST CAPTAIN; 'THE QUARE GANDER' , and BILLY MALOWNEY'S TASTE OF LOVE AND GLORY.
Presents a collection of Celtic tales of the macabre, drawn from varied literary tradition of a culture enchanted by things supernatural. This work features the writing of such masters of the genre as Sheridan Le Fanu, Bram Stoker, Patrick Kennedy, Thomas Crofton Croker, and George Moore.
Silas Rutvyn is something of a riddle. To some, including his niece, he is something of a ghost. As Le Fanu gradually unfolds the layers of this story, we are irresistibly drawn into his world. There are, however, no simple answer. Le Fanu, whose writing inspired such classics as Bram Stoker's 'Dracula', is a masterful storyteller, and this work does not disappoint. From the writer of such works as 'Through a Glass Darkly' and 'The House by the Churchyard', this eerie and chilling tale is one of the finest examples of his art.
One of the most significant and intriguing Gothic novels of the Victorian period and is enjoyed today as a modern psychological thriller. In UNCLE SILAS (1864) Le Fanu brought up to date Mrs Radcliffe's earlier tales of virtue imprisoned and menacedby unscrupulous schemers. The narrator, Maud Ruthyn, is a 17 year old orphan left in the care of her fearful uncle, Silas. Together with his boorish son and a sinister French governess, Silas plots to kill Maud and claim her fortune. The novel established Le Fanu as a master of horror fiction.
The Purcell Papers is a comprehensive collection of Sheridan Le Fanu's early short stories, and they reflect his interest in Irish folklore, as well as his burgeoning fascination with the supernatural. Some of the tales have a charming, humorous tone, while others are characterized by the spine-chilling twists and turns that would later launch Le Fanu to the top of the gothic horror genre.
Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu (1814 –1873) was an Irish writer of Gothic novels, one of the most influential ghost story writers of the nineteenth century. “The Watcher and Other Weird Stories” is a collection of beautifully written tales of the uncanny, including “The Watcher” itself and five other alluring, fascinating stories like “The Dream” and “A Chapter in the History of a Tyrone Family.”
`Upon her neck and breast was blood, and upon her throat were the marks of teeth having opened the vein: - to this the men pointed, crying, simultaneously struck with horror, "a Vampyre, a Vampyre!"' John Polidori's classic tale of the vampyre was a product of the same ghost-story competition that produced Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Set in Italy, Greece, and London, Polidori's tales is a reaction to the dominating presence of his employer Lord Byron, and transformed the figure of the vampire from the bestial ghoul of earlier mythologies into the glamorous aristocrat whose violence and sexual allure make him literally a 'lady-killer'. Polidori's tale introduced the vampire into English fiction, and launched a vampire craze that has never subsided. `The Vampyre' was first published in 1819 in the London New Monthly Magazine. The present volume selects thirteen other tales of the macabre first published in the leading London and Dublin magazines between 1819 and 1838, including Edward Bulwer's chilling account of the doppelganger, Letitia Landon's elegant reworking of the Gothic romance, William Carleton's terrifying description of an actual lynching, and James Hogg's ghoulish exploitation of the cholera epidemic of 1831-2. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Ghost and mystery stories.
Excerpts from criticism of the works of novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers and other creative writers who lived between 1800 and 1900, from the first published critical appraisals to current evaluations.
Most Irish fiction published between 1650 and 1900 has fallen into virtual oblivion. Research by the Loebers for their Guide to Irish fiction has led to the identification of hundreds of unknown or forgotten Irish authors and their works, and provides thousands of summaries of novels and anthologies. Carefully documented, A guide to Irish fiction presents details of the publication of Irish fiction in Ireland, England, and North America, as well as several other European countries. Written for literary scholars and students, this book constitutes an essential tool for historians, librarians and antiquarian booksellers.
Provides an alphabetical guide to British authors, novels, literary themes and more from the early seventeenth century through the late twentieth century.

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