In a Glass Darkly by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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"In a Glass Darkly", which was first published in 1872, collects together five classic gothic horror and mystery short stories by J. Sheridan Le Fanu. In "Green Tea" we have the story of Jennings, a clergyman who believes he is being followed by a demon in the form of a monkey. In "The Familiar" we have the tale of a sea captain who is stalked by 'the watcher'. "Mr. Justice Harbottle", the third installment of the work, relates the plight of Elijah Harbottle, who finds himself under attack by vengeful spirits. "The Room in the Dragon Volant" tells of a naive young Englishman in France who attempts to save a mysterious countess from her intolerable situation. And finally in "Carmilla" Le Fanu crafts a tale of a female vampire. Fans of gothic and horror stories will delight in this classic collection from one of the greatest writers of the genre.
 

About J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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The greatest author of supernatural fiction during the nineteenth century was undoubtedly J. Sheridan Le Fanu. Le Fanu was born in Dublin and, as with so many other English popular fiction authors of his time, entered the genre of fiction by way of journalism, working on such publications as the Evening Mail and the Dublin University Magazine. Le Fanu came from a middle-class background; his family was of Huguenot descent. He graduated from Trinity College and married in 1844. After his wife died in 1858, until his own death, Le Fanu was known as a recluse, creating his ghost fiction late at night in bed. Probably he began writing ghost fiction in 1838; his earliest supernatural story is often cited as being either "The Ghost and the Bone-Setter" or the "Fortunes of Sir Robert Ardagh," both of which were later collected in the anthology entitled The Purcell Papers (1880). Writing most effectively in the short story form, Le Fanu's tales such as "Carmilla" (a vampire story that is thought possibly to have influenced Bram Stoker's Dracula) and the problematic "Green Tea" are considered by many literary scholars to be classics of the supernatural genre. His lengthy Gothic novels, such as Uncle Silas (1864), though less highly regarded than his shorter fiction, are nonetheless wonderfully atmospheric. Le Fanu's particular brand of literary horror tends toward the refined, subtle fright rather than the graphic sensationalism of Matthew Gregory Lewis. His work influenced other prominent horror fiction authors, including M. R. James.
 
Published November 1, 2011 by Wordsworth Editions. 288 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Travel. Fiction

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