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Sheridan Le Fanu (1814–1873)

Author of Carmilla: A Vampyre Tale

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About the Author

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 show more 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. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Sheridan Le Fanu

Carmilla: A Vampyre Tale (1872) 2,793 copies
In a Glass Darkly (1872) — Author — 1,412 copies
The House by the Churchyard (1863) 240 copies
Wylder's Hand (1864) 209 copies
The Wyvern Mystery (1869) 138 copies
Ghost Stories and Mysteries (1975) — Author's full name, some editions — 98 copies
The Rose and the Key (1871) 98 copies
The Evil Guest (1851) 87 copies
The Purcell Papers (1880) 75 copies
Green Tea [short story] (1869) 72 copies
Checkmate (1871) 50 copies
Guy Deverell (1865) 36 copies
A Stable for Nightmares (1896) 32 copies
In a Glass Darkly, v. 3/3 (2011) 30 copies
Fantasmi irlandesi (1973) — Author; Author, some editions — 29 copies
The Vampire: An Anthology (1963) — Contributor — 28 copies
Tre casi del dr. Hesselius (1994) 26 copies
The Cock and Anchor (1845) 26 copies
In a Glass Darkly, v. 1/3 (2011) 21 copies
Geistergeschichten. (1996) 20 copies
Vampire Lovers (1970) 17 copies
In a Glass Darkly, v. 2/3 (2011) 14 copies
Carmilla / The Evil Guest (2008) 13 copies
Mr. Justice Harbottle (1991) 12 copies
La profecía de Cloostedd (1979) 12 copies
Willing to Die (2009) 11 copies
Reminiscences of a Bachelor (2014) 11 copies
The Familiar (1847) 11 copies
Schalken the Painter (2020) 10 copies
Haunted Lives: A Novel (1977) 10 copies
Tra fantasmi e vampiri (1998) 7 copies
The watcher (1851) 7 copies
All in the dark (1866) 6 copies
The Best Horror Stories (1970) 5 copies
Invitation au crime (2003) 5 copies
Avventure di fantasmi (1991) 5 copies
Carmilla ; Té verde (1974) 4 copies
L' ospite di Dracula (1990) 4 copies
Cuentos de terror (2014) 4 copies
The Classic Gothic Horror Collection (2021) — Contributor — 3 copies
A Lost Name (2011) 3 copies
The Murdered Cousin (1851) 3 copies
Zelený děs (1872) 3 copies
The Haunted Baronet (2021) 3 copies
Marston of Dunoran (2015) 3 copies
Le Hobereau maudit (1987) 2 copies
Le Fanu's ghostly tales (2014) 2 copies
Té verde (2014) 2 copies
Two Weird Mysteries (2006) 2 copies
Los Vampiros No Mueren (1991) 2 copies
The Annotated Carmilla (2011) 2 copies
Désir de mort (2010) 2 copies
Ghost stories (2009) 1 copy
Osobliwe Zdarzenia (2017) 1 copy
Der schwarze Vorhang (2009) 1 copy
Te verde (2010) 1 copy
The Mysterious Lodger (1850) 1 copy
The Prelude 1 copy
Carmilla 1 copy
El tio Silas 1 copy
V temném zrcadle (2011) 1 copy

Associated Works

Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories (1983) — Contributor, some editions — 1,224 copies
The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories (1987) — Contributor — 884 copies
The Dark Descent (1987) — Contributor — 717 copies
The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories (1986) — Contributor — 541 copies
The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales (1992) — Contributor — 534 copies
The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories (1976) — Contributor — 515 copies
Fantastic Tales: Visionary and Everyday (1983) — Contributor — 429 copies
The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre (1997) — Contributor, some editions; Contributor — 418 copies
Great Ghost Stories (1985) — Contributor — 392 copies
100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories (1993) — Contributor — 336 copies
Ghosts: A Treasury of Chilling Tales Old & New (1981) — Contributor — 331 copies
Great Irish Tales of Horror: A Treasury of Fear (1995) — Contributor — 321 copies
The Mammoth Book of Haunted House Stories (2000) — Contributor — 294 copies
Devils & Demons: A Treasury of Fiendish Tales Old & New (1991) — Contributor — 258 copies
Gothic Short Stories (2002) — Contributor — 242 copies
Daughters of Darkness: Lesbian Vampire Stories (1993) — Contributor — 220 copies
The Omnibus of Crime (1929) — Contributor — 208 copies
The Mammoth Book of Zombies (1993) — Contributor — 201 copies
Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural (1981) — Contributor — 195 copies
100 Creepy Little Creature Stories (1994) — Contributor — 182 copies
The Phantom of the Opera and Other Gothic Tales (2018) — Contributor — 171 copies
The Mammoth Book of Victorian and Edwardian Ghost Stories (1995) — Contributor — 167 copies
Classic Ghost Stories (1998) — Contributor — 159 copies
The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction (1999) — Contributor — 149 copies
The Supernatural Omnibus (1931) — Contributor — 141 copies
Chilling Horror Short Stories (2016) — Contributor — 132 copies
Irish Tales of Terror (1988) — Contributor — 125 copies
The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories (1984) — Contributor — 122 copies
Chilling Ghost Short Stories (2015) — Contributor — 112 copies
Phantastic Book of Ghost Stories (1990) — Contributor — 108 copies
A Taste for Blood (1992) — Contributor — 107 copies
Seven Masterpieces of Gothic Horror (1963) — Contributor — 103 copies
Damnable Tales: A Folk Horror Anthology (2021) — Contributor — 99 copies
Vamps: An Anthology of Female Vampire Stories (1987) — Contributor — 96 copies
Great Ghost Stories (Watermill Classics) (1985) — Contributor — 92 copies
Vampyr [1932 film] (1932) — Original book — 86 copies
The Treasury of English Short Stories (1985) — Contributor — 84 copies
The 13 Best Horror Stories of All Time (2002) — Contributor — 77 copies
The Horror Hall of Fame (1991) — Contributor — 76 copies
Wolf's Complete Book of Terror (1979) — Contributor — 75 copies
Supernatural Horror Short Stories (2017) — Contributor — 75 copies
The Vampyre and Other Macabre Tales (2012) — Contributor — 74 copies
Zombies! Zombies! Zombies! (2011) — Contributor — 73 copies
Great Vampire Stories (1992) — Contributor — 71 copies
Haunted House Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2019) — Contributor — 67 copies
Children of the Night (2007) — Author — 66 copies
Graphic Classics: Gothic Classics (2007) — Source Author, some editions — 63 copies
The Medusa in the Shield (1990) — Contributor — 63 copies
Ghost Stories and Other Horrid Tales (1997) — Contributor — 62 copies
The Wordsworth Collection of Irish Ghost Stories (2005) — Contributor — 62 copies
The Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1964) — Contributor — 61 copies
65 Great Tales of the Supernatural (1979) — Contributor — 59 copies
Great Irish Short Stories (Dover Thrift Editions) (2005) — Contributor — 59 copies
The Giant Book of Ghost Stories (1994) — Contributor — 57 copies
Stories of the Supernatural (1967) — Contributor — 52 copies
Great Ghost Stories: Tales Of Mystery And Madness (2004) — Contributor — 51 copies
The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 2 (1656) — Contributor — 50 copies
Fighters of Fear: Occult Detective Stories (2020) — Contributor — 48 copies
100 Fiendish Little Frightmares (1997) — Contributor — 46 copies
Ghosts for Christmas (1988) — Contributor — 45 copies
Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson (2014) — Contributor — 44 copies
Realms of Darkness (1985) — Contributor — 44 copies
The nightmare reader, volume one (1973) — Contributor — 43 copies
Great Tales of Terror (2002) — Contributor — 39 copies
Great Irish Stories of the Supernatural (1992) — Contributor — 38 copies
Who knocks? (1946) — Contributor — 38 copies
The Screaming Skull and Other Classic Horror Stories (2010) — Contributor — 37 copies
Beyond the Curtain of Dark (1972) — Contributor — 37 copies
The Big Book of Victorian Mysteries (2021) — Contributor — 37 copies
Anthology of Fear 20 Haunting Stories for Winter Nights (1988) — Contributor — 36 copies
The Vampire Hunter's Casebook (1996) — Contributor — 36 copies
Terror by Gaslight: More Victorian Tales of Terror (1975) — Contributor — 34 copies
The Best Crime Stories Ever Told (2012) — Contributor — 34 copies
Irish Ghost Stories (2011) — Contributor — 33 copies
100 Tiny Tales of Terror (1996) — Contributor — 33 copies
The Book of Ghost Stories (1979) — Contributor — 33 copies
Great Short Stories of Detection, Mystery, and Horror (1928) — Contributor — 32 copies
Classic Ghost Stories: Spooky Tales to Read at Christmas (2017) — Contributor — 29 copies
Twelve Gothic Tales (Oxford Twelves) (1998) — Contributor — 29 copies
The Mystery Book (1934) — Contributor — 29 copies
Footsteps in the Dark: Short Stories (2020) — Contributor — 27 copies
The Great Book of Thrillers (1935) — Contributor — 27 copies
The Best Ghost Stories (1990) — Contributor — 27 copies
The Ghostmasters: Weird Stories by Famous Writers (1976) — Contributor — 27 copies
Twelve Victorian Ghost Stories (1997) — Contributor — 27 copies
Dark of the Moon: Poems of Fantasy and the Macabre (1947) — Contributor — 25 copies
Mortal Echoes: Encounters With the End (2018) — Contributor — 25 copies
The Occult Detective Megapack: 29 Classic Stories (2013) — Contributor — 25 copies
Great Ghost Stories: 34 Classic Tales of the Supernatural (2002) — Contributor; Contributor — 25 copies
Nursery Crimes (1993) — Contributor — 23 copies
In the Shadow of Dracula (2011) — Contributor — 23 copies
Best Ghost Stories (1977) — Contributor, some editions — 23 copies
A Treasury of Victorian ghost stories (1981) — Contributor — 23 copies
Tales of Terror and Suspense (1963) — Contributor — 23 copies
Tales of Dungeons and Dragons (1986) — Contributor; Contributor — 23 copies
Best Ghost Stories (1948) — Contributor — 22 copies
The Broadview Anthology of Victorian Short Stories (2004) — Contributor — 20 copies
Great English Short Stories (1930) — Contributor — 20 copies
The Tenth Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1974) — Contributor — 20 copies
A Century of Thrillers from Poe to Arlen (First Series) (1934) — Contributor — 18 copies
Wild Night Company: Irish Tales of Terror (1970) — Contributor — 17 copies
Tales to Freeze the Blood: More Great Ghost Stories (2006) — Contributor — 17 copies
Beware of the Cat (1972) — Contributor — 17 copies
Ghosts and Marvels (1924) — Contributor — 17 copies
Nightfrights (1972) — Contributor — 17 copies
Horror by Lamplight (1993) — Contributor — 17 copies
The Fireside Book of Ghost Stories (1947) — Contributor — 16 copies
Lost Souls Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2018) — Contributor — 16 copies
Victorian Tales of Terror (1974) — Contributor — 15 copies
Paha vieras (1996) 15 copies
Novels of Mystery from the Victorian Age (1946) — Contributor — 15 copies
Terrifying Ghosts Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2021) — Contributor — 14 copies
Twelve Mystery Stories (Oxford Twelves) (1998) — Contributor — 14 copies
Fifty Masterpieces of Mystery (1937) — Contributor — 13 copies
The World of Law, Volume I : The Law in Literature (1960) — Contributor — 12 copies
Uncanny Tales 1 (1974) — Contributor — 12 copies
The Fourteenth Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1978) — Contributor — 11 copies
Penny Dreadful Multipack Vol. 5 (1871) — Author — 10 copies
Classic Ghost Stories (1993) — Contributor — 9 copies
M Is for Monster: A Modern Bestiary of Classic Monsters (2011) — Contributor — 9 copies
Tales of the Undead: Vampires and Visitants (1947) — Contributor, some editions — 9 copies
The Twelfth Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1976) — Contributor — 8 copies
Classic Ghost Stories (2001) — Contributor — 8 copies
Klassieke griezelverhalen (1980) — Contributor — 8 copies
More ghosts and marvels (1934) — Contributor — 7 copies
Nachtmeerfahrten: Die dunkle Seite der Romantik (2013) — Contributor — 7 copies
Phantastische Literatur 83 (1983) — Contributor, some editions — 7 copies
Gaslight Tales of Terror (1976) — Contributor — 6 copies
Relatos cortos de fantasmas (1997) — Contributor — 6 copies
Come Not, Lucifer! A Romantic Anthology (1945) — Contributor — 6 copies
The Sleeping and the Dead (1963) — Contributor — 5 copies
Tyve mesterfortællinger — Contributor, some editions — 4 copies
Famous stories of five centuries (1934) — Contributor — 4 copies
Spøgelseshistorier fra hele verden — Contributor, some editions — 3 copies
Weird Tales Volume 22 Number 1, July 1933 — Contributor — 3 copies
Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine | January 1982 (1982) — Contributor — 2 copies
The nightmare reader (1973) — Contributor — 2 copies
Fantastyczne Opowieści — Contributor — 1 copy

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THE DEEP ONES: "Green Tea" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu in The Weird Tradition (March 2022)
Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla in Gothic Literature (February 2019)
Reading Group #6: 'Green Tea' in Gothic Literature (December 2018)
THE DEEP ONES: "Carmilla" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu in The Weird Tradition (June 2017)

Reviews

It was nice to read one of the predecessors of Bram Stokers [b:Dracula|17245]. Lovely old-fashioned, a light read, entertaining, and sometimes scary.
 
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jd7h | 129 other reviews | Feb 18, 2024 |
In contemporary terms, Le Fanu's writing would be "slow burn." He is wordy and the stories are a bit of a slog at times, especially since the horror elements tend to be more subtle and sinister. I imagine most people would pick this up to read Green Tea or Carmilla. Green Tea was interesting but took a few attempts, and Carmilla was interesting to read from the perspective of it being an early vampire story and how it might have influenced later works.

Good writing, but not a major "page turner" in my view.… (more)
 
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WeeTurtle | 24 other reviews | Feb 6, 2024 |
I did a quick listen to this novella. After Dracula, my curiosity...
This was really enjoyable! The maiden of vampire lore. I was happy to discover what survived as elements to the later creations and what was left behind. I feel a level of completeness just now
 
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cmpeters | 129 other reviews | Feb 2, 2024 |
I'm not sure why, but I've been avoiding reading this short novel for a very long time. I guess I just wasn't expecting much.

I was wrong.

I loved this novella.

I know much has been made of the undertone of lesbianism in the novel, but for me, I'm always more of the mind...does it add to the story? Or detract?

In this case, the sensuality and attractiveness of the vampire to pretty much everyone who meets her is an essential characteristic of Le Fanu's vampire (or vampyre). And man, he makes it work.

The plot is brilliant, the pacing is perfect, and the wrap-up is, while short, nicely done. All in all, this is an awesome and worthy prequel to Stoker's Dracula. And honestly? In many ways, it's the superior of the two.

I'm glad I finally read it.
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Washington Irving Contributor
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Elizabeth Gaskell Contributor
Dick Donovan Contributor
Ralph Adams Cram Contributor
Mary Shelley Contributor
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Anne Baily told the folktales adapted here
Elizabeth Bowen Introduction
Margaret Crosland English Editor
John Grafton Introduction
Michael Siefener Translator, Afterword
Devendra P. Varma Introduction
Robert Kraiza Illustrator
Megan Follows Narrator
Ana Juan Cover artist
Roland Codd Cover designer
Valerio Evangelisti Introduction
V. S. Pritchett Introduction
Chris Breyer Introduction
Patrick Jones Illustrator
Victor Sage Introduction
Charles W. Stewart Illustrator
Robert Mathias Cover designer
Robert Giddings Afterword
Everett Franklin Bleiler Editor & introduction
Glen S. Heller Cover Photograph
Nicolas Križan Illustrator
Roger Vadim Foreword
Marjorie Laurie Translator
Thomas Franke Cover artist
Rosemary Dinnage Translator
Paul Hookham Translator
Jörg Krichbaum Afterword
Gillian Riley Translator
Phoebe Fox Narrator
Tithi Luadthong Cover artist
Alexis Lykiard Introduction
Rose Leslie Narrator
David Tennant Narrator
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A.L. Spoorenberg Translator
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Reviews
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ISBNs
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Favorited
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