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Best Ghost Stories of J.S. Le Fanu By J. Sheridan Le Fanu,

  • Title: Best Ghost Stories of J.S. Le Fanu
  • Author: J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • ISBN: 9780486204154
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Paperback
  • Here are 16 classic ghost stories Carmilla perhaps the classic vampire thriller , Green Tea , The Familiar , The Haunted Baronet , Madam Crowl s Ghost , The Dead Sexton , An Authentic Narrative of a Haunted House plus nine others Half these stories never published before in U.S.
    Best Ghost Stories of J S Le Fanu Here are classic ghost stories Carmilla perhaps the classic vampire thriller Green Tea The Familiar The Haunted Baronet Madam Crowl s Ghost The Dead Sexton An Authentic Narrative of a H

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    1. Distinguished Edwardian ghost story author M R James referred to his Victorian predecessor Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu 1814 1873 as the Master of the sub genre, an assessment echoed by many fans since then E F Bleiler, one of the few serious 20th century literary scholars to specialize in instead of despise the literature of the supernatural, assembled this collection of Le Fanu s best, in his estimation, in 1964, and this edition is an unabridged Dover reprint There are 16 selections here, includin [...]

    2. LeFanu writes a mean ghost story Bear in mind that he wrote during the Victorian era when the ghost story was nearly formulaic in its composition spectral ladies in white, rattling of chains and moaning in the night, churchyard phantoms and haunted estates All the things that we now think of as cliche but which I still secretly enjoy if well done LeFanu partook of some of these same devices, but he broke literary ground in the genre, too Carmilla , one of the earliest vampire stories preceded, I [...]

    3. Wonderfully written short stories, but many of them started to seem similar and a bit predictable after an entire book of them A special note for anyone who finds himself stuck in a le Fanu short story never trust the deformed hunchbacks don t make deals with strange people who you meet in the woods and if you had a dream that seemed real, it probably is.

    4. I m torn on rating this one While it contains most of LeFanu s best stories, there are some major clunkers in here also Most notably, The Fortunes of Sir Robert Ardagh has the exact same ending as the much better story The Haunted Baronet Stories like Ardagh wouldn t interest any readers except the completionist ones.It s true that LeFanu is one of the masters of gothic horror stories I d recommend starting with the collection In a Glass Darkly if you re new to him.

    5. This book would have got a 3.5 except it contains Carmilla which gets a 5 As well as being one of the earliest, its also got to be one of the best vampire stories out there But yes, the other Fanu stories compiled here are good, but the way they re arranged it takes a while to get into them I think the first few stories are quite weak, and it s not until you hit Green Tea that things start to get creepy There s another weird thing about this anthology Fanu s recycled some of his earlier works, l [...]

    6. This is a fantastic, delicious, delirious collection of classical ghost stories That is, you may not have heard of these stories unless you re abreast of Irish literature, but they are written in a charming, colorful colloquial vein They re amusing, they re creepy, and they are a delight at every level.

    7. This is a collection of traditional Victorian ghost stories, legands and fairy tales about the good about the mystical people of Ireland who have made a pact with the devil I enjoyed the traditional Victorian tales best but overall an interesting collection of myth, mysteries and legends.Well worth a read if you have an interest in fairy folk and tales of the supernatural.

    8. Editor Bleiler gives us ghost stories and only ghost stories, no gothic mysteries or natural explanations here, by the first great master of the English ghost story Mostly good, some great, there is one essay and an excerpted chapter from The House by the Churchyard Culled from The Purcell Papers, In a Glass Darkly, and Madame Crowl s Ghost, the bizarre and aimless Haunted Baronet novella is also included.Despite its purported health benefits, one should moderate the consumption of Green Tea.

    9. Perhaps it is sacrilegious to mark a work by Le Fanu with anything less than 5 stars, but there were stories in this collection that had compelled me to run away from this book time and again The contents of this collection are Introduction by E.F Bleiler1 Squire Toby s Will2 Schalken the Painter3 Madam Crowl s Ghost4 The Haunted Baronet5 Green Tea6 The Familiar7 Mr Justice Harbottle9 Carmilla10 The Fortunes of Sir Robert Ardagh11 An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street12 The D [...]

    10. LeFanu wrote some wonderful ghost stories Green Tea, The Familiar, Madam Crowl s Ghost and others where everyday details observations and psychological insight enhance the reported supernatural events Some of the other tales included here are less successful The Haunted Baronet , repeat key details scenes from other stories and would be of interest to a scholar of LeFanu than the casual reader If this collection had omitted those less successful stories, I would have given it 4 or 5 stars.

    11. 1 Squire Toby s Will2 Schalken the Painter3 Madam Crowl s Ghost4 The Haunted Baronet5 Green Tea6 The Familiar7 Mr Justice Harbottle9 Carmilla10 The Fortunes of Sir Robert Ardagh11 An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street12 The Dead Sexton13 Ghost Stories of the Tiled House14 The White Cat of Drumgunniol15 An Authentic Narrative of a Haunted House non fiction 16 Sir Dominick s Bargain17 Ultor de Lacy

    12. This volume is probably the best single collection of J Sheridan LeFanu s shorter supernatural fiction It includes his short novel, Carmilla one of the all time great vampire stories LeFanu was an Anglo Irish writer of the mid 19th century The stories collected in this volume also include hauntings of various kinds and one where a man sells his soul to the Devil Some are set in LeFanu s native Ireland, others in northern England and elsewhere.

    13. One of my favorite horror authors LeFanu wrote during a time where the horrors were vague so as not to offend innocent readers However, his stories are graphic, colorful and still have that Victorian creepiness that is so fitting to a ghost story If you love ghost stories, you need to read this.

    14. I haven t read all of these stories yet, but Carmilla is one of my absolute favorite books of all time No one expects to pick up a nineteenth century piece of literature and find a dark, creepy, lesbian vampire romance I can t recommend it enough

    15. The stories were ok for the most part Near the end it got kind of repetitive But I enjoyed it overall and was surprised at how bloody some of them were and some of the , ahem, modern themes I can say I am glad I read this book, though some of the prose was harder to get through.

    16. The thing is Victorian fiction can seem slow, and a little tame Nonetheless, well crafted gothic ghost stories Would have made nice Christmas reading.

    17. so very, very gothic, it s not even funny Carmilla is one of the backbone stories of this vampire preoccupation, too Good fun.

    18. I liked how he wrote these ghost stories from the point of view of careful scientific investigation of the origins usually the moral causes of the hauntings.

    19. There are 3 volumes with this title, free from Google I liked the simplest tales, such as Schalken the Painter, but the Ultor de Lacey story started well but disintegrated at the end to elements of fortunetelling, resurrection, mysterious storms and an ancestor s ghost.

    20. LeFanu reworked the 18th Century Gothic into a solidly Victorian form His stories Carmilla and Mr Justice Harbottle are essential.

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