Best Ghost Stories of J.S. Le Fanu Kindle Ê Best

Best Ghost Stories of J.S. Le Fanu Kindle Ê Best
  • Paperback
  • 512 pages
  • Best Ghost Stories of J.S. Le Fanu
  • J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • English
  • 20 October 2018
  • 0486204154

Best Ghost Stories of J.S. Le Fanu❴Download❵ ➵ Best Ghost Stories of J.S. Le Fanu Author J. Sheridan Le Fanu – Essayreview.co.uk 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 Hau Here areclassic ghost stories Carmilla perhaps the classic Stories of PDF É 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 Best Ghost PDF \ US.


About the Author: J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu was an Irish Stories of PDF É 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 MR James described Le Fanu as absolutely in Best Ghost PDF \ 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.


10 thoughts on “Best Ghost Stories of J.S. Le Fanu

  1. says:

    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 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, including the novella Carmilla, which I d read before and have reviewed in its own right my review is here I ve also previously read Squire Toby s Will, Green Tea, and the chilling Madam Crowell s Ghost the first two are included in, respectively, The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories and Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural, while the third was in an anthology I read over 20 years ago and no longer have bibliographic information for On this go around, I ve read six selections as usual, somewhat out of order.I m inclined to accept Bleiler s judgment that An Authentic Narrative of a Haunted House, which Le Fanu published in the Dublin University Magazine during the time that he edited it, is written by Le Fanu, and that the author s assertion that it is not fiction, but an actual account of paranormal experiences he and his family had, is genuine Le Fanu s editorial introduction doesn t identify himself as the narrator, but doesn t preclude that identification either This was quite fascinating at least to me , and describes phenomena that I think might tentatively be explained by the hypothesis of psychic imprinting, if such a thing can happen Of the five fictional stories I ve read so far, the highly original Mr Justice Harbottle is my favorite though I liked all of them The Fortunes of Sir Robert Ardagh arguably suffers somewhat structurally from the fact that, under the guise of repeating contradictory local legends, Le Fanu here tells two completely different stories involving the same character and locale only the first one making real use of the peculiarities of the invented locale and the apparent theme of a satanic bargain, although that interpretation isn t stated Both are effective, but it could be maintained that making this two independent stories, and changing the main character s name and the place name in the second, would have been a better route to go Schalken the Painter is definitely a dark tale, and arouses a strong negative reaction toward the sexist attitudes and practices of the society it depicts though that might not have been Le Fanu s primary intention.I ll come back to this book later this month, and writewith, hopefully, somegeneral comments and assessments at that time Nov 2, 2012I ve now finished this book, and can pronounce it an excellent read of its type Probably my favorite selection among the ones read in this go around is The Haunted Baronet 1870 , which at 117 pages is novella length, and so affordsscope for character development, incident, and atmospheric treatment to use the author s term than most of the other works here This is one of apparently several tales Le Fanu set in the fictional village of Golden Friars in northern England the other one reprinted here is The Dead Sexton Bleiler says the author left Dublin only for occasional trips, but from his effective evocation of that setting, I d say he probably made at least one of those trips to the Yorkshire area The last part of the novella employs exactly the same plot with just variation in names, setting, and details as the conclusion of The Fortunes of Sir Robert Ardagh, which shows some literary laziness, IMO but it s not a deal breaker Most of the other stories are set in Ireland, and according to Bleiler The White Cat of Drumgunniol makes use of actual Irish folklore, though I m not well enough versed enough in that area to tell Ghosts, of course, provide the usual supernatural phenomena here, but Satanic pacts and in Green Tea visitations of demons are represented as well Le Fanu s ghosts are characteristically motivated by desire for revenge, sometimes not just against those who wronged them, but against the latter s descendants too.Bleiler, in his interesting and informative introduction, suggests that a strength of Le Fanu s approach to the ghost story which he finds distinctive among Victorian writers in the genre is his interest in the psychology and perceptions of the haunted person, not just the scary outward aspects of the haunting I don t know about other Victorians, but Le Fanu certainly does focus on this he doesn t reduce the supernatural to a psychological illusion, but hethan once suggests that certain conditions have to exist in the mind and nervous system before a person s senses can perceive the supernatural, and in tales like The Familiar he concentrates on the psychological effects the haunting has on its victim Writing on the supernatural genre in Good Fiction Guide Oxford Univ Press, 2001 , Michael Cox suggests that Victorian writers in the field tended to bring the supernatural into the setting of their own time and place, rather than making it remote in time or geography as the Romantic writers tended to do But this may be another difference between Le Fanu and his contemporaries the great majority of the stories here are set in the 18th century, and Carmilla, one of the few works set in his own time, takes place in distant Austria Indeed, with his frequent use of the motif of old, handed down stories and reference to old documents or old paintings, it s easy to see him as a significant influence for M R James in the development of the latter s own antiquarian style He also has, like Lovecraft who liked his work , a preference for straight narration over the use of much dialogue, though he can use dialogue in places where it s needed, and even makes, at times, very realistic use of Irish and northern British dialect.Some have suggested that Le Fanu s character Dr Martin Hesselius is literature s first occult detective That worthy does appear in a few of the stories here, but his function is to be a listening ear for haunted characters to tell their stories to, and a collector of occult lore His role is passive, not active like that of true occult detective characters like Carnacki or Flaxman Low, who get out of the office, take on supernatural baddies on their own turf, and actively thwart them Where he appears, Hesselius hasin common with figures like Irving s Geoffrey Crayon or Diedrich Knickerbocker a filtering narrative voice to add, to use Irving s term, resonance to the tale.Note The selection Ghost Stories of the Tiled House is actually, according to the appended page length note on Sources at the end of this collection, a couple of chapters from the longer, serially published story cycle The House by the Churchyard 1861 The latter of these two was reprinted as An Authentic Narrative of the Ghost of a Hand in Montague Summers The Supernaural Omnibus and as The Ghost of a Hand in Roald Dahl s Book Of Ghost Stories I d read it there, but didn t immediately recognize it here because of the difference in title though I remember thinking that it was distinctly thematically akin to the one I d read earlier The Sources usually don t date the original publication of these stories, with a few exceptions, and they re not arranged here in their chronological order or, seemingly, any other logical order Those would have been useful editorial features But that minor quibble aside, this is a really outstanding collection of Le Fanu s work, and I m really glad to have finally had the pleasure of reading it

  2. says:

    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.

  3. says:

    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 pr 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 believe by Varney, the Vampire is a brilliant leap forward in the vampire tale and hums with a repressed eroticism that has blossomed and, pardon the pun, been done to death in modern vampire literature The stories that feature the setting of Golden Friars The Haunted Baronet and The Dead Sexton are remarkable and thoroughly enjoyable for their depth of characterization, mainly in the secondary characters of the village folk Golden Friars is a real place to me because of this deft handling I withheld the fifth star because LeFanu recycled some of his plots and the characters with them , a dismal habit some writers fall into when they have a lazy moment It was disappointing to, essentially, read the same story twice under different titles Shame on you, J.S But otherwise, LeFanu is one of my favorite writers of terrifying tales from this era, and he does a masterful job

  4. says:

    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. says:

    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 w 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, lifting the endings and deaths complete with gory details from two of his early stories This happens, but while most authors try to rework the material, Fanu has changed the scenery and names, left pretty much everything else intact The editor of this anthology states at the start of the book that he has omitted others of Fanu s stories, presumably he has a lot of material to choose from Why then include both the original story and the reworked version And do this twice Do you think people aren t going to read your book Seriously

  6. says:

    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

  7. says:

    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.

  8. says:

    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.

  9. says:

    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 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

  10. says:

    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 Aung 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 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 SourcesTo be honest, the book earns most of its stars by virtue of Carmilla alone, with strong contributions from Schalken the Painter , Madam Crowl s Ghost , and Green Tea excluding the ramblings of Dr Martin Hesselius, which have been aptly described by competent persons as psudoscientific flummery , and because of its reasonable price, for which Dover Publications deserve heartfelt praise As far as the other stories are concerned, quoting from Billy Wilder s unforgettable Private Life of Sherlock Holmes I have to state that they were not my cup of tea

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