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Old 12-09-2020, 11:00 PM   #1
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Le Fanu, J. Sheridan: In Dark Company (collected short fiction). v1. 10 Dec 2020

In Dark Company
by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1814–1873)


This extensive collection presents 46 short stories and novellas by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu.

Here, from the dark universe of a premiere writer of Gothic tales, are unsettling stories of ghostly invasions and demonic encounters, betrayals and treacheries, madness and murder. Read them at night, alone in the dark – if you dare!

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Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu (28 August 1814 – 7 February 1873) was an Irish writer of Gothic tales, mystery novels, and horror fiction. He was a foremost ghost story writer of the nineteenth century, central to the development of the genre in the Victorian era. M. R. James described Le Fanu as “absolutely in the first rank as a writer of ghost stories”. Three of his best-known works are the locked-room mystery Uncle Silas, the lesbian vampire novella Carmilla, and the historical novel The House by the Churchyard.

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My own compilation, gathered from multiple collections and magazine archives.

Note: stories from A Stable for Nightmares (1896) are not included here. That book collected eight uncredited stories taken from “Tinsley’s Magazine Christmas Number” 1868; plus “Dickon the Devil” by Le Fanu, “A Debt of Honor” by Sir Charles L. Young, and “What Was It?” by Fitz-James O’Brien. Somehow, all the titles in the Stable have come to be credited to Le Fanu, including the two identified here. I feel this casts doubt upon the other eight as well.

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Old 03-09-2021, 11:47 AM   #2
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Thank you, the book looks very nice. Just to note that Carmilla is included, and the two other famous titles mentioned are both novels, not in the book's scope.

Incidentally, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncle_Silas satisfied my curiosity about one those novels.
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