Saturday, March 29, 2014

Book cover: "Best Ghost Stories of J.S. Le Fanu"

  • Title: Best Ghost Stories of J.S. LeFanu
  • Editor: E.F. Bleiler
  • Cover illustrator: The cover image is a portion of one of David Henry Friston's illustrations for the Le Fanu story "Carmilla." The story and illustration first appeared in the magazine The Dark Blue in 1871-72. The full illustration can be seen here.
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Year: 1964
  • Notes: Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873) is one of my favorite ghost-story authors, alongside M.R. James, Algnernon Blackwood and Shirley Jackson. ... There's a Facebook community page to celebrate the fact that the 200th anniversary of his birth is this year. ... This anthology contains 16 stories, including his famous tales "Schalken the Painter" and "Carmilla," which is the wellspring for all other lesbian vampire tales and also strongly influenced Bram Stoker's Dracula. ... My favorite two stories in this volume, though, are "An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street" and "An Authentic Narrative of a Haunted House." Both of those tales can be found online in their entirety, if you don't want to track down a book. But, for the full effect, it's best to read them at night, while sitting in bed (with feet covered), gripping a book tightly and having only one source of illumination. What fun is it, after all, if you have all the deep corners of the room brightly lit?

1 comment:

  1. You might enjoy my blog and book of 'new' Victorian ghost tales:



    Regards, Paul (Freaky Folk Tales)