8 thoughts on “J SHERIDAN LE FANU

  1. “Carmilla” gets reprinted so often I’ve lost track of how many anthologies I found it in, but of your list, I’ve only come across “Shalken the Painter” and “The Dream” more than once. Time I got a collection of his work instead of checking anthologies.

    1. Le Fanu is great. I’d say “Shalken the Painter” is my personal favorite story by him, but there are still several out there that I haven’t read yet. No less than then great M.R. James sited Le Fanu as a big influence on him.

      1. I think, and correct me if I’m wrong, but Le Fanu doesn’t enjoy the name recognition he probably should these days. I think part of the problem is that he’s often cited as an influence on Dracula, and in people’s mind’s that minimizes the work as inferior to Stoker. And having read some (but not all) of Stoker’s non-Dracula work, I’d say Le Fanu is far better.

      2. Le Fanu isn’t remembered as well as Stoker for sure, but he’s still well-regarded in horror literature circles. To me, he’s one of the all-time greats.

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