Sheridan Le Fanu’s haunting legacy

Sheridan Le Fanu: he greatly pushed out the boundaries of the Victorian ghost story. He was a meticulous craftsman who combined the contemporary Gothic literary conventions with his own realistic technique to produce stories with psychological insight and supernatural terror.

Although he is probably not as well known as Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker or Mary Shelley, the Irish writer Sheridan Le Fanu, who was born 200 years ago on August 28th, is a seminal figure in the development of horror writing. His novella Carmilla is one of the earliest examples of a vampire story in English literature and predates Dracula by some 25 years.

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