Sheridan LE FANU

  • 'A ghastly groan and a shudder..'From the pioneer of horror fiction, this tale of a clergyman tormented by a demonic creature is one of the greatest Victorian ghost stories.One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics' huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries - including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.

  • B. J. Harrison Reads Schalken the Painter Nouv.

    "Schalken the Painter" is a ghost short story by Sheridan Le Fanu, taking place in the 17th-century Netherlands. An aspiring painter falls in love with his master's niece but one day, a mysterious man comes to ask for the niece's hand, and the master agrees. Yet the heartbroken painter can't help but feel that is something totally wrong with this new suitor. This is a short story of about greedy family relations, and is a psychologically unnerving and ghastly tale that fans of horror fiction will definitely love.

    B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic stories. He masterfully plays with a wide array of voices and accents and has since then produced over 500 audiobooks. Now in collaboration with SAGA Egmont, his engaging narration of these famous classics is available to readers everywhere.

    Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873) was an Irish author of short stories and novels. He was one of the most important writers of Gothic, mystery and horror stories of the Victorian era. Le Fanu's influence cannot be neglected, for he helped develop the writing styles for atmosphere, setting, and narration. His most important works are "Uncle Silas", "The House by the Churchyard", and his short story collection "In a Glass Darkly".

  • L'anziano pittore olandese Gerard Douw era il tutore della nipote Rose Veldrkaust che amava riamata l'apprendista Godfrey Schalken all'insaputa dello zio. Un giorno si presentà alla bottega di Douw il misterioso Mynheer Valderhausen, un attempato gentiluomo che disse di aver incontrato Rose in una chiesa di Rotterdam e chiese la sua mano offrendo un'ingente somma in lingotti d'oro. Nonostante le proprie perplessità e l'istintiva avversione che provava per lo strano pretendente dai modi imperiosi e dall'aspetto orribile, Douw finì per acconsetire alle nozze, certo di assicurare alla nipote un agiatissimo avvenire. Le usanze dell'epoca, del resto, gli conferivano la possibilità di scegliere senza neanche consultare l'interessata. Il povero Schalken dovette assistere impotente al matrimonio della sua amata e dopo la cerimonia gli sposi partirono e di loro non si ebbero più notizie, ogni ricerca risultò vana.

  • Anglais Green Tea

    Sheridan Le Fanu

    "Green Tea" tells the haunting story of a man plagued by a demonic monkey. The unnamed narrator, a trained surgeon who can't practice because of the loss of two of his fingers, is organising the papers of his deceased mentor, the famous German physician Dr. Martin Hesselius. In doing so, he stumbles upon a strange case, dating back sixty-four years.

  • B. J. Harrison Reads A Chapter in the History of the Tyrone Family Nouv.

    "A Chapter in the History of the Tyrone Family" is a Gothic short story by Sheridan Le Fanu focusing on a young woman who marries a Scottish landowner with a dark past. A short story whose haunting and semi-supernatural elements might have influenced Charlotte Brontë's "Jane Eyre", Le Fanu's tale combines a lot of elements - horror, romance, thriller, and drama - to create a compelling and sophisticated world from which there is no easy escape. All this, together with the countless secrets, murders, and betrayal turn the short story into a melodramatic Gothic classic, recommended to fans of the genre.

    B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic stories. He masterfully plays with a wide array of voices and accents and has since then produced over 500 audiobooks. Now in collaboration with SAGA Egmont, his engaging narration of these famous classics is available to readers everywhere.

    Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873) was an Irish author of short stories and novels. He was one of the most important writers of Gothic, mystery and horror stories of the Victorian era. Le Fanu's influence cannot be neglected, for he helped develop the writing styles for atmosphere, setting, and narration. His most important works are "Uncle Silas", "The House by the Churchyard", and his short story collection "In a Glass Darkly".


  • Découvrez un classique du roman gothique, par l'auteur qui a inspiré Bram Stocker.

    " Je n'ai jamais vu site plus original et plus beau que cette ravissante petite ville de Golden Friars. Elle se dresse sur le rivage de son lac, dominée par un amphithéâtre de montagnes toutes gercées de ravines et couleur de pourpre opulente. "
    Certes, tel et bien l'aspect que Golden Friars présente, au premier abord, au visiteur. Mais au bord du lac se dresse le sinistre château des Mardykes et le légende qui se rattache au lac n'est guère plus engageante. on raconte que la jeune et jolie, mais malheureuse, Mary Feltram y aurait été noyée, en même temps que son petit enfant et que, en certaines fins d'après-midi, des pêcheurs l'ont vue, dans le soleil couchant, élever son buste hors du lac, dressant son enfant à bout de bras au-dessus de sa tête. Aussi, lorsque le hobereau du village, sir Bale Marykes, ruiné, revient, bien à contrecoeur, habiter son château, il évite soigneusement de s'aventurer sur le lac. Car il craint la vengeance du fantôme de Mary dont un Mardykes semble avoir été le bourreau. Il faudra que Philp Feltram, le dernier descendant de Mary, lui fournisse la "chance" d'un étrange pacte par lequel redevenir riche, pour qu'il ose la traversée du lac maudit... Mais l'or, lui aussi , est maudit...

  • Lady Margaret est une jeune fille orpheline de mère. À la mort de son père fortuné, elle est placée chez son oncle et tuteur, le sinistre sir Arthur Tyrrell, qui a une réputation de meurtrier. À son arrivée dans sa nouvelle demeure, retirée, elle se lie immédiatement d'amitié avec sa cousine Emily. En revanche, elle ne cessera de nourrir méfiance et répulsion à l'égard de son cousin Edward, individu détestable qui cherche à la contraindre au mariage.
    Elle soupçonne qu'on en veut à son héritage. On veut la tuer...

    Comment ma cousine a été assassinée (1838) est la première nouvelle de Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873), écrivain irlandais des plus populaires à l'époque victorienne - avec Oncle Silas, Carmilla... Dans la tradition du roman gothique, l'auteur personnifie le diable sous les traits de l'oncle, persécuteur qui se cache sous le masque de la vertu. Il met en place un suspense, en passe de devenir un classique.

  • Silas Rutvyn is something of a riddle. To some, including his niece, he is something of a ghost. As Le Fanu gradually unfolds the layers of this story, we are irresistibly drawn into his world. There are, however, no simple answer. Le Fanu, whose writing inspired such classics as Bram Stoker's 'Dracula', is a masterful storyteller, and this work does not disappoint. From the writer of such works as 'Through a Glass Darkly' and 'The House by the Churchyard', this eerie and chilling tale is one of the finest examples of his art.

  • You are mine, you shall be mine, you and I are one for ever. One of the most hugely influential vampire stories of all time, Le Fanu's Carmilla was written before Bram Stoker's Dracula. A true gothic novel, it is eery, rich in character and place and bathed in blood and moonlight. When a mysterious carriage crashes outside their castle home in Styria, Austria, Laura and her father agree to take in its injured passenger, a young woman named Carmilla. Delighted to have some company of her own age, Laura is instantly drawn to Carmilla. But as their friendship grows, Carmilla's character changes and she becomes increasingly secretive and volatile. As Carmilla's moods shift and change, Laura starts to become ill, experiencing fiendish nightmares, her health deteriorating night after night. It is not until she and her father, increasingly concerned for Laura's well-being, set out on a trip to discover more about the mysterious Carmilla that the terrifying truth reveals itself...

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