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The Evil Guest

The Evil Guest by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu
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Le Fanu’s inimitable style continues with The Evil Guest, a murder mystery fraught with dark imagery and mysterious characters. An unwanted guest visiting a dreary and isolated home is murdered; the thriller leads the reader down countless ‘dead’ ends before revealing the identity of the guilty party. (Introduction by Cathy Barratt)

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The Evil Guest

By J. Sheridan LeFanu


"When Lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth Sin: and Sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth Death."

About sixty years ago, and somewhat more than twenty miles from the ancient town of Chester, in a southward direction, there stood a large, and, even then, an old fashioned mansion house. It lay in the midst of a demesne of considerable extent, and richly wooded with venerable timber; but, apart from the somber majesty of these giant groups, and the varieties of the undulating ground on which they stood, there was little that could be deemed attractive in the place. A certain air of neglect and decay, and an indescribable gloom and melancholy, hung over it. In darkness, it seemed darker than any other tract; when the moonlight fell upon its glades and hollows, they looked spectral and awful, with a sort of churchyard loneliness; and even when the blush of the morning kissed its broad woodlands, there was a melancholy in the salute that saddened rather than cheered the heart of the beholder.

This antique, melancholy, and neglected place, we shall call, for distinctness sake, Gray Forest... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 3 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - September 24, 2013
Subject: Great
Excellent work, perfectly enhanced by a wonderful reader.
Reviewer: - February 18, 2013
Subject: OK....
Not my favorite, possibly because I knew who-done-it, too much angst for me, but, entertaining and very well read.

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