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In a Glass Darkly, v. 2/3   By: (1814-1873)

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In this brilliant collection of gothic tales, Joseph Sheridan LeFanu takes readers on a chilling and haunting journey through the realms of the unknown. In a Glass Darkly, v. 2/3 is a compilation of supernatural stories that will captivate avid horror enthusiasts and leave them pondering the mysteries of the dark long after turning the final page.

LeFanu's mastery in crafting atmospheric settings is on full display throughout this collection. Expertly weaving together the eerie and the macabre, he sets the stage for each story with meticulous attention to detail. From haunted houses to desolate landscapes, readers are transported into a world where the line between reality and the supernatural is blurred, creating an unnerving sense of unease.

One of the standout stories in this volume is "Green Tea." This tale follows the unfortunate Reverend Jennings as he slowly descends into madness after encountering a malignant spirit. LeFanu expertly fleshes out Jennings' character, showcasing the inner torment he endures, giving readers a sense of his struggle against the forces that threaten to consume him. The descriptions of the sinister presence haunting Jennings are truly spine-chilling, making it an unforgettable reading experience.

Another gem in this collection is "Carmilla," a story that predates Bram Stoker's Dracula and serves as a precursor to the vampire genre. LeFanu introduces readers to the enigmatic Carmilla, whose beauty masks a deadly secret. With its themes of forbidden desire and obsession, "Carmilla" is a haunting exploration of love and death. The psychological tension built throughout the narrative is superb, making it a standout story in this collection.

While LeFanu's storytelling skills are exceptional, it is his ability to delve deep into the psyche of his characters that sets his work apart. Each protagonist is intricately developed, allowing readers to connect with their fears and uncertainties. It is through their eyes that we witness the horrors that unfold, experiencing their desperation and mounting terror. This emotional investment elevates these tales beyond mere horror stories, creating narratives that resonate long after reading.

In a Glass Darkly, v. 2/3 is a masterclass in gothic storytelling. LeFanu's prose is richly detailed, evoking a sense of dread and foreboding that is palpable. The author's ability to tap into the darkest recesses of the human imagination is what makes this collection a must-read for fans of the gothic genre. With its gripping narratives, memorable characters, and unsettling atmosphere, this book is a testament to LeFanu's mastery as a writer of the supernatural.

First Page:

IN A GLASS DARKLY.

BY

J. SHERIDAN LE FANU,

AUTHOR OF "UNCLE SILAS", &C.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

LONDON:

R. BENTLEY & SON, NEW BURLINGTON STREET.

1872.

In a Glass Darkly.

THE ROOM

IN

THE DRAGON VOLANT.

VOL. II.

PROLOGUE.

The curious case which I am about to place before you, is referred to, very pointedly, and more than once, in the extraordinary Essay upon the drugs of the Dark and the Middle Ages, from the pen of Doctor Hesselius.

This Essay he entitles "Mortis Imago," and he, therein, discusses the Vinum letiferum , the Beatifica , the Somnus Angelorum , the Hypnus Sagarum , the Aqua ThessalliƦ , and about twenty other infusions and distillations, well known to the sages of eight hundred years ago, and two of which are still, he alleges, known to the fraternity of thieves, and, among them, as police office inquiries sometimes disclose to this day, in practical use.

The Essay, Mortis Imago , will occupy as nearly as I can, at present, calculate, two volumes, the ninth and tenth, of the collected papers of Doctor Martin Hesselius.

This Essay, I may remark, in conclusion, is very curiously enriched by citations, in great abundance, from mediƦval verse and prose romance, some of the most valuable of which, strange to say, are Egyptian... Continue reading book >>




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