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J. S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 1   By: (1814-1873)

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J.S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 1 is a collection of haunting and chilling tales that will captivate readers from start to finish. Le Fanu's masterful storytelling and vivid descriptions create an eerie atmosphere that will send shivers down your spine.

Each story in this collection is unique and will leave you feeling both terrified and intrigued. From haunted mansions to vengeful spirits, Le Fanu's tales explore the darker side of human nature and the supernatural.

The characters in these stories are well-developed and relatable, adding depth to the already suspenseful plots. Le Fanu excels at building tension and keeping readers on the edge of their seats as they eagerly await the next twist or reveal.

Overall, J.S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 1 is a must-read for fans of classic horror and Gothic literature. Le Fanu's talent for crafting eerie and atmospheric stories is on full display in this collection, making it a truly captivating read.

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Schalken the Painter (1851)


An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street (1853)


Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Schalken the Painter

"For he is not a man as I am that we should come together; neither is there any that might lay his hand upon us both. Let him, therefore, take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me."

There exists, at this moment, in good preservation a remarkable work of Schalken's. The curious management of its lights constitutes, as usual in his pieces, the chief apparent merit of the picture. I say apparent , for in its subject, and not in its handling, however exquisite, consists its real value. The picture represents the interior of what might be a chamber in some antique religious building; and its foreground is occupied by a female figure, in a species of white robe, part of which is arranged so as to form a veil. The dress, however, is not that of any religious order. In her hand the figure bears a lamp, by which alone her figure and face are illuminated; and her features wear such an arch smile, as well becomes a pretty woman when practising some prankish roguery; in the background, and, excepting where the dim red light of an expiring fire serves to define the form, in total shadow, stands the figure of a man dressed in the old Flemish fashion, in an attitude of alarm, his hand being placed upon the hilt of his sword, which he appears to be in the act of drawing... Continue reading book >>

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