Sheridan le Fanu

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Sheridan le Fanu aka Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu

Ireland 1814 – 1873

Comments: early Gothic Horror writer; Vampires; ghosts; Dr. Martin Hesselius, psychic detective; Occult detective stories;

Teachers: Grandmother Alicia Sheridan LeFanu; Great-uncle Richard Brinsley Sheridan , both playwrights; Johann Georg Faust; Goethe; Christopher Marlowe; Sir Walter Scott; Wilkie Collins; Countess Elizabeth Bathory;

Students: Bram Stoker, of Dracula; Oscar Wilde of The Picture of Dorian Gray; Edward Carpenter; Rhoda Broughton , niece and author; M. R. James aka Montague Rhodes James; Nathaniel Hawthorne; H. P. Lovecraft; William Hope Hodgson; Dennis Wheatley; Edgar Allan Poe; Sax Rohmer; H. G. Wells; Jules Verne; George Orwell; Charlotte Bronte; W.J. McCormack; Ann Radcliffe; Monk Lewis; James Joyce; Roger Vadim, filmmaker; Terence Fisher; Roger Corman, producer; Jack Sullivan; Nelson Browne; Michael H. Begnal; Dorothy L. Sayers;

Friends: Susanna Bennett, wife; Isaac Butt , esq; John Mitchel ; Thomas Francis Meagher; Samuel Ferguson; Richard Bentley, publisher; Patrick Kennedy;

Organizations: Trinity College in Dublin;

Author: Uncle Silas, and it's earlier, 1st draft "Passage in the Secret History of an Irish Countess" (1839); Carmilla, his lesbian female vampire novella; The House by the Churchyard; articles in Dublin University Magazine, 1838; "The Ghost and the Bone-Setter", short story, (1838); owner of Dublin Evening Mail and the Warder newspapers; Wylder's Hand; "Green Tea"; "The Familiar"; his "detective was Father Purcell, a 18th-century Catholic priest ; The Purcell Papers (1880); "The Fortunes of Sir Robert Ardagh" (1838); "The Last Heir of Castle Connor" (1838); "The Drunkard's Dream" (1838); "Strange Event in the Life of Schalken the Painter" (1839); "A Chapter in the History of a Tyrone Family" (1839); Spalatro: from the notes of Fra Giacomo, 1843; The Cock and Anchor (1845); The Fortunes of Colonel Torlogh O'Brien (1847); Guy Deverell (1865); All in the Dark (1866); The Tenants of Malory (1867); A Lost Name (1868); Haunted Lives (1868); The Wyvern Mystery (1869); Checkmate (1871); The Rose and the Key (1871); Willing to Die (1872); In a Glass Darkly (1872) featuring Detective Dr Hesselius, "Mr Justice Harbottle" (aka "An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street"); "The Room in the Dragon Volant"; Chronicles of Golden Friars (1871); "A Strange Adventure in the Life of Miss Laura Mildmay"; "The Haunted Baronet"; "The Bird of Passage"; The Watcher and Other Weird Stories (1894); Madam Crowl's Ghost and Other Tales of Mystery (1923); "Squire Toby's Will",1868; "Dickon the Devil",1872; "The Child That Went with the Fairies", 1870; "The White Cat of Drumgunniol", 1870; "Ghost Stories of Chapelizod", 1851; "Wicked Captain Walshawe, of Wauling", 1864; "Sir Dominick's Bargain", 1872; "Sir Dominick's Bargain", 1861; "The Vision of Tom Chuff"; "Stories of Lough Guir", 1870;

Resources:; VISION - IMPAIRED - listen to him here -; read him here - especially Carmilla ; or listen to him here - ;