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Best Ghost Stories of almost anyone
on December 6, 1999
The best ghost stories of J S LeFanu are among the best ghost stories ever written. This is an extremely fine collection, including all the stories from LeFanu's greatest book, "In a Glass Darkly", plus more than a dozen others. There are regional tales of the author's native Ireland; traditional tales of supernatural revenge; and, as the title says, much if not all of LeFanu's best work, which prefigures the best modern horror in its psychological sophistication and absolute lack of the sentiment and moralising common to many Victorian ghost story writers (as well as to far too many of the moderns). Is "Green Tea", for instance, the story of a supernatural visitation or merely, as the narrator would have us believe, of "the process of a poison"? Is Captain Barton, in "The Familiar", haunted by guilt alone or by something more? The collection also includes LeFanu's most famous story, the subtle vampire novella "Carmilla"; and the horrifying, tragic, repulsive and wholly inexplicable masterpiece, "Schalken the Painter". Grab it; read it; lie awake at night.