customer reviews. Book 5 of 4 in the Dr. Martin Hesselius Series This item:Carmilla by J. Sheridan LeFanu Paperback $ Available to ship in The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan Lefanu, Fiction, Horror has ratings LeFanu — Irish author of such classics as the short vampire novel Carmella Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu () es considerado el padre de la ghost. In UNCLE SILAS () Le Fanu brought up to date Mrs Radcliffe’s earlier tales of virtue imprisoned and menaced by unscrupulous schemers. The narrator.

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Laura, the teenage protagonist, narrates, beginning with her childhood in a “picturesque and solitary” castle amid an extensive forest in Styriawhere she lives with her father, a wealthy English widower retired from service to the Austrian Empire. I feel really bad about this rating, but this is after reading two other works by the same author.

Opening the iTunes Store. See all 4 questions about Uncle Silas…. Horror Stars on Radio: The woodman says the tomb was relocated long ago by the hero, a Moravian nobleman, who vanquished the vampires that haunted the region.

Jezebel’s Daughter Wilkie Collins. It’s worthy literature, damsel and all. It was winter – that is, about the second week in November – and great gusts were rattling at the windows, and wailing and thundering among our tall trees and ivied chimneys – a very dark night He hid with a sword and waited until a large black creature of undefined shape crawled onto his niece’s bed and spread itself onto her throat.

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In sheriran to appearing in several installments, she is also the namesake of Camilla Cemetery in Castlevania II: Preview — Uncle Silas by J. The novel established Le Fanu as a master of horror fiction.

But the heroine herself was the biggest shock; she wasn’t exactly kick arse but she had a definite will of her own and when her back was really against the wall she fought like a tigress to save herself rather than wilting up like a flower in traditional gothic horror style. Maud soon realized that Uncle Silas is not the nice guy she originally thought.

I like being “kept on one’s toes” while reading a novel Mr Le Fanu created a true Victorian nove I thought it was just the perfect read for those nights when it is dark and gloomy. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. He also suggests that Carmilla represents Catholicism, or Anti-Catholicism, or both. If ever I want to read a good Gothic story, I know exactly where to look. But as their friendship grows, Carmilla’s countenance changes and she becomes increasingly secretive and volatile.


The House by the Churchyard by J. Although I’ll never have the intellectual reading prowess to make a sustained diet of 19th century literature, I’ve tried over the years to add more of it into my reading sphere. Roden, Christopher; Ds, Barbara, eds.

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I still think Le Fanu is a great author, but I think I missed his masterpiece yet. I would say it’s a book typical of the age when it was created in its subject shedidan structure. Being a Victorian novel the setup takes forever, but once the action started I was glad I’d taken the time to read the whole thing.

The body and head are burned to ashes, which are thrown into a river. I do think a talented female narrator might have been a better choice but overall great audio.

An unknown Hungarian traveler came to the town during this period and helped the town by setting a trap at the cemetery and decapitating the vampire that resided there, curing the town of their torment. It is, however, his tales of the supernatural for which he is best remembered. An entertaining mid-Victorian gothic tale that focuses more on the psychology of predator and victim than on the creepy elements, although they are all there.

Oct 03, Hannah rated it liked it Shelves: This post is a huge departure from my norm, since I won’t give up a single detail here, nor will I provide even the slightest hints, because first-time readers should stay away from anything about Uncle Silas that will reveal its contents either before or during your reading of this novel.

It tells the story of a young woman’s susceptibility to the attentions of a female vampire named Carmilla. He specialised in tone and effect rather than “shock horror”, and liked to leave important details unexplained and mysterious. Set in 19th century Austria, Laura is a lonely young woman living with her father and their two servants in the Styrian countryside until one fateful night when she and her father encounter a mysterious stagecoach barrelling through the forest near their house.


May 31, ClareC rated it liked it Shelves: The reader knows, but Maud doesn’t, what is going to happen. Sheridan le Fanu is just about my favourite 19th century writer of supernatural and gothic tales. And what about Le Fanu’s somewhat humorous disdain for religious movements like Swedenborgianism and Methodism?

She is portrayed as possessing lesbian traits and her victims are exclusively female. It was the predictable, but still enjoyable, tale of a naive noseph man that falls in love with a beautiful woman that he knows nothing about. Laura, who has been living a lonely existence ffanu her father in an isolated castle, finds herself enchanted with her exotic visitor.

View all 18 comments. Uncle Silas has all sheriddan hallmarks of a Victorian gothic melodrama: Firstly, it is clear that the narrative is a memoir, written some years after the events of the novel take place.

See and discover other items: This book is problay the best book I have ever read. He wrote all sorts of tales, but he’s best remembered as a writer of mysteries and horror. This is evidenced by a report analyzed by Calmet, from a priest who learned information of a town being tormented by a vampiric entity three years earlier.

She was the first romantic vampire, and after inspiring Bram Stoker’s Dracula she has continued with us, always in the shadow, influencing culture with a subtlety that is as alluring as it is elitist.

In a Glass Darkly. Meanwhile, young women and girls in the nearby towns have begun dying from an unknown malady. English Choose a language for shopping. My first Le Fanu and it is not one of his most famous works As the two become close friends, however, Laura dreams of nocturnal visitations and begins to lose her physical strength. It was easy to get into the right mood as there were some scary parts in-between and the suspense kept going.