Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, 1814–1873
Novelist, son of a Dean of the Episcopal Church of Ireland, and grand-nephew of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and became a contributor and ultimately proprietor of the Dublin University Magazine, in which many of his novels made their first appearance. Called to the Bar in 1839, he did not practise, and was first brought into notice by two ballads, Phaudrig Croohoore and Shamus O’Brien, which had extraordinary popularity. His novels, of which he wrote 12, include The Cock and Anchor , Torlough O’Brien , The House by the Churchyard , Uncle Silas (perhaps the most popular) , The Tenants of Malory , In a Glass Darkly , and Willing to Die (posthumously). They are generally distinguished by able construction, ingenuity of plot, and power in the presentation of the mysterious and supernatural. Among Irish novelists he is generally ranked next to Lever.
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- The Cock and the Anchor [1845, revised as Morley Court, 1873]
- The Fortunes of Colonel Torlogh O’Brien: A Tale of the Wars of King James 
- The House by the Churchyard 
- Wylder’s Hand 
- Uncle Silas 
- Guy Deverell 
- The Prelude 
- All in the Dark 
- The Tenants of Malory / 
- Haunted Lives 
- A Lost Name 
- The Wyvern Mystery 
- The Haunted Baronet 
- Checkmate 
- The Rose and the Key 
- Willing to Die 
- Spalatro [First published anonymously in the Dublin University Magazine, 1843]
- The Mysterious Lodger 
- Ghost Stories of Chapelizod [from the Dublin University Magazine, January 1851]
Contains: The Village Bully -- The Sexton’s Adventure -- The Spectre Lovers
- An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street [from the Dublin University Magazine, January 1851]
- The Murdered Cousin 
- Schalken the Painter 
- The Familiar [The Watcher, 1851] 
- Ultor De Lacy: A Legend of Cappercullen [from the Dublin University Magazine, December 1861.]
- An Authentic Narrative of a Haunted House 
- Wicked Captain Walshawe, of Wauling [from the Dublin University Magazine, April 1864]
- Squire Toby’s Will [from Temple Bar, January 1868]
- Green Tea 
- The White Cat of Drumgunniol [from All the Year Round, April 1870]
- The Child that went with the Fairies [from All the Year Round, February 1870]
- Stories of Lough Guir [from All the Year Round, April 1870]
- The Vision of Tom Chuff [from All the Year Round, October 1870]
- Madam Crowl’s Ghost [from All the Year Round, December 1870]
- The Dead Sexton 
- The Chronicles of Golden Friars 
- The Beautiful Poems of Shamus O’Brien 
- Carmilla 
- The Room in the Dragon Volant 
- Mr. Justice Harbottle 
- Sir Dominick’s Bargain [from All the Year Round, July 1872]
- Laura Silver Bell 
- Dickon the Devil [from London Society, Christmas Number, 1872]
- The Evil Guest 
- Ghost Stories and Tales of Mystery 
- In a Glass Darkly 
(short stories collected as the Dr Hesselius paper, comprising: Carmilla, Green Tea, Mr. Justice Harbottle, The Familiar, and The Room in the Dragon Volant.
- The Purcell Papers 
- The Ghost and the Bone Setter 
- The Fortunes of Sir Robert Ardagh 
- The Last Heir of Castle Connor.
- The Drunkard’s Dream 
- Passage in the Secret History of an Irish Countess.
- The Bridal of Carrigvarah.
- Strange Event in the Life of Schalken the Painter.
- Scraps of Hibernian Ballads.
- Jim Sulivan’s Adventures in the Great Snow.
- A Chapter in the History of a Tyrone Family
- An Adventure of Hardress Fitzgerald, a Royalist Captain.
- The Quare Gander.
- Billy Malowney’s Taste of Love and Glory.
- The Watcher and Other Weird Stories 
- Madam Crowl’s Ghost and other tales of mystery [1923, uncollected short stories gathered from their original magazine publications and edited by M. R. James]
- A Stable for Nightmares (with others)