In a Glass Darkly

In a Glass Darkly This remarkable collection of stories first published in includes Green Tea The Familiar Mr Justice Harbottle The Room in le Dragon Volant and Carmilla The five stories are purported to be

  • Title: In a Glass Darkly
  • Author: J. Sheridan Le Fanu Paul M. Chapman David Stuart Davies
  • ISBN: 9781840225525
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
  • This remarkable collection of stories, first published in 1872, includes Green Tea, The Familiar, Mr Justice Harbottle, The Room in le Dragon Volant, and Carmilla The five stories are purported to be cases by Dr Hesselius, a metaphysical doctor, who is willing to consider the ghosts both as real and as hallucinatory obsessions The reader s doubtful anxiety mimics thaThis remarkable collection of stories, first published in 1872, includes Green Tea, The Familiar, Mr Justice Harbottle, The Room in le Dragon Volant, and Carmilla The five stories are purported to be cases by Dr Hesselius, a metaphysical doctor, who is willing to consider the ghosts both as real and as hallucinatory obsessions The reader s doubtful anxiety mimics that of the protagonist, and each story thus creates that atmosphere of mystery which is the supernatural experience This new annotated edition includes an introduction, notes on the text, and explanatory notes.

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    1. "What a fool I was! and yet, in the sight of angels, are we any wiser as we grow older? It seems to me, only, that our illusions change as we go on; but, still, we are madmen all the same."DEMON MONKEYI read the Folio Society edition of this book and that red-eyed demon monkey was on the front cover. Every time my eyes inadvertently met his gaze I felt like I was being mesmerized. When not reading the book I kept the book facing down. I read this book predominately in the middle of the night. I [...]

    2. *applause*Once again those good old boys from the days of "classic" literature show everyone how it's done without the aid of special effects, bells and whistles and ludicrous vampire based sex scenes (any who has ever seen or had Tru blood described to them will know what i'm talking about). This is a great book of short stories (Green Tea, The Familiar, Mr Justice Harbottle, The Room in Le Dragon Volant and Carmilla) all linked by the fact that they are case studies brought to the attention of [...]

    3. Reviewing the stories as I go because I have a bad habit of forgetting what individual stories are about by the time I finish the whole.Green Tea: Clergyman followed by a demonic monkey that only he can see as the result of all the green tea he consumes. Said "monkey" tries to convince the clergyman to hurt himself and others.What I got out of this story: I drink a lot of green tea; I am fucked.Familiar: A sea-captain is followed, not by a demonic monkey, but by a dwarf who reminds him of his pa [...]

    4. Five supernatural (or are they?) tales from Le Fanu, the best of which, is the longest; The Room in the Dragon Volant, an amusing historical romance set in a politically unstable France, complete with mysterious beautiful woman in distress, gentleman hero, mysterious circumstances, oriental magic, conspiracy, secrets and jealousies. This story is eclipsed in fame by the last, Carmilla, despite it really being not as good; that's what feeding Victorians with such sensations as lesbian vampires wi [...]

    5. Sometimes oldies are, in fact, goodies.Le Fannu is one of the fathers (parents, I should say, before Mary Shelley whacks me over the head with a lightning rod) of the Gothic horror and Gothic fantasy genres. And it's quite clear he deserves his place in the speculative hall of fame.The short stories of ghosts and apparitions in the book are quite ordinary - for the modern reader. But if one takes into account that they were written before ghost stories became a staple and a cliche, they could be [...]

    6. Arguably the first great ghost story collection in the Western canon. There is one weaker entry, The Room in the Dragon Volant which is really a gothic mystery not a ghost story, albeit a pretty good one. The chump protagonist Beckett is a classic example of being led by the dick, Victorian sensibilities aside.Carmilla is the first great vampire story, not to mention having a strong lesbian theme that somehow sneaked right by Victorian censors. Green Tea and The Familiar, the latter a story of s [...]

    7. In a Glass Darkly, v. 1/32* Green Tea3* The Familiar3* Mr. Justice HarbottleIn a Glass Darkly, v. 2/35* The Room in the Dragon Volant In a Glass Darkly, v. 3/3The Room in the Dragon Volant - Part II4* CarmillaExcellent stories written by one of the masters of the gothic style.In a Glass Darkly, v. 1/3: free download available at Gutenberg ProjectIn a Glass Darkly, v. 2/3: free download available at Gutenberg ProjectIn a Glass Darkly, v. 3/3: free download available at Gutenberg Project

    8. October 2011The one about the distressed Reverend haunted by a demonic monkey? Yeah, that was ok.The one about the retired Navy man haunted by a figure from his past? Eh, sure.The one about the judge haunted by the ghost of an innocent man he condemned to death? Oh, yeah, whatever.The one about the young and naïve Englishman travelling in France, haunted by nothing but an ever-growing sense of danger and unease as he befriends a mysterious Marquis, pines for the young and equally mysterious Cou [...]

    9. This was the Classic Horror Lovers Tales to Chill Your Blood group read in October 2017. I listened to it on Kindle. This volume contains five stories: "Green Tea" "The Familiar" "Mr. Justice Harbottle" "The Room in the Dragon Volant" "Carmilla"I will go through and discuss each story separately."Green Tea"--I have read this story before. It's interesting, although the way it's written is a bit on the dry side. It's told with detachment, which I suppose makes sense as it's told through letters [...]

    10. I’ve been meaning to read this for ages, so hurrah that I finally got round to it. It’s a classic of gothic/horror stories, though to the jaded modern eye, it might not be that creepy at all. Of the stories, I liked ‘Carmilla’ and ‘The Room in the Dragon Volant’ the most — the mystery in the latter spun out satisfyingly, even if I did sort of guess how it would end. ‘Carmilla’ is mostly famous, I think, because it’s an early vampire story and because there’s a lot of homoer [...]

    11. A brilliant veiling technique which adds to its gothic creepiness, including paranormal investigation by a 'physician'. As has already been mentioned, In a Glass Darkly features one of the first vampire stories that predates even Bram Stoker's Dracula. What makes it all the more intriguing is its incorporation of lesbian vampire obsession. Gothic novels often feature the repressed parts of society coming to the surface as something twisted and evil, and in relation to vampires this could be sexu [...]

    12. Some of the best ripping yarns of one Anglo-Irish mid-century Victorian weaver of ghost, adventure, and vampire tales. Perfect for the winter weather; perfect for those rainy, dark, and dimly-lit chilly days and nights beneath the eiderdown, warm drink in hand, in my late 19th century Continental European digs. Ah, you see, atmosphere is everything here, there, in both tale told and in the setting of one's reading. The mists swirl and the first-person narrators stand clueless before all-too-obvi [...]

    13. Most people reading In A Glass Darkly today are going to be doing so because they've heard about Carmilla. Not only did Le Fanu write one of the earliest vampire stories (although there are several that predate this by some distance, most notably Polidori's The Vampyr and Varney the Vampire) he's also written one of the earliest popular stories I can recall that introduce lesbian desire in any significant way. True enough, Carmilla is the high point of this excellent set of short stories. As a V [...]

    14. Impossible to pick a favorite story from this collection;however, the judge, Harbottle was by far my favorite character with his "gouty claw" and his "buxom housekeeper". I had read "Collected Ghost Stories" of M.R. James prior to "In a Glass Darkly". James was a self proclaimed "disciple" of Le Fanu and this became apparent as I read the stories from the master himself. Wonderfully creepy collection.

    15. This book is full of unique tales that will keep one guessing.The twists and turns in these stories are wonderfully crafted.

    16. I recently found a new hobby of watching beauty vloggers apply make up on YouTube.As a good a method to waste time as any, and they are all - oh my gosh, this is red lipstick, so red, then slap it on their lips, cheeks, noses or other appendages and then are all amazed, just how red that lipstick is, so darn good and you have to agree, yes, that is one red lipstick. And my other all time favorite hobby is reading horror stories, especially classic. Not all horror stories are created equal, I don [...]

    17. I picked this up just for Carmilla, and it is easily the best Victorian anything I have read in a while. I do feel it has been sensationalized quite a bit over time. Yes, it’s fascinating that the lesbian themes made it past the censorship of the times (though that had more to do with the idea that women weren’t sexual beings) but, though it stands as a historical example of representation, the sexual themes in the story are more of manipulation, both emotionally and compulsory. Far more int [...]

    18. I only read 3/5 stories: Green Tea, The Familiar and Carmilla, the final one being the highest rated at 3 stars. At this point I have no desire to read the remaining two stories. In general, I don't think 19th century horror is for me. I find very little suspense and horror in them and mostly feel the story drags on and on trying to be mysterious until we get to the reveal. Carmilla was an exception in that the horror of the story is a main figure throughout and there were some very interesting [...]

    19. The delight of hell is to do evil to man, and to hasten his eternal ruin.In a Glass Darkly is one of those defining classics of Gothic supernatural horror and weird fiction which had been lurking just below the surface of my 'to read' list for far too long.We have here three ghost stories from the man M.R. James regarded as the master of the form, then two lengthy novellas. The former, The Room in Le Dragon Volant, is a mystery thriller which toys with the possibility of a supernatural element. [...]

    20. This is a fun little collection of Victorian era horror by Irish writer Le Fanu. There's a little bit of everything here: demon ghost monkeys, premature burial, lovely lesbian vampiresoh, and my personal favorite character, (bit part though he had) the guy who said this:‘At Ligny, the other day, where we smashed the Prussians into ten hundred thousand milliards of atoms, a bit of a shell cut me across the leg and opened an artery. It was spouting as high as the chimney, and in half a minute I [...]

    21. Framed as the 19th century equivalent of 'The Ghostbusters' (Who ya gonna call? Dr. Hesselius!), these five stories are presented as 'case studies' of the occult and are treated with a subtle hue of skepticism that doesn't detract from them completely. The first three stories are largely unremarkable, if prettily written, gothic tales where 'visitants' annoy, pester, and finally drive to death/insanity their victims. Nothing special. The longest, 'The Room in the Dragon Volant' which is up for o [...]

    22. A wonderful collection of eerie Gothic tales consisting of psychological terrors, doppelgangers, hallucinations, and mysterious deaths. My favorite story, "The Room in the Dragon Volant," actually doesn't contain any hints of the supernatural. Instead, it relates an amazing con-artist scam that seems reminiscent of later 20th century noir tales, complete with a femme fatale and drugged sequences. The secret passages and midnight meetings in the woods add a nice Gothic element. Although I knew wh [...]

    23. A wonderful, well-made example of Victorian Gothic horror. Sheridan le Fanu' s stories range between the fearfully haunting and the hauntingly sensuous—particularly the sapphic vampire tale "Carmilla"—and are all slow-burning. My only complaint, which is really no fault of the author, is with the repetition intrinsic to this sort of narrative. Gothic horror stories generally have the same plot arc, which can grow trying after two or three in a row. Instead, read these at intervals: Pick the [...]

    24. Very good indeed. 'Carmilla' is obviously a classic, and hugely influential, but my other favourite was 'The Room in the Dragon Volant', which I don't remember having read before.

    25. I already reviewed Carmilla separately, so it won't be mentioned often.In a Glass Darkly is a short story collection with a loose framing device involving the paranormal investigator Dr. Hesselius. Hesselius himself only appears in "Green Tea" from what I remember, then disappears for the rest of the book. The rest of the stories are cases that are told to him through letters and other documents.Green Tea sounds like a story Lovecraft would write if he were a Victorian. After drinking too much g [...]

    26. I continue to really dig on Le Fanu. This is one of those story collections where you start trying to count the levels of storytelling and eventually give up.--The nephew tells the story of the papers that--The occult medical doctor writes up as his cases, but mostly he just writes in introductory paragraph that notes the provenance of the text, which comes from--A person with experience of the case who is writing from a perspective years later, and includes in their memoirs--A story they heard [...]

    27. Sheridan Le Fanu es un maestro de las historias de fantasmas y espíritus. No solo tuvo una extensa producción de novelas y relatos de misterio/terror como El tío Silas o La casa junto al Cementerio, sino que influenció totalmente a escritores posteriores (aunque se llevaron muy poco tiempo) de la talla de Henry James o M. R. James. Con el tiempo la fama de sus mejores obras se ha mantenido hasta cierto punto, pero desgraciadamente parece que su obra, al margen de "Carmilla", está un poco ol [...]

    28. This was a good series of short stories. The first three were definitely following the same theme and thought processes about what would happen if our poor decisions or attitudes were manifested as demons and how it would affect us. The last two stories were only linked to the others in that they also had supernatural elements, but every single story was unsettling and suspenseful like any horror book ought to be. Lately I have been on a Gothic Horror kick and this satisfied wonderfully. The fir [...]

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