New article in Carmilla, der Vampir und wir: "The Life and Literature of J. Sheridan Le Fanu": There are some authors around whom legends and myths naturally grow, at first like little toadstools, then sprouting into clusters of mushrooms. Sometimes anecdotes, spurious and unsubstantiated, aggressively attach themselves fully to an author's reputation like a fungal growth - and not necessarily a symbiotic one. Over time the true character of the author diminishes covered and obscured by a garish approximation, a parasitic excrescence smoothing over the nuances of a multi-faceted life. More...



 
 


The place is Larkhill House, and during its century and a half of existence it has hosted an array of peculiar tenants: the reclusive though brilliant ornithologist Ellis Grimwood; a murderous wine merchant and his young wife; and the Sacred Order of the Mysteries of Thoth, who re-christened Larkhill the "New Temple of Abtiti" and practised there their outlandish and mystical rites. After vacating Larkhill, these individuals all of them left something of themselves behind . . . Set in the same haunted neighbourhood as the stories in the award-winning collection The Bleeding Horse, Old Albert continues with the idea that not all is well in the leafy Victorian suburb of Rathmines, Dublin. More...


 
 


In the spirit of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's "Ghost Stories of Chapelizod", Brian J. Showers' The Bleeding Horse and Other Ghost Stories infests his own Dublin neighbourhood with an authentic population of ghosts, ghouls, and goblins. Showers has filled each story with fascinating regional history, local atmosphere, and architectural details that are clearly visible today. While this gives the stories a factual flavour, the supernatural elements are entirely fictional. The result is a realistic and shadow-filled portrait of a modern neighbourhood, written in the traditional style of the classic literary ghost story. More...

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