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Sheridan LeFanu -- Irish author of such classics as the short vampire novel Carmella reputed to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula and A Chapter in the History of the Tyrone Family said to be the tale that gave rise to Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights -- lived from until He wrote all sorts of tales, but he's best remembered as a writer of mysteri J.

He wrote all sorts of tales, but he's best remembered as a writer of mysteries and horror. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published May 1st by Borgo Press first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Room in the Dragon Volant , please sign up.

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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Room in the Dragon Volant. Le doy entre 2 y 3 estrellas. Un buen escrito que machaca los manidos temas de su siglo. Hodgson, o el profesor Van Helsing de Bram Stoker. Beckett, el protagonista, nos narra ciertos hechos que le sucedieron viajando por Francia. El fantasma y el colocahuesos. Historia encontrada entre los papeles del reverendo Purcell sobre el curioso encuentro entre un hombre y un fantasma.

Schalken el pintor. El espectro del madam Crowl. Buen relato. Historias de fantasmas en la casa de los azulejos. Que incluye dos cuentos que tienen como protagonista dicha casa. El gato blanco de Drumgunniol. View 2 comments. Apr 02, Dfordoom rated it it was amazing Shelves: horror-gothic. Sheridan le Fanu is just about my favourite 19th century writer of supernatural and gothic tales. It also involves a room at the inn, The Dragon Volant, which has been the scene of mysterious disappearances.

Jan 29, Sylvester rated it it was ok Shelves: , audio-book , gothic. Did Le Fanu mean for us to be surprised? Perhaps the plot was innovative at the time, but I found it irritating knowing what was coming while the protagonist was oblivious.

Not Le Fanu's best work. He then is infatuated with the married woman and plans to run off with her. For most of the novel I kept trying to figure out who was in on the con. After the Napoleonic Wars the French resented English Tourists, and I suspected every French person Beckett came in contact with was in on the confidence game. A really enjoyable read from one of my new favorite authors! A fun setup with a mysterious room in an inn that people keep disappearing from.

Nov 02, Shannen rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Long lead-in; predictably the main character was being set up to be robbed and murdered and had no suspicions of it whatsoever. Also the paralyzing agent they slipped him that apparently stopped his lungs really bothered me. He was paralyzed for over three hours and came out of it perfectly fine.

The only mystery in it for me was trying to figure out how many of the other characters were working together to con him. Mar 26, Marts Thinker rated it it was amazing Shelves: horror , mystery , classics. Loaded with mystery and suspense and ready for anyone who likes classics in these genres, the 'Dragon Volant' can be summed up thus A fantastic tale Dec 06, Kim Shively rated it it was ok.

It's Gothic schlock. I normally don't mind Gothic schlock but this was predictable Gothic schlock. I have only this to say: dental records rock. May 15, Saadia Y rated it it was ok Shelves: did-not-finish.

Mar 15, Benjamin Stahl rated it liked it Shelves: classics. As with Le Fanu's uniquely enjoyable House by the Churchyard , one cannot help feeling somewhat disappointed when this Gothic novella, marketed as a ghost story - at least with the anthology I find it in - ends up just being a maudlin romance-mystery with only the fainstest hint of supernaturalism.

However, the tale is still told well enough and it's hard to really criticise it for the most part. The climax, also, is excellent. Le Fanu utilises a fairly notorious trope of the genre, and manages As with Le Fanu's uniquely enjoyable House by the Churchyard , one cannot help feeling somewhat disappointed when this Gothic novella, marketed as a ghost story - at least with the anthology I find it in - ends up just being a maudlin romance-mystery with only the fainstest hint of supernaturalism.

Le Fanu utilises a fairly notorious trope of the genre, and manages to make it terrifying. The unfortunate deus-ex-machina does not deal too much damage to the story's ending. Jan 11, J. Murray rated it really liked it. Le Fanu should be celebrated more. This might be not be Exhibit A for that argument that would be Carmilla but it's pretty close. Here, Le Fanu shows yet again that he can take old elements of stories notably from Poe and conjure something that would have an influence on genre literature centuries later.

Here, he mixes in a Gothic atmosphere and dread, romance, and a puzzle-box mystery. Not all of it works- but that doesn't detract from LeFanu's achievement. Along with Fitz O'Brien, he is credited with first mixing the detective-thriller and horror, and even without the knock-out denouement this would be a great curio for genre history fans. Dec 24, Diana Serbanica rated it liked it.

Another The Classic Tales Podcast listening. And an enjoyable one back and forth from work. I would say it's a book typical of the age when it was created in its subject and structure. But this does not make it a bad one, or out of fashion. And yet, it's nice. Jan 31, Lia rated it it was ok. I listened to this book on the Classic Tales podcast. While it was interesting enough for me to make it through the whole hours or so, the plot is very melodramatic and fairly transparent.

Except for one or two small surprises, it's pretty easy to guess who is friend or foe pretty early on.


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He was a leading ghost story writer of the nineteenth century and was central to the development of the genre in the Victorian era. James described Le Fanu as "absolutely in the first rank as a writer of ghost stories". He had an elder sister, Catherine Frances, and a younger brother, William Richard. Within a year of his birth his family moved to the Royal Hibernian Military School in the Phoenix Park , where his father, a Church of Ireland clergyman, was appointed to the chaplaincy of the establishment. The Phoenix Park and the adjacent village and parish church of Chapelizod would appear in Le Fanu's later stories. Although he had a tutor, who, according to his brother William, taught them nothing and was finally dismissed in disgrace, Le Fanu used his father's library to educate himself. In the disorders of the Tithe War —36 affected the region.


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Carmilla is an Gothic novella by Irish author Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and one of the early works of vampire fiction , predating Bram Stoker 's Dracula by 26 years. First published as a serial in The Dark Blue —72 , [1] [2] the story is narrated by a young woman preyed upon by a female vampire named Carmilla, later revealed to be Mircalla, Countess Karnstein Carmilla is an anagram of Mircalla. The character is a prototypical example of the lesbian vampire , expressing romantic desires toward the protagonist. Though some have said that the book depicts homosexuality as an antagonistic trait, it is never specified as such in the book, and the homosexuality is subtle and never really discussed. The story is often anthologized and has been adapted many times in film and other media.

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