Joseph Sheridan LeFanu was one of the major figures of 19th centrury supernaturalism. He helped move supernaturalist fiction away from the Gothic's emphasis on external sources of terror and toward a focus on the effects of terror, thus helping to create the psychological basis for supernaturalist and horror lit that continues today.
"Carmilla" is LeFanu's famous vampire story. It is, according to E. F. Bleiler, "probably the best vampire story of all." (Guide to Supernatural Fiction).
"Green Tea" is another chilling example of a classic horror story. Dickens himself was fascinated by the work of Le Fanu and printed Le Fanu's "Green Tea" in his periodical, All the Year Round (1869).
"Bram Stoker wrote a masterpiece; it is called Dracula. It is imaginative and a great proof of high art; however it is not the original work it is widely thought to be. Stoker owes much to Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and his brilliant story 'Carmilla'. The similarities in setting, character development, and plot declares, as if by proclamation, the paternity of Dracula." (Webspawner.com)
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Review of Carmilla & Green Tea
- C. Coggins
Bram Stoker he's not
For those who are deeply interested in the development of the vampire stories, this might prove enjoyable.
The narrator of the Carmilla story was weak and the voice she uses for the Carmilla character seems misguided. The narrator of the Green Tea story was fun to listen to.
Overall, as someone who is not a fan of the vampire genre and does not really understand it's appeal, I found this a dull "read". (Green Tea is not a vampire story.)