Green Tea: and Other Weird Stories

ISBN : 9780198835882

J. Sheridan Le Fanu; Aaron Worth
464 Pages
129 x 196 mm
Pub date
Jun 2020
Oxford World's Classics
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  • A landmark edition of Le Fanu's shorter fiction, the form at which he most excelled
  • The first critical edition of a substantial collection/selection of Le Fanu's shorter fiction
  • An introduction which contextualizes Le Fanu's fiction in relation to Irish history, the history of the British Empire, the history of the 'Weird', among other topics
  • A comprehensive bibliography and extensive Explanatory Notes
  • Stories taken from first periodical publication, including original periodical version of 'The Watcher'
  • Stories presented in chronological sequence, allowing for fullest and most complete picture of Le Fanu's development as a writer of horror/weird fiction over a career spanning three and a half decades

'Well, a corpse is a natural thing; but this was the dreadfullest sight I ever sid...'
Sheridan Le Fanu is one of the indispensable figures in the history of Gothic and horror fiction-the most important such writer in English, certainly, between Poe and M. R. James. While a number of his sensation and mystery novels were popular with mid-Victorian readers, it was in shorter forms that he truly excelled, and most showed himself an innovator in the field of uncanny fiction. Tales such as 'Carmilla' and 'Green Tea' prompted M. R. James to remark, 'he succeeds in inspiring a mysterious terror better than any other writer'.
This landmark critical edition includes the original versions of all five stories later collected in the superb In a Glass Darkly, along with seven equally chilling tales spanning the length of Le Fanu's career, from 'Schalken the Painter', a pioneering story of the walking dead, to 'Laura Silver Bell', a haunting exploration of the dark side of fairy lore.
Aaron Worth's introduction discusses the paranoid, claustrophobic world of Le Fanu's fiction as a counterpoint-one in its own way equally modern-to the cosmic horror tale as practiced by such writers as H. P. Lovecraft.


Note on The Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Sheridan Le Fanu
The Ghost and the Bonesetter
The Fortunes of Sir Robert Ardagh
The Drunkard's Dream
A Strange Event in the Life of Schalken the Painter
A Chapter in the History of a Tyrone Family
The Mysterious Lodger
Spalatro: From the Notes of Fra Giacomo
Ghost Stories of Chapelizod
An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street
Ultor de Lacy
An Authentic Narrative of a Haunted House
Ghost Stories of the Tiled House
Wicked Captain Walshawe, of Wauling
Squire Toby's Will
Madam Crowl's Ghost
The Haunted Baronet
The Vision of Tom Chuff
Stories of Lough Guir
The White Cat of Drumgunniol
The Child that Went with the Fairies
Laura Silver Bell
Sir Dominick's Bargain
Dickon the Devil
Green Tea
The Familiar
Mr Justice Harbottle
The Room in the Dragon Volant
Explanatory Notes

About the author: 

J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Edited by Aaron Worth, Associate Professor, Rhetoric, Boston University
Aaron Worth is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric at Boston University, author of Imperial Media (2014), and editor of The Great God Pan and Other Horror Stories by Arthur Machen (OUP 2018). His writing has also appeared in The Paris Review, the Times Literary Supplement, and leading scholarly journals including Victorian Studies. He is also an active member of the Horror Writers Association, with fiction appearing in, most recently, Vastarien and Cemetery Dance.

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