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J. S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 1

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Published: 1853
Language: English
Wordcount: 17,830 / 57 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 63.6
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 6,701
Added to site: 2005.12.22 12361

Schalken the Painter (1851) and An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street (1853)

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sum in value five times the fortune which she has a right to expect from her husband. This shall lie in your hands, together with her dowry, and you may apply the united sum as suits her interest best; it shall be all exclusively hers while she lives: is that liberal?"

Douw assented, and inwardly acknowledged that fortune had been extraordinarily kind to his niece; the stranger, he thought, must be both wealthy and generous, and such an offer was not to be despised, though made by a humourist, and one of no very prepossessing presence. Rose had no very high pretensions for she had but a modest dowry, which she owed entirely to the generosity of her uncle; neither had she any right to raise exceptions on the score of birth, for her own origin was far from splendid, and as the other objections, Gerald resolved, and indeed, by the usages of the time, was warranted in resolving, not to listen to them for a moment.

"Sir" said he, addressing the stranger, "your offer is liberal, and whatever hesitation I may

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Average Rating of 5 from 5 reviews: *****
Henry L. Ratliff

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  • Schalken the Painter (1851)

    o A painter makes a financial deal, of marriage, for his young ward.

    o The girl returns after her marriage, terrified, fleeing from her husband.

    o She askes for a priest and safety from the evil that pursues her.

  • An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street

    o Two friends take up residence in the old home of an infamous hanging judge.

    o That judge is dead, but can all that evil stay at rest?


I loved both stories. Great read.


Loved the 2 stories especially Schalken the Painter. Highly recommended.


Two excellent stories. 'An account of some strange...' is one of the creepiest stories I've ever read.


This book contains two ghost stories - not the gory "in-your-face" slasher stories that abound today - but rather moody, eloquent 19th century spoooooooky tales. Each story will take about 30 minutes to read, but will leave you with goose bumps much longer. The second tale, in particular, left me feeling the need to have a nightlight in my room that night!

Good reading!



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