Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

"The match is over, and you may rise now and say Checkmate."

Walter Longcluse is a mysterious figure, a drifter and self-made man whose travels throughout France, Austria, and England resulted in a large personal fortune. Being personable, he is quickly accepted into the Arden family, former aristocrats whose once ascendant star has lately waned with unpaid debts and the shadow of a murder. As Longcluse courts Alice Arden, brother Richard becomes fast friends with Longcluse. A visit to a gambling club one night brings them face to face with Monsieur Lebas, a brute who seems to recognize Longcluse but is almost immediately found murdered. The story unfolds, to thrilling conclusion, with a surprising plot twist right at the end.

Checkmate is a chillingly atmospheric tale of betrayal as only Le Fanu could create.

  • Classification : Classic Crime & Adventure/Thrillers
  • Pub Date : JUN 20, 2023
  • Imprint : YELLOWBACK
  • Page Extent : 552
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9789357310420
  • Price : INR 699

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu (28 August 1814 7 February 1873) was an Irish writer of Gothic tales, mystery novels, and horror fiction. He was a leading ghost story writer of his time, central to the development of the genre in the Victorian era.

Three of his best-known works are the locked-room mystery Uncle Silas, the lesbian vampire novella Carmilla, and the historical novel The House by the Churchyard.

Sheridan Le Fanu studied law at Trinity College Dublin, where he was elected Auditor of the College Historical Society. Under a system peculiar to Ireland he did not have to live in Dublin to attend lectures, but could study at home and take examinations at the university when necessary. He was called to the bar in 1839, but he never practiced and soon abandoned law for journalism. In 1838 he began contributing stories to the Dublin University Magazine, including his first ghost story, entitled "The Ghost and the Bone-Setter" (1838). He became the owner of several newspapers from 1840, including the Dublin Evening Mail and the Warder.

Le Fanu's work influenced several later writers. Most famously, Carmilla influenced Bram Stoker in the writing of Dracula. M.R. James' ghost fiction was influenced by Le Fanu's work in the genre. Oliver Onions's supernatural novel The Hand of Kornelius Voyt (1939) was inspired by Le Fanu's Uncle Silas.

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