Irish writer (1814-1873). Sometimes referred to as: J. Sheridan LeFanu. Born in Dublin and studied law at Trinity College, but soon gave up law to be a journalist for the Dublin University Magazine. He was eventually promoted to editor and proprietor in 1869 and later bought three newspapers in Dublin.

LeFanu is still best known as a writer of mystery and supernatural fiction. He wrote 14 novels, including "The House by the Churchyard", "Uncle Silas", and "The Rose and the Key", but his most famous work is a short story about a kinda-sorta-possibly-lesbian vampire called "Carmilla". His work is credited with moving horror fiction away from the gothic elements common in the 19th century and towards a more personal emphasis on psychological horror.

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