In a Glass Darkly

Horror expert Kim Newman introduces the weird tales of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and their curious cultural afterlife.

“… In a Glass Darkly (from which the novella Carmilla is drawn) is purportedly a collection of case histories written up by Dr Martin Hesselius, a proto-psychiatrist who is among the first occult detectives in literature. The pompous (and not always effectual) Dr Hesselius tries to present the supernatural in semi-scientific terms, which paradoxically invite the reader to consider stranger explanations.”

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