‘He stands in the absolutely first rank as a writer of ghost stories.’  – M.R. James                                                                                                                           

Best known for his Gothic masterpiece Uncle Silas and the vampire story ‘Carmilla’, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu was a prolific writer, whose extensive output included historical, sensation, and horror novels, poems and ballads, numerous stories of the supernatural, political journalism, and a verse-drama. However, while his name is well known to aficionados of the horror genre, much of his work still remains in the dark.

On the occasion of the bicentenary of Le Fanu’s birth, this conference intends to bring together established scholars and emerging researchers, in order to shed new light on some of Le Fanu’s less famous fiction and celebrate his influential contribution to the Gothic genre.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

For any queries, please contact Valeria Cavalli at or Jarlath Killeen at


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