The five stories are "Green Tea", "The Familiar", "Mr Justice Harbottle" (perhaps better known in its earlier, very different version, "An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street"), "The Room in the Dragon Volant" (not a ghost story but a notable mystery story that includes the theme of premature burial), "Carmilla", a compelling tale of a lesbian vampire, set in central Europe which inspired several films, including Hammer's The Vampire Lovers (1970), Roger Vadim's Blood and Roses (1960), Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer's Vampyr (1932) and Harry Kümel's Daughters of Darkness in 1971.
Does anybody else find the idea of the monkey familiar in Green Tea frightening? I have a friend who swears she used to have a familiar of a black cat follow her around everywhere a few years ago. Anyone else had a similar experience? I've experienced nothing like it (I don't believe in the supernatural although the idea of it fascinates me) but since reading the story, I've always hesitated before a second cup of Green Tea!
I know next to nothing about Fanu. I feel that I may have read an illustrated version of one of his stories when I was a child.(That might be my imagination) Reading the brief biographical notes just now I was struck by the image of him writing at night by candle light. Surely one of the odder writing regimes. It said in the biographical details that he became a recluse after his wife's death. But the oldest of his four children could have been no more than fourteen. Does anyone know what became of them?
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