Uncle Silas

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Uncle Silas  (1865) 
by Sheridan Le Fanu
Uncle Silas is a Victorian Gothic mystery/thriller novel by the Anglo-Irish writer J. Sheridan Le Fanu. It is notable as one of the earliest examples of the locked room mystery subgenre. It is not a novel of the supernatural (despite a few creepily ambiguous touches), but does show a strong interest in the occult and in the ideas of Swedenborg. Like many of Le Fanu's novels, it grew out of an earlier short story, "A Passage in the Secret History of an Irish Countess" (1839), which he also published as "The Murdered Cousin" in the 1851 collection Ghost Stories and Tales of Mystery.
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UNCLE SILAS

A Tale of Bartram-Haugh

By
J. S. LeFanu

1899

TO
THE RIGHT HON.
THE COUNTESS OF GIFFORD,
AS A TOKEN OF
RESPECT, SYMPATHY, AND ADMIRATION
This Tale
IS INSCRIBED BY
THE AUTHOR

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This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.