It was an Irish writer of short stories and mystery novels. Her ghost stories are one of the first examples of the horror genre in its modern form, in which, as in his account Schalken the painter, does not always triumph virtue nor a simple explanation of supernatural phenomena is offered.
Sheridan Le Fanu was born into a family of Huguenot ancestry of origin. His grandmother Alice Sheridan Le Fanu, and her son, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, second uncle J. Sheridan Le Fanu, were both playwrights, and his niece, Rhoda Broughton, successful novelist.
He studied law at Trinity College Dublin, where he was appointed auditor of the Historical Society. But Le Fanu did not like the laws and switched to journalism. From then until his death he published many stories. From 1861-1869, he edited the Dublin University Magazine, which published many of his works in installments. It belonged to the staff of several newspapers, including mented Dublin University Magazine and the Dublin Evening Mail and, until his death, which occurred in the city where he was born, Dublin on February 7, 1873.