This is one of the most significant and intriguing Gothic novels of the Victorian period and is enjoyed today as a modern psychological thriller.
In "Uncle Silas" (1864) Le Fanu brought up to date Mrs Radcliffe's earlier tales of virtue imprisoned and menaced by unscrupulous schemers.
The narrator, Maud Ruthyn, is a 17 year old orphan left in the care of her fearful uncle, Silas.
Together with his boorish son and a sinister French governess, Silas plots to kill Maud and claim her fortune.
The novel established Le Fanu as a master of horror fiction.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 528 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 07/12/2000
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780140437461