Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873) was an Irish writer of Gothic tales and mystery novels. He was the leading ghost-story writer of the 19th century and was central to the development of the genre in the Victorian era.
Green Tea is an iconic Gothic horror story which tells the story of a tea-drinking clergyman, haunted by a terrifying black monkey, which follows him wherever he goes, urging him to dreadful deeds and blighting his life in every way.
The case is related by the erudite Dr. Martin Hesselius, a German doctor whom the clergyman had consulted.
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I love J.S. LeFanu. He is a brilliant writer. There is nothing wrong with the story, but the lady reading it has the most annoying voice in the history of the world. It's like nails on a chalk board the whole way through. Luckily it's a short story and it only takes her about an hour and a half to get through it!
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