Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu is widely considered as one of the greatest writers of ghost stories to ever have lived. While today he may be overshadowed by his American contemporary, Edgar Allan Poe, in his time he was generally spoken of in the same breath. His influence upon later authors of gothic literature cannot be understated. Most notably his story of a seductive female vampire, "Carmilla," was highly influential upon Bram Stoker's Dracula. That work is included in this volume of Best Ghost Stories of J. S. Le Fanu along with the other following works: "Squire Toby's Will," "Schalken the Painter," "Madam Crowl's Ghost," "The Haunted Baronet," "The Familiar," "Mr. Justice Harbottle," "The Fortunes of Sir Robert Ardagh," "An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street," "The Dead Sexton," "Ghost Stories of the Tiled House," "The White Cat of Drumgunniol," "An Authentic Narrative of a Haunted House," "Sir Dominick's Bargain," and "Ultor De Lacy: A Legend of Cappercullen."