Dyson was shocked at the result of his own audacity. The man shrank and shrivelled in terror, the sweat poured down a face of ashy white, and he held up his hands before him....
|Title||:||The Inmost Light|
|Number of Pages||:||48 Pages|
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The Inmost Light Reviews
Excellent short featuring the character of Dyson who occurs in a number of Machen's short stories. He is to all effects, an occult investigator. Here, he discovers the strange story of Dr. Black who lives on the outskirts of London. Black had a wife who mysteriously disappeared for an extended period of time, and was then witnessed staring demonically out from a window at the back of her house by Dyson himself.He discovers, due to unintentional assistance from a friend Salisbury, and what he terms 'acting on the theories of improbability' that she underwent a process of transformation whereby her soul was extracted into the confines of an opal, being replaced by that of a demon. Black then acted according to her wishes and killed her.Excellent and compelling, with some truly atmospheric descriptions of London.
Found this Author by chance, thanks to an album from Current 93 and of course had to read this story 'cause it was inspiration for the album, at least according to what I've read. It's indeed a very short story but it has something, some mood that's really enjoyable, creepy enough to keep my interest. Definitely reading more from him, next is Great God Pan.
Enjoyable reading. A short novella. Perhaps a little too contrived for modern tastes.
Strange little short story.
This is an interesting tale that, like Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, wavers somewhere between horror and science fiction. A scary experiment succeeds, and Dyson, the detective-ish protagonist, discovers the horrible results.I read this as I work on compiling a Chronological Bibliography of Early Occult Detectives. Dyson is on that list, and you can read other such characters at my blog: http://timprasil.wordpress.com/
very interesting story and a quick read. I was lost in the story and Machen's style of writing