Thursday, October 01, 2015

The Horla

The Horla is a supernatural/horror short story by Guy de Maupassassant. Horror author H.P. Lovecraft said this of it: "this tense narrative is perhaps without peer in its particular department", and it's considered an influence on Lovecraft's Cthulhu stories.

You can read it here, or you can have it read to you:



The story was written in 1887. About 4 years later the author was committed to a private asylum after a suicide attempt. He died there the following year at age 42.




4 comments:

  1. I have read this, and some other Maupassant stories. We had to read "Ball of fat" in school - and at least I appreciated it - and I believe that the film "Stagecoach" with John Wayne was an adaption of that story. A true classic. I was not aware of his tragic ending, though.

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    1. We studied de Maupassant stories in school, too, but I hadn't read any in years and hadn't read this one. I didn't know his personal history either. syphilis, bummer

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  2. I knew I'd be late, but when I started visiting, I couldn't get anything to load. I rebooted six times, then my mouse quit working. It's really, really hard to work without a mouse. I had to remember how to use the control and arrow keys to get what I needed.

    Needless to say, the links are not something I can use at the moment, but it's really sad that a person in the prime of their life would die so young and in what must have been a not-so-nice place..

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    1. My husband and younger son rarely use a mouse, but I can't manage without one. I hope that a private asylum would've been ok, but I don't know what private facilities were like in the late 1800s.

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