The Story of the Late Mr. Elvesham opens with the following preface to Edward George Eden's account of the progressively unbelievable incidents leading to his death: "I set this story down, not expecting it will be believed, but, if possible, to prepare a way of escape for the next victim. He, perhaps, may profit by my misfortune. My own case, I know, is hopeless, and I am now in some measure prepared to meet my fate."More
A promising young doctor meets a short, yellow-faced old man, who promises "freedom and influence". That one seemingly chance introduction begins a series of increasingly unbelievable events in his life that culminate in a fateful, eternal, and damning swap. David Ian Davies performs H. G. Welles' masterful short tale of supernatural evil in tones that flow engagingly between melancholy and malevolent. Written as a warning to others who might "profit" by the storyteller’s misfortune, it is instead a harrowing fable of the villainy to which science may be put.
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