THE BEETLE: A Mystery


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THE BEETLE: A Mystery

RICHARD MARSH    Book Number: 54978    Product format: Paperback

From out of the dark and mystic Egypt come The Beetle, a creature of horror, 'born of neither God nor man', which can change its form at will. It is bent on revenge for a crime committed against the devotees of an ancient religion. At large in London, it pursues its victims without mercy and no one, it seems, is safe from its gruesome clutches. Richard Marsh's weird, compelling and highly original novel, which once outsold Dracula, is both a horror masterpiece and a fin de siecle melodrama embracing the fears and concerns of late Victorian society. Long out of print, The Beetle is now available in this Wordsworth edition, ready to chill you to the marrow and give you nightmares. 288pp. Paperback.
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ISBN 9781840226096
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Customer ratings for THE BEETLE: A Mystery

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Average rating: 4
A very enjoyable bit of "gaslight gothic"
from Anonymous on 18/12/2014
Comparisons with Dracula (while inevitable) are wider of the mark than might be thought from reading the back cover. Where the Stoker volume is in effect a morality tale where good triumphs over evil but not without sacrifice, The Beetle is a more straight forward good versus evil contest where casualties are limited to the bit players (or at least the lower class ones) and the "heroes" show what to are our modern eyes are gaping character flaws. The male characters indeed are not too easy to feel positively about while the ladies are purer and more upright. Settle back and read it as a romp - imagine the characters as played by Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and the Hammer cast list and enjoy. I did!
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