The Body Snatcher and Other Tales

The Body Snatcher and Other Tales

by Robert Louis Stevenson
     
 

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Renowned as the author of such popular adventure stories as Kidnapped and Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson also wrote gripping tales of terror and the supernatural. Stevenson's considerable gifts as a teller of tales shine brightly in this choice collection of three of his best short stories.

The Gothic tale of "The Body Snatcher" concerns a young medical

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Renowned as the author of such popular adventure stories as Kidnapped and Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson also wrote gripping tales of terror and the supernatural. Stevenson's considerable gifts as a teller of tales shine brightly in this choice collection of three of his best short stories.

The Gothic tale of "The Body Snatcher" concerns a young medical student's dealings with grave robbers who provide corpses to dissect and study -- a practice that takes on increasingly sinister dimensions. Swirling seas, dangerous reefs, and inhospitable islanders provide the grim backdrop for a tale of greed, lunacy, and unbridled fear in "The Merry Men," the name given by the inhabitants of Aros to the fearsome breakers that pound their tiny Scottish isle. "The Bottle Imp" -- an intricately told tale of love and adventure, avarice and envy, and good and evil -- centers on a magical bottle that provides its owner with all he desires, but at a great cost.

This exceptional collection of tales will thrill admirers of the author's craft as well as aficionados of classic horror stories.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Stevenson suddenly is quite popular again, with several of his books coming back into print. This bargain volume includes the cover story plus "The Merry Men" and "The Bottle Imp." In Stevenson's home town of Edinburgh, stealing corpses for sale to medical students became so prevalent that the city built high walls and even guard towers around cemeteries to keep the living citizens out and the dead in, so his story is based on truth. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781420936407
Publisher:
Neeland Media LLC
Publication date:
01/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

Novelist, poet, and travel writer, Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) wrote captivating tales for readers of all ages, including Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
November 13, 1850
Date of Death:
December 3, 1894
Place of Birth:
Edinburgh, Scotland
Place of Death:
Vailima, Samoa
Education:
Edinburgh University, 1875

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