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The Horror of the Heights & Other Strange Tales collects fourteen vintage stories, told as only a master of the Victorian terror tale can tell them. In these sophisticated ...

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Overview

Most readers know Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, the rational detective who epitomized deductive logic. Who could have guessed that Doyle also wrote some of the most wildly imaginative tales of horror and supernatural published in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries?

The Horror of the Heights & Other Strange Tales collects fourteen vintage stories, told as only a master of the Victorian terror tale can tell them. In these sophisticated fictions souls change bodies, monsters haunt the upper atmosphere, séances summon creatures from the astral plane, and mummies stalk the fog shrouded streets of London. This volume features the best of Doyle’s incomparable tales of the macabre, including:

  • “The Captain of the ‘Pole-Star’ ”—In the wild wastes of the arctic, a sea captain confronts the specter of a memory that has haunted him for much of his life.
  • “Lot No. 249”—Woe betide the man who crossed Bellingham, a student of Egyptian lore who could reanimate the dead to do his bidding.
  •  “The Parasite”—Who was safe from the irresistible Miss Penclosa, a woman who could insert herself into a person’s thoughts and assert her will against their wishes?
  • “The Leather Funnel”—Anyone who slept in the room with the antique artifact endured horrible dreams of cruel tortures.
  • “The Horror of the Heights”—The first aeronaut to ascend to the stratosphere finds it populated by a species that is alien—and hostile.

Open this book and enter a world of gas-lit thrills and chills, where the most logical thing of all is to be scared.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435125049
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 8/10/2010
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) had been publishing for a decade when his first adventure of detective Sherlock Holmes, the character who would stake his claim to literary immortality, appeared in 1887. Over a writing career that spanned another four decades, Doyle produced a large body of work that includes historical, sports, adventure, mystery, horror, and science fiction.

Biography

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859. After nine years in Jesuit schools, he went to Edinburgh University, receiving a degree in medicine in 1881. He then became an eye specialist in Southsea, with a distressing lack of success. Hoping to augment his income, he wrote his first story, A Study in Scarlet. His detective, Sherlock Holmes, was modeled in part after Dr. Joseph Bell of the Edinburgh Infirmary, a man with spectacular powers of observation, analysis, and inference. Conan Doyle may have been influenced also by his admiration for the neat plots of Gaboriau and for Poe's detective, M. Dupin. After several rejections, the story was sold to a British publisher for £25, and thus was born the world's best-known and most-loved fictional detective. Fifty-nine more Sherlock Holmes adventures followed.

Once, wearying of Holmes, his creator killed him off, but was forced by popular demand to resurrect him. Sir Arthur -- he had been knighted for this defense of the British cause in his The Great Boer War -- became an ardent Spiritualist after the death of his son Kingsley, who had been wounded at the Somme in World War I. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle died in Sussex in 1930.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 22, 1859
    2. Place of Birth:
      Edinburgh, Scotland
    1. Date of Death:
      July 7, 1930
    2. Place of Death:
      Crowborough, Sussex, England

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