The Invisible Eye: Tales of Terror by Emile Erckmann and Louis Alexandre Chatrian (Collins Chillers)

The Invisible Eye: Tales of Terror by Emile Erckmann and Louis Alexandre Chatrian (Collins Chillers)

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A collection of the finest supernatural tales by two of the best Victorian writers of weird tales – Erckmann–Chatrian, authors who inspired M. R. James, H. P. Lovecraft, and many others.

Emile Erckmann and Louis Alexandre Chatrian began their writing partnership in the 1840s and continued working together until the year before Chatrian’s death in 1890. At the height of their powers they were known as ‘the twins’, and their works proved popular translated into English. After their deaths, however, they slipped into obscurity; and apart from the odd tale reprinted in anthologies, their work has remained difficult to find and to appreciate.

In The Invisible Eye, veteran horror anthologist Hugh Lamb has collected together the finest weird tales by Erckmann–Chatrian. The world of which they wrote has long since vanished: a world of noblemen and peasants, enchanted castles and mysterious woods, haunted by witches, monsters, curses and spells. It is a world brought to life by the vivid imagination of these authors and praised by successors including M.R. James and H. P. Lovecraft. With an introduction by Hugh Lamb, and in paperback for the first time, this collection will transport the reader to the darkest depths of the nineteenth century: a time when anything could happen – and occasionally did.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780008265397
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/04/2018
Series: Collins Chillers
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Hugh Lamb has spent over forty years delving into weird fiction. His main area of research is Victorian ghost stories and he has published five anthologies of these. A freelance journalist by profession, Hugh Lamb lives in Sutton, Surrey.

Table of Contents

Introduction Hugh Lamb 1

The Invisible Eye 7

The Owl's Ear 25

The White and the Black 36

The Burgomaster in Bottle 56

My Inheritance 73

The Wild Huntsman 83

Lex Talionis 174

The Crab Spider 195

The Mysterious Sketch 209

The Three Souls 227

A Legend of Marseilles 244

Cousin Elof's Dream 252

The Citizen's Watch 268

The Murderer's Violin 292

The Child-Stealer 300

The Man-Wolf 315

Sources 405

Acknowledgements 408

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