By Ernest George Henham
The narrator of Tenebrae inhabits a decaying, desolate mansion within the distant and wild geographical region together with his more youthful brother and their mad previous uncle, pushed insane through abuse of opium and alcohol. This anonymous narrator is a morbid younger guy who passes such a lot of his time in a room painted all black, poring over arcane manuscripts facing the mysteries of dying, whereas sipping garishly colored liquors brewed via his uncle or cups of espresso flavoured with arsenic.
When he falls in love with a neighbour, he appears ahead to marrying her and buying and selling his lifetime of despondency for one among pleasure. probably unsurprisingly, although, she reveals him really disagreeable corporation and as a substitute falls in love together with his brother. pushed to murderous jealousy, he resolves upon a brutal crime. yet after the consummation of his poor act, he unearths himself haunted by way of an enormous, tremendous spider. Is it a fable as a result of incipient insanity? the reincarnated soul of his murdered sufferer, lower back for vengeance? or does it foretell a destiny much more scary than may be in all likelihood imagined?
Published in 1898, on the finish of a decade during which English writers explored the literary chances of the Gothic with such characters as Dorian grey, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Dracula, and The Beetle, Ernest G. Henham's bizarre horror novel Tenebrae is equivalent to the works of Poe. probably unmatched in its severe darkness and gloom, and but from time to time grimly, although in all probability accidentally, hilarious, Tenebrae is still one of many strangest productions of this fertile literary interval. This newly typeset version contains the unabridged textual content of the 1st version, in addition to an creation and notes via Gerald Monsman, the key pupil of Henham (1870-1946), who later released below the identify John Trevena. additionally featured is a replica of the canopy of the awfully scarce first version.
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The color of the water in connection with the nature of the banks will tell us something. The waters of the Rio Branco, for instance, are said to be milky white; those of the Rio Negro, black. In the latter case the color is probably owing to the decomposition of vegetation. I would advise each one of our parties to pass a large amount of water from any river or stream along which they travel through a filter, and to examine the deposit microscopically. They will thus ascertain the character of the detritus, whether from sand, or lime, or granite, or mere river mud formed by the decomposition of organic matter.
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Tenebrae by Ernest George Henham