“What Was It? A Mystery” (1859)

Creators

Fitz James O’Brien (writer).

Extent

Read in 2017.

Subject

An invisible humanoid creature in contemporary New York.

Commentary

A good example both of a certain naturalism—the supernatural creature essentially starving to death in captivity—and of the characters within the story discussing supernatural horror literature, and laughing, without breaking the fourth wall.

References here: “The Damned Thing” (1894), “From Beyond” (1934).

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