Review of “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” (1845)


Edgar Allan Poe (writer).

Read in 2022.

Ernest Valdemar, a man condemned to die by a pulmonary disease, requests hospice care by a hypnotist.

The earlier “Mesmeric Revelation” (1844) is superficially similar, but is almost pure exposition. “The Facts” has minimal worldbuilding and more drama, despite being cast in the mold of non-fiction for a hoax. It’s fine supernatural horror.

References here: “Von Kempelen and His Discovery” (1849), “Cool Air” (1928), The Beast in the Trenches (2019).

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