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The Haunted and the Haunters; or, The House and the Brain

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The Haunted and the Haunters; or, The House and the Brain

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Alternate Title: The Haunters and the Haunted: or, The House and the Brain
Author: Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Publisher: Original English publication, 1859

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The Ghost of Rashmon Hall

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A rationalist Victorian visits a haunted house in order to explain the nature of its ghostly inhabitants.

This novelette originally appeared in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, August 1859. It has been anthologized many times. It was the basis for the 1948 movie Night Comes Too Soon (The Ghost of Rashmon Hall).


The dread that came over me, to be thus in the dark with that dark Thing, whose power was so intensely felt, brought a reaction of nerve. In fact, terror had reached that climax, that either my senses must have deserted me, or I must have burst through the spell. I did burst through it. I found voice, though the voice was a shriek. I remember that I broke forth with words like these--"I do not fear, my soul does not fear"; and at the same time I found the strength to rise. Still in that profound gloom I rushed to one of the windows--tore aside the curtain--flung open the shutters; my first thought was--light. And when I saw the moon high, clear, and calm, I felt a joy that almost compensated for the previous terror. There was the moon, there was also the light from the gas-lamps in the deserted slumberous street. I turned to look back into the room; the moon penetrated its shadow very palely and partially--but still there was light. The dark Thing, whatever it might be, was gone--except that I could yet see a dim shadow which seemed the shadow of that shade, against the opposite wall.

Copyright © 1859 by Edward Bulwer-Lytton


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