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The Beetle

Richard Marsh

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A story about a mysterious oriental figure who pursues a British politician to London, where he wreaks havoc with his powers of hypnosis and shape-shifting, Marsh’s novel is of a piece with other sensational turn-of-the-century fictions such as Stoker’s Dracula, George du Maurier’s Trilby, and Sax Rohmer’s Fu Manchu novels. The Beetle is narrated from the perspectives of multiple characters, a technique used in many late nineteenth-century novels to create suspense (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .right off you, was playing catch-who-catch-can with intermittent gusts of blinding rain. Since it was not fit for a dog to walk, none of your cabs for me,—nothing would serve but pedestrian exercise.

So I had it.

I went down Park Lane,—and the wind and rain went with me,—also, thoughts of Dora Grayling. What a bounder I had been,—and was! If there is anything in worse taste than to book a lady for a dance, and then to leave her in the lurch, I should like to know what that thing is,—when found it ought to be made a note of. If any man of my acquaintance allowed himself to be guilty of such a felony in the first degree, I should cut him. I wished someone would try to cut me,—I should like to see him at it.

It was all Marjorie's fault,—everything! past, present, and to come. I had known that girl when she was in long frocks—I had, at that period of our acquaintance, pretty recen. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A middling read - it had some interesting elements and strong characters, but the pacing, and especially the ending, was rushed and didn't quite work for me. It's also a fairly uncomfortable read for a modern reader for several reasons.

"A face looked into mine, and, in front of me, were those dreadful eyes. Then, whether I was dead or living, I said to myself that this could be nothing human,--nothing fashioned in God's image could wear such a shape as that. Fingers were pressed into my cheeks, they were thrust into my mouth, they

mainly i enjoyed the clear voice/writing of March. it was nice to put aside for a moment contemporary thrillers and dive into end of 19th century victorian London with it fears, alleys, dreams of empire. beside being an early horror or pulp horror i found interesting that March had a point relevant

Many horror and mystery fans will recognize the title of this Victorian chiller as the one that was in direct competition with Brahm Stoker's "Dracula," even outselling it at one point. But for those who haven't yet read it, I feel I must share my thoughts.

There are a lot of similarities to "Dracula

Probably the most interesting thing I can say about this book was that it was published in 1897, the same year as Stoker’s Dracula and was initially a much better seller. Though I think in the end, the good Count has had the last laugh given that his book can be found in nearly every bookstore and l

La historia se abre con un hombre que está pasando una mala racha e intenta entrar en un albergue. Al no dejarle pasar, este personaje, deambulando por la calle, da con una casa que tiene una ventana abierta. Como parece que la casa esté sin habitar, se cuela por la ventana. Pero cuál será su sorpre

Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

Set in London amidst the Victorian era, The Beetle gives the testimonial account of four characters whose lives intersect as they struggle to solve the mystery behind a terrifying creature – a gruesome beetl

The Beetle was published in the same year as Bram Stoker's Dracula (1897), and there are many aspects of the two gothic novels that are similar: the multiple narrators, the exotic and mysterious supernatural threat, the remarkable sense of place. The Beetle initially was the more popular novel, and

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