The Long Arm

Cover image for


Author: Franz Habl
Published: 1937
Language: English
Wordcount: 5,824 / 23 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78.7
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,296
Added to site: 2010.05.31 27975

Creeping, writhing, insidiously crawling and groping, the long arm reached out in its ghastly errand of death.

Show Excerpt

active, and at that time I was half mad about her. Still waters run deep, you know.

"Well, she had me under her spell so completely that I changed my mind about Father's money. I began to truckle to him, much as I had truckled to Wolansky. I began to feel him out to find whether he had made a will. He was very cold and non-committal. Finally I asked him outright if he would reconsider his decision to leave me penniless. He told me it was I that had made the decision, not he, and that he had no use for wishy-washy people that changed their minds like weather-cocks. He was very sarcastic. I lost my temper and answered him back. We had a terrible quarrel, and finally he--he struck me. I was twenty years old and a bigger man than he. And I think no man ever had more stubborn pride, at bottom, than I have.

"It was the Wolansky thing all over again. The humiliation, the effort at ingratiation, the failure, the long, eating, gnawing, growing hatred. And it--it ended the same way. The night of brooding


Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
Paulo Respighi

Pretty good boogeyman story. A failure of an insurance salesman returns to his hometown and meets an old school chum in a bar. The friend, despite being the head of their class, is also a failure and racked with guilt. He explains a crazy story about a talent he learned from a Hindoo which lets him strangle his enemies at a distance.
A two-person story told from the point of view of the salesman, it is creepy enough to cause a shiver. It's helped by the fact that the friend only hints at some things when telling his story.

(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

Cover image for The Long Arm by Franz Habl - Free eBook

Nefertiti's Heart

The Artifact Hunters Book 1
A.W. Exley

Cara Devon has always suffered curiosity and im... Read more

Cover image for The Long Arm by Franz Habl - Free eBook


Annelie Wendeberg

Our world changed - our climate, our ecosystems... Read more

Cover image for The Long Arm by Franz Habl - Free eBook


Psionic Pentalogy Book 1
Adrian Howell

A telekinetic teenager. A telepathic child. A p... Read more

Cover image for The Long Arm by Franz Habl - Free eBook

Astray in Couper

Matty Cruz Adventure Book 1
R. Marquez

When the economic downturn ends Matty Cruz’s co... Read more

Cover image for The Long Arm by Franz Habl - Free eBook


A Dystopian Trilogy Book 1
Peter R. Stone

A century after an apocalyptic war reduces all... Read more

Cover image for The Long Arm by Franz Habl - Free eBook

Where Angels Tread

Kensington Family Novels Book 1
Clare Kenna

Fall in love with the Kensington siblings in th... Read more

login | register

User ID


reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing helps us improve and stay online.

Popular in This Genre

The list of books below is based on the weekly downloads by our users regardless of eReader device or file format.

by Théophile Gautier
Advanced Chemistry
by Jack G. Huekels
The Adventure of the Devil's Foot
by Arthur Conan Doyle
And All the Earth a Grave
by Carroll M. Capps
Cold Ghost
by Chester S. Geier
The Way of the Bow
by Paulo Coelho
The Beach Scene
by Albert Berg
The K-Factor
by Harry Harrison

See more popular titles from this genre.