The Novel of the White Powder

Author: Arthur Machen
Published: 1895
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,942 / 19 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.2
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 2,543
Added to site: 2005.12.04
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Genres: Horror, Short Story
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A man's behavior takes a strange turn when he begins to take a new prescription. His sister can't decide if this is for the better or for the worse...

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irs. His footsteps crossed the hall, and there was a pause at the door; I drew a long, sick breath with difficulty, and saw my face white in a little mirror, and he came in and stood at the door. There was an unutterable horror shining in his eyes; he steadied himself by holding the back of a chair with one hand, his lower lip trembled like a horse's, and he gulped and stammered unintelligible sounds before he spoke.

"I have seen that man," he began in a dry whisper. "I have been sitting in his presence for the last hour. My God! And I am alive and in my senses! I, who have dealt with death all my life, and have dabbled with the melting ruins of the earthly tabernacle. But not this, oh! not this," and he covered his face with his hands as if to shut out the sight of something before him.

"Do not send for me again, Miss Leicester," he said with more composure. "I can do nothing in this house. Good-bye."

As I watched him totter down the steps; and along the pavement towards his house, it se

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Average Rating of 4.3 from 3 reviews: *****
2013.02.23
Sardo Weems
***..

A short story that starts out as a mystery and ends up supernatural. The writing (descriptions, plotting) is better than most of the type.

2012.01.04
jhelhen
*****

It'll keep you interested to find out what's wrong with the brother and how it ended. It's a great story.

2011.01.05
Noelle138
*****

Excellent read! The suspense builds page by page to reach a terrifying climax at the end.


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