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The Power of Darkness

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Author: E. Nesbit
Published: 1905
Language: English
Wordcount: 5,475 / 15 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.7
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 2,439
Added to site: 2007.04.03 16456
Genres: Short Story, Horror

his wits.'

And the devil answered: 'Nonsense; do him good. He oughtn't to be such a schoolgirl.'

Anyway, the five pounds might as well be won tonight as any other night. He would take a greatcoat, sleep sound in the place of horrors, and the people who opened it in the morning to sweep and dust would bear witness that he had passed the night there. He thought he might trust to the French love of a sporting wager to keep him from any bother with the authorities.

So he went in among the crowd, and looked about among the waxworks for a place to hide in. He was not in the least afraid of these lifeless images. He had always been able to control his nervous tremors in his time. He was not even afraid of being frightened, which, by the way, is the worst fear of all.

As one looks at the room of the poor little Dauphin one sees a door to the left. It opens out of the room on to blackness. There were few people in the gallery. Vincent watched, and, in a moment when he was alone, stepped ov

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.3 from 4 reviews: ****
Lisa Carr

Two friends bet each other that they can't spend the night alone in a Parisian wax museum of horrors. One decides he might as well do it as soon as possible, and hides himself in the museum that night.
It's better written than Lovecraft's similar story.


It was a good read. It'll keep you interested enough.


It was a good read. It'll keep you interested enough.

C. Alan Loewen

Two friends in competition over the hand of a pretty girl dare each other to spend a night in a wax museum, the loser promising to give up and and all attempts at future courtship.

The locale of Paris, the claustrophobic moments in the darkness of the wax museum, and the typical Victorian ending make this a rather charming period piece with an element of horror suitable for a lighter palate.



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