Free and Discounted Ebooks
Join 150,000 readers! Get our ebook deals straight to your inbox.

The Red Room

Cover image for

Download


Author: H.G. Wells
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,739 / 20 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85.2
LoC Category: PR
Audiobook: literalsystems.org
Downloads: 2,563
Added to site: 2007.10.28
mnybks.net#: 18757
Origin: gutenberg.org
Excerpt

a red light, that streamed across the ceiling and staved off the shadows from me. The fire! Of course I could still thrust my candle between the bars and relight it.

I turned to where the flames were still dancing between the glowing coals and splashing red reflections upon the furniture; made two steps toward the grate, and incontinently the flames dwindled and vanished, the glow vanished, the reflections rushed together and disappeared, and as I thrust the candle between the bars darkness closed upon me like the shutting of an eye, wrapped about me in a stifling embrace, sealed my vision, and crushed the last vestiges of self-possession from my brain. And it was not only palpable darkness, but intolerable terror. The candle fell from my hands. I flung out my arms in a vain effort to thrust that ponderous blackness away from me, and lifting up my voice, screamed with all my might, once, twice, thrice. Then I think I must have staggered to my feet. I know I thought suddenly of the moonlit corridor, and

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 2.5 from 2 reviews: ***
2014.12.20
Lisa Carr
**...

A minor story by Wells. A somewhat sneering young man plans to spend the night in the room in a castle where several people have died. It is rumored to be haunted. The story gives a 'scientific' explanation of haunting that isn't too satisfying.
There's nothing wrong with the story, but there's nothing to recommend about it.

2007.10.30
Cheryl
***..

Short story that starts out as a haunted room tale but ends as a heavy- handed sermon on not letting fear rule you. Not Wells' best effort.


SUBSCRIBE TO MANYBOOKS 

FREE EBOOKS 

Join 150,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Author of the Day

Eric Wilder
Growing up, Eric Wilder always loved visiting New Orleans and listening to stories about this fascinating city. This inspired him to write a dark love story that takes place during Mardi Gras. As our author of the day, Wilder tells us all about his book, City of Spirits, where his hove for New Orleans comes from and why he worked a love triangle into his book.
Read full interview...