The Haunted and the Haunters
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  159 ratings  ·  22 reviews
A rationalist Victorian visits a haunted house in order to explain the nature of its ghostly inhabitants.

First published in Blackwood's, August 1859.

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sabisteb
„Das verfluchte Haus“ stammt aus der Feder von Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, 1. Baron Lytton (1803 - 1873) der vor allem für seinen Roman Die letzten Tage von Pompeji bekannt ist. „Das verfluchte Haus“ erschien 1857 unter dem Titel “The Haunted and the Haunters” bzw. “The House and the Brain” und erinnert auch ein wenig an das Grimmsche Märchen “Von einem der auszog das Gruseln zu lernen”.
Daniel Douglas ist wohlhabend und gelangweilt. Sein größter Wunsch ist es einmal einen echten Geist zu seinen...more
Félix
Fascinante fenomenología poltergeist que nuevamente tiene más que ver con el documento o el ensayo que con torticeros recursos narrativos, como tiene que ser.

Se lee de un tirón.
Kaethe
We were talking about ghost stories the other evening, and the Spouse mentioned this one as a particular favorite. It is a good 'un. Funny, it seems like it should have been one of E F Benson's. All the details about the house being up for lease, in particular, since Benson's ghost stories are much about real estate.

Bulwer-Lytton does go on a tad with his theory, but the set-up is so pleasing: a rational man hears about a haunted house and undertakes to spend a night in it, with reasonable preca...more
Sub_zero
3.5/5

Cada nuevo libro que saca Impedimenta al mercado es motivo de gozo y de celebración bibliófila. Y aunque no conocía de nada al autor de esta pequeña novela, leerla ha sido un grato descubrimiento, una manera original y rompedora de aproximarse a los relatos de casas encantadas que tanto me han gustado desde siempre. Bulwer-Lytton parte de una premisa sencilla pero muy efectiva: cierto caballero inglés se entera de que un conocido suyo ha pasado la noche en una casa sobre la que pesan infini...more
Mariano Hortal
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Tengo que reconocer que el subgénero de casas de fantasmas dentro de las historias de terror siempre me atrae, quizá el que más junto con los vampiros y los “slashers”. No son pocos los que lo han practicado y no son pocos los que lo harán en el futuro. También en el cine se ha hecho con mejor o peor suerte y el número de muestras es prácticamente tendente al infinito.
De ahí que cada vez que sale algún exponente del género no pierda ocasión e...more
Miguel Alcázar
[...] El protagonista —un Iker Jiménez victoriano al que lo sobrenatural le pone cachondo— entra en conocimiento de la existencia de una casa verdaderamente encantada a través de un amigo «hombre de letras y filósofo» (estos adjetivos debían ser garantía de algo en el pasado) y esto le suscita una curiosidad tremenda por ser persona decepcionada en el pasado por misterios supuestamente sobrenaturales que finalmente quedaron en nada. Siguiendo una extravagante filosofía sobre lo paranormal que aú...more
A.M.
I only know of Lord Lytton as the author of the Last Days of Pompeii, so I was very surprised to find he had dabbled in writing horror stories.
This one is a haunted house story where each person sees something different. In need of an adventure, the hero, after a friend tells him of renting this house, decides to rent it himself. He sends his manservant off to prepare it - as you do.
They spend one night in the house. They find some letters that suggest a dire deed. The rest of the night goes ver...more
La Espada en la Tinta
H. P. Lovecraft, aparte de autor del ciclo de mitos de Cthulhu –y por ello, una de las figuras más influyentes del terror– era un crítico despiadado y certero, y su aval tiene mucho peso para mi; de modo que fui a consultar mi ejemplar de su ensayo “El horror sobrenatural en la literatura” (reeditado recientemente por Valdemar en su colección "Gótica") para ver qué decía exactamente al respecto. Y, en efecto, parece que a Lovecraft le encajaba la definición de “La casa y el cerebro” como una de...more
Ana Nita-yav
Reseñable el cambio del "raciocinio" a la creencia sobrenatural en la narración
David
'It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.'

A largely forgotten Victorian novelist, vastly successful at the time. This was the first ghost story I read. I love it.
Osie
This is an interesting and largely forgotten Victorian ghost story. Sometimes, when reading a 19th century literature, you forget it was written so long ago; that is not the case here. Not that that’s a bad thing. The story begins in a somewhat banal fashion, but does pay off in the end. I was very pleasantly surprised at the alchemical implications that were snuck in later in the novel.
Marc Pastor
La part sobrenatural és deliciosa. Un poltergeist victorià com cal, una casa encantada exemplar, un protagonista pedant a qui fostiaries. Quan decideix racionalitzar el que és irracional, resulta naïf (ai, el positivisme del XIX), però remunta amb un duel final que afegeix un altre esglaó més en el sense of wonder.
Ken
This was a good haunted house story but seemed a bit dated with several elements of the Spiritualism movement that was in its infancy at the time of publication. The author also went on several long missives expressing his ideas on the origins of hauntings and also displaying some considerable disbelief in the Spiritualism that filled this story.

3 STARS
Del
Excellent atmospheric ghost story. I first read this when I was about 16 and have revisited it over the years. Just finished reading it again and found that it is still as fresh and disturbing as it was all those years ago. A poignant story of lost love and fiendish revenge I thoroughly recommend it to any fan of the eerie genre.
Tim Prasil
An interesting early story of ghosts -- or are they something else? The story ends up in a different place that it starts, and that's interesting, but there's no real characterization here.
Gunnar
Nov 02, 2012 Gunnar rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Excellent late Victorian pseudo-scientific-paranormal-not-supernatural story. If you like Sherlock Holmes with a whiff of ghost story, this one's for you.
Kevin Lucia
Interesting installment in the "haunted house" motif, also portraying an "occult detective". Should be fun to talk about on our next Tales to Terrify...
Fernando
Estupendo. Una edición cuidada y bella. Bien traducida. Un gran relato de casas encantadas que vale su precio.
Alonso Esponda ramírez
Muy, muy bueno, una historia llena de magia, carácter, fuerza, familia, muy recomendable
Charles Berman
Unremarkable and not especially effective little ghost story.
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Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton PC, was an English novelist, poet, playwright, and politician. Lord Lytton was a florid, popular writer of his day, who coined such phrases as "the great unwashed", "pursuit of the almighty dollar", "the pen is mightier than the sword", and the infamous incipit "It was a dark and stormy night."

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