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The Beast With Five Fingers

3.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  69 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
a selection from the story's opening:
THE STORY, I suppose, begins with Adrian Borlsover, whom I met when I was a little boy and he an old man. My father had called to appeal for a subscription, and before he left, Mr. Borlsover laid his right hand in blessing on my head. I shall never forget the awe in which I gazed up at his face and realized for the first time that eyes
Published December 26th 2008 by Amazon Digital Services (first published June 1928)
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Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
The Beast With Five Fingers is a rather indiscriminate collection for a 'Mystery & Supernatural' imprint, with only a third of the tales qualifying as horror (several of which are psychological rather than supernatural) and only one real mystery tale. The remainder consists of droll little vignettes of human nature, quasi-moralistic slices of life and so forth. These are not without interest, but they are generally very slight.

Of the horror tales (or rather, the tales of unease - horror is g
Mar 05, 2014 Kurt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was in single digit years when I first read Harvey's story, Across the Moors, which left an imprint on my memory ever since. I certainly wasn't disappointed by this collection, either. While many of the stories disturb in more of a psychological manner, the settings and the snapshots of time captured are superb. After finishing the collection, Midnight House has joined Across the Moors as one of the most memorable stories I've read. My only wish is that the remainder of Harvey's works were inc ...more
William F. Harvey, más que historias de terror, fue un creador de suspense, donde el papel del lector es preponderante. Leyendo algunos de sus relatos, uno no sabe si lo que está sucediendo es real o achacable a la mente enferma y susceptible de sus protagonistas. Hay que mencionar que Harvey era cuáquero, movimiento religioso pacífico y honrado fundado en el siglo XVII, y por tanto no creía en lo sobrenatural. Es por ello que el escritor no lo desprecia tajantemente, sino que lo alude de forma ...more
Rodrigo Tello
Me costó entender la narrativa de Harvey. Pretencioso por momentos, en otros no se anima a admitir lo sobrenatural, en otros tantos juega con situaciones, si se quiere, humorísticas, es un autor que no supo llegarme.

Un autor que podría dar mucho más de sí y sin embargo se queda en cuentos más bien débiles, faltos de suspenso y sorpresa, con finales confusos, y apelando en algunos casos a una relatividad exagerada.

Todos puntos que ponen al autor por debajo de otros maestros del género. No obstant
Dec 16, 2015 Denise rated it liked it
Uncle Adrian was blind but developed the use of his hands to a fantastic degree. Unknown to even him, he's capable of automatic writing. His nephew notices it.

After Uncle Adrian passes away, his nephew Eustace receives a box that contains what he thinks is a live animal...

Please read the full review here.
Aug 20, 2014 Fabulantes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terror
"Harvey es un narrador de primera categoría, un purista de la forma. Su relato "Calor de agosto", que abre el libro de Valdemar, forma parte del material didáctico fundamental de muchos talleres de escritura por su construcción y por el sostenimiento del suspense y de la acción dramática. Gracias a esta templanza, y al autodominio del carácter que se vislumbra en cada esquina de sus cuentos, el autor cuáquero hace gala de una enorme paciencia y tra
Dec 07, 2015 Nilar rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found it quite difficult to understand this story..
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Oct 10, 2012 Bobby newman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
The short story "The Beast With Five Fingers" literally scared me when I first read it. I was in high school on summer vacation. I stayed all night reading books. After I read this I was paranoid that a hand was coming through the window at night to get me.
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