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La bestia con cinco dedos y otros relatos de horror y misterio

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William Fryer Harvey nació en Yorkshire, Inglaterra, en 1885, y estudió medicina en la universidad de Leeds. Dado que profesaba la fe de los cuáqueros, se dedicó a recorrer el mundo ejerciendo su oficio en los más diversos lugares de la tierra. Durante la Primera Guerra Mundial fue condecorado por rescatar, a riesgo de su vida, al maquinista de un buque de guerra que había ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published 2002 by Valdemar (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
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Oscar
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
Kurt
Mar 05, 2014 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
Carla Oliveira
Lido apenas o conto "La Bestia con Cinco Dedos" no livro: "Mitos Basicos del Cine de Terror", volúmen 2, con prólogo, selección y notas de J. A. Molina Foix. Editora Nostromo, Madrid, 1974.

A assistir: The Beast with Five Fingers (1947), de Robert Florey, com Peter Lorre. Música de Max Steiner. Warner Brothers.
Rodrigo Tello
Feb 25, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Susan Molloy
What a surprise to discover that ""The Beast with Five Fingers" was first conceived as a short story. Before this, I was only aware of the 1946 movie version.

This is a well-written piece, as are the others in this anthology. The author, William Fryer Harvey, is masterful in how he tells a story and keeps the suspense going, in a quiet, creepy way until the ending, where the unexpected happens.
Fabulantes
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: terror
Reseña: http://www.fabulantes.com/2012/10/la-...
"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
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Denise
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...

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Bobby newman
Sep 02, 2012 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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Nilar
Dec 07, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found it quite difficult to understand this story..
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