The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
An experiment of mesmerizing a man on his death bed brings about quite a creepy and unsettling result that would definitely have me running for the nearest exit! Yikes!
THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF M. VALDEMAR was first published by POE on January 3, 1845.
Two witnesses and his friend watch his health but the man looks dead. He asked mister Valdemar, Are you asleep? Do you still feel pain in the breast, M. Valdemar? Mister Valdemar replied to feel no more ...more
The radio version is more entertaining for a radio audience since it brings more drama between the doctor and hypnotist but when all is said and done, it holds up to the same storyline. This is a horror story of sorts which I did not read this version but a Delphi Collection of his works. (See my "Edgar Allan ...more
Poe is studied in every high school in the country, but it is unlikely many schools are reading this story. As a story itself, it is not as suspenseful as the "The Tell-Tale Heart". It is far more gruesome. It is not as beautifully written as "The Raven". It is actually written as a scientific account more than as a piece of literature. That is where it becomes useful for a teacher. The short story is an account a dying man that is placed in a hypnotic state ...more
I remember I was unfailingly enthralled by the ideas he always portrayed and the gruesome themes. His works, including this stellar story, is filled with darkness, wretchedness and what my professor calls creative madness.
It is ...more
The two important parts of that mindset: 1) Think of what it must have been like for people in 1929 that heard the radio broadcast of "The War of the Worlds", thinking that Earth was being invaded by Martians.
2) Then take that surprised innocence back to 1845, when "modern" medicine was still very basic and sometimes barbaric. Then someone submits what appears to be a medical essay that states that he can ...more
That being said, Poe definitely knows how to describe the grotesque. I felt queasy in some scenes!
Read for a course in sci-fi/fantasy literature.
Its about mesmerisation or hypnotism. A man is hypnotized on the verge of death and what ensues is a tale that will thrill your very bone and scare you to bits.