The Body Snatcher
A group of friends have a habit of getting together in a hotel tavern to drink and tell tall tales, but sometimes the true stories are the ones that are more frightening than those spawned from the most vivid imaginations. The curiosity of one of the friends, a writer, is roused when he sees his friend Fettes brace an e ...more
Based on true incidences. See Jeffrey's review for details.
First published in 1884, the characters herein "were based on criminals in the employ of real-life surgeon Robert Knox (1791-1862) around the time of the notorious Burke and Hare murders. (1828)"
THE BODY-SNATCHER is an eerie classic tale that begins when old friends having drinks bring up the name of a Dr. Wolfe Macfarlane, a well known London physician who soon, surprisingly....to one....enters the Inn.
An angry confrontation quickly develops between two old students o...more
Every night, the narrator and his three friends (Fettes, the undertaker—and the Landlord) gather in the George—an Inn at Debenham— to drink and converse. Fettes is an old drunken Scotsman, who had become known as “the Doctor” due to his special knowledge of medicine. However, the antecedents of this latter remain a mystery to everyone around him. One night, ...more
It was too much of a temptation for Edinburgh-born novelist Robe ...more
It's an extremely short book, so short it wouldn't even count as a novella today. It's a short story following Fettes and Macfarlane, two young medical students working for Doctor K— and how both of them got to work as grave-robbe ...more
It's about some young medical students whose duty to procure dead bodies for their eminent professor leads them down a spiral of moral depravity and blackmail. A nice exploration of guilt and complicity.
I read this for the Goodreads ‘Horror Aficionados Public Domain Challenge’ and the ‘Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge’ for 2018.
You will get those shivers in this one, I asure you. Being a Medical Student myself, in a 3rd world country, we’ve had rumors of how these bodies reach the morgue & our anatomy classes. We’re told that these are bodies found having no identities and no know relatives, or criminals that have been excuted with no relatives to take the bodies .. However it has alway ...more
5 February 2014
As I was reading this book the thought that was going through my mind was how doctors in the 19th Century would, during the middle of the night, raid graveyards for freshly buried corpses, exhume them, and take them back to their laboratories to dissect them. This story however goes a little further because it is suggested that the main character goes beyond exhuming freshly buried corpses to creating his own corpses.
However, as I thought a ...more
So, I don't have much experience with horror stories, and the best I can do is compare "The Body Snatcher" with "The Monkey's Paw."
The ver ...more
unpleasant words. He may have regretted that he had taught
his young companion so successfully, but he had no time to interfere, for the other noisily continued in this boastful
“The great thing is not to be afraid. Now, between you and
me, I don’t want to hang—that’s practical; but for all cant,
Macfarlane, I was born with a contempt. Hell, God, Devil,
right, wrong, sin, crime, and all the old gallery of curiosities
—they may fr ...more
Most modernist writers dismissed him, however, because he was popular and did not write within their narrow definition of literature. It is onl ...more