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What Was It?, and My Wife's Tempter

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Fitz-James O'Brien (1828-1862) was an author and is often considered one of the forerunners of today's Science Fiction. While he was in college he had shown an aptitude for writing verse, and two of his poems Loch Ine and Irish Castles were published in The Ballads of Ireland (1856). His earliest writings in the United States were contributed to the Lantern. Subsequently h ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published February 15th 2008 by Dodo Press (first published 2008)
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Ebster Davis
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
(Based on, and contains spoilers for, "My Wife's Temptor")

"Dem mormons... Snatchin' up yo wives, snatchin' up yo fetuses."

Really quite funny to have that as the climax. It was cool to be taken back to a time where that was public sentiment about mormonism.

Other than that the story was decent, but not remarkable.

Except...at the end he sent his PREGNANT wife away because she was 'tainted with mormonism'.

Not cool, dad.

Way not cool
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Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read "What Was It?" (in The Dark Descent) for my ghost stories English class and literally all I could picture this invisible thing as looking like are the goblins from Harry Potter lol. It was really good though, definitely creeped me out.
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He was born Michael O'Brien in County Cork, and was very young when the family moved to Limerick, Ireland. He attended the University of Dublin, and is believed to have been at one time a soldier in the British army. On leaving college he went to London, and in the course of four years spent his inheritance of £8,000, meanwhile editing a periodical in aid of the World's Fair of 1851. About 1852 he ...more
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