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William Fryer Harvey (1885-1937), a Leeds-born Quaker and World War One hero, is remembered today for a handful of superlative uncanny and enigmatic tales, notably 'August Heat', 'Miss Cornelius', 'The Ankardyne Pew' and 'The Beast with Five Fingers', the latter made into a classic horror film in 1946 starring Peter Lorre. Harvey was acclaimed in the Times Literary Supplem ...more
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Published June 29th 2009 by Tartarus
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Merl Fluin
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
42 SHORT STORIES IN 42 DAYS*

DAY 38: The Beast With Five Fingers
I expected an old-school supernatural tale, but this was stranger than I bargained for, with an atmosphere that was most peculiar.

*The rules:
– Read one short story a day, every day for six weeks
– Read no more than one story by the same author within any 14-day period
– Deliberately include authors I wouldn't usually read
– Review each story in one sentence or less
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W F Harvey’s most famous tale is “The Beast With Five Fingers”, about a man hounded by a severed hand. It’s not his most characteristic offering, though, in that it’s about something that’s explicitly horrific, and surely supernatural, even if its prime victim doesn’t seem to think so:

“There’s nothing supernatural about that hand, Saunders. I mean it seems to be governed by the laws of time and space. It’s not the sort of thing that vanishes into thin air or slides through oaken doors. And since
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William Fryer Harvey was an English writer of short stories, most notably in the macabre and horror genres. Among his best-known stories are "August Heat" and "The Beast with Five Fingers", described by horror historian Les Daniels as "minor masterpieces".

Born into a wealthy Quaker family in Yorkshire, he attended the Quaker schools at Bootham in Yorkshire and at Leighton Park in Reading before go
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