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Before succumbing to the insanity that ravaged his later life, Guy de Maupassant established a reputation as France's preeminent short story writer, an artist whose cynical and macabre visions paralleled those of Hoffmann and Poe, and directly influenced those of Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, and H.P. Lovecraft. His stories are nightmarescapes of psychopathy, corruption, and Before succumbing to the insanity that ravaged his later life, Guy de Maupassant established a reputation as France's preeminent short story writer, an artist whose cynical and macabre visions paralleled those of Hoffmann and Poe, and directly influenced those of Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, and H.P. Lovecraft. His stories are nightmarescapes of psychopathy, corruption, and decadence, featuring a serial-killer judge, a maddening episode of cabin fever (which influenced The Shinning), a gruesome discovery during a night on the river, the inexplicable exodus of a man's walking furniture, the famous invisible vampire, the Horla, werewolves, haunted rooms, neglected ghosts, and vivid affairs of necrophilia. This unique and unrivalled edition of de Maupassant's best weird tales, fantasies, and mysteries includes critical introductions to each story, contextual information, and chilling illustrations that breathe life into his Gothic visions and bizarre fantasias.


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Before succumbing to the insanity that ravaged his later life, Guy de Maupassant established a reputation as France's preeminent short story writer, an artist whose cynical and macabre visions paralleled those of Hoffmann and Poe, and directly influenced those of Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, and H.P. Lovecraft. His stories are nightmarescapes of psychopathy, corruption, and Before succumbing to the insanity that ravaged his later life, Guy de Maupassant established a reputation as France's preeminent short story writer, an artist whose cynical and macabre visions paralleled those of Hoffmann and Poe, and directly influenced those of Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, and H.P. Lovecraft. His stories are nightmarescapes of psychopathy, corruption, and decadence, featuring a serial-killer judge, a maddening episode of cabin fever (which influenced The Shinning), a gruesome discovery during a night on the river, the inexplicable exodus of a man's walking furniture, the famous invisible vampire, the Horla, werewolves, haunted rooms, neglected ghosts, and vivid affairs of necrophilia. This unique and unrivalled edition of de Maupassant's best weird tales, fantasies, and mysteries includes critical introductions to each story, contextual information, and chilling illustrations that breathe life into his Gothic visions and bizarre fantasias.

30 review for The Horla and Others: Guy de Maupassant's Best Weird Fiction and Ghost Stories: Tales of Mystery, Murder, Fantasy & Horror

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Le Horla = The Horla = The Horla and Others: Guy de Maupassant's Best Weird Fiction and Ghost Stories: Tales of Mystery, Murder, Fantasy & Horror, Guy de Maupassant The Horla is an 1887 short horror story written in the style of a journal by the French writer Guy de Maupassant. All around him, he senses the presence of a being that he calls the "Horla". The torment that the Horla causes is first manifested physically: The narrator complains that he suffers from "an atrocious fever", and that he h Le Horla = The Horla = The Horla and Others: Guy de Maupassant's Best Weird Fiction and Ghost Stories: Tales of Mystery, Murder, Fantasy & Horror, Guy de Maupassant The Horla is an 1887 short horror story written in the style of a journal by the French writer Guy de Maupassant. All around him, he senses the presence of a being that he calls the "Horla". The torment that the Horla causes is first manifested physically: The narrator complains that he suffers from "an atrocious fever", and that he has trouble sleeping. He wakes up from nightmares with the chilling feeling that someone is watching him and "kneeling on [his] chest." تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز سیزدهم ماه ژوئن سال1999میلادی عنوان: هورلا - مجموعه داستانهای کوتاه؛ نویسنده: گی دو موپاسان؛ مترجم: شیریندخت دقیقیان؛ تهران؛ نشر چشمه، سال1373؛ در192ص؛ موضوع داستانهای کوتاه از نویسندگان فرانسه - سده 19م فهرست داستانها: «هورلا: مردی که احساس میکند یک موجود نامرئی او را تحت تاثیر خویش دارد»؛ «کلوشت: زن با آموزگار قرار میگذارد و برای حفظ آبروی وی خود را به پایین پرت میکند»؛ «مارکی دوفومرول: دایی پسرک که مردی عیاش بوده در حال مرگ است»؛ «ابلیس: زن قرار است از پیر محتضری مراقبت کند»؛ «پادشاهان: چند سرباز میخواهند شامشان را با حضور بانوان رونق بخشند»؛ «در بیشه: زن و شوهر پس از سالها به میعادگاه بگذشته ها بازگشته اند»؛ «یک خانواده: پسرک باهوش ازدواج کرده و یک زندگی معمولی دارد»؛ «مادام هرمه: پسرک مریض شده اما مادرش به علت ترس از واگیردار بودن مریضی به او نزدیک نمیشود».؛ هورلا، دفتر یادمانهای مردی اشرافزاده، مجرد و منسوب به طبقات بالای اجتماع است، که از جنونی رنج میبرد که با پیش رفتن داستان، بیشتر خود را نمایان میکند؛ وی اضطرابها و ناآرامی های درونی خویش را برای شخصیتی خیالی به نام «هورلا» مینگارد؛ «هورلا» واژه ی فرانسوی نیست و تنها آفریده ی ذهن «موپاسان» است؛ «شارلوت ماندل»، مترجم این کتاب به زبان انگلیسی، این اسم را تحلیل کرد، و به این نتیجه رسید که «هورلا» میتواند ترکیب دو کلمه فرانسوی به معنای «خارج» و «آنجا» باشد و این کلمه را «بیرون از آنجا» ترجمه کرد؛ در نخستین ورقهای کتاب، شیوه بیان یادمانها شفاف و روان است، اما هرچه پیشتر میرود، داستان در هاله ای از ابهام فرو میرود؛ آنچنان که خوانشگر را در این شک فرو میبرد که روایتهای کتاب، ناشی از جنون راوی، یا تنها بیان حقیقت است؛ این دیوانگی آنچنان در وجود راوی به پیش میرود، که وی خدمتکاران خانه یخودش را به آتش میکشد؛ «موپاسان» با رنجهای شخصیت اصلی داستانش آشنا بوده، ایشان از افسردگی حاد رنج میبردند که از نشانه های آن، دیدار یک فرد خیالی هنگام نگاه کردن در آیینه بود؛ این داستان تنها با هدف رساندن یک پیام اساسی به خوانشگر نوشته شده بود: برای رهایی از «هورلا» تنها راه چاره، خودکشی است؛ «هورلا» شخصیتی برگرفته از تمام افسانه هایی است؛ که ذاتی شیطانی و فرازمینی دارند؛ رمان پایانی «موپاسان» شاید بهترین منبع برای نفوذ به ذهن نویسنده اش باشد؛ رمانی آنچنان قوی که تا کنون نه اقتباس سینمایی و یک اقتباس نمایشی از آن به پرده آمده اند؛ گفتاورد نخست: (جشن پیروزی؛ در خیابان‌ها گردش کرده ‌ام؛ مراسم آتش‌بازی و پرچم‌ها مرا مانند کودکی به وجد می‌آورد؛ در عین حال بسیار احمقانه است که در تاریخی معین به دستور دولت شاد باشیم؛ مردم گله ‌ای نادانند؛ گاه به گونه‌ ای صبور و گاه به شدت انقلابی؛ به آنها می‌گویند: شادی کنید! شادی می‌کنند؛ می‌گویند: بروید با همسایه ‌تان دعوا کنید، می‌روند دعوا می‌کنند، می‌گویند به سلطنت رای بدهید، رای می‌دهند، سپس به آنها می‌گویند به جمهوری رای دهید و به جمهوری رای می‌دهند.؛ رهبران مردم نیز ابلهند، آنان به جای اطاعت از انسان‌ها از اصولی پیروی می‌کنند که ساده ‌لوحانه، سترون و اشتباهند؛ آنان در این دنیا که به هیچ امرش اطمینانی نیست و حتی نور یک وهم است و صدا نیز توهمی بیش نیست، با همین اصول، یعنی افکار برگزیده، حتمی و تغییرناپذیر بر دیگران حکومت می‌کنند.) هورلا، صفحه های نوزده و بیست؛ گفتاورد دوم: (از هنگامی که انسان می‌اندیشد، از زمانی که می‌تواند اندیشه ‌اش را بگوید و بنویسد، احساس می‌کند که در کنار رازی ناگشوده زندگی می‌کند، که اندامهای حسی زمخت و ناقص او، از کشف آن ناتوانند، و می‌کوشد به برکت هوش خود، بر ناتوانی‌های اندام‌هایش غلبه کند؛ هنگامیکه این هوش هنوز در مرحلهٔ ابتدایی بود، حضور پدیده‌ های نامشهود، اشکال ترسناک، و عوامانه ‌ای به خود گرفت، صوَری چون اوهام ما بعد الطبیعی و شایع در میان مردم، افسانه‌ های ارواح سرگردان، پریان، اجنه، مردگان بازگشته به دنیای زندگان، اختراع افراد متوسط و احمق‌ترین مردم و حاصل فعالیت بی‌وقفهٔ مغزهای وحشت‌زده از آفرینش است؛ هیچ چیزی درست‌تر از این سخن ولتر نیست: خدا انسان را به شکل خود آفریده ولی انسان این تصویر را به خدا نسبت داده است.)؛ هورلا، صفحه بیست و بیست و یک؛ گفتاورد سوم: (قطعاً همه چیز به محیط و محافل پیرامون آدمی بستگی دارد.)؛ هورلا، صفحه بیست و شش گفتاورد چهارم: (مرگ زودرس؟ همهٔ وحشت انسان از این پدیده برمی‌خیزد.؛؛ هورلا، صفحه چهل تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 07/08/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ 28/07/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 4 out of 5

    John

    When Guy de Maupassant wrote this book in 1887, the world was changing. Hypnotism had been discovered and techniques were under development, Maxwell was describing the relationship between magnetism and electricity, Hertz had discovered radio waves and Marconi was about to put them to use, X-rays had been discovered but not studied, and within 10 years Marie and Pierre Curie would start working together. It was apparent that the world was a much stranger place than was visible to the limited sen When Guy de Maupassant wrote this book in 1887, the world was changing. Hypnotism had been discovered and techniques were under development, Maxwell was describing the relationship between magnetism and electricity, Hertz had discovered radio waves and Marconi was about to put them to use, X-rays had been discovered but not studied, and within 10 years Marie and Pierre Curie would start working together. It was apparent that the world was a much stranger place than was visible to the limited senses of man. These stories capture the sense of wonder and fear that must have arrived with those amazing discoveries. de Maupassant makes the point that there's more in this world than we know, and extrapolates from there what some of those things might be, and what effect they might have on the lives of normal humans, who suddenly seemed much less significant than Christianity previously led them to believe. I find de Maupassant's writing to be easy to read - he seems to be a gifted story teller - and his invocation of the atmosphere of wonder and dread survives even my limited French comprehension. This is a great book in anyone's language.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Steven Godin

    More excellent short fiction from the French master, and like Russia's Anton Chekhov, when it comes to the short story de Maupassant has rarely let me down. This is easily read in one sitting, and it's a bit of gothic horror affair, that is thought of as influencing the classic Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Things start off innocently enough before we witness one man's descent into madness. Through a series of journal entries a man tells he is not feeling so good, of which leads to vari More excellent short fiction from the French master, and like Russia's Anton Chekhov, when it comes to the short story de Maupassant has rarely let me down. This is easily read in one sitting, and it's a bit of gothic horror affair, that is thought of as influencing the classic Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Things start off innocently enough before we witness one man's descent into madness. Through a series of journal entries a man tells he is not feeling so good, of which leads to various vacations, but his illness always returns when he gets back home. He starts to believe he is indeed going mad, with hallucinations, and eventually he muses upon whether he is a rational man having hallucinations or simply he is a madman. The story really got under my skin, and even though it's short, it always had me fully engaged. Having read quite a few de maupassant stories, I would say this sits somewhere near the top. It wasn't his best (that would be A Parisian Affair) but it wasn't him having an off day either. Although the other stories were good, this one stuck with me more.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Iris

    A masterpiece of the spooky. A pioneer of the psychological freakout. The story takes the form of a diary, and after each creepy experience, the narrator ponders the nature of known unknowns and unknown unknowns (as Donald Rumsfeld put it in 2003). This is a short read, and a short experience for the narrator, as his descent from peace to madness unfolds over only four or five months. I listened to this as a French-language audiobook read by Michael Lonsdale, who is superb and subtle. A masterpiece of the spooky. A pioneer of the psychological freakout. The story takes the form of a diary, and after each creepy experience, the narrator ponders the nature of known unknowns and unknown unknowns (as Donald Rumsfeld put it in 2003). This is a short read, and a short experience for the narrator, as his descent from peace to madness unfolds over only four or five months. I listened to this as a French-language audiobook read by Michael Lonsdale, who is superb and subtle.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Holly Tucker

    This one creeps me out every time I read it or teach it. I love comparing the different variants of the tale.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Beatriz

    Le horla: 4/5 L'héritage: 4/5. The author definitely knows what he's writing about. His descriptions of the characters and the society are so raw and even insensitive, but always realistic. It makes us think about our own values (specially l'héritage) and leaves us hanging between the fantasy and the reality (le Horla). My French teacher forced us to read this book. Thanks, Monsieur Maillat. Le horla: 4/5 L'héritage: 4/5. The author definitely knows what he's writing about. His descriptions of the characters and the society are so raw and even insensitive, but always realistic. It makes us think about our own values (specially l'héritage) and leaves us hanging between the fantasy and the reality (le Horla). My French teacher forced us to read this book. Thanks, Monsieur Maillat.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Excellent little nouvelle - way ahead of its time. Great elements of science fiction and real science. Awesome and creepy!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Richard Hannay

    Very good particularly the rural stories. A kind of sad bonhomie difficult to find these days.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Yórgos St.

    Classic ghost/supernatural stories in the vein of Edgar Allan Poe.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hollie Smurthwaite

    I had a hard time with the old language and story structure. Almost every story was a person telling a story instead of the actual story happening. There were a few dead/hurt animals, which at the time probably wasn't all that sensational, but we really love our pets now. There's also a good chunk of misogyny and some racism. That being said, it was kind of cool to read an old book of ghost stories and horror fiction, and this book also does a good job of putting them in historical context. True I had a hard time with the old language and story structure. Almost every story was a person telling a story instead of the actual story happening. There were a few dead/hurt animals, which at the time probably wasn't all that sensational, but we really love our pets now. There's also a good chunk of misogyny and some racism. That being said, it was kind of cool to read an old book of ghost stories and horror fiction, and this book also does a good job of putting them in historical context. True horror fans might really love seeing seeds that grew into Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gale

    Human Foibles, Follies and Vices in 19th Century France This 317-page anthology from President Publishing Co. presents 27 short stories by France's premier raconteur. Although two of De Maupassant's most iconic tales are not included here ("The Necklace" and "Butterball") this collection offers a wide range of settings and social milieus--most of which are viewed through the author's pessimistic, even sardonic, lens. Focusing often on the less laudable aspects of human behavior he serves up a ver Human Foibles, Follies and Vices in 19th Century France This 317-page anthology from President Publishing Co. presents 27 short stories by France's premier raconteur. Although two of De Maupassant's most iconic tales are not included here ("The Necklace" and "Butterball") this collection offers a wide range of settings and social milieus--most of which are viewed through the author's pessimistic, even sardonic, lens. Focusing often on the less laudable aspects of human behavior he serves up a veritable smorgasbord of follies and vices, misplaced affection, warped mentality and uncontrolled temper. Nothing about human relationships is too sordid or sacred for his mind to examine. I chose this particular anthology because of the Title short story--critically acclaimed by French scholars as a masterpiece of subtle horror. Much of the French reading public was certain that Edgar Allan Poe had somehow stolen or plagiarized De Maupassant's writing, for the genius for describing mental aberration made them seem brothers of the quill. In THE HORLA the narrator becomes obsessed by an exotic malady which he believes came ashore with a foreign ship--a danger to mankind which he alone recognizes. Desperate to cling to his slipping sanity and to document his efforts to retain control, he even keeps a diary to track its progress. Clearly he is either sleepwalking or the Horla--an invisible evil entity--can pass through walls. Can the thing be somehow trapped and burned? "The Inn" also examines a case of gradual insanity due to isolation. Although this collection does not encompass the complete works of De Maupassant it encompasses a broad spectrum of human endeavor. There are several court cases and instances of social cruelty. Courtship is examined but more often unhappy marriages are depicted; infidelity and revenge are common in his tales. The cunning and greed of the peasantry is often highlighted, nor do the Church and clergy escape some ridicule. Soldiers, battles and wartime skirmishes make their appearance in these pages. Do not expect happy endings from De Maupassant. While few of his tales are truly tragic, many are painfully pathetic. There are other, shorter anthologies of De Maupassant's works, but the universality of his themes is well represented here. (July 31, 2013)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Fernando

    From my Instagram account @Onebookonecountry With such a wide literary production, picking two french books was quite a difficult task. So, I chose the most personal to me. #LeHorla by #Maupassant was the very first story I read entirely in French as I learned the language during university at @aupinstagram. It is also one of the most horrifying stories I've read and, suitably enough, haunted by Brazilian spirits who progressively dominate the main character leaving him paralyzed, desperate and u From my Instagram account @Onebookonecountry With such a wide literary production, picking two french books was quite a difficult task. So, I chose the most personal to me. #LeHorla by #Maupassant was the very first story I read entirely in French as I learned the language during university at @aupinstagram. It is also one of the most horrifying stories I've read and, suitably enough, haunted by Brazilian spirits who progressively dominate the main character leaving him paralyzed, desperate and unable to escape. This very old edition by @flammarionlivres was a gift from a dear friend of mine and also her very first book read in French. #flammarion More European books here #onebookEurope More French books here #onebookFrance In my shelf there are also works by #Sartre #VictorHugo #Moliere #Baudelaire and many, many other #FrenchAuthors. I'm happy to share other names of #FrenchLiterature

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stan

    While Le Horla is often cited as the epitome of Maupassant's short story writing, there are several stories as good or better (to me) than Le Horla. This is a kind of random collection (specifically, available for free on Gutenberg as Le Horla and other stories -- don't know why the title is half in English, since the stories are all in the original French. Maupassant had a keen understanding of the French society of his time, and seemed to have little patience with bourgeois values. He had the a While Le Horla is often cited as the epitome of Maupassant's short story writing, there are several stories as good or better (to me) than Le Horla. This is a kind of random collection (specifically, available for free on Gutenberg as Le Horla and other stories -- don't know why the title is half in English, since the stories are all in the original French. Maupassant had a keen understanding of the French society of his time, and seemed to have little patience with bourgeois values. He had the ability to paint a very vivid and clear portrait of his characters -- his stories are almost always about the characters, not about the occurrences -- in just a few pages. In this sense, while the subjects of his stories are a bit "passé", the stories themselves are not. It's great writing that survives the test of time. Can't go wrong reading Guy de Maupassant.

  14. 4 out of 5

    L J Field

    Thus far, Oldstyle Tales Press has produced, under its Editor, M Grant Kellermeyer, fifteen books that concentrate on weird, horror and supernatural fiction. One doesn't normally associate Maupassant with these categories unless one is well-rounded in the author's work. Probably a full twenty percent of Maupassant's short stories touch upon these subjects as well as the onset of ever-encroaching insanity. This particular volume has a very nice selection of these tales, including The Terror, The Thus far, Oldstyle Tales Press has produced, under its Editor, M Grant Kellermeyer, fifteen books that concentrate on weird, horror and supernatural fiction. One doesn't normally associate Maupassant with these categories unless one is well-rounded in the author's work. Probably a full twenty percent of Maupassant's short stories touch upon these subjects as well as the onset of ever-encroaching insanity. This particular volume has a very nice selection of these tales, including The Terror, The Horla, The Inn, and On the River. There are sixteen stories all told, each worth your time. As an extra bonus, Mar. Kellermeyer presents an introduction and afterward to each story, explaining its placement in Maupassant's oeuvre as well as the effect each had on later authors. Altogether a very fine volume.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Miles Zarathustra

    Each of these stories is disturbing and intense in its own way. Maupassant writes with great lucidity as he pursues his fascination with madness and the edges of reality, an obsession all the more chilling given that the author himself succumbed to mental illness in the end. "Do we see a hundred thousandth of what exists?" he asks in his most famous work, "le Horla." If these stories are in the genre "horror," then it is the old-school version, thankfully lacking the lurid blood-and-guts violenc Each of these stories is disturbing and intense in its own way. Maupassant writes with great lucidity as he pursues his fascination with madness and the edges of reality, an obsession all the more chilling given that the author himself succumbed to mental illness in the end. "Do we see a hundred thousandth of what exists?" he asks in his most famous work, "le Horla." If these stories are in the genre "horror," then it is the old-school version, thankfully lacking the lurid blood-and-guts violence of typical modern fare. Rather than splash gore in your face, it creeps in unseen, provoking the reader to consider the unsettling aspects of the real and the imagined, of the known and the unknown, of reason and insanity.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nacho Cuadrado

    Collection of fantastic stories, one with more weight than the other. Highlighting "El horla" that for many is the best story written by Maupassant, and in which the author shows us in a superb way how the human being can be altered under circumstances from ironic to credible. To finally give us one of the best written outcomes. Demonstrating by far the reason why he is considered the best storyteller in the literature. Collection of fantastic stories, one with more weight than the other. Highlighting "El horla" that for many is the best story written by Maupassant, and in which the author shows us in a superb way how the human being can be altered under circumstances from ironic to credible. To finally give us one of the best written outcomes. Demonstrating by far the reason why he is considered the best storyteller in the literature.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nayeli

    I read this book in Spanish. It was a bit of a re-read since I had already read most of these stories, a while ago though. This guy's stuff is really entertaining (guy = guy, Guy = gee), some stories get a bit predictable but they're still good. I hesitate to confess that every time I read Le Horla I feel a little strange afterwards... I guess that's effective suspense-horror writing, huh? I read this book in Spanish. It was a bit of a re-read since I had already read most of these stories, a while ago though. This guy's stuff is really entertaining (guy = guy, Guy = gee), some stories get a bit predictable but they're still good. I hesitate to confess that every time I read Le Horla I feel a little strange afterwards... I guess that's effective suspense-horror writing, huh?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fifi

    I disliked the repetition of the stories even though they were always slightly different. Otherwise, the variety of strange stories, from somewhat humorous to tense to disturbing, was fantastic. Maupassant - with his bizarre ideas and incredible style of writing - is and always will be one of the greatest authors in history.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mimi Bouizaguen

    I've always loved Maupassant's work! He is genious and he really didn't disepointed me with this one! There's many novel in this book and I loved the fact that each story was kind of linked to death, betrayal, selfishness and injustice well because those are things that still happen in our days ! I highly recommand this book !! I've always loved Maupassant's work! He is genious and he really didn't disepointed me with this one! There's many novel in this book and I loved the fact that each story was kind of linked to death, betrayal, selfishness and injustice well because those are things that still happen in our days ! I highly recommand this book !!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Liisa Gentalen

    Of course you can't only read "Le Horla", while you're at it. I found many similarities with my other favorite, Edgar Allan Poe. Those horror stories are quite addictive, offer a lot of emotions and things to think about... So I also read "Le main", "Le fou", "Boule de Suif" from the same author. I find this author's style very unique and mesmerizing. Definitely recommend! Of course you can't only read "Le Horla", while you're at it. I found many similarities with my other favorite, Edgar Allan Poe. Those horror stories are quite addictive, offer a lot of emotions and things to think about... So I also read "Le main", "Le fou", "Boule de Suif" from the same author. I find this author's style very unique and mesmerizing. Definitely recommend!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Viktoriya

    OMG. I LOVED this collection. Short stories are usually not my jam and most of the time I only like one or two stories in a collection, but I loved everything single story here. Guy de Maupassant has a way with words that it is still wonderful even when reading in translation. I can only imagine how gorgeous his writing in original French.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Will

    Finally imagination is unleashed: when some people think that aliens have a head, eyes, etc... Why not imagine aliens invisible or with changing shape? This book was written at the end of Maupassant's life, when syphilis was slowly destroying him, and influencing his ways of thinking... Finally imagination is unleashed: when some people think that aliens have a head, eyes, etc... Why not imagine aliens invisible or with changing shape? This book was written at the end of Maupassant's life, when syphilis was slowly destroying him, and influencing his ways of thinking...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    I read about Le Horla in Lovecraft's "Supernatural Horror in Literature" essay, and it's very obvious that Lovecraft was inspired in no small measure by the story. I enjoyed reading it, and it made me want to go re-visit some Lovecraft, which can only be a good thing. I read about Le Horla in Lovecraft's "Supernatural Horror in Literature" essay, and it's very obvious that Lovecraft was inspired in no small measure by the story. I enjoyed reading it, and it made me want to go re-visit some Lovecraft, which can only be a good thing.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Roland Houtsch

    A bit of Poe in here but Maupassant's oeuvre covers more social classes and is more ... French, especially in relating some matrimonial adventures. Excellent reading but not quite Poe's density and oppressive/magical quality in the description. A bit of Poe in here but Maupassant's oeuvre covers more social classes and is more ... French, especially in relating some matrimonial adventures. Excellent reading but not quite Poe's density and oppressive/magical quality in the description.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Enes Yapar

    Maupassant: Expert narrator of inescapable, wretched endings in the simplest and firmest way possible. Le Horla stands out as the story of deafening madnesses and endless mental ilnesses that haunt the modern human being.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Klissia

    The tales here are raw, absurd and realistic. About monsters, ghosts, who dwell in the depths of the minds and hearts of humans. The best, of course, is Le Horla, a creature that cannot be defined, but it causes terror and leads to madness.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Georgia

    Maupassant certainly did know how to write a short story! My favourite in this collection was obviously Le Horla (especially the second version), La Morte, La Main d' Écroché, L' Homme de Mars and generally the whole collection wth the exception of maybe two stories. Loved it! Maupassant certainly did know how to write a short story! My favourite in this collection was obviously Le Horla (especially the second version), La Morte, La Main d' Écroché, L' Homme de Mars and generally the whole collection wth the exception of maybe two stories. Loved it!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Yann

    My double me is better than me.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Libby

    This is a fun short story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Even though it's about a monster (or is it?) one can relate... Even though it's about a monster (or is it?) one can relate...

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