House of Fear is an anthology of haunted house short stories, edited by Jonathan Oliver and featuring stories by writers such as Adam Nevill, Sarah Pinborough and Christopher Priest. The theme that organizes House of Fear is the haunted house. There are a fair few ghosts within the pages. The book as a whole is one of the strongest horror short story collections I have read in some time. Contains: some sexual content, violence, references to death and the afterlife.
Reviewed by: Hannah Kate. Bio-Punk is a new collection of short stories from Manchester-based publisher Comma Press. It is edited by Ra Page, and includes short stories from fourteen writers. As expected, with this underlying premise, many of the stories are best described as science fiction, though some incorporate elements of horror and other genres. The premise of the book is fantastic. The focus on biology-- rather than current work in chemistry or physics-- means that the stories invariably focus on the human, and on the implications of cutting-edge research for the ordinary individual.
The stories themselves are a mixed bag, and some of them seemed a little weak. In these cases, the afterword simply highlighted the implausibility of the fiction. For readers keen to learn more about the cutting-edge science that shapes science fiction, this is a must-read. There are few other collections that offer such an interesting dialogue.
Reviewed by Hannah Kate. Available: Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle. If you're interested in a morbid glimpse behind the final curtain, look no further than Thomas Ligotti's collection, Death Poems. Often cynical, and downright flippant, Thomas Ligotti, celebrated master of the genre, reveals his erudite dissection of faux sentimentality and reverence. Ligotti, best known for horrific prose, is equally adept as a poet.
His poems are unmistakably bleak and despondent, even when a lighter touch is expressed. He cultivates an enduring sense of rhythm, thoughtful but relaxed, and within lies the weight of his observations. This collection raises interesting questions — not by romanticizing death, but by showing no great affection for its opposite condition. Certainly a must-have for Ligotti fans, Death Poems will be equally at home on the shelves of those with a more general interest in verse.
Review by Bob Freeman. Permuted Press, Each story starts fresh, and the result is a splendid variety of topics.
Some of them expected others, not so much. I loved this collection. While some of the stories weren't the type of thing I would normally read they were all thought provoking and highly imaginative. The tales were well written with each of the authors doing a great job twisting the second chance down a darker path. The settings were established excellently and the characters had distinctive voices. The descriptions were laid in nicely leaving me with an excellent sense of place and time. The only criticism I have is that a few typographical errors sneaked in.
That being said, I enjoyed the concept and looked forward to reading each story. It was a fun read! If you like time travel then this is well worth reading. I have not read any of these authors' works before. Highly recommended for adult readers. Reviewed by Aaron Fletcher. Dark Regions Press, ISBN Ramsey Campbell is, in a word, brilliant.
Each and every story is a master class in how to write thoughtful, literary fiction within the horror genre. The characters you find in this collection are all very real, vividly imagined and put on display. Campbell puts you inside their head with ease and you feel the weight of each situation as they play out slowly. These are stories that are claustrophobic and menacing, but grounded in a realism that allows the terror to germinate and take root.
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Trust me on that. Take this passage, for instance:. Their combined weight bowed the lowest branches while they extended arms like withered sticks to snatch the child. Holes for Faces is a must-read for Ramsey Campbell fans, collecting his best stories from this fledgling century we find ourselves in. Campbell yet, then I can think of no better place to start. Reviewed by Bob Freeman. We have a take two review below from Drake Morgan. Ramsey Campbell is a powerhouse name in horror and in his latest, Holes for Faces , he offers up a collection of short stories.
For those already well-versed, it might feel a bit too familiar. If that sounds contradictory, it is. In the long British tradition, he takes the mundane events of life and gives them a most sinister twist. The fear is subtle and sublime; creeping up on you and catching you unaware. For old and new readers alike, he lures you into the shadows quite wonderfully. The difficulty for those familiar with his work is characterization and theme.
The stories here have a common thread that when read all together can feel too close to his other work. Campbell is still a stellar, much needed voice in horror. The vague sense of unease that grows into sheer terror is a welcome change from splatter and gore; there is always the question of where reality has ended and madness has begun. This would fit perfectly in an adult library. Contains: some violence. Reviewed by Drake Morgan. PS Publishing, ISBN: The themes here represent the Gothic tradition as it was meant to be, but updated and fresh for modern readers. The unique element to this collection is its diversity.
While the windswept heaths of Northern England raise the hairs on the back of our necks, Olsen reminds us that fear lurks in every shadow of every culture. Themes of cultural oppression, the evil claws of colonialism still deeply embedded in the back of certain nations , feminine sacrifice to ancient traditions with hidden shackles, and other literary facets pepper the tales and elevate them beyond mere horror stories.
But the bride awakes to discover she is in a nightmarish world populated by dead brides and poison. To give away the end a bit, she awakes from this dream to find all is well. But is it? Lanagan presents a strong feminist subtext on the nature of the marriage rite as an oppressive trap for women, even in our modern, post-feminist movement time. Hers is but one example of how the authors here are not afraid to step out of genre and into literature in order to create a more compelling story. The authors here clearly understand the Gothic literary tradition, and Olsen has assembled a powerhouse of new masters.
Deftly weaving the haunting siren songs of the Gothic tradition pain, madness, illusions, fear within a modern framework, this collection lures you in from start to finish. This collection would fit well in an adult literary fiction section. Contains: scenes of violence, strong language, sexual references.
Wayne Miller. Dark Renaissance Books, Available: Paperback, Kindle edition. Previously published, many of the poems appeared in magazines and limited-edition publications that have long been unavailable. A man is seeking answers in dreams, metaphors, and images, but there are none to be found. The man keeps seeking, but his search is in vain. Boston often uses nature as a metaphor for the darkness within the human species. Boston parallels the decay of nature to the decay of the human soul, thus creating a terrifying dual descent into darkness.
Hope, despair, anger, and fear are there, often all contained within the same line. In one moment he can make you soar, and the next, tear the wind from your wings in agony. Wilson, Illustrated by Jill Bauman. Available: Paperback and e-book. The works here are menacing, mesmerizing, challenging, and difficult.
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In other words, exactly what poetry was meant to be. Addison and Wilson work well in conflict. Each line is a challenge to the next. A dare. A temptation. Even the structure of many of the poems reflects a fractured world full of more questions than answers. Using the modernist approach to poetry in both lyrical structure and form, Addison and Wilson have created a work of dark wonder. Heavily illustrated, the images draw forth elements from the poems without giving away their secrets; complements to the work, but not solutions to the dark shadows.
This collection would sit nicely in any adult poetry section, including a modernist section. Modern poetry is a very challenging animal. In the post-modernist wake, form, style, and function have been tossed to the wind in favor of a less structured approach. At times this can feel a bit like anarchy. Modern genre poetry is even more difficult as it fuses the elements of genre onto this chaotic new world.
But as I read, the light of understanding went on. Crawford and Boston took on a daunting task. They had a story to tell. Shadow City is a place, both real and unreal. This could have been a novel, but the poetic form allows for a subtle exploration that captivates the reader in a way a novel cannot. Poetry is about a single line or a single word used to convey a thousand thoughts. Crawford and Boston build a world on a tightrope of words and we believe.
As a fan of the Gothic poets, modern poetry and I have not often found a comfortable place. Genre poetry has been even less satisfying as far too much of it falls into the descriptive rather than the imaginative. A perfect addition to any adult, modern poetry library section. Contains: occasional references to violence. Cutting Block Press; Volume 1 edition, Available: Kindle. What draws the authors of the stories in this anthology together is the opportunity to raise money for amFAR, an AIDS research foundation.
This anthology, assembled by the team at Cutting Block Press, publishers of the Horror Library series, should be an eye-opener. Horror writers are a tightly knit group, generally willing to face their demons and those of society head on--without shields or filters. Rocky Wood opens the effort with an introduction sure to elicit a tear to anyone who has ever met the man.
The president of the Horror Writers' Association has done a world of good for the organization and has befriended many with just a handshake and a hello; he is truly the heart of a genre. Knowing his fight with ALS makes his words even more poignant but his personality and devotion to people and many causes have remained constant from the first time this reviewer met him years ago. Mark C. Robert Shane Wilson and R. Cavender round out the team of Cutting Block Press, and cement this book as a labor of love. The cause is paramount, but the stories run a close second here.
With many high profile writers involved, a good number of entries are reprints. These include tales by F. However, their contributions are not simple retreads or throwaways--they're solid, and in spite of being published previously, they are tough to find--not one was familiar to me. Brand new, original stories also abound here, and very few disappoint. Hodson, and Shaun Hutson. There is something here for , and for many subgenres of horror, something readers don't often find in anthologies. Cutting Block Press and the authors within should be proud of this book, for both its purpose and the finished product of strong, quality work.
Recommended for all the right reasons. Thank you to the editors and authors who have donated their time and creativity for a great cause. Reviewed by: Dave Simms. Night Shade, Available: Hardback I believe its coming out in all versions soon. Laird Barron is one of the godfathers of modern horror.
His work is quite outside what I've come to tag as "horror" in recent years. This is a collection of previously published stories from the last three years. Short stories are an excellent introduction to any author and his latest collection, The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All , is a must-read for new and seasoned fans alike. Several come from Lovecraft-themed anthologies, and others are more broad-based horror offerings.
As many of these stories are from specialized anthologies, seasoned fans may likely have missed one or two along the way as well. Barron's writing style is outside of what I see as mainstream horror, and I for one really appreciate that. It's subtle, and gently guides the reader into dark, eerie places.
His characters are well-defined, distinct, and drawn in sharp lines. I found myself loving, hating, sympathizing with, or raging against them throughout the stories. The story "The Redfield Girls" serves as a perfect example. We have a wonderful cast of characters and a fantastic set up. A group of women make an annual road trip to a remote location in the Pacific Northwest.
They drink some wine, relax, and recharge their batteries for the coming year.
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This year however, one of their party insists on a specific location. Thus begins a mounting feeling of something dark and ominous. Barron delivers in tone and atmosphere, and we sit tense through mysterious phone calls, missing vehicles, and missing persons. Modern writers seem to have lost that flair for the macabre as they fall back on gore, bloodshed, and violence. Barron is far and away a cut above the rest—pun intended. This novel would work well in any adult horror or dark fiction collection of a general library.
Contains: violence, sexual references. Reviewed by: Drake Morgan. Monk Punk edited by A. There are 23 short stories in Monk Punk , mostly by emerging writers some are first publications. The stories take place in a variety of time periods, from the Middle Ages to the distant future. Unfortunately, while I enjoyed some stories that were, to an extent, fresh and original, the collection itself is a bit of a let-down.
On the one hand, we have Buddhist -like monks, who usually live alone, in contemplative spiritualism, but who display deadly martial arts skills when called upon. On the other, we have Christian -esque monks, who form cultish, cloistered brotherhoods, prone to ritualistic behaviour, conspiracy and on occasion sacrifice.
The problem with Monk Punk in general is that it rarely moves beyond this, and the stories begin to feel a little same-y. I had some trouble differentiating the solitary-Eastern-monk-with-badass-fighting-skills stories of which there are six , as they trod very similar ground. Unfortunately, the only story that attempted to focus on a religion other than Buddhism or Christianity — the story of a colonial explorer who meets a Sufi guru — was marred by racist and misogynist caricature, which made it rather unpalatable. There are some stories in the collection that have tried to do justice to the fascinating theme, particularly R.
Overall, though, the collection lacked the originality and energy promised by both the title and the introduction. Contains: violence, sex, swearing, references to religion. What a refreshing anthology this is! In a deviation from the usual blood and gore of traditional horror, these short stories focus on the unpredictability of magic and how consequences can truly be horrific when one delves into the supernatural.
The medium she uses to bind him to her—her hair—ends the story with unexpected results. Morgan seems to be a relative newcomer to the formal publishing world, but her talent is already quite evident. Jonathan Oliver did a wonderful job of choosing and editing the stories for this anthology. I highly recommend this collection for readers that want something a little different and librarians looking for good read-aloud material. Contains: some gore, some violence, supernatural references. Reviewed by: W. Self-published, Available: New paperback.
Stories and Poems of a Twisted Kind is a nice little collection of poems and stories with a bit of a Gothic feel. He has also given a sweet little nod to the old Tales from the Crypt series. The book is a fun read for both teen and adult horror fans. The book is well-written and the layout of stories and poems works nicely. All in all, a very good read. Suitable for older young adult readers. Reviewed by: Colleen Wanglund.
Strange, Weird and Wonderful Publishing, Available: New paperback and Kindle e-book. Keenan, about a strange inheritance involving witchcraft and ventriloquist dummies. This one thoroughly creeped me out as I have a fear of ventriloquist dummies even more than clowns! Russell, about an alien attempting to invade earth, who is thwarted by the rooster, Mr. As with all anthologies, not every story is going to be appealing to every reader.
Unfortunately, it was far too verbose, with the author telling the details instead of describing them. The editors did a good job with their selections, for the most part, and I really enjoyed reading the stories. Corrupts Absolutely? Damnation Books, Available: New paperback and Kindle.
Did you ever wonder what would happen if you or someone you know developed superpowers in our reality? Would they be good or evil? Would they hide it or seek out the spotlight? Would that power indeed corrupt? This is a collection of short stories posing those same questions, as well as others. As with any anthology, there are usually a few misses within the hits. However, the bulk of the stories are imaginative and well-written, and Lincoln Crisler did an amazing editing job.
Most of the stories are pretty quick reads, and very entertaining. Characters and settings differ greatly, and the stories are not necessarily your standard comic book fare. Contains: violence and adult language. Angelic Knight Press, Echoing the destruction of mankind, the stories in Fading Light are frightening and, for the most part, quite bleak, which is how I like my horror. I also received a companion e-book containing five stories that were very good, but left out of the anthology for other reasons.
A lot of the stories centered on the phenomenon of our sun disappearing. Whether by supernatural, religious or scientific occurrences, these scenarios are all equally frightening. There are also quite a few unique stories contained here that are scary and bleak. Nothing here is necessarily predictable, even considering the theme, but it is all imaginative and entertaining.
Contains : violence, gore and adult language. Dueling Minds is a ouroboros of a book. A collection of authors were all shown the cover art which was based on a Ray Bradbury tale and asked to write a story about it. Those stories were then illustrated and collected into this volume. Some take a surreal to downright esoteric slant on the imagery while others go literal. All are excellent, moody tales, but Braunbeck and Piccirilli's stand out as shining gems. Is this a good book? Private collectors, however, will find this to be a haunting collection that they'll come back to time after time.
Contains: language, violence. A Succubus for Halloween by M. Halloween brings out all things scary, but with M. Hydra's short story collection , A Succubus for Halloween , those scares can also be mixed with a bit of titillation and sexiness. This collection of thirteen stories, as with most collections, contains both strong stories as well as some that are weaker.
This story took on a bit of a bizarro aspect as did a few other stories in this book and made me rethink the concept of massage therapy. I only wished that there had been more stories themed for the holiday based on the name of the collection. This didn't keep me from enjoying Hydra's work, though, and I will definitely seek out other books by her. I recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind mixing erotica into their reading, as it is an erotica collection, though themed with horror and paranormal.
Review by Rhonda Wilson. Sick Chick Flicks by John Skipp. Cemetery Dance, Available: New. Reading screenplays is rarely enjoyable for the typical reader. He spent many years in Hollywood, emerged with his soul, and is still remembered for being one half of the pioneering movement of splatterpunk along with Craig Spector. Skipp knows that the typical screenplay would make one's eyes bleed as sleep took over, so he writes them almost like stories - something other screenwriters should consider.
Maybe then we'd have more original horror movies that worked, instead of seeing moviemakers churn our remakes which bore even twelve-year-olds. Sick Chick Flicks is a fun read. It's classic Skipp. Skipp knows how to write "different" female parts - strong females who can kick ass but are mentally resilient and anything but cookie cutter material.
Marcia, the lead who is led, also leads through the tale. The role demands an actress who isn't afraid to break through new walls. Sometimes, the title of a story creates a setup that begs for fulfillment. She's turned into a nationwide magnet for bilge from every direction, every type of person. However, she shows she can handle it quite well. It's anything but a typical story.
Yes, it has zombies but also puppets, songs, and a bat for stress relief. Enough said. Sick Chick Flicks is not just a great collection to throw the spotlight on unique women in horror tales, Sick Chick Flicks is just, well, something just outside of normal.
John Skipp likely prefers that, and so will most readers. A Book of Horrors edited by Stephen Jones. Martin's Press, Available: Hard cover, paperback, kindle. Horror just took back its balls. This effort collects tales that, for the most part, actually scare or unnerve the reader.
Stephen King opens up the book with a new story, rather than one that has been recycled a million times, or a throwaway. That in itself is a rarity, and a portent for the rest of the anthology. Of course, not every tale in the book works, but the winners outweigh the duds by a wide margin. Both Ramsey Campbell and Michael Marshall Smith have stories in this collection, and they never disappoint.
Of the fourteen stories and novellas, the heavyweights include:. She almost makes the reader forget about the King piece in this brilliant story of a hitchhiker and a driver spending a night in a hotel together. What happens inside cannot be predicted. Peter Crowther's "Ghosts with Teeth" follows. His characters truly chew under the readers' skin. Brian Hodge's "Roots and All" is a tale about family and the secrets which they keep, along with the decay of one's hometown and the people within those places.
It seems like there have been hundreds of themed anthologies flooding the market in recent years.
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While many of them may contain some excellent stories, most do not include more than a few that actually frighten. A Book of Horrors is one of the old breed, which helps to bring true bite back into the genre. Thank you to the authors between the pages. The Circle by Bentley Little. Available: Pre-order. Cemetery Dance continues its movement to provide diehard readers with gems of horror which have become hard to find or were previously unavailable to the general public. When a novella begins with a knock on the door, a young boy who squeezes diamonds out of his bum, and the insects which grace the cover of this book, the reader knows he or she is holding pure Bentley Little.
There is a shrine in a small suburban town which draws several people to come and offer something in return for money, sex, or other material items. Of course, the witch who lives there has other plans for those who hope for something without much in payment. The three intersecting tales that wind around each other here in the span of a single night offer insight into the human condition, something Little is known for. Recommended for any Little fan and those who enjoy their horror just a little bit different in the approach of the ordinary.
Ghost House Dark Regions Press , It leads the reader through terrifying yet enticing tales that stimulate both the imagination and intellect. Insightful thoughts and superb symbolism interlace adventures with demons, flesh eaters, ghosts, magic and other realms. Author Scott Thomas even induces fear through the form of a horse. Each tale one rhyming is a gem, bound to the collection by theme: 18 th and 19 th century New England.
More generally, this book—by an independent specialty publisher—is recommended for libraries serving adult horror fans, specifically public libraries. With any collection of stories there are sure to be highs and lows, even in a "greatest hits" package such as this. Martin, Elizabeth Massie, and so on. Silva's "The Calling" are brilliant, through and through.
Reviewed by: Bob Freeman. Morrigan Books, Available: new paperback. The Whisper Jar is a collection of nine stories, combining a wonderful mix of horror and fantasy. A zombie virus has ravaged society, although the government has managed to get it under control. Salvation House comes under attack at times and the nuns and the children must fend off the attackers. Lanham keeps you guessing through the entire story and then hits you in the gut with and unexpected and heartbreaking ending. Carole Lanham writes with a touch of whimsy that draws you into what ultimately are very dark and macabre stories.
She is also able to flawlessly meld a childlike innocence with an eerie eroticism that for me really makes The Whisper Jar a major standout. The stories are at times playful and then move into an almost unpredictable darkness. This is one collection that I highly recommend if you like your horror weird and disturbing.
Contains: adult situations. Rymfire Books, Skeletal Remains is a cool little collection of nine short stories that center on the human skeleton. All of the stories are well written and Gouveia has done an excellent job with the editing. The stories all have a nice flow and very unique subject matter. Skeletal Remains is a quick yet enjoyable read. Contains: violence and gore. Lore is a collection of short stories of speculative fiction.
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It encompasses horror, science fiction and fantasy. The cover itself is a beautiful wrap-around piece by famed artist Richard Corben. For a round-robin story I felt the prose should have been a little tighter. It is part of a fantasy series, The Throne of Bones, that takes place in another world.
The prose is detailed, imaginative and dark, creating an eerie and somber atmosphere. Overall Lore is a good collection of multi-genre stories full of darkness, depression, eeriness, and a somber tone. If you are a fan of speculative fiction, then this one is for you. Contains adult situations and gore. Unspeakable and Other Stories by Lucy Taylor. Earlier this year, I finally got to read a short story by her, and I enjoyed every word of it. So I was ecstatic when our site was contacted by the author about reviewing her short story collection Unspeakable and Other Stories.
Yes, her stories would be classified as erotic horror, but I don't think many readers would find themselves wanting a warm body to make love to after having read her work. Taylor's stories are sensual yet disturbing and are more likely leave you fearing the lover beside you. Gripping and chilling, I devoured this collection in small doses to make it last longer. Highly Recommended!
Reviewed by: Rhonda Wilson. Dark Moon Books, Collected in Dark Tales of Lost Civilizations are 25 short stories from the horror and speculative fiction genres, unearthing our forgotten worlds and societies. Spying on him one night, the boy saw his father eat a dead cat , causing him to finally seek help. Arriving at Richie's home, the men confront Richie from behind his closed door, demanding that he come out. The odor pouring out from behind the door convinces the group that Richie was eating more than dead cats, speculating that he may be responsible for a recent rash of missing people.
The men are horrified when Richie opens the door and shambles out, resembling more fungus than man. The rest of the men run off as Henry stands his ground, firing his pistol at the creature. The story ends with the narrator recalling how his brief glimpse of the creature made him realize it was in the process of dividing in two, and calculating the exponential growth the creature is capable of, as they sit at the convenience store, waiting to find out whether Henry or the creature survived.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Night Shift by Stephen King. The Monster was Crane's first story to feature the fictional town of Whilomville; it would eventually serve as the setting of 14 stories, 13 of which would appear in the anthology Whilomville Stories. Modern critics have connected the novella's themes of racial division to a violent episode in Port Jervis' history.
On June 2, , an African-American man named Robert Lewis was lynched for allegedly assaulting a local white woman. Wells launched a campaign to investigate the murder as well as the widespread theory that Lewis was set up. Crane initially sent his manuscript of more than 21, words to McClure's , along with several other works including " The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky ", but it remained unpublished for nearly a year.
The first British edition, which added an additional four stories, was published in After being admonished by his father, Dr. Ned Trescott, for damaging a peony while playing in his family's yard, young Jimmie Trescott visits his family's coachman, Henry Johnson. Henry, who is described as "a very handsome negro", "known to be a light, a weight, and an eminence in the suburb of the town",  is friendly toward Jimmie.
Later that evening Henry dresses smartly and saunters through town—inciting catcalls from friends and ridicule from the local white men—on his way to call on the young Bella Farragut, who is extremely taken with him. That same evening, a large crowd gathers in the park to hear a band play.
Suddenly, the nearby factory whistle blows to alert the townspeople of a fire in the second district of the town; men gather hose-carts and head toward the blaze that is quickly spreading throughout Dr. Trescott's house. Trescott is saved by a neighbor, but cannot locate Jimmie, who is trapped inside.
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Henry appears from the crowd and rushes into the house in search of the boy, finding him unharmed in his bedroom. Unable to retreat the way he came, Henry carries Jimmie, wrapped in a blanket, to the doctor's laboratory and the hidden stairway that leads outside. He discovers the fire has blocked this way out as well and collapses beside Dr. Trescott's desk. A row of nearby jars shatters from the heat, spilling molten chemicals upon Henry's upturned face.
Trescott returns home to find his house ablaze; after he is told by his hysterical wife that Jimmie is still inside, he rushes into the house by way of the laboratory's hidden passageway. He finds Jimmie still wrapped in the blanket and carries him outside. Hearing that Henry is inside the house, Dr. Trescott attempts to re-enter, but is held back. Another man goes into the house and returns with the badly burned "thing" that used to be Henry Johnson.
The injured men and boy are taken to Judge Denning Hagenthorpe's house across the street to be treated, but while it is thought that Dr. Trescott and Jimmie will survive their injuries, Henry is pronounced as good as dead; he is mourned as a hero by the town. Henry Johnson survives, however, under the watchful eye of Dr.
Trescott, who treats the injured man out of gratitude for saving his son's life. Hagenthorpe, a leading figure in town, urges Trescott to let Henry die, stating that he "will hereafter be a monster, a perfect monster, and probably with an affected brain. No man can observe you as I have observed you and not know that it was a matter of conscience with you, but I am afraid, my friend, that it is one of the blunders of virtue.
One night Henry absconds, visiting various people around town and leaving terrified neighbors in his wake, including Bella Farragut, who he attempts to court as if no time has passed since they last met. Not welcome anywhere else, Henry is eventually moved to the carriage-house in the newly built Trescott home. Despite Dr. Trescott's protection, Henry is branded a monster by the townspeople, who avoid the Trescotts as a result. Although previously Henry's friend, Jimmie now mocks him, daring his friends to approach the disfigured man.
Once the leading doctor in Whilomville, Trescott's reputation suffers greatly, as does that of his wife, who no longer receives visitors.