Were Two of Louis Le Breton’s Demons the Inspiration for 20th-Century Sightings of “The Owlman”?

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‘The Damned Thing’ (1893) – A Literary Review

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51DJ9jNBkIL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The Damned Thing (1893) is a short science-fiction, horror tale, by Ambrose Bierce. It is an incredibly important tale for fans of H.P. Lovecraft, and of the weird fiction cannon. Bierce is able to conjure just a few words to captivate the reader, and isolate certain moments that are about to occur. He transcends the reader into unfolding events.

One can almost feel the flicking of a light-switch upon each of the nine men gathered in the room. One of which happens to be a corpse, adding further to the mystery and suspense. We, the reader, are thrown into the aftermath of what has happened and why it has happened? This gives the tale an existential essence, leading to the absurd.

At times, I drew close connections to John Carpenter’s, The Thing, or the short story, Who Goes There, in its effect on isolation and cabin fever. The tale also…

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“The Day The Saucers Came” by Neil Gaiman

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That Day, the saucers landed. Hundreds of them, golden,
Silent, coming down from the sky like great snowflakes,
And the people of Earth stood and
stared as they descended,
Waiting, dry-mouthed, to find out what waited inside for us
And none of us knowing if we would be here tomorrow
But you didn’t notice because

That day, the day the saucers came, by some some coincidence,
Was the day that the graves gave up their dead
And the zombies pushed up through soft earth
or erupted, shambling and dull-eyed, unstoppable,
Came towards us, the living, and we screamed and ran,
But you did not notice this because

On the saucer day, which was zombie day, it was
Ragnarok also, and the television screens showed us
A ship built of dead-men’s nails, a serpent, a wolf,
All bigger than the mind could hold,
and the cameraman could
Not get far enough…

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Davy Jones’ Haunted Locker, Great Ghost Stories of the Sea, ed. by Robert Arthur, 1965, TOC

The Sanguine Woods

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Table of Contents

Davy Jones’ Haunted Locker • interior artwork by Joseph Cellini
bp • Introduction (Davy Jones’ Haunted Locker) • essay by Robert Arthur
3 • Jabez O’Brien and Davy Jones’ Locker • (1965) • short story by Robert Arthur
25 • One August in the Red Sea • [Jorkens] • (1932) • short story by Lord Dunsany
30 • The Three Fishers • (1851) • poem by Charles Kingsley
33 • Fire in the Galley Stove • (1937) • short fiction by William Outerman
51 • Ship-in-a-Bottle • (1945) • short story by P. Schuyler Miller
67 • The Flying Dutchman • short fiction by Auguste Jal (trans. of Scènes de la vie maritime (excerpt) 1832)
73 • Second Night Out • (1933) • short story by Frank Belknap Long (variant of The Black, Dead Thing)
84 • The Hemp • (1916) • poem by Stephen Vincent Benét

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The Beast with Five Fingers, Weird Stories by W. F. Harvey, TOC

The Sanguine Woods

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vii • Introduction (The Beast with Five Fingers) • essay by David Stuart Davies
3 • The Beast with Five Fingers • (1919) • novelette by William Fryer Harvey [as by W. F. Harvey]
27 • Midnight House • (1910) • short story by William Fryer Harvey [as by W. F. Harvey]
35 • The Dabblers • (1928) • short story by William Fryer Harvey [as by W. F. Harvey]
43 • Unwinding • (1910) • short story by William Fryer Harvey [as by W. F. Harvey]
49 • Mrs. Ormerod • (1946) • short story by William Fryer Harvey [as by W. F. Harvey]
59 • Double Demon • (1946) • short story by William Fryer Harvey [as by W. F. Harvey]
67 • The Tool • (1928) • short story by William Fryer Harvey [as by W. F. Harvey]
79 • The Heart of the…

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Midnight Tales by William Fryer Harvey, TOC

The Sanguine Woods

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Midnight House • (1910) • short story by William Fryer Harvey
The Dabblers • (1928) • short story by William Fryer Harvey
Unwinding • (1910) • short fiction by William Fryer Harvey
Mrs. Ormerod • (1933) • short story by William Fryer Harvey
Double Demon • (1933) • short story by William Fryer Harvey
The Tool • (1928) • short story by William Fryer Harvey
The Heart of the Fire • (1928) • short fiction by William Fryer Harvey
The Clock • (1928) • short story by William Fryer Harvey
Peter Levisham • (1928) • short fiction by William Fryer Harvey
Miss Cornelius • (1928) • novelette by William Fryer Harvey
The Man Who Hated Aspidistras • (1933) • short story by William Fryer Harvey
Sambo • (1910) • short story by William Fryer Harvey
The Star • (1910) • short fiction by William Fryer Harvey
Across…

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Weird Vampire Tales, ed. by Robert Weinberg, Stefan R. Dziemianowicz, & Martin H. Greenberg, 1992, TOC

The Sanguine Woods

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Table of Contents

The Man Who Cast No Shadow • interior artwork by Virgil Finlay

11 • Introduction (Weird Vampire Tales) • essay by Stefan Dziemianowicz
19 • The Man Who Cast No Shadow • [Jules de Grandin] • (1927) • novelette by Seabury Quinn
39 • The Wolf Woman • (1927) • novelette by Bassett Morgan (variant of The Wolf-Woman)
59 • The Canal • (1927) • short story by Everil Worrell
75 • A Rendezvous in Averoigne • [Averoigne] • (1931) • short story by Clark Ashton Smith
87 • Placide’s Wife • [Nita Duboin] • (1931) • novelette by W. K. Mashburn, Jr. [as by Kirk Mashburn]
103 • The Horror from the Mound • (1932) • short story by Robert E. Howard
117 • Vampire Village • (1932) • short story by Edmond Hamilton [as by Hugh Davidson]
129 • Revelations in Black • (1933) •…

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