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Everyone should read this It was released the same year as Bram Stoker s Dracula and was actually popular at the time, but has since fallen into obscurity I think it s even better than Dracula and definitely twice as weird, a genre spanning supernatural romp that draws from Dickens, Conan Doyle, Victorian romance, and weird scientist fiction and involves cross dressing, sex cults, and just about everything else Make sure if you get the Broadview edition to not read the footnotes the first time round, they re chock full of spoilers. The Beetle was published in the same year as Bram Stoker s Dracula 1897 , and there are many aspects of the two gothic novels that are similar the multiple narrators, the exotic and mysterious supernatural threat, the remarkable sense of place The Beetle initially was the popular novel, and I can appreciate its appeal It s got a little bit of everything sensational, from orgies, shape shifters, and human sacrifice to cross dressing, hypnotized victims, Isis worship, and dead bodies in disreputable hotels In the end, it did not quite compare with Dracula for me, and the fault perhaps lies mostly with its characters, who overall were less sympathetic and well formed The pacing also seemed uneven at times Despite these quibbles, this is a must read for lovers and students of the gothic especially those who have already read and enjoyed its contemporaries such as Dracula and George du Maurier s Trilby 1894 , both of which I recommend. #DOWNLOAD Ü The Beetle õ The Beetle Tells The Story Of A Fantastical Creature, Born Of Neither God Nor Man, With Supernatural And Hypnotic Powers, Who Stalks British Politician Paul Lessingham Through Fin De Siecle London In Search Of Vengeance For The Defilement Of A Sacred Tomb In Egypt In Imitation Of Various Popular Fiction Genres Of The Late Nineteenth Century, Marsh Unfolds A Tale Of Terror, Late Imperial Fears, And The Return Of The Repressed, Through Which The Crisis Of Late Imperial Englishness Is RevealedThis Broadview Edition Includes A Critical Introduction And A Rich Selection Of Historical Documents That Situate The Novel Within The Contexts Of Fin De Siecle London, England S Interest And Involvement In Egypt, The Emergence Of The New Woman, And Contemporary Theories Of Mesmerism And Animal Magnetism The Beetle may not be the greatest book in terms of literary value, but I will say that it is a hell of a lot of fun to read To me it is the literary equivalent of comfort food, and its Egyptian flavor along with all of its over the top moments remind me a lot of the old pulpy horror gothic books I devoured as a nerdy kid on rainy days It seems that no matter where I turn to find a literary review of this novel, everyone wants to compare it to Bram Stoker s Dracula The two books were published in the same year, both stories are related through the use of journal entries from the principal players, both imagine an evil force coming into England from outside for its own wicked and abominable purposes, and in both books, the vile alien threat has to be neutralized to keep England from peril Yet, while I see that between the two, in terms of literary value, most people prefer Stoker s book, to me Dracula wasn t nearly as entertaining The Beetle is a lovely, unputdownable mix of supernatural horror, revenge tale, creepy gothic fiction and mystery all rolled into one, and bottom line, it s just plain fun Sometimes the fun is what it s all about and that s definitely the case here.There are four narrators in this novel the first is Robert Holt whose bizarre story throws us right into the midst of the strange Entering a deserted house to escape the rain after having been denied lodging at the modern equivalent of a homeless shelter, he is set upon by a creature that reminds him of a spider the Beetle of the title As he tries to make his escape back out the window, suddenly a light comes on in the house and Holt finds himself face to face with a deformed man whose eyes were his most marked feature As Holt notes, Escape them I could not, while, as I endeavored to meet them, it was as if I shrivelled into nothingness They held me enchained, helpless, spell bound I felt that the could do with me as they would and they did Holt discovers that he has no choice but to do what he is commanded by this horrific figure and he is ordered to break into the home of Paul Lessingham, member of Parliament While carrying out his task, he is confronted by Lessingham who is stopped in his tracks when Holt screams out THE BEETLE Holt s narrative sets the tone for the remainder of the story, which is revealed in turns from the points of view of Sydney Atherton, an inventor of weapons who just happens to be in love with Lessingham s love Marjorie Lindon, Miss Lindon herself, and the Honorable Augustus Champnell, Confidential Agent It is during this last section that we discover exactly why this threat has appeared in England and why it is targeting Lessingham and through him, Miss Lindon specifically Barebones outline, for sure, but there s a LOT churning around in this novel Under its surface, though, as Minna Vuohelainen explains in the introduction, Marsh also explores constant, traumautic shifting of class, social, gendered, sexual, ethnic and national identities How all of these thematic elements are manifested becomes pretty self evident without having to seek them out, especially in terms of sexuality I would imagine that this was a pretty daring tale back in 1897 for one thing, we don t even leave the first section before Holt in his hypnotized state is set upon sexually by the Beetle in masculine form, although this creature can also manifest itself as a woman For another, Lessingham s account, as given to Champnell, refers to a strange cult that kidnaps English victims, both male and female, holding them for prolonged periods to be used in strange rituals involving torture and sexual depravity I suppose one could also read the novel as a story that plays on the fear of invasion by foreign elements or fear of those outsiders already living among the English, obviously with sinister intentions toward England s men and women Recommended, without any hesitation whatsoever Even if it s a little silly sometimes, it is truly a delight Once again, my thanks to Valancourt Books for publishing some of the finest old books ever. This sounded so tremendous, and then it turned out to be your standard Victorian Orientalist hissy fit with a healthy side of period appropriate sexism Yay.In fairness, the first part is elegantly creepy, so that alone is worth a read However, that momentum is simply not sustained throughout, in spite of some snappy dialogue here and there The book fails as a weird tale but succeeds as a social document of its era s anxieties regarding gender roles and imperialist attitudes Except that s not what enticed me to read it I m still stuck on giant vengeful Svengali beetle There needs to be literature about that. La historia se abre con un hombre que est pasando una mala racha e intenta entrar en un albergue Al no dejarle pasar, este personaje, deambulando por la calle, da con una casa que tiene una ventana abierta Como parece que la casa est sin habitar, se cuela por la ventana Pero cu l ser su sorpresa cuando se encuentre con un extra o hombre, aunque a veces parece una mujer Esta es la t pica novela en la que mejor no contar demasiado, ya que es un placer ir descubriendo lo que acontece seg n se va leyendo El Escarabajo The Beetle, 1897 , del ingl s Richard Marsh, es un thriller sobrenatural, con enredo, romance y misterio Hay algo de terror, pero yo no catalogar a esta novela bajo este g nero Me ha gustado la manera de escribir del autor, y la estructura de la trama, basada en las diferentes voces de los personajes Al empezar la historia, admito que me descoloc un tanto, es un poco extra a, y no era lo que me esperaba, aunque no s realmente lo que me esperaba porque no quise leer nada sobre el argumento, as que me cost un poco entrar El libro va de menos a m s, y mi parte favorita es la ltima, que resulta trepidante. It was a pleasant surprise, this book Very readable in a totally unpretentious way, a typical Victorian gothic story, which seems to have been successful than Dracula at its apparition both were published the same year but was eclipsed by the latter in time, unduly, I d say.There is nothing really extraordinary in its structure, which resembles Dracula s and many other novels of the nineteenth century with its several narrative voices that intend to increase the contrast between real and fantastic, nor in the shaping of the characters , which are not very complex with one exception , nor in the ambiguity of its end, which insinuates that evil is everywhere, waiting to surface No, as any horror book that is true to form, The Beetle relies mainly on the tension generated by the plot to attract its readers, and the plot, with its allusions to ancient rituals, barbaric sacrifices and sexual perversions, is interesting enough.However, there is isn t it always To begin with, it is noteworthy the author s ability to describe the fear, the pure and naked fear that contaminates the reader Higher and higher It had gained my loins It was moving towards the pit of my stomach The helplessness with which I suffered its invasion was not the least part of my agony, it was that helplessness which we know in dreadful dreams I understood, quite well, that if I did but give myself a hearty shake, the creature would fall off but I had not a muscle at my command.But this desire to capitalize on the darkness of our subconscious is cleverly counterbalanced by a fine irony that eases the tension and allows the reader to notice some interesting facts various aspects of different levels of British society, the never ending political war between radicals and Tories, the true purpose of scientific discoveries, etc With a merciless sarcasm, Sydney Atherton delivers two undeniable truths One about the infinite power of the scientist What a sublime thought to think that in the hollow of your own hand lies the life and death of Nations.The other about the quality of the politician s followersit is essential to a politician that he should have his firmest friends among the fools or his climbing days will soon be over.Finally, Paul Lessingham, with his mixture of weakness and moral strength in both his public and private image could have become a memorable character, should have he been fully developed If it is not so, maybe the fault lies not entirely with the author s lack of skill but also with the reader s horizon of expectation regarding the genre After all, no matter how talented, Richard Marsh is no Edgar Poe. So far, so splendid.The Beetle was first published in 1897, the same year as Dracula, which it outsold consistently for the next 25 years or so, until the Hamilton Deane play revived interest in Stoker s book and made the Count the cultural icon he is today, while Marsh s book fell into undeserved obscurity.There are a lot of similarities between the two, from the shifting narrators admittedly done better and with greater complexity in Dracula to their stories, both of which involve sinister foreigners wreaking havoc on the fabric of proper Victorian society Both deal with the social concerns of that society, and both address the coming of the emancipated although not too emancipated New Woman then emerging What The Beetle really has going for it, though, is an air of decadent perversity that far surpasses anything in Dracula The first section, in particular, is quite charged with androgyny and ambiguous sexuality, and it really should have been illustrated by Beardsley, or even better, Austin Osman Spare sort of a less classy Beardsley during this period The air of decadence dissolves with the second section, which concerns itself with the social structure of polite, upper class Victorian society A bit too much so, actually, although the second narrator, Sydney Atherton, is delightfully amoral, and the dialogue is witty enough to almost pass as Wildean, if you squint hard enough But then there s a near death by poison gas, a transformation of the androgynous villain into beetle form, and suddenly things are back in fine perverse form.To be continued Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend Set in London amidst the Victorian era, The Beetle gives the testimonial account of four characters whose lives intersect as they struggle to solve the mystery behind a terrifying creature a gruesome beetle originating from Egyptian lore sent to enact revenge on a British politician As a gothic novel, The Beetle s claim to fame is that it was published in 1897 the same year as Bram Stoker s Dracula and, for the first twelve months after publication, outsold Stoker s eminent novel Through its four protagonists Robert Holt, Sydney Atherton, Marjorie Lindon, and Augustus Champnell Marsh explores multiple genres within one book Horror is the defining element of Robert Holt s encounter with the beetle Starving and desperate for shelter, he crawls through an open window in a seemingly abandoned house and finds himself face to face with an unknown entity in the pitch dark I became, on a sudden, aware, that something was with me in the room There was nothing, ostensibly, to lead me to such a conviction it may be that my faculties were unnaturally keen but, all at once, I knew that there was something there What was , I had a horrible persuasion that, though unseeing, I was seen that my every movement was being watched. In tantalizing fragments, the many legged creature creeping through the darkness materializes in the reader s imagination, and Holt s fear is quickly justified From the account given by Sydney Atherton, Marsh delights readers with social drama and unrequited love Politics, the demands of polite society, and a torrid exchange of love letters command Atherton s attention, though he s distracted by his affection for Miss Marjorie Lindon and by a rogue encounter with the hellish beetle Many would seek to explain away the horrid sight of the beetle, but Atherton embraces the prospect of the supernatural That all things are possible I unhesitatingly believe I have, even in my short time, seen so many so called impossibilities proved possible That we know everything, I doubt that our great great great great grandsires, our forebears of thousands of years ago, of the extinct civilizations, knew on some subjects than we do, I think is, at least, probable All the legends can hardly be false. Testament to what would have been contemporary social issues at the time of its publication, Miss Marjorie Lindon emerges as a progressive female figure She s beautiful, her dance card is always full, and she s pursued by two men, but Miss Lindon is not your average female Rather than being demure and obedient, Miss Lindon proudly asserts an interest in suffragist politics and defies her father at every turn It s a shame that the men who long for her hand in marriage unintentionally pull her into the mystery of the beetle, for she is afraid of only one thing My whole life long I have had an antipathy to beetles of any sort or kind I have objected neither to rats nor mice, nor cows, nor bulls, nor snakes, nor spiders, nor toads, nor lizards, nor any of the thousand and one creatures, animate or otherwise, to which so many people have a rooted, and, apparently, illogical dislike My pet and only horror has been beetles. Finally, the fourth leg of Marsh s book is an homage to the classic detective novel la Sherlock Holmes The honorable Augustus Champnell, confidential agent, arrives to investigate the mysterious happenings involving the skittering beetle Blending crime fiction with horror, Champnell reveals his own experience with dark forces I can only suppose that through all those weeks she had kept me there in a state of mesmeric stupor That, taking advantage of the weakness which the fever had left behind, by the exercise of her diabolical arts, she had not allowed me to pass out of a condition of hypnotic trance. Champnell arrives just in time to assert his investigative prowess and, in due time, it becomes necessary to give chase to the beetle, closing out the story in a race against time before one or lives are lost Due to the year in which it was first published, The Beetle includes some racially insensitive terms Less offensive, though somewhat irritating, it s four character format lends itself to some repetition Articulately constructed and unduly forgotten, The Beetle is an intriguing examination of social concerns relevant to Victorian London and a thrilling horror novel. Review to come, eventually Damn my new job and all the hours it s taking away from me I will say that it starts off great Then it was just long winded and boring as hell until the end I know, such great analysis there Three stars may be too generous.2.5 Stars