And Afterward, the Dark: Seven Tales

And Afterward, the Dark: Seven Tales

Basil Copper

Language: English

Pages: 222

ISBN: 0870540793

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

And Afterward, the Dark: Seven Tales

Basil Copper

Language: English

Pages: 222

ISBN: 0870540793

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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been here and seen what you are going to see.'' He motioned to the shafting, which passed up through a louvre in the ceiling. "These controls are coupled to the system of lenses and prisms on the roof. As you will see, the hidden camera, as the Victorian scientists came to call it, gathers a panorama of the town below and transmits it here onto the viewing table. An absorbing study, one's fellow man, don't you think? I spend many hours up here." Mr. Sharsted had never heard Mr. Gingold in such

of it on the yearly calendar sent by a local tradesman, which used to hang in his office. He gazed at its facade with mounting bewilderment as he approached. The title: Corn Exchange winked back dully in the moonlight as he got near enough to make out the lettering. Mr. Sharsted's bewilderment changed to distinct unease as he thought frantically that he had already seen this building once before this evening, in the image captured by the lens of Mr. Gingold's second camera obscura. And he

for several months when Farlow began to take me into his confidence. He was always a thin, finely strung sort of man and his experiences of the past weeks had put deep shadows under his eyes and his physical frame looked frailer than at any time I remembered. It took several evenings of half-coherent, hedging talk before he really broached the subject, but once he had got fairly started his thoughts came tumbling out like water released from a floodgate. His greatest fear was that I should

hotel stood. It was a day of bright sunshine and it was with considerable contentment that I left the last of the trees behind and was able to walk freely on mossy undersoil, split here and there by outcrops of rock. I wandered in this way for an hour or more until I at length came out on a precipitous bluff and was rewarded by a magnificent view of the entire valley. "It was as I was coming away, half drugged by the beauties of the scene, that my eye was arrested by a patch of bold colour in

anger and horror, in the dying flare I had seen, just before I killed the jelly-creature, the anguished face of Fritzjof, still alive, ingested by the fungoid mass and completely absorbed by it. His eyes seemed to implore me to destroy the still-living abomination which he had become, and his face was at peace before the final kiss of the flame effaced it for all time. An even more fearful question had haunted my mind ever since, haunts it still. "Supposing," I asked Masters, "the mountain did

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