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About the Author: Richard Marsh

Richard Marsh (October 12, 1857–August 9, 1915) was the pseudonym of the British author born Richard Bernard Heldmann. He is best known for his supernatural thriller The Beetle: A Mystery, which was published in the same year as Bram Stoker's Dracula and was initially even more popular. The Beetle remained in print until 1960, and was subsequently resurrected in 2004 and 2007. Heldman was educated at Eton and Oxford University. He began to publish short stories, mostly adventure tales, as "Bernard Heldmann," before adopting the name "Richard Marsh" in 1893. Several of the prolific Marsh's novels were published posthumously.


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Paperback, Published in Feb 2008 by Silver Key

ISBN10: 0955688302 | ISBN13: 9780955688300

Page count: 324

"The Beetle" by Richard Marsh was first published in 1897, not long after Bram Stoker's "Dracula." 'Dracula' is now world famous, thanks to its early adoption by first the theatre, and then the movies, while 'The Beetle' remains all but forgotten. Yet 'The Beetle' consistently outsold 'Dracula' as long as it was in print: it was THE Gothic novel that terrified more of Victorian London than Dracula ever did. The tale revolves around a mysterious member of 'The Children of Isis', coming to London to seek revenge for an act committed 20 years previously in Cairo. Hypnosis, human/insect transformation, murder, white slavery, cannibalism, blackmail and kidnapping all feature in a mystery that keeps you reading until the very last page. Occult aficionados will recognize the book from its inspirational place in Kenneth Grant's "The Ninth Arch," where its peculiar occult symbolism featured heavily in workings of New Isis Lodge of the OTO.

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