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How Love Came to Professor Guildea

by Robert S. Hichens

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An acknowledged classic of the psychological horror subgenre. The concept is interesting and original, and there are some genuinely creepy moments, but in the final analysis "Guildea" suffers from a plodding, overly literal execution. Its clinical, yes-this-is-really-happening atmosphere reminded me of Fitz-James O'Brien's "What Was It?", but this story is longer--much longer--and that works to its detriment, too. Had Hichens shaved off fifteen or twenty pages, it would have resulted in a tighter, more fully engaging tale. Still, "Guildea" has stood the test of time for a reason, and anyone with an interest in the evolution of horror literature should seek it out. It's the story of a haunting, yes, but a haunting quite unlike anything you'll find in the standard ghost yarn. ( )
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