Was It A Dream? by Guy De Maupassant (188-s)
Tuesday’s Tale of Terror April 9, 2013
The drama factor in Was It A Dream is at the high end. And the chill factor, yeah, this one will get you.
There is something about De Maupassant’s writings that make me feel like I’m living the events with the character—a right-in-the-moment quality. And this story was written over a hundred years ago but it still delivers. De Maupassant was a best-selling author in his day; he wrote over 300 short stories and received much acclaim and praise.
The theme of this shortie is love and death. Such a combination cannot fail to affect with the skills of this author.
The story opens with the exclamation, “I had loved her madly!” I dare you to stop reading.
By the fourth paragraph, tragedy strikes and our narrator laments his lost love. There is quite a lot of exclamation here, clear prose, a heavy dose of reality, and vivid descriptions that our author is known for—quite sensuous, I might add (Flaubert was De Maupassant’s mentor so of course there’s quite a bit of flair).
The central action of the story takes place in a cemetery. I will tell you, I’m not a zombie fan but these zombies are my kind of zombies! After reading this story, you won’t likely forget it.
Try this exhilarating short read, less than 2000 words at The Literary Gothic:
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Next week’s Tale of Terror will by Henry James in honor of his birth date.