Promethean Horrors

Classic Tales of Mad Science


British Library Tales of the Weird series


“Promethean Horrors” delves into literature’s darkest realms, showcasing iconic mad scientists from authors like Poe, Shelley, and Lovecraft. This anthology traces the chilling evolution of unchecked ambition, from gothic nightmares to cosmic horrors. A must-read journey revealing the haunting consequences of pushing nature’s boundaries.

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Number of pages: 272

Published: 01 March 2020

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Step into the shadowy realm of forbidden knowledge and unbridled ambition, where some of literature’s most brilliant minds probe the darkest corners of science and the soul. “Promethean Horrors” offers readers an exploration into the psyche of the mad scientist—a character conceived from the fertile minds of gothic and weird fiction’s most celebrated authors.

From the early Romantic visions of E. T. A. Hoffmann and Mary Shelley, which warned of the dangers of man playing God, to the psychedelic horrors of Lovecraft and Langelaan, this anthology showcases the evolution and enduring allure of one of horror’s most iconic figures. Delve into stories where unchecked curiosity morphs into obsession, and innovation twists into monstrosity.

Highlighted Contents:

  • E. T. A. Hoffmann’s “The Sandman,” a tale of automata and dark obsessions.
  • Mary Shelley’s “The Mortal Immortal,” exploring the ramifications of eternal life.
  • Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar,” which plumbs the depths of mesmerism and the boundaries between life and death.
  • H. P. Lovecraft’s “From Beyond,” a cosmic horror centered on the perils of expanded perception.
  • George Langelaan’s “The Fly,” a modern classic depicting the catastrophic consequences of scientific recklessness.

With an insightful introduction to frame these tales, “Promethean Horrors” is more than just a collection—it’s a journey through time, highlighting the constant, chilling presence of the mad scientist in our literary consciousness. Perfect for fans of gothic fiction, horror enthusiasts, and anyone intrigued by the moral implications of scientific advancement. Step closer, if you dare, and witness the results of nature pushed to its limits.

Additional information

Weight 240 g
Dimensions 19 × 13 cm