COUNTESS SATAN

by Guy de Maupassant. From Chamber Of Horrors, 1978. I. THEY were discussing dynamite, the social revolution, Nihilism, and even those who cared least about politics had something to say. Some were alarmed, others philosophized, and others again tried to smile. ``Bah!'' N -- -- said, ``when we are all blown up, we shall see what it is like. Perhaps, after all, it may be an amusing sensation, provided one goes high enough.'' ``But we shall not be blown up at all,'' G -- -- , the optimist, said, interrupting him. ``It is all a romance.'' ``You are mistaken, my dear fellow,'' Jules de C -- -- Continue reading

THE HAND

by Guy De Maupassant. Originally Published in The Works of Guy de Maupassant 1909. Why does Sir John Rowell keep a severed hand attached to the wall of his drawing room? They had gathered in a circle around Monsieur Bermutier, the magistrate, who was expressing his opinion of the mysterious Saint-Cloud affair. For a month this inexplicable crime had been the talk of all Paris. Nobody could make head or tail of it. Standing with his back to the fireplace, Monsieur Bermutier was talking away, marshaling evidence, discussing the various theories, but not reaching any conclusion. Several women Continue reading

A GHOST

by Guy De Maupassant. Originally Published in Famous Modern Ghost Stories, 1921. An old man relates the story of his chilling encounter with the supernatural! We were speaking of sequestration, alluding to a recent lawsuit. It was at the close of a friendly evening in a very old mansion in the Rue de Grenelle, and each of the guests had a story to tell, which he assured us was true. Then the old Marquis de la Tour-Samuel, eighty-two years of age, rose and came forward to lean on the mantelpiece. He told the following story in his slightly quavering voice. "I, also, have witnessed a strange Continue reading