The Testament of Magdalen Blair
The Testament of Magdalen Blair
The Testament of Magdalen Blair
The Testament of Magdalen Blair
The Testament of Magdalen Blair
The Testament of Magdalen Blair
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"The madness of the living is a thing so abominable and fearful as to chill every human heart with horror; it is less than nothing in comparison with the madness of the dead!"

The author and editor Frank Harris, who was one of the best friends of Oscar Wilde, once said that "The Testament of Magdalen Blair" was the most terrifying tale ever written. And he was right.

In this scary tale, originally published in 1913, Aleister Crowley tells the story about a young English woman who found out having psychic powers of reading minds and thoughts. But soon she will discover that this gift is not a blessing, but a curse. When her husband became seriously ill, she will follow the struggle of his mind against dark forces that would try to dominate his whole being.

This tale, which expresses the most ferocious cosmic horror, preceded Lovecraft's writings and helped to consolidate this subgenre that throughout the 20th century would be consecrated by Robert Bloch, Clark Ashton Smith, Thomas Ligotti and Lovecraft himself. The echoes that influenced the writing of this tale can also be traced in the texts of Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, and, mainly, in the short story “The Facts That Involved the Case of Mr. Valdemar”, by Edgar Allan Poe, which has a very similar premise.