Promethean Horrors

Promethean Horrors : Classic Tales of Mad Science

4.11 (28 ratings by Goodreads)

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Expected delivery to the United States in 8-13 business days.

Not ordering to the United States? Click here.


From the imaginations of Gothic short-story writers such as Edgar Allen Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mary Shelley and H.P. Lovecraft came one of the most complex of villains - the mad scientist. Promethean Horrors presents some of the greatest mad scientists ever created, as each cautionary tale explores the consequences of pushing nature too far. These savants take many forms: there are malcontents who strive to create poisonous humans; technologists obsessed with genetic splicing; mesmerists interested in the way consciousness operates after death and inventors who believe in a hidden reality. United by an unhealthy obsession with wanting to reach beyond their circumstances, these mad scientists are marked by their magical capacity to alter the present, a gift that always comes at a price. . .
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 130 x 190 x 20.32mm | 249.48g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0712352848
  • 9780712352840
  • 312,871

Table of contents

1. The Sandman—E. T. A. Hoffmann—1816
2. The Mortal Immortal: A Tale—Mary Shelley—1833
3. Rappaccini’s Daughter—Nathaniel Hawthorne—1844
4. The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar—Edgar Allan Poe—1845
5. The Secret of the Scaffold—Auguste Villiers de l’Isle-Adam—1883
6. The Body Snatcher—Robert Louis Stevenson—1884
7. The Blue Laboratory—L. T. Meade—1897
8. The Five Senses—E. Nesbit—1909
9. From Beyond—H. P. Lovecraft—1934
10. The Fly—George Langelaan—1957
show more

About Xavier Aldana Reyes

Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Film at Manchester Metropolitan University and a member of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies. He is the editor of Horror: A Literary History (2016), The Gothic Tales of H. P. Lovecraft (2018) and The Weird Tales of William Hope Hodgson (2019), all published by the British Library.
show more

Rating details

28 ratings
4.11 out of 5 stars
5 29% (8)
4 54% (15)
3 18% (5)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X