Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton -The Haunted and the Haunters, or, The House and the Brain

Fear and anguish

Evaluating a work according to when it was written is always important; in this case it is fundamental. In the mid-nineteenth century Darwin published “The Origin of Species”, Lombroso analyzed crime through physiognomy and, “The House and the Brain” by Edward G.Bulwer-Lytton is was being printed. This is not the usual story of a haunted house. The house in question, or rather the spirit that inhabits it, gives its guests a kind of tailored fear and anxiety: a tailor who, according to our measurements, stitches for us a perfect dress to unleash in us pure terror. However, this would not be enough to make this tale memorable: the contextualization makes it more interesting. Just when human knowledge tries to find the reason for and the explanation of everything (especially the supernatural, that cannot be explained) the author tries to offer a conclusion that make both supporters and skeptics of esotericism agree on one point: this novel is exciting.

Translation by Silvia Accorrà (edited by Sabrina Macchi)