Mesmeric Revelation by Edgar Allan Poe was originally published in 1842.
The narrator—a Mesmer—entrances a sickly patient who claims to be privy to a wealth of divine and esoteric knowledge, wanting to document his knowledge before he dies. The Mesmer proposes a series of questions relating to the workings of the universe, matter, and God. The client realises that he was destined to die during the interview, and seems to do so shortly after its conclusion. A chilling and though-provoking tale, Mesmeric Revelation will not disappoint fans of Poe’s work, and would make for a fantastic addition to any collection.
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was an American author, editor, poet, and critic. Most famous for his stories of mystery and horror, he was one of the first American short story writers, and is widely considered to be the inventor of the detective fiction genre.
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Extract from Edgar Allan Poe’s Mesmeric Revelation:
“These considerations have led me to think that some good results might ensue from a series of well-directed questions propounded to me while mesmerized. You have often observed the profound self-cognizance evinced by the sleep-waker – the extensive knowledge he displays upon all points relating to the mesmeric condition itself ; and from this self-cognizance may be deduced hints for the proper conduct of a catechism.”
I consented of course to make this experiment. A few passes threw Mr. Vankirk into the mesmeric sleep. His breathing became immediately more easy, and he seemed to suffer no physical uneasiness. The following conversation then ensued…
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