The Beetle

Richard Marsh (Author) Leslie Klinger (Editor)
& 2 more


"A fun new way to encounter the spine-tinglers of yesteryear." --Booklist

A horror classic for the modern reader, presented by the Horror Writers Association.

Rediscover the classic and come face-to-face with a creature "born of neither god nor man"

First published in 1897, Richard Marsh's classic work of gothic horror, The Beetle, opens with Robert Holt, an out-of-work clerk seeking shelter in an abandoned house. He comes face to face with a fantastical creature with supernatural and hypnotic powers; a creature who can transform at will between its human and beetle forms and who wrecks havoc when he preys on young middle-class Britons.

Featuring an introduction by bestselling author Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, the Haunted Library Horror Classics edition of The Beetle is a tale of revenge that takes the reader on a dark journey, one that explores the crisis of late imperial England through a fantastical and horrific lens.

Product Details

$14.99  $13.79
Poisoned Pen Press
Publish Date
April 07, 2020
5.5 X 1.2 X 8.5 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Richard Marsh's plays include Skittles (BAC, Nursery, Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh, and Radio 4 as Love and Sweets); Nicked (book and lyrics, HighTide and Criterion); Westminster Side Story (book and lyrics, Coalition at Theatre503); Khaliq's Story/2007 (Decade at Theatre503); Fairytale of New Cross (Theatre503); Dad's Money (Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh and London). Richard Marsh was one of the inaugural 503/5 writers-in-residence at Theatre503.
Leslie S. Klinger is one of the world's foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes. He is the editor of the three-volume The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes. The first two volumes, The Complete Short Stories, won the Edgar for "Best Critical/Biographical" work. He is also the editor of the hugely successful The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft. Klinger is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars and lives in Malibu, California.


"Ripe with melodrama and purple prose...Marsh creates an eerie atmosphere." - Publishers Weekly
"This will appeal to a wide range of readers. The universal ick factor of creepy crawlies additionally ensures that this crowdpleaser from the past will continue to strike fear in the hearts and minds of 21st-century readers." - Library Journal
"This series is a fun new way to encounter the spine-tinglers of yesteryear." - Booklist