Title: Le Horla early version You are not logged in. If you create a free account and sign in, you will be able to customize what is displayed. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License. A revised and lengthened version of it about about 7, words long was published the following year under the same title, "Le Horla", differring considerably as far as its narrative structure was concerned.

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Answered Questions 1. I read this book, and can't exactly figure out what a horla is! Vasil With respect to the answers depicting the entity as just the projected "outer self" of the protagonist, I consider this view rather one-sided. Lets no …more With respect to the answers depicting the entity as just the projected "outer self" of the protagonist, I consider this view rather one-sided.

Lets not forget that the protagonist does reflect on the nature of evolution, considering the entity to possibly be the next step in evolution. There's also a paragraph where he is wondering what kind of life forms might exist among the stars, which implies him regarding the entity as possibly of alien origin. Lastly, and maybe most importantly, there's the news clip about the "epidemic" of "Horla-outbreak" in a rural area of Brazil.

Were all those hardy villagers simply projecting their outer self? I don't think so. In conclusion, with respect to the previous views and with regard to the mental condition of the writer at the time, I still think that "in-story" the Horla "the Outsider" is presented as a real, albeit utterly strange, entity. Unanswered Questions. Ask and answer questions about books! Welcome back. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


Le Horla (1886 Shorter Version)

American horror writer H. Lovecraft , in his survey " Supernatural Horror in Literature " , provides his own interpretation of the story:. Relating the advent in France of an invisible being who lives on water and milk, sways the minds of others , and seems to be the vanguard of a horde of extra-terrestrial organisms arrived on earth to subjugate and overwhelm mankind, this tense narrative is perhaps without peer in its particular department. The story has been cited as an inspiration for Lovecraft's own " The Call of Cthulhu ", which also features an extraterrestrial being who influences minds and who is destined to conquer humanity. The word horla itself is not French, and is a neologism. In the form of a journal, the narrator, an upper-class, unmarried, bourgeois man, conveys his troubled thoughts and feelings of anguish.

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