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Nightmare Tales by H. P. Blavatsky

A selection of five of the most well-known short occult tales from H. P. Blavatsky.

At first, the noise of the quill-pen with which the old man was writing, suggested to my mind nothing more than a low whispered murmur of a nondescript nature. Then, gradually, my ear caught the indistinct words of a faint and distant voice, and I thought the figure before me, bending over its manuscript, was reading its tale aloud instead of writing it… Stranger still, at every word traced by the feeble, aged hand, I noticed a light flashing from under his pen, a bright colored spark that became instantaneously a sound…
However it may be, the words uttered by the quill remained in my memory for days after. Nor had I any great difficulty in retaining them, for when I sat down to record the story, I found it, as usual, indelibly impressed on the astral tablets before my inner eye.
Thus, I had but to copy it and so give it as I received it. I failed to learn the name of the unknown nocturnal writer. Nevertheless, though the reader may prefer to regard the whole story as one made up for the occasion, a dream, perhaps, still its incidents will, I hope, prove none the less interesting.

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Contents                                           page

A Bewitched Life                                    1

The Cave of the Echoes                       65

The Luminous Shield                           81

From the Polar Lands                          95

The Ensouled Violin                          103

Nightmare Tales by H. P. Blavatsky by H.P.Blavatsky

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