The Gold Point
A Chemist's Dreams
Charles Loring Jackson (1847-1935) was integral to bringing organic chemistry to the United States. In addition to being a scientist and professor, however, he had a great love for theater and literature.
At almost 80 years of age, Jackson published a collection of twelve speculative fiction stories, filled with ghosts, dark magic, and strange science. There's no doubt that as a writer, Jackson was an enthusiastic amateur, but the ideas behind several of his stories were brilliant. In several instances, his stories were a prelude to themes that would later be explored by other fiction writers.
The Gold Point: One student offends another, and finds himself at the mercy of dark magic.
The Moth: A sequel to the Gold Point, a morality tale.
An Uncomfortable Night: A very different ghost story, where inanimate objects are infused with the emotions of the deceased.
Mr. Smith: Jackson called this "a story in the manner of Hoffman." It's a combination weird tale/fairy tale.
The Cube: One of the earliest doppelganger stories that I've seen, sort of an early "pod people" tale. (Without the pods.)
Sister Hannah: Romantic sci-fi with an invisible woman.
Linden: Two travellers are abducted by a murderous cult.
The Travelling Companion: A straight-forward ghost story.
Lot 13: A clock seeks revenge.
An Undiscovered "Isle in the Far Sea": Excellent cryptozoological fiction.
The Three Nails: A very strange tale of a man who finds he can travel between concurrent lives.
A Remarkable Case: A doctor runs into a man who can split himself into doubles (and triples and more).
Speculative Fiction (Science Fiction, Fantasy, Cryptofiction)
Beyond the Great South Wall | Time Travel Stories | Killer Plant Stories | Sign of the Spider | Egyptian SciFi/Fantasy | PYM |