One Who Saw Review (Classic Horror Short)

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Originally published on Christmas in 1931 and widely regarded as A.M. Burrage’s masterpiece, “One Who Saw” tells the story of a writer enchanted by a spectre of a weeping woman. His obsession builds until her ghostly hand falls from her face and he, in horror, becomes “one who sees.” – Goodreads Synopsis


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One Who Saw Review

One Who Saw is an excellent creepy read. I’ve not read any of Burrage’s other works, but I can see why this one would be called his master piece. In a mere 64 pages, the author gave such a great atmosphere and escalating level of creepiness that I found myself instinctively curling up into a ball on the couch as I read it. You can tell it was written in a different era, and it’s all the better for it. One Who Saw forces your imagination to fill in the blanks, and does it quite well. Even a half an hour after finishing the story, the curiosity about the weeping woman’s image was tugging at the edges of my mind. 5 Star Rated One Who Saw Review

Now, Biblioasis has partnered with Canadian cartoonist Seth, of It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken fame, to bring new life to these older stories, and restore the creepy Christmas spirit that has faded over time. (Yes, I said creepy Christmas. According to the foreword in the book, and the article, Christmas used to be a time for creepy fireside tales! I love this idea.) I’m completely unfamiliar with Seth’s work, but the 4 illustrations contained within the book seem to suit (at least to my cartoon ignorant mind) the time frame the stories were written in. With bold dramatic lines and a pleasing starkness, these illustrations help to entrench the atmosphere and give a basic idea of how some things might look rather than to clearly show anything.

Overall, very happy that I had the chance to get introduced to A.M. Burrage’s work, and I look forward to reading more from this project in the future. Pre-order One Who Saw on Amazon now. You won’t regret it.

For more information about this partnership, here’s a link to an article on CBC.ca.

Title: One Who Saw | Author: A.M. Burrage | Illustrator: Seth (site) | Series: Seth’s Christmas Ghost Stories | Publisher: Biblioasis (site) | Pub. Date: 2016-10-11 | Pages: 64 | ISBN13: 9781771960663 | Genre: Horror | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read: 2016-6-1 | Source: Received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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