I believe the entire natural world is but the ultimate expression of that spiritual world from which, and in which alone, it has its life.

-Dr. M. Hesselius, Green Tea, 1872

Doctor Martin Hesselius was dead the first time Sheridan Le Fanu put pen to page and began writing the first piece in his 1872 collection, In A Glass, Darkly. Hesselius was dead and buried, with only his carefully jotted notes for the reader to judge him by. 

It’s an interesting way to introduce literature’s first actual occult investigator, to say the least. He’s the ghost of a memory, his faint handwriting spider-scrawled across battered notebooks, detailing over 243 cases of supernatural mischief and malice; the ghost-breaker as ghost, in a sense. It’s a shame Le Fanu documented only five of those hundreds of cases, and only one that Hesselius was actually physically present for. It’s these five cases that make up In A Glass, Darkly

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