"Haunted and the Haunters, The." In: HARPER'S NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE. February 1861 (volume 22, number 129). New York: Harper and Brothers, February 1861 (volume 22, number 129). Octavo, single issue, original printed wrappers, edges untrimmed, sewn. The first U.S. publication of this famous supernatural tale first published in BLACKWOOD'S MAGAZINE in 1859 and first collected in book form in TALES FROM BLACKWOOD [FIRST SERIES], Volume X (n.d. 1860). This is the long version of the story, which is usually reprinted in its short form as "The House and the Brain." The shorter version, revised and cut by Bulwer-Lytton (perhaps because he wished to use his theory of the supernatural at greater length in his novel A STRANGE STORY ), "lacks both coherence and conclusion. The fuller version is both a wonderful ghost story and a well-wrought example of Bulwer-Lytton's theory of the supernatural ..." - Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature II, pp. 698-700. First published in BLACKWOOD'S MAGAZINE, it has since been widely anthologized and remains a classic, perhaps the best haunted house story ever written. Its direct influence ranges from 'No. 252 Rue M. le Prince' in Ralph Adams Cram's BLACK SPIRITS AND WHITE (1895) to Richard Matheson's HELL HOUSE (1971). Whatever the fate of his novels, this tale will keep Bulwer-Lytton's name alive." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 63. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 306. Wrappers a bit dusty, else a fine copy. (#164393).