The Beetle

Richard MARSH (1857 - 1915)


A story about a mysterious oriental figure who pursues a British politician to London, where he wreaks havoc with his powers of hypnosis and shape-shifting, Marsh's novel is of a piece with other sensational turn-of-the-century fictions such as Stoker's Dracula, George du Maurier's Trilby, and Sax Rohmer's Fu Manchu novels. Like Dracula and many of the sensation novels pioneered by Wilkie Collins and others in the 1860s, The Beetle is narrated from the perspectives of multiple characters, a technique used in many late nineteenth-century novels (those of Wilkie Collins and Stoker, for example) to create suspense.

Richard Marsh was the pseudonym of the British author born Richard Bernard Heldmann. (Summary by Wikipedia)

Genre(s): General Fiction, Horror & Supernatural Fiction, Detective Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Outside icyjumbo (1964-2010)
00:14:20
Play 02 02 - Inside icyjumbo (1964-2010)
00:17:25
Play 03 03 - The Man in the Bed icyjumbo (1964-2010)
00:12:40
Play 04 04 - A Lonely Vigil icyjumbo (1964-2010)
00:14:26
Play 05 05 - An Instruction to Commit Murder icyjumbo (1964-2010)
00:22:36
Play 06 06 - A Singular Felony icyjumbo (1964-2010)
00:19:28
Play 07 07 - The Great Paul Lessingham icyjumbo (1964-2010)
00:19:22
Play 08 08 - The Man in the Street icyjumbo (1964-2010)
00:05:11
Play 09 09 - The Contents of the Packet icyjumbo (1964-2010)
00:12:03
Play 10 10 - Rejected Alan Winterrowd
00:12:39
Play 11 11 - A Midnight Episode Alan Winterrowd
00:14:06
Play 12 12 - A Morning Visitor Alan Winterrowd
00:11:36
Play 13 13 - The Picture Alan Winterrowd
00:25:22
Play 14 14 - The Duchess' Ball Alan Winterrowd
00:18:40
Play 15 15 - Mr Lessingham Speaks Alan Winterrowd
00:15:09
Play 16 16 - Atherton's Magic Vapour Alan Winterrowd
00:18:49
Play 17 17 - Magic?--Or Miracle? Alan Winterrowd
00:05:23
Play 18 18 - The Apotheosis of the Beetle Alan Winterrowd
00:34:33
Play 19 19 - The Lady Rages Alan Winterrowd
00:10:25
Play 20 20 - A Heavy Father Alan Winterrowd
00:10:34
Play 21 21 - The Terror in the Night Alan Winterrowd
00:26:24
Play 22 22 - The Haunted Man Alan Winterrowd
00:27:58
Play 23 23 - The Way He Told Her Ruth Golding
00:14:40
Play 24 24 - A Woman's View Ruth Golding
00:09:30
Play 25 25 - The Man in the Street Ruth Golding
00:11:17
Play 26 26 - A Father's No Ruth Golding
00:09:16
Play 27 27 - The Terror by Night Ruth Golding
00:18:03
Play 28 28 - The Strange Story of the Man in the Street Ruth Golding
00:27:43
Play 29 29 - The House on the Road From the Workhouse Ruth Golding
00:30:15
Play 30 30 - The Singular Behavior of Mr Holt Ruth Golding
00:06:03
Play 31 31 - The Terror by Day Ruth Golding
00:12:25
Play 32 32 - A New Client Anthony Wilson
00:06:23
Play 33 33 - What Came From Looking Through a Lattice Anthony Wilson
00:21:18
Play 34 34 - After Twenty Years Anthony Wilson
00:16:29
Play 35 35 - A Bringer of Tidings Anthony Wilson
00:05:04
Play 36 36 - What the Tidings Were Anthony Wilson
00:09:47
Play 37 37 - What Was Hidden Under the Floor Anthony Wilson
00:12:52
Play 38 38 - The Rest of the Find Anthony Wilson
00:09:03
Play 39 39 - Miss Louisa Coleman Anthony Wilson
00:19:35
Play 40 40 - What Miss Coleman Saw Through the Window Anthony Wilson
00:11:02
Play 41 41 - The Constable,--His Clue,--And the Cab Anthony Wilson
00:14:57
Play 42 42 - The Quarry Doubles Anthony Wilson
00:10:38
Play 43 43 - The Murder at Mrs. 'Enderson's Anthony Wilson
00:22:22
Play 44 44 - The Man Who Was Murdered Anthony Wilson
00:12:52
Play 45 45 - All That Mrs. 'Enderson Knew Anthony Wilson
00:06:40
Play 46 46 - The Sudden Stopping Anthony Wilson
00:15:24
Play 47 47 - The Contents of the Third-Class Carriage Anthony Wilson
00:05:22
Play 48 48 - The Conclusion of the Matter Anthony Wilson
00:07:45