“The Beetle: A Mystery” by Richard Marsh

"The Beetle: A Mystery" by Richard Marsh

"Classic horror in the form of a supernatural thriller: London is haunted by mysterious cases of death, stalkings and burglary. A prominent member of parliament seems to be the focus of the incidents. Behind the events is a hostile and powerful entity called "the Arab", which takes the shape of a man or a sexually seductive woman depending on circumstances and intentions. It is a thing born of neither God nor human, but connected with the Egyptian cult of Isis.

In imitation of various popular fiction genres of the late nineteenth century, Marsh unfolds a tale of terror, late imperial fears, and the "return of the repressed", through which the crisis of late imperial Englishness is revealed."