First published in the short story collection The Mystery of Choice (1897); Original artwork for this publication by Jakob Grim.

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The Messenger

“The bullet entered here,” said Max Fortin, and he placed his middle finger over a smooth hole exactly in the center of the forehead. I sat down upon a mound of dry seaweed and unslung my fowling piece. The little chemist cautiously felt the edges of the shot-hole, first with his middle finger, then with his thumb. “Let me see the skull again,” said I. Max Fortin picked it up from the sod. “It's like all the others,” he observed. I nodded, without offering to take it from him. After a moment he thoughtfully replaced it upon the grass at my feet.


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Robert W. Chambers
Robert W. Chambers
Robert W. Chambers was an American author and illustrator born on May 26, 1865, in Brooklyn, New York. He is best known for his collection of short stories "The King in Yellow," which combined elements of supernatural horror and decadent romance. Throughout his career, Chambers wrote a variety of genres, including mystery, historical fiction, and romance, and illustrated many of his own works. He was highly influential in the genre of weird fiction, and his work has been cited as an inspiration by numerous writers, including H.P. Lovecraft. Chambers died on December 16, 1933, but his legacy continues to inspire new generations of readers and writers.