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Encyclopedia > The Red Room (Wells)

The Red Room is a fictional short story written by H. G. Wells in 1894. The story deals with the internal human conflict between rationality and the irrational fear of the unknown. This article is in need of attention. ... Herbert George Wells (September 21, 1866 – August 13, 1946), better known as H. G. Wells, was an English writer best known for such science fiction novels as The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, and The Island of Doctor Moreau. ... 1894 (MDCCCXCIV) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Plot

The story centers around an unnamed narrator who chooses to spend the night in the remote Lorraine Castle. The narrator will rest in a room said to be haunted; in an effort to disprove the various legends surrounding it. Despite ominous warnings from the three elderly cripples who reside there, he ascends to the "Red Room" to begin his night's rest. The Narrator is the entity within a story that tells the story to the reader. ...


While in the room, he is gripped by an inexplicable feeling of dread. As he tries to combat his fear, a series of ominous events drive him into an outright panic. He begins to thrash at perceived phantoms until he hits his head and falls unconscious.


The next morning, he is awoken by the three occupants of the castle. When they attempt to relate local myths to explain the haunting, the narrator responds that it was merely his fear of the unknown that caused his reaction.


References in popular culture

The story's basic premise: A person decides to spend one night in a "haunted" location has been imitated countless times in popular fiction. The most recent example is the Stephen King story "1408" from the audio collection Blood and Smoke. For other persons named Stephen King, see Stephen King (disambiguation). ... 1408 is the 2nd short story in the audiobook collection entitled Blood and Smoke, by Stephen King, released in 1999. ... Blood and Smoke (1999) is an audio book where Stephen King reads three of his own short stories. ...


External links

  • "The Red Room" online text
  • "The Red Room" Creative Commons Audio Book

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