G. W. Thomas
Dr. Martin Hesselius (1872) by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
knowledge was immense, his grasp of a case was an intuition. He was
the very man to inspire a young enthusiast, like me, with awe and delight.
My admiration has stood the test of time and survived the separation of
death. I am sure it was well-founded."
-- Hesselius' Unnamed Assistant
Dr. Martin Hesselius is the man who started it all. From his mold would spring Abram van Helsing, John Silence and many others. Despite this, Hesselius remains a shadowy figure. All we see of him are glimpses from the introductions to the stories in Le Fanu's collection, In a Glass Darkly. Hesselius only appears in "Green Tea". This amazing psychic, physician has an unnamed assistant who becomes his editor after death.
In a Glass Darkly (1872)
2. "The Familiar"
3. "Mr. Justice Harbottle"
4. "The Room In the Dragon Volant"
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