Thursday, April 2, 2009


There is nothing stranger in fiction than this story, and no more mysterious being than "The-Man-Who-Did-It". The transformations of Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - or transmutations, are they? - are tame and commonplace in comparison with that of which "The-Man-Who-Did-It" is the subject. The author is not an iconoclastic Vandal in the temple of science - as a good many are in our day - but a reverent devotee, pointing out failings and monstrosities only that be remedied. He sees that we are not yet in possession of the whole revelation that science can make, and that we have misread much of what have received. He makes it plain that in the domain of science it is not merely the unexpected, but the incredible, which is happening continually.

The story proceeds upon the theory that the human mind has capabilities of which it is not yet conscious, and the strange phenomena now made so much use of, and often such bad use of, by occultists, will one day be shown to proceed from natural laws not now understood. All in all, Etidorhpa is a one of a kind book that should stir your pulse, stir your brain and stir your heart.

The Kealey Paper *Issue 22-4* February 2002 to July 2002