The Horla

The Horla

by Guy de Maupassant

Publication Date: 24/03/2019


Le Horla is a fantastic short story by Maupassant written in 1887. This is one of the last fantastic stories Maupassant wrote. The Horla is in the form of an unfinished diary that raises fears that its owner may have gone mad. The Horla marks the first signs of the madness of its author, Guy de Maupassant, who died 3 years later, in a paranoia and total madness.

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Guy de Maupassant

Guy de Maupassant was born in Normandy in 1850. In addition to his six novels, which include Bel-Ami (1885) and Pierre et Jean (1888), he wrote hundreds of short stories, the most famous of which is 'Boule de suif'.

By the late 1870s, he began to develop the first signs of syphilis, and in 1891 he was committed to an asylum in Paris, having tried to commit suicide. He died there two years later.

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