Originally Posted by j. d. worthington
Interesting you've had that reaction. "Markheim" is, to my mind, the most "studied" of his tales of the supernatural; a bit too mechanical to be in the top rank. I say this despite HPL's high regard (at least, in SHiL) for the tale -- which may owe something to its thematic similarities to Poe's "William Wilson".
It's been a while, but that rings a bell -- "studied," "mechanical." I had a lesser but similar reaction to portions of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
. Though overall the novel worked quite well, there were portions during which I felt like the story was diagrammed, a bit too neatly black & white.
"Thrawn Janet", in my opinion, is quite another matter; a true masterpiece in weird storytelling. True, the dialect is a bit thick for most modern readers, but it is well worth the effort (and if you've accustomed yourself to works with such heavy dialect it should be actually a lead-pipe cinch), and it does add tremendously to the eeriness of the effect....
Maybe I'll try to tackle it sooner than later. I've been looking at Stevenson and debating about trying some more of his weird tales.