If you're an avid reader of mystery and horror literature, and particularly if you're interested in the supernatural, works such as Bram Stoker's Dracula may be your bread and butter. How would you react if you just found out that the book sitting before you is one that contains the elements of vampire lore and atmospheric writing that were among Stoker's main inspirations for his great work? Olalla is that book, and for the time it was written in, it's quite a revolutionary piece due to its unconventional plot and narrative elements.
The book is a mystery that will instantly catch the eye of any readers who love old Gothic tales. With a nameless narrator, an old, dark and mysterious house, mysterious nighttime occurrences and a beautiful female character to stand in the middle of it all, Olalla will surprise and delight you through its imaginative, highly enjoyable plot.
The story centers around the exploits of a nameless wounded British soldier who finds solace recovering in a Spanish hospital during the Peninsular War set at the beginning of the 19th century. Facing the trivial, yet welcome company of a once noble family that provides him with temporary residence, our hero soon falls madly in love with the daughter Olalla, and starts a chain of events that will lead to a shocking discovery.
Written by illustrious author Robert Louis Stevenson, and published during the Christmas season of 1885 - just before the launch of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide - this enjoyable little horror tale created quite a stir of admiration among Stevenson's fans.
A Gothic horror story with a deep and intense plot, as well as a surprising conclusion, Olalla will provide you with an excellent reading experience and give you a genuine feel of the original characters who would later fuel so many new horror stories, books and movies that later turned them into stereotypes.
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