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Flaxman Low, Occult Psychologist

  • Robert Perret
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Abstract

The growing throng of detectives in fiction at the fin de siècle included a number of occult detectives, whose existence reaffirmed the human experience before the looming spectre of a technological age. Flaxman Low embraced a boundless cosmos of spooks and monsters, in which naïve humans lay defenceless against the malevolent supernatural. Ironically, by fighting spirits and dispelling hauntings, Flaxman Low texts actually put the metaphorical ghost back in the machine of reality, affirming that the human experience is woven into the very fabric of existence. This chapter describes the key elements of a Flaxman Low story, interprets his appeal to the Victorians and contemporary audiences in the context of supernatural TV series, and examines a pastiche in which Low is pitted against Sherlock Holmes.

Keywords

Fin de siècle Flaxman Low Ghost stories Occult detectives Pastiche Supernatural TV series 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Perret
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  1. 1.University of IdahoMoscowUSA

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