Look into My Eyes: Mesmerism & Hypnotism in Fiction of the 1800s

This bibliography is an online companion to Entranced by Eyes of Evil: Tales of Mesmerism and Mystery, the first of the Phantom Traditions series, published by Brom Bones Books. Here, you’ll find works of fiction about mesmerism or hypnotism, but that weren’t included in the anthology because of length or quality. The bibliography is limited to fiction written in English and published during the 1800s.

Click on the title or volume number, highlighted in blue, to find an etext of each work. (When unable to find the original publication, I provide a reprint.) In the case of those tales in Entranced by Eyes of Evil, I have provided a link to purchase the book.


Marianna Pisani, Vandeleur; or Animal Magnetism (London: Richard Bentley, 1836), Vol. 1, Vol. 2, and Vol. 3.


Isabella F. Romer, Strumer; A Tale of Mesmerism (London: Richard Bentley, 1841), Vol. 1, pp. 1-75.

Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Zanoni (London: Saunders & Otley, 1842), Vol. 1, Vol.2, and Vol. 3.

T[imothy]. S[hay]. Arthur, Agnes, or The Possessed: A Revelation of Mesmerism (Philadelphia: T.B. Peterson, 1848).


Edward Bulwer-Lytton, A Strange Story (Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1861-62), Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.


Charles Dickens, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (London: Chapman and Hall, 1870; Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1870), Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.


Herbert E. Chase, A Double Life, Or, Starr Cross: An Hypnotic Romance,

Esmé Stuart, In His Grasp,

Julian Sturgis, Thralldom,

Walter Besant, Herr Paulus: His Rise, His Greatness, and His Fall,


Richard Marsh, “The Strange Occurrences in Canterstone Jail,” Blackwood’s Magazine 147 (June, 1890) pp. 791-814.

Richard Marsh, “His First Experiment,” Cornhill Magazine 15 (Sept, 1890) pp. 287-304.

Richard Marsh, “By Suggestion,” Manchester Times, 6 Jan. 1893, p. 3 and 13 Jan. 1893, p. 3. It was reprinted in Marvels and Mysteries (London: Methuen, 1900) pp. 152-93. (Two more of Marsh’s tales of hypnotism found in Marvels and Mysteries are “An Experience,” pp. 75-111, and “How He Passed,” pp. 276-312. These appear to be both stories’ first publication.)

Richard Marsh, The Beetle: A Mystery (London: Skeffington, 1897).

Joseph Hocking, The Weapons of Mystery,

E.H.C. Oliphant, The Mesmerist

Arthur Conan Doyle, The Parasite

George du Maurier, Trilby,

Robert Buchanan and Henry Murray, The Charlatan,

Mrs. Lodge, The Mystery at Bloomsbury Crescent,

F.F. Montresor, False Coin or True,

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