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"The Horror of the Heights" is a short story by Arthur Conan Doyle. It was first published in Strand Magazine in 1913. The story is told through a blood-stained notebook discovered on the edge of a farm in Withyham. The notebook is written by a Mr. Joyce-Armstrong, and the first two and last pages are missing; the notebook is thus dubbed the "Joyce-Armstrong Fragment". The s "The Horror of the Heights" is a short story by Arthur Conan Doyle. It was first published in Strand Magazine in 1913. The story is told through a blood-stained notebook discovered on the edge of a farm in Withyham. The notebook is written by a Mr. Joyce-Armstrong, and the first two and last pages are missing; the notebook is thus dubbed the "Joyce-Armstrong Fragment". The story has appeared in a number of collections, the earliest being Danger! and Other Stories (1918), as well as in more general collections like Volume 5 of The Road to Science Fiction.


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"The Horror of the Heights" is a short story by Arthur Conan Doyle. It was first published in Strand Magazine in 1913. The story is told through a blood-stained notebook discovered on the edge of a farm in Withyham. The notebook is written by a Mr. Joyce-Armstrong, and the first two and last pages are missing; the notebook is thus dubbed the "Joyce-Armstrong Fragment". The s "The Horror of the Heights" is a short story by Arthur Conan Doyle. It was first published in Strand Magazine in 1913. The story is told through a blood-stained notebook discovered on the edge of a farm in Withyham. The notebook is written by a Mr. Joyce-Armstrong, and the first two and last pages are missing; the notebook is thus dubbed the "Joyce-Armstrong Fragment". The story has appeared in a number of collections, the earliest being Danger! and Other Stories (1918), as well as in more general collections like Volume 5 of The Road to Science Fiction.

30 review for The Horror of the Heights

  1. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    When a mysterious notebook is found on a field, everyone wants to know what's written inside. It's about the dangers of being too high in the air. It's about the early days of aviation. What does the courageous captain see there? What is meant with air tigers? Interesting story about physical reaction when being high up in the air. It was okay but not my favorite Doyle story. Besides there are other horror stories with airplanes being more compelling (e.g. Matheson/King). Something for Doyle fan When a mysterious notebook is found on a field, everyone wants to know what's written inside. It's about the dangers of being too high in the air. It's about the early days of aviation. What does the courageous captain see there? What is meant with air tigers? Interesting story about physical reaction when being high up in the air. It was okay but not my favorite Doyle story. Besides there are other horror stories with airplanes being more compelling (e.g. Matheson/King). Something for Doyle fans.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ralph

    I re-read this for inspiration and material for an adventure I am running using Forgotten Futures RPG. It is full of some interesting fauna to use as an alien life forms and antagonists against my party aboard an early airship. It is a fairly entertaining read and a chortle for early sci-fi experiences.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hanane'S Archaeology

    اسم الكتاب📚 : رعب المرتفعات اسم الكاتب ✒: آرثر كونان دويل عدد صفحات الكتاب📄 : 24 صفحة  نوع الكتاب : خيالي تقييم الكتاب 🌟: 3/5 نوع القراءة : إلكتروني 💻 إنطباعات شخصية ✉ : لا زلت لم أعلم بعد هل المخطوط حقيقي أم خيال الكاتب لكنني أعترف ان فكرة وجود حيوانات و أدغال في السماء فكرة مثيرة حقا خصوصا في زمن كتابة القصة 📌 ملخص الكتاب : عن مخطوط جويس ارمسترونج الناقص الذي وجد في أحد الترعات مع بقايا حطام طائرة ؛ المخطوط يتضمن رحلة جوية لطيار مغامر ؛ إخترق السحب بطائرته الحديثة و صمد في وجه الزوابع و الرعود و ا اسم الكتاب📚 : رعب المرتفعات اسم الكاتب ✒: آرثر كونان دويل عدد صفحات الكتاب📄 : 24 صفحة  نوع الكتاب : خيالي تقييم الكتاب 🌟: 3/5 نوع القراءة : إلكتروني 💻 إنطباعات شخصية ✉ : لا زلت لم أعلم بعد هل المخطوط حقيقي أم خيال الكاتب لكنني أعترف ان فكرة وجود حيوانات و أدغال في السماء فكرة مثيرة حقا خصوصا في زمن كتابة القصة 📌 ملخص الكتاب : عن مخطوط جويس ارمسترونج الناقص الذي وجد في أحد الترعات مع بقايا حطام طائرة ؛ المخطوط يتضمن رحلة جوية لطيار مغامر ؛ إخترق السحب بطائرته الحديثة و صمد في وجه الزوابع و الرعود و الأمطار الغزيرة و كذلك النيازك ليصل الى حد الغلاف الجوي ؛ حيث لم يصل أحد قبله هناك ؛ هناك حيث إلتقى بالكائنات الهلامية ؛ حبارات ضخمة سيتوبلازمية الشكل ؛ شفافة تخترقها الأشعة من كل المواضع ؛ و حيات تتلوى دون شكل و لا مادة و عملاق ذو أذرع و مجسات طويلة يحاول الفتك به لكنه يفلت منهم ليعانق الأرض مرة أخرى ؛ لكن حماسه يدفعه لتكرار التجربة لكنه يلقى حتفه و يختفي للأبد بينما مذكراته الناقصة تظل شاهدة على رحلته . للبحث 🔎: مخطوط جويس ارمسترونج الناقص

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jumper

    I can only imagine how it must have felt to read this story at a time when airplanes were recent innovations and aerospace was a new frontier. For them, the idea of airborne monsters wouldn't have been a stretch. Doyle masterfully capitalizes on that plausibility. We hear most of the narrative from a smart, yet intrepid protagonist. His imagery really brings the story to life: We can feel the rattle of the airplane and the weather as he pushes himself and his plane to the limit. We are in awe as he I can only imagine how it must have felt to read this story at a time when airplanes were recent innovations and aerospace was a new frontier. For them, the idea of airborne monsters wouldn't have been a stretch. Doyle masterfully capitalizes on that plausibility. We hear most of the narrative from a smart, yet intrepid protagonist. His imagery really brings the story to life: We can feel the rattle of the airplane and the weather as he pushes himself and his plane to the limit. We are in awe as he describes these new creatures. We are terrified when the monsters attack him. This horror turns to dread when his narrative finishes with a note hastily written in pencil, when the fearless pilot is doomed and his fate is sealed. A satisfying story from a master story teller.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Adrian

    Compared to ACD's Blue John short story this had far more punch and actually ended at the end rather than half way (OK 2/3rds) of the way through. It was also ultimately more interesting, hence the 4 stars. Compared to ACD's Blue John short story this had far more punch and actually ended at the end rather than half way (OK 2/3rds) of the way through. It was also ultimately more interesting, hence the 4 stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    أيمن قاسمي

    قصة خيالية يميزها ابداع السير دويل كالعادة

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gris Alvarez

    3.5 ⭐ Es entretenido, me costo un poco engancharme, pero una vez atrapandome (en esta ocasion lo escuché por storytel) no deje de escucharlo hasta terminarlo.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Philip

    It’s fascinating to see an example of a “fear of the unknown” story about something which in the last 100 years has become thoroughly known. This is a wholly unique story which theorizes something I’ve never encountered in any other stories I’ve read, that there’s an entire ecosystem in the upper atmosphere full of creatures as unimaginable and those at the deepest depths of the oceans.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Fadoua EL Jarrari

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. رعب المرتفعات قصة قصيرة أبدعها آرثر كونان دويل ترجمة إسلام سميح الردان، بأسلوب خيالي غير قابل للتصديق إلا إذا كان لمخطوط جويس أرمسترونج الناقص أي وجود فعلي وثابت، تدور أحداث القصة عن بحث الطيار أرمسترونج عن سر أختفاء أصدقائه الطيارين في ظروف غامضة حيث تكبل من أجل ذلك عناء البحث عن اللغز و أسباب الموت التي لم يقتنع بها، فشحن بندقيته التي لا تغيب عن يديه أثناء مغامراته ورحلاته، وزود طائرته الحديثة بكل الضروريات التي يحتاج إليها، فرحلة البحث لا يعرف مدتها و لا إلا أين ستوصله، الغريب في الأمر أن الع رعب المرتفعات قصة قصيرة أبدعها آرثر كونان دويل ترجمة إسلام سميح الردان، بأسلوب خيالي غير قابل للتصديق إلا إذا كان لمخطوط جويس أرمسترونج الناقص أي وجود فعلي وثابت، تدور أحداث القصة عن بحث الطيار أرمسترونج عن سر أختفاء أصدقائه الطيارين في ظروف غامضة حيث تكبل من أجل ذلك عناء البحث عن اللغز و أسباب الموت التي لم يقتنع بها، فشحن بندقيته التي لا تغيب عن يديه أثناء مغامراته ورحلاته، وزود طائرته الحديثة بكل الضروريات التي يحتاج إليها، فرحلة البحث لا يعرف مدتها و لا إلا أين ستوصله، الغريب في الأمر أن العملية بمجملها ستتم في السماء متجاوزا السحب و كل المرتفعات، ليتفاجأ أن في أعالي الفضاء هناك غابة و أدغال و كائنات هلامية و حيوانات غريبة الشكل على غرار ما هو موجود في الأرض. الرحلة على مشقتها ورعبها إلا أنه كان طيارا بارعا في تجاوز كل الزوابع التي اعترضت رحلته من أمطار غزيرة و نيازك حتى وصل إلى الغلاف الجوي، ليحط الرحال على سطح الأرض، لكن رغبته في إثبات ما رآه هناك و بالأدلة القاطعة دفعته ليعيد التجربة من جديد إلا أن هذه المرة كان مصيره مثل مصير أصدقائه فقد اختفى دون أثر مخلفا وراءه مذكراته الناقصة بضعة أوراق و حطام طائرة متناثرة كشاهد يتيم على تجربته الفريدة من نوعها. القصة على قصرها و أسلوبها الخيالي إلا أنه كان يتقصها بعض اللمسات لإضفاء مزيدا من التشويق و الإثارة التي تعودنا عليها في قصصه مغامرات شارلوك هومز، ذلك أنها صيغة بشكل يطبع عليها بعص الرتابة و الملل، ربما يعود الأمر إلى الترجمة و أسلوب المترجم. بقلم فدوى الجراري 10-03-2020

  10. 5 out of 5

    Chaplain Walle

    This is a good little horror story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lesa Loves Books

    An expedition to a height of 43,000 ft in an open cockpit monoplane: what could go wrong? Besides lack of oxygen, of course. An encounter with a behemoth, perhaps? Odd old science fiction and weird tales are such fun to read. Good story. It would be so cool if air jungles were real! 👾👾👾 Random: Aeronauts James Glaisher and Henry Coxwell are referenced in this story. 😎

  12. 4 out of 5

    Linda Marie

    This was my first Arthur Conan Doyle book, or perhaps should call it short story. It was build up in a cleaver way and I enjoyed it even tho I didn't find it that scary. This was my first Arthur Conan Doyle book, or perhaps should call it short story. It was build up in a cleaver way and I enjoyed it even tho I didn't find it that scary.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Akrabar

    audiobook

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rob Ó Sionnaigh

    Contrary to popular opinion, this isn't even close to the first "Lovecraftian"story. That honor, per H.P.L., himself, should go to Poe's "M.S. Found in a Bottle" and "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket." Compare the ending of "Pym" with that of "At the Mountains of Madness" and remember that tentacled monsters are not a sine quo non of the Cthulhu Mythos. BUT - The Horror of the Heights is most certainly a worthy progenitor for Lovecraft's Outer Horrors that Man Was Not Meant to Know Contrary to popular opinion, this isn't even close to the first "Lovecraftian"story. That honor, per H.P.L., himself, should go to Poe's "M.S. Found in a Bottle" and "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket." Compare the ending of "Pym" with that of "At the Mountains of Madness" and remember that tentacled monsters are not a sine quo non of the Cthulhu Mythos. BUT - The Horror of the Heights is most certainly a worthy progenitor for Lovecraft's Outer Horrors that Man Was Not Meant to Know. And a satisfying one. In typical Conan Doyle fashion, horror is mixed with wit and even dark humor. Lovecraft famously disliked this trait in Robert Louis Stevenson, and I suspect felt similarly about the tale under review. But I enjoyed it. The closing line is all the more memorable, and is likely a good caution for, say, atheists, for example, to guard against reports of unlikely deathbed confessions. ;-) This is a worthy adventure story, a tale of human derring-do gone monstrously wrong. If anything, it suffers from over-explication, a charge often leveled at "Lovecraftian" stories, and I suspect would have been more memorable if the horrors had been left more ... mysterious. But for all that, I give it thumbs-up as a genuinely inventive caution for aerophobes everywhere.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 1913, a time when parts of the planet were undiscovered, on land and in the depths of the oceans. What about the sky? Men were just beginning to explore this unknown region. I have to give kudos to Doyle as I have not come across another story with this premise, that there may be unknown creatures in this unexplored area of Earth. The explorer, in the form of a discovered diary, has dared to tempt fate in a search to prove his hypothesis that something lurks above, and it is possibly the reason 1913, a time when parts of the planet were undiscovered, on land and in the depths of the oceans. What about the sky? Men were just beginning to explore this unknown region. I have to give kudos to Doyle as I have not come across another story with this premise, that there may be unknown creatures in this unexplored area of Earth. The explorer, in the form of a discovered diary, has dared to tempt fate in a search to prove his hypothesis that something lurks above, and it is possibly the reason there have been so many pilot deaths above a certain altitude. It is interesting that a number of monsters written in the pulp magazines are invertebrates; the cephalopods with their tentacles and in this case the jellyfish. Though in this case they seem more amorphous than the terrestrial beings, but still they retain the ability to grab onto someone. I don't think this holds up, in the sense that it is not spooky to someone reading it today. Also it is a tad verbose in the descriptions of the mechanics of flying. I do love the description of one of the monsters as a "mass of floating blubber". Not great, but ok. Audible version narrated by Ian Gordon.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Andy Hickman

    THE HORROR OF THE HEIGHTS by Arthur Conan Doyle Exciting tale (when altitudes exceeding 30,000 feet high were yet to be experienced) of aerial jungles in the higher levels of the sky. "Forty-three thousand feet. I shall never see earth again. They are brevet me, three of them. God help me, it is a dreadful death I die!" *** THE HORROR OF THE HEIGHTS by Arthur Conan Doyle Exciting tale (when altitudes exceeding 30,000 feet high were yet to be experienced) of aerial jungles in the higher levels of the sky. "Forty-three thousand feet. I shall never see earth again. They are brevet me, three of them. God help me, it is a dreadful death I die!" ***

  17. 5 out of 5

    Behizain

    Escuchado en el podcast de Verne y Wells Ciencia Ficción. Esta historia es precursora de lo que luego se ha llamado "horror cósmico". Aprovecha el desconocimiento que se tenía hace cien años sobre lo que pudiera haber en las capas altas de la atmósfera para contar una pequeña historia de terror. Escuchado en el podcast de Verne y Wells Ciencia Ficción. Esta historia es precursora de lo que luego se ha llamado "horror cósmico". Aprovecha el desconocimiento que se tenía hace cien años sobre lo que pudiera haber en las capas altas de la atmósfera para contar una pequeña historia de terror.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nilson R.

    In order to fully enjoy this marvelous tale of the unknown and appreciate its rather scaring and daring originality, one has to immerse oneself into the mindset of the early aviators (old-fashioned concepts and all) and their mastering of the then-mysterious skies.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Virginia

    This is a quick listen. I'm glad Stephen King introduced it so that we have the context of flight at the time of the writing. That definitely helped, but I thought it was supposed to be scary and I didn't get that feeling at all. Bemused at best. This is a quick listen. I'm glad Stephen King introduced it so that we have the context of flight at the time of the writing. That definitely helped, but I thought it was supposed to be scary and I didn't get that feeling at all. Bemused at best.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cindi

    Think of how other worldly flying just have been at the time. Put yourself in this position in 1913, listen to the description & think about how supernatural this would have been at the time. Amazing!

  21. 5 out of 5

    LucianTaylor

    Not a big fan of Conan Doyle, but this particular story is very Lovecraftian and I enjoyed it very much.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Darcy of the House Stark

    Un taccuino ritrovato con il racconto di incontri strani fatti da un pilota. Leggero e carino.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rhys Causon

    Very gripping short story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    James Biser

    This is an excellent short story found in memoir form on a short journal. It is an interesting, suspenseful tale.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Julio

    Otro corto entretenimiento, esta vez del propio Conan Doyle, en el ámbito del terror. Interesante también, sin más.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Darren

    Excellent little flight of fancy (geddit?!) written during the early years of the development of aeronautics, imagining potential perils in the upper atmosphere!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lori Sang

    A short and spooky bedtime read. It was enjoyable.

  28. 4 out of 5

    EMM_ ANUEL :V

    Fue una lectura agradable en la cual me sentí super identificado por las alturas

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marwa Ahmed

    قصة جديدة في الفكرة حيث يتصور الكاتب ان في الطبقات العليا من غلافنا الجوي كائنات غير معلومة عندنا الجميل منها و المفترس و تفسير لفقد العديد من الطائرات او الطيارين و هي فكره مبدعة خاصة في زمن الكاتب

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bia

    3,5

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