The Elixir of Invisibility, by Henry Kuttner

Two days until my book on the history and science of invisibility is released! To celebrate, here’s another reblog of a post on a classic invisibility story in fiction.

Skulls in the Stars

Yet another post about a story of invisibility. I keep finding more for my book bibliography, so I might as well blog about them here!

Invisibility has been a key feature of stories in pretty much every genre of writing. Ambrose Bierce’s “The Damned Thing,” for instance, is pretty much a straight horror tale. H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man is, of course, classic and even foundational science fiction, and tales like D.W. Hall’s “Raiders Invisible” are really straight up adventure fiction. Invisibility has even been used in romance; the 1895 novel Stella by C.H. Hinton tells the tale of a man who falls in love with a woman who has been turned invisible! (It’s not a very good story, IMHO.)

So it is not surprising to find invisibility used in comedy stories as well, and such is the case with Henry Kuttner’s “The Elixir of…

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