'...losing hold of my original and better self, and becoming slowly incorporated with my second and worse.' Victorian London is the setting for The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886), Stevenson's famous story of conflict between dual personalities: one good, and one ruthlessly evil. Other eerie tales in this volume are: The Body Snatcher (1881) inspired by the case of Burke and Hare; Markheim (1885) where a murderer meets a sinister smiling stranger; and The Bottle Imp (1893) in which an imp has the dubious power to grant the owner's every wish; also, The Weir of Hermiston (1896), an unfinished romance.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) was a Scottish writer of both fiction and nonfiction who had poor health for much of his life. He did achieve great literary success in his own lifetime with the publications of the children's adventure novels Treasure Island and Kidnapped and the horror novella The Curious Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.