Thursday, February 25, 2010

Henry Kuttner's "By These Presents" aka "Satan Sends Flowers" (short story, immortality, free)

Quote from short story titled By These Presents aka Satan Sends Flowers by Henry KuttnerJames Fenwick has made a deal with the devil: give me immortality in all ways except suicide, & you can have my soul if I do indeed commit suicide someday. But devil wants an up-payment - a part of the soul - a few unconscious memories James won't even notice missing.

Some years down the line, Fenwick is convinced the devil cheated him & took his soul itself. He will eventually get the memories devil took early, & come to regret...

See also.

  1. Isaac Asimov's "The Acquisitive Chuckle": Somewhat similar plot device. A conman is made to feel he's been cheated... with results rather satisfactory to the one conned.

Fact sheet.

First published: Fantastic, January-February 1953.
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Rating: B.
Related: Stories of Henry Kuttner; immortality in fiction.