“Lazarus” By Leonid Andreyev (Narrated By Jeffrey LeBlanc)

When Lazarus left the grave, where, for three days and three nights he had been under the enigmatical sway of death, and returned alive to his dwelling, for a long time no one noticed in him those sinister oddities, which, as time went on, made his very name a terror.–Leonid Andreyev

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Leonid Nikolaievich Andreyev—the Russian Edgar Allan Poe,  was a Russian playwright, novelist and short-story writer, who is considered to be a father of Expressionism in Russian literature. He was one of the most talented and prolific representatives of the Silver Age period. Andreyev’s style combined elements of realism, naturalism, and symbolism in his literary works.

Often referred to as the ‘Russian Edgar Allan Poe’, Andreyev’s translations influenced such horror greats as H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard. Copies of Andreyev’s “The Seven Who Were Hanged” and “The Red Laugh” were found in the library of horror writer H. P. Lovecraft at his death. Robert E. Howard called him one of the seven “most powerful” writers of all time.

“Lazarus” was a short story by Leonid Andreyev published in Weird Tales in the March 1927 edition. It’s the horrific tale of the Biblical Lazarus after his return from the grave. This is a creeping, ever-unnerving, realistic tale of the man brought back from the dead.

What is the great secret Lazarus is reluctant to reveal to the living? Can the man brought back from the grave ever enjoy the warmth of Life again?

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