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* {{Diary}}: The story takes the form of entries in Dr. Burnstrum's personal medical journal, regarding the Pendleton case.


-->'''Dr. Burnstrum:''' ... Identical twins, you know, come from a single fertilized eg. Sometimes such twins are equally developed; more often one twin is better developed than the other. What it means is that the twins compete with each other during embryonic and fetal life, and one may develop at the expense of the other. As a matter of fact, one twin may absorb the other, sometimes completely so, sometimes leaving a few traces such as a hand or foot. Apparently you absorbed your twin nearly completely. The hand is all that is left of him.



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-->'''Dr. Burnstrum:''' ... Identical twins, you know, come from a single fertilized eg.egg. Sometimes such twins are equally developed; more often one twin is better developed than the other. What it means is that the twins compete with each other during embryonic and fetal life, and one may develop at the expense of the other. As a matter of fact, one twin may absorb the other, sometimes completely so, sometimes leaving a few traces such as a hand or foot. Apparently you absorbed your twin nearly completely. The hand is all that is left of him.




'''Anthony Melville Rud (11 Jan 1893 - 30 Nov 1942)''' was a second-generat ion Norwegian-American, in Chicago IL, a major center of American publishing. He graduated Dartmouth College, NH in 1914. The son of a medical doctor, he pursued post-graduate medical studies, but ultimately gained fame as an author of weird tales.

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'''Anthony Melville Rud (11 Jan 1893 - 30 Nov 1942)''' was a second-generat ion second-generation Norwegian-American, in Chicago IL, a major center of American publishing. He graduated Dartmouth College, NH in 1914. The son of a medical doctor, he pursued post-graduate medical studies, but ultimately gained fame as an author of weird tales.

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* DownerEnding: John Pendleton's absorbed twin brother [[spoiler:kills John]], which of course [[spoiler:ends its own pseudo-life as well]]. Dr. Burnstrum is badly-shaken and unable to publish the details of this remarkable case, as no one would believe him, so the incident doesn't even result in a gain made ForScience.
* EvilHand: The regenerating hand of John Pendleton's absorbed twin brother bears clear malice toward John.

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[[folder:"The Parasitic Hand" (short story, 1926)]]

In the summer of 1925 through the winter of 1925-26, Dr. Burnstrum encounters a curious medical case: that of a young real estate agent named John Pendleton, with a most unusual growth ...

* BodyHorror: Poor Pendleton has a ''functional human hand'' growing from his side. And that's the least of his problems.
* ConjoinedTwins: Pendleton's twin is of the parasitic variety, (apparently!) having no mind of its own.
* {{Diary}}: The story takes the form of entries in Dr. Burnstrum's personal medical journal, regarding the Pendleton case.
* ShownTheirWork: The explanation given for parasitic conjoined twins is spot-on, and especially-impressive for a work written a century ago:
-->'''Dr. Burnstrum:''' ... Identical twins, you know, come from a single fertilized eg. Sometimes such twins are equally developed; more often one twin is better developed than the other. What it means is that the twins compete with each other during embryonic and fetal life, and one may develop at the expense of the other. As a matter of fact, one twin may absorb the other, sometimes completely so, sometimes leaving a few traces such as a hand or foot. Apparently you absorbed your twin nearly completely. The hand is all that is left of him.




-->Pemberton: No, Madame. I am ''not'' insane!

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-->Pemberton: -->'''Pemberton:''' No, Madame. I am ''not'' insane!



-->Pemberton: Before the age of ten, I had been expelled from three academies, always on account of the way I treated my associates. I was cruel to other boys ...

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-->Pemberton: -->'''Pemberton:''' Before the age of ten, I had been expelled from three academies, always on account of the way I treated my associates. I was cruel to other boys ...


Anthony Melville Rud (11 Jan 1893 - 30 Nov 1942) was a second-generat ion Norwegian-American, in Chicago IL, a major center of American publishing. He graduated Dartmouth College, NH in 1914. The son of a medical doctor, he pursued post-graduate medical studies, but ultimately gained fame as an author of weird tales.

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Anthony '''Anthony Melville Rud (11 Jan 1893 - 30 Nov 1942) 1942)''' was a second-generat ion Norwegian-American, in Chicago IL, a major center of American publishing. He graduated Dartmouth College, NH in 1914. The son of a medical doctor, he pursued post-graduate medical studies, but ultimately gained fame as an author of weird tales.


A woman interviews Hal Pemberton, a great but criminally-insane artist, in the insane asylum.

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A woman female art student interviews Hal Pemberton, a great but criminally-insane artist, in the insane asylum.

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* TilMurderDoUsPart: In the climactic scene of the inner NestedStory, Pemberton kills his own beloved wife in order to obtain the ''ultimate'' artistic inspiration. This is especially tragic, given that it is likely that he [[spoiler:''didn't'' receive any inspiration from it at all]].

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Is Pemberton some sort of bizarre psychic vampire who sadistically-drains life and converts it to artistic inspiration? Or is he just a sadistic lunatic?

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* BadPeopleAbuseAnimals: At 16, Pemberton tortures beetles to death, providing him his first major artistic inspirations. As a man in his early twenties, he discovers even more inspiration from torturing small mammals.


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* TeensAreMonsters: As Hal Pemberton passes through adolescence, he moves from pranking and picking fights to inflicting injuries on his tutors severe enough to make three of them quit.


* TheSociopath: As a child, Pemberton physically harms others, going so far as to inflict potentially-serious injuries, out of rebelliousness and boredom; as he grows older, he [[BadPeopleAbuseAnimals tortures animals to death]] when he believes he ''has'' a serious reason: he ultimately [[TilMurderDoUsPart kills his ''own wife'']] in pursuit of that reason.

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* TheSociopath: As a child, Pemberton physically harms others, going so far as to inflict potentially-serious injuries, out of rebelliousness and boredom; as he grows older, he [[BadPeopleAbuseAnimals tortures animals to death]] when he believes he ''has'' a serious reason: he ultimately [[TilMurderDoUsPart kills his ''own wife'']] own wife]] in pursuit of that reason.


* TheSociopath: As a child, Pemberton physically harms others, going so far as to inflict potentially-serious injuries, out of rebelliousness and boredom; as he grows older, he [[BadPeopleAbuseAnimals tortures animals to death]] when he believes he ''has'' a serious reason: he ultimately [[TilDeathDoUsPart kills his ''own wife'']] in pursuit of that reason.

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* TheSociopath: As a child, Pemberton physically harms others, going so far as to inflict potentially-serious injuries, out of rebelliousness and boredom; as he grows older, he [[BadPeopleAbuseAnimals tortures animals to death]] when he believes he ''has'' a serious reason: he ultimately [[TilDeathDoUsPart [[TilMurderDoUsPart kills his ''own wife'']] in pursuit of that reason.

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* TheSociopath: As a child, Pemberton physically harms others, going so far as to inflict potentially-serious injuries, out of rebelliousness and boredom; as he grows older, he [[BadPeopleAbuseAnimals tortures animals to death]] when he believes he ''has'' a serious reason: he ultimately [[TilDeathDoUsPart kills his ''own wife'']] in pursuit of that reason.


* KidsAreCruel: Pemberton showed himself to be a {Sadist} from a shockingly early age:

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* KidsAreCruel: Pemberton showed himself to be a {Sadist} {{Sadist}} from a shockingly early age:

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