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August Strindberg's Only Draft of The Bleeding Hand
Scipt bleeding hand

Origin

August Strindberg

Type

First Draft of The Bleeding Hand play

Effects

Drains blood from body

Downsides

Death

Activation

Touch

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

The Library Section

Aisle

Play & Musical Scripts

Date of Collection

1921

[Source]


OriginEdit

August Strindberg (1849 - 1912) was a Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and painter. Drawing on his own life experiences he wrote over sixty plays and over thirty novels. Rare in his time he explored a wide range of dramatic methods and purposes from naturalistic tragedy, monodrama and historic plays. He is credited as the father of modern Swedish literature especially with the creation of his novel The Red Room.

In 1902 Strindberg decided to take another risk crafting a play about a widow haunted by a specter who would assault her in the night leaving bloody handprints everywhere. It delves into the slippery slope of insanity questioning on if there really was a ghost or if it was in her head the whole time, going as far as having the actress cut her own palms to mark the walls. Strindberg's attempts to get the four-act play financed failed and he decided to come back to it at a later date. However the draft of the Bleeding Hand didn't go anywhere and was eventually lost.

EffectsEdit

Drains blood from the body. Leaves the victim totally devoid of vital fluids if used to full effect.

CollectionEdit

Was taken from Talaat Pasha after his capture and subsequent bronzing.

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