The Veil, which both starred and was hosted by Boris Karloff, was to have served as a predecessor for such anthology/horror classics as The Twilight Zone and One Step Beyond. Yet financial difficulties kept the episodes from ever being aired on network TV. Each episode was based on actual accounts of some form of psychic phenomenon.
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“The Minister's Black Veil” is a short story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It was first published in the 1832 edition of The Token and Atlantic Souvenir. It was also included in the 1836 edition of The Token and Atlantic Souvenir, edited by Samuel Goodrich. It later appeared in Twice-Told Tales, a collection of short stories by Hawthorne published in 1837.
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Edgar Allan Poe offered a few critiques of Nathaniel Hawthorne's tales. Hawthorne received a mixed review from Poe, who writes that “high imaginations gleam from every page”. He notes, however, that versatility is lacking in Hawthorne's tone and character development. Poe claims that Hawthorne is a man of “truest genius” but needs to work on subject areas of his writing. In his review of Twice-Told Tales, Poe also reveals a disdain for allegory, a tool which Hawthorne uses extensively.
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