Title: What Was It?

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Title: What Was It? Title Record # 99465
Author: Fitz-James O'Brien
Date: 1859-03-00
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: short story
Webpages: librivox.org
Language: English
Synopsis: A boarding house is haunted by what turns out to be an invisible creature.
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Other Titles

Variant Titles Translations
Year Title
1859 What Was It? A Mystery
1918 What Was It? [as by F. J. O'Brien]
2007 What Was It? [as by Fitz James O'Brien]
2013 What Was It? A Mystery [as by Fitz James O'Brien]
Year Language Title
1936 French Qu'était-ce ?
1950 French Qu'était-ce ?
1960 French Qu'était-ce ? [as by Fitz James O'Brien]
1965 French Qu'était-ce ?
1972 Spanish ¿Qué era?
1976 German Was war es?
1985 German Was war das?
1985 German Was war es?

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog# Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Harper's Magazine, March 1859 1859-03-00 ed. Editors of Harper's Magazine Harper & Brothers       unknown? mag  
The Poems and Stories of Fitz-James O'Brien 1881-00-00 Fitz-James O'Brien James R. Osgood and Co.     lxii+
485
hc? coll Checkmark
The Diamond Lens with Other Stories 1885-00-00 Fitz-James O'Brien Charles Scribner's Sons     xx+
337
hc? coll  
What Was It? and Other Stories 1889-00-00 Fitz-James O'Brien Ward & Downey     177 hc? coll  
Classic Library of Famous Literature: Vol. 15, Occult Tales 1899-00-00 ed. Frederick de Berard Isaac H. Blanchard     245 hc? anth  
Famous Occult Tales 1899-00-00 ed. Frederick B. de Berard Isaac H. Blanchard     245 hc? anth  
Great Ghost Stories 1918-00-00 ed. Joseph Lewis French Dodd, Mead   $2.00 xii+
365
hc? anth Checkmark
Famous Ghost Stories 1918-07-00 ed. J. Walker McSpadden Thomas Y. Crowell (The "Mystery" Library)   $1.25 x+
302
hc? anth  
Famous Modern Ghost Stories 1921-00-00 ed. Dorothy Scarborough G. P. Putnam's Sons   $3.50 xxii+
419
hc? anth  
Tales of Terror 1925-00-00 ed. Joseph Lewis French Small, Maynard & Co.     224 hc? anth  
Collected Stories 1925-00-00 Fitz-James O'Brien Albert & Charles Boni (American Library #17)     xiii+
240
hc? coll  
Weird Tales, December 1925 1925-12-00 ed. Farnsworth Wright Popular Fiction Publishing Co.   $0.25 148 pulp? mag Joseph Doolin  
The Ghost Story Omnibus 1926-00-00 Joseph Lewis French Dodd, Mead   $2.00 vii+
365+
292
hc? omni  
Ghost Stories, September 1926 1926-09-00 ed. Harry A. Keller Constructive Pub. Corp.   $0.25 100 bedsheet? mag  
Tales of Mystery: Startling Stories of the Supernatural 1927-00-00 ed. Ernest Rhys, C. A. Dawson Scott Hutchinson   7/6 xii+
287
hc? anth  
American Mystery Stories 1927-00-00 ed. Carolyn Wells Oxford University Press, USA     xi+
232
hc? anth  
American Ghost Stories 1928-00-00 ed. C. Armitage Harper Houghton Mifflin   $2.50 xiv+
287
hc? anth  
Great Ghost Stories 1930-10-00 ed. Harrison Dale Herbert Jenkins   7/6 399 hc? anth  
Great Ghost Stories 1931-01-00 ed. Harrison Dale Herbert Jenkins   3/6 399 hc? anth  
Great Stories of All Nations: One Hundred Sixty Complete Stories from the Literatures of All Periods and Countries 1933-00-00 ed. Maxim Lieber, Blanche Colton Williams Tudor Publishing Company     1132 hc? anth Checkmark
Histoires de fantômes anglais 1936-05-00 ed. Edmond Jaloux Gallimard (La renaissance de la nouvelle)   F15.00 290 tp? anth  
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural 1944-00-00 ed. Herbert A. Wise, Phyllis Fraser Modern Library G72 $2.95 xix+
1080
hc? anth George Salter Checkmark
Famous Fantastic Mysteries, December 1949 1949-12-00 ed. Mary Gnaedinger All-Fiction Field, Inc.   $0.25 132 pulp? mag Lawrence Checkmark
Qu'était-ce ? 1950-00-00 Fitz-James O'Brien Robert Marin (L'envers du miroir)   F390 238 tp? coll Max Ernst  
Ghosts, Ghouls and Other Nuisances 1959-00-00 ed. Maxim Lieber Seven Seas Publishers   2/6 272 pb? anth  
An Omnibus of American Mysteries 1959-00-00 ed. Michael Eenhoorn Juniper Press (Forgotten Classics of Mystery #2)     383 hc? anth  
Invisible Men 1960-00-00 ed. Basil Davenport Ballantine Books 401K $0.35 158 pb? anth Richard Powers Checkmark
Fiction, #81 1960-08-00 ed. Alain Dorémieux OPTA   F1.60 148 digest? mag Jean-Claude Forest Checkmark
Horror Stories 1961-00-00 ed. uncredited Paul Elek   3/6 255 pb? anth  
A Century of Science Fiction 1962-05-00 ed. Damon Knight Simon & Schuster   $4.95 352 hc? anth H. Lawrence Hoffman  
A Century of Science Fiction 1962-07-00 ed. Damon Knight Simon & Schuster / SFBC   $1.90 352 hc? anth H. Lawrence Hoffman Checkmark
Tales of the Uncanny 1962-10-00 ed. uncredited Panther 1454 2/6 127 pb? anth John Richards  
Histoires de fantômes anglais: suivies de: Nouvelles histoires de fantômes anglais 1962-11-00 Edmond Jaloux Gallimard (Les classiques anglais)     351 tp? omni  
A Century of Science Fiction 1963-00-00 ed. Damon Knight Gollancz   21/- 352 hc? anth  
Histoires étranges 1963-00-00 ed. Jean Palou Casterman     366 hc? anth  
A Century of Science Fiction 1963-02-00 ed. Damon Knight Dell 1157 $0.75 384 pb? anth Checkmark
The Haunters and the Haunted & Other Ghost Stories 1963-09-00 ed. uncredited Corgi SN1404 2/6 158 pb? anth  
Qu'était-ce ? 1964-00-00 Fitz-James O'Brien Le Terrain Vague     240 tp? coll Max Ernst  
Magazine of Horror, May 1964 1964-05-00 ed. Robert A. W. Lowndes Health Knowledge, Inc.   $0.50 132 digest? mag Checkmark
The Masque of the Red Death 1964-10-00 ed. Michael Sissons Panther 1755 3/6 192 pb? anth Checkmark
Monster Festival 1965-00-00 ed. Eric Protter Vanguard Press   $4.95 286 hc? anth Edward Gorey Checkmark
The Arrow Book of Horror Stories 1965-00-00 ed. uncredited Arrow Books 799 3/6 255 pb? anth  
Histoires étranges et récits insolites 1965-00-00 ed. Hubert Juin Le Livre-club du libraire 189   241 hc? anth  
Les chefs-d'œuvre de l'épouvante? 1965-00-00 ed. Jacques Bergier, Alex Grall, Jacques Sternberg Planète (Anthologie Planète)     472 hc? anth Jean Gourmelin  
A Century of Science Fiction 1966-00-00 ed. Damon Knight Pan Books T19 6/- 446 pb? anth Checkmark
Where Nightmares Are 1966-03-00 ed. Peter Haining Mayflower-Dell 9504 3/6 174 pb? anth  
Invisible Men 1966-12-00 ed. Basil Davenport Ballantine Books U2842 $0.50 158 pb? anth Richard Powers Checkmark
Where Nightmares Are 1969-10-00 ed. Peter Haining Mayflower 0-583-11586-1   174 pb? anth  
A Century of Science Fiction 1971-00-00 ed. Damon Knight Gollancz 0-575-00817-2 £ 349 hc? anth  
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural 1971-00-00 ed. Herbert A. Wise, Phyllis Fraser Hammond, Hammond & Co. 0-242-78551-4   832 hc? anth Stein Checkmark
A Century of Science Fiction 1972-00-00 ed. Damon Knight BCA - Book Club Associates   £ 352 hc? anth  
Antes y después de Drácula 1972-00-00 ed. uncredited Rodolfo Alonso (Aventura)     428 hc? anth Sergio Camporeale  
Weirdies 1973-00-00 ed. Helen Hoke Franklin Watts 0-85166-401-6   242 hc? anth  
The Supernatural in Fiction 1973-00-00 ed. Leo P. Kelley McGraw-Hill (Patterns in Literary Art) 0-07-033497-8 $3.96 [iv]+
313
tp? anth Checkmark
Where Nightmares Are 1973-00-00 ed. Peter Haining David Bruce & Watson 0-85127-014-X   174 hc? anth Bill Botten  
Ghosts, Castles, and Victims: Studies in Gothic Horror 1974-08-00 ed. Jack C. Wolf, Barbara H. Wolf Fawcett Crest Q1997 $1.50 576 pb? anth Checkmark
Gaslight Tales of Terror 1976-00-00 ed. R. Chetwynd-Hayes Fontana (Fontana Tales of Terror) 0-00-614149-8 £0.50 191 pb? anth Justin Todd  
13 Psi-Stories 1976-00-00 ed. Manfred Kluge Heyne (Heyne-Anthologien #50) 3-453-45022-1 DM 6.80 254 tp? anth Checkmark
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural 1977-00-00 ed. Herbert A. Wise, Phyllis Fraser Book Club Associates CN 4361   832 hc? anth Checkmark
Chilling and Killing 1978-00-00 ed. Joan Kahn Houghton Mifflin 0-395-26287-9 $10.95 xiii+
337
hc? anth  
Spine-Chillers: Unforgettable Tales of Terror 1978-00-00 ed. Roger Elwood, Howard Goldsmith Doubleday 0-385-09720-4   viii+
396
hc? anth  
Histoires de monstres 1978-04-07 ed. Jacques Goimard, Roland Stragliati Presses Pocket (La grande anthologie du fantastique #3) 2-266-00290-2   405 pb? anth C. Broutin Checkmark
The Vampyre: Lord Ruthven to Count Dracula 1978-08-00 ed. Christopher Frayling Gollancz (Gollancz Fantasy & Macabre) 0-575-02390-2 £5.75 336 hc? anth  
Campfire Chillers 1980-00-00 ed. E. M. Freeman East Woods Press 0-914788-23-X   190 pb? anth  
Qu'était-ce ? 1980-00-00 Fitz-James O'Brien Néo (Fantastique / Science-fiction / Aventures #13) 2-7304-0043-5   182 tp? coll Jean-Michel Nicollet  
50 Great American Short Stories 1980-08-00 ed. Milton Crane Bantam Books (Bantam Literature) 0-553-14528-2 $2.95 x+
502
pb? anth  
The Beaver Book of Horror Stories 1981-00-00 ed. Mark Ronson Beaver Books 0-600-20383-2 £0.95 157 pb? anth  
Where Nightmares Are 1983-03-00 ed. Peter Haining Severn House 0-7278-0874-5 £6.95 173 hc? anth  
Campfire Chillers 1984-00-00 ed. E. M. Freeman East Woods Press 0-914788-23-X $7.95 190 pb? anth Checkmark
Isaac Asimov Presents the Best Science Fiction Firsts 1984-04-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Beaufort Books 0-8253-0184-X $17.95 249 hc? anth Checkmark
Uninvited Guests: Thirteen Unwelcome Visitors 1984-10-00 ed. Peter C. Smith William Kimber 0-7183-0526-4 £7.50 191 hc? anth  
Der Traumfabrikant: Geschichten von erstaunlichen Erfindungen und phantastischen Abenteuern 1985-00-00 ed. Olaf R. Spittel, Erik Simon Das Neue Berlin (Klassische Science-fiction-Geschichten)   M 15.40 463 hc? anth Regine Schulz , Burckhard Labowski , Detlef Ringer Checkmark
Heyne Science Fiction Jahresband 1985 1985-05-00 ed. Wolfgang Jeschke Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #4183) 3-453-31160-4 DM 7.80 559 pb? anth Tim White Checkmark
The Dark Descent 1987-10-00 ed. David G. Hartwell Tor 0-312-93035-6 $29.95 1011 hc? anth Doug Fornuff Checkmark
The Supernatural Tales of Fitz-James O'Brien, Volume One: Macabre Tales 1988-03-00 Fitz-James O'Brien Doubleday 0-385-24562-9 $12.95 xxvii+
158
hc? coll Candy Jernigan  
The Dark Descent 1988-08-00 ed. David G. Hartwell Tor / BOMC   $12.95 1011 tp? anth Checkmark
The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 1990-07-00 ed. Richard Dalby Robinson 1-85487-055-6 £4.99 654 tp? anth Gordon Crabb  
The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories 1990-08-00 ed. Richard Dalby Carroll & Graf 0-88184-590-6 $8.95 xi+
654
tp? anth Gordon Crabb  
A Fabulous Formless Darkness 1991-09-00 ed. David G. Hartwell HarperCollins (UK) 0-246-13753-3 £7.99 422 tp? anth Colin Thomas  
A Fabulous Formless Darkness 1991-09-00 ed. David G. Hartwell HarperCollins (UK) 0-246-13752-5 £12.99 422 hc? anth Colin Thomas  
Vampyres: Lord Byron to Count Dracula 1991-11-00 ed. Christopher Frayling Faber and Faber 0-571-16311-4 £17.50 429 hc? anth Max Ernst  
A Fabulous Formless Darkness 1992-00-00 ed. David G. Hartwell Grafton 0-586-21378-3 £4.99 704 pb? anth Colin Thomas Checkmark
A Fabulous Formless Darkness 1992-01-00 ed. David G. Hartwell Tor 0-812-50967-6 $4.99 xiv+
585
pb? anth Checkmark
Vampyres: Lord Byron to Count Dracula 1992-10-00 ed. Christopher Frayling Faber and Faber 0-571-16792-6 £9.99 429 tp? anth Helena Zakrzewska-Rucinska  
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural 1994-00-00 ed. Phyllis Cerf Wagner, Herbert Wise Modern Library 0-679-60128-7 $25.95 xix+
1034
hc? anth Henry Fuseli Checkmark
The Anthology of Ghost Stories 1994-04-00 ed. Richard Dalby Tiger Books International 1-85501-503-X £9.95 528 hc? anth  
Tales of Terror and the Supernatural 1994-10-00 ed. uncredited Bracken Books 1-85891-137-0 £5.99 611 hc? anth  
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural 1994-10-00 ed. Phyllis Cerf Wagner, Herbert Wise Modern Library 0-679-60128-7 $21.00 xix+
1034
hc? anth Fuseli Checkmark
Isaac Asimov Presents the Best Science Fiction Firsts 1996-00-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Barnes & Noble Books 0-7607-0254-3 $6.98 249 hc? anth Erich Schrempp Checkmark
Phantastic Book of Ghost Stories 1996-11-00 ed. Richard Dalby Barnes & Noble Books 0-7607-0352-3 $9.98 654 tp? anth  
The Dark Descent 1997-02-00 ed. David G. Hartwell Tor 0-312-86217-2 $27.95 1011 tp? anth  
Phantastic Book of Ghost Stories 2002-09-00 ed. Richard Dalby MetroBooks 1-58663-736-3 $12.98 xii+
655
hc? anth Ernesto Rios Lanz Checkmark
The World's Greatest Ghost Stories 2004-00-00 ed. Richard Dalby Barnes & Noble Books 0-7607-5465-9 $7.95 xi+
528
tp? anth e-Digital Checkmark
The World's Greatest Ghost Stories 2004-00-00 ed. Richard Dalby Magpie Books 1-84119-857-9 £12.99 xi+
528
tp? anth e-Digital Checkmark
Famous Ghost Stories 2004-08-30 ed. J. Walker McSpadden Fredonia Books 1-4101-0687-X $15.99 316 tp? anth  
Famous Modern Ghost Stories 2005-02-22 ed. Dorothy Scarborough, Ph.D. Project Gutenberg 15143 $0.00   ebook? anth Checkmark
H. P. Lovecraft's Book of the Supernatural: Classic Tales of the Macabre 2007-06-25 ed. Stephen Jones Fall River Press 978-0-7607-9123-3   xxvi+
354
hc? anth Checkmark
American Supernatural Tales 2007-10-02 ed. S. T. Joshi Penguin Books (US) (Penguin Classics) 978-0-14-310504-6 $17.00 xxxiv+
477
tp? anth Hans Neleman Checkmark
The Wondersmith and Others 2008-04-00 Fitz-James O'Brien Ash-Tree Press 978-1-55310-106-2 C$49.00 xxiv+
272
hc? coll Jason Zerrillo  
A Spectrum Unseen: Invisible Men, Women, and Creatures in Classic Science Fiction and Fantasy 2009-00-00 ed. Chad Arment Coachwhip Publications 978-1-61646-001-3 $14.95 414 tp? anth  
American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from Poe to the Pulps 2009-00-00 ed. Peter Straub The Library of America (The Library of America #196) 978-1-59853-047-6 $35.00 xv+
746
hc? anth Andy Kerry , MIchelle Kerry Checkmark
Short Ghost and Horror Story Collection 001 2009-01-27 ed. LibriVox LibriVox       digital audio download? anth  
The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories: From Elizabeth Gaskell to Ambrose Bierce 2010-02-25 ed. Michael Newton (UK) Penguin Books (Penguin Classics) 978-0-14-144236-5 £10.99 xliv+
416
tp? anth  
Dracula's Guest: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Vampire Stories 2010-06-00 ed. Michael Sims Walker & Co. 978-0-8027-1971-3 $17.00 467 tp? anth Adrian Muttitt Checkmark
Dracula's Guest: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Vampire Stories 2010-06-22 ed. Michael Sims Walker & Co. / SFBC 36-7967 $9.99 480 tp? anth  
Dracula's Guest: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Vampire Stories 2010-10-04 ed. Michael Sims Bloomsbury 978-1-4088-0825-2 £18.99 467 hc? anth  
Dracula's Guest: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Vampire Stories 2011-10-03 ed. Michael Sims Bloomsbury 978-1-4088-0996-9 £9.99 480 tp? anth  
The Big Book of Ghost Stories 2012-09-18 ed. Otto Penzler Vintage Crime/Black Lizard / Vintage Books 978-0-307-47449-0 $25.00 xii+
833
tp? anth Gregg Kulick Checkmark
The Second Ghost Story Megapack: 25 Classic Ghost Stories 2013-01-31 ed. John Gregory Betancourt Wildside Press (Megapack) 978-1-4344-4731-9 $0.99 538 ebook? anth Checkmark
LampLight, March 2013 2013-03-00 ed. Jacob Haddon Apokrupha 978-1-301-50586-9 $2.99   ebook? mag  
The Occult Detective Megapack 2013-09-26 ed. uncredited Wildside Press (Megapack) 978-1-4344-4307-6 $0.99   ebook? anth  
American Supernatural Tales 2013-10-03 ed. S. T. Joshi Penguin Books (US) (Penguin Horror) 978-0-14-312237-1 $25.00 xliv+
467
hc? anth Paul Buckley Checkmark
Enter at Your Own Risk: Dreamscapes into Darkness 2015-04-24 ed. Alex Scully Firbolg Publishing 978-1-5076-3774-6 $12.99 390 tp? anth  
Enter at Your Own Risk: Dreamscapes into Darkness 2015-04-24 ed. Alex Scully Firbolg Publishing   $5.99   ebook? anth  
H. P. Lovecraft Selects: Classic Horror Stories 2016-00-00 Stefan Dziemianowicz Fall River Press 978-1-4351-6281-5 $7.98 760 hc? omni Checkmark
Scientific Romance: An International Anthology of Pioneering Science Fiction 2017-01-18 ed. Brian Stableford Dover Publications 978-0-486-80837-6 $14.95 xii+
337
tp? anth  
Dracula's Guest: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Vampire Stories date unknown ed. Michael Sims Walker & Co. 978-1-61664-570-0   467 tp? anth Adrian Muttitt Checkmark
American Supernatural Tales date unknown ed. S. T. Joshi Penguin Books (US) (Penguin Classics) 978-0-14-310504-6 $16.00 xxxiii+
477
tp? anth Hans Neleman Checkmark
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural date unknown ed. Phyllis Cerf Wagner, Herbert Wise Modern Library 0-679-60128-7 $25.95 xix+
1034
hc? anth Henry Fuseli Checkmark
Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural date unknown ed. Phyllis Cerf Wagner, Herbert Wise Modern Library 394-60446-6 $9.95 xix+
1034
hc? anth Sara Eisenmann Checkmark
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