A Thousand Deaths (London short story)

"A Thousand Deaths"
Author Jack London
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Short story
Publication date 1899

"A Thousand Deaths" is an 1899 short story by Jack London, and is notable as his first work to be published. It has as its theme the deliberate experimentally induced death and resuscitation/resurrection of the protagonist, by a mad scientist who uses multiple scientific methods for these experiments. The plot is Freudian, inasmuch as the scientist who carries out the painful killings and resuscitation experiments is the subject's own father, whom the subject eventually succeeds in vaporizing.

Film adaptation

A feature-film adaptation entitled Torture Ship, directed by Victor Halperin, was released in 1939.[1]

Writer/director Adam Zanzie released a short film adaptation which premiered at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase in 2014, where it won awards for Best Actor (John Bratkowski) and Best Sound Design.[2] It later screened at the Trash Film Festival in Vȁraždīn, Croatia in 2016.[3]

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