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The Chaser

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The Chaser

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Author: John Collier
Publisher: New Yorker, 1940

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Genre: Fantasy
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Alan Austen seeks a love potion to cause the girl of his dreams, who is presently completely indifferent to his advances, to want him passionately, completely. The love potion is extraordinarily inexpensive--one dollar. The 'salesman' suggests that after the love potion has taken hold, she will become possessive, and, after many years, Alan will be willing to pay big bucks--$5,000 for a teaspoonful--of the salesman's 'glove cleaner.' Alan delightedly takes his love potion and the salesman bids him 'au revoir,' meaning, 'I will see you again.

This short story originally appeared in The New Yorker, December 28, 1940. It has been collected and anthologized many times.

It was the basis for episode 31 (1960) of The Twilight Zone.

The Robert Presnell, Jr. script was originally written for and produced live on television on The Billy Rose Television Theatre in 1951.

The short story also was adapted in 1951 for Tales from the Crypt, where it was retitled "Loved to Death!!" This was adapted in 1991 as "Loved to Death" (no exclamation points) for the HBO adult-horror anthology series Tales from the Crypt. The episode starred Andrew McCarthy and Mariel Hemingway.


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