“The Last Séance,” Agatha Christie, 1926 – A famous medium agrees to sit one last time at the request of her fiance (a man of suspect motives) for a mother who has recently lost her child. He tries to persuade her to go through with the seance, which will involve mesmerism, even citing the cause of “Science.” Contact is successful. The child’s spirit uses ectoplasm to transform the medium and “appears” to the mother through the medium’s body. The mother cannot resist the urge to touch the image of her child, now corporeal. The medium dies, reddened and shrunken; half her mass is missing.
Comments: Interesting for its use of the female body (and her labor, her mystical talent) in the cause of “science” and her husband’s ambition, as well as a literal “medium” of contact between living and dead. Available in The Venus Factor.
Author: Wikipedia: “Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie DBE (née Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was a British crime writer of novels, short stories, and plays.”