Fiction ~ short story
First published in The Storyteller, July 1917
Subsequently collected in The Countess of Lowndes Square and Other Stories, 1920
(First read 14/06/1992)
As with various other 'paranormal phenomena', EFB could never quite make up his mind whether or not he believed in mediums, séances, the living contacting the dead, etc. 'Through' is a good example of this dithering in action. The hero, Richard Waghorn¹, is a self-avowed mediumistic fraud: he and his sister use the full panoply of gadgetry and trickery to ply their trade. And yet, there are moments when he seems genuinely able to see inside the heads of his sitters. The story deals with one such occasion, when, in fact, he has his first genuine full-blown trance and his client's dead brother speaks 'through' him. Not a bad story ~ the pace is good and it doesn't outstay it's welcome. You can read it online here.
¹ Why EFB didn't go the whole hog and call him Richard Wagner is unclear. And immaterial.