The Creeping Man


Basic Information

Abbreviation: CREE (J. F. Christ, 1947)
Word length: 7,726 (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960)
First published: Strand Magazine, March 1923; Hearst's International Magazine, March 1923

Discussion Questions

  • How does Mr. Bennett’s record of dates help solve the mystery of Professor Presbury’s strange behavior?
  • Why does the dog’s behavior lead to an investigation into the Professor?
  • What ruse do Holmes and Watson use to gain access to the Professor at his place of work?
  • What role does Professor Presbury’s relationship with a younger woman play in his development of a drug habit?
  • What does the note found in the Professor’s special box reveal about his condition and current state?
  • How does Professor Presbury’s family feel about his odd behavior? Why are they reluctant to bring the Professor to a high-end hospital at the end of the story?

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