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Leonid Andreyev with painting of Demon (drawn by himself), 1910

L. Andreyev (1871-1919) was a Russian writer of the Silver Age. He is considered to be the founder of Russian expressionism. His pre-revolutionary stories (“The Red Laugh”, “The Seven Who Were Hanged”) represent not only his democratic ideas, but also a very special (a bit insane) spirit of the epoch. Andreyev's style is quite special because it is full of religion, mysticism and psychiatry; pessimism about life and human nature. 

No wonder that Lovecraft liked him.

Men are always murderers, and their calmness and generosity is the calmness of a well-fed animal, that knows itself out of danger.
—  Leonid Andreyev, The Red Laugh

“Ölüme inanmamak için insan kendi çevresinde alıştığı günlük şeyleri görmeli, duymalıdır: İnsan adımlarını, insan seslerinin, aydınlığı, lahana çorbasının kokusunu. Şimdi, geceleyin her şey olağanüstü bir hal alıyor. Bu sessizlik, bu karanlık kendi başına ölmek gibi bir şey.”

Leonid Andreyev- Yedi Asılmışların Hikayesi