Charles Montgomery Skinner (1852-1907) was an American writer who published myths and legends collection books. His dream was to make American folklore heritage more glorious. Skinner worked in a wide range of genres, he worked as a journalist and a playwright.
“The Salem Alchemist” is a short story by Charles Montgomery Skinner about a silent, dark-visaged man, who turned out to be a reputed chemist. All his life he was gathering simples in the fields. Scientists in Boston started to talk about him suspecting of unknown drugs he was working. No one knew what kind of product he was anxious to obtain. But the answer was easy to say. He wanted life, elixir of eternal life that could dispel the chill and decrepitude of age, that would bring back the youthful sparkle to the eye and set the pulses bounding.