I have not seen it mentioned, but I suspect that Andreev owes much to the reading of this brilliant author.
Andreev is a realist, like his predecessors and contemporaries.
Neither Chekhov nor Andreev have attempted to lift that black pall of despair that hangs over Russian fiction.
No one can read Chekhov and Andreev without being conscious of the hovering spirit of the first master of Russian fiction.
Gorki's novels are worthless; his power, like that of Chekhov and Andreev, is seen to best advantage in the short story.
Andreev is the first to show that the most common and awful form of disease among Russian soldiers is the disease of the brain.
This is the red laugh of Andreev, though until the appearance of his book it lacked the appropriate name.
Andreev is an unflinching realist, with all the Russian power of the concrete phrase.
Another illustration of Andreev's uncanny power is seen in the short story Silence.
One cannot read Andreev's Red Laugh to-day without thinking of it.