’31 Tales of Terror’ #12: Protection

*Title: Protection by Valery Brussof
Date Read: 23 October 2008
Available Online?: YES
Briefly: A military general recounts a tale to his wife, of a time during his younger years when he fell in love with widower, Elena Grigorievna. He makes the decision to travel to her house to declare his undying love, where things do not turn out quite as he would have hoped.
Afterthoughts: Yay a Russian ghost tale, and a good one too. I enjoyed this story. It has a few twists and turns, and the climax brings a real shiver to the spine.
Notable Quote: “In half an hour’s time I was seated in the dining-room, alone with her. She pressed me to have supper, wine, tea. The logs crackled on the open fire, the light of a hanging-lamp enclosed us in a circle which to me seemed magical. I felt not the slightest tiredness and was more in love than ever.”

Rating: ★★★★☆

*Story read as part of the 31 Tales of Terror reading challenge.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).