*Title: In Kropsberg Keep by Ralf A. Cram
Date Read: 25 October 2008
Available Online?: YES
Briefly: Two skeptic Germans Otto and Rupert, travel down to Austria in a kind of anti-ghost hunting trip, in order to disprove the existence of many of the ghosts reputed to haunt the castles in the region. It’s not long before they find themselves spending the night in Kropsberg Keep where the Count, forty years prior, committed an atrocity on the local townsfolk before taking his own life. It soon becomes apparent that skepticism is an unfounded belief for the two men to harbour.
Afterthoughts: I rather enjoyed this tale. It’s got a ghastly raison d’être for establishing the haunting at Kropsberg Keep, and the manner in which the Count commited suicide left me somewhat unsettled; dare I admit it, I was left looking over my shoulder after reading this (I really need to stop reading these stories, at night, in subdued lighting :o))
Notable Quote: “The peasants said it could not fall, but that it would stay until the Day of Judgment, because it was in the room above that the wicked Count Albert sat watching the flames destroy the great castle and his imprisoned guests, and where he finally hung himself in a suit of
armor that had belonged to his mediæval ancestor, the first Count Kropfsberg.”
*Story read as part of the 31 Tales of Terror reading challenge.