’31 Tales of Terror’ #13: The Curse of the Fires and of the Shadows

*Title: The Curse of the Fires and of the Shadows by W. B. Yeats
Date Read: 24 October 2008
Available Online?: YES
Briefly: An Irish tales about Puritan troopers who enter the Abbey of the White Friars and execute all of the monks within. The abbot of the White Friars before dying, placed a curse on the killers, and the five soldiers who initiated the atrocity are ordered to enter the woods to seek out two escaping rebels.
Afterthoughts: Straightforward Irish terror tale, but with nothing overly inspiring or horrifying about it. That said, Yates has produced a tight, well-written short, that’s certainly good enough to read.
Notable Quote: “The abbot whom they had thought dead had risen to his feet and now stood before it with the crucifix lifted in both hands high above his head. Suddenly he cried with a loud voice, ‘Woe unto all who smite those who dwell within the Light of the Lord, for they shall wander among the ungovernable shadows, and follow the ungovernable fires!'”

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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

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