*Title: The Tomb of Sarah by F. G. Loring
Date Read: 18 October 2009
Available Online?: YES (PDF)
Briefly: Written in the form of diary entries, the narrator’s father relates the tale of the time they had to move the tomb of Countess Sarah Kenyon; a tomb which bears the warning that ‘the sepulchre should remain untouched, and its occupant undisturbed’. Sheesh..don’t these people ever listen?
Afterthoughts: A very enjoyable tale that drips with Gothic darkness. What with Twilight and all of the dreadful spin-offs and copy-cats that have been floating around lately, I’ve been put off the whole vampire thing. But this delicious little late nineteenth-century tale has restored my interest. Superb!
Notable Quote: Grant says there is a legend in the neighbourhood that it is the tomb of the last of the Kenyons, the evil Countess Sarah, who was murdered in 1630. She lived quite alone in the old castle, whose ruins still stand three miles from here on the road to Bristol. Her reputation was an evil one even for those days. She was a witch or were-woman, the only companion of her solitude being a familiar in the shape of a huge Asiatic wolf. This creature was reputed to seize upon children, or failing these, sheep and other small animals, and convey them to the castle, where.the Countess used to suck their blood, It was popularly supposed that she could never be killed.
*Story read as part of my 31 Shots of Shock reading challenge.