Haunted Castles: The Complete Gothic Stories

By Ray Russell

Horror legend Ray Russell’s haunting and macabre tales, together with “perhaps the best instance of the fashionable Gothic ever written” (Stephen King), with a foreword by way of acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro
Haunted Castles is the definitive, entire selection of Ray Russell’s masterful Gothic horror tales, together with the famously terrifying novella trio of “Sardonicus,” “Sanguinarius,” and “Sagittarius.” The characters that sprawl through Haunted Castles are frightful to the middle: the heartless monster conserving enthusiasts in limbo; the attractive dame traveling down a damned highway towards depravity (with assistance from an evil gypsy); the guy who needs to put on his deadly crimes on his face within the type of an lousy smile. Engrossing, gruesome, and entirely entrancing, Russell’s Gothic stories are the simplest type of dreadful.
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But—trust me, dearest Maude! —I will in a few clever convey you from the tyranny of that creature: this I vow! ” “I haven't any hope,” she acknowledged, “save in you. no matter if i'm going on as i'm, or am subjected to an unspeakable horror, rests with you. My destiny is on your hands—these powerful, therapeutic arms, Robert. ” Her voice dropped to a whisper: “Fail me no longer! oh fail me now not! ” “Govern your fears,” I stated. “Return on your track. Be of excellent spirits; or, if you can't, make a exhibit of it. i am going now to regard your husband, and in addition to confront him with what you have got informed me. ” “Do no longer! ” she cried. “Do no longer, I beseech you, Robert; lest, within the occasion of your failure, he devise foul gildings upon the agonies into which he'll solid me! ” “Very well,” I stated, “I won't converse of this to him. yet my center aches to benefit the character of the torments you worry. ” “Ask not more, Robert,” she acknowledged, turning away. “Go to my husband. remedy him. Then i'll not worry these torments. ” I pressed her expensive hand and left the salon. Sardonicus awaited me in his chambers. Thither, amounts of sizzling water and stacks of towels were introduced through the servants, upon my orders. Sardonicus was once stripped to the waist, exhibiting a trunk robust and of excellent musculature, yet with a similar near-phosphorescent pallor of his face. It was once, I now understood, the pallor of 1 who has refrained from sunlight for years. “As you notice, sir,” he greeted me, “I am prepared in your ministrations. ” I bade him recline upon his sofa, and commenced the remedy. by no means have I labored see you later with so little present. After alternating functions of warmth and of therapeutic massage, over a interval of 3 and 1 / 4 hours, I had made no development. The muscle mass of his face have been nonetheless as stiff as marble; they'd no longer comfy for an speedy. i used to be mortally drained. He ordered our luncheon delivered to us in his chambers, and after a quick respite, i started back. The clock tolled six while I eventually sank right into a chair, shaking with exhaustion and pressure. His face was once precisely as prior to. “What continues to be performed, sir? ” he requested me. “I won't misinform you,” I acknowledged. “It is past my ability to relieve your . i will do not more. ” He rose speedily from the sofa. “You needs to do extra! ” he shrieked. “You are my final wish! ” “Sir,” I acknowledged, “new scientific discoveries are ever being made. position your belief in Him who created you—” “Cease that detestable gibberish without delay! ” he snapped. “Your puling sentiments sicken me! Resume the therapy. ” I refused. “I have utilized all my wisdom, all my artwork, for your affliction,” I guaranteed him. “To resume the therapy will be idle and silly, for—as you have got divined—the situation is a fabricated from your personal brain. ” “At dinner final night,” countered Sardonicus, “we pointed out the nature of Macbeth. Do you no longer take note the phrases he addressed to his health care professional? — Canst thou now not minister to a brain diseas’d; Pluck from the reminiscence a rooted sorrow; Raze out the written issues of the mind; And with a few candy oblivious antidote Cleanse the stuff’d bosom of the perilous stuff Which weighs upon the center?

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