Tales from the Beyond: Woodbury Piles No. 13

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Genre: Horror
Word Count: 100

Tales from the Beyond: Woodbury Piles No. 13

M.R. of Woodbury is “E-tonic” to Oxbridge friends. He retires nightly with a tonic, his Eton tie, and an e-book of M.R. James, his namesake, until McQuin, his uncommonly phlegmatic valet, comes to softly extinguish the lights. McQuin says he has “the mind of a nice child.”

Tonight he reads, “saw someone crawling towards him on all fours with his eye hanging out on his cheek,” when he does. See someone. Like that.

“McQuin, when you’ve husbanded the modicum of blood left in you . . . ” he says.

Just before McQuin slips its thin arms round his neck.


Today’s tale brought to you by the inspiration of that master of horror, M.R. James, whose story, “The Mezzotint,” is happily alluded to.

36 thoughts on “Tales from the Beyond: Woodbury Piles No. 13

    1. It was a fun homage to a British writer of horror stories and he thrived on such twists and grisly details.

      What a blessed Sunday morning, brother! Praying for you as you preach from God’s word. 🙏✝️

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    1. Thank you, Penny. What an interesting train of thought you’ve set me on! We enjoy the stories that terrorize our imagination and rob of us sleep perhaps because of that very quality: pure, visceral terror. A kind of catharsis of our worst fears perhaps.

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