Hanuman, the Monkey-God

The Mark of the Beast   by Rudyard Kipling

Tuesday’s Tale of Terror    June 10, 2014


It’s New Year’s Eve and we are east of the Suez, in the exotic land of India where the powers of gods and devils struggle. Three men are celebrating the holiday. Our narrator is a guest at the home of Mr. Stickland, an officer of the police. Mr. Fleete is a local land owner, also a guest. After drinking too much whiskey and sodas at the club, Fleete becomes intoxicated. On their way home, they pass the temple of Hanuman. Fleete is in a riotous state of mind and grinds his cigar-butt into the forehead of the stone image of Hanuman, the monkey god. Our narrator is aghast for he suspects what this insult to the religion will cause. And he’s right.

Then, without any warning, a Silver Man came out of a recess behind the image of the god. He was perfectly naked in that bitter, bitter cold, and his body shone like frosted silver, for he was what the Bible calls ‘a leper as white as snow.‘ ”


If you’ve only read Kipling in school you will remember him for The Jungle Book of short stories: a “man cub” named Mowgli in the Indian jungle and the snake-fighting mongoose Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. Some of you might know The Phantom Rickshaw, Kipling’s most notable ghost story.


220px-KiplingNaulaka_kplng_studyToday you will find The Mark of the Beast to be a menacing horror tale. The audio version (link below) has an authentic style that shows off Kipling’s riveting storytelling at its best.


Read The Mark of the Beast at ReadBookOnline.net


Listen to the audio (an excellent reading!) at Classic Audio Books







Also available is the 2012 film Mark of the Beast, directed by Jonathan Gorman & Thomas Edward Seymour at IMDb.com





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Image of Hanuman from DollsofIndia.com


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3 responses to “Hanuman, the Monkey-God

  1. Tom Jarus

    I like Handumoney, The Money God.


  2. Jay

    Hi Paula,

    This one sounds very familiar, but I’m not sure if I’ve read it or am confusing it with a similar-themed story of someone else. The name Hanuman is not new to me, but that may be because he’s an actual hindu god who I’ve read about elsewhere. I love the story’s premise, however.

    My old book club read Rikki-Tikki-Tavi once for one of our short story months (every member picked a story and instead of a bookd we’d read all the stories), and I have a book of Kipling’s short stories on my shelf as well.

    Kipling also has the “high honor” of having written one of my all-time favorite short stories, “The Brushwood Boy.” Definitely not a ‘tale of terror’ but quite enchanting. I’ve mentioned it several times on my blog, and once did a dedicated post on it. (at http://bibliophilica.wordpress.com/2011/12/07/1722/ if you’d like to take a look)



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