The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire by Arthur Conan Doyle (1921)
Tuesday’s Tale January 15, 2019
Arthur Conan Doyle—a contemporary of Bram Stoker—was a spiritualist, known to attend séances. Doyle believed in tiny females with transparent wings—fairies. Doyle fans might recall that he wrote a nonfiction book The Coming of the Fairies. In 1893 he joined the British Society for Psychical Research. He also investigated a haunting and was convinced the psychic phenomena was caused by the spirit of the dead child. So when he wrote this story The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire, a reader might wonder what he really did believe about the supernatural.
In this story, a husband suspects his wife to be a vampire. Vampires? In Sussex? Holmes laughs at such an idea. We begin our tale on Baker Street, of course, with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
But then, Holmes and Watson depart for Sussex …
“It was evening of a dull, foggy November day when, having left our bags at the Chequers, Lamberley, we drove through the Sussex clay of a long winding lane and finally reached the isolated and ancient farmhouse …”
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If you enjoyed this short story you might like to read Vampire Stories, available on Amazon.com.
Days before his death Conan Doyle wrote,
“The reader will judge that I have had many adventures. The greatest and most glorious of all awaits me now.”
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