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 …”
You can read the short story at Ebooks.adelaide.edu:
Listen to the audio (43 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08A9da6TYOc
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.”
Don’t forget to view the INDEX above of more free reading at Reading Fiction Blog. This is a compendium of over 200 short stories by more than 100 famous storytellers of mystery, suspense, supernatural, ghost stories, ‘quiet horror,’ crime, sci-fi, and mainstream fiction.
Follow or sign up to join me in reading two short stories every month. Comments are welcome! Feel free to click “LIKE.”
Other Reading Web Sites to Visit
For Authors/Writers: The Writer Unboxed