Halloween Month rolls along with another seasonal post from Balladeer’s Blog. This one covers eight supernatural figures from obscure 1800s tales in the horror counterparts to my Ancient Science Fiction posts.

Squaw Hollow SensationSETHOS

First Appearance: The Squaw Hollow Sensation (1879)

Cryptid Category: Aztec mummy

Lore: Around the year 800 AD an Aztec scholar named Sethos drank the Draught of the Everlasting Covenant and went into a state of suspended animation. In 1879 mining operations uncovered the tomb where he was hidden away.

A scientist of the era mastered the technique of reviving Sethos and successfully restored him to full life. Sethos’ body was hideously mummified but intact except for a gaping hole in his skull in the middle of his forehead from the experiment to revive him.

The long centuries of suspended animation awakened powerful psychic powers in the ancient Aztec figure. He used those powers to mesmerize everyone he came in contact with. They were the first followers in Sethos’ plan to revive the worship of the Aztec gods, using industrial age technology to accomodate the large-scale blood sacrifices those gods demanded.  


Helen from The Great God PanHELEN

First Appearance: The Great God Pan (1890)

Cryptid Category: Human/ Pagan Deity Hybrid

Lore: Helen was the resulting offspring from the rape of her mother – a prostitute known only as Mary – by the ancient Greek deity Pan. This rape was enabled by the devious Dr Raymond, who modified Mary’s brain to permit her to see the extra-dimensional god.

Think of Helen as a forerunner of Damien from The Omen. Even as a child she began preying on her playmates if they angered her in any way. She had supernatural strength, was immune to all but one form of death and her sex appeal enthralled every man she interacted with. As a teenager Helen would seduce those men into a life of debauchery and unholy rituals before draining away their money and leaving them as quivering shells of men.

Helen seduced men in higher and higher international circles and may have been attempting to provoke a war between the world’s great powers like her ancient namesake. Aware that she was being hunted by Misters Clarke, Villiers and Austin the she-devil began having her discarded lovers commit suicide to prevent her pursuers from questioning them.    





First Appearance: The King in Yellow (1895)

Cryptid Category: Extra-Dimensional entity

Lore: The King in Yellow was the sinister being who ruled over an extra-dimensional realm. Insane people and creative artists in all fields were susceptible to his influence. One of those creative figures wrote a play titled The King in Yellow, unleashing the King’s powers on an unsuspecting world.   

Everyone who read The King in Yellow went insane and/or committed suicide to the point where all nations outlawed the book and all religions condemned it. Some creative artists were demonically inspired to vile works by the play, like creating chemical baths to transform people into statues or painting portraits of the King’s sinister minions, allowing those minions to enter our world through those portraits. 

Some of those servitors of the King in Yellow were an assassin capable of assuming feline form, an undead hearse driver, a sinister organist whose touch transported people to the King’s dimension and the Restorer of Reputations, a hideous schemer whose ears and fingers had fallen off.

SPOILER: The dimension ruled over by the King in Yellow turned out to be the site where human souls go when they die. Horrifically enough it turned out there was no God or Satan and no Heaven or Hell – after death no matter how “good” or “evil” you were in life your soul would be tormented forever in the King’s realm. There was no escape.


Picture by Exileden at Deviant Art.

Picture by Exileden at Deviant Art.


First Appearance: The Werewolf (1896) 

Cryptid Category: Lycanthrope

Lore: White Fell was a female werewolf who preyed on people and livestock in 1890s Denmark. She would transform into a werewolf every night at Midnight and in that form would possess all the supernatural senses and enhanced strength of a human-sized wolf. 

White Fell was not above preying on children and the elderly to feed her appetite. In her human form she was incredibly beautiful and used that to her advantage by pitting potential foes against each other or by seeming too divinely feminine to be a ruthless killer.   



First Appearance: Carl Bluven and the Strange Mariner (1833) 

Cryptid Category: Undead Mariner

Lore: Kahlbranner was a one-time mortal sea captain condemned to rule over the Maelstrom off the coast of Norway near Bergen and Stavenger. That sentence would hold until he could find someone willing to give their first-born daughter to his monstrous son as a wife. 

Kahlbranner’s leverage in potential deals was the incredible wealth that he had access to on the sea bottom. That wealth lay in the treasures and other cargo carried by all the ships that the Maelstrom had swallowed over the years.

Kahlbranner’s supernatural ship could sail above or below the waves and needed no wind to travel. His crew were all humanoids who looked exactly like him and silently obeyed his every command. 


barenhauter picTHE BARENHAUTER

First Appearance:

Isabella of Egypt (1812)

Cryptid Category: Living Dead Servant

Lore: A misanthropic mercenary soldier grown disgusted with the human race accepted a bargain with Satan: in exchange for a period of years spent without shaving or bathing and wearing nothing but a bearskin he would be rewarded in the end. That reward: after finally shaving and bathing at the end of his time as a hermit he was incredibly handsome and well-built.

On top of that the Devil granted him a fortune in jewels and coins, making him the ultimate catch – physically perfect AND wealthy. In return Satan claimed the souls of the Barenhauter’s dumped former lovers, who would take their own lives in despair.

After death the Barenhauter paid his own price for his deal with the Devil. Anyone who came into possession of any part of his former treasure could summon him from his grave to serve them in any way they wanted (usually for evil purposes). The revenant’s perfectly-preserved body never tired and felt no pain.

The catch was that – once the Barenhauter had completed the task assigned to him his master or mistress HAD to pay him with the part of his treasure they had used to summon him. Then he would return to his grave until someone else summoned him.   


Witch from La MalrocheLA BONNE FEMME

First Appearance: La Malroche (1833) 

Cryptid Category: Witch

Lore: At the foot of the French mountain known as La Malroche was the home of a witch called La Bonne Femme (“The Good Woman”) not because she was truly good but because the citizens of the nearby town of Escures feared to anger her by using a less agreeable name.

When she pleased La Bonne Femme would toy with the townspeople. They had no choice but to endure her hostility because no doctors would stay for long in the desolate area so the witch was often needed for her cures and potions.

While serving as a midwife for a woman from a family openly scornful of La Bonne Femme the witch cursed the subsequent child. The infant grew extraordinarily fast, possessed incredible strength and could go for days without sleep.

Ultimately the cursed offspring’s metamorphosis was complete and he took his place as one of the huge human-headed dog creatures that La Bonne Femme kept chained in a pack. The witch would often prey on the countryside at night by leading this pack of monstrous hybrids on destructive jaunts.


Rappaccini's Daughter 2BEATRICE RAPPACCINI

First Appearance: Rappaccini’s Daughter (1844)

Cryptid Category: Human-plant hybrid.

Lore: Beatrice Rappaccini, also called the Poison Woman, had been experimented on by her mad scientist father since infancy. Some dark rumors even held that the father – Doctor Giacomo Rappaccini – had spawned her from a seedpod and that his tales of a wife were lies.

Beatrice was so toxic that she was the only one alive who could come into contact with the monstrous and deadly plants in her father’s courtyard garden. The Poison Woman’s beauty drove men wild, tempting many admirers to brave the dangers of her father’s mutated plant life.

The dark beauty’s flesh was a toxic poison, and her breath could kill insects, snakes, rats and small children. Dead creatures made the ideal fertilizer for the creations of Beatrice’s father. It was hinted that Beatrice fed on the vermin killed by her breath, just like Venus Flytraps and other carnivorous plant-life.

Beatrice lived with her father in his run-down home in the backstreets of Padua, Italy. A young student named Giovanni Guasconti was the only man to engender tender emotions in the Poison Woman.

Unfortunately, the two lovebirds became caught in the middle of the professional feud between Doctor Rappaccini and his rival Professor Baglioni, resulting in a horrific tragedy. 

The original story of Rappaccini’s Daughter was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne but there have since been opera, television and movie adaptations.



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  1. It never ceases to amaze me how varied and deep your reading is! You have selected a fascinating cast here for us! Thank you!!

  2. Wow! Thank you for sharing these. I was previously unaware of all of them. “The King In Yellow” has sparked an interest, should be cautious, I can’t unlearn (well, sometimes) or unread anything.
    Misanthropic… so this is what I become when I’m surrounded by dumb people.

  3. I already did, and liked it, but just saw that the ‘like’ hadn’t registered, so I liked it again. Thanks.

  4. There was more creepy stuff going on in the 1800s than I ever realized! 😀 That synopsis of “The King in Yellow” reminds me a bit of “In the Mouth of Madness” …

    • That’s how I felt when I discovered how much neglected horror there is from back then, that’s why I consider my looks at horror from back then to be like my “ancient” science fiction blog posts! And I know what you mean about In the Mouth of Madness, especially the opening in which the world is already reeling from the madness the author unleashed.

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