- - - Meet the Creatures of Spookinite Valley - - -

Written and Illustrated by Benjamin Andrew Fouché

~Mansfield~

Who knew such a well-mannered man could hold the competence to carry forth his grimmest yearnings. Mansfield is to be feared by all; indeed, he is a figure of nightmare and darkness––one traveling through the melancholy Spookinite Valley should avoid him at all cost. For he can become quite unrelenting when he discovers his prey. First appearing in the story entitled, “The Old Haunted Inn”, Mansfield can be observed as a peculiar individual, to say the least. He even once said himself, “I am a very aberrant man with many aberrant conditions.” In addition, Mansfield is the main antagonist in the story entitled, “Wary Perceptions”. The history of what he has done is unspeakable, but one can find the remains of his victims hidden within the depths of The Inn. He sometimes refers to his repulsive actions as, “what he did not dare”, or to be more precise, in his very own words, “What I Did Not Dare”. One may find this quote in a story with the exact same title as he narrates in present tense what he does to a weary traveler during a thundery, dark night.

 

~Chester~

A lone and desolate soul, Chester is an exceedingly cryptic and reclusive individual. He is rather fond of the dark, and usually hides in vacant rooms of The Inn, lying in wait for curious visitors. Although Chester is more reserved than Mansfield, he is equally as grievous. Whereas Mansfield enjoys taking time in hunting guests, Chester’s malevolent undertakings are usually executed swiftly. Unfortunately, there is never truly a way to avoid coming into contact with this ill-minded fiend––for he always remains imperceptible. Furthermore, Chester is a very close follower of The Master and always listens––sometimes making him even more unpredictable than other characters. First appearing in the story, “The Old Haunted Inn”, one may observe how frightening he truly can be––especially considering his imposing height. Chester is an additional antagonist in “Wary Perceptions” and also makes a brief appearance in the story, “The Spookinite House”. While deeper information on this character is scarce, he is to be avoided by all.

 

~The Coffin Keeper~

A mysterious man, with a mysterious past, this character could possibly be the worst to encounter in all of Spookinite Valley. His real name is unknown, but most who have survived crossing the path of this ghoulish entity usually refer to him as “The Coffin Keeper”. While first appearing in the story, “The Spookinite House” as a side antagonist, he serves as the main protagonist in “The Winston Manor Mortuary”. Once an old mortician, his life was rather morose and morbid. However, after the night whence something of a dark nature descended upon his mortuary, Winston Manor, he was haunted unto eternal insanity. Now living in the valley’s brooding mansion, The Spookinite House, The Coffin Keeper practices his gruesome crafting within the darkest rooms of the house’s interior. Although it was many years ago that he had abandoned his mortuary, his occupation with the dead had never actually ceased. Quite often, one might find him in the old cemeteries and graveyards of New England, unearthing graves and stealing corpses. Although he may seem harmless at first, The Coffin Keeper will abduct travelers and place them in coffins, so he can thus prematurely bury them. From thence, he watches in sheer joy as the helpless bodies scream and claw from underneath the earth.

 

~The Master~

Perhaps he is the essence of all darkness, The Master is a fearless wraith. Being the lord of his demesne, Spookinite Valley, he oversees every ghastly occurrence that transpires throughout the shadowed vale. He first made his appearance in the story entitled, “The Old Haunted Inn” as the leader of both Mansfield and Chester. He also appears in The Old Haunted Inn’s proceeding stories, as well as a narrative entitled, “My Heartless Heart”, where he recites his ominous ways in a poetic expression. The Master may also be observed as a background antagonist in the stories “The Winston Manor Mortuary” and “Wary Perceptions”. The Master’s followers call him, “The Darkness” or “The Dark Sickness” due to how he first manifested himself in the course of their lives. The Master’s greatest longing is to unleash a grave nightmare that shall enshroud the world. This event is known as, “The Eternal Night” or “The Nightly Harvest”. This event includes a series of horrifying stages––all manipulated by The Master. While it is a rarity for a mortal to physically see him, one cannot avoid reaming unseen to The Master’s eyes while they travel through Spookinite Valley.

 

~The Creatures~

They are vile and without remorse; daunting and unhallowed––hungry and restless. The Creatures are the demented creations of The Master. Always searching for their next meal, these repugnant fiends are relentless hunters. Conjured from pumpkin and grimness, they can only arise on an evening in which The Hunter’s Moon hangs over the earth. First appearing in “The Rural Hauntings” as the grisly beings summoned by The Master, one can observe them as aggressive, animal-like beasts. It is utmost impossible to evade The Creatures once they begin tracking their prey. This was proven in the end of the story, “The Spookinite House”. It is indeed a mystery as to how their spirits are given to them, but some believe that the souls of all who perish on the melancholic grounds of Spookinite Valley are harvested during the event of “The Eternal Night”, so they may thus be reincarnated into the ravening beings.

 

~Tobias~

Misfortune is certainly what follows the tail of this insidious black cat. One who comes into contact with this shadowy feline is forever fated to perish a morbid demise. Tobias holds many secrets deep within his sorrowful soul. Cursed long ago, he must forever hold an incurable illness, giving his spiritual disease to all who cross his path. While Tobias may appear innocent, he is equally as wretched as all of the other characters of Spookinite Valley and has his own intentions.  The infectious morbidity that Tobias carries is known as, “The Reaper’s Sickness”––thus meaning an unutterable death shall be delivered to those infected by him.  Tobias made a brief appearance in the story entitled, “The Spookinite House”.

 

~Spidress~

The Spidress is a sentient being, once the queen of a long-forgotten civilization inhabited by a race of spider beings.  However, after the apocalyptic downfall of her obscure empire millenniums ago, she is now nothing more than a monstrous arachnid.  Dwelling within the numerous caverns Spookinite Valley, one cannot predict when this abomination will attack.  She made her first appearance in “The Rural Hauntings” as a destructive entity scavenging for her next meal.  She also was featured in a short-story entitled, “Spider of the Foothills”. The tale was narrated by a traveler who narrowly escaped The Spidress’ unpitying wrath. Usually, The Spidress will cocoon her victims in a thick webbing, before devouring them alive as they struggle in their vulnerable state of mummification.

 

~The Vampyre Beast~

A ghoul of winged fury, the Vampyre Beast spends most of his time unearthing corpses and messily feasting upon them. First appearing in “The Spookinite House”, one will see how petrifying this creature truly is. The Vampyre Beast is also featured in a short-story entitled, “The Ghoul of Maple Hill”, a tale of an investigator who discovers the forbidden truth of what goes on in the cemetery late at night. With his broad, towering, skeletal structure, this perturbing beast will not hesitate before dining upon a mortal who dares cross his path. The Vampyre Beast dwells within the scattered cemeteries of Spookinite Valley, always searching for graves to violently desecrate.

 

~Morley~

Always carrying about with him a morbid sense of humor, Morley's prominent longing is to ruthlessly frighten and anguish those who deem him sadistic. However, he conversely enjoys amusing those who he considers to be concurring individuals. Unlike Mansfield, Chester, and The Coffin Keeper, Morley is a jester to The Master. Every seven Octobers, Morley will choose and travel to a small, rural town, of which he joyfully inflicts fear and madness upon. Morley will display his puppeteer wagon in the rural regions outside of the towns, thereafter luring those whose curiosities are susceptible to the bemusing wonders that he humbly offers the living.  When his season has ended, he will travel back into the shadows of Spookinite Valley, where he preferably resides. This can be observed in his story entitled, “Morley”.

 

~The Spider Race~

Eons ago, they once occupied the shadowed depths of the sylvan New England forests. Their dominion was hidden betwixt an otherworldly rhythm of the nocturnal realms. By day, they were insignificant, eight-legged creatures. By night, they transmuted into unremitting hunters from the shadows, as well as builders of an advanced—yet callous—civilization. Their enigmatic monoliths now stand in ruin, scarcely seen by all. The Spider Race was indeed great—for they were intelligent, strengthening, and without mercy. The weak were not allowed to live amongst their invisible empire—only the enduring subsisted. It was simply of their cold nature—their arachnid temperaments never truly ceased over the countless ages of evolution. But how the arcane Spider Race vanished is undeniably an even graver mystery. The archaic traces of their presence will indeed leave one pondering.

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