“Stragella” By Hugh B. Cave (Narrated By Jeffrey LeBlanc)

Night, black as pitch and filled with the wailing of a dead wind, sank like a shapeless specter into the oily waters of the Indian Ocean, leaving a great gray expanse of sullen sea, empty except for a solitary speck that rose and dropped in the long swell.–“Stragella” Hugh B. Cave

Music to set the vampiric mood!

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Father Jason encounters the Elder Gods and the stone woman of Faikana. Murgunstrumm is at “The Gray Toad Inn” awaiting his next ghoulish victim. And, on board the half sunken Golconda, two shipwreck survivors try and survive an attack by…vampires, as we beat Haitian voodoo drums to resurrect the zombified corpse of Hugh Barnett Cave.

Hugh B. Cave was a writer of horror, weird fiction, and science fiction. Cave contributed heavily to several pulp magazines such as “Astounding”, “Black Mask”, and Weird Tales from the 1920s and ’30s, selling an estimated 800 stories. These were not only in horror, but also in western, fantasy, adventure, crime, romance and non-fiction. He used a variety of pen names, notably John Star, Geoffrey Vace, and Justin Case. It was under the Justin Case pen name that he created the antihero “The Eel”.

Following a war correspondent assignment during World War II, Cave settled in Jamaica where he owned and managed a coffee plantation. While on his coffee plantation Cave continued his writing career, now specializing in novels as well as fiction and non-fiction sales to mainstream magazines.

He won numerous awards for his work. These included “The Living Legend Award” from “The International Horror Guild”, “The Bram Stoker Award For Lifetime Achievement” from “The Horror Writers Association” and “The World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement”.

“Stragella” was first published in the June 1932 issue of “Strange Tales of Mystery and Terror”. Our story focuses on Yancy and Miggs, two shipwreck survivors who have found a strange ship in a ghostly fog.

Can our shipwreck survivors survive a perilous night on the ghostly Golconda? Or will they too fall prey to the fangs of Stragella?–JL

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