What ever you do

Photo prompt curtsy of A A

Photo prompt curtsy of Ted Strutz

It is a strange tale that I relate. It starts with a ruined castle. What ever you do; don’t fall asleep in the courtyard, for deep beneath are a labyrinth of tunnels. From each tunnel, rather small gothic arches allow entry to a single chambers. Each chamber is simply furnished with a pair of trestles on which rests a closed coffin. The walls of these chambers are plastered with black and white photographs. Each photograph being the image of a soul lost to the coffin occupant. Yes a dark cold fireplace from each chamber allows access to the courtyard and the wider world above.

Footnote: This week my inspiration comes from last week, when I drove past the ruined castle at Middleham, North Yorkshire … ! … although I keep reworking this snippet I continue to remain dissatisfied with the outcome. Last week I found myself posting very very late have spent the weekend at the Locomotion Museum at Shildon.

Photo of Middleham castle curtsy of Tony Murgatroyd

Photo of Middleham castle taken by Tony Murgatroyd

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This Post Has 22 Comments

  1. 4963andypop

    Enjoyed this subterranean tour. Makes me wonder why and how these souls were lost to the coffin–perhaps because, like us, they were foolish enough to peruse thisoergatory? Eerie ewith a sense of imminent danger.

    1. Michael Humphris

      There are several ways of interrupting this story… It might be a vampire version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland ! I was glad to hear from you.

  2. Iain Kelly

    Doesn’t sound like a very welcoming castle to visit – I’ll pass! 😉

    1. Michael Humphris

      It is a beautiful castle, just don’t fall asleep there.

  3. neilmacdon

    I’m a sucker for labyrinths

    1. Michael Humphris

      Labyrinths can be great fun, till one can not find the exit.

  4. rochellewisoff

    Dear Mike,

    Eerie and intriguing, I think I’ll bypass that castle.



    1. Michael Humphris

      It is a beautiful castle, one just has to stay awake,

  5. Keith's Ramblings

    That’s quite a castle! I’m glad I wasn’t tempted to visit it when I was camping in Yorkshire back in July.

    Here’s my story

    1. Michael Humphris

      It is an interesting castle. I do hope that Yorkshire was kind to you.

      1. Keith's Ramblings

        It was. I stayed in Bronte country and also
        visited Holmfirth as I’m an enormous Last of the Summer Wine fan!

        1. Michael Humphris

          I have visited Haworth regularly since the 1970, I love it, but I do miss the older style traditional shops that once lined its Main Street. As for the last of the summer wine, it was extraordinarily good.

  6. patriciaruthsusan

    A creepy but good story, Michael. I’ll not only not fall asleep there but not go anywhere near that place. I’m surprised the villagers haven’t spread garlic and carved crosses around the place . O_o — Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Suzanne, Middleham and it’s castle are both interesting.

  7. patriciaruthsusan

    That O_o is supposed to make a scary-faced emoji but it didn’t work. —- Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      O-o it seems that it did not work for me. But I really appreciate the thought

  8. msjadeli

    spooky and the methodical way you told it made it even more so

    1. Michael Humphris

      I do appreciate your feedback, thank you.

      1. msjadeli

        You are welcome.

  9. Dale

    I’ll make sure I have lots of coffee when I go visit.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Now why did I not think of that, thank you Dale

      1. Dale

        Ha ha!

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