->''"For there is no worse punishment to Man, then to want to avenge and not being able to."''\\
--Closing Narration

A very, very scary short story by Creator/NikolaiGogol.
!!This work contains examles of:
* AFateWorseThanDeath: Several:
** The Warlock [[spoiler:, already dead, is gnawn at by his ancestors until the end of time.]]
** His ancestors [[spoiler: are tormented by every one of his atrocities in their graves, before they rise as revenants to devour him.]]
** Petro [[spoiler: ''attempts'' to rise, but cannot, and gnaws on his ''own'' bones instead of the Warlock's; he also grows beneath the Carpathians, and shakes the earth itself in his agony.]]
** And, [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor last but not least, Ivan]] [[spoiler: [[FridgeHorror is]] ''[[FridgeHorror forced]]'' [[FridgeHorror to watch the]] [[TitleDrop terrible vengeance]] [[FridgeHorror he inflicted on his brother.]]]]
* ApocalypticLog: Hand in hand with PaintingTheMedium. Starts more or less formal, but the storytelling gets crazier, weirder and less structured as the story progresses.
%%%%%* BlackMagic
%%%%%* EvilSorcerer
%%%%* EvilMakesYouUgly: In case of GlamourFailure, that is.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Ivan's plans for revenge worked perfectly... but now he himself is caught in them for all eternity.
* JustSoStory: And that's why we have earthquakes.
%%%%* OurZombiesAreDifferent: The revenants.
%%%%%* ParentalIncest: Seemingly the goal of the Warlock [[spoiler: with Kateryna]].
%%%%* RuleOfScary: The reason a [[spoiler: land-spanning undead corpse]] isn't ridiculous.
* SanitySlippage: [[spoiler: Kateryna]] undergoes one after [[spoiler: her husband and son's deaths]]. The Warlock also suffers quite a terrifying one.
* SerialEscalation: Ok, there's no way it can get more vile/scary...Wait, it just did.
* {{Understatement}}: ''You know, I'm not a good shot: can only hit the heart from 100 sazhens away. I'm bad with a sword too: can only cut up men into pieces smaller than grains.''
* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler: Kills them, actually. His own toddler nephew[=/=]grandson, even.]]
%%%* YouCantFightFate