A very, very scary short story by Nikolai Gogol.
This work contains examles of:
- A Fate Worse Than Death: Several:
- The Warlock , already dead, is gnawn at by his ancestors until the end of time.
- His ancestors are tormented by every one of his atrocities in their graves, before they rise as revenants to devour him.
- Petro 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, last but not least, Ivan is forced to watch the terrible vengeance he inflicted on his brother.
- Apocalyptic Log: Hand in hand with Painting the Medium. Starts more or less formal, but the storytelling gets crazier, weirder and less structured as the story progresses.
- Gone Horribly Right: Ivan's plans for revenge worked perfectly... but now he himself is caught in them for all eternity.
- "Just So" Story: And that's why we have earthquakes.
- Sanity Slippage: Kateryna undergoes one after her husband and son's deaths. The Warlock also suffers quite a terrifying one.
- Serial Escalation: 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.
- Would Hurt a Child: Kills them, actually. His own toddler nephew/grandson, even.