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The Englishman is a horror short story by Scraggle and an entry in The Never Mythos. It can be read here.

Set in 1670. En route back to Venice from Barcelona in a trading negotiation, Eliza Cortly and her husband Stefano receive a summon on their stop in Spain from a mysterious Englishman named Eliphas Coyte who requests Eliza's presence - and when Eliza heeds his call, she finds Coyte may have a few secrets of his own. An entry in The Never Mythos and a prequel to The City Of Never.

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The work contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Admiring the Abomination: Eliphas Coyte is quite fond of the darkness of the abyss.
  • Awful Wedded Life: While her husband seems oblivious to it, Eliza is quite unhappy with her marriage.
  • Body Horror: Coyte has become hideous and his body utterly twisted by his pacts with otherworldly forces.
  • Brainless Beauty: Eliza's husband Stefano is pleasant enough to look at, but she freely admits he's a moron and she loathes being married to him.
  • Eye Scream: Eliza is forced to plant a knife in Coyte's eye to escape him.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Coyte is no longer human, and the description of him is utterly revolting.
  • The Lost Lenore: Eliza remembers her lover Aisling, separated from her thanks to the Consultant, with incredible fondness and longing.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: The Consultant is mentioned again, and given how it's the one who who massacres Seers and entire towns around them, it certainly fits the mold. Minus the 'man' part, not that Eliza knows it yet.
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  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Not intentionally, but Eliza really doesn't care much about being seen nude by others.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Welcome to Flor, enjoy your stay, and ignore the heretical leanings of the place and its service to horrific monsters from beyond space and time.
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