Lair of the White Worm
“Seeing where the head of the monster was, the two men ventured a little further forward, and saw that the hidden mass at the base of the shaft was composed of vast coils of the great serpent’s body, forming a base from which the upright mass rose. As they looked, this lower mass moved, the glistening folds catching the moonlight, and they could see that the monster’s progress was along the ground. It was coming towards them at a swift pace, so they turned and ran, taking care to make as little noise as possible, either by their footfalls or by disturbing the undergrowth close to them. They did not stop or pause till they saw before them the high dark tower of Doom.”
-Excerpt from Lair of the White Worm, by Bram Stoker
The Willows gradually lead in to Lair of the White Worm, a lush, sprawling narrative. It took me places I never expected . . .
Okay, I’ll spare you the purple prose.