|Does anyone know this story?
||[Jun. 12th, 2010|07:49 pm]
Hello everyone. I was wondering if y'all could help me out.|
I once read a short story that I liked, but now I've forgotten both its name and author, and most likely quite a few plot points too. Can anyone tell me if this sounds familiar in any way:
The story mostly follows a man who is seeing a strange hallucination: a living fur boa, which appears to follow him everywhere, but can't be seen by anyone else. Over the course of the story it's revealed that the man had some sort of an occult experience somewhere on mainland Europe, which seems to be the reason he's gained this 'familiar'. At first he tries to destroy the creature by burning it in the fireplace and other means, then give it away, but nothing works.
Desperate, he finally lures a naive friend to go and see the same occultist, hoping he can pass the curse on. It seems to do the trick, but then he starts to receive letters from his friend. The letters tell that the other is plagued by visions of the room where he met the occultist, to the point where he gets into accidents because he can't perceive the real world anymore.
Later, the main character learns the the friend has simply walked into a lake and drowned. Relieved, he thinks he's finally free of the creature, but right then it appears at the door, bigger than ever, sopping wet, and now sporting a pair of menacing red eyes where it never had any distinguishable features before.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
EDIT 6/13/2010: And, as these things often go, I found the story I had been looking for only two hours after posting this.
The title is 'Couching at the Door' by D. K. Broster, published around 1943, I believe. Those who would like to read it can find it at books.google.com/