#34: The Viy

Strange Slavic spook story in the gothic mode

Initial release: 1835
Author: Nikolai Gogol

There’s a strong relation between the horror genre (especially the gothic horror of the 18th and 19th centuries) and folklore. Folklore is an oral history of the unknown, from a darker, bigger world, and The Viy stands firmly in that tradition. Published as the penultimate entry in Nikolai Gogol’s short story collection, The Migorod, The Viy is at heart another witch tale, but lurking in the background is the Viy itself, a demonic creature, a “king of the gnomes,” with eyelids that stretch to the floor.

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june gloom

Media critic, retired streamer, furry. I love you. [she/they]