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“…in the dimness of the night I saw It—Him! God forgive me, but the mate was right to jump overboard.”

But why, though? The first mate described what he saw as “like a man, tall and thin, and ghastly pale”—this sounds more like a seasick stowaway than a creature of eldritch horror.

When Jonathan was staying at Castle Dracula, he was not ever inspired with terror by the Count’s appearance alone. He felt disgust, not terror, upon seeing the Count in his box: “It seemed as if the whole awful creature were simply gorged with blood. He lay like a filthy leech, exhausted with his repletion. I shuddered as I bent over to touch him, and every sense in me revolted at the contact..”

I think long-term close contact with the Count’s psychic miasma, rather than his physical appearance, is the source of the terror. At first the crew was uneasy for no reason they could name, then they became anxious, paranoid, and terrified. When the men were alone on deck, with little to occupy their thoughts, the effect was intensified. Finally, extreme panic led them to leap overboard— it was the only way to put an end to their terror. The captain and first mate, being made of sterner stuff than the other men, were simply the last to succumb.

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Another schooner in fog:

Bryan Alexander

Gorgeous shot.

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