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of that SF novel where it turned out mass murder was the solution?

Re: Sealed Evil

Date: 2019-02-10 03:57 am (UTC)
dragoness_e: (Echo Bazaar)
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Good question. One of Manly Wade Wellman's Silver John stories, "Nine Yards of Other Cloth", introduces the lovely Evadare, who eventually becomes John's wife. She's hiding out from an evil man (her former employer, one Shull Cobart, a sexual predator who doesn't take 'No' for an answer) in a hollow (deep, dark valley) supposedly haunted by a demonic monster. Per legend, an old-time preacher once came to the hollow to deal with the monster, and his grave is in the hollow. Long story short: evil asshole Shull catches up with Evadare just after John meets her, and uses his enchanted fiddle (yes, Shull's a fiddle player too) to spellbind John and call the monster to devour him. No one but Evadare had gotten the news that the monster wasn't evil anymore and was protecting Evadare. Oops for the bad guy. Turned out that old-timey preacher had converted the whatever-the-hell-it-was by preaching to it (and taught it to read and write), and stayed in the hollow as its friend, because it was very lonely. When he died of old age, the monster buried the preacher, hence the grave.

That's the closest I know of, and the monster didn't seem to be constrained, it just.. stayed in the hollow. Locking sentient beings up tends to make them more grouchy, not less.
Edited Date: 2019-02-10 03:58 am (UTC)

Re: Sealed Evil

Date: 2019-02-10 04:27 am (UTC)
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That's probably my favorite Silver John story.

Re: Sealed Evil

Date: 2019-02-10 01:59 pm (UTC)
dragoness_e: (Echo Bazaar)
From: [personal profile] dragoness_e
Mine, too.

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