by Abraham Merritt. from The Fox Woman and Other Stories, 1949. A terrified woman makes a desperate revenge pact with a creature of the night. The Fox Woman CHAPTER I THE ANCIENT STEPS wound up the side of the mountain through the tall pines, patience trodden deep into them by the feet of twenty centuries. Some soul of silence, ancient and patient as the steps, brooded over them. They were wide, twenty men could have marched abreast upon them; lichens brown and orange traced strange symbols on their grey stones, and emerald mosses cushioned them. At times the steps climbed steep as stairs, Continue reading