Part XV The Giant Rat of Sumatra

October 24, 2015 at 4:10 pm (Detective story, Horror, Mystery, Mystery/horror, The Supernatural, Vampire novel) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Part XV The Giant Rat of Sumatra

“Dr. Faustus, I presume?”.

The Man In The Golden Mask jumped away from the blackly draped covered cage at the sound of Sherlock Holmes’ voice.

“How did you know?” The Man In The Golden Mask whirled around.

“The bastard Rodrigo Salieri aka the serial killer and rapist Lord Belfor happened to mention your name in his diary,” Holmes replied.

“I’ll kill him,” Faust foamed through his mask.

“I’m afraid the vampire hunter Professor Abraham Van Helsing has already beaten you to it,” Holmes lit his pipe, “that stake the bastard Belfor received was a little too well done for his liking.”

“He turned Vittoria into a vampiress,” Faust stated sadly.

“I know,” Holmes commented quietly.

“I’ve been giving her vials of animal blood that I call medication to her so she won’t attack humans for blood,” said Faust.

“I know,” Holmes nodded, “for that I’m eternally grateful.”

“Eternally,” Faust repeated Holmes’ words with a great deal of melancholy and profound sadness.

Holmes could only guess what the word Eternally probably meant to a soul like Faust’s.

The detective spoke softly as he pointed to the blackly draped covered cage, “That I take it is the Giant Rat of Sumatra.”

“It is,” the Man In The Golden Mask nodded, “so Mr. Holmes you’ve deduced that what lies underneath that covering is a giant rat.”

“I knew that as soon as I heard two tons of cheese mysteriously disappeared aboard the ship Matilda Briggs,” Holmes re-lit his pipe, “and then when I saw the huge bite marks on the ship’s steam engine that had been painted to look like a block of cheese by an ardent admirer of Vincent Van Gogh.”

“I’m afraid Vittoria when she was out sleep walking on the ship let open the cage on a few occasions allowing him to escape,” Hemlock the Magician aka Faust the Alchemist explained, “and then now that we are on land, the stupid dwarves who are with the circus let him out of his cage on a few occasions.”

“Yes, I’m afraid that stupidity cost numerous lives of the cats of Stamford,” Holmes stated, “to say nothing of the life of a woman whose cheap skate traveling salesman boyfriend gave her a fur coat made from the skinned fur of cats.”

“For those deaths, I am truly sorry, Mr. Holmes,” Faust spoke with sincerity.

“May I see the Giant Rat of Sumatra?” Holmes asked the alchemist and astrologer turned stage magician.

“All right, Mr. Holmes, ” Faust took the black draped covering off the cage.

The rat was indeed gigantic in size.

And its colour was as black as the draped covering over its cage had been.

And as black as the midnight sky in winter – a midnight sky devoid of stars or moon.

Holmes gasped in amazement, “My God.”

“The natives of Sumatra certainly thought so,” Faust replied.

“Is such a creature native to the island?” Holmes asked.

“Rats are native to the island,” Faust explained, “but as for this particular rat, I created him in a laboratory I had on that island.”

“Really?” Holmes was astonished, “how did you accomplish that?”.

“Are you familiar with the work of the Augustinian monk and scientist Gregor Johann Mendel with regards to pea plants and the inheritance of biological features?” Faust asked.

“I am,” Holmes nodded.

“I have applied his ideas to other biological creatures,” Faust explained, “taking the sequences of gene pairs as Mendel called them and then tinkering with those sequences to create new and radical adaptations of those creatures and perhaps someday creating a whole new species in the world entirely.”

“Sort of using science and human ingenuity to speed up the processes of Darwinian evolution,” Holmes looked in the direction of the cage of Darwin the Sumatran orangutan who went bananas in a recent magic act of Hemlock the Magician.

“Exactly, Mr. Holmes,” Faust was smiling underneath his mask.

“And you have created a giant rat as a result,” Holmes mused, “now the world will definitely have to build a bigger and better mouse trap.”

-A Sherlock Holmes novella chapter
written by Christopher
Saturday October 17th 2015.


  1. Hyperion said,

    Ruh Roooh! I suspect Faust has been in touch with the Black Dragons of the South Pacific. Excellent chapter, Chris.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Yes, I think the Black Dragon Society and Set Enterprises’ Dr. Cadbury Rocher have both been reading Dr. Faust’s scientific journals extensively. 😉

      • Hyperion said,

        I suspect its the gold standard for monkeying around with world domination through genetics. 😉

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, LOL !

        The term “monkeying around” is quite appropriate. 😀

        And then when the result comes out of the DNA mixed cocktail test tube, they say “Oh rats!”.

      • Hyperion said,

        Ha ha ah hahhahaha! Back to the drawing board.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        I actually used that line, “Back to the drawing board” in Part XVI of The Giant Rat of Sumatra that I’m currently writing. 🙂

      • Hyperion said,

        The Dragons have gotten to us Chris! Be careful of resulting storms that crop up while watching the svelte down river pole dancing otter girls. Renfield will surely take a severe scorching. 😀

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes if Renfield had been holidaying down in Mexico and found himself blown away and landing on a cactus in Texas, he’d have said, “Ouch! I certainly picked the wrong time to visit Puerto Villarta!”.

      • Hyperion said,

        I can remember saying that many times at Fort Hood, Texas during training. It seems cacti are invaluable to the opposing force in determining the best ambush locations.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        ROTFL ! 😀

  2. ѕнєяяιє ∂є ναℓєяια said,

    And what Faust didn’t tell you, is the Sherrien’s theory on magic mushroom was part of the transformation. And the monkey went banana after eating it as well! LOL

    Well done, Chris! Well done! 😀

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Thank you very much, Sherrie. 🙂

      Yes, those South Seas islands magic mushrooms are driving everyone bananas. 😀

      For Faust, magic mushrooms are the ultimate form of alchemy and transformation in the field of genetic manipulation. 😛

      • ѕнєяяιє ∂є ναℓєяια said,

        LOL Yes, and perhaps Faust was being mentored by Joseph of Arimathea (secretly) and befriend Nicodemus ghost, studied the Secrets of Hidden Alchemy, trying to crack code of Eternal Life. Until the day, they found the true power of the magic mushrooms …. 😀

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        ROTFL !

        Were stories like that mentioned in some of the medieval alchemical texts you studied in your research at Cambridge, Sherrie ?

      • ѕнєяяιє ∂є ναℓєяια said,

        Oh who knows … Faust has dark secrets which he kept very well in some codes – just as Leornado did, or Isaac Newton, even Albert Einstein – all these genius has secrets. Until today, no one can solve the puzzle of the three legged stool of which the human being thought could’ve alreay solved. They know not the real TRUTH behind it at all …

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        And then of course there’s Sherrielock Holmes with her secret recipe listing the secret ingredients for her magic mushroom cinnamon buns. 😀

      • ѕнєяяιє ∂є ναℓєяια said,

        Yes – next best seller – “The Alchemy of Magic Buns” with the Editor of “The Alchemy of Secret Puns” on how to turn your buns into puns of vampiric jokes. One secret ingredients to make your love one HAPPY! LOL 😛

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, and they’ll make a movie from both books called Dr. Lovestrange Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Pun Bun. 😀

      • ѕнєяяιє ∂є ναℓєяια said,

        hahaha …
        Or “The Lessons of Starring at the Buns of the Magic Bun-Nies” with Sherrielock & Renfield.

        Ain’t that a strange name … Dr Lovestrange … sounds so pervert, right? hahahaha …

        My friend Contessa read my comments on WP when I told her on Sherrielock joke. And then she said,”Oh … now you get LOCKED inside Sherrie!” After that we take turned staring at each other, a few seconds silent and a ROAR of LAUGHTER – knocked of my stool. My friend is soooo crazy! Don’t know why she said that! hahahaha …

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        The buns of the magic bun-nies.

        LOL ! 😀

        Playboy bunnies that don’t need Energizer batteries to get started.

        Yes, Dr. Lovestrange is a takeoff on the name of that Peter Sellers movie Dr. Strangelove.

        You get locked inside Sherrie, your friend said?

        ROTFL ! 😀

      • ѕнєяяιє ∂є ναℓєяια said,

        Dr Strangelove … sounds like Mr Lover Lover or Mr Bombastic, it is fantastic – Shaggy! LOL hahaha …

        Yes, Contessa is an old college friend who lives not far from me. She is so crazy and the one who has no limits in things she said.

        One time when we went shopping, after we entered the lift and going up to the next floor … She said this …,”Gosh … I am so itchy down there! Do you think I got sex-disease?” I turned to stare at her and she give me that don’t care face-mode and everyone was staring at her.

        And she responded, “What?”

        hahahaha … I got to laughed hard, really … Geeezzz ….

        Yes, the playboy bunnies need no Energizer. But the dildo does! lol 😛

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, I imagine the dildo requires an Energizer battery. LOL !


        I know what that term means over in England and since you were at Cambridge with Contessa, you probably do too.

        You should have said to Contessa in the elevator, “That’s what you get for always shagging on the shag carpet.” 😀

      • ѕнєяяιє ∂є ναℓєяια said,

        hahaha … Not that Shaggy.
        I mean the Shaggy who sang “Bombastic” in the 90’s. That shaggy! hehehe …

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Oh. I’ve never heard of that particular musician.

        I think the only musical acts I followed from the ’90s were the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears and Ricky Martin I must admit to my neverending shame and embarrassment.

        At which point I should also ask to my embarrassment, how do you type the emoticon for red-face?

        I know how to type the emoticon for heart now finally.

        LOL !

      • ѕнєяяιє ∂є ναℓєяια said,

        Uh gosh … I got to admit something embarassing … I do not how to type all of the emoticon …

        Ok! Just asked my girl and she laughs at me! 😛
        Here’s a link on Japanese emoticon of which of many types.

        And here’s Shaggy video. Perhaps you may have heard of this song long ago in the 90’s. I too, not that good in the musical thing although I do looooove music of all genres. But learning something new everyday is a gift, ain’t it? 🙂

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Thanks for the links, Sherrie. 🙂

        And learning something new every day is a gift. 🙂

      • ѕнєяяιє ∂є ναℓєяια said,

        Yes, for this I am happy to do writing. From many people and from you I have learned quiet a few new words of which I am not so familiar with or forgotten, or never in use of my every day life. Anyway, one must not forget that I speak German everyday for the past 18 years and it really get on my English speaking skill as well … 😛

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, I’ve learned a lot from my cyberspace writer friends as well.

        I’ve incorporated some of your and Daniel’s humourous ideas into my writing. 🙂

        As you no doubt noticed when I had Renfield showing a picture of Sherrielock Holmes to Michelangelo the Psychic Lobster. 😀

      • ѕнєяяιє ∂є ναℓєяια said,

        That pervert Renfield!
        I’m going to whip his ass.
        Bet he would love it that I do the Fifty Shades of Renfield while Amadeus eating on the bedside. 😀

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, Renfield would probably love it if you whipped his ass. 😀

        And Amadeus would probably sit on the bed eating a pizza with extra cheese and extra mushrooms while he watched. 😀

        Actually now that I think about it, I remember I wrote a chapter in my vampire novel about 5 years ago (before I had even met you) where Renfield was late for an important meeting with ministers of the British cabinet and he told them the reason he was late was that he had just flown in from Germany where he said he had a very important meeting with a leather skirted and black fishnet nylon clad German dominatrix.

        That dominatrix wasn’t you by chance, was it? 😉

      • ѕнєяяιє ∂є ναℓєяια said,

        hehehehe … I was a friend of Irene Adler and we whipped some politicians asses. The one I did not get was Clinton. At that time I was a student! hehehe …

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        So that’s how you paid your university fees eh?

        LOL !

        And you were room mates with Irene Adler eh?

        LOL !

        I wrote the first 13 chapters of The Giant Rat of Sumatra back in 2010 a year after I had seen that 2009 Sherlock Holmes movie where Irene Adler had stripped Holmes and handcuffed him to the bed.

        It was that scene that inspired me to write the undercurrents of BDSM tension between Holmes and Vittoria Donna Gina in those 13 chapters.

      • ѕнєяяιє ∂є ναℓєяια said,

        She did that, alright! A brave woman with such a sex-drive. But a very powerfully intelligent woman. THE WOMAN who beats Holmes. 😀

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Exactly, LOL ! 😀

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