The Swiss conductor struggled with English. The Italians seemed to understand, however, for they turned to look at Shelley as the train began its ascent into the Alps. â€œCarry no valuables at the body and let no strangers in the compartment.â€ His Swiss accent gave his consonants a scratchy quality. â€œTurn the lock, and pusht the bolt.â€
â€œRobbers?â€ Shelley asked, disbelieving. â€œAre you saying there might be robbers on the train?â€ This was a danger she hadnâ€™t foreseen.
â€œRobbers â€“ yes,â€ he said gravely, rubbing his red moustache. â€œAnd vampires.â€
She gulped. â€œYouâ€™re joking.â€ But the Italians nodded emphatically. The mother held up the crucifix pendant dangling on her chest. They obviously knew â€“ and they believed.
........excerpt from Night Train in the anthology From The Shadows. (link. then click on story titles forÂ previews of each)
(Which also has a vampire story hinting that vampires wear zinc-oxide body paint so they can travel about in the daytime; which PRE-DATES the explanation of those who maintain that's the 'unique' wayÂ Johnny Depp's Barnabas Collins travels about in Dark Shadows - The Movie (coming to darkened theaters this May.) link