Just as the Count was about to pounce on van Helsing, the door to the library was flung open.

Incontinently, a host of furious villagers stormed into the library, waving blazing torches and voicing dire threats. The Count turned to leap on them, then reeled back, repelled at the reek of garlic that wafted from them like a solid thing.

"Count Dracula!" cried the burgomaster, a solid ci...

A man takes his family to the courtyard to see a beheading

He arrives, but no one is one the stage besides the guards. A half hour later, the headsman arrived on the stage.

“I’m terribly sorry about the wait. I hope it didn’t cause any of you to lose your heads,” the headsman says, and chuckles a little to himself at his joke.
The beheading proc...

A king suspects one of his counts is a spy...

He summons the count to the public square, where the cloaked headsman already awaits with his gleaming axe. The terror-stricken count falls on his knees and begs, "My king! Surely there is some mistake! What is the meaning of this?" The king replies, "I know you have been spying for one of our enem...

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