Neuntöter |  Elder Terrors | Krzysztof Wroński for Medicine


The legend about the Neuntöter comes from the village of Płaszewo, but in the illustration, I presented a church from the village of Cerkwica. Once, when browsing a hundred-year-old book on monuments of Pomerania, I found a picture of the church in Cerkwica and from that moment, from my point of view, it is the essence of the Pomeranian village's climate.
Pomeranian vampires differed from those known from the books of Bram Stoker, Anna Rice, or from Hollywood movies. These wraiths were part of the Central and Eastern European ideas of these beings. According to local legends, those vampires were never (or almost never, who knows?) from high births and did not reside in gloomy castles or among ruins, which were never lacking on the Pomeranian land. In Pomerania, the villagers who turned into Neun­tö­ters were often those who were the victims of the plague. Often a vampire was a prematurely dead child. Another thing that distinguished Pomeranian vampires was that they did not necessarily have to use their fangs. They were supposed to hunt their families, kill them one by one (until they kill the nine as in the legend's title), bring the beast, or attack the wanderers, who venture outside the safe houses at night.
Neuntöter |  Elder Terrors | Krzysztof Wroński for Medicine


"If a baby is born with teeth or a silver spoon, it shall be a monster. If it perishes, whether in its youth or old age, it shall return for its own. If you do not cut its head off and place it at its feet, if you do not line the grave with poppy seeds or torn fishing nets, the Neuntöter shall knock on the gates, climb the church tower, and summon its kin."

O. Knoop, Volkssagen, Erzählungen, Aberglauben, Gebräuche und Märchen: aus dem östlichen Hinterpommern, Posen 1885, p. 84-85


Adventure Time for the summer! Here is an interactive map for anyone who would be interested in where to look for places from the legends that I have presented in the Elder Terrors collection. Many marked places are far from the main roads and traveling through rural and dirt roads do not happen to meet the living soul (especially those who are motorized).


Thanks to the cooperation with Medicine, I managed to implement an idea that was in my head for a very long time. The "Elder Terrors" collection is, in brief, Pomeranian fears. The ones that have been told about one hundred and fifty years ago, and which intentions were to give people goosebumps. These are often forgotten or little-known legends and stories about witches, wild hunts, giants, ghosts, and demons, coming mainly from the area between Lębork and Koszalin, collected for over a century among the oldest inhabitants of the local area.


"Tell me what you wear and I’ll tell you who you are". I would describe my style as a folk horror. It is a concept well known in British literature and filmography, exploring the myth of the wild, haunted province, where the horrors lie in the very landscape, captured in rural traditions and old stories. Write to me if you need climatic graphics.