The Devil’s Nest

The Devil's Nest | Elder Terrors | Krzysztof Wroński for Medicine


Rowokół is considered to be the sacred hill of the Slovinians, and archaeological discoveries confirm that this place has been worshiped at least since the Slavonic times, if not earlier. The mountain has grown into legends, and a large part of them refers to the old history of the hill above Smołdzin. The Legends tell of the treasures hidden by the Pirate clan of Bandemers, while others tell of the devil who performed some rituals somewhere on the slopes of Rowokół.
There is one of the two Slavic settlements, which, according to archaeologists, was not inhabited, and served as a cult place for the old Slavs. Who knows, perhaps the story of the devil is some distant echo of events from a thousand years ago, which somewhere in the memory of the people who lived here survived until the pre-war times? I am strongly connected with Smołdzin and Rowokoł. From summer, I spent every summer there, and finally inspired by my grandfather's stories and classic horror literature (Edgar Allan Poe and H. P. Lovecraft ), I wrote the book "Czarny bóg" (en. black god). A dark story which storyline I placed in Smołdzino just after the war, at a time when Rowokół and the old, almost forgotten stories, cast their long shadows on the village lying under the mountain.
The Devil's Nest | Elder Terrors | Krzysztof Wroński for Medicine


"Revekol Mountain is a mysterious place. The moss-covered paths used to be trodden by many a now forgotten tribe. But not only man was drawn to the Mountain. The devil himself was a frequent guest in its dense forests. He performed strange rituals, silently sending grey fog down to the village at the foot of Revekol Mountain."

O. Knoop, Volkssagen, Erzählungen, Aberglauben, Gebräuche und Märchen: aus dem östlichen Hinterpommern, Posen 1885, 70.


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.