Short Story

First published: 1933




A man stranded in the middle of nowhere comes across a message in an empty house – S.O.S. From The Hound of Death and The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories.

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One rainy night on the Wiltshire downs, the Dinsmead’s evening meal is interrupted by a stranger. Mortimer Cleveland interrupts their life when his car breaks down and he seeks shelter. Cleveland is a psychic researcher, who immediately senses that something is wrong; he detects murder in the air. Can he save the victim before it is too late?

The story was first published in book form in the Oldhams Press edition in 1933, available only by collecting coupons from a magazine entitled The Passing Show and was only available in the UK. It was later included in the 1933 supernatural collection, The Hound of Death and Other Stories and also in The Witness For The Prosecution and Other Stories in the US, 1948.

It has never been adapted.

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