Among the many foes that St. Cyprian and Gallowglass have encountered, few were more dangerous than the being known as the Creeping Man. A lumbering hulk of inhuman muscle and impossible durability, the mute monster has crossed swords with more than one Royal Occultist in his never-ending quest to acquire the Sforza Pearl.
First sighted on English soil in 1810, the Creeping Man has supposedly been active since the death of Muzio Attendolo Sforza in 1424. Sforza was said to have plucked the pearl from the skull of the Devil himself, and that while he possessed it, he could not be defeated. The Creeping Man’s desire for the pearl has never been satisfactorily explained. Some believe the creature is an ifrit, bound to the pearl. Others claim that he is an elemental, created as part of an ancient curse.
Whatever his origins, he has been shot, strangled, drowned, burned, dropped from a bridge, disemboweled and fed to sharks, but he always comes back. In 1897, during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Sir Edwin Drood ran him through with a sword that once belonged to St. George and then dropped him into the Thames. Five years later, Thomas Carnacki doused the creature in petrol and set him on fire. In 1915, Carnacki and his young assistant, Charles St. Cyprian, attempted unsuccessfully to trap the Creeping Man in the Tower of London, resulting in massive amounts of property damage and a death-toll in the hundreds.
And, most recently, in 1920, Charles St. Cyprian consigned the brute to a hellish dimension, but even the fires of Gehenna may prove, in time, to be nothing more than a minor obstacle for the force of nature known as the Creeping Man…