The Playground of Satan is a Gothic horror novel written by Beatrice Baskerville. The story revolves around a young woman named Helene who travels to a remote village in Austria to work as a governess for the children of Countess Radna.
Upon her arrival, Helene finds that the children are strange and withdrawn, and that the Countess and her retinue are equally mysterious and unnerving. The village itself is shrouded in darkness and secrecy, and Helene soon discovers that it is haunted by an ancient evil that manifests itself in the form of a satanic cult.
As Helene delves deeper into the mystery, she becomes embroiled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the cultists, who are determined to use her as a sacrificial victim. Helene must use all her wits and courage to uncover the truth behind the village's dark secrets and escape with her life.
"The Playground of Satan" is a classic example of early 20th century Gothic horror fiction, with its themes of ancient evil, supernatural terror, and psychological suspense. The novel has been praised for its vivid descriptions and atmospheric setting, as well as its strong female protagonist who defies traditional gender roles to fight against the forces of darkness.