Van Allister, Prof. Arthur. In “Ashes,” a scientist who discovers a chemical compound that can reduce any substance to mere ashes. He later dies when thrown into a large vat of his own formula by his assistant, Malcolm Bruce.
van der Heyl, Claes (d. 1591). In “The Diary of Alonzo Typer,” a member of a strange Dutch family who lived in Holland in the later sixteenth century and kept a diary between 1560 and 1580 telling of his strange delvings into the supernatural. His descendant, Hendrik, came to New-Netherland (i.e., New York state) in 1638 in search of a nameless “Thing.” Dirck, now settled in Albany, N.Y., built a house near Attica around 1760. He married a woman from Salem, Mass., and was the father of Joris (b. 1773), “that frightful hybrid,” and of Trintje, who would later marry Adriaen Sleght.
Vanderhoof, Johannes. In “Two Black Bottles,” the recently deceased pastor (“dominie”) and uncle of the narrator, Hoffman. Vanderhoof’s soul is entrapped in a little black bottle by his sexton, Abel Foster.
Van Itty, Mrs. In “Sweet Ermengarde,” a wealthy society woman who adopts Ermengarde Stubbs and later discovers that she is her long-lost daughter.
Van Keulen, Dr. Cornelius. In “Winged Death,” a coroner’s physician who discovers the dead body of Dr. Thomas Slauenwite in a hotel room in Bloemfontein, South Africa, as well as Slauenwite’s strange diary.
Verhaeren, M. In “Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family,” a Belgian agent at a trading post in the Congo who sends Arthur Jermyn a box containing a curious specimen he has found among the N’bangus—a specimen that impels Jermyn to kill himself.