Victor Pascow was a student at the University of Maine who suffered a fatal head injury after being struck by an automobile. He addresses his dying words personally to Louis by name, even though they have never met. On the night following Pascow's death, Louis is visited by the student's walking, conscious corpse, which leads him to the cemetery and refers specifically to the "deadfall", a dangerous pile of tree and bush limbs that form a barrier at the back. Pascow warns Louis not to "go beyond, no matter how much you feel you need to." Louis wakes up in bed the next morning convinced it was a dream, but discovers his feet and the bedsheets covered with dirt and pine needles. Louis dismisses the episode as a result of stress caused by Pascow's death coupled with his wife's anxieties about death. He accepts the situation as a bout of sleepwalking.

However, when Gage dies, Louis decides to bury him at the cemetery to bring him back to life. And much later, he takes his wife there, as well, despite Victor warning him that he’ll only make things worse, but Louis, by that time, has gone mad, and ignores him, leaving Victor to yell out in despair.


In the 2019 version, Pascow is of African-American descent.

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