Death is speaking.
The road to Samaria by Somerset Maugham.
In the earlier days of dueling, before the specific code duello was created with specific norms to follow, it was common to agree on all sorts of unusual conditions. In one bizarre incident, an Englishman abroad was challenged to a duel by a wealthy resident of the particular area in which the Englishman was travelling. Unable to avoid a duel, the Englishman agreed to a meeting with pistols in the challenger's baronial hall - but he specified that it be held in complete darkness.
He was determined not to hurt his opponent, so the Englishman waited till the challenger fired first, and then, slowly and carefully, he felt his way around the wall until he found the large fireplace that he had noted before the darkness. Then he carefully discharged his pistol up the chimney. To his horror the body of his overly cautious opponent dropped down to the hearth with a sickening thud.
From The Treasury of the Gun, by Harold l. Peterson
More popthems needed to illustrate further this unavoidable encounter with Death.