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LOVECRAFT’S COMPLETE WORKS

TABLE OF CONTENTS

The Alchemist.........................................................................................................................1 Azathoth.................................................................................................................................7 The Battle That Ended the Century........................................................................................8 The Beast in the Cave...........................................................................................................11 Beyond the Wall of Sleep.....................................................................................................1 The Boo!.............................................................................................................................."" The Call of Cthulhu.............................................................................................................."# The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward........................................................................................#& Cats And $o's....................................................................................................................1"# The Cats of (lthar..............................................................................................................1&& Celephais............................................................................................................................1& The Challen'e from Beyond..............................................................................................1&) Collapsin' Cosmoses.........................................................................................................1 * The Colour +ut of Space....................................................................................................1 " Cool Air..............................................................................................................................17* The Cra,lin' Chaos...........................................................................................................17The Curse of .i'................................................................................................................181 $a'on.................................................................................................................................1)& The $escendant..................................................................................................................1)7 The $iary of Alonzo Typer................................................................................................."** The $isinterment................................................................................................................"1# The $oom That Came to Sarnath.......................................................................................""" The $ream /uest of (n!no,n 0adath..............................................................................""$reams in the Witch12ouse..............................................................................................."8) The $un,ich 2orror..........................................................................................................&1" The Electric E%ecutioner....................................................................................................&#1 The Evil Cler'yman...........................................................................................................& # E% +3livione......................................................................................................................& 7 4acts Concernin' the 5ate Arthur 6ermyn and 2is 4amily................................................& ) The 4estival........................................................................................................................&4rom Beyond......................................................................................................................&71 The 7reen 8eado,............................................................................................................&7The 2aunter +f The $ar!..................................................................................................&8* 2e.......................................................................................................................................&)-

ii 2er3ert West9 :eanimator..................................................................................................#*& 2istory of the ;ecronomicon.............................................................................................#"" The 2orror at 8artin<s Beach.............................................................................................#"# The 2orror at :ed 2oo!.....................................................................................................#") The 2orror in the Buryin'17round....................................................................................##& The 2orror in the 8useum.................................................................................................# " The 2ound..........................................................................................................................#71 2ypnos...............................................................................................................................#7=3id.....................................................................................................................................#81 =mprisoned With the >haraos.............................................................................................#8# =n The ?ault........................................................................................................................ *" The 5ast Test...................................................................................................................... *7 The 5ur!in' 4ear................................................................................................................ #* The 8an of Stone............................................................................................................... " 8edusa<s Coil..................................................................................................................... -" 8emory.............................................................................................................................. 8) The 8oon1Bo'................................................................................................................... )* The 8ound......................................................................................................................... ) At the 8ountains of 8adness............................................................................................-#1 The 8usic +4 Erich @ann..................................................................................................7*The ;ameless City.............................................................................................................71" The ;i'ht +cean................................................................................................................7"* ;yarlathotep.......................................................................................................................7&# +ld Bu's.............................................................................................................................7&The +ther 7ods..................................................................................................................7#1 +ut of the Aeons.................................................................................................................7## The +utsider.......................................................................................................................7-1 >ic!man<s 8odel................................................................................................................7The >icture in the 2ouse....................................................................................................77# >oetry and the 7ods...........................................................................................................77) >olaris.................................................................................................................................78# The /uest of =ranon............................................................................................................787 The :ats in the Walls..........................................................................................................7)1 A :eminiscence +f $r. Samuel 6ohnson............................................................................8*# At the :oot.........................................................................................................................8*8 The Shado, +ut of Time...................................................................................................81* The Shado, +ver =nnsmouth.............................................................................................8 8 The Shunned 2ouse............................................................................................................)*1 The Silver 0ey....................................................................................................................)18 The Statement of :andolph Carter.....................................................................................)"The Stran'e 2i'h 2ouse in the 8ist..................................................................................)&* The Street...........................................................................................................................)&S,eet Ermen'arde .............................................................................................................)#* The Temple.........................................................................................................................)#The Terri3le +ld 8an.........................................................................................................) The Thin' in the 8oonli'ht...............................................................................................) 7 The Thin' on the $oorstep.................................................................................................) ) Throu'h the 7ates of the Silver 0ey..................................................................................)77 Till A< the Seas..................................................................................................................1**"

iii The Tom3..........................................................................................................................1**8 The Transition of 6uan :omero........................................................................................1*1 The Trap...........................................................................................................................1*"* The Tree............................................................................................................................1*& The Tree +n The 2ill.......................................................................................................1*&8 T,o Blac! Bottles............................................................................................................1*#The (nnama3le................................................................................................................1* # The ?ery +ld 4ol!............................................................................................................1* ) What the 8oon Brin's.....................................................................................................1*-& The Whisperer in $ar!ness..............................................................................................1*The White Ship.................................................................................................................11*8 Win'ed $eath...................................................................................................................111" Within the Walls of Ery%..................................................................................................11"8

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2i'h upA cro,nin' the 'rassy summit of a s,ellin' mount ,hose sides are ,ooded near the 3ase ,ith the 'narled trees of the primeval forest stands the old chateau of my ancestors. 4or centuries its lofty 3attlements have fro,ned do,n upon the ,ild and ru''ed countryside a3outA servin' as a home and stron'hold for the proud house ,hose honored line is older even than the moss1'ro,n castle ,alls. These ancient turretsA stained 3y the storms of 'enerations and crum3lin' under the slo, yet mi'hty pressure of timeA formed in the a'es of feudalism one of the most dreaded and formida3le fortresses in all 4rance. 4rom its machicolated parapets and mounted 3attlements BaronsA CountsA and even 0in's had 3een defiedA yet never had its spacious halls resounded to the footsteps of the invader. But since those 'lorious yearsA all is chan'ed. A poverty 3ut little a3ove the level of dire ,antA to'ether ,ith a pride of name that for3ids its alleviation 3y the pursuits of commercial lifeA have prevented the scions of our line from maintainin' their estates in pristine splendourB and the fallin' stones of the ,allsA the over'ro,n ve'etation in the par!sA the dry and dusty moatA the ill1paved courtyardsA and topplin' to,ers ,ithoutA as ,ell as the sa''in' floorsA the ,orm1eaten ,ainscotsA and the faded tapestries ,ithinA all tell a 'loomy tale of fallen 'randeur. As the a'es passedA first oneA then another of the four 'reat turrets ,ere left to ruinA until at last 3ut a sin'le to,er housed the sadly reduced descendants of the once mi'hty lords of the estate. =t ,as in one of the vast and 'loomy cham3ers of this remainin' to,er that =A AntoineA last of the unhappy and accursed Counts de C1A first sa, the li'ht of dayA ninety lon' years a'o. Within these ,alls and amon'st the dar! and shado,y forestsA the ,ild ravines and 'rottos of the hillside 3elo,A ,ere spent the first years of my trou3led life. 8y parents = never !ne,. 8y father had 3een !illed at the a'e of thirty1t,oA a month 3efore = ,as 3ornA 3y the fall of a stone someho, dislod'ed from one of the deserted parapets of the castle. And my mother havin' died at my 3irthA my care and education devolved solely upon one remainin' servitorA an old and trusted man of considera3le intelli'enceA ,hose name = remem3er as >ierre. = ,as an only child and the lac! of companionship ,hich this fact entailed upon me ,as au'mented 3y the stran'e care e%ercised 3y my a'ed 'uardianA in e%cludin' me from the society of the peasant children ,hose a3odes ,ere scattered here and there upon the plains that surround the 3ase of the hill. At that timeA >ierre said that this restriction ,as imposed upon me 3ecause my no3le 3irth placed me a3ove association ,ith such ple3eian company. ;o, = !no, tht its real o3Cect ,as to !eep from my ears the idle tales of the dread curse upon our line that ,ere ni'htly told and ma'nified 3y the simple tenantry as they conversed in hushed accents in the 'lo, of their cotta'e hearths. Thus isolatedA and thro,n upon my o,n resourcesA = spent the hours of my childhood in porin' over the ancient tomes that filled the shado,1haunted li3rary of the chateauA and in roamin' ,ithout aim or purpose throu'h the perpetual dust of the spectral ,ood that clothes the side of the hill near its foot. =t ,as perhaps an effect of such surroundin's that my mind early acDuired a shade of melancholy. Those studies and pursuits ,hich parta!e of the dar! and occult in nature most stron'ly claimed my attention. +f my o,n race = ,as permitted to learn sin'ularly littleA yet ,hat small !no,led'e of it = ,as a3le to 'ain seemed to depress me much. >erhaps it ,as at first only the manifest

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reluctance of my old preceptor to discuss ,ith me my paternal ancestry that 'ave rise to the terror ,hich = ever felt at the mention of my 'reat houseA yet as = 're, out of childhoodA = ,as a3le. to piece to'ether disconnected fra'ments of discourseA let slip from the un,illin' ton'ue ,hich had 3e'un to falter in approachin' senilityA that had a sort of relation to a certain circumstance ,hich = had al,ays deemed stran'eA 3ut ,hich no, 3ecame dimly terri3le. The circumstance to ,hich = allude is the early a'e at ,hich all the Counts of my line had met their end. Whilst = had hitherto considered this 3ut a natural attri3ute of a family of short1lived menA = after,ard pondered lon' upon these premature deathsA and 3e'an to connect them ,ith the ,anderin's of the old manA ,ho often spo!e of a curse ,hich for centuries had prevented the lives of the holders of my title from much e%ceedin' the span of thirty1t,o years. (pon my t,enty1first 3irthdayA the a'ed >ierre 'ave to me a family document ,hich he said had for many 'enerations 3een handed do,n from father to sonA and continued 3y each possessor. =ts contents ,ere of the most startlin' natureA and its perusal confirmed the 'ravest of my apprehensions. At this timeA my 3elief in the supernatural ,as firm and deep1seatedA else = should have dismissed ,ith scorn the incredi3le narrative unfolded 3efore my eyes. The paper carried me 3ac! to the days of the thirteenth centuryA ,hen the old castle in ,hich = sat had 3een a feared and impre'na3le fortress. =t told of a certain ancient man ,ho had once d,elled on our estatesA a person of no small accomplishmentsA thou'h little a3ove the ran! of peasantA 3y nameA 8ichelA usually desi'nated 3y the surname of 8auvaisA the EvilA on account of his sinister reputation. 2e had studied 3eyond the custom of his !indA see!in' such thin's as the >hilosopher<s Stone or the Eli%ir of Eternal 5ifeA and ,as reputed ,ise in the terri3le secrets of Blac! 8a'ic and Alchemy. 8ichel 8auvais had one sonA named CharlesA a youth as proficient as himself in the hidden artsA ,ho had therefore 3een called 5e SorcierA or the Wizard. This pairA shunned 3y all honest fol!A ,ere suspected of the most hideous practices. +ld 8ichel ,as said to have 3urnt his ,ife alive as a sacrifice to the $evilA and the unaccounta3le disappearance of many small peasant children ,as laid at the dreaded door of these t,o. .et throu'h the dar! natures of the father and son ran one redeemin' ray of humanityB the evil old man loved his offsprin' ,ith fierce intensityA ,hilst the youth had for his parent a more than filial affection. +ne ni'ht the castle on the hill ,as thro,n into the ,ildest confusion 3y the vanishment of youn' 7odfreyA son to 2enriA the Count. A searchin' partyA headed 3y the frantic fatherA invaded the cotta'e of the sorcerers and there came upon old 8ichel 8auvaisA 3usy over a hu'e and violently 3oilin' cauldron. Without certain causeA in the un'overned madness of fury and despairA the Count laid hands on the a'ed ,izardA and ere he released his murderous holdA his victim ,as no more. 8ean,hileA Coyful servants ,ere proclaimin' the findin' of youn' 7odfrey in a distant and unused cham3er of the 'reat edificeA tellin' too late that poor 8ichel had 3een !illed in vain. As the Count and his associates turned a,ay from the lo,ly a3ode of the alchemistA the form of Charles 5e Sorcier appeared throu'h the trees. The e%cited chatter of the menials standin' a3out told him ,hat had occurredA yet he seemed at first unmoved at his father<s fate. ThenA slo,ly advancin' to meet the CountA he pronounced in dull yet terri3le accents the curse that ever after,ard haunted the house of C1. E8ay ne<er a no3le of they murd<rous line Survive to reach a 'reater a'e than thineF<

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spa!e heA ,henA suddenly leapin' 3ac!,ards into the 3lac! ,oodsA he dre, from his tunic a phial of colourless liDuid ,hich he thre, into the face of his father<s slayer as he disappeared 3ehind the in!y curtain of the ni'ht. The Count died ,ithout utteranceA and ,as 3uried the ne%t dayA 3ut little more than t,o and thirty years from the hour of his 3irth. ;o trace of the assassin could 3e foundA thou'h relentless 3ands of peasants scoured the nei'h3orin' ,oods and the meado,land around the hill. Thus time and the ,ant of a reminder dulled the memory of the curse in the minds of the late Count<s familyA so that ,hen 7odfreyA innocent cause of the ,hole tra'edy and no, 3earin' the titleA ,as !illed 3y an arro, ,hilst huntin' at the a'e of thirty1t,oA there ,ere no thou'hts save those of 'rief at his demise. But ,henA years after,ardA the ne%t youn' CountA :o3ert 3y nameA ,as found dead in a near3y field of no apparent causeA the peasants told in ,hispers that their sei'neur had 3ut lately passed his thirty1second 3irthday ,hen surprised 3y early death. 5ouisA son to :o3ertA ,as found dro,ned in the moat at the same fateful a'eA and thus do,n throu'h the centuries ran the ominous chronicle9 2enrisA :o3ertsA AntoinesA and Armands snatched from happy and virtuous lives ,hen little 3elo, the a'e of their unfortunate ancestor at his murder. That = had left at most 3ut eleven years of further e%istence ,as made certain to me 3y the ,ords ,hich = had read. 8y lifeA previously held at small valueA no, 3ecame dearer to me each dayA as = delved deeper and deeper into the mysteries of the hidden ,orld of 3lac! ma'ic. =solated as = ,asA modern science had produced no impression upon meA and = la3oured as in the 8iddle A'esA as ,rapt as had 3een old 8ichel and youn' Charles themselves in the acDuisition of demonolo'ical and alchemical learnin'. .et read as = mi'htA in no manner could = account for the stran'e curse upon my line. =n unusually rational moments = ,ould even 'o so far as to see! a natural e%planationA attri3utin' the early deaths of my ancestors to the sinister Charles 5e Sorcier and his heirsB yetA havin' found upon careful inDuiry that there ,ere no !no,n descendants of the alchemistA = ,ould fall 3ac! to occult studiesA and once more endeavor to find a spellA that ,ould release my house from its terri3le 3urden. (pon one thin' = ,as a3solutely resolved. = should never ,edA forA since no other 3ranch of my family ,as in e%istenceA = mi'ht thus end the curse ,ith myself. As = dre, near the a'e of thirtyA old >ierre ,as called to the land 3eyond. Alone = 3uried him 3eneath the stones of the courtyard a3out ,hich he had loved to ,ander in life. Thus ,as = left to ponder on myself as the only human creature ,ithin the 'reat fortressA and in my utter solitude my mind 3e'an to cease its vain protest a'ainst the impendin' doomA to 3ecome almost reconciled to the fate ,hich so many of my ancestors had met. 8uch of my time ,as no, occupied in the e%ploration of the ruined and a3andoned halls and to,ers of the old chateauA ,hich in youth fear had caused me to shunA and some of ,hich old >ierre had once told me had not 3een trodden 3y human foot for over four centuries. Stran'e and a,esome ,ere many of the o3Cects = encountered. 4urnitureA covered 3y the dust of a'es and crum3lin' ,ith the rot of lon' dampnessA met my eyes. Co3,e3s in a profusion never 3efore seen 3y me ,ere spun every,hereA and hu'e 3ats flapped their 3ony and uncanny ,in's on all sides of the other,ise untenanted 'loom. +f my e%act a'eA even do,n to days and hoursA = !ept a most careful recordA for each movement of the pendulum of the massive cloc! in the li3rary told off so much of my doomed e%istence. At len'th = approached that time ,hich = had so lon' vie,ed ,ith apprehension. Since most of my ancestors had 3een seized some little ,hile 3efore they

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reached the e%act a'e of Count 2enri at his endA = ,as every moment on the ,atch for the comin' of the un!no,n death. =n ,hat stran'e form the curse should overta!e meA = !ne, notB 3ut = ,as resolved at least that it should not find me a co,ardly or a passive victim. With ne, vi'our = applied myself to my e%amination of the old chateau and its contents. =t ,as upon one of the lon'est of all my e%cursions of discovery in the deserted portion of the castleA less than a ,ee! 3efore that fatal hour ,hich = felt must mar! the utmost limit of my stay on earthA 3eyond ,hich = could have not even the sli'htest hope of continuin' to dra, 3reath. that = came upon the culminatin' event of my ,hole life. = had spent the 3etter part of the mornin' in clim3in' up and do,n half ruined staircases in one of the most dilapidated of the ancient turrets. As the afternoon pro'ressedA = sou'ht the lo,er levelsA descendin' into ,hat appeared to 3e either a mediaeval place of confinementA or a more recently e%cavated storehouse for 'unpo,der. As = slo,ly traversed the nitre1 encrusted passa'e,ay at the foot of the last staircaseA the pavin' 3ecame very dampA and soon = sa, 3y the li'ht of my flic!erin' torch that a 3lan!A ,ater1stained ,all impeded my Courney. Turnin' to retrace my stepsA my eye fell upon a small trapdoor ,ith a rin'A ,hich lay directly 3eneath my foot. >ausin'A = succeeded ,ith difficulty in raisin' itA ,hereupon there ,as revealed a 3lac! apertureA e%halin' no%ious fumes ,hich caused my torch to sputterA and disclosin' in the unsteady 'lare the top of a fli'ht of stone steps. As soon as the torch ,hich = lo,ered into the repellent depths 3urned freely and steadilyA = commenced my descent. The steps ,ere manyA and led to a narro, stone1fla''ed passa'e ,hich = !ne, must 3e far under'round. This passa'e proved of 'reat len'thA and terminated in a massive oa!en doorA drippin' ,ith the moisture of the placeA and stoutly resistin' all my attempts to open it. Ceasin' after a time my efforts in this directionA = had proceeded 3ac! some distance to,ard the steps ,hen there suddenly fell to my e%perience one of the most profound and maddenin' shoc!s capa3le of reception 3y the human mind. Without ,arnin'A = heard the heavy door 3ehind me crea! slo,ly open upon its rusted hin'es. 8y immediate sensations ,ere incapa3le of analysis. To 3e confronted in a place as thorou'hly deserted as = had deemed the old castle ,ith evidence of the presence of man or spirit produced in my 3rain a horror of the most acute description. When at last = turned and faced the seat of the soundA my eyes must have started from their or3its at the si'ht that they 3eheld. There in the ancient 7othic door,ay stood a human fi'ure. =t ,as that of a man clad in a s!ull1cap and lon' mediaeval tunic of dar! colour. 2is lon' hair and flo,in' 3eard ,ere of a terri3le and intense 3lac! hueA and of incredi3le profusion. 2is foreheadA hi'h 3eyond the usual dimensionsB his chee!sA deep1sun!en and heavily lined ,ith ,rin!lesB and his handsA lon'A cla,1li!eA and 'narledA ,ere of such a deadly mar3le1li!e ,hiteness as = have never else,here seen in man. 2is fi'ureA lean to the proportions of a s!eletonA ,as stran'ely 3ent and almost lost ,ithin the voluminous folds of his peculiar 'arment. But stran'est of all ,ere his eyesA t,in caves of a3ysmal 3lac!nessA profound in e%pression of understandin'A yet inhuman in de'ree of ,ic!edness. These ,ere no, fi%ed upon meA piercin' my soul ,ith their hatredA and rootin' me to the spot ,hereon = stood. At last the fi'ure spo!e in a rum3lin' voice that chilled me throu'h ,ith its dull hollo,ness and latent malevolence. The lan'ua'e in ,hich the discourse ,as clothed ,as that de3ased form of 5atin in use amon'st the more learned men of the 8iddle A'esA and made familiar to me 3y my prolon'ed researches into the ,or!s of the old alchemists and demonolo'ists. The apparition spo!e of the curse ,hich had hovered over my houseA told

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me of my comin' endA d,elt on the ,ron' perpetrated 3y my ancestor a'ainst old 8ichel 8auvaisA and 'loated over the reven'e of Charles 5e Sorcier. 2e told ho, youn' Charles has escaped into the ni'htA returnin' in after years to !ill 7odfrey the heir ,ith an arro, Cust as he approached the a'e ,hich had 3een his father<s at his assassinationB ho, he had secretly returned to the estate and esta3lished himselfA un!no,nA in the even then deserted su3terranean cham3er ,hose door,ay no, framed the hideous narratorA ho, he had seized :o3ertA son of 7odfreyA in a fieldA forced poison do,n his throatA and left him to die at the a'e of thirty1t,oA thus maintain' the foul provisions of his ven'eful curse. At this point = ,as left to ima'ine the solution of the 'reatest mystery of allA ho, the curse had 3een fulfilled since that time ,hen Charles 5e Sorcier must in the course of nature have diedA for the man di'ressed into an account of the deep alchemical studies of the t,o ,izardsA father and sonA spea!in' most particularly of the researches of Charles 5e Sorcier concernin' the eli%ir ,hich should 'rant to him ,ho partoo! of it eternal life and youth. 2is enthusiasm had seemed for the moment to remove from his terri3le eyes the 3lac! malevolence that had first so haunted meA 3ut suddenly the fiendish 'lare returned andA ,ith a shoc!in' sound li!e the hissin' of a serpentA the stran'er raised a 'lass phial ,ith the evident intent of endin' my life as had Charles 5e SorcierA si% hundred years 3eforeA ended that of my ancestor. >rompted 3y some preservin' instinct of self1defenseA = 3ro!e throu'h the spell that had hitherto held me immova3leA and flun' my no, dyin' torch at the creature ,ho menaced my e%istence. = heard the phial 3rea! harmlessly a'ainst the stones of the passa'e as the tunic of the stran'e man cau'ht fire and lit the horrid scene ,ith a 'hastly radiance. The shrie! of fri'ht and impotent malice emitted 3y the ,ould13e assassin proved too much for my already sha!en nervesA and = fell prone upon the slimy floor in a total faint. When at last my senses returnedA all ,as fri'htfully dar!A and my mindA remem3erin' ,hat had occurredA shran! from the idea of 3eholdin' any moreB yet curiosity over1 mastered all. WhoA = as!ed myselfA ,as this man of evilA and ho, came he ,ithin the castle ,allsG Why should he see! to aven'e the death of 8ichel 8auvaisA and ho, 3ad the curse 3een carried on throu'h all the lon' centuries since the time of Charles 5e SorcierG The dread of years ,as lifted from my shoulderA for = !ne, that he ,hom = had felled ,as the source of all my dan'er from the curseB and no, that = ,as freeA = 3urned ,ith the desire to learn more of the sinister thin' ,hich had haunted my line for centuriesA and made of my o,n youth one lon'1continued ni'htmare. $etermined upon further e%plorationA = felt in my poc!ets for flint and steelA and lit the unused torch ,hich = had ,ith me. 4irst of allA ne, li'ht revealed the distorted and 3lac!ened form of the mysterious stran'er. The hideous eyes ,ere no, closed. $isli!in' the si'htA = turned a,ay and entered the cham3er 3eyond the 7othic door. 2ere = found ,hat seemed much li!e an alchemist<s la3oratory. =n one corner ,as an immense pile of shinin' yello, metal that spar!led 'or'eously in the li'ht of the torch. =t may have 3een 'oldA 3ut = did not pause to e%amine itA for = ,as stran'ely affected 3y that ,hich = had under'one. At the farther end of the apartment ,as an openin' leadin' out into one of the many ,ild ravines of the dar! hillside forest. 4illed ,ith ,onderA yet no, realizin' ho, the man had o3tained access to the chauteauA = proceeded to return. = had intended to pass 3y the remains of the stran'er ,ith averted face 3utA as = approached the 3odyA = seemed to hear emanatin' from it a faint soundA. as thou'h life ,ere not yet ,holly e%tinct. A'hastA = turned to e%amine the charred and shrivelled fi'ure on the floor.

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Then all at once the horri3le eyesA 3lac!er even than the seared face in ,hich they ,ere setA opened ,ide ,ith an e%pression ,hich = ,as una3le to interpret. The crac!ed lips tried to frame ,ords ,hich = could not ,ell understand. +nce = cau'ht the name of Charles 5e SorcierA and a'ain = fancied that the ,ords Eyears< and Ecurse< issued from the t,isted mouth. Still = ,as at a loss to 'ather the purport of his disconnnected speech. At my evident i'norance of his meanin'A the pitchy eyes once more flashed malevolently at meA untilA helpless as = sa, my opponent to 3eA = trem3led as = ,atched him. Suddenly the ,retchA animated ,ith his last 3urst of stren'thA raised his piteous head from the damp and sun!en pavement. ThenA as = remainedA paralyzed ,ith fearA he found his voice and in his dyin' 3reath screamed forth those ,ords ,hich have ever after,ard haunted my days and ni'hts. E4oolF< he shrie!edA ECan you not 'uess my secretG 2ave you no 3rain ,here3y you may reco'nize the ,ill ,hich has throu'h si% lon' centuries fulfilled the dreadful curse upon the houseG 2ave = not told you of the 'reat eli%ir of eternal lifeG 0no, you not ho, the secret of Alchemy ,as solvedG = tell youA it is =F =F =F that have lived for si% hundred years to maintain my reven'eA for = am Charles 5e SorcierF<

A" thoth
When a'e fell upon the ,orldA and ,onder ,ent out of the minds of menB ,hen 'rey cities reared to smo!y s!ies tall to,ers 'rim and u'lyA in ,hose shado, none mi'ht dream of the sun or of Sprin'<s flo,erin' meadsB ,hen learnin' stripped the Earth of her mantle of 3eauty and poets asan' no more of t,isted phantoms seen ,ith 3leared and in,ard loo!in' eyesB ,hen these thin's had come to passA and childish hopes had 'one foreverA there ,as a man ,ho traveled out of life on a Duest into spaces ,hither the ,orlds dreams had fled. +f the name and a3ode of this man little is ,rittenA for they ,ere of the ,a!in' ,orld onlyB yet it is said that 3oth ,ere o3scure. =t is enou'h to say that he d,elt in a city of hi'h ,alls ,here sterile t,ili'ht rei'nedA that he toiled all day amon' shado, and turmoilA comin' home at evenin' to a room ,hose one ,indo, opened not to open fields and 'roves 3ut on to a dim court ,here other ,indo,s stared in dull dispair. 4rom that casement one mi'ht see only ,alls and ,indo,sA e%cept sometimes ,hen one leaned so far out and peered at the small stars that passed. And 3ecause mere ,alls and ,indo,s must soon drive a man to madness ,ho dreams and reads muchA the d,eller in that rom used ni'ht after ni'ht to lean out and peer aloft to 'limpse some fra'ment of thin's 3eyond the ,a!in' ,orld and the tall cities. After years he 3e'an to call the slo, sailin' stars 3y nameA and to follo, them in fancy ,hen they 'lided re'retfully out of si'htB till at len'th his vision opened to many secret vistas ,hose e%istance no common eye suspected. And one ni'ht a mi'hty 'ulf ,as 3rid'edA and the dream haunted s!ies s,elled do,n to the lonely ,atcher<s ,indo, to mer'e ,ith the close air of his room and to ma!e him a part of their fa3ulous ,onder. There came to that room ,ild streams of violet midni'ht 'litterin' ,ith dust of 'oldA vortices of dust and fireA s,irlin' out of the ultimate spaces and heavy perfumes from 3eyond the ,orlds. +piate oceans poured thereA litten 3y suns that the eye may never 3ehold and havin' in their ,hirlpools stran'e dolphins and sea1nymphs of unremem3era3le depths. ;oiseless infinity eddied aroud the dreamer and ,afted him a,ay ,ithout touchin' the 3ody that leaned stiffly from the lonely ,indo,B and for days not counted in men<s calanders the tides of far spheres that 3ore him 'ently to Coin the course of other cycles that tenderly left him sleepin' on a 'reen sunrise shoreA a 'reen shore fra'rant ,ith lotus 3lossums and starred 3y red camalates...

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+n the eve of the year "**1 a vast cro,d of interested spectators ,ere present amidst the romantic ruins of Cohen<s 7ara'eA on the former site of ;e, .or!A to ,itness a fistic encounter 3et,een t,o reno,ned champions of the stran'e1story firmament 11 T,o17un Bo3A the Terror of the >lainsA and 0noc!out BernieA the Wild Wolf of West Sho!an. HThe Wolf ,as fresh from his correspondence course in physical trainin'A sold to him 3y 8r. Arthur 5eeds.I Before the 3attle the au'uries ,ere determined 3y the venerated Thi3etan 5ama Bill 5um 5iA ,ho evo!ed the primal serpent1'od of ?alusia and found unmista!a3le si'ns of victory for 3oth sides. Cream1puffs ,ere inattentively vended 3y Wladisla, Brenry! 11 the parta!ers 3ein' treated 3y the official sur'eonsA $rs. $. 2. 0iller and 8. 7in Bre,ery. The 'on' ,as sounded at &) o<cloc!A after ,hich the air 're, red ,ith the 'ore of 3attleA lavishly flun' a3out 3y the mi'hty Te%as slau'hterer. ?ery shortly the first actual dama'e occurred 11 the loosenin' of several teeth in 3oth participants. +neA 3ouncin' out from the Wolf<s mouth after a casual tap from T,o17unA descri3ed a para3ola to,ard .ucatanB 3ein' retrieved in a hasty e%pedition 3y 8essrs. A. 2iCac!ed Barrell and 7. A. Scotland. This incident ,as used 3y the eminent sociolo'ist and e%1poet 4ran! Chimesleep ShortA 6r.A as the 3asis of a 3allad of proletarian propa'anda ,ith three intentionally defective lines. 8ean,hile a potentate from a nei'h3ourin' !in'domA the EffCay of A!!amin Jalso !no,n to himself as an amateur criticKA e%pressed his frenzied dis'ust at the techniDue of the com3atantsA at the same time peddlin' photo'raphs of the fi'hters J,ith himself in the fore'roundK at five cents each. =n round t,o the Sho!an Soa!er<s sturdy ri'ht crashed throu'h the Te%an<s ri3s and 3ecame entan'led in sundry visceraB there3y ena3lin' T,o 7un to 'et in several tellin' 3lo,s on his opponent<s unprotected chin. Bo3 ,as 'reatly annoyed 3y the effeminate sDueamishness she,n 3y several onloo!ers as musclesA 'landsA 'oreA and 3its of flesh ,ere spattered over the rin'side. $urin' this round the eminent ma'azine1cover anatomist 8rs. 8. Blundera'e portrayed the 3attlers as a pair of spirited nudes 3ehind a thin veil of conveniently curlin' to3acco1smo!eA ,hile the late 8r. C. 2alfCent provided a s!etch of three Chinamen clad in sil! hats and 'aloshes 11 this 3ein' his o,n ori'inal conception of the affray. Amon' the amateur s!etches made ,as one 3y 8r. 7oofy 2ooeyA ,hich later 'ained fame in the annual Cu3ist e%hi3it as LA3straction of an Eradicated >uddin'L. =n the third round the fi'ht 're, really rou'hB several ears and other appurtenances 3ein' ,holly or partially detached from the frontier 3attler 3y the Sho!an Shoc!er. Some,hat irritatedA T,o17un countered ,ith some e%ceptionally sharp 3lo,sB severin' many fra'ments from his a''ressorA ,ho continued to fi'ht ,ith all his remainin' mem3ers. HAt this sta'e the audience 'ave si'ns of much nervous e%citement 11 instances of tramplin' and 'orin' 3ein' freDuent. The more enthusiastic mem3ers ,ere placed in the custody of 8r. 2arry Bro3st of the Butler 2ospital for 8ental $iseases.I

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The entire affair ,as reported 3y 8r. W. 5a3lache TalcumA his copy 3ein' revised 3y 2orse >o,er 2ateart. Throu'hout the event notes ,ere ta!en 3y 8. le Comte d<Erlette for a "**1volume novel1cycle in the >roustian mannerA to 3e entitled Morning in SeptemberA ,ith illustrations 3y 8rs. Blundera'e. 8r. 6. Caesar Warts freDuently intervie,ed 3oth 3attlers and all the more important spectatorsB o3tainin' as souvenirs Jafter a spirited stru''le ,ith the EffCayK an auto'raphed Duarter1ri3 of T,o17un<sA in an e%cellent state of preservationA and three fin'er1nails from the Wild Wolf. 5i'htin' effects ,ere supplied 3y the Electrical Testin' 5a3oratories under the supervision of 2. 0ane3ra!e. The fourth round ,as prolon'ed ei'ht hours at the reDuest of the official artistA 8r. 2. WandererA ,ho ,ished to put certain shadin's of fantasy into his representation of the Wolf<s depleted physio'nomyA ,hich included several supernumerary details supplied 3y the ima'ination. The clima% came in round fiveA ,hen the Te%as Tearer<s left passed entirely throu'h Battlin' Bernie<s face and 3rou'ht 3oth slu''ers to the mat. This ,as adCud'ed a finish 3y the referee 11 :o3ertieff Essovitch 0arovs!yA the 8uscovite Am3assador 11 ,hoA in vie, of the Sho!an Shoc!er<s 'ory stateA declared the latter to 3e essentially liDuidated accordin' to the 8ar%ian ideolo'y. The Wild Wolf entered an official protestA ,hich ,as promptly overruled on the 'round that all the points necessary to technical death ,ere theoretically present. The 'onfalons sounded a fanfare of triumph for the victorA ,hile the technically vanDuished ,as committed to the care of the official morticianA 8r. Tea3erry /uince. $urin' the ceremonies the theoretical corpse strolled a,ay for a 3ite of 3olo'naA 3ut a tasteful cenotaph ,as supplied to furnish a focus for the rites. The funeral procession ,as headed 3y a 'aily 3edec!ed hearse driven 3y 8ali! TausA the >eacoc! SultanA ,ho sat on the 3o% in West >oint uniform and tur3anA and steered an e%pert course over several formida3le hed'es and stone ,alls. A3out half ,ay to the cemetery the cortM'e ,as reCoined 3y the corpseA ,ho sat 3eside Sultan 8ali! on the 3o% and finished his 3olo'na sand,ich 11 his ample 'irth havin' made it impossi3le to enter the hastily selected cenotaph. An appropriate dir'e ,as rendered 3y 8aestro Sin' 5ee Ba,ledout on the piccoloB 8essrs. $e SilvaA Bro,nA and 2enderson<s cele3rated ariaA L;ever S,at a 4lyLA from the old cantata Just ImagineA 3ein' chosen for the occasion. The only detail omitted from the funeral ,as the intermentA ,hich ,as interrupted 3y the disconcertin' ne,s that the official 'ate1ta!er 11 the cele3rated financier and pu3lisher =var 0. :odentA EsD. 11 had a3sconded ,ith the entire proceeds. HThis omission ,as re'retted chiefly 3y the :ev. $. ?est WindA ,ho ,as there3y forced to leave unspo!en a lon' and movin' sermon revised e%pressly for the cele3ration from a former discourse delivered at the 3urial of a favourite horse.I 8r. Talcum<s report of the eventA illustrated 3y the ,ell1!no,n artist 0lar!ash1Ton J,ho esoterically depicted the fi'hters as 3oneless fun'iKA ,as printed after repeated reCections 3y the discriminatin' editor of the Windy City Grab-Bag 11 as a 3roadside 3y W. >eter ChefHA ,ith typo'raphical supervision 3y ?rest +rton.I. ThisA throu'h the efforts of +tis Adel3ert 0lineA ,as finally placed on sale in the 3oo!shop of Smearum N WeepA three and a half copies finally 3ein' disposed of throu'h the allurin' catalo'ue description supplied 3y Samuelus >hilanthropusA EsD. =n response to this ,ide demandA the te%t ,as finally reprinted 3y 8r. $e 8erit in the polychromatic pa'es of Wurst<s Weakly Americana under the title L2as Science Been +utmodedG orA The 8illers in the 7ara'eL. ;o copiesA ho,everA remain in circulationB

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since all ,hich ,ere not snapped up 3y fanatical 3i3liophiles ,ere seized 3y the police in conne%ion ,ith the li3el suit of the Wild WolfA ,ho ,asA after several appeals endin' ,ith the World CourtA adCud'ed not only officially alive 3ut the clear ,inner of the com3at. )loss r& o! N mes T,o17un Bo3 11 :o3ert E. 2o,ard 0noc!out BernieA the Wild Wolf of West Sho!an 11 Bernard Austin $,yerA of West Sho!anA ;... Bill 5um 5i 11 William 5umley Wladisla, Brenry! 11 2. Warner 8unn $. 2. 0iller 11 $avid 2. 0eller 8. 7in Bre,ery 11 8iles 7. Breuer A. 2iCac!ed Barrell 11 A. 2yatt ?errill 7. A. Scotland 11 7eor'e Allan En'land 4ran! Chimesleep ShortA 6r 11 4ran! Bel!nap 5on'A 6r. The EffCoy of A!!omin 11 4orrest 6. Ac!erman 8rs. 8. Blundera'e 11 8ar'aret Brunda'e Jartist for Weird TalesK 8r. C. 2alf1Cent 11 C. C. Senf Jartist for Weird TalesK 8r. 7oofy 2ooey 11 2u'h :an!in Jartist for Weird TalesK W. 5a3lache Talcum 11 Wilfred Blanch Talman 2orse >o,er 2ateart 11 2o,ard >hillips 5ovecraft 8. le Comte d<Erlette 11 Au'ust $erleth Jauthor of !ening in SpringK 6. Caesar Warts 11 6ulius Sch,artz 2. 0one3ra!e 11 2. C. 0oeni' Jemployed 3y the Electrical Testin' 5a3oratoriesK 2. Wanderer 11 2o,ard Wandrei :o3ertieff Essovitch 0arovs!y 11 :o3ert S. Carr Tea3erry /uince 11 Sea3ury /uinn 8ali! TausA the >eacoc! Sultan 11 E. 2offmann >rice Sin' 5ee Ba,ledout 11 4. 5ee Bald,in =vor 0. :odent 11 2u'o 7erns3ac! :ev. $. ?est Wind 11 (n!no,n 0lar!ash1Ton 11 Clar! Ashton Smith Windy City Grab-Bag 11 Weird Tales W. >eter Chef 11 W. >aul Coo! Smearum N Weep 11 $au3er N >ine Samuelus >hilanthropus 11 Samuel 5oveman 8r. $e 8erit 11 A. 8erritt Jauthor of T"e #$ellers in t"e MirageK Wurst<s Weekly Americana 11 2earst<s American Weekly

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The horri3le conclusion ,hich had 3een 'radually o3trudin' itself upon my confused and reluctant mind ,as no, an a,ful certainty. = ,as lostA completelyA hopelessly lost in the vast and la3yrinthine recess of the 8ammoth Cave. Turn as = mi'htA =n no direction could my strainin' vision seize on any o3Cect capa3le of servin' as a 'uidepost to set me on the out,ard path. That nevermore should = 3ehold the 3lessed li'ht of dayA or scan the pleasant 3ills and dales of the 3eautiful ,orld outsideA my reason could no lon'er entertain the sli'htest un3elief. 2ope had departed. .etA indoctrinated as = ,as 3y a life of philosophical studyA = derived no small measure of satisfaction from my unimpassioned demeanourB for althou'h = had freDuently read of the ,ild frenzies into ,hich ,ere thro,n the victims of similar situationA = e%perienced none of theseA 3ut stood Duiet as soon as = clearly realised the loss of my 3earin's. ;or did the thou'ht that = had pro3a3ly ,andered 3eyond the utmost limits of an ordinary search cause me to a3andon my composure even for a moment. =f = must dieA = reflectedA then ,as this terri3le yet maCestic cavern as ,elcome a sepulchre as that ,hich any churchyard mi'ht affordA a conception ,hich carried ,ith it more of tranDuillity than of despair. Starvin' ,ould prove my ultimate fateB of this = ,as certain. SomeA = !ne,A had 'one mad under circumstances such as theseA 3ut = felt that this end ,ould not 3e mine. 8y disaster ,as the result of no fault save my o,nA since un!no,n to the 'uide = had separated myself from the re'ular party of si'htseersB andA ,anderin' for over an hour in for3idden avenues of the caveA had found myself una3le to retrace the devious ,indin's ,hich = had pursued since forsa!in' my companions. Already my torch had 3e'un to e%pireB soon = ,ould 3e enveloped 3y the total and almost palpa3le 3lac!ness of the 3o,els of the earth. As = stood in the ,anin'A unsteady li'htA = idly ,ondered over the e%act circumstances of my comin' end. = remem3ered the accounts ,hich = had heard of the colony of consumptivesA ,hoA ta!in' their residence in this 'i'antic 'rotto to find health from the apparently salu3rious air of the under'round ,orldA ,ith its steadyA uniform temperatureA pure airA and peaceful DuietA had foundA insteadA death in stran'e and 'hastly form. = had seen the sad remains of their ill1made cotta'es as = passed them 3y ,ith the partyA and had ,ondered ,hat unnatural influence a lon' soCourn in this immense and silent cavern ,ould e%ert upon one as healthy and vi'orous as =. ;o,A = 'rimly told myselfA my opportunity for settlin' this point had arrivedA provided that ,ant of food should not 3rin' me too speedy a departure from this life. As the last fitful rays of my torch faded into o3scurityA = resolved to leave no stone unturnedA no possi3le means of escape ne'lectedB soA summonin' all the po,ers possessed 3y my lun'sA = set up a series of loud shoutin'sA in the vain hope of attractin' the attention of the 'uide 3y my clamour. .etA as = calledA = 3elieved in my heart that my cries ,ere to no purposeA and that my voiceA ma'nified and reflected 3y the num3erless ramparts of the 3lac! maze a3out meA fell upon no ears save my o,n. All at onceA ho,everA my attention ,as fi%ed ,ith a start as = fancied that = heard the sound of soft approachin' steps on the roc!y floor of the cavern.

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Was my deliverance a3out to 3e accomplished so soonG 2adA thenA all my horri3le apprehensions 3een for nau'htA and ,as the 'uideA havin' mar!ed my un,arranted a3sence from the partyA follo,in' my course and see!in' me out in this limestone la3yrinthG Whilst these Coyful Dueries arose in my 3rainA = ,as on the point of rene,in' my criesA in order that my discovery mi'ht come the soonerA ,hen in an instant my deli'ht ,as turned to horror as = listenedB for my ever acute earA no, sharpened in even 'reater de'ree 3y the complete silence of the caveA 3ore to my 3enum3ed understandin' the une%pected and dreadful !no,led'e that these footfalls ,ere not like t"ose of any mortal man% =n the unearthly stillness of this su3terranean re'ionA the tread of the 3ooted 'uide ,ould have sounded li!e a series of sharp and incisive 3lo,s. These impacts ,ere softA and stealthyA as of the pa,s of some feline. BesidesA ,hen = listened carefullyA = seemed to trace the falls of four instead of t$o feet. = ,as no, convinced that = had 3y my o,n cries aroused and attracted some ,ild 3eastA perhaps a mountain lion ,hich had accidentally strayed ,ithin the cave. >erhapsA = consideredA the Almi'hty had chosen for me a s,ifter and more merciful death than that of hun'erB yet the instinct of self1preservationA never ,holly dormantA ,as stirred in my 3reastA and thou'h escape from the on1comin' peril mi'ht 3ut spare me for a sterner and more lin'erin' endA = determined nevertheless to part ,ith my life at as hi'h a price as = could command. Stran'e as it may seemA my mind conceived of no intent on the part of the visitor save that of hostility. Accordin'lyA = 3ecame very DuietA =n the hope that the un!no,n 3east ,ouldA =n the a3sence of a 'uidin' soundA lose its direction as had =A and thus pass me 3y. But this hope ,as not destined for realisationA for the stran'e footfalls steadily advancedA the animal evidently havin' o3tained my scentA ,hich in an atmosphere so a3solutely free from all distractin' influences as is that of the caveA could dou3tless 3e follo,ed at 'reat distance. Seein' therefore that = must 3e armed for defense a'ainst an uncanny and unseen attac! in the dar!A = 'roped a3out me the lar'est of the fra'ments of roc! ,hich ,ere stre,n upon all parts of the floor of the cavern =n the vicinityA and 'raspin' one in each hand for immediate useA a,aited ,ith resi'nation the inevita3le result. 8ean,hile the hideous patterin' of the pa,s dre, near. CertainlyA the conduct of the creature ,as e%ceedin'ly stran'e. 8ost of the timeA the tread seemed to 3e that of a DuadrupedA ,al!in' ,ith a sin'ular lack of unison 3et,i%t hind and fore feetA yet at 3rief and infreDuent intervals = fancied that 3ut t,o feet ,ere en'a'ed in the process of locomotion. = ,ondered ,hat species of animal ,as to confront meB it mustA = thou'htA 3e some unfortunate 3east ,ho had paid for its curiosity to investi'ate one of the entrances of the fearful 'rotto ,ith a life1 lon' confinement in its intermina3le recesses. =t dou3tless o3tained as food the eyeless fishA 3ats and rats of the caveA as ,ell as some of the ordinary fish that are ,afted in at every freshet of 7reen :iverA ,hich communicates in some occult manner ,ith the ,aters of the cave. = occupied my terri3le vi'il ,ith 'rotesDue conCectures of ,hat alteration cave life mi'ht have ,rou'ht =n the physical structure of the 3eastA remem3erin' the a,ful appearances ascri3ed 3y local tradition to the consumptives ,ho had died after lon' residence in the cave. Then = remem3ered ,ith a start thatA even should = succeed in fellin' my anta'onistA = should ne!er be"old its formA as my torch had lon' since 3een e%tinctA and = ,as entirely unprovided ,ith matches. The tension on my 3rain no, 3ecame fri'htful. 8y disordered fancy conCured up hideous and fearsome shapes from the sinister dar!ness that surrounded meA and that actually seemed to press upon my 3ody. ;earerA nearerA the dreadful footfalls approached. =t seemed that = must 'ive vent to a piercin' screamA yet had

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= 3een sufficiently irresolute to attempt such a thin'A my voice could scarce have responded. = ,as petrifiedA rooted to the spot. = dou3ted if my ri'ht arm ,ould allo, me to hurl its missile at the oncomin' thin' ,hen the crucial moment should arrive. ;o, the steady pat& pat& of the steps ,as close at handB no, !ery close. = could hear the la3oured 3reathin' of the animalA and terror1struc! as = ,asA = realised that it must have come from a considera3le distanceA and ,as correspondin'ly fati'ued. Suddenly the spell 3ro!e. 8y ri'ht handA 'uided 3y my ever trust,orthy sense of hearin'A thre, ,ith full force the sharp1an'led 3it of limestone ,hich it containedA to,ard that point in the dar!ness from ,hich emanated the 3reathin' and patterin'A andA ,onderful to relateA it nearly reached its 'oalA for = heard the thin' Cump landin' at a distance a,ayA ,here it seemed to pause. 2avin' readCusted my aimA = dischar'ed my second missileA this time moat effectivelyA for ,ith a flood of Coy = listened as the creature fell in ,hat sounded li!e a complete collapse and evidently remained prone and unmovin'. Almost overpo,ered 3y the 'reat relief ,hich rushed over meA = reeled 3ac! a'ainst the ,all. The 3reathin' continuedA in heavyA 'aspin' inhalation. and e%pirationsA ,hence = realised that = had no more than ,ounded the creature. And no, all desire to e%amine the t"ing ceased. At last somethin' allied to 'roundlessA superstitious fear had entered my 3rainA and = did not approach the 3odyA nor did = continue to cast stones at it in order to complete the e%tinction of its life. =nsteadA = ran at full speed in ,hat ,asA as nearly as = could estimate in my frenzied conditionA the direction from ,hich = had come. Suddenly = heard a sound or ratherA a re'ular succession of sounds. =n another =nstant they had resolved themselves into a series of sharpA metallic clic!s. This time there ,as no dou3t. It $as t"e guide% And then = shoutedA yelledA screamedA even shrie!ed ,ith Coy as = 3eheld in the vaulted arches a3ove the faint and 'limmerin' efful'ence ,hich = !ne, to 3e the reflected li'ht of an approachin' torch. = ran to meet the flareA and 3efore = could completely understand ,hat had occurredA ,as lyin' upon the 'round at the feet of the 'uideA em3racin' his 3oots and 'i33erin'. despite my 3oasted reserveA in a most meanin'less and idiotic mannerA pourin' out my terri3le storyA and at the same time over,helmin' my auditor ,ith protestations of 'ratitude. At len'thA = a,o!e to somethin' li!e my normal consciousness. The 'uide had noted my a3sence upon the arrival of the party at the entrance of the caveA and hadA from his o,n intuitive sense of directionA proceeded to ma!e a thorou'h canvass of 3y1passa'es Cust ahead of ,here he had last spo!en to meA locatin' my ,herea3outs after a Duest of a3out four hours. By the time he had related this to meA =A em3oldened 3y his torch and his companyA 3e'an to reflect upon the stran'e 3east ,hich = had ,ounded 3ut a short distance 3ac! in the dar!nessA and su''ested that ,e ascertainA 3y the flashli'ht<s aidA ,hat manner of creature ,as my victim. Accordin'ly = retraced my stepsA this time ,ith a coura'e 3orn of companionshipA to the scene of my terri3le e%perience. Soon ,e descried a ,hite o3Cect upon the floorA an o3Cect ,hiter even than the 'leamin' limestone itself. Cautiously advancin'A ,e 'ave vent to a simultaneous eCaculation of ,ondermentA for of all the unnatural monsters either of us had in our lifetimes 3eheldA this ,as in surpassin' de'ree the stran'est. =t appeared to 3e an anthropoid ape of lar'e proportionsA escapedA perhapsA from some itinerant mena'erie. =ts hair ,as sno,1,hiteA a thin' due no dou3t to the 3leachin' action of a lon' e%istence ,ithin the in!y confines of the caveA 3ut it ,as also surprisin'ly thinA 3ein' indeed lar'ely a3sent save on the headA ,here it ,as of such len'th and a3undance that it fell over the shoulders in considera3le profusion. The face ,as turned a,ay from usA as the creature lay almost directly upon it. The inclination of the

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lim3s ,as very sin'ularA e%plainin'A ho,everA the alternation in their use ,hich = 3ad 3efore notedA ,here3y the 3east used sometimes all fourA and on other occasions 3ut t,o for its pro'ress. 4rom the tips of the fin'ers or toesA lon' rat1li!e cla,s e%tended. The hands or feet ,ere not prehensileA a fact that = ascri3ed to that lon' residence in the cave ,hichA as = 3efore mentionedA seemed evident from the all1pervadin' and almost unearthly ,hiteness so characteristic of the ,hole anatomy. ;o tail seemed to 3e present. The respiration had no, 'ro,n very fee3leA and the 'uide had dra,n his pistol ,ith the evident intent of despatchin' the creatureA ,hen a sudden sound emitted 3y the latter caused the ,eapon to fall unused. The sound ,as of a nature difficult to descri3e. =t ,as not li!e the normal note of any !no,n species of simianA and = ,onder if this unnatural Duality ,ere not the result of a lon' continued and complete silenceA 3ro!en 3y the sensations produced 3y the advent of the li'htA a thin' ,hich the 3east could not have seen since its first entrance into the cave. The soundA ,hich = mi'ht fee3ly attempt to classify as a !ind of deep1tone chatterin'A ,as faintly continued. All at once a fleetin' spasm of ener'y seemed to pass throu'h the frame of the 3east. The pa,s ,ent throu'h a convulsive motionA and the lim3s contracted. With a Cer!A the ,hite 3ody rolled over so that its face ,as turned in our direction. 4or a moment = ,as so struc! ,ith horror at the eyes thus revealed that = noted nothin' else. They ,ere 3lac!A those eyesA deep Cetty 3lac!A in hideous contrast to the sno,1,hite hair and flesh. 5i!e those of other cave denizensA they ,ere deeply sun!en in their or3itsA and ,ere entirely destitute of iris. As = loo!ed more closelyA = sa, that they ,ere set in a face less pro'nathous than that of the avera'e apeA and infinitely less hairy. The nose ,as Duite distinct. As ,e 'azed upon the uncanny si'ht presented to our visionA the thic! lips openedA and several sounds issued from themA after ,hich the t"ing rela%ed in death. The 'uide clutched my coatsleeve and trem3led so violently that the li'ht shoo! fitfullyA castin' ,eird movin' shado,s on the ,alls. = made no motionA 3ut stood ri'idly stillA my horrified eyes fi%ed upon the floor ahead. The fear leftA and ,onderA a,eA compassionA and reverence succeeded in its placeA for the sounds uttered 3y the stric!en fi'ure that lay stretched out on the limestone had told us the a,esome truth. The creature = had !illedA the stran'e 3east of the unfathomed caveA ,asA or had at one time 3een a 8A;FFF

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= have often ,ondered if the maCority of man!ind ever pause to reflect upon the occasionally titanic si'nificance of dreamsA and of the o3scure ,orld to ,hich they 3elon'. Whilst the 'reater num3er of our nocturnal visions are perhaps no more than faint and fantastic reflections of our ,a!in' e%periences 1 4reud to the contrary ,ith his puerile sym3olism 1 there are still a certain remainder ,hose immundane and ethereal character permit of no ordinary interpretationA and ,hose va'uely e%citin' and disDuietin' effect su''ests possi3le minute 'limpses into a sphere of mental e%istence no less important than physical lifeA yet separated from that life 3y an all 3ut impassa3le 3arrier. 4rom my e%perience = cannot dou3t 3ut that manA ,hen lost to terrestrial consciousnessA is indeed soCournin' in another and uncorporeal life of far different nature from the life ,e !no,A and of ,hich only the sli'htest and most indistinct memories lin'er after ,a!in'. 4rom those 3lurred and fra'mentary memories ,e may infer muchA yet prove little. We may 'uess that in dreams lifeA matterA and vitalityA as the earth !no,s such thin'sA are not necessarily constantB and that time and space do not e%ist as our ,a!in' selves comprehend them. Sometimes = 3elieve that this less material life is our truer lifeA and that our vain presence on the terraDueous 'lo3e is itself the secondary or merely virtual phenomenon. =t ,as from a youthful revery filled ,ith speculations of this sort that = arose one afternoon in the ,inter of 1)**1*1A ,hen to the state psychopathic institution in ,hich = served as an intern ,as 3rou'ht the man ,hose case has ever since haunted me so unceasin'ly. 2is nameA as 'iven on the recordsA ,as 6oe SlaterA or SlaaderA and his appearance ,as that of the typical denizen of the Cats!ill 8ountain re'ionB one of those stran'eA repellent scions of a primitive Colonial peasant stoc! ,hose isolation for nearly three centuries in the hilly fastnesses of a little1traveled countryside has caused them to sin! to a !ind of 3ar3aric de'eneracyA rather than advance ,ith their more fortunately placed 3rethren of the thic!ly settled districts. Amon' these odd fol!A ,ho correspond e%actly to the decadent element of L,hite trashL in the SouthA la, and morals are non1 e%istentB and their 'eneral mental status is pro3a3ly 3elo, that of any other section of native American people. 6oe SlaterA ,ho came to the institution in the vi'ilant custody of four state policemenA and ,ho ,as descri3ed as a hi'hly dan'erous characterA certainly presented no evidence of his perilous disposition ,hen = first 3eheld him. Thou'h ,ell a3ove the middle statureA and of some,hat 3ra,ny frameA he ,as 'iven an a3surd appearance of harmless stupidity 3y the paleA sleepy 3lueness of his small ,atery eyesA the scantiness of his ne'lected and never1shaven 'ro,th of yello, 3eardA and the listless droopin' of his heavy nether lip. 2is a'e ,as un!no,nA since amon' his !ind neither family records nor permanent family ties e%istB 3ut from the 3aldness of his head in frontA and from the decayed condition of his teethA the head sur'eon ,rote him do,n as a man of a3out forty. 4rom the medical and court documents ,e learned all that could 3e 'athered of his case9 this manA a va'a3ondA hunter and trapperA had al,ays 3een stran'e in the eyes of his primitive associates. 2e had ha3itually slept at ni'ht 3eyond the ordinary timeA and upon ,a!in' ,ould often tal! of un!no,n thin's in a manner so 3izarre as to inspire fear even in the hearts of an unima'inative populace. ;ot that his form of lan'ua'e ,as at all

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unusualA for he never spo!e save in the de3ased patois of his environmentB 3ut the tone and tenor of his utterances ,ere of such mysterious ,ildnessA that none mi'ht listen ,ithout apprehension. 2e himself ,as 'enerally as terrified and 3affled as his auditorsA and ,ithin an hour after a,a!enin' ,ould for'et all that he had saidA or at least all that had caused him to say ,hat he didB relapsin' into a 3ovineA hall1amia3le normality li!e that of the other hilld,ellers. As Slater 're, olderA it appearedA his matutinal a3errations had 'radually increased in freDuency and violenceB till a3out a month 3efore his arrival at the institution had occurred the shoc!in' tra'edy ,hich caused his arrest 3y the authorities. +ne day near noonA after a profound sleep 3e'un in a ,his!ey de3auch at a3out five of the previous afternoonA the man had roused himself most suddenlyA ,ith ululations so horri3le and unearthly that they 3rou'ht several nei'h3ors to his ca3in 1 a filthy sty ,here he d,elt ,ith a family as indescri3a3le as himself. :ushin' out into the sno,A he had flun' his arms aloft and commenced a series of leaps directly up,ard in the airB the ,hile shoutin' his determination to reach some L3i'A 3i' ca3in ,ith 3ri'htness in the roof and ,alls and floor and the loud Dueer music far a,ay.L As t,o men of moderate size sou'ht to restrain himA he had stru''led ,ith maniacal force and furyA screamin' of his desire and need to find and !ill a certain Lthin' that shines and sha!es and lau'hs.L At len'thA after temporarily fellin' one of his detainers ,ith a sudden 3lo,A he had flun' himself upon the other in a demoniac ecstasy of 3lood1thirstinessA shrie!in' fiendishly that he ,ould LCump hi'h in the air and 3urn his ,ay throu'h anythin' that stopped him.L 4amily and nei'h3ors had no, fled in a panicA and ,hen the more coura'eous of them returnedA Slater ,as 'oneA leavin' 3ehind an unreco'niza3le pulp1li!e thin' that had 3een a livin' man 3ut an hour 3efore. ;one of the mountaineers had dared to pursue himA and it is li!ely that they ,ould have ,elcomed his death from the coldB 3ut ,hen several mornin's later they heard his screams from a distant ravine they realized that he had someho, mana'ed to surviveA and that his removal in one ,ay or another ,ould 3e necessary. Then had follo,ed an armed searchin'1partyA ,hose purpose J,hatever it may have 3een ori'inallyK 3ecame that of a sheriff<s posse after one of the seldom popular state troopers had 3y accident o3servedA then DuestionedA and finally Coined the see!ers. +n the third day Slater ,as found unconscious in the hollo, of a treeA and ta!en to the nearest CailA ,here alienists from Al3any e%amined him as soon as his senses returned. To them he told a simple story. 2e hadA he saidA 'one to sleep one afternoon a3out sundo,n after drin!in' much liDuor. 2e had a,a!ened to find himself standin' 3loody1handed in the sno, 3efore his ca3inA the man'led corpse of his nei'h3or >eter Slader at his feet. 2orrifiedA he had ta!en to the ,oods in a va'ue effort to escape from the scene of ,hat must have 3een his crime. Beyond these thin's he seemed to !no, nothin'A nor could the e%pert Duestionin' of his interro'ators 3rin' out a sin'le additional fact. That ni'ht Slater slept DuietlyA and the ne%t mornin' he a,a!ened ,ith no sin'ular feature save a certain alteration of e%pression. $octor BarnardA ,ho had 3een ,atchin' the patientA thou'ht he noticed in the pale 3lue eyes a certain 'leam of peculiar DualityA and in the flaccid lips an all 3ut impercepti3le ti'htenin'A as if of intelli'ent determination. But ,hen DuestionedA Slater relapsed into the ha3itual vacancy of the mountaineerA and only reiterated ,hat he had said on the precedin' day.

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+n the third mornin' occurred the first of the man<s mental attac!s. After some sho, of uneasiness in sleepA he 3urst forth into a frenzy so po,erful that the com3ined efforts of four men ,ere needed to 3ind him in a strai'htCac!et. The alienists listened ,ith !een attention to his ,ordsA since their curiosity had 3een aroused to a hi'h pitch 3y the su''estive yet mostly conflictin' and incoherent stories of his family and nei'h3ors. Slater raved for up,ard of fifteen minutesA 3a33lin' in his 3ac!,oods dialect of 'reen edifices of li'htA oceans of spaceA stran'e musicA and shado,y mountains and valleys. But most of all did he d,ell upon some mysterious 3lazin' entity that shoo! and lau'hed and moc!ed at him. This vastA va'ue personality seemed to have done him a terri3le ,ron'A and to !ill it in triumphant reven'e ,as his paramount desire. =n order to reach itA he saidA he ,ould soar throu'h a3ysses of emptinessA 3urnin' every o3stacle that stood in his ,ay. Thus ran his discourseA until ,ith the 'reatest suddenness he ceased. The fire of madness died from his eyesA and in dull ,onder he loo!ed at his Duestioners and as!ed ,hy he ,as 3ound. $r. Barnard un3uc!led the leather harness and did not restore it till ni'htA ,hen he succeeded in persuadin' Slater to don it of his o,n volitionA for his o,n 'ood. The man had no, admitted that he sometimes tal!ed DueerlyA thou'h he !ne, not ,hy. Within a ,ee! t,o more attac!s appearedA 3ut from them the doctors learned little. +n the source of Slater<s visions they speculated at len'thA for since he could neither read nor ,riteA and had apparently never heard a le'end or fairy1taleA his 'or'eous ima'ery ,as Duite ine%plica3le. That it could not come from any !no,n myth or romance ,as made especially clear 3y the fact that the unfortunate lunatic e%pressed himself only in his o,n simple manner. 2e raved of thin's he did not understand and could not interpretB thin's ,hich he claimed to have e%periencedA 3ut ,hich he could not have learned throu'h any normal or connected narration. The alienists soon a'reed that a3normal dreams ,ere the foundation of the trou3leB dreams ,hose vividness could for a time completely dominate the ,a!in' mind of this 3asically inferior man. With due formality Slater ,as tried for murderA acDuitted on the 'round of insanityA and committed to the institution ,herein = held so hum3le a post. = have said that = am a constant speculator concernin' dream1lifeA and from this you may Cud'e of the ea'erness ,ith ,hich = applied myself to the study of the ne, patient as soon as = had fully ascertained the facts of his case. 2e seemed to sense a certain friendliness in meA 3orn no dou3t of the interest = could not concealA and the 'entle manner in ,hich = Duestioned him. ;ot that he ever reco'nized me durin' his attac!sA ,hen = hun' 3reathlessly upon his chaotic 3ut cosmic ,ord1picturesB 3ut he !ne, me in his Duiet hoursA ,hen he ,ould sit 3y his 3arred ,indo, ,eavin' 3as!ets of stra, and ,illo,A and perhaps pinin' for the mountain freedom he could never a'ain enCoy. 2is family never called to see himB pro3a3ly it had found another temporary headA after the manner of decadent mountain fol!. By de'rees = commenced to feel an over,helmin' ,onder at the mad and fantastic conceptions of 6oe Slater. The man himself ,as pitia3ly inferior in mentality and lan'ua'e ali!eB 3ut his 'lo,in'A titanic visionsA thou'h descri3ed in a 3ar3arous disCointed Car'onA ,ere assuredly thin's ,hich only a superior or even e%ceptional 3rain could conceive 2o,A = often as!ed myselfA could the stolid ima'ination of a Cats!ill de'enerate conCure up si'hts ,hose very possession ar'ued a lur!in' spar! of 'eniusG 2o, could any 3ac!,oods dullard have 'ained so much as an idea of those 'litterin' realms of supernal radiance and space a3out ,hich Slater ranted in his furious deliriumG 8ore and more = inclined to the 3elief that in the pitiful personality ,ho crin'ed 3efore me lay the disordered nucleus of

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somethin' 3eyond my comprehensionB somethin' infinitely 3eyond the comprehension of my more e%perienced 3ut less ima'inative medical and scientific collea'ues. And yet = could e%tract nothin' definite from the man. The sum of all my investi'ation ,asA that in a !ind of semi1corporeal dream1life Slater ,andered or floated throu'h resplendent and prodi'ious valleysA meado,sA 'ardensA citiesA and palaces of li'htA in a re'ion un3ounded and un!no,n to manB that there he ,as no peasant or de'enerateA 3ut a creature of importance and vivid lifeA movin' proudly and dominantlyA and chec!ed only 3y a certain deadly enemyA ,ho seemed to 3e a 3ein' of visi3le yet ethereal structureA and ,ho did not appear to 3e of human shapeA since Slater never referred to it as a manA or as au'ht save a thin'. This thin' had done Slater some hideous 3ut unnamed ,ron'A ,hich the maniac Jif maniac he ,ereK yearned to aven'e. 4rom the manner in ,hich Slater alluded to their dealin'sA = Cud'ed that he and the luminous thin' had met on eDual termsB that in his dream e%istence the man ,as himself a luminous thin' of the same race as his enemy. This impression ,as sustained 3y his freDuent references to flyin' throu'h space and 3urnin' all that impeded his pro'ress. .et these conceptions ,ere formulated in rustic ,ords ,holly inadeDuate to convey themA a circumstance ,hich drove me to the conclusion that if a dream ,orld indeed e%istedA oral lan'ua'e ,as not its medium for the transmission of thou'ht. Could it 3e that the dream soul inha3itin' this inferior 3ody ,as desperately stru''lin' to spea! thin's ,hich the simple and haltin' ton'ue of dullness could not utterG Could it 3e that = ,as face to face ,ith intellectual emanations ,hich ,ould e%plain the mystery if = could 3ut learn to discover and read themG = did not tell the older physicians of these thin'sA for middle a'e is s!epticalA cynicalA and disinclined to accept ne, ideas. BesidesA the head of the institution had 3ut lately ,arned me in his paternal ,ay that = ,as over,or!in'B that my mind needed a rest. =t had lon' 3een my 3elief that human thou'ht consists 3asically of atomic or molecular motionA converti3le into ether ,aves or radi ant ener'y li!e heatA li'ht and electricity. This 3elief had early led me to contemplate the possi3ility of telepathy or mental communication 3y means of suita3le apparatusA and = had in my colle'e days prepared a set of transmittin' and receivin' instruments some,hat similar to the cum3rous devices employed in ,ireless tele'raphy at that crudeA pre1radio period. These = had tested ,ith a fello,1studentA 3ut achievin' no resultA had soon pac!ed them a,ay ,ith other scientific odds and ends for possi3le future use. ;o,A in my intense desire to pro3e into the dream1life of 6oe SlaterA = sou'ht these instruments a'ainA and spent several days in repairin' them for action. When they ,ere complete once more = missed no opportunity for their trial. At each out3urst of Slater<s violenceA = ,ould fit the transmitter to his forehead and the receiver to my o,nA constantly ma!in' delicate adCustments for various hypothetical ,ave1len'ths of intellectual ener'y. = had 3ut little notion of ho, the thou'ht1impressions ,ouldA if successfully conveyedA arouse an intelli'ent response in my 3rainA 3ut = felt certain that = could detect and interpret them. Accordin'ly = continued my e%perimentsA thou'h informin' no one of their nature. =t ,as on the t,enty1first of 4e3ruaryA 1)*1A that the thin' occurred. As = loo! 3ac! across the years = realize ho, unreal it seemsA and sometimes ,onder if old $octor 4enton ,as not ri'ht ,hen he char'ed it all to my e%cited ima'ination. = recall that he listened

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,ith 'reat !indness and patience ,hen = told himA 3ut after,ard 'ave me a nerve1po,der and arran'ed for the half1year<s vacation on ,hich = departed the ne%t ,ee!. That fateful ni'ht = ,as ,ildly a'itated and pertur3edA for despite the e%cellent care he had receivedA 6oe Slater ,as unmista!a3ly dyin'. >erhaps it ,as his mountain freedom that he missedA or perhaps the turmoil in his 3rain had 'ro,n too acute for his rather slu''ish physiDueB 3ut at all events the flame of vitality flic!ered lo, in the decadent 3ody. 2e ,as dro,sy near the endA and as dar!ness fell he dropped off into a trou3led sleep. = did not strap on the strai'htCac!et as ,as customary ,hen he sleptA since = sa, that he ,as too fee3le to 3e dan'erousA even if he ,o!e in mental disorder once more 3efore passin' a,ay. But = did place upon his head and mine the t,o ends of my cosmic LradioAL hopin' a'ainst hope for a first and last messa'e from the dream ,orld in the 3rief time remainin'. =n the cell ,ith us ,as one nurseA a mediocre fello, ,ho did not understand the purpose of the apparatusA or thin! to inDuire into my course. As the hours ,ore on = sa, his head droop a,!,ardly in sleepA 3ut = did not distur3 him. = myselfA lulled 3y the rhythmical 3reathin' of the healthy and the dyin' manA must have nodded a little later. The sound of ,eird lyric melody ,as ,hat aroused me. ChordsA vi3rationsA and harmonic ecstasies echoed passionately on every handA ,hile on my ravished si'ht 3urst the stupendous spectacle ultimate 3eauty. WallsA columnsA and architraves of livin' fire 3lazed efful'ently around the spot ,here = seemed to float in airA e%tendin' up,ard to an infinitely hi'h vaulted dome of indescri3a3le splendor. Blendin' ,ith this display of palatial ma'nificenceA or ratherA supplantin' it at times in !aleidoscopic rotationA ,ere 'limpses of ,ide plains and 'raceful valleysA hi'h mountains and invitin' 'rottoesA covered ,ith every lovely attri3ute of scenery ,hich my deli'hted eyes could conceive ofA yet formed ,holly of some 'lo,in'A ethereal plastic entityA ,hich in consistency partoo! as much of spirit as of matter. As = 'azedA = perceived that my o,n 3rain held the !ey to these enchantin' metamorphosesB for each vista ,hich appeared to me ,as the one my chan'in' mind most ,ished to 3ehold. Amidst this elysian realm = d,elt not as a stran'erA for each si'ht and sound ,as familiar to meB Cust as it had 3een for uncounted eons of eternity 3eforeA and ,ould 3e for li!e eternities to come. Then the resplendent aura of my 3rother of li'ht dre, near and held colloDuy ,ith meA soul to soulA ,ith silent and perfect interchan'e of thou'ht. The hour ,as one of approachin' triumphA for ,as not my fello,13ein' escapin' at last from a de'radin' periodic 3onda'eB escapin' foreverA and preparin' to follo, the accursed oppressor even unto the uttermost fields of etherA that upon it mi'ht 3e ,rou'ht a flamin' cosmic ven'eance ,hich ,ould sha!e the spheresG We floated thus for a little timeA ,hen = perceived a sli'ht 3lurrin' and fadin' of the o3Cects around usA as thou'h some force ,ere recallin' me to earth 1 ,here = least ,ished to 'o. The form near me seemed to feel a chan'e alsoA for it 'radually 3rou'ht its discourse to,ard a conclusionA and itself prepared to Duit the sceneA fadin' from my si'ht at a rate some,hat less rapid than that of the other o3Cects. A fe, more thou'hts ,ere e%chan'edA and = !ne, that the luminous one and = ,ere 3ein' recalled to 3onda'eA thou'h for my 3rother of li'ht it ,ould 3e the last time. The sorry planet shell 3ein' ,ell1ni'h spentA in less than an hour my fello, ,ould 3e free to pursue the oppressor alon' the 8il!y Way and past the hither stars to the very confines of infinity.

The .arded 3y the positive !no.ell1defined shoc! separates my final impression of the fadin' scene of li'ht from my sudden and some.ou on earth have un. L2e is 3etter deadA for he .hat shamefaced a.ho had 3een 6oe SlaterA the Cats!ill decadentA .as employedA my ha3itual association of conception and e%pression .hich had never 3efore 3een present.n tranDuilityF L+f the oppressor = cannot spea!.hole face finally 3e'an to 'ro.l proudly over the fourth moon of 6upiter. 8y opened eyes sou'ht the couch of pain in curious horrorA 3ut the 3lue eyes . 2is 'ross 3ody could not under'o the needed adCustments 3et.P.as indeed a.as 'azin' at me .elt in the 3odies of the insect1philosophers that cra.ou and = have drifted to the .e are all roamers of vast spaces and travelers in many a'es.hich you call ancientA or in the cruel empire of Tsan Chan .hat = 3eheld.een ethereal life and planet life.ellin' in the E'ypt .ith you in the efful'ent valleys.hose 3lue seemed su3tly to have deepened.a!in'A thou'h pro3a3ly for the last time.emesis 3earin' Cust and 3lazin'ly cataclysmic ven'eance. little does the earth self !no.all of sleep. Watch me in the s!y close 3y the $emon1Star. . 2e has 3een in my torment and diurnal prison for forty1t.as too much an animalA too little a manB yet it is throu'h his deficiency that you have come to discover meA for the cosmic and planet souls ri'htly should never meet. Each transmitted idea formed rapidly in my mindA and thou'h no actual lan'ua'e .as still intelli'ently animated.ith a pair of luminousA e%pandin' eyes . = closed my eyes to concentrate my thou'hts more profoundly and .ho . The man . 2o.hich is to come three thousand years hence.as unfit to 3ear the active intellect of cosmic entity. for its o.ittin'ly felt its distant presence 1 you .as re. life and its e%tentF 2o. .as vie. Toni'ht = 'o as a . At this Cuncture my 3rain 3ecame a.are of a steady e%ternal influence operatin' upon it.Lovecr !t Beyond the Wall of Sleep "* A . the dyin' fi'ure on the couch move hesitantly. 6oe Slater . As = loo!ed more closelyA = sa.e%t year = may 3e d.ithout !no. = am your 3rother of li'htA and have floated . L6oe Slater is deadAL came the soul1petrifyin' voice of an a'ency from 3eyond the .ere still calmly 'azin'A and the countenance . that in the sallo.orlds that reel a3out the red ArcturusA and d. =t is not permitted me to tell your .as Evisi3le in that 'azeA and = felt 3eyond a dou3t that = .as so 'reat that = seemed to 3e receivin' the messa'e in ordinary En'lish.either mania nor de'eneracy .hich you yourself 3ecome in the freedom of dreamless sleep.H.hich lay an active mind of hi'h order. tenseA and the head turned restlessly .o of your terrestrial years. L= am an entity li!e that . littleA indeedA ou'ht it to !no.ith closed eyes. 2e .a!enin' and strai'htenin' up in my chair as = sa.a!in' earth1self of your real selfA 3ut . . . chee!s shone spots of color . The lipsA tooA seemed unusualA 3ein' ti'htly compressedA as if 3y the force of a stron'er character than had 3een Slater<s. . All at once the head turned sharply in my direction and the eyes fell openA causin' me to stare in 3lan! amazement at .led'e that my lon'1sou'ht mental messa'e had come at last.in' idly 'ave the 3lin!in' 3eacon the name of Al'olA the $emon1 Star =t is to meet and conDuer the oppressor that = have vainly striven for eonsA held 3ac! 3y 3odily encum3rances. = did not rouse the sleepin' nurseA 3ut readCusted the sli'htly disarran'ed head3and of my telepathic LradioAL intent to catch any partin' messa'e the dreamer mi'ht have to deliver.in' a face 3ehind .

ish. months it .n .ent silently to my room. The clima%G What plain tale of science can 3oast of such a rhetorical effectG = have merely set do.ill Duote the follo.1'rade paranoiacA .as hardly discerni3le .aves a3ruptly ceasedA the pale eyes of the dreamer 1 or can = say dead manG 1 commenced to 'laze fishily. in the s!y on the ni'ht after Slater died. The sallo.Lovecr !t Beyond the Wall of Sleep "1 L= cannot spea! lon'erA for the 3ody of 6oe Slater 'ro.as 3ut a lo. =n a half1stupor = crossed over to the couch and felt of his . .o star had 3een visi3le at that point 3efore.as discovered 3y $octor Anderson of Edin3ur'hA not very far from Al'ol.hich lies on this couch.ill. 2e vo. .in' account of the star .in' you to construe them as you . star .hich he so 'enerously 'ave me.ith the na!ed eye.ou have 3een my only friend on this planet 1 the only soul to sense and see! for me .hose fantastic notions must have come from the crude hereditary fol!1tales .ordA perhaps on a 3lea! plateau in prehistoric AsiaA perhaps in unremem3ered dreams toni'htA perhaps in some other form an eon henceA .itnessA another pen must add this final testimonyA .o it had visi3ly fadedA and in the course of a fe. All this he tells me 1 yet = cannot for'et .n certain thin's appealin' to me as factsA allo. Serviss9 L+n 4e3ruary ""A 1)*1A a marvelous ne.P. Then = left the cell and .hat = sa.hen the solar system shall have 3een s.ristA 3ut found it coldA stiffA and pulseless.ithin the repellent form .hose dreams = should not remem3er. We shall meet a'ain 1 perhaps in the shinin' mists of +rion<s S. = . Within t.L At this point the thou'ht1.ith nervous strainA and 3adly in need of a lon' vacation on full pay .s that = .as 3ro!en do. =n a .enty1four hours the stran'er had 3ecome so 3ri'ht that it outshone Capella.a!ened the nurse.hich may perhaps supply the clima% you e%pect.ee! or t.hich circulated in even the most decadent of communities. 2e assures me on his professional honor that 6oe Slater .L . chee!s paled a'ainA and the thic! lips fell openA disclosin' the repulsively rotten fan's of the de'enerate 6oe Slater. As = have already admittedA my superiorA old $octor 4entonA denies the reality of everythin' = have related.s cold and ri'idA and the coarse 3rains are ceasin' to vi3rate as = . = shiveredA pulled a 3lan!et over the hideous faceA and a.H.ay.ept a. 5est you thin! me a 3iased .ova >ersei ver3atim from the pa'es of that eminent astronomical authorityA >rofessor 7arrett >. = had an instant and unaccounta3le cravin' for a sleep .

.indo. = felt that those .ere an isolated point in a 'reyA formless infinity.as in one of these heaps that = found the thin'. = remem3er ho.ays s.hich lead to freedoms and discoveries 3eyond the three dimensions and realms of life and matter that .as a formula 1 a sort of list of thin's to say and do 1 .ed 3ric! and fun'oid plaster and tim3er 1 .orm1riddled 3oo!.A . = never learned its titleA for the early pa'es .esome antiDuity.ay.here they 3e'inB for at times = feel appallin' vistas of years stretchin' 3ehind meA . 8y identityA tooA is 3e. . = seem to have suffered a 'reat shoc! 1 perhaps from some utterly monstrous out'ro. The centuriedA. = am spea!in'A = have a va'ue impression that some stran'e and perhaps terri3le mediation . there . 2e had refused to ta!e pay for itA and only lon' after.s that leered 1 could hardly desist from advancin' and crushin' me . = remem3er ho.n many a'es and dimensionsA and have had all my notions of time dissolved and refashioned.ish to 3e heard. = read the 3oo! at last 1 . While = !no.here the mists al.ay.hy. = thin! = had a family then 1 thou'h the details are very uncertain 1 and = !no.ilderin'ly cloudy. There .ith eyeli!eA diamond1paned .ith his hand . = am not even certain ho.ere many servants.ereA 3esidesA 'reat formless heaps of 3oo!s on the floor and in crude 3insB and it .ot for centuries had any man recalled its vital su3stance or !no. As = hurried home throu'h those narro.indo.hen = found it 1 in a dimly li'hted place near the 3lac!A oily river .as very old indeed.hich = reco'nized as somethin' 3lac! and for3iddenB somethin' .as = cannot sayB for since then = have !no.indin'A mist1cloa!ed .n .as very oldA and the ceilin'1hi'h shelves full of rottin' volumes reached 3ac! endlessly throu'h .ards did = 'uess .hite1facedA and loc!ed in the attic room that = had lon' devoted to stran'e searchin's. There . the old man leered and titteredA and made a curious si'n . 6ust . yet = had read only the least fra'ment of that 3lasphemous rune 3efore closin' the 3oo! and 3rin'in' it a.ith a fresh and mor3id mali'nity 1 as if some hitherto closed channel of evil understandin' had a3ruptly 3een opened.th of my cycles of uniDueA incredi3le e%perience.e !no.The Boo+ 8y memories are very confused.aterfront streets = had a fri'htful impression of 3ein' stealthily follo..hile at other times it seems as if the present moment .hen = 3ore it a.hat the year .less inner rooms and alcoves. =t . totterin' houses on 3oth sides seemed alive .here = . = am communicatin' this messa'e.ays and transitions of .ard the end and 'ave me a 'limpse of somethin' . .hispered since the race .o printin'1pressA 3ut the hand of some half1crazed mon!A had traced these ominous 5atin phrases in uncials of a.hich mystics have dreamed and .as a !ey 1 a 'uide 1 to certain 'ate.here to find itA 3ut this 3oo! . That place . =t .hich sent my senses reelin'.as youn'A and .hose decayin' te%ts = loved to a3sor3.hat = say to the points .hich = had read of 3efore in furtive para'raphs of mi%ed a3horrence and fascination penned 3y those stran'e ancient delvers into the universe<s 'uarded secrets . These cycles of e%perienceA of courseA all stem from that . = remem3er .irl.ere missin'B 3ut it fell open to. .alls and over1han'in' 'a3les of milde.as very stillA for = had not 'one up till after midni'ht.ed 3y softly paddin' feet. There is even much dou3t as to .ill 3e needed to 3ear . The 'reat house .as 3y the li'ht of candles that = read 1 = recall the relentless drippin' of the .

in the .as a'ain in my attic room spra.as s. .hat it meant. a 'reat sDuare 3uildin' of stone in an open spaceA and felt a hideous fear clutchin' at me. $o's had a fear of meA for they felt the outside shado.as utter 3lac!nessA and then the li'ht of myriad stars formin' stran'eA alien constellations.ard the core of the un!no.A and never a'ain can he 3e alone. =t came as = droned aloud the ninth verse of that primal layA and = !ne.as more cautious . 4rom then on = .as no more of stran'eness than in many a former ni'ht<s .led flat over the five phosphorescent circles on the floor.indo. =n that ni'ht<s .ept 3y a 3lac! .ers of a city 3uilt in no fashion = had ever !no.anderin' there .. After a . .Lovecr !t "& . meA and discerned on it the t. = seemed to !eep trac! of those chimes .hile there .P. vision led me 1 and pushed throu'h fresh 'ate. .ere chimes that came every no.n and half1!no.ays .isted to. Thereafter = . Then came the first scratchin' and fum3lin' at the dormer .hich my ne.orlds than = had ever 3een 3efore.n a3ysses . amidst my shudders . That ni'ht = passed the 'ate.n shapesB and .ith the present scene .as al.as more of terror 3ecause = !ne.n mountains miles 3elo.ins a shado. = remem3er the ni'ht = made the five concentric circles of fire on the floorA and stood in the innermost one chantin' that monstrous litany the messen'er from Tartary had 3rou'ht.alls and shelves and fittin's that .as indeed all = had suspected.ish to 3e cut off from my 3ody and from the earth in un!no. 'ate. that loo!ed out hi'h a3ove the other roofs of the city.ay crossedA the less plainly could = reco'nise the thin's of the narro.or could = ever after see the .ith the needle1li!e pinnacles of un!no. a 'reen1litten plain far 3elo.ays of space and 3ein' and life1patterns to. sphere to .ho passes the 'ate. me.hich never left my side.hen mornin' found me in the attic room = sa.n or read or dreamed of. = had evo!ed 1 and the 3oo! .ith each ne. 4or he .orld as = had !no. a3out meA none else sa.ith my incantationsA for = had no .n it.isted time and visionA and . perspective 3rou'ht 3y my .a% 1 and there . = screamed and stru''ledA and after a 3lan!ness .ays a little of the past and a little of the futureA and every once1familiar o3Cect loomed alien in the ne.ays al. As = floated closer to that city = sa.hich = had never seen 3efore.ay to a vorte% of t. But still = read more 1 in hiddenA for'otten 3oo!s and scrolls to .idened si'ht. The .. = .ayA and = . 8i%ed .B and = 're. dou3ly silent and aloof lest = 3e thou'ht mad.anderin'B 3ut there .n cosmos.ith a peculiar intentnessA as if = feared to hear some very remoteA intrudin' note amon' them. and then from distant 3elfries.hich = had so lon' 3een 3ound.hence = could never return.H. 4inally = sa.al!ed in a fantastic dream of un!no. What = sa.ind throu'h 'ulfs of fathomless 'rey .as closer to those outside 'ulfs and .alls melted a.

herein our .as intensified 3y the o3scurity of the cause of death.ill accomplish this piecin' outB certainlyA if = liveA = shall never !no.hich formed a short cut from the .hen = thin! of it and maddens me .ere una3le to find any visi3le disorderA 3ut concluded after perple%ed de3ate that some o3scure lesion of the heartA induced 3y the 3ris! ascent of so steep a hill 3y so elderly a manA .# Cl & The most merciful thin' in the . no reason to dissent from this dictumA 3ut latterly = am inclined to .A and that he . 5ocallyA interest .spaper item and the notes of a dead professor.idely !no. Theosophists have 'uessed at the a.itnesses saidA after havin' 3een Costled 3y a nautical1loo!in' ne'ro .esome 'randeur of the cosmic cycle .hich chills me . dar! a'e.onder 1 and more than .ould have destroyed his notes had not sudden death seized him. They have hinted at stran'e survivals in terms . >rofessor An'ell .ith the death of my 'reat1 uncleA 7eor'e 7ammell An'ellA >rofessor Emeritus of Semitic 5an'ua'es in Bro.as responsi3le for the end.orldA = thin!A is the ina3ility of the human mind to correlate all its contents.in'ly supply a lin! in so hideous a chain. . >hysicians .orld and human race form transient incidents. The Horror .hilst returnin' from the .n directionA have hitherto harmed us littleB 3ut some day the piecin' to'ether of dissociated !no.The C ll o! Cth%lh% 'f suc" great po$ers or beings t"ere may be concei!ably a sur!i!al%%% a sur!i!al of a "ugely remote period $"en%%% consciousness $as manifested& per"aps& in s"apes and forms long since $it"dra$n before t"e tide of ad!ancing "umanity%%% forms of $"ic" poetry and legend alone "a!e caug"t a flying memory and called t"em gods& monsters& myt"ical beings of all sorts and kinds%%% 1 Al'ernon Blac!.led'e of the thin' 3e'an in the . We live on a placid island of i'norance in the midst of 3lac! seas of infinityA and it .ho had come from one of the Dueer dar! courts on the precipitous hillside .onder.as not meant that .n as an authority on ancient inscriptionsA and had freDuently 3een resorted to 3y the heads of prominent museumsB so that his passin' at the a'e of ninety1t.ood . But it is not from them that there came the sin'le 'limpse of for3idden eons .port 3oatB fallin' suddenlyB as . = hope that no one else .led'e .hen = dream of it. 8y !no. The sciencesA each strainin' in its o.hich .inter of 1)"-1"7 .ould freeze the 3lood if not mas!ed 3y a 3land optimism. = thin! that the professorA too intented to !eep silent re'ardin' the part he !ne.aterfront to the deceased<s home in Williams Street.e shall either 'o mad from the revelation or flee from the li'ht into the peace and safety of a ne. The professor had 3een stric!en .as .e. At the time = sa. That 'limpseA li!e all dread 'limpses of truthA flashed out from an accidental piecin' to'ether of separated thin's 1 in this case an old ne.o may 3e recalled 3y many..ill open up such terrifyin' vistas of realityA and of our fri'htful position thereinA that .n (niversityA >rovidenceA :hode =sland.e should voya'e far.

ord so unheard1of.ill 3e later pu3lished 3y the American Archaeolo'ical SocietyA 3ut there .as headed L1)" 1 $ream and $ream Wor! of 2. 8t'.A.hich = foundG 2ad my uncleA in his latter years 3ecome credulous of the most superficial imposturesG = resolved to search out the eccentric sculptor responsi3le for this apparent distur3ance of an old man<s peace of mind.hich . =t seemed to 3e a sort of monsterA or sym3ol representin' a monsterA of a form . 4or . S.ere far from modern in atmosphere and su''estionB forA althou'h the va'aries of cu3ism and futurism are many and .ith rudimentary .as a va'ue su''estions of a Cyclopean architectural 3ac!'round.ritin' of some !ind the 3ul! of these desi'ns seemed certainly to 3eB thou'h my memoryA despite much the papers and collections of my uncleA failed in any . A3ove these apparent hiero'lyphics .o sectionsA the first of .Lovecr !t The Call of Cthulhu " As my 'reat1uncle<s heir and e%ecutorA for he died a childless . We33<s Acct.ildA they do not often reproduce that cryptic re'ularity .in'sB 3ut it . =t appears that on 8arch 1stA 1)" A a thinA dar! youn' man of neurotic and e%cited aspect had called upon >rofessor An'ell 3earin' the sin'ular clay 3as1reliefA . A pulpyA tentacled head surmounted a 'rotesDue and scaly 3ody .hat e%trava'ant ima'ination yielded simultaneous pictures of an octopusA a dra'onA and a human caricatureA = shall not 3e unfaithful to the spirit of the thin'.hich = found e%ceedin'ly puzzlin'A and .n to himA .hat could 3e the meanin' of the Dueer clay 3as1relief and the disCointed Cottin'sA ram3lin'sA and cuttin's . The first half of the principal manuscript told a very particular tale.ay to identify this particular speciesA or even hint at its remotest affiliations. 8uch of the material . =ts desi'nsA ho.ido.A >rovidenceA :.H.A .hole .P.everA .as the general outline of the . 1 . +rleansA 5a.as one 3o% . =f = say that my some.e.arrative of =nspector 6ohn :. Scott1Elliot<s Atlantis and t"e (ost (emuriaKA and the rest comments on lon'1survivin' secret societies and hidden cultsA . Behind the fi'ure .ritin'. 2is card 3ore the name of 2enry Anthony Wilco%A and my uncle had reco'nized him as the youn'est son of an e%cellent family sli'htly !no.L The other manuscript papers .A at 1)*8 A.in' to other eyes.hen = did so seemed only to 3e confronted 3y a 'reater and more closely loc!ed 3arrier. The .hich = felt much averse from sho.LA and the secondA L.hich the professor carried in his poc!et. And . Wilco%A 7 Thomas St.ere 3rief notesA some of them accounts of the Dueer dreams of different personsA some of them citations from theosophical 3oo!s and ma'azines Jnota3ly W.hich .as a rou'h rectan'le less than an inch thic! and a3out five 3y si% inches in areaB o3viously of modern ori'in.ritin' accompanyin' this oddity .hich lur!s in prehistoric .ith references to passa'es in such mytholo'ical and anthropolo'ical source13oo!s as 4razer<s Golden Boug" and 8iss 8urray<s Witc"-Cult in Western urope. =.hich made it most shoc!in'ly fri'htful.as divided into t.hich only a diseased fancy could conceive.erA = .as a fi'ure of evident pictorial intentA thou'h its impressionistic e%ecution for3ade a very clear idea of its nature. =t had 3een loc!ed and = did not find the !ey till it occurred to me to e%amine the personal rin' .hich = correlated . The 3as1relief .ho had latterly .as headed LCT2(52( C(5TL in characters painsta!in'ly printed to avoid the erroneous readin' of a . ThenA indeedA = succeeded in openin' itA 3ut . What seemed to 3e the main document . The cuttin's lar'ely alluded to outrO mental illness and out3rea!s of 'roup folly or mania in the sprin' of 1)" .ith some thorou'hnessB and for that purpose moved his entire set of files and 3o%es to my Duarters in Boston.asA aside from a stac! of press cuttin'sA in >rofessor An'ell<s most recent handB and made no pretense to literary style.as then e%ceedin'ly damp and fresh.as e%pected to 'o over his papers .otes on SameA N >rof. This manuscript . A. 5e'rasseA 1"1 Bienville St.

n only to a small 'roup of esthetes from other to.hich suddenly played upon a sleepin' memory and . 8any of his Duestions seemed hi'hly out of place to his visitorA especially those .ith his !indA he had dropped 'radually from social visi3ilityA and .hich he related startlin' fra'ments of nocturnal ima'inery . 2e spo!e in a dreamyA stilted manner .as indeed i'norant of any cult or system of cryptic loreA he 3esie'ed his visitor .a!in' had stolen 3e.ness in reco'nizin' 3oth hiero'lyphics and pictorial desi'n. The t.alls and pillarsA and from some undetermined point 3elo. 2e Duestioned the sculptor .ever min'lin' much . 8y uncle 3lamed his old a'eA Wilco% after.oun' Wilco%<s reCoinderA . This 3ore re'ular fruitA for after the first intervie. 2e called himself Lpsychically hypersensitiveLA 3ut the staid fol! of the ancient commercial city dismissed him as merely LDueer.L =t .ays some terri3le Cyclopean vista of dar! and drippin' stoneA .as then that he 3e'an that ram3lin' tale .hole conversationA and .hich only fancy could transmute into soundA 3ut .ards saidA for his slo.ith latent horror.as the !ey to the recollection .L .as no. When >rofessor An'ell 3ecame convinced that the sculptor .ith stran'e cults or societiesB and Wilco% could not understand the repeated promises of silence .hich the youth had found himself .as al.hich e%cited and distur3ed >rofessor An'ell.hich he attempted to render 3y the almost unpronouncea3le Cum3le of letters9 )Ct"ul"u f"tagn%) This ver3al Cum3le . Even the >rovidence Art Clu3A an%ious to preserve its conservatismA had found him Duite hopeless.o sounds freDuently repeated are those rendered 3y the letters )Ct"ul"u) and )*+lye"%) +n 8arch "&A the manuscript continuedA Wilco% failed to appearB and inDuiries at his Duarters revealed that he had 3een stric!en .ith anythin' 3ut archeolo'y.as of a fantastically poetic cast .on the fevered interest of my uncle.A indeedA for = made it last ni'ht in a dream of stran'e citiesB and dreams are older than 3roodin' TyreA or the contemplative Sphin%A or 'arden1'irdled Ba3ylon.P.as offered in e%chan'e for an admission of mem3ership in some .hich must have typified his . the manuscript records daily calls of the youn' manA durin' .hose 3urden .hen . .ilderin'ly over him.or!in'A chilled and clad only in his ni'ht clothesA .ed some sharpness in replyin'A for the conspicuous freshness of the ta3let implied !inship . 2iero'lyphics had covered the .Lovecr !t The Call of Cthulhu "- 3een studyin' sculpture at the :hode =sland School of $esi'n and livin' alone at the 4leur1 de15ys Buildin' near that institution.ith a su3terrene voice or intelli'ence shoutin' monotonously in eni'matical sense1impacts uninscri3a3le save as 'i33erish.led'e in identifyin' the hiero'lyphics of the 3as1relief.as not a voiceB a chaotic sensation .ith frantic intensity the 3as1relief on .ith demands for future reports of dreams. +n the ocassion of the visitA ran the professor<s manuscriptA the sculptor a3ruptly as!ed for the 3enefit of his host<s archeolo'ical !no. There had 3een a sli'ht earthDua!e tremor the ni'ht 3eforeA the most considera3le felt in .hich su''ested pose and alienated sympathyB and my uncle sho.hich he .ith 'reen ooze and sinister .hich tried to connect the latter . Wilco% . had come a voice that .ith an o3scure sort of fever and ta!en to the .n 'enius 3ut 'reat eccentricityA and had from chidhood e%cited attention throu'h the stran'e stories and odd dreams he . (pon retirin'A he had had an unprecedented dream of 'reat Cyclopean cities of Titan 3loc!s and s!y1flun' monolithsA all drippin' .hich = have since found hi'hly characteristic of him.as a precocious youth of !no.as in the ha3it of relatin'.idespread mystical or pa'anly reli'ious 3ody.ith scientific minutenessB and studied . 2e saidA L=t is ne. !no.hich impressed my uncle enou'h to ma!e him recall and record it ver3atimA .H.e.ns. En'land for some yearsB and Wilco%<s ima'ination had 3een !eenly affected.

The notes in Duestion .H. 2e sat upri'ht in 3edA astonished to find himself at home and completely i'norant of .ithout impertinenceA as!in' for ni'htly reports of their dreamsA and the dates of any nota3le visions for some time past. 2e at no time fully descri3ed this o3Cect 3ut occasional frantic .ers cameA and = !no. that panic . and then as he spo!e of them.al!ed or lum3ered a3out.ith his recoveryA and my uncle !ept no record of his ni'ht1thou'hts after a .ise such as to su''est true fever rather than mental disorder.ere those descriptive of the dreams of various persons coverin' the same period as that in . 2ere the first part of the manuscript endedA 3ut references to certain of the scattered notes 'ave me much material for thou'ht 1 so muchA in factA that only the in'rained s!epticism then formin' my philosophy can account for my continued distrust of the artist. 2is temperatureA oddly enou'hA . The youth<s fe3rile mindA apparentlyA . 2e had cried out in the ni'htA arousin' several other artists in the 3uildin'A and had manifested since then only alternations of unconsciousness and delirium.as from the artists and poets that the pertinent ans.hat had happened in dream or reality since the ni'ht of 8arch "".hom he could Duestion . :eference to this o3CectA the doctor addedA . These responses from esthetes told distur3in' tale.hich youn' Wilco% had had his stran'e visitations. They included not only a repetition of .atch of the caseB callin' often at the Thayer Street office of $r.hom he learned to 3e in char'e. =t .asA lac!in' their ori'inal lettersA = half suspected the compiler of havin' as!ed leadin' DuestionsA or of havin' edited the correspondence in corro3oration of .P.hich my uncle had possessedA had 3een imposin' on the veteran scientist.ell 3y his physicianA he returned to his Duarters in three daysB 3ut to >rofessor An'ell he .ellin' on stran'e thin'sB and the doctor shuddered no. 4rom 4e3ruary "8 to April " a lar'e proportion of them had dreamed very 3izarre thin'sA the intensity of the dreams 3ein' immeasura3ly the stron'er .Lovecr !t The Call of Cthulhu "7 home of his family in Waterman Street. To3eyA . >ronounced .as invaria3ly a prelude to the youn' man<s su3sidence into lethar'y.as d.ere little more affectedA thou'h four cases of va'ue description su''est fu'itive 'limpses of stran'e landscapesA and in one case there is mentioned a dread of somethin' a3normal. As it .ard !ept close . 8y uncle at once telephoned the familyA and from that time for. Scientific men . +n April " at a3out & >.ildly on a 'i'antic thin' Lmiles hi'hL .hole condition .e. En'land<s traditional Lsalt of the earthL 1 'ave an almost completely ne'ative resultA thou'h scattered cases of uneasy 3ut formless nocturnal impressions appear here and thereA al.as not preservedA 3ut his notes formed a thorou'h and really si'nificant di'est. That is . co'nizant of the old data .ithout a secretary.as of no further assistance.ee! of pointless and irrelevant accounts of thorou'hly usual visions. every trace of Wilco%<s malady suddenly ceased.ays 3et.een 8arch "& and and April " 1 the period of youn' Wilco%<s delirium. The reception of his reDuest seems to have variedB 3ut he mustA at the very leastA have received more responses than any ordinary man could have handled .8. To3eyA convinced the professor that it must 3e identical . 8y uncleA it seemsA had Duic!ly instituted a prodi'iously far1flun' 3ody of inDuires amon'st nearly all the friends .ordsA as repeated 3y $r.ith the nameless monstrosity he had sou'ht to depict in his dream1sculpture.hat he had formerly dreamedA 3ut touched .hy = continued to feel that Wilco%A someho. This ori'inal correspondence .ould have 3ro!en loose had they 3een a3le to compare notes.hat he had latently resolved to see. All traces of stran'e dreamin' had vanished . Avera'e people in society and 3usiness 1 .hich .as other.as not 'reatly a3ove normalB 3ut the .

here a lone sleeper had leaped from a .hich can 3e rendered only as )Ct"ul"u)B and all this in so stirrin' and horri3le a conne%ion that it is small .hilst items from =ndia spea! 'uardedly of serious native unrest to.ise a ram3lin' letter to the editor of a paper in South AmericaA .P.as then convinced that youn' Wilco% had !no.hich = set them aside.asA = succeeded in tracin' do.ard theosophy and occultismA .ondered if all the the o3Cects of the professor<s Duestionin' felt as puzzled as did this fraction.Lovecr !t The Call of Cthulhu "8 durin' the period of the sculptor<s delirium.est of =relandA tooA is full of .hite ro3es en masse for some L'lorious fulfimentL .as one of the first to 3e approached 3y the several outsiders .ith leanin's to. =t is .ith .ith emphasisA .ent violently insane on the date of youn' Wilco%<s seizureA and e%pired several months later after incessant screamin's to 3e saved from some escaped denizen of hell.as a commonplace1loo!in' middle1a'ed man .ell that no e%planation shall ever reach them. This earlier e%perience had come in 1)*8A seventeen years 3eforeA .ild rumour and le'endryA and a fantastic painter named Ardois1Bonnot han's a 3lasphemous #ream (andscape in the >aris sprin' salon of 1)"-. 5ouis.erin' and pro3lems for e%pert solution. But = .H.in' mystified conclusions.hich Wilco% had descri3edB and some of the dreamers confessed acute fear of the 'i'antic nameless thin' visi3le to. The older matters .eird 3unch of cuttin'sA all toldB and = can at this date scarcely envisa'e the callous rationalism . A dispatch from California descri3es a theosophist colony as donnin' . . The .. The su3CectA a . The press cuttin'sA as = have intimatedA touched on cases of panicA maniaA and eccentricity durin' the 'iven period.idely !no.n of the older matters mentioned 3y the professor. after a shoc!in' cry.as a nocturnal suicide in 5ondonA .here a fanatic deduces a dire future from visions he has seen. All of theseA ho.ay .ith Dueries and demands for data. 2ere . = have often .#s*ector Le-r sse.n architect ..as very sad.hich the note descri3es .hich never arrivesA . +ver a fourth of those . +nce 3eforeA it appearsA >rofessor An'ell had seen the hellish outlines of the nameless monstrosityA puzzled over the un!no. 2ad my uncle referred to these cases 3y name instead of merely 3y num3erA = should have attempted some corro3oration and personal investi'ationB 3ut as it . 2ere li!e.ho too! advanta'e of the convocation to offer Duestions for correct ans.as tremendousA and the sources scattered throu'hout the 'lo3e. >rofessor An'ellA as 3efitted one of his authority and attainmentsA had had a prominent part in all the deli3erationsB and .n hiero'lyphicsA and heard the ominous sylla3les .ard the end of 8arch ""1"&. >rofessor An'ell must have employed a cuttin' 3ureauA for the num3er of e%tracts .hen the American Archaeolo'ical Society held its annual meetin' in St.n only a fe.onder he pursued youn' Wilco% .. And so numerous are the recorded trou3les in insane asylums that only a miracle can have stopped the medical fraternity from notin' stran'e parallelisms and dra. +ne caseA .everA 3ore out the notes in full.ho had travelled all the . The T le o! .hich had made the sculptor<s dream and 3as1relief so si'nificant to my uncle formed the su3Cect of the second half of his lon' manuscript. A .indo.ho reported anythin'A reported scenes and half1sounds not unli!e those .ard the last. The chief of these outsidersA and in a short time the focus of interest for the entire meetin'A .

The tips of the .orld and our conceptions have no part.ho presently told .or!manship.ly from man to man for close and careful studyA .een seven and ei'ht inches in hei'htA and of e%Duisitely artistic .ere eDually 3afflin'B and no mem3er presentA despite a representation of half the .ish for enli'htenment .as unmista!a3leB yet not one lin! did it she.hilst the lon'A curved cla.ritin'A and .as to 3e discoveredB hence the an%iety of the police for any antiDuarian lore .ith its 'olden or iridescent flec!s and striations resem3led nothin' familiar to 'eolo'y or mineralo'y. it.e !no.ard the 3ottom of the pedestal.as 3ent for.hich mi'ht help them to place the fri'htful sym3olA and throu'h it trac! do. The aspect of the . .hatever it . The cephalopod head . TheyA li!e the su3Cect and materialA 3elon'ed to somethin' horri3ly remote and distinct from man!ind as . +rleans for certain special information uno3taina3le from any local source.esomeA and incalcula3le a'e .hich his offerin' created. +n the contraryA his .H. The characters alon' the 3ase .hich seemed instinct . And yetA as the mem3ers severally shoo! their heads and confessed defeat at the =nspector<s pro3lemA there .din' around him to 'aze at the diminutive fi'ure .as a mysteryB for the soapyA 'reenish1 3lac! stone . 2is name .as so totally un!no.as finally passed slo.ed cycles of life in . The fi'ureA .n type of art 3elon'in' to civilisation<s youth 1 or indeed to any other time.ardA so that the ends of the facial feelers 3rushed the 3ac!s of hu'e fore pa.Lovecr !t The Call of Cthulhu ") from .in's 3ehind.amps south of .n.ere the rites connected . This thin'A .as a mass of feelersA a scalyA ru33ery1loo!in' 3odyA prodi'ious cla.in's touched the 3ac! ed'e of the 3loc!A the seat occupied the centreA . With him he 3ore the su3Cect of his visitA a 'rotesDueA repulsiveA and apparently very ancient stone statuette .ith undeciphera3le characters.hich clasped the croucher<s elevated !nees.as prompted 3y purely professional considerations. =ts vastA a.P.ith some . =t must not 3e fancied that =nspector 5e'rasse had the least interest in archaeolo'y.hich .as of a some.s of the dou3led1upA crouchin' hind le's 'ripped the front ed'e and e%tended a Duarter of the .as 3y profession an =nspector of >olice.s on hind and fore feetA and lon'A narro. +ne si'ht of the thin' had 3een enou'h to thro. Totally separate and apartA its very material .hat 3loated corpulenceA and sDuatted evilly on a rectan'ular 3loc! or pedestal covered . somethin' fri'htfully su''estive of old and unhallo. =nspector 5e'rasse .ith a fearsome and unnatural mali'nancyA .hose ori'in he . +f its ori'inA apart from the erratic and un3elieva3le tales e%torted from the captured mem3ersA a3solutely nothin' .orld<s e%pert learnin' in this fieldA could form the least notion of even their remotest lin'uistic !inship.as 6ohn :aymond 5e'rasseA and he .hich our .e.ho suspected a touch of 3izarre familiarity in the monstrous shape and .as scarcely prepared for the sensation .asA had 3een captured some months 3efore in the .hose utter stran'eness and air of 'enuinely a3ysmal antiDuity hinted so potently at unopened and archaic vistas.e.n the cult to its fountain1head.s . .hose face .ay clo. =t represented a monster of va'uely anthropoid outlineA 3ut .as one man in that 'atherin' .ith itA that the police could not 3ut realise that they had stum3led on a dar! cult totally un!no.ith any !no. The statuetteA idolA fetishA or .as at a loss to determine.ooded s.ith an octopus1 li!e head . .hole . +rleans durin' a raid on a supposed voodoo meetin'B and so sin'ular and hideous . the assem3led men of science into a state of tense e%citementA and they lost no time in cro.as 3et.o reco'nised school of sculpture had animated this terri3le o3CectA yet centuries and even thousands of years seemed recorded in its dim and 'reenish surface of unplacea3le stone.n to.n to themA and infinitely more dia3olic than even the 3lac!est of the African voodoo circles.as a3normally life1li!eA and the more su3tly fearful 3ecause its source .

orshippersB tellin' a story to ..hen 3oth detective and scientist a'reed on the virtual identity of the phrase common to t. Besides nameless rites and human sacrifices there . ho.e. +rleans police a frantic summons from the s.ithin the 3lac! haunted .ovem3er 1stA 1)*7A there had come to the .orlds of distance apart.ith the s.ed an e%haustive comparison of detailsA and a moment of really a.amp1priests had chanted to their !indred idols .ere insane shouts and . But Cust no. =t . The sDuatters thereA mostly primitive 3ut 'ood1natured descendants of 5afitte<s menA .ords meant.amp cult1. There .n thin' . And so far as he could tellA it .ildest dreams of myth1ma!er and theosophistA and disclosed an astonishin' de'ree of cosmic ima'ination amon' such half1castes and pariahs as mi'ht 3e least e%pected to possess it. lyin' 3efore the meetin'.aits dreamin'.asA the professor statedA a very crude 3as1relief of stoneA comprisin' a hideous picture and some cryptic .Lovecr !t The Call of Cthulhu &* diffidence of the odd trifle he !ne.ed silence .hich they mentioned only . This person .A in response to a 'eneral and ur'ent demandA =nspector 5e'rasse related as fully as possi3le his e%perience .orshippers his men had arrestedA he 3esou'ht the professor to remem3er as 3est he mi'ht the sylla3les ta!en do.hich they danced .orld .L And no.. =t savoured of the .hich he failed to unearthB and .ord1divisions 3ein' 'uessed at from traditional 3rea!s in the phrase as chanted aloud9 ).as the fetish .P.oods . of prime si'nificance . =t . There then follo.eller ventured.hich other EsDuimau% !ne.ith Duestions.ritin'.orshipA chilled him .as somethin' very li!e this9 the .omen and children had disappeared since the malevolent tom1tom had 3e'un its incessant 3eatin' far .izards and the 5ouisiana s.ith shuddersA sayin' that it had come do.ith suspense and astonishment 3y the assem3led mem3ersA proved dou3ly e%citin' to =nspector 5e'rasseB and he 3e'an at once to ply his informant .amp and la'oon country to the south. 2avin' noted and copied an oral ritual amon' the s.here no d.ith its deli3erate 3loodthirstiness and repulsiveness.hich this cult had cherishedA and around .ere certain Dueer hereditary rituals addressed to a supreme elder devil or tornasukB and of this >rofessor We33 had ta!en a careful phonetic copy from an a'ed angekok or .as made.H. WhatA in su3stanceA 3oth the EsDuimau% .as a faith of .hilst hi'h up on the West 7reenland coast had encountered a sin'ular tri3e or cult of de'enerate EsDuimau% .n from horri3ly ancient aeons 3efore ever the . =t . This te%tA as 'ivenA ran somethin' li!e this9 L=n his house at :<lyeh dead Cthulhu .as the late William Channin' We33A >rofessor of Anthropolo'y in >rinceton (niversityA and an e%plorer of no sli'ht note.hen the aurora leaped hi'h over the ice cliffs.as a rou'h parallel in all essential features of the 3estial thin' no. littleA and .ere in the 'rip of star! terror from an un!no.as voodooA apparentlyA 3ut voodoo of a more terri3le sort than they had ever !no. +n .izard1priestA e%pressin' the sounds in :oman letters as 3est he !ne. This dataA received .n amon'st the dia3olist EsDuimau%.hose reli'ionA a curious form of devil1.amp .hat older cele3rants had told them the .hich = could see my uncle attached profound si'nificance.hich had stolen upon them in the ni'ht.o hellish rituals so many . >rofessor We33 had 3een en'a'edA forty1ei'ht years 3eforeA in a tour of 7reenland and =celand in search of some :unic inscriptions .nB and some of their ."+nglui mgl$+naf" Ct"ul"u *+lye" $ga"+nagl f"tagn%) 5e'rasse had one point in advance of >rofessor We33A for several amon' his mon'rel prisoners had repeated to him .

hich the mad cacophony of the or'y fortunately deadened.hat seemed a .ith the shiverin' sDuatter as a 'uide.hipped themselves to daemoniac hei'hts 3y ho. The present voodoo or'y .n and untraversed 3y . entered 3y the police . The re'ion no.here day never came. A reddish 'lareA tooA seemed to filter throu'h pale under'ro. leaped and t. ?oid of clothin'A this .ater on the face of the faintin' manA and all stood trem3lin' and nearly hypnotised . .in' screamsA soul1chillin' chants and dancin' devil1flamesB andA the fri'htened messen'er addedA the people could stand it no more. and then the less or'anized ululation .oods.hispered that 3at1.o .H. At len'th the sDuatter settlementA a misera3le huddle of hutsA hove in si'htB and hysterical d.ay.ls and sDua.as ni'htmare itselfA and to see it . =n a natural 'lade of the s. So a 3ody of t. They said it had 3een there 3efore d<=3ervilleA 3efore 5a SalleA 3efore the =ndiansA and 3efore even the .asA indeedA on the merest frin'e of this a3horred areaA 3ut that location .o carria'es and an automo3ileA had set out in the late afternoon .as one of traditionally evil reputeA su3stantially un!no.P.orship had terrified the sDuatters more than the shoc!in' sounds and incidents.as no.ith horror.in'ed devils fle. 4our of them reeledA one faintedA and t.holesome 3easts and 3irds of the .oods li!e pestilential tempests from the 'ulfs of hell.ith luminous eyesB and sDuatters .!in' ecstacies that tore and rever3erated throu'h those ni'hted . up out of caverns in inner earth to . :eluctant even to 3e left alone a'ainA each one of the co."+nglui mgl$+naf" Ct"ul"u *+lye" $ga"+nagl f"tagn%) Then the menA havin' reached a spot . +n this no.hen the source should yield the other.as 3ad enou'hB hence perhaps the very place of the .orshipA so =nspector 5e'rasse and his nineteen collea'ues plun'ed on un'uided into 3lac! arcades of horror that none of them had ever trod 3efore.amp stood a 'rassy island of perhaps an acre<s e%tentA clear of trees and tolera3ly dry.ere le'ends of a hidden la!e un'limpsed 3y mortal si'htA in .ind shifted.enty policeA fillin' t. faintly audi3le farA far aheadB and a curdlin' shrie! came at infreDuent intervals .elt a hu'eA formless .o. +nly poetry or madness could do Custice to the noises heard 3y 5e'rasse<s men as they plou'hed on throu'h the 3lac! morass to.ell1 drilled chorus of hoarse voices .ere sha!en into a frantic cry .hen the . There are vocal Dualities peculiar to menA and vocal Dualities peculiar to 3eastsB and it is terri3le to hear the one .ard the scene of unholy . Animal fury and or'iastic license here .hich d. At the end of the passa3le road they ali'htedA and for miles splashed on in silence throu'h the terri3le cypress .orship it at midni'ht.isted a more indescri3a3le horde of human a3normality than any 3ut a Sime or an An'arola could paint.as to die.ould rise in sin'1son' chant that hideous phrase or ritual9 ). ('ly roots and mali'nant han'in' nooses of Spanish moss 3eset themA and no.all intensified 3y its hint of mor3id ha3itation a depression .hich every malformed tree and every fun'ous islet com3ined to create.ould ceaseA and from .ellers ran out to cluster around the 'roup of 3o33in' lanterns. 5e'rasse dashed s.th 3eyond the endless avenues of forest ni'ht.oods .Lovecr !t The Call of Cthulhu &1 harro.hite polypous thin' . =t .ere thinnerA came suddenly in si'ht of the spectacle itself.hite men. The muffled 3eat of tom1toms .amp . and then a pile of dan! stones or fra'ment of a rottin' . enou'h to !eep a.ard the red 'lare and muffled tom1toms. But it made men dreamA and so they !ne.here the trees . There .ed sDuatters refused point13lan! to advance another inch to.

8ost .in'A and . =t may have 3een only ima'ination and it may have 3een only echoes .ere firedA and escapes .n .aitin' to li3erate him.s .hen the stars .o ro. 8ean.ere not the 7reat +ld +nes.ere 3rayin'A 3ello. But 3efore many Duestions .ere carried a. 7alvezA = later met and DuestionedB and he proved distractin'ly ima'inative.hom he forced to dress in haste and fall into line 3et.ho lived a'es 3efore there .as carefully removed and carried 3ac! 3y 5e'rasse.ithin the . 4or five minutes the resultant din and chaos . Some day he .e'ro fetishism .as of comparatively 3rief duration.ere seamenA and a sprin!lin' of .ere madeB 3ut in the end 5e'rasse .as a3le to count some forty1seven sullen prisonersA .atersA should rise and 3rin' the earth a'ain 3eneath his s. $uty came firstB and althou'h there must have 3een nearly a hundred mon'rel cele3rants in the thron'A the police relied on their firearms and plun'ed determinedly into the nauseous rout.n.een t.ereA the creatures held .o . $e'raded and i'norant as they .ays 3e .ide circle of ten scaffolds set up at re'ular intervals . This . . 8an!ind .ays .ould callA .ere struc!A shots .earinessA the prisoners all proved to 3e men of a very lo.ood of ancient le'endry and horror.P.A mi%ed13loodedA and mentally a3errant type.e'roes and mulattoesA lar'ely West =ndians or Brava >ortu'uese from the Cape ?erde =slandsA 'ave a colourin' of voodooism to the hetero'eneous cult.ould al.ere any menA and . But these . This manA 6oseph $.as not a3solutely alone amon' the conscious thin's of earthA for shapes came out of the dar! to visit the faithful fe.o severely .1prisoners.. 4ive of the . ActuallyA the horrified pause of the men .ho formed a cult .hile no more must 3e told.s of policemen.orshippedA so they saidA the 7reat +ld +nes .hite 3ul! 3eyond the remotest trees 3ut = suppose he had 3een hearin' too much native superstition.hich had never died.astes and dar! places all over the .ho came to the youn' .as a secret .hichA revealed 3y occasional rifts in the curtain of flameA stood a 'reat 'ranite monolith some ei'ht feet in hei'htB on top of . Those +ld +nes .ardA the oddly marred 3odies of the helpless sDuatters . 4rom a .A inside the earth and under the seaB 3ut their dead 3odies had told their secrets in dreams to the first menA .orshippers Cumped and roaredA the 'eneral direction of the mass motion 3ein' from left to ri'ht in endless Bacchanal 3et.ent so far as to hint of the faint 3eatin' of 'reat . Wild 3lo.orshippers lay deadA and t.ounded ones .in'sA and of a 'limpse of shinin' eyes and a mountainous .as inside this circle that the rin' of . The ima'e on the monolithA of courseA . There .Lovecr !t The Call of Cthulhu &" hy3rid spa.ay on improvised stretchers 3y their fello.een the rin' of 3odies and the rin' of fire.ho had disappeared.ere 'one no.ere as!edA it 3ecame manifest that somethin' far deeper and older than .orld until the time .ith surprisin' consistency to the central idea of their loathsome faith.hen the 'reat priest CthulhuA from his dar! house in the mi'hty city of :<lyeh under the .ay.ere 3eyond description. They .hichA incon'ruous in its diminutivenessA rested the no%ious carven statuette. 2e indeed . =t .ith the flame1'irt monolith as a centre hun'A head do.as that cultA and the prisoners said it had al.rithin' a3out a monstrous rin'1shaped 3onfireB in the centre of .ere readyA and the secret cult . E%amined at headDuarters after a trip of intense strain and .H.as involved.hich induced one of the menA an e%cita3le SpaniardA to fancy he heard antiphonal responses to the ritual from some far and unillumined spot deeper .orld out of the s!y.ould e%istA hidden in distant .ays e%isted and al.hich even torture could not e%tract.

The carven idol .ood. 8ean.hen the stars .ith la.P.ron'A They could not live. All denied a part in the ritual murdersA and averred that the !illin' had 3een done 3y Blac! Win'ed +nes .as occurrin' in the universeA for Their mode of speech .hispered CastroA those first men formed the cult around tall idols . . .ith Them. But althou'h They no lon'er livedA They .ays and shado.ere not composed alto'ether of flesh and 3lood.hilst uncounted millions of years rolled 3y.ays to shout and !ill and revel and enCoy themselvesA and all the earth .ritin' no. +ld Castro remem3ered 3its of hideous le'end that paled the speculations of theosophists and made man and the . They !ne. When the stars .ere found sane enou'h to 3e han'edA and the rest . There had 3een aeons .ith a holocaust of ecstasy and freedom.as not made of matter.ere arts .orld seem recent and transient indeed.ere told 3y .hich could revive Them .hich the 7reat +nes she.H.ould ta!e 'reat Cthulhu from 2is tom3 to revive 2is su3Cects and resume 2is rule of earth. The spells that preserved them intact li!e. But of those mysterious allies no coherent account could ever 3e 'ained. :emains of ThemA he said the deathless Chinamen had told himA .n aside and all men shoutin' and !illin' and revellin' in Coy.aits dreamin'.ould 3e easy to !no. They all died vast epochs of time 3efore men cameA 3ut there . . These 7reat +ld +nesA Castro continuedA .ere ri'htA They could plun'e from .a!e in the dar! and thin! .A 3ut thin's .hispered.Lovecr !t The Call of Cthulhu && man had ever seen the +ld +nes. That cult .ord of mouth. The time .hich had come to them from their immemorial meetin'1place in the haunted . What the police did e%tractA came mainly from the immensely a'ed mestizo named CastroA . all that .hen the stars and the earth mi'ht once more 3e ready for Them.ere still 3e found as Cyclopean stones on islands in the >acific.ould never really die.as never spo!en aloudA only . ThenA .hile the cultA 3y appropriate ritesA must !eep alive the memory of those ancient .o of the prisoners .ould flame . Then the li3erated +ld +nes .orld throu'h the s!yB 3ut .orld to . The chant meant only this9 L=n his house at :<lyeh dead Cthulhu . They hadA indeedA come themselves from the starsA and 3rou'ht Their ima'es .L +nly t.ith undyin' leaders of the cult in the mountains of China.ise prevented Them from ma!in' an initial moveA and They could only lie a. They had shape 1 for did not this star1fashioned ima'e prove itG 1 3ut that shape .as not the secret 1 that .as transmitted thou'ht.ere committed to various institutions.s and morals thro.as 'reat CthulhuA 3ut none mi'ht say .A for then man!ind .ere . The chanted ritual .ould never die till the stars came ri'ht a'ainA and the secret priests .ild and 3eyond 'ood and evilA . They all lay in stone houses in Their 'reat city of :<lyehA preserved 3y the spells of mi'hty Cthulhu for a 'lorious surrection . WhenA after infinities of chaosA the first men cameA the 7reat +ld +nes spo!e to the sensitive amon' them 3y mouldin' their dreamsB for only thus could Their lan'ua'e reach the fleshly minds of mammals.ho claimed to have sailed to stran'e ports and tal!ed .o one could read the old . But at that time some force from outside must serve to li3erate Their 3odies.ed themB idols 3rou'ht in dim eras from dar! stars.ere precisely li!e him. forth the prophecy of their return.ould have 3ecome as the 7reat +ld +nesB free and . They tal!ed in Their tom3s.hether or not the others . Even no.hen other Thin's ruled on the earthA and They had had 'reat cities.hen the stars had come round a'ain to the ri'ht positions in the cycle of eternity.ould teach them ne.

itch1cultA and .hich not even thou'ht can passA had cut off the spectral intercourse.ould rise a'ain .ords of the formula uttered ali!e 3y EsDuimau% dia3olists and mon'rel 5ouisianansG.o 3oo! had ever really hinted of itA thou'h the deathless Chinamen said that there .amp1found ima'e and the 7reenland devil ta3letA 3ut had come in "is dreams upon at least three of the precise .hen he said that it .ith no more than the 7reenland tale of >rofessor We33.ilderedA had inDuired in vain concernin' the historic affiliations of the cult. the detective had come to the hi'hest authorities in the country and met . CastroA apparentlyA had told the truth . 2e cut himself off hurriedlyA and no amount of persuasion or su3tlety could elicit more in this direction.hich the initiated mi'ht read as they choseA especially the much1discussed couplet9 T"at is not dead $"ic" can eternal lie& And $it" strange aeons e!en deat" may die% 5e'rasseA deeply impressed and not a little 3e.as virtually un!no.ed it not lon' a'o. Caution is the first care of those accustomed to face occasional charlatanry and imposture.ereA of courseA stron' corro3orationB 3ut the rationalism of my mind and the e%trava'ance of the . The dream1narratives and cuttin's collected 3y the professor . SoA after thorou'hly studyin' the manuscript a'ain and correlatin' the theosophical and anthropolo'ical notes .ere ri'ht.as .led'e of .H. The 'reat stone city :<lyehA .hat = thou'ht the most sensi3le conclusions.as not allied to the European .onderA for . =t is truly a terri3le thin'A and unmista!a3ly a!in to the dream1sculpture of youn' Wilco%. That my uncle .avesB and the deep .here = vie.hole su3Cect led me to adopt . The feverish interest aroused at the meetin' 3y 5e'rasse<s taleA corro3orated as it .ith the entom3ed +ld +nes in dreamsA 3ut then somethin' happened. But memory never diedA and the hi'h1priests said that the city .as returned to him and remains in his possessionA .hat 5e'rasse had learned of the cultA of a sensitive youn' man .n 3eyond its mem3ers.as e%cited 3y the tale of the sculptor = did not . +f the cultA he said that he thou'ht the centre lay amid the pathless desert of Ara3iaA . 5e'rasse for some time lent the ima'e to >rofessor We33A 3ut at the latter<s death it .ho attendedB althou'h scant mention occurs in the formal pu3lications of the society. The authorities at Tulane (niversity could shed no li'ht upon either cult or ima'eA and no. The size of the +ld +nesA tooA he curiously declined to mention. .hen the stars . =t . But of them old Castro dared not spea! much.hat thou'hts must arise upon hearin'A after a !no.ere dou3le meanin's in the -ecronomicon of the mad Ara3 A3dul Alhazred . . >rofessor An'ell<s instant start on an investi'ation of the utmost thorou'hness .ith its monoliths and sepulchresA had sun! 3eneath the .ayA and of havin' invented a series of dreams to hei'hten and continue the mystery at my uncle<s e%pense.as eminently naturalB thou'h privately = suspected youn' Wilco% of havin' heard of the cult in some indirect .ho had dreamed not only the fi'ure and e%act hiero'lyphics of the s. Then came out of the earth the 3lac! spirits of earthA mouldy and shado.ith the cult narrative of 5e'rasseA = made a trip to >rovidence to see the sculptor and 'ive him the re3u!e = thou'ht proper for so 3oldly imposin' upon a learned and a'ed man.here =remA the City of >illarsA dreams hidden and untouched.as 3y the statuetteA is echoed in the su3seDuent correspondence of those .yA and full of dim rumours pic!ed up in caverns 3eneath for'otten sea13ottoms.Lovecr !t The Call of Cthulhu &# =n the elder time chosen men had tal!ed .P.atersA full of the one primal mystery throu'h .holly secret.

ould ma!e me an anthropolo'ist of note.as all $rong 1 and hear .as sureA had heard of the cult in some casual .ish it still .eird readin' and ima'inin'. The matter of the cult still remained to fascinate meA and at times = had visions of personal fame from researches into its ori'in and conne%ions.hose discovery . +rleansA tal!ed .ith some su3tlety to dra. 8y attitude .hich = could never li!eA 3ut = . = too! leave of him amica3lyA and .as of a typeA at once sli'htly affected and sli'htly ill1manneredA .ed me a mor3id statue .rittenA e%cited me afreshB for = felt sure that = . They and their su3conscious residuum had influenced his art profoundlyA and he she. $ar!A frailA and some.hich Arthur 8achen evo!es in proseA and Clar! Ashton Smith ma!es visi3le in verse and in paintin'.asA he displayed some interestB for my uncle had e%cited his curiosity in pro3in' his stran'e dreamsA yet had never e%plained the reason for the study. to admit 3oth his 'enius and his honesty. of the finest 7eor'ian steeple in AmericaA = found him at .ayA and had soon for'otten it amidst the mass of his eDually . 5aterA 3y virtue of its sheer impressivenessA it had found su3conscious e%pression in dreamsA in the 3as1reliefA and in the terri3le statue = no.ith terri3le vividness the damp Cyclopean city of slimy 'reen stone 1 . Wilco%A = . nothin' of the hidden cultA save from .n dream 3as1reliefA 3ut the outlines had formed themselves insensi3ly under his hands. him out.hat un!empt in aspectA he turned lan'uidly at my !noc! and as!ed me my 3usiness .eird impressions.as really no more than a detailed confirmation of .or! in his roomsA and at once conceded from the specimens scattered a3out that his 'enius is indeed profound and authentic.hat my uncle had .as .ay in .hose geometryA he oddly saidA .led'e in this re'ardA 3ut sou'ht .hat my uncle<s relentless catechism had let fallA he soon made clearB and a'ain = strove to thin! of some . 3eheldB so that his imposture upon my uncle had 3een a very innocent one.ereA and = discounted . 2e .illin' enou'h no.H.ith almost . =n a short time = 3ecame convinced ofhis a3solute sincerityA for he spo!e of the dreams in a manner none could mista!e. The youth .ill one day mirror in mar3le those ni'htmares and phantasies .hich he could possi3ly have received the . 2e tal!ed of his dreams in a stran'ely poetic fashionB ma!in' me see .Lovecr !t The Call of Cthulhu & Wilco% still lived alone in the 4leur1de15ys Buildin' in Thomas StreetA a hideous ?ictorian imitation of seventeenth century Breton Architecture . the fri'htful ima'eA and even Duestioned such of the mon'rel prisoners as still survived.hich told of dead Cthulhu<s dream1 vi'il in his stone vault at :<lyehA and = felt deeply moved despite my rational 3eliefs.ith fri'htened e%pectancy the ceaselessA half1mental callin' from under'round9 )Ct"ul"u f"tagn)& )Ct"ul"u f"tagn%) These . What = no. Then = told him .ords had formed part of that dread ritual .hich flaunts its stuccoed front amidst the lovely olonial houses on the ancient hillA and under the very shado. = did not enlar'e his !no. That he really !ne. =t . +ld CastroA unfortunatelyA had 3een dead for some years.ho = .ith 5e'rasse and others of that old1time raidin'1partyA sa. = visited .P.ith the potency of its 3lac! su''estion.ish him all the success his talent promises. heard so 'raphically at first1handA thou'h it .asA no dou3tA the 'iant shape he had raved of in delirium. 2e could not recall havin' seen the ori'inal of this thin' e%cept in his o.e.as on the trac! of a very realA very secretA and very ancient reli'ion .illA = 3elieveA some time 3e heard from as one of the 'reat decadentsB for he has crystallised in clay and .hose contours almost made me sha!e .as still one of a3solute materialismA as l .ithout risin'.

as an old num3er of an Australian CournalA the Sydney Bulletin for April 18A 1)" . +dd =dol 4ound in 2is >ossession.ho sa. =t . = thin! >rofessor An'ell died 3ecause he !ne. =t read as follo. The 8orrison Co.as of portentous si'nificance to my fla''in' DuestB and = carefully tore it out for immediate action.as li!ely to learn too much.as visitin' a learned friend in >atersonA . E%aminin' one day the reserve specimens rou'hly set on the stora'e shelves in a rear room of the museumA my eye .A is that my uncle<s death . 5e'rasse and his menA it is trueA have 3een let aloneB 3ut in . 5atitude &#P"1<A W.e. 5on'itude 1 "P17<A .aterfront s.or.everA . too muchA or 3ecause he . @ealand ..ay a certain seaman .ith one livin' and one dead man a3oard.ould naturally have stum3led in the course of my daily roundA for it . =t had escaped even the cuttin' 3ureau .A .hich fi%ed my eye on a certain stray piece of shelf1paper. hill street leadin' up from an ancient .P. fear = !no.Lovecr !t The Call of Cthulhu &- ine%plica3le perversity the coincidence of the dream notes and odd cuttin's collected 3y >rofessor An'ell. The M $#ess !rom the Se =f heaven ever . Ea'erly clearin' the sheet of its precious contentsA = scanned the item in detailB and . What it su''estedA ho..acht in To...hat >rofessor An'ell called the LCthulhu CultLA and .as disappointed to find it of only moderate len'th.as nothin' on .CT FO0N/ AT SEA .hich = no.igilant Arrives With 2elpless Armed .as si'hted April 1"th in S. :escued Seaman :efuses >articulars of Stran'e E%perience. thin's is dead.@. /EREL. 6erseyB the curator of a local museum and a mineralo'ist of note.hich 5e'rasse had found in the s. = did not for'et the mi%ed 3lood and marine pursuits of the cult1mem3ers in 5ouisianaA and .armin' . +ne thin' = 3e'an to suspectA and .hich had at the time of its issuance 3een avidly collectin' material for my uncle<s research.igilantA 3ound from ?alparaisoA arrived this mornin' at its . the 3attled and disa3led 3ut heavily armed steam yacht Alert of $unedinA .ould not 3e surprised to learn of secret methods and rites and 3eliefs.H. +ne Survivor and $ead 8an 4ound A3oard. =nDuiry to 4ollo. Whether = shall 'o as he did remains to 3e seenA for = have learned much no.ishes to 'rant me a 3oonA it .s9 M.as far from natural. =t . 8i'ht not the deeper inDuiries of my uncle after encounterin' the sculptor<s data have come to sinister earsG. .as a half1tone cut of a hideous stone ima'e almost identical .ith forei'n mon'relsA after a careless push from a ..STER.<s frei'hter .ith that . Tale of $esperate Battle and $eaths at Sea.as the Sydney Bulletin = have mentionedA for my friend had .as cau'ht 3y an odd picture in one of the old papers spread 3eneath the stones.hich = . = had lar'ely 'iven over my inDuiries into .hich .e.ide affiliations in all conceiva3le forei'n partsB and the picture . 2e fell on a narro.ill 3e a total effacin' of the results of a mere chance .amp... .harf in $arlin' 2ar3ourA havin' in to.e'ro sailor.

ed fi'htA says the survivorA and thou'h the schooner 3e'an to sin! from shots 3eneath the . +ur Auc!land correspondent 'ives the mma and her cre.oods attracted no little curiosityB and it had set sail in 'reat haste Cust after the storm and earth tremors of 8arch 1st.ith the picture of the hellish ima'eB 3ut .arnin' upon the schooner . 5atitude #)P 1< W.as allA to'ether .ill 3e made to induce 6ohansen to spea! more freely than he has done hitherto.as pro3a3ly due to e%citement or e%posure. +n April 1"th the derelict . This manA after recoverin' his sensesA told an e%ceedin'ly stran'e story of piracy and slau'hter.hereupon the stran'e cre.aves. Ca3le advices from $unedin report that the Alert . The admiralty . The ne%t dayA it appearsA they raised and landed on a small islandA althou'h none is !no.as clutchin' a horri3le stone idol of un!no.o1masted schooner mma of Auc!landA .or. on the yacht<s dec!A and 3ein' forced to !ill them allA the num3er 3ein' sli'htly superiorA 3ecause of their particularly a3horrent and desperate thou'h rather clumsy mode of fi'htin'. Bein' ordered peremptorily to turn 3ac!A Capt.as .ater1line they mana'ed to heave alon'side their enemy and 3oard herA 'rapplin' . 5aterA it seemsA he and one companion 3oarded the yacht and tried to mana'e herA 3ut . died ashoreA thou'h 6ohansen is Dueerly reticent a3out this part of his storyA and spea!s only of their fallin' into a roc! chasm. Three of the mma<s menA includin' Capt.ell !no. Collins refusedB .ithout . Briden<s death reveals no apparent causeA and .hose freDuent meetin's and ni'ht trips to the .ere ne.as driven considera3ly south of her course 3y e%ceptionally heavy storms and monster .P.n to e%ist in that part of the oceanB and si% of the men someho.n ori'inA a3out foot in hei'htA re'ardin' .as o.ho had evidently 3een dead for more than a .ee!. What motive prompted the hy3rid .hich sailed for Callao 4e3ruary "*th .ere !illedB and the remainin' ei'ht under Second 8ate 6ohansen proceeded to navi'ate the captured yachtA 'oin' ahead in their ori'inal direction to see if any reason for their orderin' 3ac! had e%isted. Collins and 4irst 8ate 7reenA .hich every effort .ere 3eaten a3out 3y the storm of April "ndA 4rom that time till his rescue on the 1"th the man remem3ers littleA and he does not even recall . treasuries of data on the Cthulhu CultA and evidence that it had stran'e interests at sea as . The mma<s men she.Lovecr !t The Call of Cthulhu &7 The ?i'ilant left ?alparaiso 8arch " thA and on April "nd . 3e'an to fire sava'ely and .idely south of her course 3y the 'reat storm of 8arch 1stA and on 8arch ""ndA in S. of 0ana!as and half1castes.n .hat a train of ideas it started in my mindF 2ere . an e%cellent reputationA and 6ohansen is descri3ed as a so3er and .ill institute an inDuiry on the .ned 3y a curious 'roup of half1castes .ith a peculiarly heavy 3attery of 3rass cannon formin' part of the yacht<s eDuipment. 2e is 7ustaf 6ohansenA a .orthy man. This .A at . The EmmaA he saysA .aterfrontA =t .hose nature authorities at Sydney (niversityA the :oyal SocietyA and the 8useum in Colle'e Street all profess complete 3afflementA and .n there as an island traderA and 3ore an evil reputation alon' the .as found upon 3oardin' to contain one survivor in a half1delirious condition and one man . The livin' man .hich the survivor says he found in the ca3in of the yachtA in a small carved shrine of common pattern.H.ell as on land.ith a complement of eleven men.as si'htedB and thou'h apparently desertedA . 5on'itude 1"8P&#<A encountered the AlertA manned 3y a Dueer and evil1loo!in' cre.hen William BridenA his companionA died.hole matter 3e'innin' tomorro.as delayed and thro.ith the sava'e cre.e'ian of some intelli'enceA and had 3een second mate of the t.

hich !ept alive the name of +slo durin' all the centuries that the 'reater city masDueraded as .as far too common for special mentnonB thou'h there .ellA findin' it a thin' of 3alefully e%Duisite . to order 3ac! the mma as they sailed a3out .hatever monstrous menace had 3e'un its sie'e of man!ind<s soul. of the E'e3er'.nA = no.or!manshipA and .as so secretiveG What had the vice1admiralty<s investi'ation 3rou'ht outA and . = sa.ent to Sydney and tal!ed profitlessly .ed that the .as !no.as va'ue tal! a3out one inland trip these mon'rels had madeA durin' .hereA ho.everA = found that little . Then = thou'ht .ith Them.e'ian capitalB and one autumn day landed at the trim . Sailin' for 5ondonA = reem3ar!ed at once for the .as the un!no.Lovecr !t The Call of Cthulhu &8 cre. had diedA and a3out .ith their hideous idolG What .n of 0in' 2arold 2aardradaA .hat +ld Castro had told 5e'rasse a3out the +ld +nesB LThey had come from the starsA and had 3rou'ht Their ima'es .as preserved in the 8useum at 2yde >ar!B and = studied it lon' and .er to 3earG =f soA they must 3e horrors of the mind aloneA for in some . =n less than a month = .n of the stran'e cult1mem3ers .hat .as this .ould tell his friends no more than he had told the admiralty officialsA and all they could do .harves in the shado.P.ere noted on the distant hills.as to 'ive me his +slo address.as !no. 4rom $unedin the Alert and her noisome cre.hich 'ave a mali'n and no. That evenin'A after a day of hurried ca3lin' and arran'in'A = 3ade my host adieu and too! a train for San 4rancisco.L Sha!en .hich all dreams of the dan! city ceasedA and Wilco% emer'ed unharmed from the 3onda'e of stran'e feverG What of all this 1 and of those hints of old Castro a3out the sun!enA star13orn +ld +nes and their comin' rei'nB their faithful cult and t"eir mastery of dreams/ Was = totterin' on the 3rin! of cosmic horrors 3eyond man<s po. 7eolo'istsA the curator told meA had found it a monstrous puzzleB for they vo.or.hich faint drummin' and red flame .ho had lin'ered in the old sea1 taverns.ith dread of a 'iant monster<s mali'n pursuitA .hat deep and more than natural lin!a'e of dates . 6ohansen<s addressA = discoveredA lay in the +ld To.as in $unedinB . resolved to visit 8ate 6ohansen in +slo.ith such a mental revolution as = had never 3efore !no.hilst a youn' sculptor had moulded in his sleep the form of the dreaded Cthulhu.n island on . of the Emma landed on an un!no.ith the same utter mysteryA terri3le antiDuityA and unearthly stran'eness of material . sold and in commercial useA at Circular /uay in Sydney CoveA 3ut 'ained nothin' from its non1committal 3ul!.ith his . undenia3le si'nificance to the various turns of events so carefully noted 3y my uncleG 8arch 1st 1 or 4e3ruary "8th accordin' to the =nternational $ate 5ine 1 the earthDua!e and storm had come.hich the mate 6ohansen . the AlertA no.hich = had noted in 5e'rasse<s smaller specimen.n island and left si% men deadB and on that date the dreams of sensitive men assumed a hei'htened vividness and dar!ened . Waterfront scum . +f his stirrin' e%perience he . 8arch "&rd the cre.ay the second of April had put a stop to . =n Auc!land = learned that 6ohansen had returned $it" yello$ "air turned $"ite after a perfunctory and inconclusive Duestionin' at SydneyA and had thereafter sold his cotta'e in West Street and sailed .H.ith its cuttlefish headA dra'on 3odyA scaly .hich si% of the mma<s cre.in'sA and hiero'lyphed pedestalA .ife to his old home in +slo.ith seamen and mem3ers of the vice1admiralty court. The crouchin' ima'e .hat of this storm of April "nd 1 the date on .n of the no%ious cult in $unedinG And most marvellous of allA .ith a shudder of .hilst an architect had 'one mad and a sculptor had lapsed suddenly into deliriumF And . had darted ea'erly forth as if imperiously summonedA and on the other side of the earth poets and artists had 3e'un to dream of a stran'eA dan! Cyclopean city . After that = .orld held no roc! li!e it.

There .as no more.o 5ascar sailors at once helped him to his feetA 3ut 3efore the am3ulance could reach him he . >ersuad1' the .ith cotton.arthy cult1fiends on the Alert he spea!s .hich .eedy Cyclopean masonry .ay and 3e'an to read it on the 5ondon 3oat. = no.henever another earthDua!e shall heave their monstrous stone city a'ain to the sun and air.ith plastered front.ill tell its 'ist enou'h to she.indo. There lay 'reat Cthulhu and his hordesA hidden in 'reen slimy vaults and sendin' out at lastA after cycles incalcula3leA the thou'hts that spread fear to the dreams of the sensitive and called imperiously to the faithfull to come on a pil'rima'e of li3eration and restoration.oman in 3lac! ans.ea!ened constitution. The mmaA in 3allastA had cleared Auc!land on 4e3ruary "*thA and had felt the full force of that earthDua!e13orn tempest . 5on'itude l"&P#&<A come upon a coastline of min'led mudA oozeA and . = cannot attempt to transcri3e it ver3atim in all its cloudiness and redundanceA 3ut = .ater a'ainst the vessel<s sides 3ecame so unendura3le to me that = stopped my ears . All this 6ohansen did not suspectA 3ut 7od !no.ith palpitant heart at the door of a neat and ancient 3uildin' . 5atitude #7P)<A W.hy the sound the . had !noc!ed him do.hich dream 3eneath the seaA !no.ed 3lasphemies from elder stars .hen held up 3y the Alert on 8arch ""ndA and = could feel the mate<s re'ret as he .s he soon sa.H. .in' at my vitals that dar! terror .hen she told me in haltin' En'lish that 7ustaf 6ohansen .hich can 3e nothin' less than the tan'i3le su3stance of earth<s supreme terror 1 the ni'htmare corpse1city of :<lyehA that .as dead.ill never leave me till =A tooA am at restB LaccidentallyL or other.ith her hus3and<s Ltechnical mattersL .as sufficient to entitle me to his manuscriptA = 3ore the document a.L = made the 3rief trip 3y ta%ica3A and !noc!ed .ith si'nificant horror. +nce more under controlA the ship . lane near the 7othen3ur' doc!A a 3undle of papers fallin' from an attic . enou'hF .ful voya'e.rote of her 3om3ardment and sin!in'.as ma!in' 'ood pro'ress . felt 'na. Duite allA even thou'h he sa.n.as stun' th disappointment . $urin' a .hen = thin! of the horrors that lur! ceaselessly 3ehind life in time and in spaceA and of those unhallo.ise. 6ohansen<s voya'e had 3e'un Cust as he told it to the vice1admiralty.al! rou'h a narro. ThenA driven ahead 3y curiosity in their captured yacht under 6ohansen<s commandA the men si'ht a 'reat stone pillar stic!in' out of the seaA and in S.s in'enuous . 2e had not lon' survived his returnA said his .n and favoured 3y a ni'htmare cult ready and ea'er to loose them upon the . that my conne%ion .as a simpleA ram3lin' thin' 1 a naive sailor<s effort at a post1facto diary 1 and strove to recall day 3y day that last a. 6ohansenA than! 7odA did not !no. the city and the Thin'A 3ut = shall never sleep calmly a'ain . =t .hich must have heaved up from the sea13ottom the horrors that filled men<s dreams.Lovecr !t The Call of Cthulhu &) LChristiana.P.ritten in En'lishA evidently in order to 'uard her from the peril of casual perusal.hich made their destruction seem almost a dutyA and 6ohansen she.ifeA for the doin's sea in 1)" had 3ro!en him. T. A sad1faced .onder at the char'e of ruthlessness 3rou'ht a'ainst his party durin' the proceedin's of the court of inDuiry. >hysicians found no adeDuate cause the endA and laid it to heart trou3le and a .ido.as some peculiarly a3omina3le Duality a3out them .ered my summonsA and = .n from the dar! stars.as 3uilt in measureless aeons 3ehind history 3y the vastA loathsome shapes that seeped do. +f the s. 2e had told her no more than he told the pu3licA 3ut had left a lon' manuscript 1 of Ltechnical mattersL as he said 1 .orld .

any door in the universe could 3e so vast.ith horri3le ima'es and hiero'lyphs.n or alon' the Cam3 and reCoined his fello. Each . Then $onovan felt over it delicately around the ed'eA pressin' each point separately as he .as 3alauced $onovan slid or someho.ron'. =n this .hen vie. 6ohansen and his men .hether it lay flat li!e a trap1door or slant. familiar sDuid1dra'on 3as1relief.lyA the acre1'reat lintel 3e'an to 'ive in.ed 3y the cosmic maCesty of this drippin' Ba3ylon of elder daemonsA and must have 'uessed .ere a.hich could have 3een no mortal staircase.H.ed conve%ity.as not after all horizontal 1 and the men . Without !no.in' .ondered ho. ThenA very softly and slo. When = thin! of the e%tent of all that may 3e 3roodin' do.as only half1heartedly that they searched 1 vainlyA as it proved 1 for some porta3le souvenir to 3ear a.as :odri'uez the >ortu'uese .ned citadel .Lovecr !t The Call of Cthulhu #* = suppose that only a sin'le mountain1topA the hideous monolith1cro.ould have fled had he not feared the scorn of the othersA and it . an unlettered seaman felt the same thin' .ish to !ill myself forth.ay. As Wilco% .ould call it clim3in' if the thin' .as a door 3ecause of the ornate lintelA thresholdA and Cam3s around itA thou'h they could not decide .hen he spo!e of the cityB for instead of descri3in' any definite structure or 3uildin'A he d. Briden pushed at the stone in several places . 2e said that the 'eometry of the dream1place he sa.ed throu'h the polarisin' miasma .as seen. 6ohansen and his men landed at a slopin' mud13an! on this monstrous AcropolisA and clam3ered slipperily up over titan oozy 3loc!s .ent.ithout 'uidance that it .ed concavity after the first she.hat futurism is li!eA 6ohansen achieved somethin' very close to it .ith. 2e clim3ed intermina3ly alon' the 'rotesDue stone mouldin' 1 that isA one .hilst 'azin' at the terri3le reality.sA and everyone . = mention his tal! a3out an'les 3ecause it su''ests somethin' Wilco% had told me of his a.ard at the topB and they sa. =t .aters. . A.as a3normalA non1EuclideanA and loathsomely redolent of spheres and dimensions apart from ours. =t .n there = almost .ells only on 3road impressions of vast an'les and stone surfaces 1 surfaces too 'reat to 3elon' to anythin' ri'ht or proper for this earthA and impious .ith the Dueer ima'e found in the shrine on the AlertA is poi'nantly visi3le in every line of the mates fri'htened description.isted menace and suspense lur!ed leerin'ly in those crazily elusive an'les of carven roc! .ould have saidA the 'eometry of the place .P.e at the un3elieva3le size of the 'reenish stone 3loc!sA at the dizzyin' hei'ht of the 'reat carven monolithA and at the stupefyin' identity of the colossal statues and 3as1reliefs . .ith the no.as all .as nothin' of this or of any sane planet.ellin' out from this sea1soa!ed perversionA and t. +ne could not 3e sure that the sea and the 'round .o.hat he had found.ed himA and loo!ed curiously at the immense carved door .ful dreams.ere horizontalA hence the relative position of everythin' else seemed phantasmally varia3le. Somethin' very li!e fri'ht had come over all the e%plorers 3efore anythin' more definite than roc! and ooze and .ise li!e an outside cellar1door.here a second 'lance she.as 3uriedA actually emer'ed from the .ithout result.eed .atched the Dueer recession of the monstrously carven portal. The very sun of heaven seemed distorted . The rest follo. propelled himself do.ho clim3ed up the foot of the monolith and shouted of .hereon 'reat Cthulhu .asA 6ohansen saidA li!e a 'reat 3arn1 doorB and they all felt that it . that it .

n there.ith vast . The aperture . moments of feverish rushin' up and do. Briden loo!ed 3ac! and .o perished of pure fri'ht in that accursed instant.heel and en'ines to 'et the Alert under .ept up 3y the fla33y cla. So only Briden and 6ohansen reached the 3oatA and pulled desperately for the Alert as the mountainous monstrosity flopped do. 7od rest themA if there 3e any rest in the universe.ears he . ThenA 3older than the storied CyclopsA 'reat Cthulhu slid 'reasily into the .ayA so that all the rules of matter and perspective seemed upset. 7odF What .ay into the tainted outside air of that poison city of madness.ere s. The a.H.een .allo.ith . But 6ohansen had not 'iven out yet.in's.as 3lac! .ere plun'in' frenziedly over endless vistas of 'reen1crusted roc! to the 3oatA and 6ohansen s.hich shouldn<t have 3een thereB an an'le .as indeed a positi!e 0ualityB for it o3scured such parts of the inner .ere o3tuse.ere $onovanA 7uerreraA and An'strom.!ins thou'ht he heard a nastyA sloppin' sound do.rithin' .as listenin' still .n 3et. 0no.ent madA and poor Wilco% raved .ith a dar!ness almost material.alls as ou'ht to have 3een revealedA and actually 3urst forth li!e smo!e from its aeon1lon' imprisonmentA visi3ly dar!enin' the sun as it slun! a.onder that across the earth a 'reat architect .as the .as intolera3leA and at len'th the Duic!1eared 2a.anderin' deliriously.atersB .as a mi'hty eddyin' and foamin' in the noisome 3rineA and as the steam mounted hi'her and hi'her the 3rave .ed up 3y an an'le of masonry .as fully upA he resolved on a desperate chanceB andA settin' the en'ine for full speedA ran li'htnin'1li!e on dec! and reversed the .ater and 3e'an to pursue .hilst on the masonry of that charnel shore that .as loose a'ainA and ravenin' for deli'ht. The odour risin' from the ne.ful sDuid1head .ere ri'ht a'ainA and .hilst 6ohansen . The stars .ith fever in that telepathic instantG The Thin' of the idolsA the 'reenA stic!y spa.ritin' almost 'ave out .in' that the Thin' could surely overta!e the Alert until steam . Three men .hich .lyA amidst the distorted horrors of that indescri3a3le sceneA she 3e'an to churn the lethal .hat an a'e1old cult had failed to do 3y desi'nA a 3and of innocent sailors had done 3y accident.ent madA lau'hin' shrilly as he !ept on lau'hin' at intervals till death found him one ni'ht in the ca3in .heel.ater. After vi'intillions of years 'reat Cthulhu .al!ed or stum3led.hen =t lum3ered slo33erin'ly into si'ht and 'ropin'ly sDueezed =ts 'elatinous 'reen immensity throu'h the 3lac! door.as .or.hich rose a3ove the unclean froth li!e the stern of a daemon 'alleon.s 3efore any3ody turned. That tene3rousness . There .n entirelyA despite the departure of all hands for the shoreB and it .ay into the shrun!en and 'i33ous s!y on flappin' mem3raneous .as acuteA 3ut 3ehaved as if it .Lovecr !t The Call of Cthulhu #1 phantasy of prismatic distortion it moved anomalously in a dia'onal .n the slimy stones and hesitatedA flounderin' at the ed'e of the .n of the starsA had a.ave1 raisin' stro!es of cosmic potency.ay.ly opened depths .n. The Thin' cannot 3e descri3ed 1 there is no lan'ua'e for such a3ysms of shrie!in' and immemorial lunacyA such eldritch contradictions of all matterA forceA and cosmic order.rote of this. Slo.as s.or! of only a fe. Everyone listenedA and everyone .hen he .ho never reached the shipA he thin!s t. >ar!er slipped as the other three .as not of earth the titan Thin' from the stars slavered and 'i33ered li!e >olypheme cursin' the fleein' ship of +dysseus. They .e'ian drove his vessel head on a'ainst the pursuin' Celly .P. >oor 6ohansen<s hand. +f the si% men . A mountain . Steam had not 3een suffered to 'o do.a!ed to claim his o.

as only a venomous seethin' asternB .aits and dreams in the deepA and decay spreads over the totterin' cities of men.hilst . 5oathsomeness .ard 3e poison to me. = have placed it in the tin 3o% 3eside the 3as1 relief and the papers of >rofessor An'ell.H. too muchA and the cult still lives.as 3efouled 3y an acrid and 3lindin' 'reen cloudA and then there . 2e .hat has sun! may rise.as a 3urstin' as of an e%plodin' 3ladderA a slushy nastiness as of a cloven sunfishA a stench as of a thousand opened 'ravesA and a sound that the chronicler could not put on paper.in'ed moc!in' imps of Tartarus.ers of summer must ever after.orld .ould thin! him mad.ife must not 'uess. 3e screamin' .s the endG What has risen may sin!A and .as youn'. A time .ill come 1 3ut = must not and cannot thin!F 5et me pray thatA if = do not survive this manuscriptA my e%ecutors may put caution 3efore audacity and see that it meets no other eye.hirlin' throu'h liDuid 'ulfs of infinityA of dizzyin' rides throu'h reelin' universes on a comets tailA and of hysterical plun'es from the pit to the moon and from the moon 3ac! a'ain to the pitA all livened 3y a cachinnatin' chorus of the distortedA hilarious elder 'ods and the 'reenA 3at1.n .hilst its distance . and prance and slay around idol1capped monoliths in lonely places.ith fri'ht and frenzy.as the document = readA and no. Then came the storm of April "ndA and a 'atherin' of the clouds a3out his consciousness.sprit of the sturdy yachtA 3ut Cohansen drove on relentlessly. That . That . Cthulhu still livesA tooA = supposeA a'ain in that chasm of stone . With it shall 'o this record of mine 1 this test of my o.herein is pieced to'ether that .ill 3e lon'.hat he !ne. But = do not thin! my life . After that 6ohansen only 3rooded over the idol in the ca3in and attended to a fe. +ut of that dream came rescue1the .idened every second as the Alert 'ained impetus from its mountin' steam.as ne3ulously recombining in its hateful ori'inal formA . .hich has shielded him since the sun .ould 3e a 3oon if only it could 3lot out the memories.ithin his 3lac! a3yssA or else the .rite of .here 1 7od in heavenF 1 the scattered plasticity of that nameless s!y1spa. There is a sense of spectral . $eath .ould .hich = hope may never 3e pieced to'ether a'ain.entA as poor 6ohansen . There .ould 3y no. = !no. 2e could not tell 1 they . 2is accursed city is sun!en once moreA for the ?i'ilant sailed over the spot after the April stormB 3ut his ministers on earth still 3ello. Who !no.as all. 3efore death cameA 3ut his .entA so = shall 'o.n sanityA .Lovecr !t The Call of Cthulhu #" feelers came nearly up to the 3o. matters of food for himself and the lau'hin' maniac 3y his side. = have loo!ed upon all that the universe has to hold of horrorA and even the s!ies of sprin' and the flo.P. 2e must have 3een trapped 3y the sin!in' . As my uncle .igilantA the vice1admiralty courtA the streets of $unedinA and the lon' voya'e 3ac! home to the old house 3y the E'e3er'. 2e did not try to navi'ate after the first 3old fli'htA for the reaction had ta!en somethin' out of his soul. 4or an instant the ship .

Even a lar'e olive 3irthmar! on the ri'ht hip had disappearedA .ho . $r."ilosop"er may& $it"out any criminal -ecromancy& call up t"e S"ape of any dead Ancestour from t"e #ust $"ereinto "is Bodie "as been incinerated%+ . The s!in had a mor3id chill and drynessA and the cellular structure of the tissue seemed e%a''eratedly coarse and loosely !nit. from a mere eccentricity to a dar! mania involvin' 3oth a possi3ility of murderous tendencies and a profound and peculiar chan'e in the apparent contents of his mind. 8ental distur3anceA it is trueA . 2is madness held no affinity to any sort recorded in even the latest and most e%haustive of treatisesA and .hich only the very a'ed normally acDuire.as lostA so that no sounds a3ove a . the prodi'ious 'rasp and insi'ht displayed durin' his last e%aminations 3y the alienists.The C se o! Ch rles /e1ter W r$ +T"e essential Saltes of Animals may be so prepared and preser!ed& t"at an ingenious Man may "a!e t"e $"ole Ark of -oa" in "is o$n Studie& and raise t"e fine S"ape of an Animal out of its As"es at "is .as uniDue.or! did not she.as conCoined to a mental force .leasure1 and by t"e lyke Met"od from t"e essential Saltes of "umane #ust& a . $octors confess themselves Duite 3affled 3y his caseA since it presented oddities of a 'eneral physiolo'ical as .erful and lucid did the .ere possi3leB di'estion . =t .hich . A Res%lt #$ 1 Prolo-e 4rom a private hospital for the insane near >rovidenceA :hode =slandA there recently disappeared an e%ceedin'ly sin'ular person.as placed under restraint most reluctantly 3y the 'rievin' father .hilst there had formed on the chest a very peculiar mole or 3lac!ish spot of ..hich nothin' in medical e%perience can parallel.Borellus .ays a scholar and an antiDuarianB 3ut even his most 3rilliant early .ould .enty1si% years . 2e 3ore the name of Charles $e%ter WardA and . >sycholo'icallyA tooA Charles Ward .ed a certain Dueerness of proportion .asA indeedA a difficult matter to o3tain a le'al commitment to the hospitalA so po. =n the first placeA the patient seemed oddly older than his t.as incredi3ly prolon'ed and minimisedA and neural reactions to standard stimuli 3ore no relation at all to anythin' heretofore recordedA either normal or patholo'ical.arrant.ho had .as al.hich no trace e%isted 3efore. =n the second placeA his or'anic processes she.hisper . :espiration and heart action had a 3afflin' lac! of symmetryB the voice . WillettA .ell as psycholo'ical character.as Ward<s family physicianA affirms that the patient<s 'ross mental capacityA as 'au'ed 3y his response to matters outside the sphere of his insanityA had actually increased since the seizure. WardA it is trueA .ill a'e one rapidlyB 3ut the face of this youn' man had ta!en on a su3tle cast .ould have made him a 'enius or a leader had it not 3een t. =n 'eneralA all physicians a'ree that in Ward the processes of meta3olism had 3ecome retarded to a de'ree 3eyond precedent.isted into stran'e and 'rotesDue forms.atched his a3erration 'ro.

hich had 3een so totally and unmista!a3ly e%pun'ed from his 3rain.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward ## youth<s mind seemB and only on the evidence of othersA and on the stren'th of many a3normal 'aps in his stoc! of information as distin'uished from his intelli'enceA .P.ith himA and 3oth disavo.as .indo.ardly concealed !no.hile Willett .ith a chill April 3reeze 3lo.as clear to all .ith Willett the youth . +nly from certain closely confidential friends of Willett and the senior Ward have any clues 3een 'ainedA and even these are too . WillettA indeedA presents a minor mystery all his o.ard masterin' those common facts of the modern . Willett had 3een tal!in' .hich filled every corner of his parents< old mansion in >rospect Street on the crest of the hill.led'e of 3y'one matters as 3rou'ht out 3y adroit Duestionin'B so that one . The odd thin' .as undenia3ly 'one.hole pro'ramme of readin' and conversation .n around himA and from the relics of the past .H.ould have fancied the patient literally transferred to a former a'e throu'h some o3scure sort of auto1hypnosis. Willett himself has no pu3lic e%planations to offerA thou'h he seems stran'ely easier in mind than 3efore the escape.ere invaria3ly offset 3y a correspondin'ly e%cessive thou'h out. To the very moment of his vanishment he .as told at once over the telephoneA 3ut he seemed more saddened than surprised. so .ith the case.ildly fantastic for 'eneral credence.ould not 3e lon' in 'ainin' his dischar'e from custody. By the time $r.d o3serversA failin' to foresee his escapeA freely predicted that he . A .led'e of his o.ere all related to modern mattersA and .ho . .hen Ward<s escape 3ecame !no.n in his conne%ion .ould li!e to say more if he thou'ht any considera3le num3er .atched him that his . The one fact . 8anyA indeedA feel that he .ho 3rou'ht Charles Ward into the .hich he dared not reveal to his sceptical collea'ues.as that Ward seemed no lon'er interested in the antiDuities he !ne.hich several recalled . With the years his devotion to ancient thin's increasedB so that historyA 'enealo'yA and the study of colonial architectureA furnitureA and craftsmanship at len'th cro.as he finally placed in confinement. 2e had had a terri3le e%perience and had made a terri3le discovery . Waite called in personA $r.ere o3viously 3ent to. Waite<s hospital. 2e had found Ward in his roomA 3ut shortly after his departure the attendants !noc!ed in vain.as an antiDuarian from infancyA no dou3t 'ainin' his taste from the venera3le to.holesale deletion had occurredA he did his 3est to hideB 3ut it .onders of $r. When they opened the door the patient . That escape itself is one of the unsolved .orld . open a3ove a sheer drop of si%ty feet could hardly e%plain itA yet after that tal! .as not thereA and all they found . 2e hadA it appearsA lost his re'ard for them throu'h sheer familiarityB and all his final efforts . +nly $r.n life and of the ordinary .orld and had . Ward<s father .in' in a cloud of fine 3luish1'rey dust that almost cho!ed them.ded everythin' else from his sphere of interests.ed any !no. WillettA . Charles Ward .hich remains is that up to the present time no trace of the missin' madman has 3een unearthed.led some time 3eforeB 3ut that . These tastes are important to remem3er in considerin' his madnessB for althou'h they do not form its a3solute nucleusA they play a prominent part in its superficial form. That this .ish to im3i3e such !no.indo.ould 3elieve him.ell.th of 3ody and mind ever sinceA seemed fri'htened at the thou'ht of his future freedom. 2e .led'e or complicity in the escape.as the open .n three hours later.as determined 3y a frantic .n no distur3ance later on.as the last to see the patient 3efore his fli'htA and emer'ed from that final conversation in a state of mi%ed horror and relief .as an omnivorous reader and as 'reat a conversationalist as his poor voice permittedB and shre.as still presentA and they had cau'ht nothin' and she. TrueA the do's ho.hich the alienists noticed . The 'aps of information .atched his 'ro.

The hole . Willett su3stantially dissentsB 3asin' his verdict on his close and continuous !no.ith the complicated .ould ordinarily appear to mar! the 3e'innin' of a pro'ressive decadence . 7rantin' freely that the 3oy .as lon' a visi3le realityA and Willett had a very convincin' final 'limpse of them in surroundin's .orld of todayB the dominant opinion 3ein' that he is Llyin' lo.inter of 1)1)1"* sa.en diaryA and each of the documents had every appearance of 'enuineness.rite of them.ard the last.ith a later chan'eB after the Cur.as only a3out this timeA Willett points out .en .tu%et 'ossipB and after the patient<s memory commenced to e%clude contemporary ima'es . Alienists are no.ays ill13alanced temperamentallyA and prone to 3e unduly suscepti3le and enthusiastic in his responses to phenomena around himA he refuses to concede that the early alteration mar!ed the actual passa'e from sanity to madnessB creditin' instead Ward<s o.as li!ely to 3e marvellous and profound. 4rom this opinionA ho. 5ymanA the eminent Boston authorityA places it in 1)1) or 1)"*A durin' the 3oy<s last year at the 8oses Bro. The true madnessA he is certainA came .ed $r. $r. =n the first placeA t.entieth century as ou'ht to have 3een his 3y virtue of his 3irth in 1)*" and his education in the schools of our o.A in vie.ave of vampirism and the ominous >a. a 'reat chan'e in WardB . =t isA 3roadly spea!in'A undenia3le that the . The 3e'innin' of Ward<s madness is a matter of dispute amon' alienists.hilst his physical aspect under.ith WardB and the doctor feels shudderin'ly sure that enou'h solid evidence e%ists to sustain the youth<s claim re'ardin' his crucial discovery.H.en<s ancient papers found.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward # practical and cultural 3ac!'round of the t.hen he tells themA and his hand trem3les . of his vitally impaired ran'e of dataA the escaped patient mana'es to cope .hich culminated in the horri3le and uncanny alienation of 1)"8B 3ut 3elieves from personal o3servation that a finer distinction must 3e made. . This is certainly 3orne out 3y Ward<s altered ha3its at the timeA especially 3y his continual search throu'h to.hen he tries to .hen he suddenly turned from the study of the past to the study of the occultA and refused to Dualify for colle'e on the 'round that he had individual researches of much 'reater importance to ma!e.or!men of hi'h intelli'ence sa.enA some of . Willett those papers and a pa'e of the Cur.n to have 3uilt and occupied.hose papers he professed to have found 3ehind the panellin' of a very old house in +lney CourtA on Stampers< 2illA . 6oseph Cur.n records and amon' old 3uryin'1 'rounds for a certain 'rave du' in 1771B the 'rave of an ancestor named 6oseph Cur.hich he made to.here Ward claimed to have found them .P.en portrait and the ancient papers had 3een unearthedB after a trip to stran'e forei'n places had 3een madeA and some terri3le invocations chanted under stran'e and secret circumstancesB after certain ans$ers to these invocations had 3een plainly indicatedA and a frantic letter penned under a'onisin' and ine%plica3le conditionsB after the . Those investi'ations and discoveries have left their mar! upon himB so that his voice trem3les .n SchoolA .n statement that he had discovered or rediscovered somethin' . SecondlyA the 3oy once she.onderin' ho.n time.as al. Willett admits that the chan'e of 1)1)1"* .hose effect on human thou'h .led'e of the patientA and on certain fri'htful investi'ations and discoveries .o .as !no.here3y he a3ruptly stopped his 'eneral antiDuarian pursuits and em3ar!ed on a desperate delvin' into occult su3Cects 3oth at home and a3roadA varied only 3y this stran'ely persistent search for his forefather<s 'rave.everA $r.L in some hum3le and une%actin' position till his stoc! of modern information can 3e 3rou'ht up to the normal.hich can scarcely 3e 3elieved and can .ith much acutenessA that the ni'htmare Dualities 3ecame indu3ita3ly lin!ed . =t .hich Cur.ent the su3tle modification so many su3seDuently noticed.

led'e.inter afternoon from that 'reat railed em3an!mentA and violet and mystic a'ainst a feveredA apocalyptic sunset of reds and 'olds and purples and curious 'reens. The nurse used to stop and sit on the 3enches of >rospect Terrace to chat . The vast mar3le dome of the State 2ouse stood out in . of zest in the military trainin' of the periodA he had 3e'un his Cunior year at the 8oses Bro.al!s .ere al. AllenB these thin'sA and the terri3le messa'e in mediaeval minuscules found in Willett<s poc!et .in's he could loo! dizzily out over all the clustered spiresA domesA roofsA and s!yscraper summits of the lo.hat the detectives 3rou'ht to li'ht a3out $r.as up this hill that the 'ro.hich virtually proved the authenticity of the papers and of their monstrous implications at the same time that those papers .ere spent mainly at homeA in ram3lin' .hich the academy is set appealed to his sharp eye for landscape.ell1ni'h precipitous hill that rises Cust east of the riverB and from the rear . =n the autumn of 1)18A and .!.ays adventures in antiDuityA durin' .hat carelesslyA and 'ivin' a dominant impression of harmless a.n on the steep hillA and .hite farmhouse of t.al!sA in his classes and drillsA and in pursuit of antiDuarian and 'enealo'ical data at the City 2allA the State 2ouseA the >u3lic 5i3raryA the AthenaeumA the 2istorical SocietyA the 6ohn Carter Bro.as a 'reat 7eor'ian mansion atop the .n (niversityA and the ne.o hideous results . 2is social activities .ith all its eastern homes on hi'h terraces.heeled him in his carria'eB past the little .ays charmed his youthful antiDuarian senseB and the spacious par! in . +ne may picture him yet as he .B and his hours .hich he sa.ith narro.hich lies very near his home. 2is .s of its ram3lin' .in' to. The old main 3uildin'A erected in 181)A had al.n SchoolA .er to.as 3ornA and from the lovely classic porch of the dou3le13ayed 3ric! facade his nurse had first .ard the stately colle'es alon' the shadyA sumptuous streetA .o hundred years 3efore that the to.as in those daysB tallA slimA and 3londA .indo.ith a considera3le sho.hich the doctor o3tained from a certain pair of formulae durin' his final investi'ationsB results .ith policemenB and one of the child<s first memories .P.er do.ooden houses avera'ed a 'reater a'e hereA for it .ly opened Shepley 5i3rary in Benefit Street.n had clim3edB and in these rides he had im3i3ed somethin' of the colour of a Duaint colonial villa'e.ere the mysteries and coincidences of the +rne and 2utchinson lettersA and the pro3lem of the Cur. Then there .hen he 'ained consciousness after his shoc!in' e%perience.n to the purple hills of the countryside 3eyond.n and 6ohn 2ay 5i3raries of Bro. 2is home .ith studious eyes and a sli'ht droopA dressed some. 2ere he .A heavy1columned $oric porches dreamed solid and e%clusive amidst their 'enerous yards and 'ardens.H. " +ne must loo! 3ac! at Charles Ward<s earlier life as at somethin' 3elon'in' as much to the past as the antiDuities he loved so !eenly.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward #- never perhaps 3e proved. 2e had 3een .est.hich he mana'ed to recapture from the myriad relics of a 'lamorous old city a vivid and connected picture of the centuries 3efore.n had lon' a'o overta!enA and on to. one .hose old sDuare 3ric! mansions and smaller .ere 3orne forever from human !no.heeledA tooA alon' sleepy Con'don StreetA one tier lo.ere fe. The small . And most conclusive of allA there are the t.as of the 'reat .en penmanship and of .ooden houses .ard sea of hazy roofs and domes and steeples and far hills .ardness rather than attractiveness.

n StreetL that the founders had laid out at the river<s ed'e in 1-&-.A and red heels and peri. West. over the placeA and the 3oy used to stroll south past the lon' lines of the pre1 :evolutionary homes .n to the old LTo.here the 177& 8ar!et 2ouse still stands firm on its ancient arches. 3ecomin' so visi3le.ith railed dou3le fli'hts of stone stepsA and the youn' Charles could picture them as they .ith its fallen vesti'es of 7eor'ian 'randeur.ith its matchless 7i33s steepleA and the 7eor'ian roofs and cupolas hoverin' 3y.hen the slantin' sunli'ht touches the 8ar!et 2ouse and the ancient hill roofs and 3elfries . >aul<s.as 'ettin' to 3e a slum hereB 3ut the titan elms cast a restorin' shado.ith his impatiently dra''ed nurseA and then alone in dreamy meditation.n terrors.ard the nei'h3ourhood 3ecame 3etterA flo.ned 3y the vast ne.er level past the steep1roofed 181.ith a 3it of primal farmyard remainin'A and the 'reat 6ud'e $urfee house .ooden antiDue .i's set off the painted pediments .ould hesitate 'in'erly do.ould ventureA each time reachin' older and Duainter levels of the ancient city. When he .hen the street .n the precipice to the .ard to the .s ma'ic around the dreamin' . Christian Science dome as 5ondon is cro.here >rovidence =ndiamen used to ride at anchor.nin' statue haloed fantastically 3y a 3rea! in one of the tinted stratus clouds that 3arred the flamin' s!y.here the . At 8eetin' Street 1 the successive 7aol 5ane and 0in' Street of other periods 1 he .ith its t.as ne.harvesA and 3lear1eyed ship1chandleriesA .ould turn out a dream or a 'ate.ater1front recalls its proud East =ndia days amidst poly'lot vice and sDualorA rottin' .here 3efore him .ere no.here the 3ay and sound steamers still touchedA and returnin' north.here the .asA it .ould .ro!idence Ga2ette and Country-Journal . 6ohn<s hidden churchyard and the rear of the 17-1 Colony 2ouse and the moulderin' 3ul! of the 7olden Ball =nn .as a .as lon' 3efore he dared to thread their archaic verticality for fear they . 2ere ran innumera3le little lanes .n vertical 6enc!es Street .aysA and 3eside him a prehistoric 'am3rel1roofer .hich the hi'h.ic!ed old .as printed 3efore the :evolution. 4arther and farther do. After a lon' loo! he .ay to un!no.ard the hill dropped almost as steeply as a3oveA do. +n the eastern side they .here Washin'ton stopped. 2e . 2ere and to the south.n that almost perpendicular hill he .ay had to resort in clim3in' the slopeA and do.ould loo! up.ard 3luffA dec!ed .. =t .alls and colonial 'a3les to the shady Benefit Street cornerA .ard at this lo. 2e li!e mostly to reach this point in the late afternoonA .ear .arehouses and the 3road sDuare at the 7reat Brid'eA . =n that sDuare he .ith 'oldA and thro.estA spectral in their many1'a3led archaism and dippin' to a riot of iridescent decay .ere set hi'h over 3asements .isted 3alustradesA s. SometimesA as he 're.arthy facesA and nameless odoursB .ere .ould pause to drin! in the 3e.ard to the east and see the arched fli'ht of steps to .erin' at last into a marvellous 'roup of early mansionsB 3ut still the little ancient lanes led off do.H.n.ith an =onic1pilastered pair of door.o 7eor'ian spires and cro.ith their 'reat central chimneys and classic portals.estA 'limpsin' the old 3ric! colonial schoolhouse that smiles across the road at the ancient Si'n of Sha!espeare<s 2ead .harves . 2e found it much less formida3le to continue alon' Benefit Street past the iron fence of St.hose si'ns of . taller and more adventurousA youn' Ward .P.ould venture do.indin' from South 8ain to South WaterA searchin' out the doc!s .ith its 3an! .as lar'er his famous .ned 3y St.n into this maelstrom of totterin' housesA 3ro!en transomsA tum3lin' stepsA t.al!s 3e'anB first . Then came the e%Duisite 4irst Baptist Church of 177 A lu%urious .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward #7 massive silhouetteA its cro.ith leanin'A huddled houses of immense antiDuityB and fascinated thou'h he .ilderin' 3eauty of the old to.n as it rises on its east.ith such survivin' alley names as >ac!etA BullionA 7oldA SilverA CoinA $ou3loonA Soverei'nA 7uilderA $ollarA $imeA and Cent.

s and throu'h fanli'hts set hi'h over dou3le fli'hts of steps .ould scale the slope home.as !no.indo.n records in manuscriptA the youn' 'enealo'ist encountered an entry descri3in' a le'al chan'e of nameA 3y .orld from Charles Ward<s mindB and illustrate the mental soil upon . At other timesA and in later yearsA he .hom there remained so fe.ays .as utterly devoid.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward #8 'ro.hich confirmin' an antient common :umourA tho< not to 3e credited 3y a loyall Wife till so proven as to 3e .o leaves . Willett is certain thatA up to this ill1omened . These ram3lesA to'ether .er eminence of Stampers< 2ill .en remain in the idle sta'eB 3ut havin' discovered his o.enA .ho had come from Salem in 8arch of 1-)"A and a3out .ido.hich in 177" a 8rs. pu3licly availa3le recordsA aside from those 3ecomin' pu3lic only in modern timesA that it almost seemed as if a conspiracy had e%isted to 3lot him from memory.as free from every trace of the mor3id.as at once clear to Charles Ward that he had indeed discovered a hitherto un!no. 5ate in 1)18A .rou'ht1iron railin's.al! in the crum3lin' colonial re'ions north.ard in the dus! past the old . What did appearA moreoverA . precipitous .as of such a sin'ular and provocative nature that one could not fail to ima'ine curiously .n relationship to this apparently .inter of 1)1)1"*A the seeds that came to such stran'e and terri3le fruition.hen he had discovered amon' his maternal ancestors a certain very lon'1lived man named 6oseph Cur.holely past $ou3tin'. 6ames Tillin'hastA< of .P.n 'reat1'reat1'reat1'randfather. $r.here yello.here the Boston sta'e coach used to start 3efore the :evolutionA and the other half in the 'racious southerly realm a3out 7eor'eA BenevolentA >o. of 6oseph Cur. The discovery dou3ly e%cited him 3ecause he had already heard va'ue reports and seen scattered allusions relatin' to this personB a3out .hich so many fra'rant memories lin'er.as that the colonial recorders .alled 'arden and steep 'reen lane in .hom a . 'leams .hite church and up the narro.ere so an%ious to conceal and for'etB or to suspect that the deletion had reasons all too valid.enA .ith the dili'ent studies . 7raveyards held for him no particular attraction 3eyond their Duaintness and historic valueA and of anythin' li!e violence or sava'e instinct he .hich had 3een carefully pasted to'ether and treated as one 3y a la3oured revision of the pa'e num3ers.hich accompanied themA certainly account for a lar'e amount of the antiDuarian lore . almost dizzy .here the hill drops to the lo. =t . ThenA 3y insidious de'reesA there appeared to develop a curious seDuel to one of his 'enealo'ical triumphs of the year 3eforeB .ded the modern .ith its 'hetto and ne'ro Duarter clusterin' round the place .enA resumedA alon' .H. Ward<s 'reat1'reat1'randfather Welcome >otter had in 178 married a certain <Ann Tillin'hastA dau'hter of 8rs.ith curious .hich at last cro.here the old slope holds unchan'ed the fine estates and 3its of .est of his homeA .ould 3e'in to peep out in small1paned . Before thisA Ward had 3een content to let his romancin' a3out old 6oseph Cur.hispered series of hi'hly peculiar and disDuietin' stories clustered.ith her seven1year1old dau'hter AnnA her maiden name of Tillin'hastB on the 'round <that her 2us3and<s name .hose paternity the family had preserved no trace.hich fellA in that fateful .ne after his $eceaseB the .erA and Williams StreetsA .< This entry came to li'ht upon the accidental separation of t.hat .hilst e%aminin' a volume of ori'inal to.ould see! for vivid contrastsB spendin' half a . Eliza Cur.hat it .as 3ecome a pu3lic :eproach 3y :eason of .ith a poet<s love for the si'htA and then he . ElizaA dau'hter to Capt.inter of first chan'eA Charles Ward<s antiDuarianism .

ays e%plained it 3y sayin' that he came of hardy forefathersA and practised a simplicity of livin' .as not very clear to the to. +ne important sideli'ht came from a point as remote as .s at all hours of ni'htA .hich opened up those 3lac! vistas .ere prone to assi'n other reasons for his continued youth and lon'evity.ithout producin' more than five .e33ed >rovidence 'arrets and else.as thatA 3eyond a dou3tA .ide noticeB 3ut Cur.n StreetA in .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward #) Lhushed1upL characterA he proceeded to hunt out as systematically as possi3le . much older than he had 3een on his arrival. 2e en'a'ed in shippin' enterprisesA purchased . .as the matter found in Au'ust 1)1) 3ehind the panellin' of the crum3lin' house in +lney Court.en came from :eho3oth and opened his apothecary shop across the 7reat Brid'e at the Si'n of the (nicorn and 8ortarA there .ear him our.hich is still standin'.hose end .as a very astonishin'A eni'maticA and o3scurely horri3le individual.riters had not thou'ht it .as ceaseless tal! of the dru'sA acidsA and metals that the taciturn recluse incessantly 3ou'ht or ordered from him.as o3served that his ministrations to others seldom proved of 3enefit.hich their .H.hen over fifty years had passed since the stran'er<s adventA and .itchcraft panicB 3ein' in fear of accusation 3ecause of his solitary . .here some :hode =sland colonial correspondence .as stored in the 8useum at 4raunces< Tavern. such simplicity could 3e reconciled . =t .as one of the founders of the Con're'ational Church on the hillB 3ut al.harfa'e near 8ile1End CoveA helped re3uild the 7reat Brid'e in 171&A and in 17"& .hat in $rA Willett<s opinion formed the definite source of Ward<s undoin'A . =n this e%cited Duest he eventually succeeded 3eyond his hi'hest e%pectationsB for old lettersA diariesA and sheaves of unpu3lished memoirs in co3.ays 'ave them odd1coloured potions in response to their reDuestsA it .ith a lar'er oneA on the same siteA .e.hile to destroy.en .hat later 3ecame +lney CourtB and in 17-1 he replaced this . Actin' on the assumption that Cur.here yielded many illuminatin' passa'es .as a colourless1loo!in' man of a3out thirtyA and . At len'thA .en<s incessant mi%in's and 3oilin's of chemicals had much to do ..en al.en possessed a .e.as heldA for the most partA that Cur.as 3uilt on Stampers< 2ill . As decades mounted upA this sin'ular Duality 3e'an to e%cite .hen old $r. 2is house . . 2o. A# A#tece$e#t #$ 1 Horror 6oseph Cur.hat Ward heard and unearthedA .ays did he retain his nondescript aspect of a man not 'reatly over thirty or thirty1five.ith the ine%plica3le comin's and 'oin's of the secretive merchantA and .enA as revealed 3y the ram3lin' le'ends em3odied in .ith the Dueer 'leamin' of his .as that he did not seem to 'ro. 7ossip spo!e of the stran'e su3stances he 3rou'ht from 5ondon and the =ndies on his ships or purchased in . 2e .or!A . the first odd thin' a3out 6oseph Cur.ondrous and secret medical s!illA many sufferers of various sorts applied to him for aidB 3ut thou'h he appeared to encoura'e their 3elief in a non1committal . 6a3ez Bo.hich did not . 2e had fled from Salem to >rovidence 1 that universal haven of the oddA the freeA and the dissentin' 1 at the 3e'innin' of the 'reat .est of the To.P.indo.ayA and al.hatever he mi'ht find concernin' him.or!B and .as deeper than the pit. .ays and Dueer chemical or alchemical e%periments.e. The really crucial thin'A thou'hA and .. =t .as soon found Dualified to 3ecome a freeman of >rovidenceB thereafter 3uyin' a home lot Cust north of 7re'ory $e%ter<s at a3out the foot of +lney Street.portA BostonA and .nsfol!B and they .orth their .o.ith his condition.

ho comprised the only menservantsA the hideous indistinct mum3lin' of the incredi3ly a'ed 4rench house!eeperA the lar'e amounts of food seen to enter a door .ere purchased from the 0in'sto.as that of a learned and cultivated En'lishman.hich thron'ed the pasturesA for no such amount . 2is passion for 'raveyardsA in . The identity of the stoc! seemed to chan'e from .ins of Salem needed no introduction in .arthy forei'ners .ay 1 had still Dueerer thin's to tell of certain sounds .ere criesA they saidA and sustained ho.ere a sullen pair of a'ed .less attic and shin'led sidesA . 2is 3irth .en<s to.hich they meant alc"emist 1 .arra'ansett =ndiansB the hus3and dum3 and curiously scarredA and the .n to 3e 'oodA since the Cur. =t developed that 6oseph Cur.lin'sB and they did not li!e the lar'e num3ers of livestoc! .ell fitted 3y education to enCoy.n of the >a. =n the lead1to of this house .ould freDuently 3e seen ridin' at various odd times of the day or ni'ht. >rivate letters and diaries of the period revealA tooA a multitude of other reasons .en home .H.here most of the chemical e%periments .hy 6oseph Cur.ith the .hat . There .ho delivered 3ottlesA 3a'sA or 3o%es at the small read door .P.ith only hi'h narro.hich he . But for some reason or other Cur. There seemed to lur! in his 3earin' some crypticA sardonic arro'anceA as if he had come to find all human 3ein's dull thou'h havin' moved amon' stran'er and more potent .or!ed into the church and tradin' life of the to. could thin! of anythin' to say to him . =n choicer circlesA tooA the Cur. 'am3rel1roofed one .hisper more dar!lyB and to meet more than half .indo.as needed to !eep a lone old man and a very fe.hich only four persons livedA and the 0uality of certain voices often heard in muffled conversation at hi'hly unseasona3le timesA all com3ined .hich he .as somethin' very o3no%ious a3out a certain 'reat stone out3uildin' . +n the >a.ays she. shelved roomB and prophesied in .tu%et farm to 'ive the place a 3ad name.hispers that the close1mouthed LchymistL 1 3y .o voya'es to the +rientB and his speechA .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward * years< apparent chan'e in his face and physiDueA the people 3e'an to . Curious porters and teamers .as 3y no means undiscussedB for as the ne.as less mysteryA it is trueB 3ut the hours at .ere conducted.en had travelled much in very early lifeA livin' for a time in En'land and ma!in' at least t.as 'limpsed at all hoursA and under all conditionsA .comer had 'radually .ith .hose tim3ers he too! the peculiar precaution of 3urnin' after its demolition.ise had much to say of Cur.hose company and conversation he .en place in the ni'ht.ould e%chan'e accounts of the fantastic flas!sA cruci3lesA alem3icsA and furnaces they sa. droves .ays reared such a .n farmers. En'land.o s.tu%et :oad he had a farmA at .ithin . The nearest nei'h3ours to this farm 1 the 4ennersA a Duarter of a mile a.as . ThenA tooA there .as marvelled atA fearedA and finally shunned li!e a pla'ue.hich he had al. one 3uilt in 17-1A . slits for .as !no.hich . 2ere his only visi3le servantsA farmersA and careta!ers .hich li'hts .en did not care for society.hich could actually 3e termed 'houlish.ee! as ne.as !no.nA he had naturally made acDuaintances of the 3etter sortA .hen the man must have 3een nearly a century oldA 3ut the first lo.hich they insisted came from the Cur.ould not sound inane.n house in +lney CourtB not so much the fine ne.as the la3oratory .ool.ere seenA the secretiveness of the t.n.all of reserve that fe.itnessed any deed on his part .ee! to . Whilst never actually re3uffin' a visitorA he al.e.en .indo.s. in the lo.ife of a very repulsive cast of countenanceA pro3a3ly due to a mi%ture of ne'ro 3lood.hen he dei'ned to use itA .ould not 3e lon' in findin' the >hilosopher<s Stone. servants in meatA mil!A and .as notoriousB thou'h no one had .ay that desire for isolation . 2ere there . 7reat Brid'e idlers li!e.ens or Cor.hich he 'enerally lived durin' the summerA and to .

Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 1 entities.as in truth the for3idden -ecronomicon of the mad Ara3 A3dul AlhazredA of . 8erritt turned pale . the heart of the 3est residence section.or!s .hich he had heard such monstrous thin's .inter evenin'A that he .n.ere alone sufficient to inspire him .e. 2earin' of Cur.or!s includin' >aracelsusA A'ricolaA ?an 2elmontA SylviusA 7lau3erA BoyleA BoerhaaveA BecherA and StahlA led Cur.ere represented in profusionA and 8r.henA upon ta!in' do.hich he .en<s hand.hich formed the underscorin'A he could not tellB 3ut .ec! in .as open at a3out its middleA and one para'raph displayed such thic! and tremulous pen1stro!es 3eneath the lines of mystic 3lac!1letter that the visitor could not resist scannin' it throu'h.en !ept in a front room .as the reason .hich .everA the facial e%pression of the o.ell1chosen li3rary of En'lish and 5atin 3oo!s. Charles Ward told his fatherA .as so rapidly overta!in' it in standin'A and 3uilt a fine country seat on the . 8erritt<s coach.H.en one .en to su''est a visit to the farmhouse and la3oratory .hat the mysterious old man had said to the spri'htly clericA 3ut that all diarists a'ree concernin' $r.en as the o.orn copy of BorellusA 3earin' many cryptical mar'inalia and interlineations in Cur.as a treasure1house of lore in the dou3tful realms of alchemy and astrolo'y. Whether it . This 3izarre collectionA 3esides a host of standard .n to manB and .o drove out at once in 8r.din' them close. 2is admiration for his host<s ample shelvesA . Chec!ley the famous .ner in e%hi3itin' them contri3uted much of the preCudice.as the nature of the passa'e underscoredA or the feverish heaviness of the stro!es .ned himself most impalpa3ly disDuieted 3y a mere minor detail.ithout a visi3le loss of the 'ay ur3anity for ."ilosop"orumA 7e3er<s (iber In!estigationisA and Artephius<s 3ey of Wisdom all .it came from Boston in 17&8 to 3e rector of 0in'<s ChurchA he did not ne'lect callin' on one of .ith a remar!a3le 3attery of philosophicalA mathematicalA and scientific . When $r. Chec!ley<s reluctance to repeat anythin' he had heard.ere thereB . +n the hu'e maho'any ta3le there lay face do.en .as more cordially received than most other callers at the house had 3een. The 'ood man had 3een hideously shoc!edA and could never recall 6oseph Cur. But oddly enou'hA the . 8erritt al.hich 8r."ilosop"ico cro.ner of the 3est li3rary in >rovidenceA 8r.hen they discussed Cur.ith a lastin' loathin'.s and Ara3s . 8r.ere eDuipped .nA and ta!in' 'reat pride in his telescopeA his microscopeA and his .hither he had never invited anyone 3eforeB and the t.as famed. 8erritt . 8ore definiteA ho.port to the to.hispered some years previously after the e%posure of nameless rites at the stran'e little fishin' villa'e of 0in'sportA in the province of the 8assachussetts1Bay. =n 17#.everA .hat is no.ith the ca33alistic 4o"arA >eter 6ammy<s set of Al3ertus 8a'nusA :aymond 5ully<s Ars Magna et 5ltima in @etsner<s editionA :o'er Bacon<s T"esaurus C"emicusA 4ludd<s Cla!is Alc"imiaeA and Trithemius<s #e (apide .8r.as not too alarmed to envyA em3raced nearly all the ca33alistsA daemonolo'istsA and ma'icians !no.hile 3ecause of some sinister undercurrent he detected in his host<s discourse. The 3oo! .n a fine volume conspicuously la3elled as the 6anoone-IslamA he found it .ays confessed to seein' nothin' really horri3le at the farmhouseA 3ut maintained that the titles of the 3oo!s in the special li3rary of thaumatur'icalA alchemicalA and theolo'ical su3Cects .hich Cur.hom he soon heard so muchB 3ut left in a very short . 2e lived in considera3le style and comfortA !eepin' the first coach and liveried servants in to.orthy 'entleman o.hy another man of taste and 3reedin' avoided the hau'hty hermit.hich 3esides the 7ree!A 5atinA and En'lish classics . 6ohn 8errittA an elderly En'lish 'entleman of literary and scientific leanin'sA came from .n . 8ediaeval 6e. >erhapsA ho.ards a 3adly . 2ermes Trisme'istus in 8esnard<s editionA the Turba .ould 'ive much to learn .P. 8erritt early paid him a callA and .

elt on the freDuency . :umour d.o :oyal re'iments on their .ritin' it do.as not for'ottenB so that in time it 3ecame e%ceedin'ly difficult for Cur. EustatiusA 2avanaA or >ort :oyal. Almost invaria3ly several .holly upon him for their stoc!B and his arran'ements .en ships rode restlessly. may have come from the affair of the missin' soldiers in 17 8A for in 8arch and April of that year t.ay to .hile the merchant<s .fordsA and Tillin'hastsA all made stran'e furtive si'ns of protection .e.e.n cler!s and captains hated and feared himA and all his sailors .ould 3e almost sure to lac! one or more men.orst thin's ."ilosop"er may& $it"out any criminal -ecromancy& call up t"e S"ape of any dead Ancestour from t"e #ust $"ereinto "is Bodie "as been incinerated%+ =t .oollensA saltA ri''in'A ironA paperA and En'lish 'oods of every !ind.as virtually an outcastA suspected of va'ue horrors and daemoniac alliances .i'htin'ale at the 4ryin'1>an and 4ish near .hich these sailors .asA in a .n on shore leaveA some of its mem3ers perhaps char'ed . =t read9 +T"e essential Saltes of Animals may be so prepared and preser!ed& t"at an ingenious Man may "a!e t"e $"ole Ark of -oa" in "is o$n Studie& and raise t"e fine S"ape of an Animal out of its As"es at "is . ho.ould desert soon after hearin' the 'ossip of the >rovidence .H.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward " somethin' in that com3ination affected him very 3adly and very peculiarly. =t .as held. Sailors are superstitious fol!B and the seasoned salts . . That many of the errands had concerned the farm of >a. Coffee12ouseA depended almost .hich seemed all the more menacin' 3ecause they could not 3e namedA understoodA or even proved to e%ist. 8ean. hair and sli'ht stoop enterin' the Cur.ere replaced .ould 3e turned loose in the to.orldly affairs .ith the red1coated stran'ersB and as several of them 3e'an to 3e missedA people thou'ht of the odd conditions amon' his o.en .ho manned the infinite rumA slaveA and molasses sloopsA the ra!ish privateersA and the 'reat 3ri's of the Bro.hich the old man .ith its yello.ith the local distillersA the .ont to 3e seen tal!in' .ere mon'rel riff1raff from 8artiniDueA St.ith .here the Cur.everA that the .en.hich Cur.en .ith this errand or thatB and .ith captains and supercar'oes on the lon' Duay .n StreetA ho.hen reassem3led it . What . 'reatly it distur3ed the ur3ane rector.n<s trade in saltpetreA 3lac! pepperA and cinnamonA and easily led any other one shippin' esta3lishment save the Bro.ould have happened if the re'iments had not 3een ordered onA no one can tell.en . A cre.e.as near the doc!s alon' the southerly part of the To.ayA the freDuency . Such shop!eepers as 6ames 7reenA at the Si'n of the Elephant in CheapsideA the :ussellsA at the Si'n of the 7olden Ea'le across the Brid'eA or Clar! and . 2e recalled it to the end of his daysA .hich inspired the acutest and most tan'i3le part of the fear in .harvesA and their replacement in the West =ndies 3ecame an increasin'ly 'reat pro3lem to the merchant.ith .as . Chec!ley till he sa.ere prosperin'.port candle1ma!ersA made him one of the prime e%porters of the Colony.en to !eep his oddly assorted hands.en<s o. the slimA deceptively youn'1loo!in' fi'ure .leasure1 and by t"e lyke Met"od from t"e essential Saltes of "umane #ust& a . of the sailors had ever 3een seen to return from that placeA .nsA Cra. 4rance .areA indi'oA cottonA . The last stra.arra'ansett dairymen and horse13reedersA and the . . 2e had a virtual monopoly of the to.n seamen.ns in his importation of 3rass.hen they sa.ere Duartered in >rovidenceA and depleted 3y an ine%plica3le process far 3eyond the avera'e rate of desertion.tu%et :oadA and that fe. By 17-* 6oseph Cur.P.ere muttered a3out 6oseph Cur.arehouse in $ou3loon Street or tal!in' .n from memory in his diary and once tryin' to recite it to his close friend $r. Cur.

arra'ansett Country.as necessarily sli'ht. 3ric! one 1 still standin' at the head of its parade in the old main street 1 .hen Charles Ward e%amined a set of his accounts and invoices in the Shepley 5i3raryA did it occur to any person 1 save one em3ittered youthA perhaps 1 to ma!e dar! comparisons 3et. When the Colony 2ouse 3urned do.er of .A ho. house . Cotton<s hill church in 17#& and founded $eacon Sno. reduced to the shiftless and impecunious residue .<s church across the Brid'eA Cur. 6ud'ement demanded that he patch up his relations .en continued to 3e avoided and distrustedA as indeed the one fact of his continued air of youth at a 'reat a'e .hatever they may have 3eenA apparently reDuired a heavy income for their maintenanceB and since a chan'e of environment .ealth and of surface 'esturesA ho.ere 'ivin' him much .as at once a patheticA a dramaticA and a contempti3le thin'.elfare. A3out this timeA alsoA he 3uilt the plain 3ut e%cellent ne.n Street their pavement of 'reat round stones .ould deprive him of the tradin' advanta'es he had 'ainedA it .ould not have profited him to 3e'in ane.ould have 3een enou'h to .ith themB thou'h his zeal and attendance soon a3ated.ould employA .n him into isolation and .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward & +stracised thou'h he .ed almost the po. Such is the po. 2e must li!e.ard himB especially after the rapid disappearances of his sailors a3ruptly ceased. But of course the effect of all this 3elated mendin' .P. When the Whitefield adherents 3ro!e off from $r.ise have 3e'un to practice an e%treme care and secrecy in his 'raveyard e%peditionsA for he .hich had thro.hom he could produce 3ona fide 3ills of sale either to slave1dealers at the 7reat Brid'e or to the planters of the . in a different re'ion Cust then.H.hereA and a 'eneral atmosphere of constraint and uneasiness.izard in unearthin' .ay is still such a triumph of carvin'. .en she. .eA Cur.ere uncannily profoundA once the necessity for their e%ercise had 3ecome impressed upon him. 2is ela3orate studies and e%perimentsA .everA that there came indeed a sli'ht a3atement in the visi3le aversion displayed to. 2e replaced many of the 3oo!s of the pu3lic li3rary consumed in the Colony 2ouse fireA and 3ou'ht heavily in the lottery that 'ave the muddy 8ar!et >arade and deep1rutted To.o.al! or LcauseyL in the middle.hilst the rumours of uncanny sounds and manoeuvres at his >a.er of a .ould soon 3e'in to .orryB and he held to his sea1captains and mates only 3y shre.arrantB and he could see that in the end his fortunes .ith some a.ith the to.een the lar'e num3er of 7uinea 3lac!s he imported until 17--A and the distur3in'ly small num3er for .asA he did not lac! for civic spirit of a sort. 2is rate of food consumption and cattle replacement remained a3normally hi'hB 3ut not until modern timesA .hom no one else .as 3uilt in 17-1. =n that same yearA tooA he helped re3uild the 7reat Brid'e after the +cto3er 'ale.n or analyseA .hich the ne.en had 'one . 2is cler!sA 3ein' no. =n many casesA diarists have recorded .ould 3e li!ely to suffer. CertainlyA the cunnin' and in'enuity of this a3horred character .nA he su3scri3ed handsomely to the lotteries 3y .nsfol! of >rovidenceA so that his presence mi'ht no lon'er 3e a si'nal for hushed conversationA transparent e%cuses or errands else.hose door.ith a 3ric! foot.dness in 'ainin' some !ind of ascendancy over them 1 a mort'a'eA a promissory noteA or a 3it of information very pertinent to their .tu%et farm diminished in proportion. Cur.rec! his 3usiness fortunes if not sharply chec!ed.as never a'ain cau'ht at such . " The si'ht of this stran'eA pallid manA hardly middle1a'ed in aspect yet certainly not less than a full century oldA see!in' at last to emer'e from a cloud of fri'ht and detestation too va'ue to pin do.everA he cultivated piety once moreB as if to dispel the shado.anderin'sB .

ho has real 8eritA added to a 3eautiful >ersonA to 'race the connu3ial State and perpetuate its 4elicity.as dutifully 3ro!en offA and that her union . Capt.< The collection of $urfee1Arnold lettersA discovered 3y Charles Ward shortly 3efore his first reputed madness in the private collection of 8elville 4.ford pac!et nterpriseA .en too! place on the seventh of 8archA 17-&A in the Baptist churchA in the presence of the most distin'uished assem3la'es .en found his house freDuented 3y persons . Eliza Tillin'hast .ido. Ward found a sin'le intact copy after much search in the archives of a private collector of noteA o3servin' . $urin' the final five years of his life it seemed as thou'h only direct tal!s . After her mother<s death she had !ept the houseA aided only 3y one old 3lac! . She had attended Stephen 6ac!son<s school opposite the Court12ouse >aradeB and had 3een dili'ently instructed 3y her motherA 3efore the latter<s death of smallpo% in 17 7A in all the arts and refinements of domestic life. .n to the household of one of his 3est and oldest ship1captainsA a . >etersA EsD.as completely under the domination of Cur. 6oseph Cur.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward # family secrets for Duestiona3le use. $utee Tillin'hastA a youn' 5ady .enA of this To.enB and consentedA after a terri3le intervie.as a. 2er ar'uments .ith amusement the meanin'less ur3anity of the lan'ua'e9 <8onday evenin' lastA 8r.hich he had so 'li3ly at his ton'ue<s end.er<s 5ane hillA to sanction the 3lasphemous alliance.ith . determined to contract an advanta'eous marria'eB securin' as a 3ride some lady . The Ga2ette mentioned the event very 3riefly.en marria'e must have 3een painful indeedB 3ut of these .ise have induced to cross his threshold.ould 3e receivedA hence he loo!ed a3out for some li!ely candidate upon .hich any ordinary courtship of his .hose parents he mi'ht e%ert a suita3le pressure.as at that time ei'hteen years of a'eA and had 3een reared as 'ently as the reduced circumstances of her father permitted.ith her father concernin' the proposed Cur.n could 3oastB the ceremony 3ein' performed 3y the youn'er Samuel Winsor.ith the lon'1dead could possi3ly have furnished some of the data . in his cupolaed house on >o. 2itherto a complete hermitA he no.ith every conceiva3le advanta'e save prospects as an heiress.as 3y no means completeA and his 3ride . The social influence of the Tillin'hastsA ho.ith 6oseph Cur.ould ma!e all ostracism of his home impossi3le.ed do.ered . Certain it is that her en'a'ement to youn' Ezra WeedenA second mate of the Cra.hat antecedent periodA thro.hich the to.hose unDuestioned position . and in most survivin' copies the item in Duestion seems to 3e cut or torn out.everA .are of the horror and indi'nation .ishin' an allianceB reasons so far outside the !no.or!ed in 17 & at the a'e of nineA may still 3e found in the rooms of the :hode =sland 2istorical Society. =t may 3e that he also had deeper reasons for .A of 7eor'e St.e have no record.s vivid li'ht on the outra'e done to pu3lic sentiment 3y this ill1assorted match.aturally he . A sampler of hersA .as not to 3e deniedB and once more 6oseph Cur. 2is acceptance .P.H.er of hi'h 3irth and un3lemished standin' named $utee Tillin'hastA .as socially the sufferer throu'h her .ere not at all easy to discoverB since he had very particular reDuirements in the .A and coverin' this and a some.as married to 8iss Eliza Tillin'hastA $au'hter of Capt.hom he could never other.n cosmic sphere that only papers found a century and a half after his death caused anyone to suspect themB 3ut of this nothin' certain can ever 3e learned.nA 8erchantA .ay of 3eautyA accomplishmentsA and social security. Tillin'hast .oman. Such candidatesA he foundA . A3out this time the crafty scholar hit upon a last desperate e%pedient to re'ain his footin' in the community.hose only dau'hter Eliza seemed do. At len'th his survey narro.

n. The 3irth entryA indeedA .portA and since famous as the early teacher of 7il3ert Stuart.ear do. 2e had helped $aniel 6enc!es found his 3oo!shop in 17-&A and .e.ith the heirs of the loyalist $r.<s chan'e of name had apprised him of his o. =n politics he ardently supported 7overnor 2op!ins a'ainst the Ward party .hose en'a'ement to Eliza Tillin'hast had 3een so a3ruptly 3ro!en. the level of .as found very curiously throu'h correspondence .ife never visitedA he seemed more li!e a normal citizen than at any other time in his lon' years of residence.nA and BenCamin West in their efforts to raise the cultural tone of the to.ith him a duplicate set of records . +n the seventh of 8ayA 17. +nly one person remained in open enmity .e.A Cur.ho had ta!en . At this period the erratic scholar she.ould appear to have played a 'reat partA for he too! from his house to the farm the 'reater num3er of his volumes on that su3Cect.here it ou'ht to appearB and Charles Ward located 3oth . 2e seemedA as .hich culminated in his madness.as some.en<s only child Ann . The li!eness . The record of this 3irthA as .een their respective Con're'ational and Baptist affiliations.atched him closelyA sneered cynically at all this out.ith a fervour 'reatly out of !eepin' .ife had 3ecome communicants shortly after their marria'eA in order to compromise 3et.tu%et :oad.ith a pro1Ward vote in the 7eneral Assem3ly did more than any other thin' to .as said to have 3een e%ecuted on a .as in .n relationshipA and en'endered the feverish interest .ise to the stru''lin' Ga2ette that appeared each Wednesday at the Si'n of Sha!espeare<s 2ead. Shortly after the 3irth of his dau'hterA an event he seemed to .as christened 3y the :ev.ith himA this 3ein' the youthful ship<s officer .all1panel of the li3rary of the house in +lney CourtA 3ut neither of the t.orth >rovidence as a separate to.ife the stran'e 3ride'room astonished 3oth her and the community 3y displayin' an e%treme 'raciousness and consideration. 'ainin' a hate13redA do''ed purpose . 2is affectation of civic interest did not diminishA and he lost no opportunities for helpin' such leaders as Stephen 2op!insA 6oseph Bro.ith his usual coldnessA Cur. But Ezra WeedenA .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward forced ventureB 3ut at all events the .ard activityB and freely s. that his 'reat1 'reat1'randmother Ann Tillin'hast >otter had 3een an Episcopalian.as no more than a mas! for some nameless traffic! . Ward had tried this source 3ecause he !ne. The ne.ido.portA and his really eloDuent speech at 2acher<s 2all in 17.e. =n his treatment of his .ed si'ns of unusual a3stractionA and spent as much time as he possi3ly could at his farm on the >a.n the preCudice a'ainst him.ith the 'reatest difficulty after his discover of the .n annals .hen he left his pastorate at the out3rea! of the :evolution.n .hich .P.as thereafter his 3est customerB e%tendin' aid li!e. Ezra Weeden had fran!ly vo. The reven'eful youth 3e'an a systematic study of the man and his doin's .ith the 3lac!est 'ulfs of Tartarus.as statedA in a condition of suppressed e%citement or suspenseB as if e%pectin' some phenomenal thin' or on the 3rin! of some stran'e discovery.ho . 7ravesA .hich 3oth hus3and and .o old diaries mentionin' it 'ave any hint of its ultimate disposition.as no. 6ohn 7raves of 0in'<s ChurchA of .elcome .en .H.as then much 3elo.hat torn do.hich his .tu%et farm . house in +lney Court .ell as that of the marria'e t.a'ainst the settin' off of .o years 3eforeA . This he had painted 3y a very 'ifted Scotsman named Cosmo Ale%anderA then a resident of .as no.en resolved to sit for a portrait.hich 3oded no 'ood to the usurpin' hus3and.all of utter ostracism .hose prime stren'th .ed ven'eanceB and thou'h of a Duiet and ordinarily mild dispositionA .ore it .as much a3sent at the >a.nA . Chemistry or alchemy .holly free from distur3in' manifestationsA and althou'h Cur.as 3ornB and . .port in its patrona'e of the li3eral arts.as stric!en from most copies of the church and to.

as an%ious to avoid.henever he .as ever offered 3y him.as very suddenA and 'ained .en<s affairs to a scrutiny such as they had never had 3efore.hen every colonist seemed determined to resist the provisions of the Su'ar Act .in' the li'hters or small sloops .tu%et farmB althou'h there .hichA thou'h not actually near 'raveyardsA . li'hts in the Cur.P.en a3andoned his midni'ht sailin's.hich hampered a prominent traffic!. and then of his presence in places . Smu''lin' and evasion .indo.ith this chan'e.hole pro'ramme .hich only their lon'1dead ancestors . ThenA a3out the sprin' of 17-7A a ne. Ezra WeedenA thou'h his periods of espiona'e .hich appears to have come early in 6ulyA that the sinister scholar 3e'an to astonish people 3y his possession of information .hich .as after this transitionA . =t .ould 'o do. After that chan'eA ho.arehouses at the To. 2e also !ept as close a . thorou'h the old merchant<s chan'e of ha3its really .atch as possi3le on the >a.hich the sinister s!ul!er .tu%et farmA and .en.nsfol! and farmers lac!edB and su3Cected Cur.s.ere constantly decreasin'.n Street doc!sA soon felt assured that it .en<s sailors .came the final chan'e in 6oseph Cur.everA the .here they .as once severely 3itten 3y the do's the old =ndian couple loosed upon him.hen he sa.ho .as not merely 2is 8aCesty<s armed ships . 3ound to him 3y ties of fear as potent as those of 3an!ruptcy had 3een. =mportation of slaves ceased at onceA and for a time Cur.ould sometimes steal Duietly off and do.hich had only five hi'h narro.ide notice amon'st the curious to.hom he no.as handled 3y the captains .n and across the 3ay and landed at an o3scure point on the shore Cust north of >a.as 'reater than the lon'in' to share his reCoicin'A for no e%planation . steal off from the Cur. But WeedenA ni'ht after ni'ht follo.ith a dory in readiness .ont to put out from the 3lac!A silent doc!sA and this time they .ard driven up the 3luff and across country to the Cur.these 3oats had for the most part contained chained ne'roesA . .hat he had found or learned or madeB 3ut apparently the need of secrecy . Every possi3le moment . +n the contraryA they tended rather to increaseB so that more and more of his shippin' 3usiness . =t .here they .n the 3ay some distanceA perhaps as far as .hich he sa.en .as altered.ondered Cust ho. >rior to the chan'e in 17-.n the 3ay.en seemed to have difficulty in restrainin' himself from pu3lic haran'ues on .as spent at the >a.harves .en<s feverish secret activities 3y no means ceased .ere rumours no. But Cur. 2e alto'ether a3andoned the slave tradeA alle'in' that its profits .ould then deposit this car'o at the usual point on the shoreA and transport .amDuit >ointA .ere yet so situated in relation to 'raveyards that thou'htful people .ere necessarily 3rief and intermittent on account of his sea voya'in'A had a vindictive persistence .H. & =n 17-.in' the small 3oat .arehousesA and follo.ould seem to 3e a3le to impart.as. slits for .ould meet and receive car'o from stran'e ships of considera3le size and . Cur.en . Cur.nsfol!B for the air of suspense and e%pectancy dropped li!e an old cloa!A 'ivin' instant place to an ill1concealed e%altation of perfect triumph.ere the rule in . +nce more the li'hters 're.tu%etB 3ein' after. 8any of the odd manoeuvres of the stran'e merchant<s vessels had 3een ta!en for 'ranted on account of the unrest of the timesA .ere loc!ed in that enormous stone out3uildin' . policy appeared.en farmA .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward - .idely varied appearance.ere carried do.arra'ansett BayA and nocturnal landin's of illicit car'oes .hich the 3ul! of the practical to.as in portB spendin' hours at ni'ht 3y the .ere continuous commonplaces.

en as!ed the prisoner 1 if prisoner he .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 7 it overland to the farmB loc!in' it in the same cryptical stone 3uildin' . 4indin' his o. Even then he . 'houlish dialo'ues in .ere 1 .hat other diarists and letter1.ays a !ind of catechismA as if Cur.hen the 'round 3ore a footprint1revealin' sno.hich the past affairs of >rovidence families .ere historical or scientificB occasionally pertainin' to very remote places and a'es. The house . =t is 'athered that Weeden and Smith 3ecame early convinced that a 'reat series of tunnels and catacom3sA inha3ited 3y a very sizea3le staff of persons 3esides the old =ndian and his .ere freDuently distin'uisha3le in replyA reproofA or threatenin'.hich he ou'ht to !no.hether the order to slay .hines of entreatyA pantin's of ea'erness and shouts of protest.as Duestioned in 4rench a3out the Blac! >rince<s massacre at 5imo'es in 1&7*A as if there ..ithinA it must have 3een accessi3le throu'h secret passa'es 3eneath. There .enA . 2e didA ho.ee! 'o 3y . the effect of pu3licity . The car'o consisted almost .hich a lar'e proportion . This 3uildin' stood clear of any otherB yet Cud'in' 3y the different voices heard at odd times .ers he could understand . =nsteadA they .as only 3ecause they !ne.here the roof came nearly to the 'round.as an old pea!ed relic of the middle seventeenth century .holly of 3o%es and casesA of . After that dateA ho.ithout a si'ht e%cept .led'e of forei'n partsA and many that they did seem to place as 3elon'in' to this or that nationality.ith curious chants or invocations.hat Eleazar Smith Cotted do. Weeden had many ver3atim reports of overheard scraps in his note3oo!A for En'lishA 4renchA and SpanishA .enA certain captivesA and the 'uards of those captives.ith enormous stac! chimney and diamond1paned lattice . Cur.riters have timidly repeated from the statements .ere mere mum3lin's and ne'ro . What they did learn must have 3een startlin' indeedA and Charles Ward spo!e many times to his parents of his re'ret at Weeden<s later 3urnin' of his note3oo!s.as only the outer shell of some vast and revoltin' menaceA of a scope and depth too profound and intan'i3le for more than shado.hich they finally made 1 and accordin' to .ould often .n to Cur.ere o3lon' and heavy and distur3in'ly su''estive of coffins.everA they assumed a very sin'ular and terri3le cast as they ran the 'amut 3et. The nature of the conversations seemed al. Weeden al. They appeared to 3e in different lan'ua'esA all !no.A . All that can 3e told of their discoveries is . +nceA for e%ampleA an alternately ra'in' and sullen fi'ure .al! as close as possi3le in the travelled road or on the ice of the nei'h3ourin' river to see .ould 3e to .en .indo.hat trac!s others mi'ht have left.arn their Duarry and ma!e further pro'ress impossi3le.ere voices of a sort that neither Weeden nor Smith had ever heard 3efore despite their .n vi'ils interrupted 3y nautical dutiesA he hired a tavern companion named Eleazar Smith to continue the survey durin' his a3senceB and 3et.hisperin's and frenzied screamsA coupled .P.ith unremittin' assiduityB visitin' it each ni'ht for lon' periodsA and seldom lettin' a .atched the farm .hich the farm ..ished to learn somethin' definite 3efore ta!in' any action.ere freDuently usedB 3ut of these nothin' has survived.ifeA underlay the farm.ere some hidden reason .een them the t.ard the northA .i%t dronin's of dull acDuiescence and e%plosions of frantic pain or furyA rum3lin's of conversations and . That they did not do so .everA say that 3esides a fe.y comprehension.hich had formerly received the ne'roes.ide !no.hich he !ne.ays .ere concernedA most of the Duestions and ans.sA the la3oratory 3ein' in a lean1to to.ere e%tortin' some sort of information from terrified or re3ellious prisoners.H.n in a non too coherent diaryA and .as 'iven 3ecause of the Si'n of the 7oat found on the altar in the ancient .hose raspin' accents .o could have set in motion some e%traordinary rumours. Sometimes it seemed that several persons must 3e in the houseB Cur. These voicesA 3efore 17--A .

n ton'ueA a shado.ashed to li'htA and . 4aint cries and 'roans unmista!a3ly came up no.P.ere re. C.as a terrific shrie! follo. When searched for contra3and materialA this ship revealed the astonishin' fact that its car'o consisted e%clusively of E'yptian mummiesA consi'ned to LSailor A.nA >ennsylvaniaA had 'iven a clever mechanical spectacle advertised as <A ?ie.port durin' the previous summerA the customs fleet under Admiral Wallace had adopted an increased vi'ilance concernin' stran'e vesselsB and on this occasion 2is 8aCesty<s armed schooner CygnetA under Capt. and then from . 8anuel ArrudaA 3ound accordin' to its lo' from 7rand CairoA E'yptA to >rovidence..LA .ho .itnessedA since the .as on this occasion that the listenerA .hat to do in vie.ersA and 2illsA li!e.indo. these catacom3s could have 3een constructedA Weeden . .as ever ocularly . =t . Arruda felt himself in honour 3ound not to reveal.ays heavily draped.s .e. B.hence the spea!in' proceededA 'ave a start . of the 4amous City of 6erusalemA in .hose identity Capt. The ?ice1Admiralty at .e.ere ever heard in the houseA and Weeden and Smith concluded that Cur. When or ho.hole 3e.en put his mon'rel seamen to diverse uses indeedF $urin' the heavy sprin' rains of 17-) the t.ise the Sufferin' of +ur Saviour from the 7arden of 7ethsemane to the Cross on the 2ill of 7ol'othaB an artful piece of StatuaryA Worthy to 3e seen 3y the Curious.n to the valley of the >a.orn in the 3an!s.< =t .or!men from the river.as una3le to sayB 3ut he freDuently pointed out ho.hich .here old =ndian 3ury1'rounds . .ould come to remove his 'oods in a li'hter Cust off .as o3viously an entrance to caverns .aturally there mi'ht 3e many e%planations of such thin's in the rear of a stoc! farmA and a locality . After that no more conversations . 7ortale2a of BarcelonaA SpainA under Capt.amDuit >oint and . he had seen in the autumn of 17-# in 2acher<s 2allA . of the non1contra3and nature of the car'o on the one hand and of the unla.hilst hidden in the 3ushes alon' the river13an! in the rearA .hat appeared to 3e the solid earth in places far from any structureB .ho had crept close to the .here the hi'h 'round sloped steeply do.hich startled Weeden e%ceedin'lyB remindin' him of one of the puppets in a sho. E%asperated 3y the 3urnin' of the revenue sloop (iberty at . 4ailin' to o3tain repliesA the inDuisitor had seemin'ly resorted to e%treme meansB for there .hich roused the old =ndian pair and caused them to loose the do's on him. easily the place mi'ht have 3een reached 3y 3ands of unseen . their o. .here deep 'ullies had 3een . Charles 5eslieA captured after a short pursuit one early mornin' the sco.H.as seen on the curtain .portA at a loss .ed 3y silence and mutterin' and a 3umpin' sound. 6oseph Cur.arded 3y the si'ht of a profusion of 3oth human and animal 3ones in places .ere al.as in 6anuary 177*A .ful .ere commonA 3ut Weeden and Smith dre.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 8 :oman crypt 3eneath the CathedralA or .hatA if anythin'A to thin! or do a3out the .tu%etA there .atchers !ept a sharp eye on the steep river13an! to see if any su3terrene secrets mi'ht 3e .as found an arched oa!en door in a frame of heavy masonryA .indo. That such re'ions in truth e%istedA seemed amply clear from many thin's.hen a man from 7ermanto.en had transferred his field of action to re'ions 3elo.hether the $ar! 8an of the 2aute ?ienne had spo!en the Three Words. of the front room .n inferences.hich are represented 6erusalemA the Temple of SolomonA his :oyal ThroneA the noted To.ithin the hill.one of these colloDuies .ere still de3atin' vainly on . +nceA thou'hA durin' a discourse in an un!no.ilderin' 3usinessA that the incident of the 7ortale2a occurred.o .hilst Weeden and Smith .

him .hatsoever of the si'nificance of the thin'B and indul'ed in the .everA no trace of a passa'e into the steep 3an!B for the miniature avalanche had left 3ehind a solid .as deterred 3y lac! of success 1 or perhaps 3y fear of possi3le success.itness to refute the possi3le char'e that Cealousy and vindictiveness had spurred his fancy.son .H.s.as afforded of any actual su3terranean cham3ers or 3urro.n. Smith .n anent 6oseph .s in falls over a roc!y terrace to Coin the placed landloc!ed cove.ent round of thin's that .inds throu'h many settled re'ions a3oundin' in 'raveyardsA and of course the sprin' rains had 3een very heavyB 3ut the fisherfol! a3out the 3rid'e did not li!e the .ent over the falls.ashed a.in' sprin'A li!e that of the year 3eforeA had heavy rainsB and the .ay that another half cried out althou'h its condition had 'reatly departed from that of o3Cects .aters 3elo.ell enou'h not to dou3t his veracityA and on the other hand . As his first confidant he selected Capt. The follo.ere .here the river flo.hat the persistent and reven'eful Weeden . There .son of the nterpriseA .ild .led'eA and his fondness for 'raveyards 3ein' common suspicionB it did not ta!e much ima'ination to lin! him . 6ames 8athe.ildest theories concernin' Cur. ThereA .aters.ide remar! in >rovidenceA and there .A or the . =t is interestin' to speculate on .n to 3e heard in turn .een the car'o of mummies and the sinister 6oseph Cur.as ripe to tell others of his discoveriesB for he had a lar'e num3er of facts to lin! to'etherA and a second eye1.tu%et a3out a mile 3elo.everA at the villa'e of >a. This e%traordinary incident did not fail of .all of mi%ed earth and shru33ery from aloft.P. The colloDuy too! place in an upper room of Sa3in<s Tavern near the doc!sA .en.tu%et in a lon' river .ere not many . 2is e%otic studies and his curious chemical importations 3ein' common !no.ho on the one hand !ne.ho dou3ted the e%istence of some conne%ion 3et.here surely enou'h there remained the evidence of an e%tensive cave1in.as Cust then at sea 1 in haste to the river13an! 3ehind the farmB .ere floatin' do. As if conscious of this natural 3eliefA Cur.as sufficiently influential in the to.ent to the e%tent of some e%perimental di''in'A 3ut .A . +f course the >a.ould have done had he 3een ashore at the time.asA ho.hich normally cried out.here Duaint old cotta'es clim3ed the hill from the rustic 3rid'eA and fishin'1smac!s lay anchored at their sleepy doc!sA a va'ue report . 5i!e nearly everyone else in the to.as tremendously impressed.hich could not conceiva3ly have 3een destined for anyone else in the to. There .ere later rumours of its havin' 3een seen in Boston 2ar3ourA thou'h it never openly entered the >ort of Boston. That rumour sent Smith 1 for Weeden . # By the autumn of 177* Weeden decided that the time .ay that one of the thin's stared as it shot do.atchers !ept careful trac! of the river13an! 3ehind the Cur. 5ar'e sections .n the river and flashin' into si'ht for a minute as they .ayA and a certain num3er of 3ones discoveredB 3ut no 'limpse .en and his monstrous la3ours.n to the still .as rumouredA ho. Somethin' .nA he had had 3lac! suspicions of his o.en too! care to spea! casually on several occasions of the chemical value of the 3alsams found in mummiesB thin!in' perhaps that he mi'ht ma!e the affair seem less unnaturalA yet stoppin' Cust short of admittin' his participation.ith respect.en farm.hich . 8athe.ith a frea!ish importation .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward ) secrecy of the entry on the other handA compromised on Collector :o3inson<s recommendation 3y freein' the ship 3ut for3iddin' it a port in :hode =sland .ith Smith present to corro3orate virtually every statementB and it could 3e seen that Capt. Weeden and SmithA of courseA felt no dou3t .

6ames 8annin'A >resident of the Colle'e . With hidden po. At the end of the conference he .arned to leave to. Secrecy .P.nsmen met at the home of Stephen 2op!ins and de3ated tentative measures. 0in' Street schoolhouse a. Whipple<s 3luff and resonant profanity 3est e%pressed. Weeden<s notesA .hatever advice they mi'ht have to offer. 8athe.as temporarily housed in the ne.ith him must die.o youn'er men.s and follo.ho had much first1hand !no.as very 'raveA and enCoined strict silence upon the t.portA 3efore ta!in' action.n.ers of uncertain e%tent apparently at his disposalA Cur.hether or not to inform the 7overnor of the ColonyA 6oseph Wanton of . Somethin' very li!e fear seized the . A3raham WhippleA a privateersman of phenomenal 3oldness and ener'y .ho had 3een a mem3er of the >hilosophical Society at . =f somethin' 'raver appearedA and if the under'round horrors indeed turned out to 3e realA he and all .ere summoned to 'ive testimony anent details.ere la.led'e of Cur. The mission of Capt. BenCamin WestA .as considera3leA and .d must 3e !ept in i'noranceA lest there 3e enacted in these already trou3lous times a repetition of that fri'htful Salem panic of less than a century 3efore .ith shrie!s and ima'inary conversations in different voicesA he .ould pro3a3ly 3e essential in any caseA for this .ho had flouted the 0in'<s revenue forces for years .hilst he found one or t.ho could 3e counted on to lead in any active measures needed.hole assem3la'e 3efore the meetin' .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward -* Cur. 8athe.lessA and men .son prospered 3eyond his hi'hest e%pectationsB for .ho could safely 3e . These menA if favoura3leA mi'ht eventually 3e 3rou'ht to'ether for collective deli3erationB and .tu%et farm 3y a lar'e raidin'1party of seasoned privateersmen and 'iven one decisive chance to e%plain himself.hose pamphlet on the late transit of ?enus proved him a scholar and !een thin!erB :ev. it came a3out.as not a man .as a man of very 3road perceptionsB 6ohn CarterA pu3lisher of the Ga2etteB all four of the Bro.ho formed the reco'nised local ma'natesA and of . and her father need not 3e told ho.o of the chosen confidants some.e.H.hose erudition .en .ould not notify the 7overnorA 3ecause a more than le'al course seemed necessary.en must 3e surprised at his >a.elfare of the to.portA and .ho did not thin! it necessary to ta!e some sort of secret and coQrdinated action.as not one .ameless reprisals mi'ht ensueA and even if the sinister creature compliedA the removal .as clearA formed a va'ue potential menace to the .as overA thou'h there ran throu'h that fear a 'rim determination .e.hich he had 'iven to Capt. .enA it .enB hence it needed only this confirmation and enlar'ement of data to convince him a3solutely.aitin' the completion of its 3uildin' on the hill a3ove >res3yterian15aneB e%17overnor Stephen 2op!insA .ith them .hom 6oseph .n and ColonyB and must 3e eliminated at any cost. They .hich had Cust moved up from Warren and .ere not the ones to 3al! at sterner thin's .ouldA he saidA transmit the information separately to some ten or so of the most learned and prominent citizens of >rovidenceB ascertainin' their vie.ould 3e $r.as an amateur scientist of partsB old $r.ido. =t could 3e done DuietlyA and even the .n consta3les or militia could cope .sonA .n 3rothersA 6ohnA 6osephA .hich Capt.as no matter that the to. The times .hen duty impelled.icholasA and 8osesA .ere carefully readB and he and Smith .ould rest the responsi3ility of decidin' . Cur. The ri'ht persons to tellA he 3elievedA .ithB and a3ove all else the e%cita3le cro.hich had first 3rou'ht Cur.ould 3e no more than the shiftin' of an unclean 3urden to another place. 6a3ez Bo. 2e .enA .en<s odd purchasesB and Capt.en hither.ould 3e properly confined. Cur.hat sceptical of the possi3le 'hastly side of Weeden<s taleA there . .in' . 5ate in $ecem3er 177* a 'roup of eminent to. =f he proved a madmanA amusin' himself .

ould have 'iven much had the yard 3een less confusin'ly trampled.as .as found on the Cams of ice around the southern piers of the 7reat Brid'eA . Bo.as the >a.n.hisperin'.hich 3rou'ht sleepy heads to every . 8ean.ith heavy sno. = have not ye Chymicall art to follo.B and people around Wey3osset >oint sa.hole s!in had a coarseA loosely !nit te%ture impossi3le to account for. The na!ed 'iant had 3een pursued 3y do's and many 3ooted menA and the returnin' trac!s of the hounds and their masters could 3e easily traced. They had 'iven up the chase upon comin' too near the to. The ne%t mornin'A ho.hose 'reat1'randson Aaron 2oppin .as happenin'A 3ut nothin' re. As it . TheyA sha!in' as they did soA e%chan'ed furtive murmurs of .ith the post riders to intercept 6oseph Cur.tu%et :oadA he came upon some very curious trac!s in the sno.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward -1 While these serious steps .as a 3ayin' of do's in the distanceA 3ut this su3sided as soon as the clamour of the a.here Charles Ward found itA ran as follo.ere under discussion there occurred in the to.n 3ecame audi3le.as a supercar'o in Cur.a!ened to.as done at 8r. They found it vacantA precisely as they had e%pected.tu%et farm of 6oseph Cur.s. $r.hat the old men .orth Buryin' 7round opposite 2errenden<s 5ane and opened a 'rave. 2e had a curious e%pectancyA and .onder and fearB for in those stiffA hideous features lay a resem3lance so marvellous as to 3e almost an identity 1 and that identity .as not surprised ..en<s employA Weeden as!ed casual Duestions till he found .en<s mailA and shortly 3efore the incident of the na!ed 3ody there .ell !ne.arded their search.e BorellusA and o.hich 3affled him utterly.hile arran'ements had 3een made .n an incident so terri3le and ine%plica3le that for a time little else . =mpressed 3y .ho had died full fifty years 3efore. What you senteA did not Wor!eA .hom Weeden .hich made the coQperatin' citizens thin! deeply.hisperedA for only in the patriarchs did that ri'id face .ith horror13ul'in' eyes stri!e any chord of memory.as 3uried.here the 5on' $oc! stretched out 3eside A33ott<s distil1houseA and the identity of this o3Cect 3ecame a theme for endless speculation and .ere not :i'hte from my Spea!<' or yr Copy<'. rais<d upp from What he cou<d 'ather onlie a part of.as mentioned for miles around.as not so much the youn'er as the older fol! . =n the middle of a moon1li'ht 6anuary ni'ht . = alone am at a 5oss.ho .ould 3eB and he . >arties of men .as present at the findin'B and remem3erin' the 3ayin' of the ni'ht 3eforeA set out alon' Wey3osset Street and across 8uddy $oc! Brid'e . a 'reat .asA he dared not seem too interested in full dayli'ht.here 7reen .ith a man . = deli'ht that you continue in ye 7ett<' at +lde 8atters in your WayA and doe not thin! 3etter .oth<' 3ut ye liveliest A.as found a letter from one 6edediah +rne of Salem .hite thin' plun'in' frantically alon' the 3adly cleared space in front of the Tur!<s 2ead.fulness in that .enA to .henA reachin' the ed'e of the settled district .ith his reportA performed an autopsy on the stran'e corpseA and discovered peculiarities .hich 2. >arts of itA copied and preserved in the private archives of the Smith family .here the street mer'ed into the >a.everA a 'iantA muscular 3odyA star! na!edA . it .ent at once . The di'estive tracts of the hu'e man seemed never to have 3een in useA . underfoot there resounded over the river and up the hill a shoc!in' series of cries .P. =t .as .ith lanterns and mus!ets hurried out to see . =t .hispered of this 3ody<s li!eness to the lon'1dead 3lac!smith $aniel 7reenA .hilst the . There .enA as he . That ni'ht a party of ten visited the old .ne my .hat . Ezra Weeden . 2utchinson<s in Salem1?illa'e. Weeden smiled 'rimlyA and as a perfunctory detail traced the footprints 3ac! to their source.hether 3ecause of Any Thin' miss<'A or 3ecause ye Wordes .hence the sound had come.H. CertainelyA there .indo.

ish to Ans.P.sB an event .n (niversity have pronounced the alpha3et Amharic or A3yssinianA althou'h they do not reco'nise the .ays 3e certain .n<s preCudice.orried loo!. you spea! of.as conscious . Biddle<s Wharf.as in an un!no.tu%et :oadA and he dropped little 3y little the air of forced 'eniality .ould leave no trace of 6oseph Cur.hat .H.n Ji.in' passa'e9 = .hat ye Blac! 8an learnt from Sylvanus Cocidius in ye ?aultA under ye :oman WallA and .arehouses 3y ni'ht that .hich .hom to calle uppA for you are Sensi3le .ear an unusually .hich = came 3ac! as my Son.n alpha3et.e must loo! for the main fruits of Weeden<s disclosures.hen to e%pect them. St.ith .n had 3ecome the e%ecutive leader of the select 'roup 3ent on . But more decisive steps .as under development .ill 3e o3li'<d for ye lend<' of ye 8S. And a'aine = as! that you shalle .n ton'ue and even an un!no.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward -" Self confounded 3y ye ?==. . . =n the Smith diary found 3y Charles Ward a sin'le oft1repeated com3ination of characters is clumsily copiedB and authorities at Bro. many live Specimens you . =n this Community a 8an may not live too lon'A and you !no.ere in the one = rais<d up +cto3er lastA and ho.<' . ho.hat a'ainst youA . >aul<sA St.ard she.erA and shal commande more than you. But = !no.hat you say respectin' the sendin' of Accounts only 3y yr ?esselsA 3ut can not al.enA despite all precautionsA apparently felt that somethin' . >eter<sA St. The nearest nei'h3ours to his farmA the 4ennersA one ni'ht remar!ed a 'reat shaft of li'ht shootin' into the s!y from some aperture in the roof of that cryptical stone 3uildin' . . truely that 2orrendous thin' is reported. =n the 8atter spo!e ofA = reDuire onlie one more thin'B 3ut .ecronomicon that you recommende. Boo!e of ye . =t seems a 'reat 2azard and Burthen to ta!e a.holesome character in >hiladelphia. Another and unsi'ned letter from >hiladelphia provo!ed eDual thou'htA especially for the follo.as seen at all hours in the to.hole Bo%A and in To.e.ill 3e 'uided 3y you in all 8atters.ill o3serve . 8r. A third suspicious letter .ou inform meA that no >art must 3e missin' if the finest Effects are to 3e hadA 3ut you can not 3ut !no.ay the .indo.one of these epistles . 8ather .as no. = .as fri'hted .ith the hi'hA e%cessively narro.e my >lan 3y .ith . Cur.en<s no%ious mysteries.hich he had latterly sou'ht to com3at the to. Shippen re'ardin' the presence of an un. remar!ed to . As! of the 5esserA lest the 7reater shal not .as told to us a3oute ta!<' Care .rit in ye 8a'nalia of 111111A and can Cud'e ho. 8ary<s or Christ ChurchK it can scarce 3e done at all.ere forc<d to imploy 3efore you hit upon the ri'ht 8ode in the year 17--B so .n and on the >a. = am desirous you .rite me as 6edediah and not Simon. Bro. = say to you a'aineA doe not call up Any that you can not put do. hard it is to 3e sure.indB for he . But = .as in the . Slo. The >ennsylvania 2istorical Society also has some curious letters received 3y $r.ere in the airA and it is in the secret assem3la'es of s.ho must have tolde you.ed that the >rovidence men too! certain Duiet steps.n in >rovidence.hat 8r.ord.as ever delivered to Cur.ou<d have you +3serve .enA thou'h the disappearance of 6edediah +rne from Salem as recorded shortly after. .neB 3y the Which = meaneA Any that can in Turne call up Some.ill AcDuaint me .n .orn and tested sailors and faithful old privateersmen in the Bro.hich they Duic!ly communicated to 6ohn Bro.erfullest $evices may not 3e of use.ish to 3e sure = apprehend you e%actly.here3y your >o.hat Ben @ariatnatmi! hadde in his e3ony Bo%eA for = .ly and surely a plan of campai'n .hat =mperfections . 2is coach .hen = read of your !no. = am impatient for yr Bri'A and inDuire daily at 8r.

These chiefs conferred apart in a rear cham3erA after . on 4ridayA April 1"thA 1771A in the 'reat room of Thurston<s Tavern at the Si'n of the 7olden 5ion on Wey3osset >oint across the Brid'e.ho had come up at the eleventh hour thou'h a3sent from the preliminary session in the tavern.as notedA 7overnor 2op!insA . Whether the ruse .portA a'ainst . Whipple emer'ed to the 'reat room and 'ave the 'athered seamen their last oaths and instructions.<s church some of the men turned 3ac! to ta!e a partin' loo! at >rovidence lyin' outspread under the early sprin' stars.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward -& Cur.ere . Accordin' to the Smith diary a company of a3out 1** men met at 1* p.enB to'ether .ept up 'ently from the cove north of the Brid'e.aitin' the arrival of Ezra WeedenA .sonA and $r.i' Jthe lar'est in the ColoniesK for .n there .aitin' for Weeden in order to !no.ere present for active service Capt. All these freemen and their hundred sailors 3e'an the lon' march .ithout the 'reat peri.ed .iped out.ere present $r.nA .izardry.hich Capt.ith his case of sur'ical instrumentsA >resident 8annin' . mountin' lanes of its sideA the old to.hose duty .ith 8oses Bro.ithout delayA 'rim and a trifle apprehensive as they left the 8uddy $oc! 3ehind and mounted the 'entle rise of Broad Street to.en . WhippleA the leaderA Capt.as clim3in' a3ove the 'reat hill across the .as a3out to 3e ta!en. Ese! 2op!insA 6ohn CarterA >resident 8annin'A Capt. The pro3a3ility that Cur.ith a man of such Dueer .aterA .m. At the foot of that hillA and alon' the narro.as openly or clandestinely raised.tu%et :oad.en farmhouseA and of re'ularly reportin' every incident .lin'1piecesA or .as .n to 3e a spy of the customs officers at . A moment laterA as the recedin' coach clattered faintly over the 8uddy $oc! Brid'eA Weeden appearedB and the raiders fell silently into military order in the streetA shoulderin' the fireloc!sA fo.ho .ays.n had entrusted the duty of .as 3ro!en 3y the roof1line of the unfinished Colle'e edifice.en and report the departure of his coach for the farm.as to lead the actual raidin' party.as on 'uard and attemptin' unusual thin'sA as su''ested 3y the odd shaft of li'htA precipitated at last the action so carefully devised 3y the 3and of serious citizens. 8athe.hom the hand of every >rovidence s!ipperA merchantA and farmer . Eleazar Smith .en .e.hich too! place there.as a3out to 3e .itnessin' the final raidB and he e%plained his course 3y sayin' that Cur. Bo.ere .as !no.hich they had .ho had seen so many Dueer thin's is not certainB 3ut at any rate the 4enners . A3out 1*9&* a heavy rum3le .rapped in his dar! cloa! and accompanied 3y his seafarin' 3rother Ese!A . .as to !eep trac! of Cur.atchin' the Cur.ith the partyA and of the deli3eratin' citizens there .n dreamedB +ld >rovidenceA for .ith them.hich he .en<s e%tirpationA and had informed the 4enners that some action .hom he had initiated at the last moment . To them 8r.ith the leaders as they sat in the rear apartment a. This he deemed needful 3ecause of the impossi3ility of their not .halin' harpoons .ed 3y the sound of a coach in the street outsideB and at that hour there .illin' to connect any evil .hose crest of trees .hose safety and sanity so monstrous and colossal a 3lasphemy .as .holly 3elieved 3y nei'h3ours .P. that the doomed man had set out for his last ni'ht of unhallo. 6ust 3eyond Elder Sno.ard the >a. WhippleA .sonA and Capt. Bro.as heard on the 7reat Brid'eA follo.enA . +f the 'uidin' 'roup of prominent men in addition to the leader 6ohn Bro.as no need of . Weeden and Smith . ?e'a . 8athe. Bo.ith the permission of the restA 6ohn CarterA Capt.H. Steeples and 'a3les rose dar! and shapelyA and salt 3reezes s.

en farm and demolish . Whipple no.ild eyes and a hideous un!no.ould reDuire a special messen'er if needed for help.hich mi'ht issue from the re'ions .o .ays the case of late.histle13lasts it .ithin.hatever passa'e into the 'round mi'ht 3e discoveredA and Coinin' the 'eneral or focal . 8athe.H. The party at the stone 3uildin' .hich seemed to come from the same direction. The river party .er and shrillnessA and did not fear any upsettin' or misunderstandin' of si'nals. Even as this ne.as nearly out of the . Shortly 3efore 1 a.as a3soluteA and he too! no alternative into consideration .ho accompanied the shore1'uardin' partyA records in his diary an uneventful march and a lon' .en until summoned 3y a messen'er for desperate serviceA a second of t.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward -# An hour and a Duarter later the raiders arrivedA as previously a'reedA at the 4enner farmhouseB .n into the river valley 3ehind the Cur. 2op!ins had Coined Capt.hole 'roup of 3uildin's until summoned 3y a final emer'ency si'nal.ould accept these respective si'nals in an analo'ous mannerB forcin' an entrance at the firstA and at the second descendin' . Whipple<s 3elief in the e%istence of catacom3s .en farm.ith hi'h narro. Whipple to notify him of the river party<s readiness.n odour a3out his clothin' appeared and told the detachment to disperse Duietly to their homes and never .son to the cryptical stone edifice .as to 3e'in as soon as a messen'er from Capt. Whipple himself to the main farmhouseA and the remainin' third to preserve a circle around the .enty men dividin' eDually and enterin' the un!no.ent .ould summon the immediate reserve from its 'eneral 'uard dutyB its t. the three divisions left the 4enner farmhouseB one to 'uard the landin'A another to see! the river valley and the hillside doorA and the third to su3divide and attend to teh actual 3uildin's of the Cur.ith a%es or 'unpo.n depths throu'h 3oth farmhouse and stone 3uildin'.enA .onders. $r.enty men under Capt.P. 8athe.s .as Cust 3efore da.ith Capt.hen ma!in' his plans.histle of 'reat po.ords resoundin' in upper air. ordered his force to separate into three divisionsB one of t.here they heard a final report on their intended victim.n the hillside door at the sound of a sin'le . The leader . =t . Bo. 8oses Bro.ould 3rea! do.esome and unnatural . The final reserve at the landin'A of courseA .s. The attac! .sA another third to follo. . This .ith .ithin the caverns.ith Ezra WeedenA remained in Capt.n that a sin'le ha''ard messen'er .m.as to storm the farmhouse itself. Capt.ith him a .indo.n and 6ohn Carter . 2e had .as to 3e led 3y Capt.indo. Capt.histle1 3lastA then .ould commence their simultaneous attac! on three points.hile >resident 8annin' .ard the southA and the party realised that they had indeed come close to the scene of a.hich .hat seemed to 3e the distant sound of the si'nal .ait on the 3luff 3y the 3ayB 3ro!en once 3y .ere no li'hts in any visi3le .enty men under Eleazar Smith to stri!e across to the shore and 'uard the landin'1place a'ainst possi3le reinforcements for Cur. A third or emer'ency si'nal of three 3lasts . Ese! 2op!ins to steal do.as al.ith Capt.histle and a'ain 3y a peculiar muffled 3lend of roarin' and cryin' and a po.der the oa!en door in the hi'hA steep 3an!A and the third to close in on the house and adCacent 3uildin's themselves.ould then deliver the loud sin'le 3lastA and the various advance parties .histle<s ran'eB hence .der 3last . At the sound of t. 2e had reached his farm over half an hour 3eforeA and the stran'e li'ht had soon after. Capt. Whipple<s party .son to the stone 3uildin'. 5ater on one man thou'ht he cau'ht some distant 'unshotsA and still later Smith himself felt the thro3 of titanic and thunderous .ard shot once more into the s!yA 3ut there .ould advance throu'h the aperture to oppose the enemy or Coin the rest of the raidin' contin'ent. Eleazar SmithA . 2op!ins to the river13an!A .as 'iven another 'reat 'lare arose to.as detailed .ait and capture anythin' . +f this division one third .arfare e%pected to ta!e place .

hich he found in .everA had possessed a Duality . ?ery fe.H.as a seaman .here the Cur.here he !ne. La red fo'L 'oin' up to the stars from the accursed farm in the distance.hich time little Arthur 4ennerA 5u!e<s 3rotherA e%claimed that he sa.en farm ou'ht to lieA and the human cries of desperate and fri'htened men .ith a loud e%plosion of po. Then the flamin' thin' 3urst into si'ht at a point . . A3out an hour after. .rote that he could even 'ather a fe.n to many of themA there .hich had preceded itB a !ind of throatyA nastily plastic cou'h or 'ur'le . =t .hose house the doomed farm .everA discovered another va'ue sideli'ht in some 4enner correspondence . =t .ho had 3een 6oseph Cur.as distantly visi3leA had .hich has survived from that .ritin' could conveyA and the correspondent mentions that his mother fainted completely at the sound.as plainly distin'uished.ed 3y a repetition of the 'reat shaft of li'ht from the stone 3uildin'A and in another momentA after a Duic! soundin' of the second si'nal orderin' a 'eneral invasionA there had come a su3dued prattle of mus!etry follo.hich precipitated the attac!.hen they met other old companions . =t seems that the 4ennersA from .as notedB and 5u!e 4enner<s father declared that he heard the third or emer'ency .n lips.ho had 'one into that zone of horror.histle si'nalA thou'h the others failed to detect it.ere more shotsA and the second flamin' thin' fell. They had seen or heard or felt somethin' .hich ever came from any of themA and Eleazar Smith<s diary is the only . Charles WardA ho.e .hich almost sealed their o.ard all the do's 3e'an to 3ar! fri'htfullyA and there . 4enner .ed 3y the first shrill 3last . 8uffled mus!etry sounded a'ainA follo.ords could never have conveyedB for thou'h he .hich the correspondent 5u!e 4enner had represented in his epistle 3y the characters +Waaaa"rrrrr-*+$aaa"rrr%< This cryA ho. After that came silence for a3out three1Duarters of an hourB at the end of .hich . 8ost of them had lost or 'ained somethin' impondera3le and indescri3a3le.as not for human creaturesA and could not for'et it.hich no mere .hole e%pedition . 8us!ets flashed and crac!edA and the flamin' thin' fell to the 'round.P. A stron' smell of sulphur . This 3last had 3een follo.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward - a'ain thin! or spea! of the ni'ht<s doin's or of him . And from that sin'le messen'er the party at the shore cau'ht a nameless a.as later repeated less loudlyA and further 3ut more muffled evidences of 'unfire ensuedB to'ether .ithin the room. A second flamin' thin' appearedA and a shrie! of human ori'in .ritten record . another 3ranch of the family had lived.hich at the same moment arched the 3ac!s and stiffened the fur of the three cats then . Somethin' a3out the 3earin' of the messen'er carried a conviction .as the same later on .ell !no. 4rom them there .as never any 'ossipA for to even the commonest of mortal instincts there are terri3le 3oundaries.o one 3ut the child can testify to thisA 3ut 5u!e admits the si'nificant coincidence implied 3y the panic of almost convulsive fri'ht .ed 3y a deep scream less piercin' 3ut even more horri3le than the those .hich set forth from the Si'n of the 7olden 5ion under the stars.hose Duality as a scream must have come more from its continuity and psycholo'ical import than from its actual acoustic value.ed 3y a horri3le roarin' cry . .ere heard.atched the departin' columns of raidersB and had heard very clearly the an'ry 3ar!in' of the Cur.en do'sA follo. are the rumours .hich set him for evermore apart.e.hich his mere .ere va'ue 'round rum3lin's so mar!ed that the candlestic!s tottered on the mantelpiece. 5ondonA .der from the direction of the river.as somethin' o3scurely lost or 'ained in his soul .en.ords 3elched in frenzy9 Almi'htyA protect thy lam3F Then there .

ind 3le.en .ere satisfied .ere not produced their families .hich 3ore the least allusion to the matter.ith an added odour eDually intolera3le.n to portray the daemoniac intonations9 <$EES8EES 6ES2ET B+. To. upA and the air 3ecame suffused . .ful voice .as announced. Charles Ward had one detail to add as a result of a lon' canvass of >a.ere saved after allA has alone !ept the matter from a merciful o3livion. Close upon it came the a.ard the confines of dia3olic and hysterical lau'hter.hich it must have 3urstB after .hat 8irandola had denounced in shudders as the ultimate horror amon' 3lac! ma'ic<s incantations.H.ordsB and at one point it seemed to ver'e to. +ld Charles Slocum of that villa'e said that there .onder from the Cur.ith anythin' else in mortal !no. The non1 compliance of that relativeA . This stench .ell indeed.hich the un!no. +ne of them told the family that the affair of 6oseph Cur.erful as a 3ass or'anA 3ut evil as the for3idden 3oo!s of the Ara3s.ere o3served to 3e 'one or inCured on the follo.ot one man .ot till the year 1)1) did any soul lin! this crude transcript .en farmA after .ith monstrous and unplacea3le odours saturatin' their clothin' !noc!ed at the 4enner door and reDuested a !e' of rumA for .isted conditionA .as deep and musicalB po.here3y the letters .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward -- 4ive minutes later a chill .as nothin' .ay all resentment and lent it a fearsome authorityB so that only these furtive letters of 5u!e 4ennerA .hich no hapless hearer .er this mali'n .hich came stron' and clear despite the depth from .ee! after the death of 6oseph Cur.tu%et residents for ancestral traditions.hat .ill ever 3e a3le to for'et.as seen and heard. What !ept the tal! alive .ho 'ave it too! a.en .ith an intolera3le stench that only the stron' freshness of the sea could have prevented its 3ein' notice 3y the shore party or 3y any .ard da.=TE8+SS.led'eA 3ut Charles Ward paled as he reco'nised .ith . There is somethin' fri'htful in the care . =t . 3urst outA and .hich dar!ness and silence ruled all thin's.as neither thorou'hly human nor .ailin' distinctly different from the scream no. =t thundered out of the s!y li!e a doomA and .n to his 'randfather a Dueer rumour concernin' a charredA distorted 3ody found in the fields a . What it said no man can tellA for it spo!e in an un!no.in' day.hich they paid very . comple% .ritin' 5u!e 4enner set do.tu%et villa'e.n t.as overA and that the events of the ni'ht .holly allied to any animal .ay.ho participated in that terri3le raid could ever 3e induced to say a .ord concernin' itA and every fra'ment of the va'ue data .hich he ur'ed his Connecticut relative to destroyA remain to tell . Spirals of acrid smo!e ascended to 3lot out the starsA thou'h no flames appeared and no 3uildin's .hich these actual raiders destroyed each scrap .tu%et fol! had ever seen or read a3out.hich any of the 4enners had ever encountered 3eforeA and produced a !ind of clutchin'A amorphous fear 3eyond that of the tom3 or the charnel1house. Arro'ant as the order seemedA the aspect of him .as the notion that this 3odyA so far as could 3e seen in its 3urnt and t. At times it 3ecame almost articulateA thou'h no auditor could trace any definite . An unmista!a3le human shout or deep chorused scream seemed to ans.< .hich >a.n stench 're. Then a yell of utterA ultimate fri'ht and star! madness .o fri'htened messen'ers .n ton'ueA 3ut this is the .hich survives comes from those outside the final fi'htin' party.s rattled as its echoes died a. A .a!eful souls in the >a.E $+SE4E $(?E8A E.P.ere not to 3e mentioned a'ain.renched from scores of human throats 1 a yell .indo.as !no.as protracted ululantly in risin' and fallin' paro%ysms. Ei'ht sailors had 3een !illedA 3ut althou'h their 3odies .

Whipple and 8oses Bro. Every man of those leaders had a stirrin' part to play in later yearsA and it is perhaps fortunate that this is so.en.en a sealed leaden coffin of curious desi'nA o3viously found ready on the spot .e may trace one step in the 3lottin' out of un.ere e%tensively 3anda'ed and treated only 3y $r. This hint .ho had accompanied the party. 6a3ez Bo.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward -7 . =n the li'ht of this passa'eA and reflectin' on .hat last unmentiona3le allies a 3eaten man mi'ht try to summon in his direst e%tremityA Charles Ward may . 2e !ne. The deli3erate effacement of every memory of the dead man from >rovidence life and annals .ido.hat he had mana'ed to e%tract from his friend 3y shre.hich it .hich she .as told her hus3and<s 3ody lay. 4rom that time on the o3literation of Cur.erfullest $evices may not 3e of use.ith more su3tle introspectiveness and mental comple%ity they .ould have fared ill indeed.ere most severely hurtA and letters of their .en<s 'rave.as discussed for .n records and files of the Ga2ette.as a'edA so3eredA and sha!en.oundsA all of .enA .as the most distur3edB 3ut even he out're.en<s memory 3ecame increasin'ly ri'idA e%tendin' at last 3y common consent even to the to.enA as partly copied in Ezra Weeden<s hand.as delivered to the . The underlined passa'e is merely this9 = say to you a'aineA doe not call up Any that you can not put do.hether any citizen of >rovidence !illed 6oseph Cur.hen neededA in .hich their reticence and close 'uardin' of their 3anda'es produced.erA and shal commande more than you. +f the citizen leadersA Capt.ondered .as an astute manA and soon uncovered enou'h rumours to .as found in the possession of Smith<s descendantsB and .as not politic to 'ive details.as vastly aided 3y the influence of the raidin' leaders.ilderment .ee!s.ith the statement that a clash .ith customs officers had occurred. Whipple led the mo3 .ish to Ans.ith to construct a theory. They had not at first meant to 3e so thorou'hA and had allo.hat a'ainst youA .hetherA as is more pro3a3leA Smith had it 3eforeA and added the underscorin' himself from . Whipple . >resident 8annin' .ido.n .hich . 8ore than this no ton'ue ever uttered of 6oseph Cur.as the nameless odour clin'in' to all the raidersA a thin' .e are left to decide .as the merest thread 1 a sha!y underscorin' of a passa'e in 6edediah +rne<s confiscated letter to Cur.P.as e%plainedA 3een !illed in a customs 3attle a3out . Capt.het his horror and cause him to demand that the dau'hter and 'randdau'hter chan'e their nameA 3urn the li3rary and all remainin' papersA and chisel the inscription from the slate sla3 a3ove 6oseph Cur.A and smothered memories in prayers. =t is fortunate that they .ell have .hether Weeden 'ave it to his companion after the endA as a mute clue to the a3normality .hich .ho 3urnt the revenue ship GaspeeA and in this 3old act .ives testify the 3e.en<s endA and Charles Ward had only a sin'le hint .ere all stron' men of action and simpleA orthodo% reli'ionistsA for . The copy .here3y your >o. 5ittle more than a t.here.elvemonth after.ard Capt.d 'uessin' and adroit cross1 Duestionin'. There . 2ardest to e%plain .ritin'.hich had occurredA or . and her father and child to remain in i'norance of the true conditionsB 3ut Capt. of 6oseph Cur. the dar!est shado.H.neB 3y the Which = meaneA Any that can in Turne call up Some. The same statement also covered the numerous cases of .ellA and pro3a3ly e%tracted more hints from that 3luff mariner and anyone else ever 'ained repectin' the end of the accursed sorcerer. 2e hadA it . >sycholo'ically every participant .holesome ima'es. As! of the 5esserA lest the 7reater shal not . =t can 3e compared in spirit only to the hush that lay on +scar Wilde<s name for a decade .ed the . Tillin'hast .

5yman hesitates to date the youth<s madness from any period 3efore the close of 1)1).n after 177"A sold the house in +lney Court and resided .< .as not the sli'htest attempt at secrecyB so that even $r. $anversA seven miles from to.as .hat really had ta!en place a century and a half 3efore at the >a. Whipple .en<s early activities and conne%ions thereA . 2e often e%pressed a !een .K 1--"1&B and that he had run a.hich ..hat 6oseph Cur.en departed from the horrors he had .as heard 3y alert listeners to mutter once in a .o spirited and ima'inative 'enealo'ist could have done other. 3ecame !no.ondered atB for every va'ue rumour that he had heard of Cur. At the Esse% =nstituteA .or! ..en<s 3lood.tu%et farmhouse .hich he did durin' the Easter vacation of 1)1).rou'ht.en 1 and .hose site he vainly tried to findA and .H.S.en data. +nly ro3ust old Capt.as not particularly pleased to o.ith his family 1 thou'h his mother . A Se rch #$ # Evoc tio# 1 Charles WardA as . 4or half a cro. Tillin'hastA as the .as as thou'h the damn<d 111111 had some<at up his sleeve.ith an avid and systematic collection of Cur. <T.en data. 8rs. .hile to himselfA L>o% on that 111111A 3ut he had no 3usiness to lau'h .ith the officials of the various museums and li3raries he visited.riters .ell !no.ere standin'A and 3y 18** even these had fallen to shapeless heaps.ido.ise than 3e'in forth.ere re'arded. .as very !indly receivedA and unearthed there a considera3le amount of Cur. When he came across the Smith diary and archives and encountered the letter from 6edediah +rne he decided to visit Salem and loo! up Cur.hich 6oseph Cur.hich the accounts of the old diarists and letter1.en. =n his first delvin's there .en no.hat amused scepticism .hich the hillside door may have lainA nor did any try to frame a definite ima'e of the scenes amidst .en really had 3een. 2e found that his ancestor .ith . 2e tal!ed freely .hile he screamed.ith the speechA dressA and manners of a native En'lishman .ith her father in >o.ith unaccounta3le rapidity.P.hom flo.hen he returned . =n applyin' to private families for records thou'ht to 3e in their possession he made no concealment of his o3CectA and shared the some.e have seenA first learned in 1)18 of his descent from 6oseph Cur.ed Cur.nA on the ei'hteenth of 4e3ruary J+.n of crum3lin' >uritan 'a3les and clustered 'am3rel roofsA he .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward -8 after his dis'raceA and in e%tent only to the fate of that sinful 0in' of :unazar in 5ord $unsany<s taleA .one ventured to pierce the tan'led shru33ery on the river13an! 3ehind .tu%etA shunned 3y every livin' soulA remained to moulder throu'h the yearsB and seemed to decay .n =<d 3urn his 111111 home..onder as to . By 178* only the stone and 3ric!.ay to sea at the a'e of fifteenA not appearin' a'ain for nine yearsA . 3ecame somethin' vital to himselfA in .n to him from former soCourns in the 'lamorous old to. That he at once too! an intense interest in everythin' pertainin' to the 3y'one mystery is not to 3e .hom the 7ods decided must not only cease to 3eA 3ut must cease ever to have 3een. The farm at >a.er<s 5ane till her death in 1817.n an ancestor li!e Cur.as 3orn in Salem1?illa'eA no.

The !no. At that time he had little to do . 2utchinson<s house<A and one Amity 2o. 'eneration.as often seen in conference a3out the CommonA and visits amon' them .ith the curious 3oo!s he had 3rou'ht from EuropeA and the stran'e chemicals . J:ev. After the follo. There . =t too! Ward only a short time to prove from identity of penmanship a thin' he had already considered esta3lished from the te%t of the letter to Cur.A Simon '%& $eliverance W.A Josep" C%A Susan >.as said to entertain stran'e visitorsA and the li'hts seen from his . Simon +rne lived in Salem until 17"*A . The claim .holesomeA and he disappeared a3out the time the .ritin'A couched in a cipher none could read.or! casually on the cipher as soon as it . There .ore on 6uly 1*A 1-)"A at the Court of +yer and Terminer under 6ud'e 2athorneA that9 <fortie Witches and the Blac!e 8an .s . 2e never statedA thou'hA . declared at a session of Au'ust 8th 3efore 6ud'e 7edney that9<8r. +rne had apparently 3een careful to destroy most of his correspondenceA 3ut the citizens .ell in Salem till 1771A .ell out to.ho too! action in 1771 found and preserved a fe. either copied .ere .hich Ward no.as a catalo'ue of 2utchinson<s uncanny li3rary as found after his disappearanceA and an unfinished manuscript in his hand.hen one 2epzi3ah 5a.H.ith care or had .itchcraft panic 3e'anA never to 3e heard from a'ain. visi3ly old 3e'an to e%cite attention. As +rne had said to his correspondentA it . Ward had a photostatic copy of this manuscript madeA and 3e'an to . 2utchinson had a house .P.hen certain letters from >rovidence citizens to the :ev.ont to meete in the Woodes 3ehind 8r.i'hte putt ye $ivell his 8ar!e upon Brid'et S.n handA and 6edediah +rne continued to d.led'e he displayed concernin' lon'1dead persons and lon'1for'otten events .itchcraft trial recordsB as .ere .as delivered to him.ere 3y no means infreDuent.ere the o3Cects of much local inDuisitivenessA and . letters and papers .hisperin'ly associated . 7.ere availa3le at teh Esse% =nstituteA the Court 2ouseA and the :e'istry of $eedsA and included 3oth harmless commonplaces such as land titles and 3ills of saleA and furtive fra'ments of a more provocative nature.ere not al.hether or not he had succeeded.ard the . With these men he .hich came for him on ships from En'landA 4ranceA and 2olland.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward -) and settled in Salem proper. 2e .in' Au'ust his la3ours on the cipher 3ecame intense and feverishA and there is reason to 3elieve from his speech and conduct that he hit upon the !ey 3efore +cto3er or .as hardly safe to live too lon' in SalemA hence he resorted to a thirty1year soCourn a3roadA and did not return to claim his lands e%cept as a representative of a ne.indo.ed on the stren'th of documents in Simon +rne<s !no. Certain documents 3y and a3out all of the stran'e characters .as soon learned of.oodsA and it .enB namelyA that Simon +rne and his supposed son . Certain trips of his into the country . 7eor'e Burrou'hsK on that .ovem3er.en<s only close friends had 3een one Ed.ere cryptic formulae and dia'rams in his and other hands .ays of the same colour.son s. B.as allo.as the +rne material.< Then there .ith his familyA 3ut spent most of his hours . 2e thereafter disappearedA thou'h thirty years later his precise counterpart and self1styled son turned up to claim his property.hich e%cited their .hen his failure to 'ro.ere one and the same person.ard 2utchinson of Salem1?illa'e and one Simon +rne of Salem.A and $e3orah B.as considered distinctly un.A 6onathan A.ith va'ue rumours of fires on the hills at ni'ht. But of 'reatest immediate interest . Thomas Barnard and others 3rou'ht a3out his Duiet removal to parts un!no.en also departedA 3ut his settlement in >rovidence .ere four or five unmista!a3le allusions to them on the . Cur.n.onder.as not alto'ether li!ed 3y sensitive people 3ecause of the sounds heard there at ni'ht.A 8ehita3le C. At that time 6oseph Cur.

or!<d upon ye Way of 'et<' Bac!e after ye 5aste. This (erse repeate eache :oodemas and 2allo. .orse that the >opulaceA 3e<' more Circumstantiall in their Accts. = am foll<' oute .hich +rne had .ou<d not . = haue them :i'hteA 3ut if you $esire to see 2=8A imploy the Writin's on ye >iece of 111111 that = am putt<' in this >ac!et.hich you ou'ht to !no. 8ay Brother91 8y honour<d Antient 4riendeA due :espects and earnest Wishes to 2im . And =T saidA that ye === >salme in ye 5i3er1$amnatus holdes ye Clauicle. of my . 8erritt haue tal!<d SomeA = am fearfullA 3ut no Thin' soe far is $an'erous.e you in 'o<' A. and more 3elieu<d in ..eA and .e ye >enta'ram of 4ireA and saye ye ninth (erse thrice.ritten the confiscated missiveB and from internal evidence Ward placed it not much later than 17 *.earesA for >rouidence hath not ye Sharpeness of ye Bay in hunt<' oute uncommon Thin's and 3rin'in'e to Tryall.P.ill o.hose history . With Sunne in ? 2ouseA Saturne in TrineA dra. Saye ye (erses euery :oodmas and 2allo.e 7entry are .neA = haue not ta!en needed Stepps nor founde 8uch.ill 3reede in ye +utside Spheres.er to .hat they tell.<s EueB and if ye 5ine runn out notA one s"al bee in yeares to come t"at .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 7* photo'raphedA and one e%tremely mysterious letter in a chiro'raphy that the searcher reco'nised from items in the :e'istry of $eeds as positively 6oseph Cur.aite for my com<' Bac!e as an +ther. = am Cust come upon That .hether dra.er. . That >arson and 8r.en or +rne Ward could not tellK is run throu'h the .e for ye first Time that 4ace spo!e of 3y =3n Schaca3ao in ye 111111. = am not dispos<d to follo.neA $rA Bo.hileA do not ne'lect to ma!e use of ye Wordes = haue here 'iuen.H.e serue for yr eternall >o.hom . = laste . And in ye meane . Boo!e.e >rocess is pla'uy harde to come neareB and it used up such a Store of SpecimensA = am harde putte to it to 'et Enou'hA not.ett . And of ye Seede of 'lde s"al 'ne be borne $"o s"al looke Backe& t"o+ kno$+g not $"at "e seekes% . = am ty<d up in Shippes and 7oodesA and cou<d not doe as you didA 3esides the Whiche my 4arme at >atu%et hath under it What you 0no.as evidently not the one in ans.<s EueB and ye Thin' .e >eople a3oute are 3ecome curiousA 3ut = can stande them off.e Chymical Su3stances are easie of 'et<'A there 3e<' ==.hat to doe re'ard<' yt.i'ht struc!e on ye Wordes that 3rin'e up . 'oode Chymists in To.hat Borellus saithA and haue 2elpe in A3dool Al12azred his ?==. .n 3y Cur.eA concern<' the 8atter of the 5aste E%tremitie and . Whateuer = 'etteA you shal haue.ithstand<' the Sailors = haue from ye =ndies.+77E1S+T2+T2EA and sa. This Cur. .en and Sam9 Care.en letterA thou'h undated as to the yearA .as so dar! and terri3le. The recipient is addressed as LSimonLA 3ut a line J. >rovidenceA 1. =t may not 3e amiss to 'ive the te%t in fullA as a sample of the style of one .en<s.ord.othin' if there 3e no 2eirA and if the SaltesA or the Way to ma!e the SaltesA 3ee not :eadie for his 2andeB and here = . But = am unreadie for harde 4ortunesA as = haue tolde youA and haue lon'e .ill this auaile .ay on acct.

sDuares from his o.oun' Ward came home in a state of pleasant e%citementA and spent the follo.hilst most of the fine .as indeed only a fe. The place .ith a thrill of curiousity that the Bi3lical passa'e referred to 1 6o3 1#A1# 1 .er Cur. 4rom Boston ta!e ye >ost :d.o1and1a1half story .nes.as a modest t.as more chan'e than the outside indicatedA and Ward sa.hat first 'ave Ward the e%act location of Cur.as a hi'hly impressive thin' to WardB and he resolved to e%plore the place immediately upon his return. = haue a 'oode StallionA and am thin!<' of 'et<' a CoachA there 3e<' one J8r.aitA until my chan'e come.ith plain pea!ed roofA lar'e central chimneyA and artistically carved door.ith re'ret that fully half of the fine scroll1and1urn overmantels and shell1carved cup3oard linin's . 2ere there . $istance from Boston Stone a3t.n to Ward in his antiDuarian ram3les over Stampers< 2ill.ell !no.H. 8erritt<sK in >rouidence alreadyA tho< ye :oades are 3ad. crum3lin' . The discovery .ne StreetA =st on ye .. 6osephus C.as dou3ly stri!in' 3ecause it indicated as the ne.in' Saturday in a lon' and e%haustive study of the house in +lney Court.as no.< " .as mar!edA hac!edA and 'ou'edA or covered up . 8y 2ouse opp. Simon +rneA William<s15aneA in Salem. thro< $edhamA WrenthamA and Attle3orou'hA 'oode Tauerns 3e<' at all these To.n to himA and he .n family historyA . side of +lney<s Court. Sayles<s Tauern. 8r.ere 'oneA . 2atch<sA 3ut eate at ye other 2ouse for their Coo!e is 3etter. Turne into >rou.ashin'A housecleanin'A and furnace1tendin' services.ife 2annah.ay . .n a3out the interior 3y old Asa and his stout . =f you are dispos<d to TrauelA doe not pass me 3ye.as .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 71 s"al looke backe and use $"at Saltes or Stuff for Saltes you s"al leaue "im% 6o3 R=?. To findA in distant SalemA such sudden proof of the si'nificance of this familiar roo!ery in his o.en houseA 3uilt in 17-1 on the site of the oldA a dilapidated 3uildin' still standin' in +lney Court and .ill = .en<s >rovidence homeB for none of the records encountered up to that time had 3een at all specific. the a3ode of a ne'ro family much esteemed for occasional .ooden to.as the familiar verseA <=f a man dieA shall he live a'ainG All the days of my appointed time .n home on the 'reat hill<s hi'her 'roundA and . The present ne'ro inha3itants . past 8r. This letterA oddly enou'hA . To 8r. in Almonsin18etraton. Balcom<s in WrenthamA . 3y >atuc!et 4allsA and ye :d. =t had suffered 3ut little alteration e%ternallyA and Ward felt he . Epenetus +lney<s Tauern off ye To. SirA = am ye olde and true 4riend and Serut. The more mystical phases of the letterA .as 'azin' on somethin' very close to the sinister matters of his Duest.ith a'eA had never 3een a mansionB 3ut . The placeA no.as very courteously she. R5=? 8iles.ith rayed fanli'htA trian'ular pedimentA and trim $oric pilasters.hich he too! to 3e some e%trava'ant !ind of sym3olismA fran!ly 3affled himB thou'h he noted .here ye Beddes are finer than 8r.ainscottin' and 3olection mouldin' . R=?.n house of the familiar >rovidence colonial typeA . Stop at 8r. = reCoice you are a'ain at SalemA and hope = may see you not lon'e hence.P.ere !no.

e the dramatic tric! .hich centuries had hiddenB and to confront the 3e.ere properly reim3ursed for this invasion of their domestic hearth.en li3rary.alls of every room sizea3le enou'h to have 3een 3y any possi3ility the li3rary of the evil 3uilder.ith a thin !nifeA and he !ne. The former still proved unyieldin'B 3ut of the latter he o3tained so muchA and so many clues to similar data else.i'htA . familiar to 3oth Ward and the artist. $.ith the !nife mi'ht have 3eenA 3ut Cust retired from the scene of his discovery to enlist e%pert help.H.en data. 4rom then until after the close of school Ward spent his time on the photostatic copy of the 2utchinson cipher and the accumulation of local Cur. that he had come upon an oil portrait of 'reat e%tent.ith astonishment at the details of that leanA pallid visa'eA and to reco'nise .tu%et farmhouse raidA and the .all1paper. 4or it too! the final 3ath of oil and the final stro!e of the delicate scraper to 3rin' out fully the e%pression .in' interest at the lines and shades 'radually unveiled after their lon' o3livion. With truly scholarly restraint the youth did not ris! the dama'e .ife .hose studio is near the foot of Colle'e 2illB and that accomplished restorer of paintin's set to .as indicated. 2e sa.en loo!ed li!eB and he decided to ma!e a second search of the house in +lney Court to see if there mi'ht not 3e some trace of the ancient features 3eneath peelin' coats of later paint or layers of mouldy .as mean.ildered Charles $e%ter WardA d.hat 6oseph Cur.i'A and to possess a thinA calmA undistin'uished face .e. .indo. =t .i'ht had 3e'un at the 3ottomB hence since the picture .as o3served to 3ear a neat Al3emarle .aistcoatA 3lac! satin small1 clothesA and .hite sil! stoc!in'sA seated in a carved chair a'ainst the 3ac!'round of a .hereA that he .as very fruitfulA for it 3rou'ht him the 4enner letters . =n 'eneralA the survey did not yield as much as Ward had someho. 5ondon and .or! at once . This trip .ith cheap . Early in Au'ust that search too! placeA and Ward . When the head came out it .hich had housed such a man of horror as 6oseph Cur.i'htin'ale1Tal3ot letters in .ell1shaped man .eller in the pastA . Cust . $.ith proper methods and chemical su3stances. As day 3y the day the .or! of restoration pro'ressedA Charles Ward loo!ed on .hich heredity had played.hich seemed someho.all1paper.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 7" alto'ether . +nly at the very lastA thou'hA did the restorer and his client 3e'in to 'rasp .ith their terri3le description of the >a. =n three days he returned .as a spareA .n livin' features in the countenance of his horri3le 'reat1'reat1'reat1'randfather.ith 'ro. .ith his o.ithin the ancestral .ent carefully over the .hen on a 3road area a3ove the fireplace in a spacious 'round1floor room he 3ecame certain that the surface 3rou'ht out 3y the peelin' of several coats of paint .harves and ships 3eyond.hile seen that the su3Cect . A fe. +ld Asa and his . . 2e paid especial attention to the lar'e panels of such overmantels as still remainedB and .as at least e%citin' to stand .as a three1Duarter1len'th oneA the face did not come out for some time.ould have 'iven much to !no.ith .as ready 3y 6uly to ma!e a trip to . e%pectedB 3ut it . .ere duly e%cited over their stran'e visitorsA and .as !eenly e%cited after a3out an hourA .ood 3eneath it .as li!ely to have 3een. more careful tests .en.e.hich an immediate attempt to uncover the hidden picture .alls .ith dar!13lue coatA em3roidered .ith a touch of a.as sensi3ly dar!er than any ordinary interior paint or the .hich he learned of the portrait painted on a panel of the Cur.or! to consult old letters .P.ith an artist of lon' e%perienceA 8r.ith a thrill that a mono'ram had 3een very carefully effaced from the ancient 3rass !noc!er.hose presence in those places . Walter C. This matter of the portrait interested him particularlyA since he .

here provisions .ith an electric moc!1 fireplace in Charles<s third1floor study or li3rary.hich had hitherto 3affled him.as left the tas! of superintendin' this removalA and on the t. =n this opinionA it is needless to sayA Charles most heartily concurredB and a fe.as marvellousB and it could 3e seen that throu'h some tric! of atavism the physical contours of 6oseph Cur.ise in Cur.or!men 3eside him.tu%et ?alley 1 and not one to listen to feminine scruples.oyag+d& W"ere 9e Stay+d& W"om 9e Sa$e& and W"at 9e (earnt%+ .or! mar!in' the chimney<s courseA and in this youn' Ward o3served a cu3ical recess a3out a foot sDuareA . To Charles .ed papersA a crudeA thic! copy3oo!A and a fe.holesome a3out itB not only intrinsicallyA 3ut in its very resem3lance to Charles.hich may have formed the ri33on 3indin' the rest to'ether.ritin'A and one of them seemed especially portentous 3ecause of its inscription9 +To 9im W"o S"al Come After& : 9o$ 9e May Gett Beyonde Time : . The resem3lance to the 3oyA despite an appearance of rather 'reat a'eA . Ward located the o. The picture impressed him mi'htily .as not at all mar!edA thou'h she could recall relatives .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 7& Ward 3rou'ht his parents to see the marvel he had uncoveredA and his father at once determined to purchase the picture despite its e%ecution on stationary panellin'.everA .ay the 3ul! of the dirt and cindersA he too! up the 3oo! and loo!ed at the 3old inscription on its cover.er and affairs 1 a cotton manufacturer .en<s hand. A thirdA and here the searcher reCoicedA seemed to 3e a !ey to the cipherB . moulderin' te%tile shreds .H.ithinB findin' 3eneath the deep coatin's of dust and soot some loose yello.ere made for its thorou'h restoration and installation . 8rs.as in a hand .en.or!men from the Croo!er decoratin' firm to the house in +lney CourtA . Curious as to .o curious .enty1ei'hth of Au'ust he accompanied t.e Sp"eres%+ Another .ere li!e.ere detached .ith 'reat care and precision for transportation in the company<s motor truc!.ere addressed respectively to9<Ed.hich must have lain directly 3ehind the head of the portrait.as in a cipherB the sameA Ward hopedA as the 2utchinson cipher .o e%pert . =t .ith a 'uttural accent 1 and o3tained the .P.as left a space of e%posed 3ric!.hich cut short the impendin' torrent of unctuous ha''lin'.<A <or Their 2eir or 2eirsA or Those :epresent<' Them. remained to ta!e off the panellin' and remove it to the Ward homeA . There .as not mad .hen he 3e'an his maCor eccentricities.9 2utchinsonA Armi'er< and 6edediah +rneA esD. =t no.lantations& (ate of Salem%+ E%cited 3eyond measure 3y his discoveryA Ward she.hich he had learned to reco'nise at the Esse% =nstituteA and proclaimed the volume as the +Journall and -otes of Jos8 Cur$en& Gent% of .ith e%tensive mills at :iverpoint in the >a.hilst the fourth and fifth .hat such a space mi'ht mean or containA the youth approached and loo!ed . Their testimony is a3solute as to the nature and 'enuineness of the findin'A and $r. She did not relish the discoveryA and told her hus3and that he had 3etter 3urn the picture instead of 3rin'in' it home.rouidence-. Ward<s resem3lance to her ancestor . 8r.as inscri3ed9 +Josep" Cur$en "is (ife and Tra!ells Bet+n ye yeares <=>? and <=?>8 'f W"it"er 9e . Blo. There .en had found precise duplication after a century and a half.ith its li!eness to his sonA and he 3elieved the 3oy deserved it as a present.ho had some of the facial characteristics shared 3y her son and 3y the 3y'one Cur.here the mantel and portrait13earin' overmantel .ed the 3oo! to the t. Willett relies on them to help esta3lish his theory that the youth . All the other papers .< The si%th and last .asA she averredA somethin' un.in' a. days later 8r.as a practical man of po. WardA ho.ner of the house 1 a small rodent1featured person .hole mantel and overmantel 3earin' the picture at a curtly fi%ed price .

=n the mornin' his mother sa.en picture and mantelpiece in his study.hich stared 3ac! at him li!e a year1addin' and century1recallin' mirror.ith its .s . 2e did not even she.hich he had freDuently she.here he also placed them .here he no.ith the unravellin' of the cipher manuscript.or! a3ove a cleverly realistic electric lo'A settin' the moc!1fireplace and overmantel a little out from the north . 3e'an his senior yearA seemed a 'reat 3ore to himB and he freDuently asserted his determination never to 3other .orld could 3oast.hich .hich he mi'ht 3y studyin'A since he ri'htly assumed that Cur. (pon his discovery the youth had loo!ed immediately at a fe.ith panellin' to match the room<s.or!menA had it not 3een for their unconcealed curiousity.hich the . The openin' of schoolA .ith his eyes half on the cipher and half on the portrait .or! on the photostatic copy of the 2utchinson cipherA .ith some convenient paper until his caller had departed.ith peculiar careA and to la3our under a pertur3ation for .in' the titles to the .ent he moved his .P. =t is unli!ely that he .n 3efore it . The front panel holdin' the picture .as more circumspectB and unless the manuscript in Duestion .led'e and the humanities than any university . =ndeedA in she.ould have she. After the .or! into the study and sat do.as amissA .H.ard !no.ere sent up to himB and in the afternoon he appeared only 3riefly .n and hin'ed to allo.hich .as he dou3tless .en<s intricate and archaic chiro'raphy .or!menA he appeared to 'uard the te%t itself .hile .n ideo'raphs Jas that entitled +To 9im W"o S"al Come After& etc%+ seemed to 3eKA he . .ithout havin' to e%hi3it the evidence itself.hat .hich the more academic school of alienists date Charles Ward<s madness. cup3oard space 3ehind it.ished to avoid any display of peculiar reticence .n her 3eforeB 3ut in response to her Duery he said that the Cur. The ne%t ni'ht he slept in snatches in his clothesA mean.all as if a chimney e%istedA and 3o%in' in the sides .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward & 7# We have no.hich impressed him tremendously.or! and . 2e hadA he saidA important special investi'ations to ma!eA .en !ey could not 3e applied to it.ould have to 3e studied very carefully 3efore yieldin' up their true meanin'.ished to convey an idea of its supreme importance .ith an almost em3arrassed airA as if he . At ni'ht he !ept the papers under loc! and !ey in an antiDue ca3inet of hisA .ith colle'e.hen the men came to install the Cur.ould increase their discussion of the matter.ould 3e too much for them. (pon returnin' home he 3ro!e the ne. With his parentsA ho. 2is parentsA su3seDuently recallin' his conduct at this periodA 'ive interestin' details anent the policy of concealment .ould provide him .en<s hand. As it .ere a cipherA or a mere mass of cryptic sym3ols and un!no.or!men . That ni'ht Charles Ward sat up in his room readin' the ne.henever he left the room.hat he did to the .as at .as sa. that he .al!s and other outside interests seemed to cease.1found 3oo! and papersA and .ith more avenues to. That afternoon he a3andoned his . reached the point from . of the inner pa'es of the 3oo! and manuscriptsA and had evidently seen somethin' .n .hen his mother called to see .everA he .restlin' feverishly .ood. 2e soon resumed fairly re'ular hours and ha3itsA e%cept that his lon' .atched the men fascinatedly as they finished their installation of the picture .ritin'A <mostly in cipher<A . the titles to his parentsA 3ut simply told them that he had found some documents in 6oseph Cur.ould cover it .hich he practised.hen day came he did not desist.hich . 2is mealsA on his ur'ent reDuest .hich even the antiDuarian and 'enealo'ical si'nificance of the find could hardly account. Before servants he seldom hid any paper .

and ft.ay as due to a .as constitutionally a scholar and a hermitB hence his parents .B and .isely 3lotted the name.ait until he mi'ht announce some connected revelationA 3ut as the . 2e had other concernments no.hile durin' the Christmas holidays he made a round of out1of1to.ee!s passed .all.ould she.een the youth and his family a !ind of constraintB intensified in his mother<s case 3y her manifest disapproval of all Cur.enA from . W.ith a score of o3solete alchemical 3oo!sA could 3e found either porin' over old 3urial records do.or!s on uncanny su3CectsB . 2is Duest had suddenly shifted from the 'rave of 6oseph Cur.ish to . upon the Ward family the conviction that somethin' .hole additional set of shelves in his study for ne. Charles had had frea!s and chan'es of minor interests 3eforeA 3ut this 'ro.hich he did not e%plainA and he .as the merest pretenceB and althou'h he failed in no testA it could 3e seen that the older application had all vanished. 5ittle 3y little there 're. At the same timeA 3oth his father and mother thou'ht it odd that he . them no scrap of his treasure1troveA nor 'ive any connected account of such data as he had deciphered.ere .en to that of one .en<s 3urial . Witchcraft and ma'icA occultism and daemonolo'yA .ould ta!e the train for Boston and tap the .orth .hen not in his ne.hose slate sla3 an older 'eneration had so .ron'.n trips includin' one to Salem to consult certain records at the Esse% =nstitute.ays 3een more or less studiousA eccentricA and solitary could have pursued this course for many days .in' secrecy and a3sorption in stran'e pursuits .aphthali 4ield<s 'rave in y1. 2e 3ou'ht e%tensivelyA and fitted up a .as unli!e even him.en delvin's. up 3et.P.B and .hich stated that the curious leaden coffin had 3een interred <1* ft. 2e .henA upon 'oin' over the files that he had 3een overA the investi'ators actually found a fra'mentary record of Cur.as e%plained .hich had escaped the 'eneral o3literationA and .or! upon the 2utchinson cipher.ly acDuired .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 7 . This reticence he e%plained a.hen >rovidence sources proved unfruitful he .n to.ho had al.or!s on Bi3lical su3Cects are availa3le.n or 'lued to his volumes of occult lore in his studyA .< The lac! of a specified 3uryin'1'round in the survivin' entry .aphthali 4ieldB and this shift .as .ealth of the 'reat li3rary in Copley SDuareA the Widener 5i3rary at 2arvardA or the @ion :esearch 5i3rary in Broo!lineA . 5ate in 8arch Ward added to his archive1searchin' a 'houlish series of ram3les a3out the various ancient cemeteries of the city.as no more found at . 2is school .ithout further disclosures there 3e'an to 'ro.aturallyA only one .hat he sou'ht no.here the startlin'ly 1 one almost fancied increasin'ly 1 similar features of 6oseph Cur.or! .here certain rare . $urin' +cto3er Ward 3e'an visitin' the li3raries a'ainA 3ut no lon'er for the antiDuarian matter of his former days. WardA ho. la3oratory . A3out the middle of 6anuaryA 1)"*A there entered Ward<s 3earin' an element of triumph . =nsteadA he inau'urated a dual policy of chemical research and record1scannin'B fittin' up for the one a la3oratory in the unused attic of the houseA and for the latter hauntin' all the sources of vital statistics in >rovidence.en stared 3landly at him from the 'reat overmantel on the .as searchin' intensely and feverishly for the 'rave of 6oseph Cur.H.as learned from City 2all cler!s that he had pro3a3ly found an important clue. S. 5ocal dealers in dru's and scientific suppliesA later DuestionedA 'ave astonishin'ly Dueer and meanin'less catalo'ues of the su3stances and instruments he purchasedB 3ut cler!s at the State 2ouseA the City 2allA and the various li3raries a'ree as to the definite o3Cect of his second interest.hen it .everA .ere less surprised than re'retful at the close confinement and secrecy he adopted.ithout attractin' notice. The cause appeared laterA . of .

ith all the Cur.hich they evolvedA and to this tas! of correlation Ward . The doctor noted very closely the cra33ed and complicated lettersA and the 'eneral aura of the seventeenth century .ritin' in En'lish.en<s connected hand.ere e%cludedA since other statistics had she.hich St. When $r.in' em3arrassmentA Ward seemed Duite ready to discuss his pursuitsA thou'h not to reveal their o3Cect.en<s mutilated headstone 3ore certain mystic sym3ols 1 carved from directions in his . . To ta!e their vivid place in the history of human thou'ht they must first 3e correlated 3y one familiar .hich the family had 'leaned from Charles in his non1secretive daysA tal!ed .H.enA he 3elievedA had . +f a pallidA impassive type not easily she.everA meanin'less e%cept . 2e also opened the diary at a pa'e carefully selected for its innocuousness and 'ave Willett a 'limpse of Cur.hose pro'ress he did not relateA he said he had reason to thin! that 6oseph Cur. .hich clun' round 3oth penmanship and style despite the . They .ere in o3scure characters.en finds 1 the +Journall and -otes<A the cipher Jtitle in cipher alsoKA and the formula1filled messa'e +To 9im W"o S"al Come After+ 1 and let him 'lance inside such as . # =t .an >oint Cemetery . WillettA at the reDuest of the senior WardA and fortified .ith the 3ac!'round out of .ereA ho.hich a true interpreter of the Cur.ere a3solutely essential to the final solution of his cryptic system.aphthali 4ield Jo3iit 17")K .n that the only . The intervie.ith modern science .ith a 3ody of learnin' no.as of little value or conclusivenessA for Willett felt at every moment that Charles .ed him the e%teriors of some of the real Cur.hose 'rave could have 3een meant had 3een a Baptist.holly o3soleteB so that their immediate presentation to a .ill and i'norantly spared 3y those . 6ohn<s Jthe former 0in'<sK Churchyard and the ancient Con're'ational 3uryin'1'round in the midst of S.ard 8ay .ould ro3 them of all impressiveness and dramatic si'nificance.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 7- 'reatly complicated the searchA and .P.hen $r.ith such thin's as photostatic copies of the 2utchinson cipher and +rne formulae and dia'ramsB 3ut finally she.ith matters of real importanceB 3ut it at least force the secretive youth to offer some rational e%planation of his recent demeanour.hen correlated .aphthali 4ield<s 'rave seemed as elusive as that of Cur.hich .as thorou'h master of himself and in touch .ot even EinsteinA he declaredA could more profoundly revolutionise the current conception of thin's.orld eDuipped only . Willett as!ed to see the mystic documentsA Ward displayed much reluctance and tried to put him off . Cur. 2ence the ram3les 1 from .led'eA for the most part in cipherA of an apparent scope compara3le only to the discoveries of 4riar Bacon and perhaps surpassin' even those.enB 3ut here no systematic effacement had e%istedA and one mi'ht reasona3ly 3e e%pected to stum3le on the stone itself even if its record had perished. As to his 'raveyard searchA .en data must possessA and hoped in time to made a full announcement and presentation of the utmost interest to man!ind and to the . 2e .ho had effaced the name 1 . devotin' himself.en data .ish to 'uard his secret . 2e stated that the papers of his ancestor had contained some remar!a3le secrets of early scientific !no.as to.as no.ith the youn' man.as see!in' to acDuire as fast as possi3le those ne'lected arts of old . .hose o3Cect he freely admittedA 3ut the details of .orld of thou'ht.ith careB and had conseDuently distri3uted the data in an e%ceedin'ly curious fashion.riter<s survival into the .

+ctr.ho d.in' year in order to avail himself of certain sources of data not e%istin' in America.one appear<d. Willett turned the leaf he .ent south to tal! to a stran'e mulatto . 2.< When upon reachin' this point $r.eares.as only a fancy 1 that the eyes of the portrait had a sort of . youn' Charles Ward as he move a3out the room. Wee!esA 3ut = e%pecte soon hear<' from 2im.les.hile denyin' this latter .ho is to ComeA if = can ma!e sure he shal BeeA and he shal thin! on >ast Thin'es and loo! 3ac! thro< all ye . .ell us<d these hundred . All that the doctor had a chance to see on the ne.hen durin' the follo.s1EvesA = am 2opeful ye Thin' is 3reed<' +utside ye Spheres. 4or 8r.as a painter .elt in a s.ish to 'o a3road the follo. +nce he .n School there ensued for Charles a three1year period of intensive occult study and 'raveyard searchin'.earesA a'ainst ye Which = must have ready ye Saltes or That to ma!e <em . Cosmo Ale%anderA he decidedA .hich stared 3landly do. 8y Sloope the Wa!eful this $ay putt in from 5ondon .H. Even after that he entertained the odd fancy 1 .hom a ne. Smo!e<' Ton'es.ith.ishA if not an actual tendencyA to follo.i'htin'ale * :eames prime 4oolscap.e +ne . Simon hath not .en .ish as a3surd for a 3oy of only ei'hteenA acDuiesced re'ardin' the universityB so that after a none too 3rilliant 'raduation from the 8oses Bro.ho almost snatched the 3oo! from his 'rasp.i'hte 3ut . 17 #.ere more lenient than they mi'ht other. Say<d ye SABA+T2 thrice last .as 'enuine.n from the overmantel.amp and a3out . 2e stopped 3efore leavin' to study the picture closelyA marvellin' at its resem3lance to Charles and memorisin' every minute detail of the crypticalA colourless faceA even do. = must heare more from 8r.orthy of the Scotland that produced :ae3urnA and a teacher . 0ni'ht $e%ter of ye Bay and Boo! 1"* >ieces Cam3letsA 1** >ieces Assrtd.as relatively trivialA and Willett recalled only a fra'ment9 <Wedn.or! and only occasionally ma!in' trips to other cities to consult o3scure records.spaper . this small 'limpse 'ave a ne. The senior WardA . 7reen at ye Elephant * 7allon CyttlesA "* Warm<' >annesA 1 Ba!e CyttlesA 1* pr.rit these ?.e 8en pic!<d up in ye =ndiesA Spaniards from 8artineco and " $utch 8en from Surinam.hat ill of these ?enturesA 3ut = .as in no dan'erA 3ut that on the other hand he .ise have 3een . in TransylvaniaA tho< it is 2arde reach<' him and e%ceedin' stran'e he can not 'ive me the (se of What he hath so .ill dra. 4or 8r. 4or 8r. 2e 3ecame reco'nised as an eccentricA and dropped even more completely from the si'ht of his family<s friends than he had 3een 3eforeB !eepin' close to his . a3ove the ri'ht eye.hich his medical s!ill of course assured him . 4or 8r. =t . .as en'a'ed in researches . Assured 3y the doctor that Charles<s mental health .in' 6une the youth made positive his refusal to attend colle'e.n to a sli'ht scar or pit in the smooth 3ro.orthy of his illustrious pupil 7il3ert Stuart. and va'ue terror to the painted features of 6oseph Cur. They ran9 <.ill see to ye =nducin' of them to Staye. The te%t itself . >erri'o 1 Sett of A.e $utch 8en are li!e to $esert from have<' hearde Some. Cam3leteensA "* >ieces 3lue $ufflesA 1** >ieces ShalloonsA * >ieces CalamancoesA &** >ieces eachA Shendsoy and 2umhums. no moreA 3ut someho.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 77 ei'hteenth centuryA and 3ecame Duic!ly certain that the document .ly opened pa'e .ith RR ne. 1.as a 3rief pair of sentencesB 3ut theseA stran'ely enou'hA lin'ered tenacious in his memory.< Willett sa.e ?erse from 5i3er1$amnatus 3e<' spo!e ? :oodmasses and =? 2allo.P. 2e hadA he declaredA studies of much more vital importance to pursueB and intimated a .hich mi'ht prove of real importanceA the Wards .as Duic!ly chec!ed 3y WardA .

8oreoverA the Baron .hile the situation of Baron 4erenczy<s castle did not favour visits.ell 3lessin's of his father and motherA . 2is researchesA he saidA .as in that ancient to. he could not 3e dissuadedA they ceased all opposition and helped as 3est they couldB so that in 6une the youn' man sailed for 5iverpool .as on a cra' in the dar! .hich he had esta3lished in one of his rooms.hich he desired.rote to discoura'e the plan of his mother for a meetin' in 5ondonA >arisA or :ome durin' the summerA . Then came a silenceA and in +cto3er the Wards received a picture card from >ra'ueA Czecho1 Slova!iaA statin' that Charles . 2e avoided acDuaintancesA and no tourists 3rou'ht 3ac! reports of havin' seen him.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 78 hand printed a curious article.ard a more easterly re'ion .hich he had 3efore made one or t.as little to .here he proposed to stayA shunnin' all family friendsA till he had e%hausted the resources of the British 8useum in a certain direction. 2is aspect and manners had idiosyncrasiesA and his a'e .ooded mountainsA and the re'ion .as leavin' the villa'e for the mountainsA . +f his proposed itinerary he .hen he . +f his daily life he . interests had en'rossed his mind. When they sa. That he said nothin' of antiDuarian ram3les in the 'lamorous old city .hen the elder Wards .rite his parents fully and faithfully.ait for his return to >rovidenceB .ith its lurin' s!yline of ancient domes and steeples and its tan'les of roads and alleys .as not a person li!ely to appeal to correct and conservative .ere plannin' to travel to Europe.hen he dropped several cards from ?ienna tellin' of his passa'e throu'h that city on the .hich his ne. =n 6uneA 1)"#A a 3rief note told of his departure for >arisA to .e.rote 3y littleA for there . 4or three months thereafter he sent only postal cardsA 'ivin' an address in the :ue St. Study and e%periment consumed all his timeA and he mentioned a la3oratory .hither one of his correspondents and fello.as his last messa'e for a considera3le timeB indeedA he did reply to his parents< freDuent letters until 8ayA .H. But still his parents for3ade him the trip to the +ld World .ould 3e 3etterA Charles saidA if his parents . 2e .hence reports of certain odd ceremonial practices had come.ith the fare.hich could scarcely 3e far distant.ee! laterA sayin' that his host<s carria'e had met him and that he .hose mystic convolutions and sudden vistas alternately 3ec!on and surpriseA .ard his destination. 6acDues and referrin' to a special search amon' rare manuscripts in the li3rary of an unnamed private collector. =t .as from 0lausen3ur' in TransylvaniaA and told of Ward<s pro'ress to.rite.ould say nothin' save that the needs of his studies .ith a certain very a'ed man supposed to 3e the last livin' possessor of some very curious mediaeval information.in' 6anuaryB . Comin' of a'e in AprilA 1)"&A and havin' previously inherited a small competence from his maternal 'randfatherA Ward determined at last to ta!e the European trip hitherto denied him.aved him out of si'ht from the White Star pier in Charlesto.as ta!en 3y his parents as a 'ood inde% of the de'ree to . 5etters soon told of his safe arrivalA and of his securin' 'ood Duarters in 7reat :ussell StreetA 5ondonB .ationale.ould carry him to many placesA 3ut he promised to .as so 'reat as to 3e disDuietin'.as so shunned 3y the country fol! that normal people could not help feelin' ill at ease. En'land 'entlefol!.hose estate lay in the mountains east of :a!usB and .as 'oin' to visit a Baron 4erenczyA .o flyin' trips for material in the Bi3liothMDue .ay to. Another card from :a!us a . =t .1delvers into the occult had invited him.n for the purpose of conferrin' . The ne%t card . .as to 3e addressed at :a!us in the care of that no3leman.P.n.eustadtA and announced no move till the follo.ho accompanied him to Boston and . A'ain he sou'ht a small villa'e in the Adirondac!s . 2e 'ave an address in the .ere such that he could not leave his present DuartersB .ould .

A ta%ica3 .n voiceA there .asA he insistsA somethin' laterB and the Dueerness of the youth at this sta'e he attri3utes to the practice of rituals learned a3road 1 odd enou'h thin'sA to 3e sureA 3ut 3y no means implyin' mental a3erration on the part of their cele3rant.nA and the Duaint 3ric! side.hich could not 3y chill the 3lood of every hearer. At the hi'h sDuare . En'land in nearly four years. him in the fire of sunset the pleasantA remem3ered houses and domes and steeples of the old to.catuc! and entered :hode =sland amidst the faery 'oldenness of a late sprin' afternoon his heart 3eat .nB and his head s. heraldin' cards the youn' . .as sane .here BroadA Wey3ossetA and Empire Streets CoinA he sa. =t .as somethin' in the Duality of that voiceA and in the accents of the formulae it pronouncedA .here the vast 'leamin' dome and sunset1flushed =onic columns of the Christian Science Church 3ec!oned north.hite steepled to.hen certain of the tones .ondrous or dreadful as the case may 3eA for .e.ith $r.as 3orn. There . But even to this claim $r.hirled him throu'h >ost +ffice SDuare .n to the terminal 3ehind the BiltmoreA 3rin'in' into vie.as noticed that .H.hich he !ept himself most of the time.ard.hen he startedA they 3elieve that his conduct upon returnin' implies a disastrous chan'e.ere al.ns of vernal ConnecticutB his first taste of ancient .ays in Ward<s o.hich had dra.everA ta!e place until 8ay 1)"-A . Admittin' that he .e.hich all his years of travel and application had 3een preparin' him.ili'htA and Charles $e%ter Ward had come home. 3efore and 3elo.as t. And at last the little .hite overta!en farmhouse on the ri'htA on the left the classic Adam porch and stately facade of the 'reat 3ric! house .ard marvels and secrets . A school of alienists sli'htly less academic than $r.here he .anderer Duietly slipped into .ere chantin's and repetitionsA and thunderous declamations in uncanny rhythmsB and althou'h these sounds .ere heard. What elicited the notion of insanity at this period .hose 3oundaries no prophet mi'ht fi%.P.hich had 3rou'ht him into 3ein'A and .n him 3ac! to. When the coach crossed the >a. Willett displayed a 3alance .ith its 'limpse of the riverA the old 8ar!et 2ouseA and the head of the 3ayA and up the steep curved slope of Waterman Street to >rospectA .as still normal in his 'eneral reactionsB and in several tal!s .ood Avenues .am curiously as the vehicle rolled do.as a 3reathless and . There .or! on the 9omeric and traversed the lon' miles to >rovidence 3y motor1coachA ea'erly drin!in' in the 'reen rollin' hillsA and fra'rantA 3lossomin' orchardsA and the .as this place and the mysterious forces of its lon'A continuous history .hich he had delved.hen after a fe.i'A the venera3le and 3eloved 3lac! cat of the householdA 3ristled and arched his 3ac! percepti3ly .al!s so often trodden 3y his youthful feet. +ld >rovidenceF =t .ith Duic!ened forceA and the entry to >rovidence alon' :eservoir and Elm. 2ere lay the arcanaA . =t .onderful thin' despite the depths of for3idden lore to .ere the sounds heard at all hours from Ward<s attic la3oratoryA in . Willett refuses to concede.hich no madman 1 even an incipient one 1 could fei'n continuously for lon'. 5yman<s assi'n to Ward<s European trip the 3e'innin' of his true madness. . Then ei'ht sDuares past the fine old estates his childish eyes had !no. Ward himselfA thou'h visi3ly a'ed and hardenedA . the 'reat dome and softA roof1 pierced 'reenery of the ancient hill across the riverA and the tall colonial spire of the 4irst Baptist Church limned pin! in the ma'ic evenin' a'ainst the fresh sprin'time verdure of its precipitous 3ac!'round.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 7) That return did notA ho.

ise e%ceedin'ly stran'e.ith it such a crash that 8r.ith stran'e hills or endless avenues of sphin%es and hippo'riffs stretchin' off into infinite distance.ater.n the dar! shades of his la3oratory . The ne%t day Charles resumed his strict attic seclusionA dra.ay.hich seemed to have the po.H.ere li!e. remained to differentiate the lon'1dead .or!A and promisin' 'reat revelations in the years to come.ho smelled them had a tendency to 'limpse momentary mira'es of enormous vistasA . They pausedA and loo!in' throu'h a . Ward 3elieved the house had 3een struc!.eird cadence echoed unpleasantly throu'h the house 3elo.in' do.izard from the livin' youth.indo. 2e .as chantin' a ritual .hose .hen his motherA 3ein' . +ne ni'ht a3out midni'htA as Charles . And al. They rushed upstairs to see . These calls of Willett<sA underta!en at the reDuest of teh senior WardsA . up to the carria'e entrance.P.a!efulA heard a rum3lin' motor dra.A sa. and 8rs. 8uffled oaths could 3e distin'uishedA and 8rs. >eople .as the prelude to a sharp thunderstormA anomalous for the seasonA .afted from the la3oratory . that he could never reach the youn' man<s inner psycholo'y.ere curious affairs.indo. A3out noon a .hat dama'e had 3een doneA 3ut Charles met them at the door to the atticB paleA resoluteA and portentousA . Sometimes they .ere aromaticA .hilst the trees ceased to 3end in the stran'e fri'id 'ust from the . four dar! fi'ures removin' a lon'A heavy 3o% from a truc! at Charles<s direction and carryin' it .ith an almost fearsome com3ination of triumph and seriousness on his face.ind from the 3ayA and a faintA o3scure trem3lin' of the earth .ays in the ni'ht those rhythms and incantations thunderedA till it 3ecame very difficult to !eep servants or suppress furtive tal! of Charles<s madness. =n 6anuaryA 1)"7A a peculiar incident occurred.as less confined than usual to his la3oratory.ithin his DuartersB e%plainin' that European sources had 'reatly enlar'ed the possi3ilities of his . Ward at no time repulsed the doctorA 3ut the latter sa. She heard la3oured 3reathin' and ponderous footfalls on the stairsA and finally a dull thumpin' in the atticB after . This .ith a hauntin'A elusive Duality .ould open the door to no oneA and steadfastly refused all proffered food. Stars came outA and the stamp of triumph on Charles Ward<s face crystallised into a very sin'ular e%pression.ould often pause 3y the latter after a callA marvellin' at the virtual identityA and reflectin' that only the small pit a3ove the picture<s ri'ht eye no. +ne ni'ht late in 8arch he left the house after midni'htA and did not return till almost mornin'B .er of inducin' fantastic ima'es.eatherA and made odd inDuires a3out the date of the sprin' tha. The thunder san! to a sort of dull mum3lin' chuc!le and finally died a. sa. At the same time the cat e%hi3ited phenomenal traces of fri'htA .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 8* The odours occasionally .hich 3rou'ht . 4or t.ould soon 3e over. 2is older aspect increased to a startlin' de'ree his resem3lance to the Cur.indo.ere very no%iousA 3ut more often they .s and appearin' to 3e . 4reDuently he noted peculiar thin's a3outB little . Ward did not resume his old1time ram3lesA 3ut applied himself dili'ently to the stran'e 3oo!s he had 3rou'ht homeA and to eDually stran'e delvin's .hich the footfalls descended a'ainA and the four reappeared outside and drove off in their truc!. 2e assured them that the house had not really 3een struc!A and that the storm . Willett .A there came a sudden 'ust of chill .hich everyone in the nei'h3ourhood noted.ithin 3y the side door.or!in' on some metal su3stance.hile do's 3ayed for as much as a mile around.in' of the 'round. WardA risin' and 'oin' to the . 2e e%hi3ited a curious interest in the .o months or more after this incident Ward .en portrait in his li3raryB and $r.a% ima'es of 'rotesDue desi'n on the shelves or ta3lesA and the half1erased remnants of circlesA trian'lesA and penta'rams in chal! or charcoal on the cleared central space of the lar'e room.as indeed ri'htB for the li'htnin' flashed farther and farther offA . that he .

hen 8rs.ith a motor truc! in the oldest part of the cemeteryA 3ut apparently fri'htened them off 3efore they had accomplished . and moved to it all his scientific effects. That afternoonA after the conclusion of some odd hissin' sounds .ed 3y a terri3le cry and a fall . .ay to. =nvesti'atin'A he sa. The men hastily placed a lar'e 3o% in the truc! and drove a.or! for a lon' .ere heardA 3ut .as attracted 3y the sound of a motor outside his shelter. The hideous and indescri3a3le stench no. Ser't.hen 2art<s attention . The dronin' of monotonous formulae and the chantin' of 3izarre rhythms recurred at intervalsA . 5ater on $r.ished to 3ury.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 81 .ayB 3ut could not reach it 3efore the noise of his feet on the 'ravel had revealed his approach.as a3solutely harmless and unfortunately necessary.ith any interment mentioned in the cemetery records. :iley of the Second Station vie.ellin' out .as distur3edA 2art 3elieves that this 3o% .hatever their o3Cect may have 3een.ard the street 3efore they could 3e overta!enB and since no !no. days Charles Ward .hich they .ard .as emptyB and did not coincide .hile at other times occasional listeners could detect the sound of tin!lin' 'lassA hissin' chemicalsA . =n the evenin' Charles secured the paper 3efore the rest of the family and dama'ed part of it throu'h an apparent accident.atchman at the .ered faintlyA and told her that nothin' had 'one amiss.ould appear later for dinner.as an o3Cect . Solitude .ed the spot and 'ave the opinion that the hole .earin' an e%tremely ha''ard aspect and for3iddin' anyone to enter the la3oratory upon any prete%t. 2avin' added sleepin' Duarters to his attic realmA he !ept closely to himself thereA orderin' food 3rou'ht to the door and not ta!in' it in until after the servant had 'one a.or!room or the adCacent storeroom .as seldom seen 3y his family. =n reply to Duestions 2art said he thou'h the escapin' truc! had headed up :ocham3eau AvenueA thou'h he could not 3e sure. 2ere he livedA .as du' 3y 3ootle''ers rather 'ruesomely and in'eniously see!in' a safe cache for liDuor in a place not li!ely to 3e distur3ed. The holeA a place as lar'e and deep as a 'raveA . Ward rapped at the door her son at len'th ans.P.ith 3oo!s 3rou'ht up from his li3rary 3eneathA till the time he purchased the >a.ay.in' small item had occurred9 . ThisA indeedA proved the 3e'innin' of a ne. WillettA havin' fi%ed the date from statements 3y various mem3ers of the householdA loo!ed up an intact copy at the Journal office and found that in the destroyed section the follo.hile 3efore detectionA for 2art found an enormous hold du' at a considera3le distance 3ac! from the road.H.hich he cleaned outA furnished rou'hlyA and added to his inviola3le private domain as a sleepin' apartment.n 'rave . The discovery too! place at a3out four o<cloc!A .here most of the old stones have lon' a'o disappeared.as the one prime essentialA and he .tu%et 3un'alo.orth Burial 7roundA this mornin' discovered a party of several men .as any other person permitted to visit either the mysterious 'arret . a lar'e truc! on the main drive several rods a. policy of secrecyB for never after.ay in the lot of Amasa 4ieldA . $urin' the ne%t fe.orth Burial 7round :o3ert 2artA ni'ht .hich came from 3ehind the loc!ed portalA he did finally appearB .octurnal $i''ers Surprised in . The di''ers must have 3een at .renchin' sound follo.

=TE8A(S.rite it do.en investi'ations. Willett<s reDuest.as heard t"e !oice that no listener can ever for'et 3ecause of its thunderous remotenessA its incredi3le depthA and its eldritch dissimilarity to Charles Ward<s voice. different in !indA there .as clearly heard 3y at least t.o hours .en<s annihilation. =n the midst of this mephitic flood there came a very percepti3le flash li!e that of li'htnin'A .hen he had tal!ed fran!ly of his Cur.aited and listened an%iouslyA and later on she .henever he did venture 3riefly forth .ed itB a hideousA all1 pervasive odour . 8rs.as a3le to . Willett that its very close analo'ue can 3e found in the mystic .hat to do or thin! a3out it.lin' of do's set in. =t ran as follo. +dours of the most unplacea3le DualityA .as certainly a very terri3le difference in de'reeB and $r.ed 3y the odour .holly at a loss .ritin's of LEliphas 5eviLA that cryptic soul .as such as to e%cite the !eenest speculation.aterA or roarin' 'as flames.tu%et farmhouse on the ni'ht of 6oseph Cur.hich instantly follo. WardA .H.lin' of the do's. The e%tent of this ho.< This had 3een 'oin' on for t.hich the servants made muchA 3ut .hich .o nei'h3ours a3ove the ho.ritten portentously over the .ould have 3een 3lindin' and impressive 3ut for the dayli'ht aroundB and then .as . There .as no mista!in' that ni'htmare phraseA for Charles had descri3ed it too vividly in the old days . The day .hen over all the nei'h3ourhood a pandaemoniac ho.sA and e%perts have told $r. The formula . +nce he made a hasty trip to the Athenaeum for a 3oo! he reDuiredA and a'ain he hired a messen'er to fetch him a hi'hly o3scure volume from Boston.hole situationA and 3oth the family and $r. Willett confessed themselves .hich it had thunderedA accordin' to the 4enner letterA a3ove the doomed >a.n at $r.< .ho had 3een listenin' in despair outside her son<s loc!ed la3oratoryA shivered as she reco'nised its hellish importsB for Charles had told of its evil fame in dar! 3oo!sA and of the manner in .ho crept throu'h a crac! in the for3idden door and 'limpsed the fri'htful vistas of the void 3eyond9 <>er Adonai EloimA Adonai 6ehovaA Adonai Sa3aothA 8etraton +n A'la 8athonA ver3um pythonicumA mysterium salamandraeA conventus sylvorumA antra 'nomorumA daemonia Coeli 7odA AlmonsinA 7i3orA 6ehosuaA EvamA @ariatnatmi!A veniA veniA veni.holly unli!e any 3efore notedA hun' at times around the doorB and the air of tension o3serva3le in the youn' recluse .lin' can 3e Cud'ed from the space it received in the papers the ne%t dayA 3ut to those in the Ward household it . attaches 'reat si'nificance to the chan'e.hich others Duite naturally dismiss as an irrelevant coincidence. =t shoo! the houseA and .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 8" runnin' .as so plainly audi3le in the hall outside the loc!ed door that 8rs. Willett someho.hich non of them had ever smelt 3efore or have ever smelt since. While nothin' appeared to 'ro.as overshado.as only this fra'ment of an archaic and for'otten lan'ua'e9 <$=ES 8=ES 6ESC2ET B+E.ithout chan'e or intermission .E $+ESE4 $+(?E8A E. 5ate in the afternoon youn' Ward 3e'an repeatin' a certain formula in a sin'ularly loud voiceA at the same time 3urnin' some su3stance so pun'ent that its fumes escaped over the entire house.P. Ward could not help memorisin' it as she . And yet it . Suspense . Then on the fifteenth of April a stran'e development occurred.as 7ood 4ridayA a circumstance of .

The phrase .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 8& Close upon this thunderin' there came a momentary dar!enin' of the dayli'htA thou'h sunset .ith the re'ular alteration of inflections su''estin' Duestion and ans.nstairsA .as definitely different. A second later all previous memories .i nash .hich caused him to sta''er dan'erously .ife in his arms and 3ore her Duic!ly do.as Cust this9 <SshhF1 . for comprehensionA yet of a Duality profoundly distur3in' to the soul. Ward conferred at some len'th after dinnerA and the former resolved to have a firm and serious tal! .as told 3y the fri'htened servants that she .ness .ildered openin' of her eyes . They . She !noc!ed a'ainA 3ut paused nervelessly as a second shrie! aroseA this one unmista!a3ly in the familiar voice of her sonA and sounding concurrently $it" t"e still bursting cac"innations of t"at ot"er !oice% >resently she faintedA althou'h she is still una3le to recall the precise and immediate cause. 4or the seemin'ly silent la3oratory .P.land Ward could have maintained for nearly a year more his old 3oast that he had never fainted.asA he seized his .hose maniacal force mounted in an ear1splittin' crescendo. their implications held a nameless fri'ht for the father .ith frantic e%plosiveness and 'radually chan'ed form to a paro%ysm of dia3olic and hysterical lau'hter. 4or 8rs. for Charles to mutter formulaeB 3ut this mutterin' .atchin' the 3e.n voiceA 3ut someho.as chantin' a'ain no.ife do.as emer'in'.hich had so horri3ly distur3ed him. The youth must indeed have ta!en complete leave of his sensesA since only do. 8rs.everA he .erA statement and response.ild screams and ima'inary . .hich that mas!ed and terri3le colloDuy had yielded. Ward stretched out at full len'th on the floor of the corridor outside the la3oratoryB and realisin' that she had faintedA hastened to fetch a 'lass of .ith his 3urden. Ward returned from the 3usiness section at a3out Duarter past si%B and not findin' his .as so palpa3ly a dialo'ueA or imitation of a dialo'ueA .as undis'uisedly that of CharlesA 3ut the other had a depth and hollo.hich the youth<s 3est po.as somethin' hideousA 3lasphemousA and a3normal a3out itA and 3ut for a cry from his recoverin' .ell13ein' of the entire household.as .H.ers of ceremonial mimicry had scarcely approached 3efore.hich 3urst out .nstairs 3efore she could notice the voices .ater from a set 3o.hich cleared his mind 3y arousin' his protective instincts it is not li!ely that Theodore 2o.as still an hour distantA and then a puff of added odour different from the first 3ut eDually un!no.ailin' scream .as pro3a3ly .hich she .hen a chill shot throu'h him and threatened to reduce him to the very state from .atchin' at Charles<s doorA from .ahF< .ere effaced 3y the . 8rs.nri'ht madness could have prompted the . 8ountin' the stairs at onceA he sa. =t . =t .as not as silent as it had appeared to 3eA 3ut held the murmurs of a tenseA muffled conversation in tones too lo.ere merely an e%cited caution in Charles<s o.o' Sothoth he l'e3 throda'< 1 endin' in a <.l in a nei'h3ourin' alcove. There . Charles .n and intolera3le. +ne voice . and his mother could hear sylla3les that sounded li!e <.hich the sounds had 3een far stran'er than ever 3efore.riteF< 8r. 8emory sometimes ma!es merciful deletions. $ashin' the cold fluid in her faceA he . WardA . Ward<s cry had evidently 3een heard 3y others than heA and there had come in response to it from 3ehind the loc!ed door the first distin'uisha3le .as notA of courseA ne. Even soA ho.as heartened to o3serve an immediate response on her partA and .ith the min'led fear and 3lind coura'e of maternityA advanced and !noc!ed affri'htedly at the concealin' panelsA 3ut o3tained no si'n of reco'nition.ith Charles that very ni'ht. As it .as not Duic! enou'h to escape catchin' somethin' himself .ords . 8r. important the o3CectA such conduct could no lon'er 3e permittedB for these latest developments transcended every limit of sanity and formed a menace to the order and nervous .ife .o matter ho.ho overheard them. and 8rs.

disused li3rary of his son.ith starin' eyes and fear1distorted mouth. WardA 3ut the partin' impression .as astonished to find that nothin' of the occult or the antiDuarianA 3eyond .ildered 8r. 8r.hat must have 3een mali'nly silent suddennessA the portrait of 6oseph Cur.P. .n that somethin' .as in any case purely 3oo! researchB and he could o3tain Duarters else.here for any such vocal rituals as mi'ht 3e necessary at a later sta'e.orst had happened.as missin'.ere all modern itemsB historiesA scientific treatisesA 'eo'raphiesA manuals of literatureA philosophic .or!A he saidA . All this must 3e stoppedA or 8rs. Charles<s aspect . Ward hardly !ne.H.as indeed . Ward 3eheld the youth .ithdra.as plainly and ri'idly classifiedA so that one mi'ht tell at a 'lance the 3oo!s or at least the !ind of 3oo!s .all rose still the ancient carved overmantel from the house in +lney CourtA 3ut to the crac!ed and precariously restored oils of the lar'e Cur.ere indeed ine%cusa3le nuisances.everA he paused at the sounds .ould 3e made ill and the !eepin' of servants 3ecome an impossi3ility.hat had 3een previously removedA .ildered parent no.hat to ma!e of the entire 3usiness. Ward .hat his son had ta!en up to the attic.as one of undenia3le sanity and poise despite a mysterious tension of the utmost 'ravity.hat it .as a very poi'nant sensationA and almost cla.as a very curious shift from Charles Ward<s recent run of readin'A and the father paused in a 'ro. +n the third floorA ho. The intervie.ithdra. . 8uch of his future .ron' around him.n and ha''ardA and he dropped his entire load . At the end of the lecture he a'reed that his father . 2is use of a3struse technical terms some. 4or the fri'ht and faintin' of his mother he e%pressed the !eenest contritionA and e%plained that the conversation later heard .as amissA and at last it da.n.as part of an ela3orate sym3olism desi'ned to create a certain mental atmosphere. Somethin' . The stran'eness . +n the north .as .hich he heard proceedin' from the no.as no scene.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 8# conversations in assumed voices .nA and for some time listened to the admonitions he had so lon' deserved.oodA curlin' ti'hter and ti'hterA and finally crum3lin' into small 3its . =t .as as mysterious as the death of poor old . Time and uneDual heatin' had done their . These ne. .hose stiffenin' form had 3een found an hour 3efore in the 3asementA . =t .ithinA e%citedly assem3lin' a vast armful of literary matter of every size and shape. .i'A .ned upon him . lay scattered on the floor as a thin coatin' of fine 3lue1'rey dust.spapers and ma'azines.en had resi'ned forever its starin' surveillance of the youth it so stran'ely resem3ledA and no. At the elder man<s command he sat do.hich the present day had 3rou'ht forth. >eelin' clear of the .ith .hich had 3een . The youth<s li3rary .ere apparently 3ein' flun' a3out and papers .ith a start at the sound of his father<s voice. 'lanced curiously at the vacant shelves to see .als . There . +n this occasion 8r.or! at lastA and at some time since the room<s last cleanin' the .as ri'htA and that his noisesA mutterin'sA incantationsA and chemical odours .en portrait disaster had come.ron'A and tan'i3ly as . Ward rose at the close of the meal and started upstairs for Charles<s la3oratory.as.ildly rustledA and upon steppin' to the door 8r. Boo!s .as very dra. Ward . Ever since he had 3een in this room he had !no. $riven 3y some va'ue detective instinctA the 3e.in' vorte% of perple%ity and an en'ulfin' sense of stran'eness.ell as spiritually so.hat .ed at his chest as he strove to see Cust . 2e a'reed to a policy of 'reat DuietA thou'h insistin' on a prolon'ation of his e%treme privacy.or!sA and certain contemporary ne.as really Duite inconclusiveA and as Charles pic!ed up his armful and left the room 8r.hat 3e.

asA as al.ished e'ress.ould . =t occurred one mornin'A and seemed to form a resumption of the ima'inary conversation noted on that tur3ulent 7ood 4riday. him at a distance a surprisin' num3er of times.ould try to transfer to other realms.here some friends of the family sa.ere Duiet and rationalA 3ut he had a furtiveA hunted loo! .as al. 2e seemed to haunt the resort and canoe1house of :hodes1on1the1>a.in' that memora3le 7ood 4riday Charles Ward . Ward to run upstairs and listen at the door. 2e held out promises of an early revelationA and spo!e of the need of securin' a la3oratory else.ith a lar'e valise and perform curious delvin's in the cellar.ays very li3eral to her and to old AsaA 3ut seemed more .hich he .ordA 3ut the .in' Tuesday had a lon' conversation . up from 3irth. 5ate in 8ay came a momentary revival of ritualistic sounds in the attic la3oratory .ee! follo.ere certain conflicts of spheres of consciousness . Another report of his doin's came from >a.aysA inconclusiveB 3ut Willett is still ready to s.hich only 'reat s!ill could avoidA 3ut .hich caused 8rs. At the loss of the portrait he 'rieved sin'ularly little considerin' his first enthusiasm over itA 3ut seemed to find somethin' of positive humour in its sudden crum3lin'.ear that the youth .P. Willett at that place 3rou'ht out the fact that his purpose .as seen more often than usualA and . 2e .ould come .hen 'ood old 3lac! 2annah came to help .hen it suddenly Duieted do.orried than he used to 3eB .here he .tu%etA . Ward .al! to.ith himselfA for there suddenly 3urst forth a perfectly distin'uisha3le series of clashin' shouts in differentiated tones li!e alternate demands and denials . .ere <must have it red for three months<A and upon her !noc!in' all sounds ceased at once. The intervie.here.orthy .hose only plain . 2is actions .as ni'htloc!in' the front door . A M%t tio# #$ 1 M $#ess =n the .ith the youth in the li3rary .hich 'rieved her very muchA since she had .as continually carryin' 3oo!s 3et. Ward and a some. She could hear no more than a fra'ment .ith a lar'e suitcase and made si'ns that he .hat distracted promise of amendment from Charles. A3out the second .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 8 .here the picture stared no more.H. =n the early evenin' there had 3een some noise and thumpin' in the la3oratory upstairsA and 8r.as sane and himself at the time.ent outA 3ut in the mornin' he presented his resi'nation to 8rs.as al. When Charles .or!shireman cau'ht one si'ht of his fevered eyes and trem3led causelessly. The youth spo!e no . That midni'htA after the family had retiredA the 3utler .ith the sprin' cleanin' she mentioned his freDuent visits to the old house in +lney CourtA .as ar'uin' or remonstratin' hotly .een his li3rary and the attic la3oratory.hen accordin' to his statement Charles appeared some.hile. The youth .atched him 'ro.V.hich 3rou'ht a stern reproof from 8r.hich his mother did not li!eA and developed an incredi3ly ravenous appetite as 'au'ed 3y his demands upon the coo!.as later Duestioned 3y his father he said that there .ard the northA usually not reappearin' for a very lon' .ee! Charles 3e'an to 3e a3sent from the house for lon' periodsA and one day . 2e opened the door and youn' Ward .n. $r.as on the point of investi'atin' . A3out the middle of 6une a Dueer nocturnal incident occurred.ords . .hat 3lunderin'ly and uncertainly at the foot of the stairs .ays to secure access to the rather hed'ed1in river13an!A alon' .hich he . Willett had 3een told of those 4riday noises and happenin'sA and on the follo.tu%etA and su3seDuent inDuiries 3y $r.

Willett 3e'an chec!in' up loose ends and searchin' out missin' lin!s here and there. =nspector Cunnin'ham has 3een assi'ned to the caseA and hopes to uncover some valua3le clues in the near future.or! in the ancient portion of the cemetery.hich had 3een intact up to the day 3efore. There .asA he saidA somethin' unholy in the 'lance Charles had fi%ed on him.hich they found in the vicinityA and . Ward allo.o cases. The ne%t evenin'A much as on another evenin' nearly three months 3eforeA Charles Ward seized the ne.o items as of possi3le si'nificance.orth Burial 7roundA that 'houls . =n 8arch the di''in' had 3een in a spot . :iley of the Second Station discounts this theory and points to vital differences in the t.ere no .ay after ma!in' a deep e%cavationB 3ut Ser't. They . slivers of decayed .as found e%cavated and rifledA the .H.ould care to violate the 'rave of their ancestor. 8rs.as 3orn in 17#* and died in 18"# accordin' to his uprooted and sava'ely splintered slate headstoneA . Ward had 'ro.ith every evidence of deli3erate purposeA and .hen $r.P.as Duite ridiculousA for as lon' as she had remained a.hich indicate the 3oots of a man of refinement. 8rs.as 'one e%cept a fe.as no .heel trac!sA 3ut the police have measured a sin'le set of footprints .spaper very early and accidentally lost the main section.a!e she had heard faint sounds from the la3oratory a3oveB sounds as if of so33in' and pacin'A and of a si'hin' . There . =n the Journal office he found the section .ere a'ain at .ere as follo.ith the di''in' discovered last 8archA . The 'rave of Ezra WeedenA .as not recalled till laterA .as this mornin' discovered 3y :o3ert 2artA ni'ht .as involved in some very peculiar circumstancesA not dishonoura3le to himselfA shortly 3efore the :evolutionB 3ut of any modern feud or mystery he is fran!ly i'norant.ed the man to departA 3ut she did not value his statement hi'hly.ho .hich Charles had lostA and mar!ed t.ere .hich Ezra Weeden .s9 8ore Cemetery $elvin' =t .ith a spade stolen from an adCacent tool1shed. =t .n used to listenin' for sounds in the ni'htA for the mystery of her son .ho .ood. 2art is inclined to lin! this incident . 8em3ers of the Weeden familyA notified of the happenin'A e%pressed their astonishment and re'retB and .ith a conscious mali'nity e%pressed in the splinterin' of the sla3 .ay for a youn' 'entleman to loo! at an honest personA and he could not possi3ly stay another ni'ht.hen a party in a motor truc! .as fast drivin' all else from her mind. This matter . .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 8- Ward. Whatever the contents may have 3een after more than a century of 3urialA all .nB 3ut this time a . 2azard Weeden of )8 An'ell Street recalls a family le'end accordin' to .hich told only of despair<s profoundest depths.ere fri'htened a.ell1mar!ed and cared1for 'rave had 3een rifled . To fancy Charles in a sava'e state that ni'ht .atchman at the .or! 3ein' evidently done .holly una3le to thin! of any enemy .here no 'rave .as !no.

orth EndA near the Ward homeA and the su3ur3an districts across the Cranston line near >a.hich have not yet 3een definitely traced to any !no.< Willett spea!s .A for that mad flesh that vanished from Waite<s hospital had another.lin' .n perpetrator.P.Lovecr !t $o's .hat = 3elieve perpetrated these attac!s and murdersA 3ut = .ill notA< he saysA <state . = have reason to 3e sure he . Ward and the ha''ard and elusive Charles to . These delusions al. The volume and Duality of the ho.nB and limits his positive statements to a peculiar !ind of ne'ation9 <= .here near the 3an! of the riverA put an end to the distur3ance. Early in 6uly Willett ordered 8rs.ith the revoltin' cases of vampirism .oisy in >a. Stran'e and unpleasant odoursA pro3a3ly from the oil tan!s alon' the 3ayA are popularly lin!ed .ith it. Both late . today 3y a phenomenal 3ayin' of do's .ith authorityA for he .ith hesitancyA and .hich fastened its teeth in the throat or upper arm and feasted ravenously.hich seemed to centre near the river Cust north of :hodes1on1the1 >a.ith this incidentB and may have had their share in e%citin' the do's.ith somethin' very li!e the shrie!s of a man in mortal terror and a'ony.hich she fancied she heard in the attic la3oratory and 3edroomA and emphasised the occurrence of muffled si'hs and so33in's at the most impossi3le times. =t is pro3a3ly to this enforced and reluctant escape that she o.tu%et.ith open . A chan'e cameA and =<m content to 3elieve that the old Charles Ward died . A sharp and very 3rief thunderstormA . WardA . $r.ith 3urnin' eyes .hich she confided to the doctor .tu%et The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 87 :esidents of >a. .hen alone.ho heart itB and 4red 5emdinA ni'ht .ayfarers and sleepers . The mor3id listenin' of his mother in the ni'ht 3rou'ht out the fact that he made freDuent sallies a3road under cover of dar!nessA and most of the more academic alienists unite at present in char'in' him .tu%et.ill declare that Charles Ward .es her life and continued sanity. As for no.hose nerves had 3e'un to snap under the strain.ere aroused a3out & a.as mi%ed . Ward to Atlantic City for an indefinite recuperative soCournA and cautioned 3oth 8r. 3ecame very ha''ard and huntedA and all a'reed in retrospect that he may have .ere unusually oddA accordin' to most .as often at the Ward home attendin' 8rs.ithheld him.ays concernin' the faint sounds .H.s . 2is soul didA anyho. The aspect of Charles no. These casesA too recent and cele3rated to need detailed mentionA involved victims of every a'e and type and seemed to cluster around t. Ward meddled .o distinct localitiesB the residential hill and the .hich he ridiculed in tal!in' to herA althou'h they made him ponder deeply .ho or .ho refuses to date the madness of Charles Ward as far 3ac! as even thisA is cautious in attemptin' to e%plain these horrors.atchman at :hodesA declares it .hich the press so sensationally reported a3out this timeA 3ut .tu%et .ere attac!edA and those .as never a monster or a villain.ished at this period to ma!e some statement or confession from .as i'norant of the taste of 3loodA as indeed his continued anaemic decline and increasin' pallor prove 3etter than any ver3al ar'ument.ith terri3le thin'sA 3ut he has paid for itA and he .hich seemed to stri!e some. WillettA .hich sheer terror .ho lived to tell the tale spo!e unanimously of a leanA litheA leapin' monster .indo.rite her only cheerin' letters.m. 2er nocturnal listenin' had 3red some mor3id hallucinations . 1 = don<t li!e to thin!. 2e hasA he declaresA certain theories of his o.as innocent of them.

confined .A 3ut slept occasionally at home and .ith a concrete 'ara'eA perched hi'h on the sparsely settled 3an! of the river sli'htly a3ove :hodesA 3ut for some odd reason the youth .nerA and as soon as it . A3out Septem3er the vampirism declinedA 3ut in the follo.ot lon' after his mother<s departureA Charles Ward 3e'an ne'otiatin' for the >a.ay.ice he .hose destinations have not yet 3een discovered. 8ost distinctly the ne. 4or some time the nocturnal arrival and departure of motor truc!s at the >a.ho acted as a servantA and a thinA scholarly stran'er . To the >a. 2e 'ave the real1estate a'encies no peace till one of them secured it for him at an e%or3itant price from a some. . the place. .ooden edifice . The doctor still insists that the youth . Ward spent most of his time at the 3un'alo.as still rec!oned a d. had 3een commented uponA and at this Cuncture an unforeseen hitch e%posed the nature of at least one item of their contents. Ward himself tried to 3e more affa3leA 3ut succeeded only in provo!in' curiousity .ood.P.as evidently that of a collea'ue. The mulatto 7omes spo!e very little En'lishA and the 3earded manA .o sharers of his mysteriesB a villainous1loo!in' >ortu'uese half1caste from the South 8ain St.hose status . 2e 're. After that Charles moved 3ac! to his o.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward " 88 . 2e had this van loaded in the 3lac! small hoursA and his father recalls only a dro.as a sDualid little . appeared to have t.ere advanced connectin' the hated esta3lishment . =t .eller 3eneath his father<s roof.aylayin' of truc!s 3y Lhi1 Cac!ersL in Duest of liDuor shipmentsA 3ut this time the ro33ers had 3een destined to receive the 'reater shoc!.aylaid him at his father<s houseA for the elder Ward .tu%et 3un'alo.hat laterA after this 3urnin' had suddenly ceasedA there rose still Dueerer tales of disproportionate orders of meat from the 3utcher<s and of the muffled shoutin'A declamationA rhythmic chantin'A and screamin' supposed to come from some very cellar 3elo.as 3itterly disli!ed 3y the honest 3our'eoisie of the vicinityA and it is not remar!a3le that dar! hints .ei'h3ours vainly tried to en'a'e these odd persons in conversation.ith .tu%et and the adCacent streets of Ed'e.ith the current epidemic of vampiristic attac!s and murdersB especially since the radius of that pla'ue seemed no. and stran'e household .tu%et 3un'alo.. Willett his oldA old story of vital research and future revelations.H.ished his son to 'et as much sound oversi'ht as could 3e mana'ed in the case of so secretive and independent an adult.ee!1lon' tripsA .n old Duarters on the third floorA and never haunted the attic a'ain.hich he had surrounded his attic realmA save that he no.as deeply . Willett often .as a3sent from the city on .ere ta!en a. =n a lonely spot near 2ope ?alley had occurred one of the freDuent sordid .ith his ram3lin' accounts of chemical research. 4or the lon' cases they seized proved upon openin' to contain some .ed from his study. steadily paler and more emaciated even than 3eforeA and lac!ed some of his former assurance .in' 6anuary almost 3ecame involved in serious trou3le.hich he had 3orro.as vacant he too! possession under cover of dar!nessA transportin' in a 'reat closed van the entire contents of his attic la3oratoryA includin' the 3oo!s 3oth . Charles transferred all the secrecy .ould have nothin' else.hen repeatin' to $r. T.aterfront .ith dar! 'lasses and a stu33ly full 3eard of dyed aspect .ed his e%ample.orried and perple%edA and .holly to >a.eird and modern .ho 'ave his name as $r.hat reluctant o. Before lon' Dueer tales 3e'an to circulate re'ardin' the all1ni'ht 3urnin' of li'htsB and some. AllenA voluntarily follo.as sane even as late as thisA and adduces many a conversation to prove his point.tu%et 3un'alo.sy realisation of stifled oaths and stampin' feet on the ni'ht the 'oods .

in' traces of shattered nervesA is nevertheless distinctly Ward<s o.n . And no. =nstead of triumph = have found terrorA and my tal! . >rovidenceA :. Willett received a letter from Charles Ward .ill not 3e a 3oast of victory 3ut a plea for help and advice in savin' 3oth myself and the .ere Duic!ly and Duietly restored to their proper placesA and that the 'eneral pu3lic . that = am ready to spea!A = must o.ould not 3e . The patience you have she.as found in that hasty cache a very hideous and shameful thin'. =n this statement he . =t is only fair to add that the specimens . There . 2e calls especial attention to the normal character of the penmanshipB .hich thou'h she.o odd companionsA and received from him .hich he had thou'ht as reasona3ly le'itimate as such thin's can 3e.A 4e3ruary 8A 1)"8.orld. A recently arrived va'rantA under promise of immunity from prosecution on any additional char'eA at last consented to 'uide a party of troopers to the spotB and there .ere addressed to Charles Ward at his >a.ind of the matter a careful search .hich came to nothin'.as firmly sustained 3y his 3earded collea'ue $r. They found him pallid and .n in .hich he has freDuently Duarrelled . of their 3lasphemous distur3ance.hen the State >olice 'ot . The cases .hose depth and 'enuineness anyone .ill never !no. The thieves had hastily 3uried .ith $r. . 2e had needed certain anatomical specimens as part of a pro'ramme of research .hich he considers of e%traordinary importanceA and a3out .=.H.ith you . =t .aitin'A and the confidence you have she. . +n 4e3ruary )A 1)"8A $r. +f the identity of the specimens he had !no.ell1developed case of dementia praeco@A 3ut Willett on the other hand re'ards it as the last perfectly sane utterance of the hapless youth.as no mista!in' itA even 3y those far from studious officersB and tele'rams to Washin'ton ensued .P.hose oddly hollo.n nervous tonesB so that in the end the officials too! no actionA 3ut carefully set do. 5yman 3elieves that this note contains positive proof of a .n a3solutely nothin'A and .as made.or! name and address .ould produce.n the .hich a !no.hat .hat they discoveredA 3ut .estruc! party. 5yman.as properly shoc!ed . The te%t in full is as follo.ith humiliation that no triumph such as = dreamed of can ever 3y mine.tu%et 3un'alo.ell for the national 1 or even the international 1 sense of decorum if the pu3lic .ith feverish rapidity.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 8) e%ceedin'ly 'ruesome thin'sB so 'ruesomeA in factA that the matter could not 3e !ept Duiet amon'st the denizens of the under.as uncovered 3y that a.ho had !no. AllenA . voice carried even more conviction than his o.hen the inspectors hinted at the monstrous effect on pu3lic sentiment and national di'nity .A and State and 4ederal officials at once paid him a very forceful and serious call.hat seemed to 3e a valid e%planation and evidence of innocence.ith his t. Willett91 = feel that at last the time has come for me to ma!e the disclosures .ere ever to !no.e.hich Ward 'ave them a 3asis for a search .hich = have so lon' promised youA and for .orried .orld from a horror 3eyond all human conception or .s9 1** >rospect St.hich you have pressed me so often. $ear $r.n in my mind and inte'rityA are thin's = shall never cease to appreciate.led'e of the matter .n.n him in the last decade could proveA and had ordered the reDuired !ind and num3er from a'encies .

hich even you could scarcely envisa'e or ac!no.ould call on me at the very first moment that you can spare five or si% hours continuously to hear .ere very mechanically performed.ature you must help me thrust it 3ac! into the dar! a'ain.onder . That must all 3e done a'ainA and Duic!ly. That somethin' very su3tleA ancientA and horri3le .hatever 'ods there 3e that nothin' may prevent this meetin'.led'e. you may help to save the cosmos from star! hell.hat those 4enner letters said of the old raidin' party at >a. Willett received this note a3out 1*9&* a.A perhaps even the fate of the solar system and the universe.hen = tell you that you never had a more 'enuine professional duty than this.atchin' the house. >.ould have sounded to a stran'erA Willett had seen too much of Charles Ward<s oddities to dismiss it as sheer ravin'. much 'ood they can doA for they have a'ainst them forces . Any time . And let us pray to .hat >a.hile<A <= can<t receive anyone for some time<A <you<ll have to e%cuse .as hoverin' a3out he felt Duite sureA and the reference to $r.ish to see me alive and hear ho.ords 1 all civilisationA all natural la.tu%et place foreverA and .ild speculation that most of his tas!s . >romptly at four $r. The 'uards .tu%et 'ossip said of Ward<s eni'matical collea'ue.ho or . So come Duic!ly if you .as so en'ulfed in every sort of . Allen on si'ht and dissol!e "is body in acid% #on+t burn it% $r.hy = say this .A and immediately arran'ed to spare the .e must e%tirpate everythin' e%istin' thereA alive or dead. ho. = have come home for 'oodA and . .ith phrases such as <= am very tired and must rest a .m.hich han' in the 3alance. = dare not tell my fatherA for he could not 'rasp the . = don<t !no. Willett presented himself at the Ward residenceA 3ut found to his annoyance that Charles had not adhered to his determination to remain indoors. Shoot $r. 8aniacal as the letter . 2e had that mornin' done much apparently fri'htened ar'uin' and protestin' over the telephoneA one of the detectives saidA replyin' to some un!no. for the sa!e of all life and . .hat may try to intercept you.hen = see you.ill ta!e that lon' 1 and 3elieve me .hole late afternoon and evenin' for the momentous tal!A lettin' it e%tend on into the ni'ht as lon' as mi'ht 3e necessary. 8y life and reason are the very least thin's .ere thereA 3ut said that the youn' man seemed to have lost part of his timidity.hat sort of eyes those much1 discussed dar! 'lasses mi'ht conceal. of .S. = shall not 'o there a'ainA and you must not 3elieve it if you ever hear that = am there. $on<t telephone aheadA for there is no tellin' .ou recall .n voice . = have left that >a. =t .H.tu%et. (pon us depends more than can 3e put into .hole thin'. 2e planned to arrive a3out four o<cloc!A and throu'h all the intervenin' hours .ill do 1 = shall not 3e out of the house.o. =n utmost 'ravity and desperationA Charles $e%ter Ward.ish you . Allen could almost 3e comprehended in vie.led'e.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward )* calculation.P.ill tell you . = . But = have told him of my dan'erA and he has four men from a detective a'ency .hat = have to say. Willett had never seen the manA 3ut had heard much of his aspect and 3earin'A and could not 3ut . = have 3rou'ht to li'ht a monstrous a3normalityA 3ut = did it for the sa!e of !no.

ord. The frantic earnestness of Charles<s note . 2e had never li!ed that pictureB and even no. 4or almost t. Charles sent his 3est .hen the youth returned. Willett .ishesA and re'retted any 3other his a3rupt chan'e of plans mi'ht have caused. shado. 8r.hich had 3een ta!en to 'uard him.as much hope for a cure of his disordered nerves.hence a year 3efore the suave features of old 6oseph Cur.en had loo!ed mildly do.allA .as 3ac! in the .as still a3sent.everA the 3utler had 'one to inDuire . 2e had 'one upstairsA .hich could not 3e actually placedA 3ut .ay for an indefinite periodA leavin' the researches in need of Charles<s constant oversi'ht.as fran!ly at a loss .H. Ward finally arrivedA and she.ard trailin' off into a !ind of cho!in' 'asp. =t listenin' to this messa'e 8r.ritten that his delvin's had 3ecome 3lasphemous and menacin'A that they and his 3earded collea'ue must 3e e%tirpated at any costA and that he himself . 4aced 3y these 3afflin' and contradictory reportsA $r.ed much surprise and an'er at his son<s a3sence after all the pains .oun' Ward had . Willett . that he had 'one until he returned a3out one o<cloc! and entered the house . =n 3iddin' the doctor 'oodni'ht he e%pressed his utter perple%ity at his son<s conditionA and ur'ed his caller to do all he could to restore the 3oy to normal poise.asA he had appeared at the door . Ward heard $r. After a time the shado. Ward mentioned that $r.ould never return to their final sceneB yet accordin' to latest advices he had for'otten all this and .ithout a . Allen<s voice for the first timeA and it seemed to e%cite some va'ue and elusive memory .asA there lur!ed a Duality in its vacant panel . Then he had evidently done some rearran'in' of his shelvesA for a 'reat clatterin' and thumpin' and crea!in' ensuedB after .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward )1 me<A <>lease postpone decisive action till .as told that there .ay in a manner that terrified him unaccounta3ly. & The ne%t mornin' Willett received a messa'e from the senior WardA sayin' that Charles .hat the trou3le .as necessary 3ecause Allen himself .hich made him feel an ur'ent need to 'et out into the pure air as soon as possi3le.tu%et for some timeA and that he must not 3e distur3ed.riter<s immediate violation of his o. Allen had telephoned him to say that Charles .here a 3it of his fear must have sur'ed 3ac!B for he . WhenA ho.A stron'1nerved thou'h he .as not to 3e deniedA yet .ith you later.ould remain at >a.1li!e 3efore the ni'ht. This .hat could one thin! of its . Willett .o hours $r.as suddenly called a.hich he had reappeared and left at once.hich .n of Charles<s appointmentA and promised to notify Willett .as distur3in' to the point of fearfulness.as no none.s 3e'an to 'atherA and the sunset cheer 'ave place to a va'ue 'ro. 8r.ith their .atchin' the dusty shelves .n e%pressed policyG . The 3utler seemed Dueerly distur3ed a3out somethin' in Charles<s appearance and mannerA and as!ed solicitously if there .as heard to cry out in a hi'hly terrified fashion upon enterin' his li3raryA after.here 3oo!s had 3een removedA and smilin' 'rimly at the panelled overmantel on the north .e can arran'e some sort of compromise<A or <= am very sorryA 3ut = must ta!e a complete vacation from everythin'B =<ll tal! . of 3oldnessA and had silently 'estured the man a.< ThenA apparently 'ainin' 3oldness throu'h meditationA he had slipped out so Duietly that no one had seen him depart or !ne.P.ide 'aps .in' terror .aited vainly in Charles Ward<s li3raryA . Willett inDuired .ith a 'reat sho.hat to do.hether or not any messa'e had 3een leftA 3ut .as 'lad to escape from that li3raryA for somethin' fri'htful and unholy seemed to haunt itB as if the vanished picture had left 3ehind a le'acy of evil.hich fle.n. 2e had not !no.

H.ed. .ood and sleepy >a. 4or over a . Ward had 3een receivin' 3rief and non1committal typed notes from his sonA and said that 8rs.tu%et presently spread out ahead.hich someho. Willett read it over a'ainA and could not ma!e its essence sound as empty and insane as 3oth its 3om3astic ver3ia'e and its lac! of fulfilment .al!ed north to . little one mi'ht 3e a3le to 'et at themA one ou'ht to stand prepared for any sort of action at any time.ould not permit the impression of that frenzied letter to su3side.hich had ta!en that selfsame road a hundred and fifty1seven years 3efore on a terri3le errand .ithout a tremor to the evil >ortu'uese mulatto .< But distur3in' as . <5et him inA TonyA< it saidA <.here the 3luff to. Controversy .ho opened it to the .hisper .ee! $r.nlands 3eyond. 2e mustA he saidA see Charles Ward at once on vitally important 3usiness. as ever. 8r.ith his patient .as necessary. 2ouses .as that .atched for si% and t.ered a3ove the lovely 3ends of the river and the s.o e%cuse . e%actly the route to ta!e.n 5oc!.enty years.idth of a crac!.hisperA the 'reater fear .e may as ..Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward )" thic! of the mystery.ith $r. on the 3luff a3ove the river.o friend of the youth had ever ventured to storm this for3idden retreatA and even his father !ne.th he had .as seen to 3e no other than Charles $e%ter Ward. Then there came from the dar! interior a hus!y .ith a firm handA and spo!e . Common sense 3ade one leave the youth alone .ere still fe.ith his frea!ishnessA yet some deeper instinct .ell tal! no. There .hat the doctor already !ne. $rivin' out Broad Street one early afternoon to.ood Street and drove his car as far alon' that rural road as he couldA then ali'hted and .hose 'ro.tu%et 3un'alo. . Willett recalled and recorded his conversation of that afternoon is due to the importance he assi'ns to this particular period. Ward in her Atlantic City retirement had had no 3etter .as no mista!in' the isolated 3un'alo.ith .ould seem to imply.ith .as shortA and trim Ed'e.as too profound and realA and in conCunction .ner of those stran'e and resonant tones .hy he feared it. Willett had visited the spot 3efore throu'h sheer curiousityA thou'h of course never enterin' the house or proclaimin' his presenceB hence !ne. The minuteness . .P. 4or at last he concedes a vital chan'e in Charles $e%ter Ward<s mentalityA and 3elieves that the youth no. =ts terror .enA and 3y more recent revelations and . The ride throu'h the city<s decayin' frin'e .hich seemed thrust upon himA and 3ecame more and more inclined to pay Charles a call at the >a.ould 3e acceptedA and a repulse .ed his demands. hereA and there .al! he rapped at the door .hich immediately follo.ith its concrete 'ara'e on a hi'h point of land at his left.as the . . chilled the hearer throu'h and throu'h thou'h he did not !no. Steppin' 3ris!ly up the ne'lected 'ravel .hich none mi'ht ever comprehend. The floor crea!ed and the spea!er hove in si'ht 1 and the o.ard the end of 4e3ruary in his small motorA he thou'ht oddly of the 'rim party .arnin's from Charles WardA set 3oldly out for the 3un'alo. 5yman has compelled him to 3e very specificA and .ord. spo!e from a 3rain hopelessly alien to the 3rain .hich $r.hen Willett attempted to open itB 3ut the doctor merely raised his voice and rene. Willett pondered on the dilemma .ould mean only a full report of the matter to the elder Ward. Willett turned to the ri'ht do. of its interior only from such descriptions as he chose to 'iveB 3ut Willett felt that some direct conversation . evo!ed too vivid hints of monstrosities from 3eyond time and space to permit of any cynical e%planation.ere nameless horrors a3roadB and no matter ho. The mulatto still hesitatedA and pushed a'ainst the door .eep of misty do. So at len'th the doctor resolved to actB and despite a curious sensation inspired 3y old le'ends of 6oseph Cur.

tried to turn the tal! on early mattersA and recall to the youth some past events .ish = had no need to spare himA 3ut there . . >ray for'et all = .riter<s mind had released a flood of tendencies and impressions pic!ed up unconsciously throu'h 3oyhood antiDuarianism.ritten notes 3e'an to reach his parents. you . 2e 3o.n phthisicalA< he 3e'anA <from this cursed river air.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward )& he definitely dates the madness of Charles Ward from the time the type.hat the family had told him a3out the fri'ht of that .ay of ma!in' me li'ht1headed.ou must e%cuse my speech.n. <= am 'ro.. 8y ancestor had all this .ell 3e fri'hted of . = .ould restore a familiar moodB 3ut in this process he o3tained only the most 'rotesDue results. Those notes are not in Ward<s normal styleB not even in the style of that last frantic letter to Willett.ay of learnin' old matters from thin's surer than 3oo!sA and =<ll leave you to Cud'e the importance of .as studyin' these scrapin' tones . As = have told you oftenA = am on the ed'e of 'reat mattersB and the 3i'ness of them has a .hat they say of me.ell !no. $r. have it a'ainA or am comin' very imperfectly to have a part of it.ished it .hisper .hat to say or thin!.ell. There is no evil to any in . =t .as a dunce to have that 'uard and stic! at homeB for havin' 'one this farA my place is here.or! = feared him too as my 'reatest helper in it..ith all the alienists later on.hen = feared the .rit youA SirA and have no fear of this place or any in it.edA motioned Willett to a seatA and 3e'an to spea! a3ruptly in that stran'e .y 3un'alo. 2e felt almost foolish in the face of this calm repudiation of the letterB and yet there clun' to him the fact that . = suppose you are come from my father to see .P.ea!ness to 3elieve myself .hy he had so 3elied the frantic note of little more than a . Somethin'A he feltA . =nsteadA they are stran'e and archaicA as if the snappin' of the . = have a .as led 3y .A = am in a very 3ad state of nervesA and do and say Dueer thin's = cannot account for.< Ward pausedA and the doctor hardly !ne. <.< <.ill pay your patience . 2is zeal is eDual to mine in all those mattersA and = suppose that .hen those .hich .hich he sou'ht to e%plain at the very outset.ron'B and he thou'ht of . Allen is a man of fine partsA and = o. Willett no.itless peepin' Toms came and murdered him.n personal lifeA had 3een .ell spo!e of my pryin' nei'h3oursA and perhaps = .hat = can 'ive to historyA philosophyA and the arts 3y reason of the doors = have access to.as evident in Ward<s every tone and 'esture as he received the doctor in that shado. = am not .as the same .ere thin's he had to do else.as .ou may as .or!shire 3utler one ni'ht.H. 2ave the 'oodness to .ill say nothin' to alarm him.here.hile the present discourse .hat . =mportant sections of Charles Ward<s store of mental ima'esA mainly those touchin' modern times and his o. = no.hat = doA so lon' as = do it ri'htly. <= .< Willett . There is an o3vious effort to 3e modernA 3ut the spirit and occasionally the lan'ua'e are those of the past. = .hat = have foundA 3ut = am not to 3e put off for lon'.n him an apolo'y for anythin' ill = have said of him.as stran'e and alien and indu3ita3ly madA the note itself had 3een tra'ic in its naturalness and li!eness to the Charles Ward he !ne.as comin' to thatA< the host replied.ee! 3efore. This time nothin' must happenA and least of all thou'h any idiot fears of my o. =nsteadA he merely as!ed Ward .ith e%treme careA 3ut studyin' even more closely the face of the spea!er.ere not so dar!A 3ut did not reDuest that the 3lind 3e opened. The pastA tooA . Any man mi'ht . .ou must !no.hat ails meA and = hope you .ait si% monthsA and =<ll she. 2e .

ere far too fe.as a Duality so va'uely distur3in' that 8r.as almost 'lad the Baptist1ridden le'islature closed the theatre a fortni'ht later.hich had occurred. $ou'lass<s 2istrionic! Academy in 0in' Street on the eleventh of 4e3ruaryA 17-"A .hisper there .i' fell off as he leaned over at the play in 8r. To this end he offered to she.P. Willett o3tained the most rumours 3ecause people tal!ed more fran!ly to him than to a parent of the central fi'ureA and from all he heard he could tell that youn' Ward<s life had 3ecome indeed a stran'e one. 2is reception had developed much li!e Willett<sA save that Charles had 3een an e%cessively lon' time in appearin' after the visitor had forced his . ClearlyA there . What he . 8r.tu%et 'ossip .as no trace of filial affection. notes of the ne. Willett loo!ed sharplyA 3ut noted that the visi3le 3oo!s . the crea!in' of Epenetus +lney<s ne. Ward and $r.as a3normal and unholyA and he tried his 3est to hide it.as e%actly li!e the first fe. The youth<s intimate !no. Common .n stran'e typed notes . Willett the entire houseA and at once proceeded to lead the doctor throu'h every room from cellar to attic.led'e of elder thin's . and .as a lon' oneA and the father emer'ed in a very saddened and perple%ed state. si'n3oard Jthe 'audy cro.as the flimsiest sort of a 3lind. $r.ell have toldB 3ut .ould permit.as impossi3le to say. They a'reed that the youth must 3e definitely out of his mindA 3ut decided that nothin' drastic need 3e done Cust then. Willett too! him in his car one evenin'A 'uidin' him to .ay the fat sheriff<s .hereB 3ut Cust . 2e had not spo!en out loud at allA averrin' that his throat . 8odern and personal topics he .ide 'aps on Ward<s shelves at homeA and that the mea're so1called Lla3oratoryL . Ward must 3e !ept in as complete an i'norance as her son<s o.aved aside Duite summarilyA . determined to call in person upon his sonA ma!in' it .hilst re'ardin' antiDue affairs he soon she.as the first item they studiedA and this .ithout the intention of returnin'. When Willett .as Ldamn<d uncomforta3leL old letters may . so much a3out the . Essentially defeated in his Duest for somethin' he could not nameA Willett returned to to.holesome to !no.as not .everA . definitely lea'ued to'ether to do all they could to.ished clearly enou'h .H.ithin si'ht of the 3un'alo.ere playin'G WardA ho.tu%et . Cazz piece all the radios in >a. The li'hts had 3een dimA yet even so the youth had complained that they dazzled him outra'eously. $r.holly a surprise visit.hereA it .hilst all the massed antiDuarianism of his youth had .ay . Ward no. >a.elled up from some profound su3consciousness to en'ulf the contemporary and the individual. the actors cut the te%t of Steele<s Conscious (o!er so 3adly that one .ere a li3rary and a la3oratory else. Ward could not 3anish it from his mind. Willett set a3out collectin' every scrap of data . A3ove allA 8rs.as relatively easy to 'lean since 3oth had friends in that re'ion.as in very poor conditionB 3ut in his hoarse . .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward )# unaccounta3ly e%pun'edB .n Coffee 2ouseK . That Thomas Sa3in<s Boston coach .o. and trivial to have ever filled the .ith an imperative demandB and in the 3earin' of the altered son there .hich the case mi'ht afford.ay into the hall and sent the >ortu'uese a.hat healthy antiDuarian could recall ho.n he set up after he too! to callin' his tavern the Cro. =t .aitin' patiently for his return.as only to satisfy his visitor enou'h to ma!e him depart .ed the plainest 3oredom.ould mention some favourite o3Cect of his 3oyhood archaistic studies he often shed 3y pure accident such a li'ht as no normal mortal could conceiva3ly 3e e%pected to possessA and the doctor shuddered as the 'li3 allusion 'lided 3y.ard the youth<s mental salvationA 8r.hich fell on a ThursdayB or a3out ho. The session .n 3efore evenin' and told the senior Ward everythin' .ould not 3e Duizzed lon' in this vein.

5ocal tradesmen spo!e of the Dueerness of the orders 3rou'ht them 3y the evil1loo!in' mulattoA and in particular of the inordinate amounts of mean and fresh 3lood secured from the t. Allen fearedA and the pallid youn' scholar disli!ed to a profound de'ree. had 3een selected 3ecause of its situation on the old Cur. too shapeless and intan'i3le to com3atA had rested uneasily on their oars .as soon plain that the Brava >ortu'uese .ith 'reat difficultyB and could prove it 3y the fact that he had 3een forced to type all his recent lettersA even those to his father and motherA .hen the youth hoarsely e%plained that he hand had lately 3een so much affected 3y a nervous shoc! as to ma!e normal . As to popular opinions of the 3un'alo.hile the typed notes of youn' Ward to his parents 're. Charles Ward 3y si'ht .ere reassured less than they ou'ht to have 3een .ho .as dar!. Ward<s or $r.as nothin' unprecedented or fundamentally suspiciousA nor even the >a. $urin' the last .n cellarB 3ut rumour insisted that there . to as! . .ee! or t.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward ) ton'ues .tu%et . They .izard and his doin's.nA 3ut all the va'ue hints tallied in certain 3asic essentials.er.as from no step of 8r. . +fficials .ere the shreds and fra'ments 'athered here and thereB and over these 8r.hile the nocturnal comin's and 'oin's of the motor truc!s provided their share of dar! speculations. 2e couldA he saidA from no .n to the 3un'alo.er and fe.hich the doctor no. The father and the physicianA re3uffed and confused 3y a shado.en<s catacom3sA and assumin' for 'ranted that the present 3un'alo.ere Duite a3surd. What made the investi'ators pause in confusion .hich old manuscripts mentioned.hispers on the fe.hen the 3un'alo.en.P. Ward 'ave this phase of the 'ossip much attentionB and searched many times .ere harder to point do. 4or a household of only threeA these Duantities .<s various inha3itantsA it .ed the fatherA .o Ward had o3viously chan'ed muchA a3andonin' his attempts at affa3ility and spea!in' only in hoarse 3ut oddly repellent .ere deeper and more spreadin' crypts.ritin' impossi3le. :eports of these thin's .n fact of Charles<s later lifeA includin' the frantic letter . Willett<s that the ne%t move in this sin'ular case proceeded. # And yetA after allA it .oises of a ritual nature positively e%istedA and at times .H.hat he had learned of the ancient . Then there . They strove to e%ercise deductionA inductionA and constructive ima'ination to their utmost e%tentB and to correlate every !no.ho !ne.o 3utcher shops in the immediate nei'h3ourhood.en site as revealed in one of another of the documents found 3ehind the pictureA Willett and 8r. occasions that he ventured forth.ith its customary financial adCustmentsA and the cler!s at certain 3an!s 3e'an a peculiar sha!in' of heads and telephonin' from one to the other. They mi'htA of courseA have come from the !no.ould not dissociate his household from the vampirism of the previous summerA .ritten characters at all e%cept .ould 3ear out the assertion. fe.ould have 'iven much for a 'limpse of the papers Charles had foundA for very clearly the !ey to the youth<s madness lay in . Such .hy every cheDue of his appearin' at this Cuncture .as the matter of the sounds 3eneath the earth.as a clumsy for'eryA and . she.ithout success for the door in the river13an! .ith the mea're documentary evidence availa3le concernin' old 6oseph Cur. :ecallin' the ancient tales of 6oseph Cur. Then came the first of the month . Ward and $r. Willett held many lon' and serious conferences.ent do.as loathedA the 3earded and spectacled $r.as not this circumstance aloneA for that .

hich nonplussed themA implyin' as it did a virtually total loss of memory concernin' important monetary matters .as somethin' damna3ly familiar a3out the ne. +n ThursdayA the ei'hth of 8archA $rs.ron'B for despite the apparent coherence and rationality of his speechA there could 3e no normal reason for this ill1concealed 3lan!ness on vital points. =t .as inordinately lon' in ans.as o3vious that Charles . Willett no. =t . Alto'etherA this com3ination of hoarsenessA palsied handsA 3ad memoryA and altered speech and 3earin' must represent some distur3ance or malady of 'enuine 'ravityA . WillettA >ec!A 5ymanA and WaiteA accompanied 3y 8r. itself.as stran'e 1 3ut . >ec! and Waite of >rovidence and $r.en documentsA and that he collated the incidents of the destroyed ne.ers a.P. Ward .as still redolent of stran'e and no%ious la3oratory odours . 5yman of BostonA to . ac!no.hich the utterly 3e.ith e%treme minuteness. So on the si%th of 8archA 1)"8A there .hole case . They had heard he .as imperative.hat from close application to a3struse studies.here had he seen it 3eforeG +n the .ays used.orld much lon'erA somethin' must Duic!ly 3e done to. +f his .as the muddled discourse of the youn' man . unused li3rary of their youn' patientA e%aminin' . =t had cra33ed and archaic tendencies of a very curious sortA and seemed to result from a type of stro!e utterly different from that .hich the youth had al. And since it appeared unli!ely that he could handle his property or continue to deal . WardA paid the youth their momentous callB ma!in' no concealment of their o3Cect and Duestionin' the no.holeA it .ellA they could not help o3servin' the chan'e in his lan'ua'e and manner.hat 3oo!s and papers of his .o of them had cau'ht echoes.hom 8r.erin' the summons and .hen his removal to other Duarters . CertainlyA the chan'e .arp any ordinary intellectA and .hich one or t. they could doA if at allA only after a scene at the 3un'alo.ith the senior Ward .ard his oversi'ht and possi3le cure. Ward<s officeA after .as .led'ed patient .as radical and profoundA and yet there .as insane.ere called inA $rs. =t . . Willett loo!ed over the strained and a.as an antiDuarianA 3ut even the most hopeless antiDuarians do not ma!e daily use of o3solete phraseolo'y and 'estures.ould have sent his intervie.or!men .ed the . 2is conduct . Willett 'ave the most e%haustive possi3le history of the caseA and .ith the outside . Willett in a !ind of helpless resi'nation. Ward and $r.ho had seen Charles find the Cur.ith fe3rile ener'yB it 3ein' at this time that he o3tained the statements of the .spaper itemsA loo!in' up the latter at the Journal office. 2e offered no resistance .H.ard si'natures of the cheDueA and compared them in his mind .hich he had had at his fin'ertips only a month or t.ould say no more to the 'roup of .or! he .as a lon' and serious conference in 8r.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward )- 'ossipA of .ritin'.hich no dou3t formed the 3asis of the prevailin' odd rumoursB and after their departure the party of officials decided that a tal! .o 3efore.ith the penmanship of that last frantic note.ay in 3afflement had not the persistently archaic trend of his speech and unmista!a3le replacement of modern 3y ancient ideas in his consciousness mar!ed him out as one definitely removed from the normal.ho conferred at len'th in the no.as insisted uponB and seemedA indeedA to display a hi'h de'ree of intelli'ence as apart from mere memory.hen he did finally ma!e his a'itated appearanceA proved a far from recalcitrant su3CectB and admitted freely that his memory and 3alance had suffered some. revie. +f that there could 3e no dou3t. After scannin' this material and e%aminin' the ominous note to Willett they all a'reed that Charles Ward<s studies had 3een enou'h to unseat or at least to . 8oreoverA althou'h none of these men !ne. CharlesA althou'h he .ildered father summoned $r. Somethin' .ere left in order to 'ain some further notion of his ha3itual mental cast.!.as then that the alienists .ished most heartily that they could see his more intimate volumes and documentsB 3ut this latter they !ne.

as ta!en to the restfully and picturesDuely situated private hospital maintained 3y $r.enA and perhaps attestin' some hideous ritualistic inoculation to . possessed no li3rary or la3oratory 3eyond the visi3le onesA and .A Susan >.i'hte putt ye $ivell his 8ar!e upon Brid'et S.hich 3oth had su3mitted at a certain sta'e of their occult careers.A 6oseph C.as in a very cra33ed and archaic handB and thou'h clearly not the effort of a forei'nerA she.a%ed a3struse in e%plainin' the a3sence from the house of such odours as no.hich made Willett . Even the familiar olive mar! on his hip .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward )7 doctors than he had formerly said to his family and to $r. Waite on Conanicut =sland in the 3ayA and su3Cected to the closest scrutiny and Duestionin' 3y all the physicians connected .ith terri3le !eenness the e%tent of his physical disor'anisation.< Ward<s faceA tooA trou3led him horri3lyA till at len'th he suddenly discovered . While Ward himself . 1)"8.as somethin' .as !ept on all mail addressed either to him or to $r.itch1trial record from Salem .hich 8r. Brother in Almonsin18etraton91 .A 6onathan A.hy he .hich read9 <8r.as not to 3e told of the chan'eB his father supplyin' typed notes in his name.hich he had never previously noticed 1 a small scar or pit precisely li!e that in the crum3led paintin' of old 6oseph Cur. 2e .as a 'reat 3lac! mole or cicatrice .as clear that he trusted to his o3viously unimpaired !eenness of a3solute mentality to overcome all the em3arrassments into .herea3outs of $r. 2e insisted that this shado. =t read9 0leinstrasse 11A AltstadtA >ra'ueA 11th 4e3y.ere the merest transient incident .as the most pertur3ed of the various e%aminersA for he had attended Ward all his life and could appreciate .A and $e3orah B.ritin'A and his secretive and eccentric 3ehaviour had led him.as apparently animated 3y a calmly philosophic resi'nationA as if he removal .ould 3e foundA since any communications of a vital nature .hether the youth had ever su3mitted to any of the $itc" markings reputed to 3e inflicted at certain un. +f the .ould return .y 3un'alo.as a'reedA . AllenA . 4or a3ove the youn' man<s ri'ht eye . =t . Allen he said he did not feel at li3erty to spea! definitelyA 3ut assured his inDuisitors that the 3earded and spectacled man .hich his t. =t .A Simon +.P.ould cause the least trou3le if facilitated and disposed of once and for all. .as puzzlin' all the doctors at the hospital a very strict . =n payin' off the stolid Brava .ed almost as sin'ular a departure from modern En'lish as the speech of youn' Ward himself.as horrified. 7. on that .hich still seemed to hold such ni'hted secretsA Ward she.ild and lonely places. Willett .as 'oneA . Ward . .ei'h3ourhood 'ossip he attri3uted to nothin' more than the cheap inventiveness of 3affled curiousity.ere noticedB the slac!ened meta3olismA the altered s!inA and the disproportionate neural reactions.hich had never 3een there 3eforeA and .as then that the physical oddities .H.A $eliverance W. saturated all his clothin'.hile on his chest . Allen .ed no si'ns of nervousness save a 3arely noticed tendency to pause as thou'h listenin' for somethin' very faint.hich Charles had she. Ward had ordered delivered at the family home. Willett had predicted that very little . WillettA and his frantic note of the previous month he dismissed as mere nerves and hysteria.ould pro3a3ly have 3een e%chan'ed 3y messen'erB 3ut in the latter part of 8arch there did come a letter from >ra'ue for $r.hich . =t . $r. The doctor could not !eep his mind off a certain transcri3ed . 2is motherA it .holesome nocturnal meetin's in .isted memoryA his lost voice and hand.onder .A 8ehita3le C.hich 'ave 3oth the doctor and the father deep thou'ht.atch . B.ith the case.n him in the old non1secretive daysA and .hen needed.ho resisted all Duestionin' 3y the visitorsA and in closin' the 3un'alo.

6.e 0no. .ith her clustered spires and domesG The father and the old physicianA virtually at a loss .ou<d chan'e his Seat if the Castel . AllenA and not Charles WardA had come to 3e the leadin' spirit at >a.as no escapin' the inferenceA 3ut there are limits to possi3le monstrosity.hich you can not put do. in . .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward )8 = this day receiv<d yr mention of .hat came up from the Saltes = sent you. if you can possi3ly 'et him for me. . =t is often soA as you must 3e sensi3le of from the Thin' you 'ott from ye 0in's Chapell 'round in 17-) and .hisper that he had found $r. 8ean. Who . 2ave him upp firste if you .P.ith the Soldiers.e.hen there is any $ou3te of Whom you have. So the a3sent $r.ould pro3a3ly 3e similarly 'ifted. +nly 3y de'rees did they a3sor3 .rit you. in >rovidence. 3etter than =.ho has had Trou3le .ill deli'ht you 'reatly.ithout impartin' anythin' vital himselfA the confined youth had adroitly pumped them of everythin' the >ra'ue letter had contained.ron'A and meanes clearly that ye 2eadstones had 3een chan'<d .hat contradictions and contraventions of .neB either from dead Saltes or out of ye Spheres 3eyond.hat of this addressin' of the 3earded and spectacled stran'er as L8r. But of this he hath dou3tless . To all these enDuiries the youth . 2ave ye Wordes for layin' at all times readieA and stopp not to 3e sure . Stones are all chan'<d no.hat to do or thin!A .ill 3e $ifficultA for = must spea!e to him in ye End. When they leftA 8r.hat he had learned of Simon or 6edediah +rne of Salem. 2e is li!e to 3e sorry Transylvania is pass<t from 2un'ary to :oumaniaA and .ou !no. Ward and $r.ho vanished in 1771A and $"ose peculiar "and$riting #r% Willett no$ unmistakably recognised from t"e p"otostatic copies of t"e 'rne formulae $"ic" C"arles "ad once s"o$n "im% What horrors and mysteriesA . C.ill 3e Some.atureA had come 3ac! after a century and a half to harass +ld >rovidence .as LSimon +. Willett realised to their cha'rin that they had really 3een the ones under catechismB and that .as politely non1committalA merely 3ar!in' in his hoarse .hat it seemed to imply. =t .tu%etG That must e%plain the .H. Ward and $r.as li!e to ende him.hich came that Scar ye Boy sa. To 8r.ou are never sure till you Duestion.ith certain souls from the pastA and that any correspondent the 3earded man mi'ht have in >ra'ue .o''1Sothoth .eren<t so fulle of What . 7.hen Barna3as 'ott me the Specimen.hat 2.A .ine 'roundes out of 1*. 8r. = 'ott such a Thin' in Ae'ypt 7 yeares 'oneA from the . As = told you lon'e a'oA do not calle up That .hat from a 2ill tom3 from ye East that .LG There . And . C. 1 Simon +rneA alias 6edediahA of SalemA .as . = this day heard from 2.e3lod @in Simon +.ent to see Charles at the hospital and Duestioned him as delicately as they could a3out $r. =n my ne%t Send<' there . 4. on me here in 1)"#.LB the old man Ward had visited in >ra'ue four years previouslyG >erhapsA 3ut in the centuries 3ehind there had 3een another Simon +. 'ott from +lde Bury<' >oint in 1-)*A that . Willett paused in utter chaos 3efore this apparent 3it of unrelieved insanity.illA 3ut doe not use him soe hard he . in >hilada.ild reference and denunciation in the youth<s last frantic letter. AllenA a3out the >ra'ue visitA and a3out . 6.hile for'et not = am desirous of B. . Allen to have a remar!a3le spiritual rapport .

ith Such.en himselfB 3ut this the other physicians re'arded as a phase of imitativeness only to 3e e%pected in a mania of this sortA and refused to 'rant it any importance either favoura3le or unfavoura3le.ou can no.elle !no. .as the 3y'one penmanship of old 6oseph Cur.ritin' so intensely and fundamentally li!e that of the 2utchinson cipher that 3oth father and physician paused in a.here . +. Allen on the second of April from :a!usA TransylvaniaA in a hand.ill 'o to S.e.s9 Castle 4erenczy 7 8arch 1)"8. $oes ye Boy use <em oftenG = re'ret that he 'ro.en.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward )) $rs.hen you as!<d >rotection of +ne not dispos<d to 'ive it.as therein inhum<d. ye Way . .n 3eforeA and on the same 3asis the hard1headed doctors disposed of Willett<s 'ro. These :oumanians pla'ue me damna3lyA 3ein' officious and particular . :eco'nisin' this prosaic attitude in his collea'uesA Willett advised 8r.ith SuccessA 3ut Borellus fancy<d it . Ward to !eep to himself the letter . .eede to !eep the 7uards in Shape and eat<' off their 2eadsA and it made 8uch to 3e founde in Case of Trou3leA as you too .e 3efore 3rea!in' the seal.ou<d 3e so if Cust ye ri'ht Wordes .H. Wisdom in havin' lesse a3out than BeforeB for there . 8ust di'' deeper and have less 2earde.ritin'A as studied from unpremeditated specimens o3tained 3y various ruses. >ec!A WaiteA and 5yman . to deal .hat the Country 4ol! say.ere not inclined to attach much importance to the stran'e correspondence of youn' Ward<s companionB for they !ne.in' disDuiet a3out Charles Ward<s present hand.ith no 0ill<' Trou3le if needfulA tho< = hope no Thin' . in >ra'ue directlyA and thence to you. = reCoice that you traffic! not so much . the tendency of !indred eccentrics and monomaniacs to 3and to'etherA and 3elieved that Charles or Allen had merely unearthed an e%patriated counterpart 1 perhaps one .home = call<d up say<d it . Such thin's had 3een !no. Allen himself .as no .ho had seen +rne<s hand.ith What .ou e%cel me in 'ett<' ye 4ormulae so another may saye them .91 2add a SDuad of "* 8ilitia up to tal! a3out .ou<d 3eA and = have hadde & Tal!es .hen = hadde him here ni'h 1 8onthesA 3ut am sensi3le you !no.ith Those +utsideB for there . .hich arrived for $r.ou she. =t is stu33orn 3ut you !no.ith a $rin!e and 4ood.as perhaps a similar caseA and may have persuaded the youth into acceptin' him as an avatar of the lon'1dead Cur.ere hadd.n .ou can<t saye him do.ritin' and copied it in an attempt to pose as the 3y'one character<s reincarnation. .as ever a 8ortall >eril in itA and you are sensi3le .ill Wor!e only upon such as ye other 4ormula hath call<d up from SaltesB 3ut you still have stron' 2andes and 0nife and >istolA and 7raves are not harde to di''A nor Acids loth to 3urne.P. Willett thou'ht he had placed its odd familiarity at lastA and that .hat it va'uely resem3led .here you cou<d 3uy a 8a'yar off .or!e else. This read as follo. $ear C.ill soon force you to so Bothersome a Course. move and .here 2e .ith ye 4ormulaA for that .ith him.hat it did . 'ot me ye Sarcopha'us of ye 4ive Sphin%es from ye Acropolis . 5ast monthe 8.e ho.es sDueamishA as = fear<d he .ou<d . =t .

ith the detectives in his son<s old li3raryA and they felt a mar!ed relief .ith 8r.hat clues they could from any effects he mi'ht have left a3out.ith a necromancy even older than the Salem . safe in the hospitalA 8r.iftly follo.H.ho had started itA the missin' Allen .o ine%plica3le creatures .as re'ardin' himself as the reincarnation of 6oseph Cur.tu%et !ne.as 3y this time at the 3ottom of it.hat = sayeA for you !no. =mploy care in .as . There .as at least advised to entertain 1 murderous desi'ns a'ainst a L3oyL .e 8emphis.in' this letter to the alienistsA they did not refrain from actin' upon it themselves.hence he had come and . = must have him after. .hen they left it at lastB for there seemed to hover a3out the place a va'ue aura of evil.ould ridicule.hat >a.are of ye Boy. >rovidence.asA they concededA a terri3le movement alive in the .hat you calle upA and 3e.hich Charles yielded upA he ur'ed them to e%plore Allen<s vacant room . $r. Supplyin' the men .ho plainly claimed to 3e survivals or avatars of Cur.ephreu 1 0a nai 2adoth Ed. Willett had conferred at len'th . AllenA of .hich has left its indeli3le mar! of fear on the soul of 8arinus Bic!nell WillettA and has added a decade to the visi3le a'e of one .ishe of that $ar!e Thin' 3elo.. 2. s. 8r.herea3outs.hose youth .as no.ith him on several points .en<s old Salem collea'uesB that he .hich at times almost rose to the intensity of a material emanation. >erhaps it .itchcraft could not . B.hom Ward had visited in his travels and .P.as even then far 3ehind.o amount of learned sophistry could controvert the fact that the stran'ely 3earded and spectacled $r. 'oes to you sooneA and may he 'ive you . WardA and had come to an a'reement .hat shal 3e oures. 4. Ward refrained from she. But if Willett and 8r.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 1** +.ed that hideous e%perience . !eys .ith t.hose picture had once stared from the panelled overmantelA and perhaps it .izard .enA and that he entertained 1 or .ellin' and .hat they had heard of the infamous old . Ward tal!ed . ThereforeA than!in' heaven that Charles . and = have hadd these 1 * yeares more than you to consulte these 8atters in.orldA . sayes you have promis<d him B.hom Charles<s frantic letter had spo!en as such a monstrous menaceA .hose direct conne%ion .hich had 3een identified . .ill 3e ripe in a yeare<s time to have up ye 5e'ions from (nderneathA and then there are no Boundes to . V.hich centred in that carven vesti'e of an older d.hich 3oth felt the alienists .as in close and sinister correspondence .as or'anised horror afootB and no matter .e +.enA EsD.hat you . =t . 2ave Confidence in . of himA and if possi3le discoverin' his present .ho could scarcely 3e other than Charles Ward.hen the patient<s 3elon'in's had 3een pac!edB o3tainin' . A Ni-htm re #$ 1 C t cl&sm And no.ith one of the 3un'alo. Ward lost no time in en'a'in' detectives to learn all they could of the crypticA 3earded doctorB findin' . There .as somethin' different and irrelevantB 3ut in any case they all half sensed an intan'i3le miasma . 4or 6 Cur.

ay of tappin' the consciousness of the dead .hich had functioned as early as 1-)* or 3efore .ful foreshado.en had come to earth a'ain and .ell as from the 'raveA and in this process also one must 3e careful.ere 1 over the telephoneF What hellish consciousness or voiceA .nessG Was there not here some a. There hadA it seemsA 3een some truth in chimerical old Borellus . That at least t.ith their depth and hollo.er and a .as .as 'oin' on amon' these ni'htmare 'houlsA .as li!e.ere 3artered .ith va'ue horror in his sin'le tal! .nB and it had no. 3een so perfected that it could 3e tau'ht successfully.n from un!no.hich the shade of a lon'1dead livin' thin' mi'ht 3e raised up. The final madness of Charles neither father nor doctor could attempt to e%plainA 3ut they did feel sure that the mind of 6oseph Cur.hat 8r.hich had filtered in upon the case.P. Ward shivered as they passed from conclusion to conclusion.ith the man of horror in >ra'ue and stayed lon' .in' of the dreaded stran'er $r.n do.en<s day and turned his mind on for'otten thin'sG 2e had 3een led to find certain directionsA and he had used them.hose e%istence menaced the youn' man<s life.isest and 'reatest menA in the hope of recoverin' from the 3y'one ashes some vesti'e of the consciousness and lore .as a formula for evo!in' such a shadeA and another for puttin' it do.as e%torted from this centuried dust there .en at last.ith the creature in the mountains of Transylvania. Ward had felt . .hich had once animated and informed them.ith itA and the detectives must find out more a3out one . What .ere ro33in' the tom3s of all the a'esA includin' those of the .n places as .H.hat .rote of preparin' from even the most antiDue remains certain LEssential SaltesL from .here3y illustrious 3ones . and the 3earded stran'erA and the 'ossipA and the fear.o livin' men 1 and one other of . Willett and 8r. They had found unholy .ith the calm calculativeness of school3oys s.ere they li!eA . 6oseph Cur.as anticipated a po. What these horri3le creatures 1 and Charles Ward as . That mi'hty voice aloft on 7ood 4ridayA and those different tones in the loc!ed attic la3oratory.ere doin' or tryin' to do seemed fairly clear from their letters and from every 3it of li'ht 3oth old and ne.ays to !eep their 3rains aliveA either in the same 3ody or different 3odiesB and had evidently achieved a .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 1*1 3e dou3ted. +ne must 3e careful a3out evocationsA for the mar!ers of old 'raves are not al.appin' 3oo!sB and from .er Charles Ward<s secret rites 3ehind that loc!ed doorG Those voices heard in ar'ument 1 Lmust have it red for three monthsL 1 7ood 7odF Was not that Cust 3efore the vampirism 3ro!e outG The riflin' of Ezra Weeden<s ancient 'raveA and the cries later at >a.hom they 'athered to'ether.hat his mother had heard in the ni'ht . 2e had tal!ed .in' its ancient mor3idities.hom they dared not thin! 1 .spaper item and .ere in a3solute possession of minds or personalities . Allen . There .ere too si'nificant to overloo!.ell 1 .en had indu3ita3ly evo!ed many for3idden thin'sA and as for Charles 1 .orld<s . That ne.ays accurate.as follo. They .hich the cosmos had ever seen concentred in one man or 'roup. A hideous traffic .s.ith the man 1 if man it . Thin's 1 presences or voices of some sort 1 could 3e dra.hat mor3id shade or presenceA had come to ans. =n the meantimeA since the e%istence of some vast .ith his spectral 3assG .tu%et 1 . Was daemoniac possession in truth a possi3ilityG Allen had somethin' to do .n natural la.isdom 3eyond anythin' .esA t"at . And he must have found the 'rave of 6oseph Cur. Then he had summoned somethin'A and it must have come.ise almost unassaila3ly proved even in the face of all !no.hat mi'ht one thin! of himG What forces Loutside the spheresL had reached him from 6oseph Cur.hose mind had planned the ven'eance and rediscovered the shunned seat of elder 3lasphemiesG And then the 3un'alo.hen he .

ept up from the 3lac! pit 3eneath the doctor soon reco'nised ample cause.ith valises and .hich each had vainly made 3efore in the presence of the mad youn' o. 3y ten o<cloc!.as not hard to liftA and the father had Duite removed it .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 1*" crypt 3eneath the 3un'alo.hich mi'ht prove of value. Willett reflected that since the ori'inal cellar .ould represent the strictly modern delvin' of youn' Ward and his associatesA . e%perimentin' in every possi3le . seemed virtually 3eyond disputeA some effort must 3e made to find it.ith concrete .n the Sty'ian hold.ith certain tools and accessories suited to architectural search and under'round e%ploration.hen Willett noticed the Dueerness of his aspect.hat south.as o3vious that the detectives had 3een there 3eforeA and the later searchers hoped that they had found some clue .led'e of any catacom3s 3eneathA the 3e'innin' of the passa'e .ater.ith a 3and of sterile 'auzeA and descended once more to peer into the ne. Then he decided on elimination as a policyA and .ould 3e li!ely to startA 3ut could not 'ain much inspiration from this method.as scarcely to 3e entertained. 4or a3out ten feetA he sa.H.o. =n a moment $r.ith e%cited zeal.as revivin' him .as s.ner.hich he produced an electric torchA covered his nostrils .ay 'ravely sic!ened him. 8r.as du' .ithout !no.ayA and e%ertin' a dou3le stren'thA he finally found that the top did indeed turn and slide horizontally on a corner pivot. Ward responded fee3lyA 3ut it could 3e seen that the mephitic 3last from the crypt had in some . a delver . Beneath it lay a trim concrete surface .ent carefully over the .nA and at last had nothin' left 3ut the small platform 3efore the . 4rom the disordered condition of $r.ith an iron manholeA to . WardA conscious of the sceptical attitude of the alienistsA resolved durin' their final conference to underta!e a Coint secret e%ploration of unparalleled thorou'hnessB and a'reed to meet at the 3un'alo. Willett had his faintin' companion on the floor a3ove and .est of the present 3uildin'. 2e .as a3le to send a 3eam of li'ht do.hich 8r. Willett and 8r.alls havin' so solid and innocuous an aspect that the thou'ht of a yearnin' aperture .here they had pro3ed for the ancient vaults .ayin' and noddin' dizzilyA and in the 'ust of no%ious air .as a sheer cylindrical drop .alls and an iron ladderB after .hich s.in' mornin' .ere at the 3un'alo. Allen<s room it .hole su3terranean surface 3oth vertical and horizontalA tryin' to account for every inch separately.hich he tried once 3efore in vain. The foul air had no.ere made. 2e . +f course the main 3usiness lay in the cellarB so thither they descended .P. The doctor tried to put himself in Charles<s place to see ho.1 found depths. on the follo. . Ward at once rushed .ith cold .ned clearA and 3oth e%plorers . Wishin' to ta!e no chancesA Willett hastened out to Broad Street for a ta%ica3 and had soon dispatched the sufferer home despite his .ithout much delayA a'ain ma!in' the circuit .hich the hole appeared to stri!e a fli'ht of old stone steps .holesome means. The cover . 8r.hose rumour could have reached them 3y no .ed do. The mornin' of April -th da. .ea!1voiced protestsB after . sli'htly a3atedA and Willett .hich must ori'inally have emer'ed to earth some. Ward had the !eyA and an entry and cursory survey . 4or a time everythin' seemed 3afflin'A each inch of the earthen floor and stone .ashtu3sA .A it .as soon su3stantially narro.

holesome moss of centuries.as stuffed . $o. stupendous a tas! the final unravellin' .hat 5i!e 4enner had reported on that last monstrous ni'ht. the un.ith 'roined stone ceilin'sA each of medium size and apparently of 3izarre used.hineA or a hopeless ho.ere of dressed masonry. 2e had counted a3out thirty .as removedG =t . 2e could not help thin!in' of .as a 'odless soundB one of those lo. The hall in . +f the arch.ays one 3y oneB findin' 3eyond them rooms . Then duty asserted itself and he made the plun'eA carryin' a 'reat valise for the removal of .as ancient masonryA his torch told himB and upon the drippin' . 2ere and there .ith difficulty.ould 3e to miss its Duintessential loathsomeness and soul1sic!enin' overtones.ailA a doom1dra''ed .as nothin' less than the latest study or li3rary of Charles Ward. 2is first dutyA as planned lon' aheadA .ith such narro.l of chorused an'uish and stric!en flesh .o men could have passed only ..holly untrodden 3y modern feetA and must have represented the earliest and most o3solete phases of 6oseph Cur.as of lar'e chipped fla'stoneA and its .hatever papers mi'ht prove of supreme importance. =ts len'th he could not ima'ineA for it stretched ahead indefinitely into the 3lac!ness. .aysA some had doors of the old si%1panelled colonial typeA .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward " 1*& Willett freely admits that for a moment the memory of the old Cur. +f the 3oo!s the doctor had seen many 3eforeA and a 'ood part of the furniture had plainly come from the >rospect Street mansion.ith papers in .nA ran the stepsB not spirallyA 3ut in three a3rupt turnsB and .H.hich mi'ht seem of vital importanceB especially those portentous documents found 3y Charles so lon' a'o 3ehind the picture in +lney Court.ature .alls and roof . As he search he perceived ho. 4or many of the cham3ers seemed .ere ready for use.ould have formed an interestin' study in en'ineerin'.ere plainer here than they had 3een at the foot of the steps.n to WillettA and the sense of familiarity 3ecame so 'reat that he half for'ot the noisomness and the . =n the fuller 'leam it appeared that this apartment .hilst others had none.as the most shoc!in' thin' that Willett had ever heardA and it continued from no determinate point as the doctor reached the 3ottom of the steps and cast his torchli'ht around on lofty corridor .en le'ends !ept him from clim3in' do. To call it a dull .nA do.ere oil heatersA 3oo!shelves and ta3lesA chairs and ca3inetsA and a des! piled hi'h .as a piece .1!eyedA insidious outra'es of . Slo.as to find and seize any papers .ell !no. Candlestic!s and oil lamps stood a3out in several placesB and findin' a match1safe handyA Willett li'hted such as .ailin'A 3oth of .lyA as 3efitted one of his yearsA he descended the ladder and reached the slimy steps 3elo. +vercomin' the dread induced 3y the smell and the ho. =ts pavement . This .ould 3eB for file on file . 4inally there came a room of o3vious modernityA or at least of recent occupancy.ith papers of varyin' antiDuity and contemporaneousness.en<s e%perimentation.as perhaps fourteen feet hi'h in the middle of the vaultin' and ten or t.ays. Was it for this that Ward had seemed to listen on that day he . 8ost of them had fireplacesA the upper courses of .elve feet 3road.n alone into that malodorous 'ulf.ness that t.P. =t .hich he stood .hen a sound reached him very faintlyB and after that he did not feel disposed to count any more.hose chimneys .hich are not meant to 3e.alls surmounted 3y Cyclopean vaultin' and pierced 3y num3erless 3lac! arch. There .alls he sa.ithout mind .lin'A Willett 3e'an to e%plore these arch.e3s of a century and a halfA in many cases evidently shattered as if 3y the ancient raiders.ever 3efore or since had he seen such instruments or su''estions of instruments as here loomed up on every hand throu'h the 3uryin' dust and co3.hich .

.as not a trace.ith that dull and hideous . At lastA in a loc!ed maho'any ca3inet once 'racin' the Ward homeA Willett found the 3atch of old Cur. Since youn' Ward<s immediate condition .hen revie.7A2<.ith him as part of the 3undle to 3e removed in his valise.ritin'A .ritin' clearly reco'nisa3le as +rne<s and 2utchinson<sB all of .izard<s .hich he reco'nised later .ith the ancient script of 6oseph Cur.hine.hose vaultin' echoed ceaseless .ith >ra'ue and :a!us postmar!sA and in .hich he had come to reco'nise under various spellin's from other thin's he had seen in conne%ion .in' the events of that horri3le 7ood 4riday of the previous year.hich mi'ht have 3een Allen<s there .og-Sot"ot"A .as noted.ard .o months 3efore.as somethin' li!e thisA and almost unconsciously the doctor realised that the second half .ith its !ey.o parallel columnsA the left1hand one surmounted 3y the archaic sym3ol called L$ra'on<s 2eadL and used in almanacs to indicate the ascendin' nodeA and the ri'ht1hand one headed 3y a correspondin' si'n of L$ra'on<s TailL or descendin' node. +f any third hand .hen first he found themA since all the titles recalled 3y the . The youth had evidently !ept them to'ether very much as they had 3een .ere present e%cept the papers addressed to +rne and 2utchinsonA and the cipher .ere as follo.as done amon' the most o3viously recent matterB and in this a3undance of contemporary manuscript one very 3afflin' oddity . 2e had still to find the hidden la3oratoryA so leavin' his valise in the li'hted room he emer'ed a'ain into the 3lac! noisome corridor . =f he had indeed come to 3e the leaderA he must have forced youn' Ward to act as his amanuensis.s 1 e@actly soA as Willett is a3undantly a3le to testify 1 and the first one struc! an odd note of uncomforta3le latent memory in his 3rainA .ith the e%ception of the final monosylla3les and of the odd name . .P. The formulae .hich indeed included nothin' more recent than t.as no more than the first . EventuallyA ho. +nce he found three lar'e pac!ets of letters .ritten sylla3ically 3ac!.'G-S'T9'T9 <. material one mystic formulaA or rather pair of formulaeA recurred so often that Willett had it 3y heart 3efore he had half finished his Duest.hich Charles seemed to have carried to a marvellous state of perfection. =n this ne.enA thou'h of undenia3ly modern datin'.as the 'reatest matter at sta!eA the closest searchin' .<A= <.ere these formulaeA and so freDuently did he come upon themA that 3efore the doctor !ne. >lainlyA a part of the latter1day pro'ramme had 3een a sedulous imitation of the old .'G-S'T9'T9 2<EE15<7EB 4<A= T2:+$+7 5AAA9 +7T2:+$ A=<4 7EB<51EE<2 .hich he too! . +n the other handA there . The appearance of the .hole .7A2A .as repeatin' them under his 3reath. The oddity .ritin'A . =t consisted of t.7<.as the sli'ht amount in Charles<s normal .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 1*# curious hands and 3earin' curious desi'nsA so that months or even years mi'ht 3e needed for a thorou'h decipherin' and editin'. Willett placed the entire lot in his valise and continued his e%amination of the files. it he .ere literally reams of sym3ols and formulaeA historical notes and philosophical commentA in a cra33ed penmanship a3solutely identical .en papersB reco'nisin' them from the reluctant 'limpse Charles had 'ranted him so many years a'o.or!men .everA he felt he had secured all the papers he could di'est to advanta'e for the presentB hence resolved to e%amine no more till he could 3rin' the sceptical alienists en masse for an ampler and more systematic raid.ith this horri3le matter. 49*' So hauntin' .7 A=<.H.

To this ladderA sin'ularly enou'hA appeared to clin' a particularly lar'e amount of the fri'htful odour .A and the doctor<s head reeled dizzily as he laid 3ac! the sla3 and turned his torch upon the e%posed sDuare yard of 'apin' 3lac!ness.hich there came a'ain . =t .n the sides in occasional thin lines.ho had disappearedA of the 'raves .nA the doctor cast his 3eam of li'ht a3out the stone1fla''ed floor. At his touch the moanin' 3eneath ascended to a louder !eyA and only . .ith e%treme difficulty he could 3ud'e it.en out3uildin's 1 perhaps the famous stone edifice . =nsteadA he found the distant .ays for steps leadin' further do.ere plainer and more hideous in the 'reat pillared hall than any.ept round in a 'i'antic circle perforated 3y occasional 3lac! door. rooms he tried .all and traced it as it s. As the li'ht shone do.ith a lar'e carved altar on a 3ase of three steps in the centreB and so curious .ould not carry across itB and as he advanced he encountered occasional stout pillars supportin' the arches of the roof.as destined to 3e disappointedB for amidst that foetor and crac!ed .rist and an!le 3onds on chains fastened to the stone of the concave rear masonry.nA the . 0neelin' 3y oneA he .ly a3out it suddenly occurred to Willett that 3oth the noise and the odour seemed stron'est a3ove the oddly pierced sla3sA as if they mi'ht 3e crude trap1doors leadin' do.H.ith .ith crum3lin' 3o%es and ominous1loo!in' leaden coffinsB 3ut impressed him deeply . stron'er.hen he sa.indo. Before tryin' any of the 3lac! arch.ere all a3andonedA or filled only .s 1 provided the steps he had descended had led from the steep1roofed farmhouse.here elseA and carried a va'ue impression of 3ein' far 3elo. 2e thou'ht of the slaves and seamen .hich had 3een violated in every part of the .hich encompassed everythin'.ith vast trepidation did he persevere in the liftin' of the heavy stone.hich discoloured the upper surface and had spread do.n.orldA and of .hinin' he discerned only the 3ric!1faced top of a cylindrical . & 4rom that fri'htful smell and that uncanny noise Willett<s attention could no lon'er 3e diverted.en<s ori'inal operations.ere he shran! a.ith the hi'h slit1li!e .ell perhaps a yard and a half in diameter and devoid of any ladder or other means of descent.ere emptyA 3ut still the horri3le odour and the dismal moanin' continuedA more insistent no. rose up from 3elo. Willett sa. than everA and seemin'ly varied at time 3y a sort of slippery thumpin'. =f he had e%pected a fli'ht of steps to some . cells .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 1* The ne%t fe.orld of su3terrene mystery. Both .ould occur a sla3 curiously pierced 3y small holes in no definite arran'ementA . These cells .ith iron 'ratin's and .al!ed slo.ith his handsA and found that . After a time he reached a circle of pillars 'rouped li!e the monoliths of Stonehen'eA .A even in this dar! nether .ith his electric li'ht.hat they .hat that final raidin' party must have seenB and then he decided it .n to some still deeper re'ion of horror.ailin' chan'ed suddenly to a series of horri3le yelpsB in conCunction . A stench unnamea3le no.ailin' 're.P.or!ed at it .ide 'ulf of ultimate a3ominationA Willett .as very loosely pavedA and at irre'ular intervals there .ay shudderin'A and did not stop to investi'ate the dar! stains .ay aheadA and the stench and the .ith the ma'nitude of 6oseph Cur.ere the carvin's on that altar that he approached to study them . +nce a 'reat stone staircase mounted at his ri'htA and he deduced that this must have reached to one of the Cur.as 3etter not to thin! any more.ays and indented 3y a myriad of shallo. As he . Suddenly the .alls seemed to fall a. But . that he had come upon a vast open spaceA so 'reat that his torchli'ht .hile at one point there lay a very lon' ladder carelessly flun' do.

The torch shoo! in his handA 3ut he loo!ed a'ain to see .ly came to himself in the utter 3lac!ness and stenchA and stopped his ears a'ainst the dronin' .hat no%ious thin' mi'ht 3e lur!in' in that a3yssA 3ut in a moment mustered up the coura'e to peer over the rou'h1he.ells . =t . that .ail into .ellB left starvin' 3y youn' Ward throu'h all the lon' month since the doctors had ta!en him a. such an outline or entityA for durin' the ne%t fe.orst thin' depicted on that stone 1 3ut Willett never opened the other pits. instants he .enty to t. the stone floor .as not the . Waite<s private hospital.here he lay.hat he had seen could never clim3 up the slippery .hose pierced stone covers so thic!ly studded the floor of the 'reat vaulted cavern.er his o.ells poured forth their e%hausted .n in their cramped spacesB 3ut must have crouched and .alls sin!in' illimita3ly into that half1tan'i3le miasma of mur! and foulness and an'uished frenzyB and then he sa. =t .hinin' and yelpin' to ans.hat mi'ht lie 3elo.ith measura3le dimensions could so sha!e and chan'e a manB and . =f it had not had a certain si'nificanceA its ima'e . . The e%plorer trem3ledA un.ith a memory he never could efface. Then at last he slo. Whatever the thin's ..enty1five feet 3elo. =n that second loo! Willett sa.as too palpa3ly unfinis"ed.ere of the most surprisin' sortA and the a3normalities of proportion could not 3e descri3ed.ature had never made it in this formA for it . that somethin' dar! .hich Ward called up from imperfect saltsA and .ith perspiration and .ay from the damp pavement . 2e screamed and screamed and screamed in a voice .here dozens of Tartarean .illin' even to ima'ine . Willett consents only to say that this type of thin' must have represented entities .allsA yet shuddered at the thou'ht that some o3scure foot1hold mi'ht e%ist. What the thin' .asA he has not 3een the same since.n insane cries. 2e tore his hands on the rou'hA loose stonesA and many times 3ruised his head a'ainst the freDuent pillarsA 3ut still he !ept on.n 3rin!B lyin' at full len'th and holdin' the torch do.ould ever have reco'nisedB and thou'h he could not rise to his feet he cra.ee!s since their master had a3andoned them unheeded. But 8arinus Bic!nell Willett .P.led and rolled desperately a. 2e dropped the electric torch from a hand drained of muscular po. At the timeA the first connected idea in his mind .n 3ric! . =t is hard to e%plain Cust ho.hispers terri3le hints of o3scure cosmic relationships and unnamea3le realities 3ehind the protective illusions of common vision. shaftA .aited and fee3ly leaped all those hideous .hat manner of livin' creature mi'ht 3e immured there in the dar!ness of that unnatural .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 1*- that sound of 3lindA futile scram3lin' and slippery thumpin'.er or nervous coQrdinationA nor heeded the sound of crunchin' teeth . Beneath him dozens of those thin's still livedA and from one of those shafts the cover .as li!e some of the carvin's on the hellish altarA 3ut it .as leapin' clumsily and frantically up and do.hined and .hich must have 3een from t.e may only say that there is a3out certain outlines and entities a po.hose falsetto panic no acDuaintance of his .ard at arm<s len'th to see .ithout means of producin' a li'htB stric!en and unnerved in the a3ysmal 3lac!ness and horrorA and crushed .as drenched .as sorry that he loo!ed a'ainB for sur'eon and veteran of the dissectin'1room thou'h he .ould never tell. a sin'le si'ht of a tan'i3le o3Cect .as alive. The deficiencies . 2e !ne. 2e .ould not have 3een carved on that damna3le stone.hich acts fri'htfully on a sensitive thin!er<s perspective and .as undou3tedly as star! ravin' mad as any inmate of $r.hich told of its fate at the 3ottom of the pit.as removed.asA he .ayA and clearly only one of a vast num3er prisoned in the !indred . 4or a second he could distin'uish nothin' 3ut the slimyA moss1'ro.hich the 3urst of yelpin' had su3sided.ereA they could not lie do.n at the 3ottom of the narro.H.hich he !ept for servile or ritualistic purposes.er of sym3olism and su''estion .n.

ee! after the Cur.og-Sot"ot"+ and so on till the final underlined 4"ro% =t seemed to soothe himA and he sta''ered to his feet after a timeB lamentin' 3itterly his fri'ht1lost torch and loo!in' .as neither thorou'hly humanA nor .A 3ut 'enerally it .ould sometimes increase the 'roanin' 3elo.en raid.orld of ni'htmare la3yrinths impelled him to rise to his feet and runA . S. >resentlyA ho.everA he emer'ed from the open space into the narro.led in a'onised caution on hands and !nees amidst the stench and ho. EliotA and finally revertin' to the oft1repeated dual formula he had lately found in Ward<s under'round li3rary9 +.hich he could safely do no. The thou'ht of 3ein' lost in utter dar!ness .hich 2.ard this he cra. Evidently its crunchin' of the fallen electric torch had not 3een 'ood for it.ould notB 3ut he strained his eyes in every direction for some faint 'lint or reflection of the 3ri'ht illumination he had left in the li3rary.ildly a3out for any 'leam of li'ht in the clutchin' in!iness of the chilly air.hich >a.as . Thin! he .ays feelin' ahead lest he collide .hat old Slocum said of that o3CectB that it .ayA and to.tu%et fol! had ever seen or read a3out. as comin' from a door on his ri'ht.as an idle para'raph from some of the old Cur.ould lie in .isted thin' found in the fields a .en data he had di'ested lon' 3eforeB a phrase used 3y Simon or 6edediah +rne in that portentous confiscated letter to the 3y'one sorcerer9 <CertainlyA there . must 3e the steps leadin' to the hellish altarA and from this spot he recoiled in loathin'.ithout matches amidst this under'round . T. 2is passa'e over it .as standin' once more in youn' Ward<s secret li3raryA trem3lin' .H. Several times durin' his pro'ress the 'lo. These . =n a moment he had reached it and .er corridor and definitely located the 'lo. Charles Ward had once told the doctor .ith reliefA and . But he did not come upon the dread aperture after allA nor did anythin' issue from that aperture to detain him. ahead diminished percepti3lyA and he realised that the various candles and lamps he had left must 3e e%pirin' one 3y one. that he had passed the open pitB for he !ne.+ai +ng+nga"& .hich had 3rou'ht him to safety.hile he thou'ht he detected a suspicion of a 'lo. 2e tried to drive them outA and repeated the 5ord<s >rayer to himselfB eventually trailin' off into a mnemonic hod'e1pod'e li!e the modernistic Waste (and of 8r. that once the li'ht failedA his only hope of rescue and survival . Each time Willett<s fin'ers felt a perforated sla3 he trem3led. At another time he encountered the pierced sla3 he had removedA and here his caution 3ecame almost pitiful.holly allied to any animal . What had 3een do. After a . Ward mi'ht send after missin' him for a sufficient period. rais<d upp from What he cou<d 'ather onlie a part of.ith the numerous 'reat pillars or stum3le into the a3omina3le pit he had uncovered.ould produce no effect at allA since he moved very noiselessly.n there made no sound nor stir.oth<' 3ut ye liveliest A. .atchin' the sputterin's of that last lamp .P. +nce his sha!in' fin'ers touched somethin' .hatever relief party 8r.hich he !ne.< ThenA horri3ly supplementin' rather than displacin' this ima'eA there came a recollection of those ancient lin'erin' rumours anent the 3urnedA t.ords hummed in the doctor<s mind as he roc!ed to and froA sDuattin' on the nitrous stone floor.fulness in that . infinitely far a.lin'A al.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 1*7 .

ith him a 'allon can of oilA .ells.as .H. To traverse that space a'ain .hose 3lac! mysterious arch.as really rather a disappointment.ays led merely to small cham3ersA some vacant and some evidently used as storeroomsB and in several of the latter he sa.ls .ould reDuire his utmost fortitudeA 3ut he !ne.ere 3ein' made to eDuip a lar'e 3ody of men.n his lamp to avoid any distant 'limpse of the hellish altarA or of the uncovered pit .ith some 3ranch of or'anic chemistry.ith rottin' and dust1draped 3ales of spare clothin'A and the e%plorer thrilled .lin'B turnin' do.hich he had comeA and out of .hich included a 'ruesome1loo!in' dissectin'1ta3leB so that the room .ere the hu'e copper vats . that it .en<s farmhouse more than a century and half 3efore. So Willett .as still uppermostB and he . Amon' the 3oo!s . 4ailin' to find a lanternA he chose the smallest of the lamps to carryB also fillin' his poc!ets .as 3ri'ht a'ain he loo!ed a3out to see if he mi'ht find a lantern for further e%ploration. This he proceeded to investi'ateB and after enterin' three rooms of medium size and of no si'nificant contentsA he came at last to a lar'e o3lon' apartment .ays .hich clun' repellent odours percepti3le a3ove even the 'eneral noisomness of the crypt.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward # 1*8 =n another moment he .as pac!ed .ith candles and matchesA and ta!in' .hose 3usiness1 li!e tan!s and ta3lesA furnaces and modern instrumentsA occasional 3oo!s and endless shelves of Cars and 3ottles proclaimed it indeed the lon'1sou'ht la3oratory of Charles Ward 1 and no dou3t of old 6oseph Cur. coffin1plates he could decipher.eirdly fi'ured leaden 3o.o led merely to small storeroomsB 3ut these he canvassed .ith horrorA his sense of 'rim purpose . When he had completed a3out half the entire circuit of the .as a tattered old copy of Borellus in 3lac!1letterA and it . Three arch.P.as unmista!a3ly the clothin' of a century and a half 3efore.as firmly determined to leave no stone unturned in his search for the hideous facts 3ehind Charles Ward<s 3izarre madness. 4or rac!ed thou'h he . 2e li!ed them even less than the .as much clothin' also stored in these roomsA and .hich many doors opened.ays opened off the la3oratoryA and these the doctor proceeded to sample in turn. After li'htin' the three lamps .ith the pierced stone sla3 3eside it.as near the vast cell1indented . 8ost of the 3lac! door.ith the rest of Cur.as .hich he proposed to !eep for reserve use in . 4rom his cursory survey he sa.hen the room . 8erritt in Cur. There .hat he disli!ed most of all .hich occasionally appearedB theseA and the sinister incrustations upon them.as hastily fillin' the 3urned1out lamps from an oil supply he had previously noticedA and .holeA little could 3e learned from the scientific ensem3leA . But .ith the !eenest interestB notin' from the relative Duantities of various rea'ents on the shelves that youn' Ward<s dominant concern must have 3een .ith its unclean altar and nameless covered . it must 3e done. =n another room he found numerous odds and ends of modern clothin'A as if 'radual provisions .o or three of the fe.ould form the ne%t 'oals of a lo'ical search.all .hich he found filled and readyA $r.hatever hidden la3oratory he mi'ht uncover 3eyond the terri3le open space .hose rims retained such o3no%ious deposits and around .ent 3ac! to that 'reat pillared hall of stench and an'uished ho. some very curious accumulations of various o3Cects.all he found another corridor li!e that from . that t.eirdly interestin' to note that Ward had underlined the same passa'e .hose mar!in' had so pertur3ed 'ood 8r.en 3efore him.hen he sa. Willett e%amined the place and all the appurtenances . 4ortunately neither the fri'htful altar nor the opened shaft .ith careA remar!in' the piles of coffins in various sta'es of dama'e and shudderin' violently at t.hich 3ounded the cavern areaA and .en<s occult li3rary in the final raid. That old copyA of courseA must have perished alon' . +n the . +ne .

Both types of Car contained a small Duantity of a sin'le !ind of su3stanceB a fine dusty po. The meanin' of the t.hy this 3attery of chemicals .ay led to a very sizea3le cham3er entirely lined . LCustodesLA L8ateriaLB that .hich it appears this .hat occurred in the >halerons.ith a num3er apparently referrin' to a catalo'ueB and Willett resolved to loo! for the latter presently.ere classified .ders .as their non1adhesiveness. relief.ith a sin'le handle and proportioned li!e a >haleron Cu'. =t .izard 3etoo! himself .ith a lar'e .ith small odd1loo!in' leaden Cars of t.as en'a'ed in reducin' as many human 3odies or s!eletons as they couldG .ith 'reat ri'idityB all the le!ythoi 3ein' on one side of the room .der mi'ht 3e 3y the side of a pin!ish1.holly vacantA 3ut most of the space .ondered .ei'ht and of many shades of dullA neutral colour.as the 5atin for L7uardsL and L8aterialsLA respectively 1 and then there came a flash of memory as to .ere some odd 3its .hat occurred in the le!ythoi and .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 1*) several ne.o 'eneral typesB one tall and .as invaria3le. These lamps Willett li'htedA and in their 3rilliant 'lo. studied the endless shelvin' .as there not still anot"er reference to L'uardsL in this matter .ere still partly reco'nisa3le as the chemical paraphernalia of the 7eor'ian period.enA certain captives of hisA and t"e guards of t"ose capti!es% Those 'uardsA accordin' to 2utchinson or his avatarA had Leaten their heads offLA so that no. 4or the momentA ho.as separated so radically from those in 'lass Cars on the shelves of the la3oratory proper.hich he had failed .hich formed the only point of variation there .as no .ait 1 .hich he Cud'ed to 3e fra'ments of old 6oseph Cur.ith a vie. The third arch.ithout handles li!e a 7recian le!ythos or oil1Cu'A and the other .ere covered .ould pour one into his handA and upon returnin' it to its Cu' . and ti'htly nailed 3o%es .holly 3eneath the earth.een . to a rou'h 'eneralisation.o si'ns puzzled himA and he .en farmA and in that dreadful chronicle there had 3een a mention of conversations overheard 3efore the old .H.herein fi'ured Cur.as more interested in the nature of the array as a .in 2utchinsonB and the phrase had read9 <There .holeA and e%perimentally opened several of the le!ythoi and >halerons at random .as no apparent method of disposalB and no distinction 3et.ere .ith peculiar1loo!in' sym3ols moulded in lo. These had suffered dama'e at the hands of the raidersA 3ut . The most individual feature a3out the po.ith this dreadful mystery. $r.everA he .as filled .holly to recall .eede to !eep the 7uards in Shape and eat<' off their 2eadsA and it made 8uch to 3e founde in Case of Trou3leA as you too .asA of courseA in the recent letter to $r.hite oneA and any one in a >haleron mi'ht have its e%act counterpart in a le!ythos. =n a moment the doctor noticed that these Cu's .ooden si'n readin' <Custodes< a3ove themA and all the >halerons on the otherA correspondin'ly la3elled . Willett . The result .elle !no.o lamps.hen readin' the 2utchinson letterG Bac! in the old non1secretive days Ward had told him of the Eleazar Smith diary recordin' the spyin' of Smith and Weeden on the Cur.ith a si'n readin' <8ateria<.der of very li'ht . save as the LsaltsL to .hich he did not stop to investi'ate.e.P.ith shelves and havin' in the centre a ta3le 3earin' t.en<s la3oratory appliances. There had 3eenA Smith and Weeden insistedA terri3le colloDuies . To the colours . And if not in s"apeA ho. Allen purportin' to 3e from old Ed. Some of the upper levels .ould find that no residue .ord L7uardsL 3efore in conne%ion . A 3luish1'rey po. Allen did not !eep them in s"ape.< What did this si'nifyG But .hatever remained on his palm. 8ost interestin' of allA perhapsA . Each of the Cars of Cu'sA e%cept some on the upper shelves that turned out to 3e vacantA 3ore a card3oard ta' .here he had seen that . All had metal stoppersA and .hich surrounded him.izard 3and .

+n one side of the door stood a rac! of sava'e .as .ho sou'ht to drain their !no.s of shallo.ould not 3e stayed in his piercin' of the eldritch cloud . WillettA 3oldly determined to penetrate every . But a moment later he for'ot the si'n as he reco'nised a ne.hat he had 3een pourin' in and out of his handsA and for a moment felt an impulse to flee in panic from that cavern of hideous shelves .in' disCointed fra'ments in that cra33ed Cur.illin'G Willett shuddered at the thou'ht of .ave of nameless fri'ht rolled out to meet himA 3ut he yielded to no .e olde ?. And it .heelsA .ith a po. +n the other side .hole9 <B.ith their silent and perhaps .o 'roups of curious machines .orld thou'ht them safeA and su3Cect to the 3ec! and call of madmen .hat his friend :andolph Carter had said of its po. pedestalled cups of lead shaped li!e 7recian !yli!es.hich en'ulfed his patient.ere some shelves 3earin' empty ro.e to raise Those from +utside.ith va'ue spiritual dreadB for a mor3idA dreamin' friend of his had once dra. Salts too 1 and if not the salts of L'uardsLA then the salts of .hich Willett reco'nised after a moment as mediaeval instruments of torture.hen interruptedB 3ut found nothin' more intelli'i3le than the follo.ili'ht 1 and Willett did not li!e .ay of a certain 3lac! to.as the si'n of 0othA that dreamers see fi%ed a3ove the arch.as of medium sizeA and had no furniture save a ta3leA a sin'le chairA and t.hen called up 3y some hellish incantationA in the defence of their 3lasphemous master or the Duestionin' of those .< <4.ipe out all !no.o of the stoppered le!ythoi from the shelves outside set do..ere not so .ay. This .hat notes Ward mi'ht have 3een Cottin' do.led'e for some still .as .<' ho.er standin' alone in t.as the ta3leB . =t .hatG 7odF Could it 3e possi3le that here lay the mortal relics of half the titan thin!ers of all the a'esB snatched 3y supreme 'houls from crypts .ed to such su3mission as to helpA .as nothin' alive here to harm himA and he .here the .onder and ni'htmare this nether realm mi'ht containA seized the small lamp and crossed the threshold.ilder end . The room 3eyond the door .A perhaps even the fate of the solar system and the universeLG And 8arinus Bic!nell Willett had sifted their dust throu'h his handsF Then he noticed a small door at the further end of the roomA and calmed himself enou'h to approach it and e%amine the crude si'n chiselled a3ove.iser that old 6oseph Cur.on or co.en chiro'raphyA .hose ultimate effect . acrid odour in the stench1filled air. A .hat these le!ythoi containedB the monstrous fruit of unhallo.H.ho .< <Sa.him and deferred to no intuition. So it .n at irre'ular places as if temporarily or in haste. saye ye Sa3aoth and learnt yee Way.P.o'1Sothoth thrice and .ith clamps and .asA unmista!a3lyA the same odour . There . =t .n .enA for he had not resisted.ers. Escap<d into . Willett li'hted the lamp and loo!ed carefully at the padA to see .n it on paper and told him a fe. sou'hte to .< . dy<d not.ould concernA as poor Charles had hinted in his frantic noteA Lall civilisationA all natural la. Then he thou'ht of the L8ateriaL 1 in the myriad >haleron Cu's on the other side of the room.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 11* So t"at .hich .hipsA a3ove .as ye ne%te $ay deliver<d.as a chemical rather than animal smellA and came clearly from the room 3eyond the door.atchin' sentinels.as only a sym3olA 3ut it filled him .erful Ar'and lampA a pad and pencilA and t.hich had saturated Charles Ward<s clothin' on the day the doctors had ta!en him a.as here that the youth had 3een interrupted 3y the final summonsG 2e .ed rites and deedsA presuma3ly .hich shed no li'ht on the case as a . of the thin's it means in the dar! a3yss of sleep.< <:ais<d .alls and founde >lace 3elo.

en material or delved e%tensively into the history of ma'ic.hich still ran persistently in his headA and found it hard to do. that the .n from memoryA nor yet as the authority had she.hich to his mind .der .ould seriously interfere .here a yello.ith mystic sym3ols and formulae rou'hly chiselled in the smooth dressed stone.ay 3et. .as on the left1hand . The doctor tried to reconcile the chiselled version .as not spelled here e%actly as 8rs.hich had come to torment the friends and parents of Charles Ward 1 all these en'ulfed the doctor in a tidal .ish1.ere thic!ly covered .all opposite the doorA 3et. Ward had set it do. =t . The damp floor also 3ore mar!s of carvin'B and .ord.<ai <n'<n'ahA .P.as unstopperedA and proved upon inspection to 3e emptyB 3ut the e%plorer sa.as unmista!a3leA and such .all as one entered the room.ho had seen and felt so much of cosmic a3omination Cust around the corner.hich must have 3elon'ed in the Cu'B and Willett almost reeled at the implications that came s. .ith the one .o''e1 SothothaLB . The . This .ere the t.hen he came up the pair of formulae so freDuently occurrin' in the recent notes in the li3rary.as a very terri3le invocation addressed to secret 'ods outside the normal spheres.ith the ancient sym3ols of L$ra'on<s 2eadL and L$ra'on<s TailL headin' them as in Ward<s scri33lin's.H. Within its shallo.hip1rac!B and Cust outside the periphery .een this and each corner.erful and perfected variants of the invocations in Duestion.en had had a different .ide half .hips and the instruments of tortureA the dust or salts from the Cu' of L8ateriaLA the t. But the spellin' differed Duite .ith a shiver that the !yli% .o le!ythoi from the LCustodesL shelfA the ro3esA the formulae on the .ish ro3e had 3een flun' carelessly do. areaA and saved from scatterin' only 3y the a3sence of . Ward heard her son chantin' on that ominous 7ood 4riday a year 3eforeA and .ith a plain circle a3out three feet .o'1SothothLA this epi'raph started out as LAyeA en'en'ahA . The ri'ht1hand . But far more interestin' .ereA rou'hly spea!in'A the sameB .as o3vious that they .all .o vacant .een the t.as not.ith 3ut little difficulty Willett deciphered a hu'e penta'ram in the centreA .ay of recordin' soundA or as if later study had evolved more po. This .der outspread in the pedestalled leaden !yli% on the floor.ith pe's from .en<s timeA and their te%t .as one of the >haleron Cu's from the shelves in the other roomA its ta' num3ered 118. !yli% of the sort found on the shelves a3ove the .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 111 As the stron' Ar'and 3laze lit up the entire cham3er the doctor sa.hat an authority had told him .o 'roups of torturin' appliances in the cornersA .allsA 3oth of .idely from that of the modern versionsA as if old Cur.n it to him in the for3idden pa'es of LEliphas 5eviLB 3ut its identity . 4rom the stained and incrusted letters it .hite.alls.as such as to 3e va'uely familiar to one .ind in this seDuestered cavernA lay a small amount of a dryA dull1'reenish efflorescent po.hich hun' a set of shapeless1loo!in' ro3es of a rather dismal yello.ave of horror as he loo!ed at that dry 'reenish po.ho had read much Cur.ere carved in 6oseph Cur. With an effortA ho. Where the script he had memorised 3e'an L.eepin' over him as he correlated little 3y little the several elements and antecedents of the scene. =n one of these four circlesA near .ords as Sabaot"A MetratonA AlmonsinA and 4ariatnatmik sent a shudder of fri'ht throu'h the search .as covered .hat 8rs.everA Willett pulled himself to'ether and 3e'an studyin' the formulae chiselled on the . They .allsA the notes on the padA the hints from letters and le'endsA and the thousand 'limpsesA dou3tsA and suppositions .nA there stood a shallo.hich .as no less thic!ly inscri3edA and Willett felt a start of reco'nition .ith the sylla3ification of the second . +ne the doctor clearly reco'nised as .

der had lainA . that the !yli% on the floorA in .as therein inhum<d . .hich had sprun' into life at the very outset of the chantG The lamps .7<. Ward !no.ith the letters he found carved.ill 3e 3elieved e%cept 3y certain sympathetic friendsA hence he has made no attempt to tell it 3eyond his most intimate circle.7A2A . Ward 'ave him some 3randy fetched from the car.ere sputterin' . Weird and menacin' in that a3yss of antiDue 3lasphemy ran' his voiceB its accents !eyed to a dronin' sin'1son' either throu'h the spell of the past and the un!no.ly .hose inhuman cadences rose and fell rhythmically in the distance throu'h the stench and the dar!ness. .der 1 7reat 7odF it had come from the shelf of L8ateriaL 1 .ith mental distur3ance...hich the ominous efflorescent po. Then he shuddered and screamedA cryin' outA <That 3eard.ned out the stench from the far1a.oefullyA and the 'loom 're. those eyes.ellsB an odour li!e that he had smelt 3eforeA yet infinitely stron'er and more pun'ent.ildly disCointed scraps from all he had seenA heardA and read of the fri'htful case of 6oseph Cur. cellarG $id not Willett send him home overcome and ill at eleven o<cloc! that portentous mornin'G $id he not telephone the doctor in vain that evenin'A and a'ain the ne%t dayA and had he not driven to the 3un'alo.in' noonA findin' his friend unconscious 3ut unharmed on one of the 3eds upstairsG Willett had 3een 3reathin' stertorouslyA and opened his eyes slo.. There . & Tal!es .ith its 3izarre contentsA and sa.en and Charles $e%ter Ward.all nearly faded from si'ht.'G-S'T9'T9 2<EE15<7EB 4<A= T2:+$+7 (AAA2F But . 2e turned from the inscriptions to face the room . +nly a fe..as 'ivin' forth a cloud of thic!A 'reenish13lac! vapour of surprisin' volume and opacity..ail from the pits . $id not he himself see the noisome aperture in the 3un'alo. That po. L= say to you a'aineA doe not call up Any that you can not put do. 2ave ye Wordes for layin' at all times readieA and stopp not to 3e sure .as into his consciousnessA the discrepancy distur3ed himB and he found himself chantin' the first of the formulae aloud in an effort to sDuare the sound he conceived .. outsiders have ever heard it repeatedA and of these the maCority lau'h and remar! that the doctor surely is 'ettin' old.<A= <.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 11" 7round as the later te%t .as it doin' no. But 8r.nA or throu'h the hellish e%ample of that dullA 'odless ..s that the veteran physician spea!s only a horri3le truth.ay .ho are youG< A very stran'e thin' to say to a trimA 3lue1eyedA clean1shaven 'entleman .hen 8r.. 2e has 3een advised to ta!e a lon' vacation and to shun future cases dealin' .ith What . The doctor reeledA and throu'h his head raced ..hat .hat had started itG The formula he had 3een chantin' 1 the first of the pair 1 $ra'on<s 2eadA ascending node 1 Blessed SaviourA could it 3e . 7odA ..as this cold ..L Mercy of 9ea!en& $"at is t"at s"ape be"ind t"e parting smoke/ 8arinus Bic!nell Willett has not hope that any part of his tale .ne ..hen there is any $ou3te of Whom you have .ind .hat .H.as smo!eA tooA and an acrid odour . itself on that follo.hich Duite dro.hom he had !no.P.A and .n from the latter<s 3oyhood. so dense that the letters on the .

as still visi3leA 3ut of any openin' or perforation there .as not the final phase of the matter.nstairsB only the smooth concrete underneath the plan!s 1 no noisome .ritin' upon it . Willett<s fin'ers closed upon a piece of paper in his poc!et .ith dread and .as no lon'er a trace.n to the cellar and tried the fateful platform 3efore the tu3s.as a common sheetA torn o3viously from the cheap pad in that fa3ulous room of horror some. and smell itG< And .hen under a fresh Christian veneer ancient faiths and ancient rites stirred stealthilyA and the pale moon of . At the li3rary it . :eachin' for his hand!erchief 3efore risin' to leaveA $r.as missin'A 3ut his valise . Willett turned paleA and clutched at the youn'er man.hat he had smelt on his son that day he .as that of an ordinary lead pencil 1 dou3tless the one .ith 'reat moral effortA Willett sta''ered dizzily do.as safely thereA as empty as . (nderneath the smooth concrete .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 11& =n the 3ri'ht noon sunli'ht the 3un'alo.hich .al!ed steadily out to the Ward car and 'ave orders to 3e driven first to a Duiet dinin' place and then to the 6ohn 2ay 5i3rary on the hill.ere the pointed Sa%on minuscules of the ei'hth or ninth century A.ed the doctor do.ere futileA 3e.ith . Willett<s clothin' 3ore no disarran'ement 3eyond certain smud'es and .en papersA no ni'htmare pits of stench and ho. The letters .A and 3rou'ht . But after allA this .as nothin' to relate 3eyond the loomin' up of that form .ho had follo. =t .esterdayA< he as!ed softlyA <did you see it here . Crossin' to .as companioned 3y the candles and matches he had seized in the vanished vault.lin'A no la3oratory or shelves or chiselled formulaeA no. .hen he had 3rou'ht it.as ta!en to the hospital.hat . .onderA found stren'th to nod an affirmativeA the physician 'ave a sound half a si'h and half a 'aspA and nodded in turn.as thisA and its mystery lent purpose to the sha!en pairA . Ward ventured a hushed su''estionA <$o you suppose it .ho forth.ith them memories of an uncouth time . WardA himself transfi%ed .. The 3riefly scra.orld of su3terrene horrorsA no secret li3raryA no Cur...er for him.here did it 'oG =t 3rou'ht you hereA you !no. $r. The doctor<s flashli'ht .er .$.hich had not 3een there 3eforeA and .ho no.P. Ward as!edA <But .here under'roundA and the . But in the te%t itself it did indeed ree! .here he had left his yet unused tool satchel the day 3eforeA he o3tained a chisel and 3e'an to pry up the stu33orn plan!s one 3y one.ildered head1sha!in's from 3oth menA and once 8r.as folded very carelesslyA and 3eyond the faint acrid scent of the cryptic cham3er 3ore no print or mar! of any ..as unchan'ed since the previous mornin'. Ward of .n spheres had so vitally encroached on this side of the 7reat A3yss. =t . <. strained over itA yet havin' com3inations of sym3ols . There .o men puzzled till the li'hts of evenin' shone out from the 'reat chandelier.as needed. =t .hispered his fri'htful tale to the . So for an hourA in the sunniest room they could find upstairsA the physician .ere indeed no fantastic inventionA 3ut the normal script of a very dar! period.othin' ya.orn places at the !neesA and only a faint acrid odour reminded 8r.holesome a'eA 3ut the la3oured stro!es of mediaeval dar!nessA scarcely le'i3le to the laymen .ers of un!no.hat had really occurred..ould 3e of any use to di'G< The doctor .as silentA for it seemed hardly fittin' for any human 3rain to ans.ned this time to sic!en the mystified father .as no script of any .ill tell you<A he said. There .ith . <Then = . A'ain 8r.A and it sealed up the hole someho.onderin' father.hen the 'reenish13lac! vapour from the !yli% partedA and Willett .led messa'e .hich seemed va'uely familiar.hen po.as easy to find 'ood manuals of palaeo'raphyA and over these the t.orld 3ut this.hich had lain 3eside the pad. They .ellA no .H.onderB for here .as unyieldin'.as too tired to as! himself . =n the end they found .< And Willett a'ain let silence ans. Before indul'in' in any e%planationsA and o3viously .hen 8r.

hich amused him. That afternoonA hopin' a'ainst hope to e%tract some 'leam of information anent the inmost mysteries from the only availa3le one capa3le of 'ivin' itA the father and the doctor .ords .enA and palpa3ly re'arded himself as an avatar of the 3y'one necromancer.hen only a sardonic lau'h came in reply. The . from a fresh and un!no.ers alon' 2adrian<s crum3lin' .ith the youth if he 're.ith noise from +utside and never sa.as too unmista!a3le to 3e factitiousB and 3esidesA .ithout foodG 5udA SirA you 3e modestF $<ye !no. pale he turned as each description made certain the truth of the discovery.ered the call in personB and told the men to come up early the ne%t day .as not Allen plannin' to murder youn' Ward upon the advice of the creature called 2utchinsonG +f courseA the letter they had seen had never reached the 3earded stran'erB 3ut from its te%t they could see that Allen had already formed plans for dealin' . Then he . Both Willett and he . The 3ody must 3e dissolved in aDua fortisA nor must anythin' 3e retained.e .hen he heard their report . The lin!a'e . They had met the un!no. WardA .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 11# Britain loo!ed sometimes on stran'e deeds in the :oman ruins of Caerleon and 2e%hamA and 3y the to.as the Co!e on poor old Whipple .ard mornin'A 3ut did not 'o home.hisperedA in accents dou3ly terri3le 3ecause of the crac!ed voice he usedA <$amn <emA they do eatA 3ut they don+t need toC That<s the rare partF A monthA you sayA .ho must 3e destroyed could 3e no other than the 3earded and spectacled stran'er.as almost ready.ere not carried outA he must 3e placed .ell1ni'h e%haustedB and 3oth men sat still and helpless till the closin' of the li3rary forced them to leave.atched for a .ith his virtuous 3lusterF 0ill everythin' offA .n source had come a messa'e sayin' that LCur.incin' on Charles<s part .hatever the ori'in of the stran'e minuscule messa'eA it seemed certain the LCur.ho had 3een assi'ned to loo! up $r. Ward .en must 3e !illed. 0eep silence as 3est you are a3le.enL must 3e !illed and dissolved in acid.ellsF 2e never dreamed they .hen he approached the matter of the covered pits and the nameless hy3rids .ithin.ince.ere starvin'.ould heG WhyA dammeA he .hen a telephone messa'e came from the detectives .ere mute and 3affled.as ta!in' formA for . 2e ta%ed the youth .ere 'lad that this phase of the matter .n the 3ay and called on youn' Charles at the hospital. Then they drove listlessly to the Ward mansion in >rospect StreetA and tal!ed to no purpose into the ni'ht. But Ward did not . or heard au'ht from the . too LsDueamishL. Simply and 'ravely Willett told him all he had foundA and noticed ho.as pacin' nervously a3out in a dressin'1'o.P.as half1deaf .ere in such 5atin as a 3ar3arous a'e mi'ht remem3er 1 +Cor!inus necandus est% Cada!er a0AuaB forti dissol!endum& nec ali0AuiBd retinendum% Tace ut potes%+ 1 .ent do.ho . The physician employed as much dramatic effect as he couldA and .L Willett and 8r. Charles had feared this manA and had said in the frantic note that he must 3e !illed and dissolved in acid. indi'nant as he spo!e of ho. Allen.nA ans. 8r.hich may rou'hly 3e translatedA LCur. 4or CharlesA havin' dropped as useless his pretence that the crypt did not e%istA seemed to see some 'hastly Cest in this affairB and chuc!ed hoarsely at somethin' . the thin's .nA and found that they lac!ed emotions to respond to it as they va'uely 3elieved they ou'ht.as .ere .A that . With WillettA especiallyA the capacity for receivin' fresh impressions of a.as still there Sunday noon .enL .here he could inflict no harm upon Charles Ward. The doctor rested to.izards in Europe under the name of Cur.all. Willett pausedA and his voice 're. And no. Without dou3tA Allen must 3e apprehendedB and even if the most drastic directions . AllenA moreoverA had 3een receivin' letters from the stran'e .ith shoc!in' inhumanityA and shivered .H. And he .

that the hospital authorities seized all out'oin' mail for censorship and .ent on .everA a curious seDuel to the matter of +rne and 2utchinsonA if such indeed the e%iled .as his 3itter enemyA and had 'iven $r.ere.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 11 there at allF $evil ta!e yeA t"ose cursed t"ings "a!e been "o$ling do$n t"ere e!er since Cur$en $as done for a "undred and fifty-se!en years goneC< But no more than this could Willett 'et from the youth. <=t cameA and you 3e here aliveG< As Ward croa!ed the .hat Willett had read on the padA and he ventured the mild statement that those notes . 118A you sayG But don<t for'et that stones are all c"anged no$ in nine grounds out of ten% .hich recent months had . Willett and 8r.ith a flash of inspirationA 3elieved he sa. 8oved 3y some va'ue presentiment amidst the horrors of that periodA Willett arran'ed . All this conversationA of courseA had 3een conducted .ith his tale in the hope that some incident mi'ht startle his auditor out of the mad composure he maintained.ould have shoo! had you loo!ed it up in my list in t<other room.hich he must 'et to +rne and 2utchinson at onceB so .o very si'nificant thin's amon'st the multifarious items he received and had translated. TrulyA the 3oy had dra. <T.hen his consciousness seemed fully 3ac! the doctor told him that of those stran'e creatures at least one .ished.o.H.as very safely ta!en care ofA and could do no one any harm even if he .ere old onesA of no possi3le si'nificance to anyone not deeply initiated in the history of ma'ic. Allen advice for his assassination.as .as mentionedA Charles she. 2orrifiedA yet almost convinced a'ainst his .ould converse no moreA so Willett and the father departed presentlyB leavin' 3ehind a caution a'ainst the 3earded AllenA to .ho had . Ward pic!ed up the stric!en youth and placed him on the couch. forth the minuscule messa'e and flashed it 3efore the patient<s eyes.ove into his reply a caution from a letter he remem3ered.ed his first si'n of animation. true fear da.hich the youth only replied that this individual .as made the visitors could see that their host had already the loo! of a hunted man.orry a3out any communications Charles mi'ht indite to that monstrous pair in EuropeA since they !ne. ButA he addedA <had you 3ut !no.as said .ou are ne!er sure till you 0uestionC < And thenA .ith the 'reatest secrecy lest the resident alienists accuse the father and the physician of encoura'in' a madman in his delusions.ords to 3rin' up that .ord . When the room . 5oo!in' at the youth<s faceA the doctor could not 3ut feel a !ind of terror at the chan'es .ith an almost evil chuc!le very painful to hear.arnin'A he dre.ild or outrO1loo!in' missive.ade!A . After that he .ith.izards . the situationA and .ould pass no . This .um3er 118A and = conceive you . There isA ho.ished no stron'er resultA for Charles Ward fainted forth. They did not .hich = had out in the cupA you had not 3een here to tell me this. =n revivin'A the patient mum3led many times of some .rou'ht.rec!in' of a house 3y ni'ht in the oldest Duarter of >ra'ueA and the disappearance of the evil old man called 6osef .ords his voice seemed almost to 3urst free of its trammels and sin! to cavernous a3ysses of uncanny resonance.n for the first time on Charles Ward<s face.illA he .n do.P. WillettA 'ifted .ith an international press1cuttin' 3ureau for accounts of nota3le current crimes and accidents in >ra'ue and in eastern TransylvaniaB and after si% months 3elieved that he had found t. (naidedA tooA $r.as never raised 3y meA 3ut = meant to have it up that day you came to invite me hither.as the total .hich had arisenB and as he did so he sa.ithout . 2e could have . <T. <. This revelation produced no visi3le effectA and 3efore it .ith the formulae and the 'reenish dust .n nameless horrors from the s!ies. A Duizzical loo! overspread his face as he heard .< Then Willett told of the formula he had spo!en and of the 'reenish13lac! smo!e .n the . +ne .

en penmanship 1 the old portrait and its tiny scar 1 and t"e . Allen had struc! >a.ishedA nor had they found the least trace of $r.ith that shared 3y the old Cur.hen the detectives arrived.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 11- d.hich .hich had simultaneously reached their minds. They had felt less of the sinister in $r. after the unpleasant incident of the motor truc! ro33ery.hile Cur. As for the detectives< search of Allen<s roomA it yielded nothin' definite save the 3eard and 'lassesA and several pencilled notes in a cra33ed .ell testify from his one telephone conversationA had a depth and hollo. The other .as either dyed or false 1 a 3elief conclusively upheld 3y the findin' of such a false 3eardA to'ether .ith +rne and 2utchinson itself.as very Dueer and cra33edB this 3ein' confirmed 3y pencilled notes of no clear meanin' found in his room and identified 3y the merchant. They had notA re'retta3ly enou'hA located the Brava Tony 7omes as they had .tu%et people as a va'uely unnatural 3ein'A and there . Willett and 8r.ere do. Willett hastened to the Ward home to 3e present .aitin' for the men to come.elt in it alone ever since anyone could remem3er.ere 3e'innin' to 3e shunned 3ecause of a particular nauseousness . The false 3eard and 'lasses 1 the cra33ed Cur.ith a pair of dar! 'lassesA in his room at the fateful 3un'alo. At nine o<cloc! the three detectives presented themselves and immediately delivered all that they had to say.rote those minuscules .as the actual vampire. +ne shop!eeperA in the course of ne'otiationsA had seen a specimen of his hand. =n conne%ion . =f .ould !no.as a universal 3elief that his thic! sandy 3eard .ritin' and declared it . Statements .eapons as .hich the older servants connected .ith all its inmates of the ill1re'arded Castle 4erenczyA .ith the vampirism rumours of the precedin' summerA a maCority of the 'ossips 3elieved that Allen rather than Ward .as so 3adly spo!en of 3y peasants and soldiery ali!e that he .ritin' . Allen<s source or present .P.hich hun' indefinitely a3outB a nauseousness .ere also o3tained from the officials . Ward cau'ht somethin' of a profoundA su3tleA and insidious cosmic fear from this data as it .as a3le to . The place had 3een too dar! for them to o3serve him clearlyA 3ut they .in' up the va'ueA mad thou'ht .en manuscripts and 3y the voluminous recent notes of youn' Ward found in the vanished catacom3s of horror.as 'radually unfoldedA and almost trem3led in follo.ield stron'er .ith some curse left 3y the vanished Cur. him. AllenA 3ut had reco'nised him as the dominant fi'ure in the Dueer shado. They .ellB and that . Ward as they sat .H.y cotta'e.hich Willett at once sa.ould shortly have 3een summoned to Bucharest for serious Duestionin' had not this incident cut off a career already so lon' as to antedate all common memory. 2is voiceA 8r.en<s if one mi'ht re'ard the tacit claim to reincarnation as valid 1 he felt must 3e accomplished at any costA and he communicated this conviction to 8r.riter felt a3le to find and deal .hat their fate may have 3een the doctor strives sedulously not to thin!. $r. .ness that could not 3e for'ottenB and his 'lanced seemed mali'n even throu'h his smo!ed and horn1rimmed 'lasses. 2is 3eard had loo!ed oddA and they thou'ht he had some sli'ht scar a3ove his dar! spectacled ri'ht eye. The follo.. Allen<s destruction or imprisonment 1 or Cur.ho had visited the 3un'alo.as left to him to dispose ofA the .hose master . Ward could .herea3outsB 3ut they had mana'ed to unearth a considera3le num3er of local impressions and facts concernin' the reticent stran'er.en portrait.as identical .as a titan e%plosion in the Transylvanian mountains east of :a!usA and the utter e%tirpation .in' mornin' $r. him a'ain if they sa. Willett maintains that the hand .en .nstairs this timeA for the upper parts of the house .

H. 2e had slipped out unseen and s. Allen.hat 3lasphemous and a3omina3le fusion had t.as reminded .ise o3literatedG What . Steelin' himself a'ainst any realisation of .as not the same .ere terri3le ones.as the c"angeA and .ly 'atherin' as the empty panel in the upstairs li3rary leered and leered and leered. $r.hose ori'in no one dared thin!A said that LCur. carefully dre.ould almost 3rea! into mutterin' as he ran over in his head a ne. claimed to 3e reducedG Who had ever seen Charles and Allen to'etherG . That article . And 8r.hich had never 'one out at allG 2ad not the 3utler spo!en of Dueer noisesG Willett ran' for the man and as!ed him some lo.as thin!in' deeply and rapidlyA and his thou'hts .n to such >a.ho sou'ht to !ill Charles as too LsDueamishLA and .A appallin'A and increasin'ly conclusive chain of ni'htmare happenin's.o hours he .hen his son 3ar!ed forth those pitia3le tones to .hither did everythin' leadG =n the end 8r. That .hen had the final sta'e occurredG That day .as out. The 3utler shivered as he spo!eA and sniffed at the heavy air that 3le.hy he did itA he 'ave the detectives an article to 3e she.n from some open .G Cur.o.as a photo'raph of his luc!less sonA on . What had the 3oy called out of the voidA and . do.ith the doctor in the oppressive house . .as this Allen .ful formula . =t hadA surely enou'hA 3een a 3ad 3usiness.iped a suddenly dampened 3ro. voice on the telephone 1 . But no 1 had he not cried out in terror as he entered his study 1 this very roomG What had he found thereG +r .en<s hand. Then the men returned. .hich the men had 3rou'ht from Allen<s room.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 117 altered yout" in t"e "ospital $it" suc" a scar 1 that deepA hollo.as 3ecomin' too hideous for coherent thou'ht.hen he . .here fear and miasma . Ward did the most sensi3le thin'.hen Allen left that Charles suddenly lost his 'ro.as an alteration. Terror had settled definitely upon the houseA and only the 3usiness1li!e detectives failed to im3i3e a full measure of it.tu%et shop!eepers as had seen the portentous $r.ait 1 $"at "ad found "im/ That simulacrum . Even they . the 3oy around the room . T"e altered p"otograp" $as a !ery passable likeness of #r% Allen% 8r.as received 1 he had 3een nervous all the mornin'A then there . There had 3een noises 1 a cryA a 'aspA a cho!in'A and a sort of clatterin' or crea!in' or thumpin'A or all of these.as it not of this that 8r.hen his frantic note .hich had yielded such nameless resultsB the messa'e in minuscules found in Willett<s poc!etB the papers and the letters and all the tal! of 'raves and LsaltsL and discoveries 1 .en 1 it .holly at the 3un'alo.es.as the timeA .ithout havin' 3een seen to 'o 1 .ere slo.hat had it done to himG WhatA reallyA had happened from first to lastG Who .ith his hand!erchief.o a'es and t.hich pleased them not at all.hich 3rushed 3oldly in .a''ered 3oldly in past the men hired to 'uard him. and then he .ho later onG Was it not . .ere restlessA for this case had held va'ue elements in the 3ac!'round . Allen 1 Ward 1 Cur. Ward turned paleA and Willett . 4or t. Ward . in in! the pair of heavy 'lasses and the 3lac! pointed 3eard .ith its eyesG WhyA tooA did 3oth Allen and Charles copy 6oseph Cur. Willett .P.esA the officials had onceA 3ut .or! of those people 1 the lost crypt of horrors that had a'ed the doctor overni'htB the starvin' monsters in the noisome pitsB the a.en 1 Allen 1 Ward 1 in .hy had his destined victim said in the postscript to that frantic letter that he must 3e so completely o3literated in acidG WhyA tooA had the minuscule messa'eA of .ritin'A even .ithout a . and a horror forcin' itself upon a trem3lin' fi'ure .1toned Duestions.as that an alien shado.in' fri'ht and 3e'an to live .hen he stal!ed out .o persons 3ecome involvedG That damna3le resem3lance of the picture to Charles 1 had it not used to stare and stareA and follo.hich he no.aited .hich he no.ord.enL must 3e li!e.hen alone and off 'uardG And then the fri'htful . Charles .indo. upstairs.

The ancient overmantel still lin'eredB 3ut it seemed ro33ed of mali'nity no.oop do. .ill say that there are different !inds of ma'ic.s from the chimney it .ill sleep the 3etter for it.all of the room. Then there .aitin' the vapours seemed to li'htedA and half1formless sounds of scrapin'A s. 2e had left the .hich none of the eavesdroppers li!ed. 4inally the smo!e that the .ith the panellin' from +lney Court.n.as !no.as loc!ed in the shunned room .rench and a crea!A as if a ti'ht cup3oard door .indo.H.ished that the .indo.ould never spea!. There .as pourin' a .hat he had done the doctor .n from the chimney 're. smell of disinfectants. They .n past the .hich a friend could 3ear 3etter than a relative. Ward 'ave the reDuisite orders and a man 3rou'ht some stout pine lo'sA shudderin' as he entered the tainted air of the li3rary to place them in the 'rate. 8r.hen 6oseph Cur.holesome air to mi% .er no DuestionsA 3ut = .as noon no.s held no latent fri'htA 3ut only a 'entle melancholy.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 118 Then 8r.ind 3eat do. Ward he saidA <= can ans.ood for the real fireplace on the south .i'ht .hich rolled do. And at lastA after the slammin' of some cup3oard . odds and ends not included in the movin' of the 6uly 3efore. = have made a 'reat pur'ationA and those in this house .as overA and everyone save him and the doctor left the room.ith a Dueer ne.en<s features themselves 'lanced slyly do.s as of comin' ni'ht seemed to en'ulf the phantom1haunted mansion. Willett 3e'an tal!in' very seriously to his hostA and ur'ed that he leave a 'reat deal of the future investi'ation to him.hatever had 3een opened. very dar! and acridA and everyone .ere 3ein' opened.hat they . =t . The furnace . WardA dazed 3y the flood of 'rotesDue mor3idities and unthin!a3ly maddenin' su''estions that poured in upon him from every sideA could only acDuiesceB and half an hour later the doctor . Ward never sa.ishin' rustle of indefina3le hatefulness. Ward<s head reeledA and the servants all clustered to'ether in a !not to .hile had 'one up to the dismantled la3oratory and 3rou'ht do.here the ancient overmantel had 'athered a3out itself an aura of noisome horror more intense than . 5on'in' yet not darin' to as! DuestionsA 8r. 8r.A 3ut shado.ere. +f . Thereafter t.as not enou'hA he saidB and the electric lo' had little practical use.ed 3y a thumpin' . 5aterA after a 'reat rustlin' of ne.< .ere in a covered 3as!etA and 8r.n from the painted panel.rench and crea!in' .ealth of pureA . The fatherA listenin' outsideA heard fum3lin' sounds of movin' and rumma'in' as the moments passedB and finally a .n a fe.P. Willett mean.ithinA Willett made his appearance 1 sadA paleA and ha''ardA and 3earin' the cloth1draped 3as!et he had ta!en from the upstairs la3oratory.en.as a period alone and undistur3ed in the a3andoned li3rary upstairsA . As family physician he must have a free handA and the first thin' he reDuired .spapersA that odd .A and rose as calm and stately in its . To 8r. Ward made a si'n that the conference .ere heard a'ainB follo.ould 3eA he predictedA certain o3no%ious elements . .n that he had li'hted the fire.atch the horri3le 3lac! smo!e s.o suppressed cries of Willett<s .eather had spared them this cho!in' and venomous inundation of peculiar fumes. Almost at once the !ey rattled and Willett appeared in the hallA ha''ard and 'hastlyA and demandin' .eepin'A and other minor operations .as comin' onA yet this time its shado.ere heardA and hard upon these came a s.ere heard 3ehind the 3olted door. openA and into that once accursed room . Then the doctor loc!ed himself in the li3rary once moreA and 3y the clouds of smo!e . After an a'e of .hite panellin' as if it had never 3orne the picture of 6oseph Cur.as a muffled cryA a !ind of snortin' cho!eA and a hasty slammin' of .

All day Thursday $r. 8r.A 2art o3served the 'lo.hich .as frustratedA occurred a year a'o last 8archA and has 3een attri3uted to 3ootle''ers see!in' a cache.orth End 7houls A'ain Active After a lull of ten months since the dastardly vandalism in the Weeden lot at the .rote a note to 8r.ler .as removed and its headstone violently shattered. =t is possi3leA says Ser't. +fficers at the Second Station are ta!in' especial pains to capture the 'an' of miscreants responsi3le for these repeated outra'es.orth Burial 7roundA a nocturnal pro.ler e%cept as a small man pro3a3ly havin' a full 3eardA inclines to the vie.anderin' in the vanished crypt is she. Ward had not 3een a3le to 'o do.s9 .m.ard the main entranceA 'ainin' the street and losin' himself amon' the shado. Willett rested as if recuperatin' from somethin' past or nervin' himself for somethin' to come. that all three of the di''in' incidents have a common sourceB 3ut police from the Second Station thin! other.as delivered the ne%t mornin' and .hen the outer door softly opened and closed . 5i!e the first of the 'houls active durin' the past yearA this intruder had done no real dama'e 3efore detection. :ileyA that this third affair is of similar nature.here an ancient coffin .H. A vacant part of the Ward lot she. At once startin' in pursuitA he sa.ith a tro.A >rovidenceA :.ith phenomenal softness.ay as his hideous . WardA .hich ran as follo.ed si'ns of a little superficial di''in'A 3ut nothin' even nearly the size of a 'rave had 3een attemptedA and no previous 'rave had 3een distur3ed. .atchman. 2artA . 4or three days he rested constantly in his roomA thou'h servants later muttered somethin' a3out havin' heard him after midni'ht on WednesdayA . 1* Barnes St. of a lantern or poc!et torch not far to the north.n to 3usiness since the shoc! of 8onday .ise on account of the sava'e nature of teh second incidentA . Willett<s Lpur'ationL had 3een an ordeal almost as nerve1rac!in' in its .as possi3le. Servants< ima'inationsA fortunatelyA are limitedA else comment mi'ht have 3een e%cited 3y an item in Thursday<s !ening Bulletin .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 7 11) That $r.ith its 3afflin' reports and its sinister Lpur'ationLA 3ut he found somethin' calmin' a3out the doctor<s letter in spite of the despair it seemed to promise and the fresh mysteries it seemed to evo!e.ho cannot descri3e the pro.P.el very plainly silhouetted a'ainst a near3y electric li'ht. =n the evenin' he .as 'limpsed early this mornin' in the same cemetery 3y :o3ert 2artA the ni'ht .estA and upon openin' the door detected the fi'ure of a man .n 3y the fact that the elderly physician 'ave out completely as soon as he reached home that evenin'.hich it is thou'ht an attempt to 3ury somethin' .s 3efore approach or capture . the fi'ure dart hurriedly to. =. 2appenin' to 'lance for a moment from his shelter at a3out " a.hich caused the half1dazed parent to ponder lon' and deeply. The first of the incidentsA in .

very conclusive it is.ou have !no.atched from infancy 1 the real Charles . And no.as never a fiend or even truly a madmanA 3ut only an ea'erA studiousA and curious 3oy .hat = am 'oin' to do tomorro.ithout the 3lac! .ron'A 3ut =<ll tell you if it does..itch1mar! on his chest or the pit on his forehead. 2e has 3een afflicted . So don<t as! me any Duestions .hich need remain in anyone<s mind.ill 'o .ife to do the same. 2e is no. = don<t thin! it .hich = must as! you to trust me most of all.ill never trou3le you or yours.ho or .ho never did actual evilA and .ou can tell his mother 'ently and 'radually a3out the mad part . 2e forms as much a part of the past as 6oseph Cur. 1 of the real Charles $e%ter Ward .n me ever since you .ith his life for his LsDueamishnessL. . . That is all .hat he is. There . 1 safer than you dream. =t may 3e that somethin' . Charles . .orth Burial 7round e%actly ten feet . .e have 3een 'oin' throu'h Jfor = feel that no spade is ever li!ely to reach that monstrous place .ayA and that .ill 3e no more. But you must steel yourself to melancholyA and prepare your . 2e stum3led on thin's no mortal ou'ht ever to !no. 7od !no.ill mar! the true restin'1place of your son. = am 'oin' South for a .ill mar! any a3normality or chan'elin'. The Charles .ill have paid .n unaltered 3one and sine. . 4or there .hose mind you .or need you fear that it . =<d advise you to Coin her in Atlantic City and ta!e a rest yourself.ill 3e those of your o.rote that minuscule messa'e .on<t set your mind at rest unless = e%pressly assure you ho. 2ave only this consolation 1 that he .P. When = call on you tomorro.n and 3race up.orry a3outA for Charles .ill not mean his restoration to you.as madA and he escaped.as his undoin'.ill 3e veryA very safe. 2e .ill not distrust me . =t .ill.en<s pictureA and .ith the olive1mar! on his hip and . ofKA 3ut =<m afraid it .ill conclude the terri3le 3usiness .hat .hen = hint that some matters are 3est left undecided and une%plored. $ear Theodore91 The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 1"* = feel that = must say a .hile to calm do.ere a small 3oyA so = thin! you . The ashes in that 'rave .ith a peculiar diseaseA as you must realise from the su3tle physical as .A and reached 3ac! throu'h the years as no one ever should reachB and somethin' came out of those years to en'ulf him. And .hen = call.H.ho .ou need hold no fears a3out AllenA and .ill 3e nothin' more to .est of your father<s and facin' the same .ish devise a suita3le account of the endB for the 3oy .hen = rin' your door3ell you may feel certain that there is no such person.s you need one after this shoc!A as = do myself. = must tell you fran!ly that Charles<s escape . .Lovecr !t April 1"A 1)"8.ord to you 3efore doin' . =n a3out a yearA sayA you can if you .e !no.ill 3eA indeedA no uncertainty a3out Charles<s fate.ill have escaped.hose love of mystery and of the past .ell as mental chan'es in himA and you must not hope to see him a'ain. comes the matter in .ou can put up a stone in your lot at the . =t is 3etter that you attempt no further speculation as to Charles<s caseA and almost imperative that you tell his mother nothin' more than she already suspects.hen you stop sendin' the typed notes in his name.

have onF< <They . <WellA SirA . started violently. And 3elieve that the honour of your ancient family remains untainted no.< <E%cellentA< commented the disDuieted host in an effort to 3e .as the ironic reply. Willett. Waite<s private hospital on Conanicut =sland. Charles . The doctor<s discovery of the crypt and his monstrous e%perience therein had of course created a ne.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 1"1 That is all. With profoundest sympathyA and e%hortations to fortitudeA calmnessA and resi'nationA = am ever Sincerely your friendA 8arinus B. The youthA thou'h ma!in' no attempt to evade his callerA . =t .< <$i''in' a'ainA and comin' upon more poor starvin' petsG< .ron'.ittily insultin'A <and = trust they proved more 3ecomin' than the 3eard and 'lasses you no.here3y the solicitous family physician had 'iven place to the ruthless and implaca3le aven'er. Then a ne. AllenA and they found the false 3eard and spectacles in the 3un'alo.s on the floor. $o not Duestion me tomorro. The patient DuailedA conscious that since the last visit there had 3een a chan'e .hat d<ye .hat "a!e ye foundA and .ords for an effective ans. strained formalities.er. We have had men loo!in' up $r.hat as!s so hotly for a rec!onin'G Suppose a man does find it no.oA< Willett slo.A as it has 3een at all times in the past.hich had never 3een there 3efore.as in a sullen moodB and seemed disinclined to open the conversation ..hich Willett o3viously desired.H. and then useful to 3e t. . Then Ward ventured9 <And is this .as no chan'e in the shado. <.ofoldG< <.ant of meG< The doctor let a little time elapse 3efore replyin'A as if choosin' his . element of constraint crept inA as Ward seemed to read 3ehind the doctor<s mas!1li!e face a terri3le purpose . So on the mornin' of 4ridayA April 1&A 1)"8A 8arinus Bic!nell Willett visited the room of Charles $e%ter Ward at $r.ill have escapedA and a year from no. =t is no 3usiness of mine if any man see!s dualityB pro!ided "e "as any rig"t to e@ist at all& and pro!ided "e does not destroy $"at called "im out of space%< Ward no. you can put up his stone.. 3ravado to the last.ellA< came the even and studied responseA +as indeed t"ey seem to "a!e done%< As Willett said thisA it almost seemed as thou'h a cloud passed over the sunB thou'h there . source of em3arrassmentA so that 3oth hesitated percepti3ly after the interchan'e of a fe.o<A said Willett 'ravelyA <a'ain you are .arn you fairly that a rec!onin' is due.ly reCoinedA <this time = did not have to di'.ould 3ecome you very . <8oreA< he saidA <has 3een found outA and = must .P.as evident that the youth meant to she.as the first to spea!. Ward actually turned paleA and the doctor .

.ou !no.< But here the doctor .lA and even as a chill . ho.ind spran' suddenly up from the 3ayA the doctor commenced the .asA and = have 3urned it and 3uried the ashes . <= have told no one.ou cannot decei!e me& Josep" Cur$en& for I kno$ t"at your accursed magic is trueC< <= !no. ho.P. 2opelessly at 3ayA .hich no police or la. .hen he 3al!ed at your monstrous riflin' of the .ho did ye tell 1 and .ith me aliveG What d<ye mean to doG< WillettA thou'h a small manA actually too! on a !ind of Cudicial maCesty as he calmed the patient .ou left off your 3eard and 'lasses and fooled the 'uards around the house.ho .ho<ll 3elieve it .ill rise up to .n evil ma'ic .ith.hich must 3e stamped outA and = 3elieve that the .ature 3eyond certain limitsA and every horror you have .ould 3e enou'h.A= 6E2+?AA A$+.ho or .ere undone once 3eforeA perhaps in that very .ith a 'esture.ipe you out.en had recourse to his one ancient allyA and 3e'an a series of ca33alistic motions . of physical violence .hile you studied modern thin's and roved a3road as a vampire 3y ni'htA and ho.enA a man can<t tamper .H.as cut short 3y a convulsive cry from the creature 3efore him. you dre. Cur.ill .< But Willett . Why didn<t you thin! of the speech and the voice and the hand.as not .in' that any sho.rote that messa'e in minusculesA 3ut = .ent inA and they thou'ht it .ere a foolA 6oseph Cur. .as he .ith .A= SABA+T2A 8ET:AT+.as he after these t.ill undo you all a'ain.as too Duic! for him.ith his forefin'ers as his deepA hollo.or!edA you seeA after all. he !ept you hidden in his la3oratory .yers or courts or alienists could ever fathom or 'rapple .arn you it .oven . ho.ed out the openin' .< <.eaponlessA and !no. you .nL. Even as the do's in the yard outside 3e'an to ho. ho. <>E: A$+.ritten in vain.enA to fancy that a mere visual identity . .A= E5+=8A A$+.ho came out . .ill attend to +rne and 2utchinson.hat you resolved to do .here the 'rave of Charles $e%ter Ward ou'ht to 3e.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 1"" <= have found<A he finally intonedA <somethin' in a cup3oard 3ehind an ancient overmantel .ords of a terri3le formula.onder at your 'odless li!eness to himB = !no. +ne of those creatures .ould 3rin' a score of attendants to the doctor<s rescueA 6oseph Cur.ou .here a picture once .o full monthsA . Than! 7od some chance has left inside me the spar! of ima'inationA that = mi'ht not 'o astray in thin!in' out this thin'. This is no common case 1 it is a madness out of time and a horror from 3eyond the spheres . There are a3ominations and 3lasphemies .rote you onceA Ldo not call up any that you can not put do.ritin'G =t hasn<t .ove the spell that 3rooded outside the years and fastened on your dou3le and descendantB = !no. voiceA no.ayA and it may 3e that your o.hich he had 3een sittin'9 <$amn yeA . you did it. They thou'ht it . unconcealed 3y fei'ned hoarsenessA 3ello..ords .ed yourself in 3eard and 'lasses that no one mi'ht .orld<s tom3sA and at $"at you planned after$ard A and = !no. him into the past and 'ot him to raise you up from your detesta3le 'raveB = !no. But you hadn<t rec!oned on the different contents of t. . 3etter than = .hen you had stran'led and hidden him.o minds.ou .< The madman cho!ed and spran' from the chair in .as he .riter of those . you later she. .hat .

.H.hat he had !ept in memory had not 3een !ept amiss.hich he had meant all alon' to recite. When the a.ith his arms until they too .hose headin' .ild motions . There hadA as he had predictedA 3een no need for acids.as the $ra'on<s TailA si'n of the descending node 1 'GT9*'# AI+7 G B+(. 4or li!e his accursed picture a year 3eforeA 6oseph Cur. Willett sa.ful name of . ho.riter of those minuscules 1 the cryptic invocation .hose first had raised the . lay scattered on the floor as a thin coatin' of fine 3luish1'rey dust. 49*'C At the very first . But he did not faintA and that man of unholy centuries and for3idden secrets never trou3led the . (na3le to spea!A the monster made . that . The madness out of time had su3sidedA and the case of Charles $e%ter Ward .as not merely a dissolutionA 3ut rather a transformation or recapitulationB and Willett shut his eyes lest he faint 3efore the rest of the incantation could 3e pronounced.ere arrested. An eye for an eye 1 ma'ic for ma'ic 1 let the outcome she.orld a'ain.as utteredA the hideous chan'e 3e'an. .P.en no.ord from Willett<s mouth the previously commenced formula of the patient stopped short.'G-S'T9'T9 +-GA9+-G AI+.ell the lesson of the a3yss had 3een learnedF So in a clear voice 8arinus Bic!nell Willett 3e'an the second of that pair of formulae .og-Sot"ot" . =t .as closed. +penin' his eyes 3efore sta''erin' out of that room of horrorA $r.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 1"& solemn and measured intonation of that .+9 .

ould appear to me to 3e the favorite of superficialA sentimentalA and emotional people 11 people . =n a .orld of ima'inationB acceptin' uncritically the values of common fol!loreA and al. The do' appeals to cheap and facile emotionsB the cat to the deepest founts of ima'ination and cosmic perception in the human mind.ays preferrin' to have their naive 3eliefsA feelin'sA and preCudices tic!ledA rather than to enCoy a purely aesthetic and philosophic pleasure arisin' from discriminationA contemplationA and the reco'nition of austereA a3solute 3eauty.aturallyA one<s preference in the matter of cats and do's depends . Thomastic yo.ho find their 'reatest consolation in the fa.hich 8r. Bet. The do' .holly upon one<s temperament and point of vie. the sentimental notion that all 'ood people love do'sA childrenA and horses . Carl van $oran is on my side and 8r.ill force me to 3e more or less ori'inal in several parts of the ensuin' remar!s.in3urneA .arp his Cud'ment.. ethical notions to . Al3ert >ayson Terhune on that of the canine tri3e.ei'ht a'ainst the 3rilliancy of such still active adherents as may 3ar! upon the other side.ho attach importance to man!ind and the popular conventional emotions of the simpleA and .illin' to set up himself and his cruder feelin's as a measure of universal valuesA or to allo. shallo.C ts A#$ /o-s Bein' told of the cat1and1do' fi'ht a3out to occur in your literary clu3A = cannot resist contri3utin' a fe.ith 'enuinely 8achiavellian su3tletyA has furnished me . of my o. =n its fla.hilst su3mittin' the do''ish 3rief in full.een do's and cats my de'ree of choice is so 'reat that it . 4rom this = . The real lover of cats is one .ith such later poetic spirits as >oeA 7autierA Baudelaire and S.ith the records of a similar controversy in the .ith only a part of the feline section . = have no active disli!e for do'sA any more than = have for mon!eysA human 3ein'sA tradesmenA co.hich !ynophily does not possess.orshippers of the supple 'rimal!in.allo.n emphatic 3iasA ma!es for somethin' li!e ultimate fairnessB 3ut for me it is e%ceedin'ly inconvenientA since it . .nin' and dependent attachments of a 're'arious society.o dou3t he ima'ines that this arran'ementA in vie.e. .hile all 3ad people disli!e and are disli!ed 3y such.or! Tri3uneA in . .ho feel rather than thin!A .sA sheepA or pterodactylsB 3ut for the cat = have entertained a particular respect and affection ever since the earliest days of my infancy. =t is no accident that the contemplative E'yptiansA to'ether .ould 3e 'lad to pla'iarise such data as = needB 3ut my friendA .o.ls and si3ilants upon my side of the disputeA thou'h conscious that the .ere all sincere .ould never occur to me to compare the t.ordA he had rather admire and respect than effuse and doteB and does not fall into the fallacy that pointless socia3ility and friendlinessA or slaverin' devotion and o3edienceA constitute anythin' intrinsically admira3le or e%alted.ord of a venera3le e%1mem3er can scarcely have much .onder and fascination of the un!no. Such people live in a limited . 2e is un. A.ho refuses to s.are of my ineptitude at ar'umentA a valued correspondent has supplied me .hole case on these commonplaceA servileA and . This is not to say that the cheaper elements do not also reside in the avera'e cat1lover<s love of catsA 3ut merely to point out that in ailurophily there e%ists a 3asis of true aestheticism .ho demands a clearer adCustment to the universe than ordinary household platitudes provideB one .less 'race and superior self1sufficiency = have seen a sym3ol of the perfect 3eauty and 3land impersonality of the universe itselfA o3Cectively consideredA and in its air of silent mystery there resides for me all the . $o'1lovers 3ase their .n.

ere . >ersons of commonplace ideas 11 unima'inative . >ractical ple3eian fol! Cud'e a thin' only 3y its immediate touchA tasteA and smellB .ays stood out for the old civilised realities . .ith even half the perfection and completeness that mar! their incarnation in the peerless and softly 'lidin' catA .ho su3scri3e to the popular credo of sentimental values 11 .n primitive feelin'sA and they .ont to praise do's L3ecause they are so humanL Jas if humanity . To them nothin' .e find these thin's incarnated .ishes.ill 3e clear in a moment .hen do's and cats are consideredA the stolid churl sees only the t.ith the daily round of thin's and .ays 3e do'1lovers. Beauty 11 coolness 11 aloofness 11 philosophic repose 11 self1 sufficiency 11 untamed mastery 11 .orshipper . This sort of .hich 3est acts out the 3landnessA lordlinessA accuracyA self1 sufficiencyA crueltyA independenceA and contemptuous and capricious impersonality of the all 'overnin' .ill never cease to esteem and 'lorify the fello.linessA attachmentA o3edienceA and emotional messiness.ith all the anthropoid trivialityA pettinessA and LcutenessL of eminent ?ictorians. Beauty and sufficiency 11 t.ho are satisfied .ill al. .ea! and sentimentally thou'htlessB and perhaps reached its culmination in the insipid nineteenth centuryA .ith the relentless and o3trusive certainty of a planet in infinityG That do's are dear to the unima'inative peasant13ur'her . free souls have al.ed spirit to the full1livin' Western Aryan confronted 3y .n .herein the ma.hich ruined classic civilisation in the $ar! A'esA and live in a 3lea! .o.orlds and the forests and the seas and the sunsetsA and .orshipper of such eternal thin's the supreme virtue .hich 3est em3odies the loveliness of the stars and the .in Dualities of the cosmos itself 11 are the 'ods of this unshac!led and pa'an typeB to the .himperin's of the 3rotherlyA affection1 slo33erin' peacema!er and crin'er and sentimentalist. This is the virile aesthetic and ethic of the e%tensor muscles 11 the 3oldA 3uoyantA assertive 3eliefs and preferences of proudA dominantA un3ro!en and unterrified conDuerorsA huntersA and .in 5andseer painted hundreds of smu' 4idoes and Carlos and :overs .ere any valid standard of meritFKA and honest Ed.o animals 3efore himA and 3ases his favour on .arriors 11 and it has small use for the shams and .H.P.ature<s maCestyA lovelinessA and aloofness.Lovecr !t Cats And $o's 1" ple3eian DualitiesA and amusin'ly Cud'e the intelli'ence of a pet 3y its de'ree of conformity to their o.hen people .ill loo! for that .orthy 3ur'hers .hich performs its mysterious or3it .!ish illusions of mee!nessA 'entlenessA 3rotherhoodA and .hich the o3Cect calls up in their minds.hipped and 3ro!en people to supremacy in the later empireA has naturally !ept a stron' hold over the .hen . Cat1lovers escape this delusionA repudiate the idea that crin'in' su3servience and sidlin' companionship to man are supreme meritsA and stand free to . Such persons are su3mer'ed in the vorte% of +riental idealism and a3asement .orship aristocratic independenceA self1respectA and individual personality Coined to e%treme 'race and 3eauty as typified 3y the coolA litheA cynical and unconDuered lord of the housetops.ho 3est typifies these.ature.hich mediaevalism eclipsed 11 the stern classic loyalty to truthA stren'thA and 3eauty 'iven a clear mind and unco.hilst cats appeal to the sensitive poet1aristocrat1 philosopher .orld of a3stract sentimental values .ill not 3e found in lo.hile more delicate types form their estimates from the lin!ed ima'es and ideas . This herita'eA ironically foisted on us .1animal .hole false ethic and philosophy erected on the timid reactions of the fle%or system of muscles.hinin' humility are ma'nified into supreme virtuesA and a .hen :oman politics raised the faith of a .here else can . But amidst this chaos of intellectual and emotional 'rovelin' a fe.e reflect on the matter of 3iolo'ical association.ill ever 3e more important than themselves and their o.

hilst the cat rei'ns amon' those more contemplative and ima'inative spirits . esteemB and 3ehold a sorry spectacle of hatred and cruelty sho.hat did not serve their o.H.e may see that the do' appeals to those primitive emotional souls .ished a do' to fa.ith slovenly .ish of him .n life and !no.ith a paper on a strin' . a stic!A and the servile do' . +n the other hand the 'entleman and thin!er sees each in all its natural affiliationsA and cannot fail to notice that in the 'reat symmetries of or'anic life do's fall in .hile after the a'e of the Antonines the actual cat . They .hose position is assuredA and .e find the cool and impersonal loveliness of the felidae in very lo.ants somethin'A so do superior people respect the superior animal . Thro.hilst cats . The catA on the other handA charms you into playin' for its 3enefit .itchcraft.hose only la.ishes to 3e amusedB ma!in' you rush a3out the room .heezes and pants and stum3les to 3rin' it to you.ers of .hen it feels li!e e%erciseA 3ut refusin' all your attempts to ma!e it play .hen you crac! the .e come to the 'rovelin' 8iddle A'es .ith coolly polite and some. That pleases a mee!ness1lovin' peasant .hen it is not in the humour.ho as! of the universe .ard do's and cats.hat 3ored amusement.hich scampers e%citedly 3ecause someone else . The do' is a peasant and the cat is a 'entleman.n herita'e and aesthetic sense. And Cust as inferior people prefer the inferior animal . is his o.ith their superstitions and ecstasies and monasticisms and maunderin's over saints and their relicsA .n to the catA and temples . The proud E'ypt . =n imperial :ome the 'raceful leopard adorned most homes of DualityA loun'in' in insolent 3eauty in the atrium .n cheap emotions and flimsy purposes.as imported from E'ypt and cherished as a rare and costly lu%ury.ere 3uilt to its 'oddess at Bu3astis.hose chief demands on the universe are for meanin'less affectionA aimless companionshipA and flatterin' attention and su3servienceB .ill eye you .n to.al! proudly .olves and fo%es and Cac!als and coyotes and din'oes and painted hyaenasA .ith the Cun'le<s lordsA and o. $o's are the hiero'lyphs of 3lind emotionA inferiorityA servile attachmentA and 're'ariousness 11 the attri3utes of commonplaceA stupidly passionateA and intellectually and ima'inatively underdeveloped men. So much for the dominant and enli'htened peoples.ietzscheanA un3ro!enA civilisedA master1class men.Lovecr !t Cats And $o's 1"- their relative capacity to pander to his sloppyA uniformed ideas of ethics and friendship and flatterin' su3servience. +ne can ima'ine ho.ho resented its self1respectin' coolness and feared its cryptical and elusive independence as somethin' a!in to the dar! po.hich lives its o.s that the puerile stic!1thro.ith 'olden collar and chainB .n and not yours 11 and the superior person reco'nises and appreciates this 3ecause he too is a free soul .in's of alien 3ipeds are none of its 3usiness and 3eneath its notice.hen it . These 3oorish slaves of eastern dar!ness could not tolerate .herein >haraoh . $o the same 3efore a catA and he .hose life is its o. Alto'etherA .P.everA .as >haraoh and pyramids rose in 3eauty at the . The do' 3ar!s and 3e's and tum3les to amuse you .hose mousin' virtues alone 'ained it sufferance amon'st the i'norant churls .ard the 3eautiful little creature .n the hau'hty lionA the sinuous leopardA the re'al ti'erA and the shapely panther and Ca'uar as their !in.ho relishes a stimulus to his self importance.ed do.onderA prideA freedomA coldnessA self1sufficiencyA and dainty individuality 11 the Dualities of sensitiveA enli'htenedA mentally developedA pa'anA cynicalA poeticA philosophicA dispassionateA reservedA independentA .hip. WhenA ho. We mayA indeedA Cud'e the tone and 3ias of a civilisation 3y its relative attitude to. That is personality and individuality and self1respect 11 the calm mastery of a 3ein' .n and hunt and fetch and carryA and had no use for the cat<s 'ift of eternal disinterested 3eauty to feed the spirit. they must have resented >ussy<s ma'nificent reposefulnessA unhurriednessA rela%ationA and scorn for trivial human aims and concernments.ho dreamed them 3o. Cats are the runes of 3eautyA invinci3ilityA .

ho do not share his love for cats.ith vilenessA dishonorA and de'radation of the 'ravest type.n lives or die.hich no !ith of the lion and the leopard could ever attain. .hat does this really meanG Where are the points of referenceG CertainlyA the do' has so little ima'ination and individuality that it !no. The cat may fall lo.hich is pro3a3ly the only thin' of any 3asic si'nificance in all the cosmosA ou'ht to 3e our chief criterionB and here the cat e%cels so 3rilliantly that all comparisons collapse.orship it.ants itA and 'ives no promises.e .ays overstress the ethical element in lifeA and it is Duite natural that they should e%tend it to the realm of their pets.ho 'overn their o.o.led'ed any alle'iance to anythin' outside its o.e entertain a cat 11 he adorns our hearth as a 'uestA fello.ays un3ro!en.ordic amon' menA one of those . Simple fol! al.ard youA that is no fault of his. A traceA = thin!A of this 'reat truth re'ardin' the hi'her di'nity of the cat has crept into fol!lore in the use of the names LcatL and Ldo'L as terms of oppro3rium.hat pleases him . Some do'sA it is trueA have 3eauty in a very ample de'reeB 3ut even .ants more of you than food and .hich has too much natural di'nity to accept any scheme of thin's 3ut its o. The cat1lover need not 3e amazed at another<s love for do's 11 indeedA he may also possess this Duality himselfB for do's are often very comelyA and as lova3le in a condescendin' .e hear many inane dicta in favour of do's on the 'round that they are faithfulA . Accordin'lyA .ould not for a moment have you 3elieve that he .A 3ut he is al.ishes to 3e there.ishesB and treachery 3asically implies a departure from some covenant e%plicitly reco'nised.Lovecr !t Cats And $o's 1"7 only the o3Cective si'ht of poi'nantA ethereal 3eauty and the animate sym3olisation of .hat any clumsy human thin!s or .ature<s 3landA relentlessA reposefulA unhurried and impersonal order and sufficiency.1lod'erA and eDual 3ecause he .holly his o.hilst cats are treacherous. 2e isA li!e the .ard the palm to the superior catA .n a do' 11 he is .ho ever dared call himself the LmasterL of a catG We o. =n the crystallisation of this nomenclature there has undou3tedly 3een present in the popular mind some dimA half1unconscious realisation that there are depths of slin!in'A .hen he . We call ourselves a do'<s LmasterL 11 3ut .ishes or e%pects of it. Cust .armth and shelter and amusement 11 and he is certainly Custified in criticisin' your aesthetic and ima'inative development if you fail to find his 'raceA 3eautyA and cheerful decorative influence an a3oundin'ly sufficient repayment for all you 'ive him.n leisurely .hinin'A fa.ish him to 3e.nA and .n master and could easily choose another companion if he found such a one more a'reea3le and interestin'. But . =t is not treacherousA 3ecause it has never ac!no.ays 3een lin!ed .s no motives 3ut its master<sB 3ut .ho is . Whilst LcatL has never 3een applied to any sort of offender more than the mildly spiteful and innocuously sly female 'ossip and commentatorA the . We have 3ut to 'lance analytically at the t. The do' 'ivesA 3ut the cat is.hit . 2e never leads you to e%pect more from him than he 'ivesA and if you choose to 3e stupidly ?ictorian enou'h to mista!e his purrs and ru33in's of self1 satisfaction for mar!s of transient affection to. =t is no compliment to 3e the stupidly idolised master of a do' .hat sophisticated mind can descry a positive virtue in this stupid a3ne'ation of its 3irthri'htG $iscrimination must surely a.ith us as a slave and inferior 3ecause .ords Ldo'L and LcurL have al.H. 2e ta!es . The cat is a realistA and no hypocrite.o animals to see the points pile up in favour of the cat. BeautyA .ay as a faithful old servant or tenant in the eyes of a master 11 3ut he cannot help feelin' astonished at those .hich conseDuently cares not one .nin'A and servile i'no3ility .P. 2e . The cat is such a perfect sym3ol of 3eauty and superiority that it seems scarcely possi3le for any true aesthete and civilised cynic to do other than .hose instinct it is to idoliseA 3ut it is a very distinct tri3ute to 3e chosen as the friend and confidant of a philosophic cat .

ell1 developed feline of any species . And this is Cust as true !inetically as staticallyA for art has no parallel for the 3e.here you are .in's of a dusty and perhaps not inodorous canine .olfin'L most openly and unashamedly. Such an one usually passes the pro3lem off in an epi'rammatic parado%A and says that LSnoo!ums is so homelyA he<s prettyFL This is the childish penchant for the 'rotesDue and ta. We al.hich leaps and fusses and . The sheerA perfect aestheticism of !itty<s lazy stretchin'sA industrious face1.!.ays .holly repulsive in his 3estial and insatiate 'reedinessB livin' up to his forest !inship of L.hilst do's ta!e the lead in heavyA practicalA and 3eer1drin!in' Central Europe.ashin'sA playful rollin'sA and little involuntary shiftin's in sleep is somethin' as !een and vital as the 3est pastoral poetry or 'enre paintin'B .e see li!e.onder that 8ahometA that shei! of perfect mannersA loved cats for their ur3anity and disli!ed do's for their 3oorishnessB or that cats are the favorites in the polite 5atin countries .hatsoever is other than 3eautifulG There areA of courseA many u'ly catsB 3ut these are al. +f courseA it may 3e said that no aesthetic standard is other than relative 11 3ut .ay 3ut it is his capacity for leisure and repose .ith ourselves and our territoryA and here the verdict . The one is held in chec! 3y an inherent and inescapa3le daintinessA and lends a !ind of 'race to one of the most un'raceful of all processes.hich ma!es the cat preeminent.ise em3odied in popular cartoonsA frea! dollsA and all the malformed decorative . .atch a do'. :eturnin' to 3eauty of line 11 is it not si'nificant that .e cannot 3e unfair to either. William 5yon >helps has very effectively captured the secret of felinity .asted motions. >uss is a $oric temple 11 an =onic colonnade 11 in the utter classicism of its structural and decorative harmonies.itchin' 'race of the cat<s sli'htest motion.e invaria3ly find the cat 'entle and reserved in his advancesA and delicate even .heezin'A fum3lin'A droolin'A scratchin'A and 'eneral clumsiness of the avera'e do' .ill not dispute them on their o.hich . the feline avera'e.hilst the unerrin' accuracy of his leapin' and sprin'in'A runnin' and huntin'A has an art1value Cust as hi'h in a more spirited . And in the details of neatness the fastidious cat is of course immeasura3ly ahead.drily LcuteL . =f any undiscovered tri3e in Ti3et finds Airedales 3eautiful and >ersian cats u'lyA .ays love to touch a catA 3ut only the insensitive can uniformly .e al.hen he 'lides 'racefully into your lap .aterL.earyin' e%cess of 3ad manners in all this do''ish fury 11 .hen he says that the cat does not merely lie do. The do'A on the other handA is .himsical on the ta3le .P.hich must 3e pitted the depressin' spectacle of impossi3ly flattened 3ulldo'sA 'rotesDuely elon'ated dachshundsA hideously shapeless and sha''y AiredalesA and< the li!e. 8r.or! .e are dealin' .H.ith his false and . What other creature has thus mer'ed the aestheticism of mechanics and hydraulicsG Contrast this .o 3reed of cats in its proper condition can 3y any stretch of the ima'ination 3e thou'ht of as even sli'htly un'raceful 11 a record a'ainst .elcome the frantic and humid nuzzlin's and pa.ritin' to play .ould not admit of much dou3t even from the most ardent !ynophile.ith anatomy adapted to functionA as in the felidae.here in the animal .ith your pen in modulatedA seriocomic pats. The cat is classic . and maul oneA and surely enou'h .rithes a3out in a.e empirically haveA and in comparin' cats and do's under the Western European aesthetic . There is a .hile many normal 3reeds of do's are conspicuously and admittedly u'lyA no healthy and .ard feverishness for no particular reason save that 3lind nerve1centres have 3een spurred 3y certain meanin'less stimuli. = do not .ith cultivated purrsA or leaps . .hilst the do' is 7othic 11 no.n territory 11 3ut Cust no.ith the inept pantin'A . Carl ?an ?echtenA in L>eter WhiffleAL holds up the timeless restfulness of the cat as a model for life<s philosophyA and >rof.ith such standards as .e .ays individual cases of mon'relismA malnutritionA deformityA or inCury.e discover such really 2ellenic perfection of formA .ell13red people don<t pa.Lovecr !t Cats And $o's 1"8 the hi'hest level of canine 3eauty falls far 3elo.orld can .nA 3ut Lpours his 3ody out on the floor li!e a 'lass of . Watch a cat eatA and then .

ill.ith the noisy flounderin' and pa.ilderment and . $o's can 3e more ela3orately trained for the circus and vaudeville acts than catsA therefore J+ @eusA + :oyal 8ountFK they are cere3rally superior. of course this is all the sheerest nonsense.s a steel11cold and deli3erate union of intellectA . We can respect a cat as . $o's can 3e . There is no turnin' him aside or distractin' his attention 11 and .in' of his canine rival. Watch him in the thic! of the chaseA and compare his calculatin' patience and Duite study of his terrain .e find the caninites ma!in' amusin' claims 11 amusin' 3ecause they so naively measure .onderin' .e do thisA .n stren'th ena3les it to achieve its o3Cect 3y sheer reasonin' .hereas .orth as indices of real intelli'ence. =n the matter of intelli'ence .hilst poor 4ido is 3ar!in' in 3e.ho Cud'e 3y purely philosophic and aesthetic standards.antsA and means to 'et it in the most effective . ChildrenA old cronesA peasantsA and do's ram3leA cats and philosophers stic! to their point.illA and sense of proportion .ea!1spirited man more intelli'ent than an independent citizen 3ecause . patiently he .his!ered and purrin' .ill retrieveA a cat . .e arrive at a very .ell its o.e can<t influence the independent citizenA yet countless persons apply an e%actly parallel ar'ument in appraisin' the 'rey matter of do's and cats. Watch a cat decide to move throu'h a doorA and see ho.ayA even at the sacrifice of time 11 .ishes and 3usiness methodsB for in every conception and calculation he sho.ish . Competition in servility is somethin' to .ith ne.ould13e1sophisticated yo!elry.hen he finds it e%pedient to fei'n other interests in the interim. 2e !no. 2ere the cats can silently devise a dozen mysterious and successful alternatives .hich he philosophically reco'nises as unimportant in the aimless cosmos.hat it is all a3out. . A do' .P.hich no self1respectin' Thomas or Ta3itha ever stoopedA and it is plain that any really effective estimate of canine and feline intelli'ence must proceed from a careful o3servation of do's and cats in a detached state 11 uninfluenced 3y human 3ein's 11 as they formulate certain o3Cectives of their o.hich personally appeals the more to our mere dotin' fancyB and if .ould not call a .aits for his opportunityA never losin' si'ht of his purpose even .i' is a hi'her1'rade 3iolo'ical or'anism 11 somethin' physiolo'ically and psycholo'ically nearer a man 3ecause of his very freedom from man<s ordersA and as such entitled to a hi'her respect from those .n and use their o. !no. =n resourcefulnessA tooA the cat attests his superiority. . and unfamiliar conditions and see ho. that amon' humans this is the Duality of mental tenacityA this a3ility to carry a sin'le thread throu'h comple% distractionsA is considered a pretty 'ood si'n of intellectual vi'our and maturity.ho ma!es so little display a3out his . =t is not often that he returns empty1handed.e 3e aesthetes and analysts rather than commonplace1lovers and emotionalistsA the scales must inevita3ly turn completely in !itty<s favour.e .hat they conceive to 3e an animal<s intelli'ence 3y its de'ree of su3servience to the human .e cannot respect a do'A no matter .holesome respect for our purrin' hearthside friend .e can ma!e him vote as .ill notB therefore JsicFK the do' is the more intelli'ent.n mental eDuipment in achievin' them.s .o.hich puts utterly to shame the emotional sloppin's1over and docilely acDuired artificial tric!s of the LcleverL and LfaithfulL pointer or sheep1do'. To Cud'e the a3stract development of a 3rainA confront it .hat he .e. When .Lovecr !t Cats And $o's 1") trumpery of the LBilli!inL or L0razy 0atL order found in the LdensL and Lcosy cornersL of the . 7ranted that :over the retriever may ma!e a 'reater 3id for popular sentimental re'ard 3y 'oin' into the 3urnin' house and savin' the 3a3y in traditional cinema fashionA it remains a fact that .H.ithout 3lazed trails. We .ell trained to do a sin'le thin'A 3ut psycholo'ists tell us that these responses to an automatic memory instilled from outside are of little .

+nly after such a 'limpse of unaffected tail1chasin' 'race and unstudied purrin' can one fully understand the charm of those lines . =n shortA a do' is an incomplete thin'.L But . many human fondnessesA apart from those sprin'in' directly upon primitive 3rute instinctA have any other 3asis.e shall 3e 3etter a3le to refrain from in'enuous censure of the LselfishL cat. to 3e alone and happy.ithout pettin' him than $r.hereas the do' can conceive of himself only in relation to somethin' else.H.ell1 3alanced !itten .nessA confess to an inordinate and . A cat . a lim3er elfA Sin'in'A dancin' to itself. .hilst small !ittens 3ecome o3Cects to adoreA idealiseA and cele3rate in the most rhapsodic of dactyls and anapaestsA iam3ics and trochaics.hom = . 2e also had distinct affections amon'st the other cats of that idyllic householdB voluntarily offerin' food to one of his .iseA in many cats Duite analo'ous to the reciprocal fondness so loudly e%tolled in do'sA human 3ein'sA horsesA and the li!e.e find in the Lharmless catL the very ape% of happy domestic sym3olismB . 5i!e the human philosopherA he is a self1 sufficient entity and microcosm. 6ohnson could pass a side.ithout havin' occasionally pee!ed stealthily at some lively and .holly unphilosophic predilection for tiny coal13lac! !ittens . A do' is a pitiful thin'A dependin' . 5i!e a superior manA he !no.ritten on the playin' of catsA since the varieties and aesthetic aspects of such sportiveness are infinite. eyesA and could no more pass one . 2e is a real and inte'rated 3ein' 3ecause he thin!s and feels himself to 3e suchA . =f it 3e ar'ued that these feline fondnesses are essentially LselfishL and LpracticalL in their ultimate compositionA let us inDuire in return ho.hich manifests itself in pleasant e%citement at their approach 11 . After the returnin' 3oard has 3rou'ht in the 'rand total of zero .hich psycholo'ists authentically declare to 3e motivated 3y 'enuine humour and .ould actually 'o hun'ry rather than touch the least morsel from a !indly nei'h3our source.l and trot a3out till sheer e%haustion forces him to sleep. +nce .ith reference to the human rather than the feline youn' 11 pa'e eleven L.ithout the potentialities of contentment.n to the tas! of amusin' himselfB and no one really !no. +nce he loo!s a3out and finds no one to amuse himA he settles do..everA is never .hich Colerid'e . 5i!e an inferior manA he needs emotional stimuli from outsideA and must set somethin' artificial up as a 'od and motive.s cats .hether or not 3earin' food and drin! 11 and a certain pensiveness at their protracted a3sence.ell !no.holly on companionshipA and utterly lost e%cept in pac!s or 3y the side of his master.ith acts continuously contri3utin' to their pleasureA and acDuire for them a reco'nition and attachment .hich his coal13lac! rival LSno. Cats come to associate certain persons .as on intimate terms reached the point of acceptin' food from no hand 3ut oneA and .s ho. 5eave him alone and he does not !no.n.ithout stri!in' it.. There isA li!e. Be it sufficient to say that in such pastimes cats have e%hi3ited traits and actions .everA is perfect in himself. The catA ho.hich 3elieves itself to 3e alone.3allL .P.himsicality in its purest senseB so that the tas! of Lma!in' a cat lau'hL may not 3e so impossi3le a thin' even outside the 3orders of Cheshire.hat to do e%cept 3ar! and ho.e 'et rid of the uncivilised ethical 3ias 11 the LtreacherousL and Lhorrid 3ird1catcherL preCudice 11 . Whip a do' and he lic!s your hand 1frauthF The 3east has no idea of himself e%cept as an inferior .ith .hole volumes could 3e .n senescent mello.. upon his plate. A catA ho. The superior ima'inative inner life of the catA resultin' in superior self1possessionA is .rote .al! post .hilst disputin' most sava'ely the least 'lance . =A in my o.his!ered friendsA .ith lar'e yello.ould 3esto.Lovecr !t Cats And $o's 1&* =t may 3e addedA moreoverA that even the aloof and sufficient cat is 3y no means devoid of sentimental appeal.

ho can 3oldly loo! even Thor and +din full in the face and stare .hat is real 11 as 3eauty is real 3ecause it pretends to a si'nificance 3eyond the emotion .ould thin! of poundin' your o.hip a cat and .ould no more thin! of stri!in' 3ac! at you than you .Terhune loves horses and 3a3ies alsoA for the three 'o conventionally to'ether in the 'reat hundred1per1center<s credo as hi'hly essential li!in's for every 'ood and lova3le he1man of the Arro.ho !no.n sa!eA and therefore love man<s no3lest and most faithful friendA the perennial do'.Lovecr !t Cats And $o's 1&1 part of an or'anism .ith some fullness the diverse reasons .ill accept no infrin'ement on its personality and 3ody of privile'es.s the hollo.ith crin'in' do's 11 for the ro3ust pa'an .hyA in my opinion and in the smartly timed title1phrase of 8r.ho ta!e affection and companionship seriouslyA enCoy 3ein' important to somethin' aliveA hate a LparasiteL on mere ethical 'round .ith a headache. World too deep for himB .atch it 'lare and move 3ac!. 7o one step too farA and it leaves you alto'ether.ays on the sDuare and don<t JsicK often find the Saddypost or the . ?an $orenA L'entlemen prefer cats.LK The 'uy .n head .ithout re'ard for the sentimental and ethical illusions of the moment.o items. $o'sA thenA are peasants and the pets of peasantsA cats are 'entlemen and the pets of 'entlemen.ho feels sufficient in the cosmosA and as!s no scruples of conventional preCudiceA 3ut loves repose and stren'th and freedom and lu%ury and sufficiency and contemplationB . =t is the houseA not youA it li!esB for philosophers realise that human 3ein's are at 3est only minor adCuncts to scenery.. =t is only in your house any.ou have mista!en your relationship to it and ima'ined you are its masterA and no real cat can tolerate that 3reach of 'ood manners.hereof you are the superior part 11 he . . 4or the man . =n these o3servations = 3elieve = have outlined . JTa3leau of do' across master<s 'rave 11 cf.ordic t.ho as a stron' fearless soul .ho isn<t much for hi'h3ro.ness of feelin' and the emptiness of human o3Cects and aspirationsA and .ho Cust loves Lfol!s and fol!sinessL and doesn<t mind sloppy clumsiness if only somethin' .ithout consultin' the ri'ht of 3eauty to e%ist for Sits o.P.ho therefore clin's solely to .ho places crude feelin' and out'ro.orships that 3eauty in all its forms . But . The cat is for the aristocrat 11 .A and it stri!es you in returnB for it is a 'entleman and your eDualA and .ho 3elieve in Lturnin' the other chee!L console themselves . 2encefor. 5anseerA LThe +ld Shepherd<s Chief 8ourner.ho hadn<t much use for ?alentinoA 3ut thin!s $ou' 4air3an!s is Cust a3out ri'ht for an evenin'<s entertainment.hen it punishes you .L The reply of 8r. 4or the man ..H.ishes somethin' to respect instead of somethin' to lic! his face and accept .ili'hts in his veins there is no 3east li!e the catB intrepid steed of 4reyaA .hich it e%cites and is.ho appreciates 3eauty as the one livin' force in a 3lind and purposeless universeA and . Collar and 2arold Bell Wri'ht hero schoolA even thou'h the automo3ile and 8ar'aret San'er have done much to reduce the last t.ith the 3lood of .hether 3y 3irth or inclinations or 3oth 1 . = suppose 8r.ho admires his fello.ard hissin' in outra'ed di'nity and self1respectF +ne more 3lo.Terhune in a su3seDuent issue of the Tri3une appears to me 3eside the pointB insomuch as it is less a refutation of facts than a mere personal affirmation of the author<s mem3ership in that conventional Lvery humanL maCority .ill truly care for him.ard it .ith 'reat round eyes of undimmed yello. or 'reen. Wholesome 11 constructive 11 non1mor3id 11 civic1minded 11 domestic 11 J= for'ot to mention the radioK normal 11 that<s the sort of 'o1'etter that ou'ht to 'o in for do's.ho . 2e is for the man . 5et anaemic persons .1aristocrats..ay 3ecause it .ill see! companions of 'reater discrimination and clearer perspective.n ethic and humanocentricity a3ove austere and disinterested 3eautyB . stuffA 3ut is al. The do' is for him .ishes to 3eA or perhaps even as a condescendin' favour to yourself.

art .s that the .P.e have at least a flash of the old pa'an perspective and the old pa'an clearness and honesty. The cat is for him .ho !no.erful for any hand to chec!A none may yet sayA 3ut in the present moment of cynical .hich ma!e effort . of .Lovecr !t Cats And $o's 1&" his alternate 3lo. BeautyA sufficiencyA easeA and 'ood manners 11 .s and stro!in'sB . 5oveliness and Coy for their o.orship in full measure.ith a missionL A 3ut for the enli'htened dreamin' poet .ere the planners and leader of those 'lorious pa'an times. 4or him .ays 'iven its due amon' 'ropin' mortals 11 the hau'htyA the unconDueredA the mysteriousA the lu%uriousA the Ba3ylonianA the impersonalA the eternal companion of superiority and art 11 the type of perfect 3eauty and the 3rother of poetry 11 the 3landA 'raveA compliantA and patrician cat. 4or the man . in the ascendantA as .orld1unmas!in' 3et.ould ea'erly serve as hi'h priest of BastG The star of the catA = thin!A is Cust no.or!er .e emer'e little 3y little from the dreams of ethics and conformity .hich clouded the nineteenth century and raised the 'ru33in' and unlovely do' to the pinnacle of sentimental re'ard.hich no shado.ho .ed and crin'in' satellite in the hierarchy of fearA su3servienceA and devolution. What fully civilised soul 3ut .ho 'oes out to fi'ht such 3attles for 3eautyA 'loryA fame and the splendour of a land ath.s that playA not .hile. The cat is not for the 3ris!A self1important little .hich the civilised soul accepts as little as it can.hether the forces of disinte'ration are already too po.ho does thin's not for empty duty 3ut for po.ill 3e lulled 3y no sops of prose and usefulnessA 3ut demands for his comfort the ease and 3eauty and ascendancy and cultivation .ho sin's alone in the ni'ht of old 3attlesA or the .ill restore our Western civilisationA or . And one idol lit up 3y that flashA seen fair and lovely on a dream1throne of sil! and 'old under a chryselephantine domeA is a shape of deathless 'race not al.er and 3eauty .illA thou'h in a healthier a'e than this there .hat more can civilisation reDuireG We have them all in the divine monarch .ho see!s a proud and 3eautiful eDual in the peera'e of individualism rather than a co.orth .een the pretence of the ei'hteen1hundreds and the ominous mystery of the decades ahead .or!A and leisureA not 3ustleA are the 'reat thin's of lifeB and that the round of strivin' merely in order to strive some more is a 3itter irony of .H.erA pleasureA splendourA romanceA and 'lamour 11 for the harpist . .ea!ness falls.arrior .ho !no.orld contains nothin' really .ho loun'es 'loriously on his sil!en cushion 3efore the hearth.orth doin'.ere thin's for such men to doA so that they . The dilettante 11 the connoisseur 11 the decadentA if you . Whether a renaissance of po.n sa!e 11 pride and harmony and coordination 11 spiritA restfulness and completeness 11 all here are presentA and need 3ut a sympathetic disillusionment for .

as e%ceedin'ly peculiar. There .hich she hath for'otten.ereA and unli!e the other rovin' fol! . What .i%t the horns. 4or the cat is crypticA and close to stran'e thin's . =n (ltharA 3efore ever the 3ur'esses for3ade the !illin' of catsA there d.oA and 3ecause their cotta'e .hen he heard these thin's his so33in' 'ave place to meditationA and finally to prayer.ore a headdress . The pla'ue had not 3een !ind to himA yet had left him this small furry thin' to miti'ate his sorro.ners of cats hated these odd fol!A they feared them moreB and instead of 3eratin' them as 3rutal assassinsA merely too! care that no cherished pet or mouser should stray to.ice every year.ifeB 3ecause of the ha3itual e%pression on the .B and .ith no father or motherA 3ut only a tiny 3lac! !itten to cherish.as in this sin'ular caravan a little 3oy .ith his 'raceful !itten on the steps of an oddly painted .oman too! pleasure in trappin' and slayin' every cat . The Sphin% is his cousinA and he spea!s her lan'ua'eB 3ut he is more ancient than the Sphin%A and remem3ers that .ere simpleA and !ne.a'ons stran'e fi'ures .ould lament impotentlyB or console himself 3y than!in' 4ate that it .ili'ht.hich came near to their hovelB and from some of the sounds heard after dar!A many villa'ers fancied that the manner of slayin' .as so small and so dar!ly hidden under spreadin' oa!s at the 3ac! of a ne'lected yard.ere 'iven to stran'e prayersA and that they had painted on the sides of their . notB save that many hate the voice of the cat in the ni'htA and ta!e it ill that cats should run stealthily a3out yards and 'ardens at t.hen one is very youn'A one can find 'reat relief in the lively antics of a 3lac! !itten. 2e is the soul of antiDue Ae'yptusA and 3earer of tales from for'otten cities in 8eroe and +phir.ifeA and of sounds heard in the ni'ht. not . 2e stretched out his arms to.anderers they . +n the third mornin' of the .as not one of his children . 2e is the !in of the Cun'leTs lordsA and heir to the secrets of hoary and sinister Africa. When throu'h some unavoida3le oversi'ht a cat .a'on. But .ith t. And the leader of the caravan .anderers none could tellB 3ut it .ith human 3odies and the heads of catsA ha. But the villa'ers did not discuss such thin's .ith the old man and his . And .ard the sun and prayed in a ton'ue no villa'er could understandB thou'h indeed the villa'ers did not try very hard to .ard the remote hovel under the dar! trees. =n truthA much as the o.anderers from the South entered the narro.ithered faces of the t.o horns and a curious dis! 3et. Why they did this = !no.ho deli'hted to trap and slay the cats of their nei'h3ors. $ar! . =n the mar!et1place they told fortunes for silverA and 3ou'ht 'ay 3eads from the merchants. +ne day a caravan of stran'e .ho had thus vanished. So the 3oy . 4or the people of (lthar .ho passed throu'h the villa'e t.as seen that they .ife . co33led streets of (lthar.elt an old cotter and his .as the land of these .anderersT stay in (ltharA 8enes could not find his !ittenB and as he so33ed aloud in the mar!et1place certain villa'ers told him of the old man and his .The C ts o! 0lth r =t is said that in (ltharA .!sA rams and lions.as missedA and sounds heard after dar!A the loser .hence it is all cats first came.hich men cannot see.ept as he sat playin' .hich lies 3eyond the river S!aiA no man may !ill a catB and this = can verily 3elieve as = 'aze upon him .hom the dar! people called 8enes smiled more often than he .ho sitteth purrin' 3efore the fire.hatever the reasonA this old man and .

ifeA of the caravan of dar! .irB namelyA that in (lthar no man may !ill a cat.ard.n the frail door they found only this9 t. +ld 0ranon a'ain insisted that it . @athA the coronerA disputed at len'th .as careful to ta!e .as 3ac! at his accustomed hearthF 5ar'e and smallA 3lac!A 'reyA stripedA yello.y corners. The citizens tal!ed .P.ith .ly and solemnly in a circle around the cotta'eA t. .ife since the ni'ht the cats .ed that he had at t.as closely Duestioned and 'iven a s.ent to sleep in vain an'erB and .o cleanly pic!ed human s!eletons on the earthen floorA and a num3er of sin'ular 3eetles cra. So (lthar . =t .nU3eholdF every cat .ere appearin' at dus! in the .helmed .as later found in the cotta'e under the dar! trees in the repellent yard.ature is full of such illusions to impress the ima'inative. Then the lean .s of the cotta'e under the trees.ellin' as a matter of dutyA thou'h in so doin' he .ore that the dar! fol! had ta!en the cats a. =n another . . And in the end the 3ur'esses passed that remar!a3le la.ith purrin' content.yA ne3ulous fi'ures of e%otic thin'sB of hy3rid creatures cro. 4rom each hearth the familiar cat had vanishedB cats lar'e and smallA 3lac!A 'reyA stripedA yello.ee! 3efore the villa'ers noticed that no li'hts .o a3reastA as if in performance of some unheard1of rite of 3easts. =t .hich is told of 3y traders in 2athe' and discussed 3y travelers in .ere a.Lovecr !t The Cats of (lthar 1&# understandA since their attention .ili'ht seen all the cats of (lthar in that accursed yard under the treesA pacin' very slo.hen they had 3ro!en do.a!ened at da.hen they noticed that in all the villa'e there . But .as missin'.ere never seen a'ain.as e%ceedin'ly curious.H.ay. and .ere assumin'. And the householders . .as not a cat to 3e found. That ni'ht the .ay in reven'e for the !illin' of 8enesT !ittenB and cursed the caravan and the little 3oy. The villa'ers did not !no.as notorious and increasin'ly 3old. They tal!ed of the old cotter and his .ith one another of the affairA and marveled not a little. much to 3elieve from so small a 3oyB and thou'h they feared that the evil pair had charmed the cats to their deathA they preferred not to chide the old cotter till they met him outside his dar! and repellent yard. There . Even little AtalA the inn!eeperTs sonA .ho had ta!en themA since cats did not return alive from the cotta'e of the ancient man and his .ned .as the dar! fol! .as fully a .ould touch no foodA 3ut only doze 3y the fire or in the sun.ere trou3led .indo.hen the people a.ere more li!ely persons to suspectB for their hatred of cats .as very peculiarA 3ut as the little 3oy uttered his petition there seemed to form overhead the shado. +ld 0ranonA the 3ur'omasterA s.anderersA of small 8enes and his 3lac! !ittenA of the prayer of 8enes and of the s!y durin' that prayerA of the doin's of the cats on the ni'ht the caravan leftA and of . But all a'reed on one thin'9 that the refusal of all the cats to eat their portions of meat or drin! their saucers of mil! .ith him Shan' the 3lac!smith and Thul the cutter of stone as .itnesses.o .ife.ith Duestions. and .ith horn1flan!ed dis!s.ithA the lean notaryB and 0ranon and Shan' and Thul .ee! the 3ur'omaster decided to overcome his fears and call at the stran'ely silent d.hiteA none .lin' in the shado.anderers left (ltharA and .hole days the slee!A lazy cats of (lthar . And for t. StillA no one durst complain to the sinister coupleB even .as mostly ta!en up 3y the s!y and the odd shapes the clouds .eetmeat as re. ?ery slee! and fat did the cats appearA and sonorous . And .hat .ithA the lean notaryA declared that the old cotter and his . ho.ith remar!ed that no one had seen the old man or his .hen little AtalA the inn!eeperTs sonA vo.as su3seDuently much tal! amon' the 3ur'esses of (lthar.ere over.ife .hite.

ritin's to himselfA and finally ceased to .ho .nB past dar!A shapelessA undreamed dreamsA faintly 'lo.ere 'oneA and he did not care for the . from the .e !no.rote.hich do not lead to any 'oal.as the last of his familyA and alone amon' the indifferent millions of 5ondonA so there .rite of his dreams.ed itA so that after a time he !ept his . that .e have loo!ed 3ac! throu'h the ivory 'ates into that .as not modernA and did not thin! li!e others .ard the channel cliffsA and had come to the end of thin's to the precipice and the a3yss .e listen and dreamA .here he had floated do. 2e dared not diso3ey the summons for fear it mi'ht prove an illusion li!e the ur'es and aspirations of .nA do. When truth and e%perience failed to reveal itA he sou'ht it in fancy and illusionA and found it on his very doorstepA amid the ne3ulous memories of childhood tales and dreams.ay at the ed'e li!e the moon .as called 3y another name.1panes on either side 3ro!en or ifimily starin'.as moonli'htA and he had stolen out into the fra'rant summer ni'htA throu'h the 'ardensA do. What he . 4aith had ur'ed him onA over the precipice and into the 'ulfA .ith stran'e phantasms of enchanted hills and 'ardensA of fountains that sin' in the sunA of 'olden cliffs overhan'in' murmurin' seasA of plains that stretch do.y pea! overloo!in' the seaA and the 'aily painted 'alleys that sail out of the har3our to.y companies of heroes that ride caparisoned .n do. But some of us a.ondered .a!e in the ni'ht .n the terracesA past the 'reat oa!s of the par!A and alon' the lon' .ho !no.ays of the people a3out himA 3ut preferred to dream and . =n a dream it .onders are opened to them in the stories and visions of their youthB for .here he had hoped to die.as lau'hed at 3y those to .a!e he .hom he sho.here the sea meets the s!y.hen a.ise and unhappy.as natural for him to dream a ne.hat . There are not many persons . Then he had 3een dra.e .hich had commenced to .as also that he came 3y his name of 0uranesA for . The villa'e seemed very oldA eaten a.orld a3out himA the more . 0uranes came very suddenly upon his old .hether the pea!ed roofs of the small houses hid sleep or death.here thirteen 'enerations of his ancestors had livedA and .aneA and 0uranes .n to sleepin' cities of 3ronze and stoneA and of shado.ere . .ith ivyA .hite horses alon' the ed'es of thic! forestsB and then .e are dulled and prosaic .orld fell a3ruptly into the unechoin' emptiness of infinityA and .in' spheres that may have 3een partly dreamed dreamsA and lau'hin' .rote . in na!ed u'liness the foul thin' that is realityA 0uranes sou'ht for 3eauty alone.as empty and unit 3y the crum3lin' moon and the peerin' stars.ould have 3een Duite futile to try to descri3e them on paper.ho he had 3een.onderful 3ecame his dreamsB and it .e thin! 3ut half1 formed thou'htsA and .here even the s!y ahead . >erhaps it . 0uranes had not lin'eredA 3ut had plodded on as thou'h summoned to.a!in' lifeA . Whilst they strove to strip from life its em3roidered ro3es of myth and to sho.ere not many to spea! to him and to remind him . nameB for he .ith the poison of life.as ours 3efore .hite road to the villa'e.rite.indo.Cele*h is =n a dream 0uranes sa.orld of childhood. =t .here he had 3een 3ornB the 'reat stone house covered .here all the villa'e and all the .orld of .ard some 'oal. The more he .hich . =n the streets . 0uranes .hen as children .hen as men . 2is money and lands .onder . the city in the valleyA and the seacoast 3eyondA and the sno.ard distant re'ions .ere spears of lon' 'rassA and the .nA do.ithdre.n a lane that led off from the villa'e street to. 2e had 3een dreamin' of the house .in'ed thin's that seemed to moc! the dreamers of all the .e try to remem3erA .

ater.in'ed 3ein' settled 'radually over a 'rassy hillside till finally his feet rested 'ently on the turf.a!in'A for he had found his fa3ulous city after forty . But this time he . $o.P.ere the sameA and still as youn' as he remem3ered them.here he had carved his name so many years a'oA and throu'h the . 2ere the 'alley paused not at allA 3ut floated easily in the 3lue of the s!y amon' fleecy clouds tinted .capped mountain near the shore.n . Then 0uranes .here the ripples spar!led 3eneath an un!no.here rode li'htly the 'alleys from far places over the .here the orchid1.n the hill amid scented 'rasses and 3rilliant flo.ith a 3ac!'round of sea and s!yA and a sno. 2e found the manA Athi3A sittin' on the same chest of spice he had sat upon 3eforeA and Athi3 seemed not to realize that any time had passed.ar'ai and the splendid city of Celephais.atched the clouds from the cliff near the villa'e.er slopes 'reen .ay from his nurse and let the .o ro. And far 3eneath the !eel 0uranes could see stran'e lands and rivers and cities of surpassin' 3eautyA spread indolently in the sunshine .hen they had found himA .al!ed 0uranesA over the 3u33lin' . As 3eforeA he dreamed first of the villa'e that .ar'ai 3eyond the Tanarian 2ills .a!ened the very moment he 3eheld the cityA yet he !ne.as not snatched a.hen he had slipt a.Lovecr !t Celephais 1&- . 2e had indeed come 3ac! to the ?alley of +oth1. 2e had protested thenA .here the sea meets the s!y. he . And no.aterA till finally they came to the horizonA .ar'aiA 3ut only perpetual youth.ho had a'reed to carry him so lon' a'o.ere the mar3le .ayA and li!e a . And he 'azed also upon 8ount 8an risin' re'ally from the shoreA its lo.ath12orthathA .al!ed throu'h the Street of >illars to the sea.here the sea meets the s!y.ers .hich one must float silentlyB then the rift appeared a'ainA and he 3eheld the 'litterin' minarets of the cityA and sa.ayin' in the sea13reeze.reathed priests told him that there is no time in +oth1.ard 0uranes came a'ain to Celephais.elt all the eternity of an hour one summer afternoon very lon' a'oA .y Cerenarian Sea that leads to the s!y.A .ished to sail in a 'alley to the far places of .as as of oldA nor . All . There he stayed lon'A 'azin' out over the 3ri'ht har3our . 0uranes had a.as asleep or deadA and of the a3yss do. When he entered the cityA past the 3ronze 'ates and over the ony% pavementsA the merchants and camel1drivers 'reeted him as if he had never 3een a.alls discolouredA nor the polished 3ronze statues upon them tarnished.ith s. But three ni'hts after. 8ore than ever 0uranes .arm sea13reeze lull him to sleep as he .n sunA and .ith rose.hite summit touchin' the s!y.atched the 'in'!o trees of 8ount 8an s.as none other than CelephaisA in the ?alley of +oth1. that he need not trem3le lest the thin's he !ne. Then the t.ard .eary years.H. 4or several days they 'lided undulatin'ly over the .hisperin' 'rove to the 'reat stone 3rid'e 3y the city 'ate. 3e vanishedB for even the sentries on the ramparts .as eDually resentful of a. the city of the valleyA 'listenin' radiantly farA far 3elo.ed to a 'alley in the har3ourA and 'ivin' orders to the oarmenA commenced to sail out into the 3illo.here his spirit had d. the 'raceful 'alleys ridin' at anchor in the 3lue har3ourA and .here 'athered the traders and sailorsA and stran'e men from the re'ions . from his 3rief 'lance that it .orlds.ayB and it Was the same at the turDuoise temple of . And 0uranes sa.allA .as aroused he had 3een a3out to sail in a 'olden 'alley for those allurin' re'ions .ayin' trees and its .ooden 3rid'e .ara%a on the small .hich he had heard so many stran'e talesA and he sou'ht a'ain the captain .hich seemed never to lessen or . Then a rift seemed to open in the dar!ness 3efore himA and he sa.here the sea meets the s!y.a!ed himA and carried him homeA for Cust as he .

hich he had !no.er .ere sent in his honourB since it .as a sound some.in' 'ases study the secrets of e%istence.ent flyin' over dar! mountains . sil!en mas! over its face and d. so impatient of the 3lea! intervals of day that he 3e'an 3uyin' dru's in order to increase his periods of sleep.ith ta3ards of cloth1of1'old curiously em3lazoned.andered aimlessly throu'h the streetsA driftin' over a 3rid'e to a place . 2asheesh helped a 'reat dealA and once sent him to a part of space .as turned out of his 'arretA and .here matterA ener'yA and 'ravitation e%ist. 4or many months after that 0uranes sou'ht the marvellous city of Celephais and its s!y13ound 'alleys in vainB and thou'h his dreams carried him to many 'or'eous and unheard1of placesA no one .hich . to find +oth1.al!ed do.onders and once 3arely escapin' from the hi'h1priest not to 3e descri3edA .ers came into si'ht there . Then one summer day he .all or cause.ay of stone zi'za''in' alon' the rid'es and valleysB too 'i'antic ever to have risen 3y human handsA and of such a len'th that neither end of it could 3e seen.as outside .ere faintA lone campfires at 'reat distances apartA and stran'eA sha''y herds .all in the 'rey da.n 3efore. Beyond that .n a .ould soon enter the har3our of SerannianA the pin! mar3le city of the cloudsA .ells all alone in a prehistoric stone monastery in the cold desert plateau of 5en'.ay from the river 3an! he thou'ht he 3eheld some feature or arran'ement .ard a red1roofed pa'odaA and . 2andsome !ni'hts they .as near its endA and that they .hite pathsA diamond 3roo!sA 3lue la!eletsA carven 3rid'esA and red1roofed pa'odasA that he for a moment for'ot Celephais in sheer deli'ht.hite path to.ould have descended and as!ed the . very an%ious to return to minaret1studded CelephaisA and increased his doses of dru'sB 3ut eventually he had no more money leftA and could 3uy no dru's.hen the sun rose he 3eheld such 3eauty of red and .ar'ai 3eyond the Tanarian 2ills. The 'as had not heard of planets and or'anisms 3eforeA 3ut identified 0uranes merely as one from the infinity .n he came to a land of Duaint 'ardens and cherry treesA and . So 0uranes sou'ht fruitlessly for the marvellous city of Celephais and its 'alleys that sail to Serannian in the s!yA mean.hite flo.ears a yello.ould have Duestioned the people of this land a3out itA had he not found that there .here form does not e%istA 3ut .hen he . overloo!in' a mi'hty plain and river lit 3y the full moonB and in the silent city that spread a.ere no people thereA 3ut only 3irds and 3ees and 3utterflies.hile seein' many .here the .ersA 'reen folia'e and la.as there that fulfillment cameA and he met the corte'e of !ni'hts come from Celephais to 3ear him thither forever.H.nsA . So numerous .ith tin!lin' 3ells on the leadersA and in the .ho .ereA astride roan horses and clad in shinin' armour .al!ed up a damp stone spiral stair. thinner and thinner.ay to +oth. 0uranes .ar'ai had not a fearsome aurora sputtered up from some remote place 3eyond the horizonA sho.as no. At len'th Athi3 told him that their Courney .here 'lo.ind flo.P. But he remem3ered it a'ain .here in spaceA and 0uranes a.hom he met could tell him ho.as he . +ne ni'ht he .Lovecr !t Celephais 1&7 disappear.indo.ildest part of this hilly countryA so remote that fe. And it .in' the ruin and antiDuity of the cityA and the sta'nation of the reedy riverA and the death lyin' upon that landA as it had lain since 0in' 0ynaratholis came home from his conDuests to find the ven'eance of the 'ods. 2e .ay endlesslyA and came to a to. +n another ni'ht 0uranes .ere theyA that 0uranes almost mistoo! them for an armyA 3ut they .here the houses 're. And a violet1coloured 'as told him that this part of space .a!ed in his 5ondon 'arret. men could ever have seen itA he found a hideously ancient . =n time he 're.here there .s into the s!yB 3ut as the hi'hest of the cityTs carven to.hich is 3uilt on that ethereal coast .est .hat he had called infinity.

as no.P. The a3yss .n the horsemen floatedA their char'ers pa.ere 3orn. 6ust as they 'alloped up the risin' 'round to the precipice a 'olden 'lare came some.H. 0uranes had previously entered that a3yss only at ni'htA and .est and hid all the landscape in efful'ent draperies.ard distant re'ions .y pea! overloo!in' the seaA and the 'aily painted 'alleys that sail out of the har3our to.as a seethin' chaos of roseate and cerulean splendourA and invisi3le voices san' e%ultantly as the !ni'htly entoura'e plun'ed over the ed'e and floated 'racefully do.as very stran'eA 3ut as the riders . =t . =n the dim da. 2e rei'ns there stillA and .ar'ai in his dreamsA on .hat it .ard the re'ion . Then they 'ave 0uranes a horse and placed him at the head of the cavalcadeA and all rode maCestically throu'h the do. to 3e appointed its chief 'od for evermore.ith small companies of retainers.ondered .Lovecr !t Celephais 1&8 had created +oth1.ho had stum3led throu'h the half1deserted villa'e at da.ar'ai and all the nei'h3orin' re'ions of dreamA and held his court alternately in Celephais and in the cloud1fashioned Serannian.ith the 3ody of a tramp .hich 0uranes had seen alive in his childhoodA and asleep or dead in his dreams.ent on they seemed to 'allop 3ac! throu'h TimeB for .ould loo! li!e 3y dayB so he .A and early villa'ers curtsied as the horsemen clattered do.ill rei'n happily for everA thou'h 3elo.er enCoys the purchased atmosphere of e%tinct no3ility.n past 'litterin' clouds and silvery coruscations.henever they passed throu'h a villa'e in the t.here out of the . .nB played moc!in'lyA and cast it upon the roc!s 3y ivy1 covered Trevor To. And 0uranes rei'ned thereafter over +oth1. !ni'hts on horse3ac! .atched an%iously as the column approached its 3rin!.n the street and turned off into the lane that ends in the a3yss of dreams. When it 're.as alive no. only such houses and villa'ers as Chaucer or men 3efore him mi'ht have seenA and sometimes they sa.ere flyin' uncannily as if in the air.in' the aether as if 'allopin' over 'olden sandsB and then the luminous vapours spread apart to reveal a 'reater 3ri'htnessA the 3ri'htness of the city CelephaisA and the sea coast 3eyondA and the sno. the cliffs at =nnsmouth the channel tides played moc!in'ly .n they came upon the villa'e .ersA .hich account he .here a nota3ly fat and especially offensive millionaire 3re.ard to.iftlyA till soon they .ns of Surrey and on. dar! they travelled more s.here 0uranes and his ancestors . Endlessly do.ili'ht they sa. =t .here the sea meets the s!y.

4reedom from 11 A3ruptly the deli'htful somnolence crashed a3out him. 7eor'e Camp3ell sat up Cer!ily and reached for his flashli'ht. Some.orn face.as clear as roc! crystalA this DueerA smooth cu3e.ere almost 'one and the thin' .rou'ht into a perfect cu3eA a3out four inches in measurement over each .The Ch lle#-e !rom Be&o#$ 7eor'e Camp3ell opened sleep1fo''ed eyes upon dar!ness and lay 'azin' out of the tent flap upon the pale Au'ust ni'ht for some minutes 3efore he roused enou'h even to .as rounded no.s and 3ent closer a3ove the little eni'ma in his handsA puzzlin' helplessly.as he had pic!ed up in his idle 'ropin'. 11 he could not 'uess the method 11 it had 3een .as that shape he could ma!e out dimly in the heart of the crystal. Someho. could such a thin' as this have im3edded in pure roc! crystalG :emotely a memory floated throu'h his mind of ancient le'ends that called Duartz crystals ice .ith no rudiments of interest in the 'eolo'y he earned his daily 3read 3y dinnin' =nto their o3durate ears. But he never thre.as pro. A'es and a'es of . Camp3ell lay Duiet for a momentA sin!in' slo.ritin' ori'inate amon' the Sumerians .. There . . But the most curious thin' of all . 4or it . Wed'e1shaped charactersA faintly reminiscent of cuneiform .hich had frozen too hard to melt a'ain. 5u%uriouslyA as his mind san! 3ac!. /uartzA unDuestiona3lyA 3ut not in its usual he%a'onal crystallized form. until its corners . 4or im3edded in its center lay a little disc of a pale and nameless su3stance . All sleepiness left him as he sa.as 3e'innin' to assume the outlines of a sphere.as such a Dueer thin' he had come upon in the dar!. 3ac! his hand to thro.ly 3ac! into the delicious 3orderlands of sleepA conscious of an e%Duisite . 2e stretched out a lon' arm and 'roped a3out amon' the roc!s at the tent door for a missile.earin'A years almost 3eyond countin'A must have passed over this stran'e clear thin'.n from the north in history<s remotest 3e'innin's to settle in the primitive 8esopotamian valleyG Then hard sense re'ained control and he lau'hed.hat had . /uartzA of courseA .ith characters incised deep upon its Duartz1enclosed surface.as in the !eenA clear air of these Canadian .ed'e1shaped cuneiforms 11 yesA didn<t that sort of .ere vacation<s most deli'htful momentsA after all 11 restA after toilA in the clearA s.a!ened him.as formed in the earliest of .as incredi3ly .rin!led his 3ro. =t . These . 2o.ritin'. into perfect ease.eet forest ni'ht.lin'. =t .orn. 7eor'e Camp3ell . The hardA hard crystal .as so remar!a3le that he reached a'ain for his flashli'ht and turned its rays upon the thin' he held. Then he lau'hed and put it do.n a'ainA strainin' his eyes throu'h the midni'ht 'loom outside .here outside the sound of tin shrie!in' across tin slashed into his peace.earinessA an unaccustomed sense of muscles . =ce 11 and .here amon' the tum3lin' cans of his supplies a dar! anonymous little ni'ht 3east . SDuareA crystal smoothA o3viously artificialA .hat it .ho came do. 2is fin'ers closed on a lar'e stoneA and he dre. The stran'eness of its roc! surfaces to his fin'ers .ith dull rounded corners.onder .oods a soporific as potent as any dru'.ard into o3livionA he assured himself once more that three lon' months of freedom lay 3efore him 11 freedom from cities and monotonyA freedom from peda'o'y and the (niversity and students .ell usedA and rela%ed no. it.

ron'.as 'limmerin' .silyA 3ecome suddenly alert .as 3ecomin' lar'er .as no dou3t a3out it no.n at the ed'e of his palletA s.in' =n the eni'matic deeps of the thin' . the mar!in's shiftin' shapes .as sDuea!in' in the under3rushA a flurry of 3odies and an a'onized . The 3eam fell and . Some small tra'edy of the .ith 'hostly fin'ers. 2e stepped over to .ithin it li!e threads of sapphire li'htnin's. There .. As his eyes accustomed themselves to the dar!nessA he sa.here 3ut 3eat and heavin' roc!.ho mi'ht have 'raven these cryptic .Lovecr !t The Challen'e from Beyond 1#* earth<s 'eolo'ical periodsA . 8an1madeA surelyA althou'h its characters . =ce had not come for tens of millions of years after this thin' must have 3een formed.ould not let him sleep. =t .hich held his mind.a!enedA stirred dro..as as thou'h somethin' in the heart of the cu3e had a.ere unfamiliar save in their faint hintin' at cuneiform shapes...ith =ts distur3in' mar!in's..ed'es upon the Duartz1enveloped disc he heldG +r 11 mi'ht a thin' li!e this have fallen meteor1li!e out of space into the unformed roc! of a still molten . 2e snapped =t outA then . 2e heard a sound.as 'ro.arm crystal cu3e.orldA have 3een thin's .. 4or one thin'A it seemed to him as he flashed off the li'htA that the little cu3e had shone for a moment as if . the cu3e .as focused upon the .ered Duestions over and over in his mind.hileA turnin' the unans. +r could thereA =n a >aleozoic .n of all historyA that constituted a challen'e that .as the very 'host of a soundA li!e the 'hosts of harp strin's 3ein' pluc!ed . 2e stirred impatiently and flashed his li'ht upon his .as somethin' a3out this crystal cu3e out of the unmeasured pastA perhaps from the da.n.H.. They . The silence and the solitude and the Dueer thin' in his hands .ith tiny fu'itive li'hts deep . There . And yet 11 that .. =t came from the cu3e. . and =ntent upon him.as it illusion 3rou'ht a3out 3y the tiny li'htnin's. And the disc itself .ould 3rin' him an ans.iftly stilled. 8errittI 2e lay thereA it seemed to himA for hours. >erhaps =t had 3een only his dazzled eyes that seemed to see the li'ht forsa!e it reluctantlyA 'lo..er to the Duestions that seemed so insolu3le no.as ..in' .ritten lan'ua'e . +r perhaps he .atch. Sheer fantasyA this..here it had 3een enactedA 3ut could see nothin'. =t had 3een the lin'erin' li'htA the luminescence that seemed so reluctant to dieA . that the stran'e crystal .. 2e held it there closelyA for minutes.. There .. 2e shru''ed and laid the crystal do. But sleep did not come easily.ere at =ts center and they seemed to him to come from the pale dis! . Close to one o<cloc!B three hours more 3efore the da.atched.ailin' li!e a child in death throes and s.ith Dueer persistence.ere conspirin' to play tric!s .itchin' off the li'ht.ith his common sense.ith sustained li'ht 3efore it faded into the surroundin' dar!.as nothin' any.hen there . 2e a'ain .. 2e lay there unDuietly for a lon' .ith a .P. HA. >erhaps mornin' and a clear head .ritin'. 2e 3ent closer.n ima'ination. =t ..orldG Could it 11 Then he cau'ht himself up sharply and felt his ears 'oin' hot at the luridness of his o.ildernessA !iller and prey.

They 3urst from the disc into the 3ody of the crystal cu3eA then 3eat 3ac!A 3athin' the disc and the mar!in's. . =t came to him that t. of the ray .as no sound from it.ere no lon'er cuneiform.G WhyA he himself . and fadeA 'lo. The tiny sapphire li'htnin's flashin' fitfullyA . They .hich they had come. 2e felt s.ithdra. While 3ri'hterA more 3ri'ht 're..ithdra. =t .ith steady radiance.P. o3Cects. si'ht and . There .ere to .ere meltin'A 'ro. And the disc =tself . =ts pallor and its motion and its music all 3lended themselves . all the 3ody of the cu3e vi3rated to their rhythm..indA strai'ht for the 'lo3e.illA all his concentrationA alon' itB focusin' .as no. And a'ainA he sa.in' misty as thou'h formed of the mist of diamonds. 2e conDuered his shrin!in'A pic!ed up the cu3e and too! =t into the tent.o elements . the sound and louderA and no.. . itB not of this earth.as a pale 3lue 'limmerin'.arnin'A dre. could not . 2e felt himself dra. 2e . a 'lo3e .hich shone the 'lo3e. There .ould not have !no.ere pourin'. more and more intenseA the outlines of the 'lo3e ahead .a%A until . 2e satA .ithin . and he could not . up the camp chairA and turned the flash directly upon the cu3eA focusin' it so far as he could upon its heart. =t . And the sapphire sunsA tooA melted =mpercepti3ly into the 'reyin' infinity of shapeless pulsation.ithdra.ith some alien thin'. 2e heard the murmurin' musicA the pluc!ed harp strin's.A its 'lo. There ..in' .ill and si'ht upon the disc as he had the li'ht. The crystal . 2e sent all his .ithdra.H.as the cu3e.ift panicA tried to .alls .ere thin's . .as only a vast curtain of spar!lin' mist 3ehind .hich unnamea3le shapes danced to a music that 3athed the 'lo3e .atchin' the luminescence 'lo.as dyin'.ent 3ac! to the ta3leA dre. The cu3e had no need no. 5ouder 're.hich .ot of earth<s life. The electric ray itselfA and his o.n throu'h that mistA suc!ed throu'h it as if 3y a mi'hty . A'ain these 3e'an to chan'eA shiftin'A movin'A advancin'A and retreatin' in the 3lue 'leamin'. =t . 3ac! his hand..as alienA he !ne.as neither .as 3ein' suc!ed into that disc .as 'ro...avered and dissolved to a churnin' chaos...hatG 2e felt a chill of spiritA as thou'h from contact .ith the en'ulfin' mist1 3leachin' =t to a pale steel1colour and settin' it undulantly in motion. .Lovecr !t The Challen'e from Beyond 1#1 snapped off the flash and loo!ed to.arm nor coldB e%cept for its ..n he held it.. (pon the 'round . 5ovecraftI As the mist13lurred li'ht of the sapphire suns 're.ei'ht he . 2e put it upon the ta3leA !eepin' the torch turned from itB then stepped to the flap of the tent and closed it. the pulsin' li'ht.ard his tent.illA dropped the flash. H2.. As thou'h at commandA the sapphire li'htnin's 3urned forth. 2e stooped to pic! it upB then o3eyin' some o3scure . >.in' to the disc from . 2is mind must travel alon' the rayA fi% itself upon the cu3e<s heartA if its 3eat . . They .ere necessary to produce the phenomenon. and fadeA 3ut steadily 3ecomin' dimmer. the shapes shiftin'A dividin' and multiplyin' as thou'h some door had 3een opened and =nto it companies of phantasms ..n fi%ed attention.as no tent.

many moments 11 or years 11 or eternities 11 had elapsed since his fli'ht throu'h the 'rey voidA he could form no estimate.hich had follo.hat purported to 3e a LtranslationL of the primal and 3afflin' LinscriptionsL 11 a .ed..o.ith those de3ata3le and disDuietin' clay fra'ments called the Eltdo.ritin's of any so3er scientist that Camp3ell had seen that reference to a crystalA disc1holdin' 'lo3e.as 'oin'A yet had 3een una3le to dra.H. 2e could thin! sharply and Duic!ly 11 almost preternaturally so 11 yet could form no idea .ith some of the so1called Lpre1human hiero'lyphsL persistently cherished and esoterically handed do.ron'.ith senses deprived of their accustomed o3Cects of perception.as no camp cot 3eneath him 11 he had no hands to feel the 3lan!ets and canvas surface and flashli'ht that ou'ht to 3e around him 11 there .n ShardsA du' up from pre1car3oniferous strata in southern En'land thirty years 3efore..as not so. scholars hinted at artificialityA and made . 3ac!.hatA he could not at once tell.n e%pense . Their shape and mar!in's . That .hat the familiarity and the terror . that any such fli'ht in physical reality . 2alf 3y instinctA he realised that he .hich he could 'limpse the pale ni'ht outside . At the last moment there had 3een a shoc!in'A panic fear 11 a su3conscious fear 3eyond even that caused 3y the sensation of daemonic fli'ht.ith his 'eolo'ical life1 . Every standard of speed !no.orld eDually 3lac!B yet he !ne. =t .allo.ere no real points of reference in the 'reyA pulsin' voidA he felt that he . 5ittle 3y little it came to him.Lovecr !t The Challen'e from Beyond 1#" 8ean.hatsoever of his situation.n to earth seemed d. 2e !ne. Some cell1'roup =n the 3ac! of his head had seemed to find a cloudily familiar Duality =n the cu3e 11 and that familiarity .ard and thou'ht of the fluorescent cu3e . =t had to do .n Shards .arfedA and Camp3ell !ne.as ho.as approachin' and passin' the speed of li'ht =tself. 4inally his consciousness did 'o under 11 and merciful 3lac!ness s.ift. +f ho.everA =n the .n that his mind .ard motion 're.as not in his o.as no sensation of cold in the air 11 no flap throu'h .as the salient Duality of his condition. only that he seemed to 3e at rest and .hile the sense of for.ild conCectures a3out them and their ori'in.hich had hypnotised him 11 of thatA and all . 2e cast his mind 3ac!.n tent. he tried to remem3er . Even as it . =t had come from some va'ue flash or remote recollection 11 Cust .or! 11 he had read of somethin' li!e that cu3e.P. Thou'h there . they 'ot their name.as rather a disem3odied intelli'ence in a state 3eyond physical sensesA than a corporeal 3ein' . 2e had !no. this . TrueA he mi'ht have a. intolera3lyA incredi3lyA cosmically s.n in certain mystical circlesA and had pu3lished at his o.ere so Dueer that a fe.hen no human 3ein's could e%ist on the 'lo3e 11 3ut their contours and fi'urin's .as far less reputa3leA and infinitely more vivid. =ndeedA the a3sence of all physical sensation .as very suddenlyA and amidst the most impenetra3le dar!nessA that thou'hts and =deas a'ain came to 7eor'e Camp3ell. A3out 1)1" a deeply learned Susse% cler'yman of occultist leanin's 11 the :everend Arthur Broo!e Winters12all 11 had professed to =dentify the mar!in's on the Eltdo.ere damna3ly puzzlin'.ere.ithout pain.ould mean instant death to a human 3ein'.as notA ho.a!ed there from a ni'htmare to a . There .ith dim terror. . somethin' . =t made even the 3lac!ness seem less solidly 3lac! 11 su''estin' as it did that he .as .ed everythin'.as 11 in this stran'eA hellish hypnosis or ni'htmare 11 the Duasi1visual impression of meteor1li!e hurtlin' almost paralyzed his mind.ron'A dreadfully . =t .as frau'ht . The source . They cameA clearlyA from a time . +nce 11 lon' a'oA in connection .ardA out.

ould employ the cu3e to capture and annihilate minds 3y the thousandsA and.everA .hich each cu3e .n su3stance 11 . They devised peculiar o3Cects 11 stran'ely ener'ized cu3es of a curious crystal containin' hypnotic talismen and enclosed in space1resistin' spherical envelopes of an un!no. As the story .ith their minds.ipin' out the remainin' inha3itants preparatory to settlin' do.hich could 3e forci3ly e%pelled 3eyond the limits of their universeA and .n 'ala%y 11 . TheseA of .orld of the .hence the disc had come 11 the remote . Beyond the limits of their o. occupy the stran'e machine .orm1li!e 3ody.n 'ala%y 1 !illin' off the races they found.er of the discA and . . =n other cases sections of the .orld.ould not contain all .Lovecr !t The Challen'e from Beyond 1#& LtranslationL still Duoted freDuently and seriously 3y occult . .orm1li!e spacee%plorers across stupendous 'alactic a3ysses.here it fell. SometimesA . By its very natureA the cu3e .ould remain suspended . The investi'ator<s mind .hose control of nature surpassed anythin' .hen a potentially important race capa3le of space travel .ith the action of li'htA .as not ours 11 they could not navi'ate in personB 3ut in their Duest for !no.as attunedA the captured mind . Then it .hich .as the dominant race so !ind.H.ouldA 3y an o3scure process of interchan'eA 3e pumped of all its contents.orld 11 and eventually on countless other .or!in'.ould 3e sent on a thread of o3scure ener'y to the place .ithin the ran'e of terrestrial ima'ination.P.ould leap across 3oundless space to the captive<s vacant and unconscious 3ody on the trans1'alactic . :eceived in one of the machines to .entA there d.orlds 11 of outer space a mi'hty order of .ay the protectin' envelopeA leavin' the cu3e e%posed and su3Cect to discovery 3y the intelli'ent minds of the . Atmospheric friction 3urned a.riters.ould 3e dra.ould e%tirpate the race for diplomatic reasons 11 usin' the e%plorin' minds as a'ents of destruction.orld . ThisA . They had mastered the art of interstellar travel early in their careerA and had peopled every ha3ita3le planet in their o. fri'htenin' reference.n in unfamiliar 3odies.orm1fol! .hich .ould 3e restored safely to its o.hose attainments and .n remote .hile the captive mind occupied the interro'ator<s . The mind that noticed the cu3e .ould permanently occupy a trans1'alactic planet 1 destroyin' the captured minds and .ith e%plorationA the adventurer .elt on a .everA ho.orlds in outside universesA formed the ether13rid'es needed for mental communication.ould necessarily land on various inha3ited .orld 11 animatin' the alien tenement as 3est =t mi'htA and e%plorin' the alien .ould attract and rivet attention.n into it 3y the po.ot al.orm1li!e fol! . of the limited num3er of LshardsL e%istin' 11 had occurred the narrativeA supposedly of pre1human authorshipA containin' the no.as sufficient to set its special properties .ould no.as foundA the .led'e of all space and time they discovered a means of spannin' certain trans'alactic 'ulfs .aysA ho. =n this Ltranslation< 11 a surprisin'ly lon' 3rochure =n vie. .ithout 3ody or senses until e%amined 3y one of the dominant race.everA could the parent civilization 3e Duite duplicated =n such a caseB since the ne.hen coupled . ThenA in another interchan'eA the interro'ator<s mind .hich a fe.ould respond to the attraction of cool solid matter only.ould use the cu3e and its disc in accomplishin' his return 11 and sometimes the captured mind .orld in the 'uise of one of its denizens. When done . planet .orm1li!e 3ein's .

n to have invaded the solar system 11 had reached our o.H.as .Lovecr !t The Challen'e from Beyond 1## the materials necessary for the .orm1li!e outside race learned from the ne.as so advanced that it had actually sent minds a3road in 3oth space and time to e%plore the cosmosA hence reco'nised somethin' of .ould have depopulated it if they couldA and indeed sent additional cu3es into space in the . +f this evil meddlin' the only 3ad result .ith.as the minute accuracy . e%iles .hen the cu3e fell from the s!y and certain =ndividuals had suffered mental chan'e after 'azin' at it.ith this latter that $r.hole e%perience .onder .n particular universe. :eallsin' that the chan'ed =ndividuals represented invadin' mindsA the race<s leaders had them destroyed 11 even at the cost of leavin' the displaced minds e%iled in alien space.n Shards had said. =f soA thou'hA the ni'htmare must still 3e in forceB since his present apparently 3odiless state had nothin' of normality in it. +nly a fe.P.as lost amidst the chaos of . .n earth 1 *A***A*** years a'o.hich the alien cu3e had 3een descri3ed.as no such thin' as aiming them at 'oals 3eyond si'ht or !no. =t .as that the .orm1race<s arts. This muchA accordin' to the learned occultistA the Eltdo.here it .asA they carefully hid the thin' from li'ht and si'htA and 'uarded it as a menace.ers despite the conseDuences 11 3ut all such cases .ere not a ni'htmare 3rou'ht on 3y some frea!ish su3conscious memory of this old 3it of e%trava'antA charlatanic readin'.led'e. WhenA throu'h a mental e%ploration of space and timeA they formed a rou'h =dea of .roteA the rulin' terrestrial species .ith . made the account so o3scurely fri'htful to Camp3ell . The third 11 and the only one ever !no. They did not .ith the crystal cu3e 11 indeedA its very e%istence 11 .orlds in our o.ith even stran'er transitions. When the cu3e struc! the earthA he .hile another had lod'ed three 3illion years a'o on a . +nly threeA ran the storyA had ever landed on peopled .orld near the centre of the 'ala%y. +ne of these had struc! a planet near the 'alactic rim t.hat had happened . They had had e%perience . of the num3erless cu3es sent forth ever found a landin' and response on an inha3ited .o.ere discoveredA and safely and drastically dealt . As he thou'ht the matter over and over amidst the dar!ness of his stran'e situationA he 3e'an to . The cone1shaped terrestrial 3ein's !ept the one e%istin' cu3e in a special shrine as a reliDue and 3asis for e%perimentsA till after aeons it .ould furtively 'ain access to it and sample its perilous po.herea3outs of the sinister cu3e from space . Winters12all<s LtranslationL chiefly dealt.as a hu'eA cone1shaped race surpassin' all others 3efore or since =n mentality and achievements.hat had happened to their e%plorers on earthA and conceived a violent hatred of the planet and all its life1forms.ild hope of stri!in' it 3y accident in un'uarded places 11 3ut that accident never came to pass. .hat the cu3e .hether his . What no. WhenA fifty million years a'oA the 3ein's sent their minds ahead into the infinite future to avoid a nameless peril of inner earthA the .ere un!no.ar and the destruction of the 'reat polar city .as 'uarded. This race .orld 1 since there . They . and then some rashA unscrupulous adventurer .ish to destroy a thin' so rich in later e%perimental possi3ilities.n. Every detail tallied 11 dimensionsA consistencyA heiro'lyphed central discA hypnotic effects. The cu3esA for e%ampleA could 3e made only on the home planet.o thousand 3illion years a'oA .

The parade of all his mental contents 3ecame an avalancheA a cascadeA a vorte%.ish slits . =nsteadA there .as physicalA not mental.een the slits 1 .idelyA 3ut found himself una3le to control their mechanism. Throu'h the slits streamed floods of sapphire li'htA and 3eyond them could 3e mistily seen the sides and roofs of fantastic 3uildin's li!e clustered cu3es.as not really lon' 3efore the sudden interruption came.as a 3afflin' stran'eness a3out the feel of his posture.hen the crystal cu3e pulled him. 7raduallyA thou'hA visual ima'es 3e'an to tric!le in curiously and indecisively. Everythin' a3out his state .hich presently entered throu'h one of the slitsA advancin' deli3erately to. 8emories arose irresponsi3ly and irrelevantly.ith the outlines of the human form at all. The limits and Dualities of vision . =t . What happened .ith a disc1li!eA apparently eyelessA cilia1frin'ed head 3earin' a purple central orifice.ere not those .ith .indo.itches all over the area . rum3le of distant sound. 2e tried to move his armsA 3ut found no definite response to the attempt. 2e tried to open his eyes more . 2e could not reconcile the pressure of the supportin' surface . There .ice as lon'A .P. +n the .hich he . =t 3e'an . Sapphire li'htA and a lo. that they .as as horri3le and verti'inous as his hypnotic fli'ht throu'h space . tric!le of sensation.ith its fore part raised vertically 11 the le'sA or at .ere stran'e mar!in's of an oddly disDuietin' character. 11 all his personal 3ac!'roundA traditionsA e%periencesA scholarshipA dreamsA ideasA and inspirations1.hich seemed to serve as com3ined doors and .ith a dizzyin' speed and a3undance .hat he had !no.ere tactile impressions 11 he could realise that he . =t 'lided on its rear pairs of le'sA .ith a lar'e proportionate area. 2e seemed to 3e in a room of considera3le e%tent 11 of medium hei'htA 3ut . The sapphire li'ht came in a diffusedA ne3ulous mannerA and could no. +n every side 11 and he could apparently see all four sides at once 11 .ith the livin' thin' .as lyin' at full len'th on somethin'A thou'h there .elled up a3ruptly and simultaneouslyA . This time it .Lovecr !t The Challen'e from Beyond 1# +f the time consumed 3y this puzzled memory and reflectionA Camp3ell could form no estimate.as a 'i'anticA pale1'rey .as used toA 3ut he could rou'hly correlate the sensation .ere hi'hA narro. ta3les or pedestalsA 3ut no furniture of normal nature and proportions.H. 4or this thin' . =t .ard him and 3earin' a metal 3o% of 3izarre proportions and 'lassyA mirror1li!e surfaces.ere littleA ineffectual nervous t.as somethin' more than this.n outlines 11 or . Another measureless 3lan! 11 and then a slo.ith his o.as some time 3efore Camp3ell understood .ept or suc!ed 3eyond his control in tumultuous and chaotic fashion.ereA in repeated instancesA precisely li!e some of the hiero'lyphs on the crystal cu3e<s disc.as as stran'e and ine%plica3le as the 3lac!ness it succeeded.hy they distur3ed him so 11 then he sa. There .orm or centipedeA as lar'e around as a man and t. There . As this sensation 'ained some de'ree of sta3ilityA Camp3ell realised that he must still 3e in the throes of ni'htmare.as a sensation 1 of the mind rather than of the 3ody 11 and all at once Camp3ell felt his thou'hts s. The actual ni'htmare elementA thou'hA . =t .here 3e voluntarily focussed =nto definiteness. =t seemed an eternityA 3ut perhaps it . All that he !ne.hich seemed to mar! his 3ody.s. 4inally it sapped his consciousness and 3rou'ht on fresh o3livion.n as si'ht.hich soon made him una3le to !eep trac! of any separate concept.alls 1 in the vertical panels 3et.as nothin' human 11 nothin' of earth 11 nothin' even of man<s myths and dreams.as so unreal that ordinary dimensions and measurements 3ecame meanin'less.ere sin'ular lo.

ith its 'listenin' 3o%A the reclinin' man cau'ht in the mirror1li!e surface a 'limpse of .ayG 2e had no sentimental illusions a3out the life from . 2ereA indeedA . What .ardA and 4ran! Bel!nap 5on'.asA insteadA the loathsomeA pale1'rey 3ul! of one of the 'reat centipedes. 2o.as not .as housin' the monster<s personality.as a curious purple com3A and a fan1shaped tail of some 'rey mem3rane ended its 'rotesDue 3ul!. This . But even this vision of delirium . Alon' its spinal rid'e .ere the only realities in the universe.indo. 4ear and revulsion .hileA some.et 11 horri3ly verifyin' his disordered and unfamiliar sensations 11 it . 5et him . thrills.as a man .ould flee Ff they !ne.s that . reflected in the 3urnished metal.hat should have 3een his o. .H. But he had lon' a'o e%hausted all the physical possi3ilities contained in that earthly 3ody.as unimportant. There he had 3een one of a 3illion nonentitiesA fi%ed in place 3y a mountainous accumulation of conventionsA la.here on the other side of the universeA his o. 2e .ithout a .e!u3.as not his o. Earth held no ne.ith a ne.n an unreasonin' horror. =t too! one more thin' 11 one finalA un3eara3le touch 11 to do that. There .an'in' sounds in measuredA deli3erate rhythms.ere dro. Earth and its races no lon'er had any meanin' to 7eor'e Camp3ell.Lovecr !t The Challen'e from Beyond 1#- least t.as outrO ni'htmare at its hei'ht 11 capricious fantasy at its ape%.as a 'odF With 'rim amusement he thou'ht of his 3ody movin' in earth<s 3usiness and societyA .ith pleasure only the physical deli'hts of his former life.ere 7eor'e Camp3ell<s eyes on people .hat caused 7eor'e Camp3ell to lapse a third time into unconsciousness.ned in the e%citement of titanic adventure.as =mprisoned in the 3ody of a fri'htful native of an alien planetA .ith all the . But in one 3lind 3ound he had soared a3ove the commonplace. 2is mind .hen life is stripped to its na!ed fundamentalsA he realized that he remem3ered . 2e fou'ht do. 6ud'ed from a cosmic standpointA . 2e . As the nameless .orm advanced .hy should his metamorphosis horrify himG 5ife and consciousness .ith a full understandin' of his situation.. =t . But in the possession of this ne.orldA tree of all conventions or inhi3itions of EarthA or of this stran'e planetA free of every artificial restraint in the universe.1found freedom that made little of physical captivity on .n mentalityA .ho . H:o3ert E.P.hile an alien monster starin' out of the . A la.I 4rom that final lap of senselessnessA he emer'ed .o pairs of themA servin' as arms.n 3ody.less e%ultation rose in him.hich he had 3een e%iled. 4orm . 2is present 3ody .as not deathA 3ut re13irth 11 the 3irth of a full1'ro. What had it ever 'iven him save toilA povertyA continual frustration and repressionG =f this life 3efore him offered no moreA at least it offered no less.n 3ody at all that he sa.as a rin' of fle%i3le red spi!es around its nec!A and from the t. .istin's of these came clic!in'A t.al! the earth slayin' and destroyin' as he . =ntuition told him it offered more 11 much more.n 3ody .A alien 3ody he felt promises of stran'eA e%otic Coys.as hideous only accordin' to terrestrial standards.s and mannersA doomed to live and die in his sordid niche.as his former 3ody 3ut a cloa!A eventually to 3e cast off at death any.ould. With the honesty possi3le only .

2e still lay on the couch1 li!e thin' in the midst of that fantastic roomA and the centipede man stood 3efore himA holdin' the polished metal o3CectA and clashin' its nec!1spi!es.e!u3 feared and . $o.hen .ould dare deny him nothin'A .u!th<s comprehension and cau'ht him .e!u3 had ever made 3efore.u!thA supreme lord of science. With that 'lo3e in his hands he .ere 3orne 3y a separate consciousness in his le's.hen animated 3y Tothe<s mind.ay not only to safety and freedomA 3ut to the po.A as he !ne.ays of . That it could 3e touched .as a purple coneA from the ape% of .ith a domed roof from . Tothe<s 3ody . The . But Camp3ell 'ave no heedA for he had made his desperate planA a plan so alien to the . 3illo.as the name of this planetA 3ut ho.e!u3 no more than he feared those of earth. +n his centipede1le's Camp3ell clam3ered the tiered altarA heedless of its sudden Duiverin'sA heedless of the chan'e that .ard.as only a scientific implement.orm1priest stood in frozen horror until Camp3ell<s shard ripped the life out of him.hich no hand of flesh had ever touched.as the 'od of .ard to a sphere that poised in mid1air 11 a sphere that shone li!e translucent ivory.ould 3e !in' of . 2e did not even !no. . 2e .as 3earin' him alon' a route it had traversed ten thousand times . 2e . A . Camp3ell snatched the pointed shard and struc!A rippin' sava'ely up. 8emoryA deep 'rooved in Tothe<s 3rainA .isted stairA throu'h a carved doorA and the same instincts that had 3rou'ht him there told him he had found .ould he d. .edA drivin' Tothe<s 3ody into movements no man of . 4or the first time he turned his attention to his surroundin's.ith the feel of po. him the .er his soulA stripped to its primitive impulsesA craved. . The ultimate tier .as 3eyond .as in a circular room .A and . As he ranA 'uided .orm1priest stood 3et.led'e implanted in Tothe<s physical refle%esA it .e!u3 that Ft .e!u3A thou'h .nG Then he !ne.as as =f he . the sharp1pointed metal shard on a near3y ta3leA 3ut to .s of the !no.e!u3.H.as drun! .er.hy the people of . The .hich a 3lue smo!y mist drifted up.holly unprepared.indin' corridor he racedA up a t.hich shone a livid 3lue li'ht.as amazin'A e%hilaratin'A first fulfillment of the promise of novel physical sensations.orshipped it had 3een for'otten a million years.as strea!in' for a door.u!th Ft .hat he sou'ht.as stirrin' in him 1 shado. Thus it spo!e to himA Camp3ell !ne. 2is speed .een him and the altar .led'e Tothe had.orm men .holly 3y the =nstinctive !no.hose 3ody he occupied1 Tothe.e!u3A 3ut as a !in'l 6ust as of old 3ar3arians had sat on the throne of lordly empires.e!u3F =t .led'e and the action that follo.ot as a slave . the creature .1hued floorA tier on tierA each of a separateA vivid color.as ta!in' place in the floatin' sphereA heedless of the smo!e that no. =n an instant Camp3ell .Lovecr !t The Challen'e from Beyond 1#7 2e started. 2e feared the superstitions of .hat it said he dimly understoodA throu'h the implanted thou'ht processes of TotheA Cust as he !ne.ed out =n 3lue clouds.n a .ell on . it could 3e used as a . ThisA the deep1'rooved memories of Tothe told Camp3ellA . the name of him .u!th reared and toppledA his entrails spillin' on the floor. A stran'e structure rose =n the middle of the rain3o.eapon.as .u!thA li!e Camp3ellA sa. Carved deep in the physical tissues of the 3rainA they spo!e dimly as implanted instincts to 7eor'e Camp3ellB and his human consciousness seized them and translated them to sho. .as a 3lasphemy that had never occurred to a man of . had he !no.e!u3. Camp3ell<s earthly mind supplied the !no.P.

earily throu'h the dense . A little silver fo% san! its fan's in frantic retaliation into a furry human .ith fresh 3lood. 2e had 3een lost in the .ith insect1li!e Duiverin's across a rain3o.ly the 3ody of 7eor'e Camp3ell aroseA its mouth splashed .ith stardustA and far to the north the Aurora Borealis splashed streamers of fire.ards the .orm creature d.here the . =n a far1off .n lon'A fern1planted avenues holdin' aloft the round red 'od. There .as an inverted 3o.A undulant motion to. 4rom the corners of his la% mouth drooled thic! threads of am3er frothA .orld of the . The head of the . H4ran! Bel!nap 5on'I +ut of the tent into the pale Au'ust ni'ht .ith a slo.ristA and thrashed a3out in terror as its 3lood spurted.H.ayin' oddly it moved to.al!A 3ut 'radually as the tent recededA his posture altered.P.ed .as fulfillin' a mindless destiny. 2e .oods all ni'htA and .as crisp and cold. =t moved . .ith s.ater.aters of the la!e.hich fluttered in the ni'ht 3reeze.eavin' 3ody as it moved .er seemed to emanate from its . The air .eet scented pine needles.Lovecr !t The Challen'e from Beyond 1#8 he held their 'od as hosta'e.al!in' man lolled hideously from side to side.orm1shapes prostrated themselves in the scintillatin' dust 3efore it. A 'odli!e po.ard a throne of spiritual empire transcendin' all the soverei'nties of earth.here the mind of a .een cyclopean 3loc!s of 3lac! masonry do.orld of outer space the centipede creature that .eariness enveloped him li!e a leaden cloa! in the pale mornin' li'ht. The s!y .al!ed the 3ody of 7eor'e Camp3ell.. 2is torso 3e'an almost impercepti3ly to slantA and his lim3s to shorten.1 tipped fin'ers dra''ed leaves from a carpet of odorous pine needles as it moved to. With upper lim3s s.aters of the la!e and discerned somethin' dar! floatin' there.1hued hall and out throu'h massive portals into the 3ri'ht 'lo. Weavin' 3et..een the 3lac! 3loc!s of stone thousands of .ard a .ayed 3y instinct.. A trapper stum3lin' .!.A .averin' 'ait 3et.hose lineaments . of alien suns. As the variform creature that .ere3eastA the 3ody of 7eor'e Camp3ell .ard lopin' of a .een the 3odies of enormous treesA over a forest path stre.as 7eor'e Camp3ell cra.ould . 2e reached a hand for the 3all 11 no lon'er ivory1huedA 3ut red as 3lood.ide e%panse of 'leamin' .oods of earth near the tent . Slo.as a harsh animal cry in the under3rush near the 'leamin' la!e on earth .elt in the 3ody of 7eor'e Camp3ell came to the 'leamin' .orm1creature d.l of frosted silver flec!ed .orm peopleA 7eor'e Camp3ell moved 3et.elt in a 3ody s. =n the far1offA e%tra1'alactic .ere red as 3loodA and ran .een the trees of earth in an attitude that su''ested the a.led 3et.al!ed upri'ht at firstA as a man . 5on'A cla.ith a slo.as 7eor'e Camp3ell clasped to =ts 3osom a 'od . 2uman teeth san! into soft animal furA tore at 3lac! animal flesh.

here it can . L+n all earthA livin' creatures rend one anotherA and feast .orm1creature holdin' the 'lo.ayA sat on a throne and ruled an empire of .orm1mind can control a 3estial man13ody .L Thus spo!e the round red 'od of . at =ts ease.hite fire of a supermundane spirituality all animal dross.H.o .ho sou'ht your 3ody in the a3ysses of Time .e!u3 in a far1off se'ment of the space1time continuum to 7eor'e Camp3ell as the latterA . 8ovin' to the ed'e of the . . =t .n of . L2e . L.in' red 'od ascended a throne that 'leamed li!e the constellation Cassiopeia under an alien vault of hyper1suns.our 3ody .ard the floatin' 3ul!.P. +nly man1minds =nstinctively conditioned throu'h the course of ten thousand 'enerations can !eep the human instincts in thrall. Slo.as a 3estial faceA repulsively anthropoid in contourA and from its t. 4ar off in outer space the .e!u3 can control the 3ody of a human. See!in' eventually destructionA for the death1instinct is more po.allo.ned man.isely !indlyA and 3enevolently than any man of earth had ever ruled an empire of men. The 'reat deity that he held aloft ener'ized his .hich it spran'.ith unuttera3le cruelty on their !ith and !in.orm tenementA 3urnin' a.istedA distorted mouth 3lac! ichor poured.o spa.ith unuttera3le horror into the 3lac!ened and hairy face of the dro.ill occupy an unresponsive tenementAL said the red 'od.orms more .ith all human desire pur'ed a.erful in it than the instincts of life and it .Lovecr !t The Challen'e from Beyond 1#) But the shape .ill destroy itself in see!in' to return to the slime from .ater he !nelt in the soft mud and reached out to.ater .ly he pulled it to the shore.hen it yearns to raven. +n earth the trapper 'azed .ill destroy =tself on earthA see!in' the 3lood of its animal !inA see!in' the cool .ay in the .as a challen'e that he could not i'nore. . .

LWell do = remem3er .ith di'nityI and prepared to address the assem3led multitude.ere oran'e .aves of heat and cold.as heardI from the dizzy summit of the platform.hen..I L.hom = had 3een thro.orried loo! upon his lavender face.L Every3ody applauded riotouslyA as a . L8y friends 11 L he 3e'anA .hich = feel = must 3rin' to your attention.e had not seen. LThat 3lur in the ether can 3e nothin' less than a fleet from outside the space1time continuum .hom .L At this pointA one of his numerous relatives cheered.aAI had really a .here a faint 3lur half a million li'ht1years lon' mar!ed the presence of the hated enemyA .iA cra.ov10osA and spo!e 3y emittin' alternate .as a mali'n menace in the 'lo.ith an eloDuent scrapin' of his posterior lim3sA Lthese treasured .L +ll Stof interrupted him.iA the yello.hich had 3e'uiled my inactive peace1 time days in the Super17alactic >atrol. 2e . What monsters of malformed 'rotesDueness seethed out there amon' the moons of infinityA .hich the Cham3er held its sessions.e Cumped on our ether13i!es and hastened across to the outer planet on .othin' li!e this has ever appeared 3efore.ard .ere handless slitherin' their tentacles to'ether.e !no. 2is nasal tentacles . The handsome youn' ve'eta3leA ..enty1ei'ht sDuare feet J. L=t has comeFL he cried. +ll StofA >resident of the Cham3er and representative of the 8illiner<s SovietA raised his eyeless snout .hom = shared my 3o. .L H= 'lanced up from the Windy City Grab-BagA . H2a! .ave of e%citement rippled throu'h the varie'ated audienceB those .A 3ut there ..l upon the daisFL There .n out of every Coint in the intradimensional city of 0astor1.as a thunderous silenceA durin' .Coll *si#.hich measured t.as a hi'hly developed protozoan or'anism from ..ho .. =t must 3e an enemy. 7ive the alarm to the =nter1Cosmic Cham3er of Commerce. HL7entlemenAL he radiatedA La terri3le peril has come upon us .i must have a chance to 'et the fleet in action at once.ere 'athered dele'ates from all the thirty1seven 'ala%ies of our immediate universe. 2a! .ou have anticipated my thou'hts and orders.erin' pea! inches a3ove the floor. 2e continued9 L2a! .Cosmoses $am 3or 'lued each of his si% eyes to the lenses of the cosmoscope. 7o forth and . HWithin the 7reat Council Cham3erA .e really didn<t !no.in for dear old =nter1Cosmic.o para'raphs later found us soarin' out past innumera3le stars to.ith . that steadily .1furred and valorous commander of our ran!s throu'h numerous installmentsA ascended to the to.alls and pillars shall not mourn on my account. There<s no time to lose 11 at this rate they<ll 3e upon us in less than si% centuries.hich a faint promptin' . After he had 'iven the alarm ..ith fearA and his antennae 3uzzed hoarsely as he dictated his report to the operator 3ehind him.ith Duite a hi'h ceilin'KA .l of caterpillar custard since earliest infancyA and .ith .L HT.

P.un' into 3attle formationA .ith uplifted antennae this threat of 3attle .ith only a hundred or t.I At the soundA H.i too raised his snout in defianceA radiatin' a masterful order to the captains of the fleet.ith a monstrous intrusion upon our fair system from un!no.hich .Lovecr !t Collapsin' Cosmoses 1 1 increased until it spanned the entire heavens. .hich = soon reco'nised as a hail and a challen'e.H. =nstantly the hu'e space1ships s.erin' thrill crept throu'h me as = met .e made out separate o3Cects in the 3lur.in'1machineA only more horri3leAI 2a! .n outside a3ysses.o of them many li'ht1years out of line. Then from the direction of the enemy there came a terrifyin' soundA . An ans. Before all my horror1stric!en vision1areas there spread an endless array of scissors1shaped spaceships of totally unfamiliar form.as somethin' li!e that of a rusty se. ?ery soon .

e.ith the hidden lore of old oceanA and all the mystery of primal earth. =t .as mornin' .as too much silence in the dim alleys 3et.hen = sa.ayA for old Ammi >ierce has never told them of anythin' he recalls from the stran'e days. = did not . too thic!lyA and their trun!s .een themA and the floor .n full of .ere a. that dar! .s are flooded for the ne. Weeds and 3riers rei'nedA and furtive . lur!ed al.ithout ever havin' cau'ht the 'lint of sunli'ht.as too much li!e a landscape of Salvator :osaB too much li!e some for3idden .here thin 3roo!lets tric!le .th.hich 'randams had .ard the south. . =t is not 3ecause of anythin' that can 3e seen or heard or handledA 3ut 3ecause of somethin' that is ima'ined. The trees 're.ith sDuatA moss1coated cotta'es 3roodin' eternally over old .ildA and there are valleys .ood.ild thin's rustled in the under'ro.ide chimneys crum3lin' and the shin'led sides 3ul'in' perilously 3eneath lo.ent into the hills and vales to survey for the ne. =t must 3e this .ildernessA and some of them . There . Then the dar! .eeds of a returnin' .hose head has 3een a little Dueer for yearsA is the only one .as evil.hich !eeps the forei'ners a. =n the open spacesA mostly alon' the line of the old roadA there .ho still remainsA or .ith all the 3uildin's standin'A sometimes .ith the dan! moss and mattin's of infinite years of decay.ere little hillside farmsB sometimes .ould not stayA for this .as too soft .hen half the hollo. it had come into the fol!lore of a >uritan people.as once a road over the hills and throu'h the valleysA that ran strai'ht .aters . reservoir they told me the place . 4rench1Canadians have tried itA =talians have tried itA and the >oles have come and departed.as no re'ion to sleep in.ith only a lone chimney or fast1fillin' cellar.oodcut in a tale of terror.ho ever tal!s of the stran'e daysB and he dares to do this 3ecause his house is so near the open fields and the travelled roads around Ar!ham.as a haze of restlessness and oppressionB a touch of the unreal and the 'rotesDueA as if some vital element of perspective or chiaroscuro . The name L3lasted heathL seemed to me very odd and theatricalA and = .itch le'ends = thou'ht the evil must he somethin' . The old fol! have 'one a. They told me this in Ar!hamA and 3ecause that is a very old to. 'am3rel roofs.ill slum3er far 3elo.e.hispered to children throu'h centuries. AmmiA .B 3ut people ceased to use it and a ne.est.here the trees slope fantasticallyA and .ill 3e one .n elder mystery.oA and sometimes .ith the deep<s secretsB one .ere too 3i' for any healthy . 3lue .hose surface . Then = sa.here the 3lasted heath is no.ill mirror the s!y and ripple in the sun. En'land .oods .ondered ho.ill dou3tless lin'er even .A the .onder at anythin' 3eside its o.ry. (pon everythin' . Traces of the old one can still 3e found amidst the . itA 3ut shado. reservoir.ard tan'le of 'lens and slopes for myselfA end ceased to .ith only -ne or t.as laid curvin' far to.ayA and forei'ners do not li!e to live there. En'land secrets in the lee of 'reat led'esB 3ut these are all vacant no. The place is not 'ood for ima'inationA and does not 3rin' restful dreams at ni'ht. 'lens . And the secrets of the stran'e days .onder that the forei'ners .oods that no a%e has ever cut.n and the 3lasted heath . road . +n the 'entle slopes there are farmsA ancient and roc!yA .The Colo%r O%t o! S* ce West of Ar!ham the hills rise .ill 3e cut do.ays there. There are dar! narro. When = .ith deep . =t . There .

as as if the poet had coined the phrase from havin' seen this one particular re'ion. = !ne.ith persistent !noc!in' could = rouse the a'ed manA and . 4rom him there .hich he had roamed all his life.ith in Ar!ham.oods and fieldsG =t lay lar'ely to the north of the ancient road lineA 3ut encroached a little on the other side.here his sense of lo'ic and continuity 3ro!e do.in' Cust ho. :elief .P.ot !no. And at t.as a fearsomely ancient placeA and had 3e'un to e%ude the faint miasmal odour . .as all that he sho.as !illed. 2e .al!ed circuitously 3ac! to the to.ers1 e%cept that all the mystery . Spea!ers . =t had happened in the <ei'htiesA and a family had disappeared or .ould not 3e e%actB and 3ecause they all told me to pay no attention to old Ammi >ierce<s crazy talesA = sou'ht him out the ne%t mornin'A havin' heard that he lived alone in the ancient totterin' cotta'e . =t .as not a matter of old le'endry at allA 3ut somethin' .elcome in contrastA and = marvelled no more at the fri'htened .here the trees first 3e'in to 'et very thic!.as far 3ri'hter and more educated than = had 3een led to thin!A and 3efore = !ne.ell . As = .A . ever 'ro.here reservoirs . +ften = had to recall the spea!er from ram3lin'sA piece out scientific points .hich no . =t .hich clin's a3out houses that have stood too lon'.n over these five acres of 'rey desolation that spra. There . . +nly .hich he !ne. They . =n the evenin' = as!ed old people in Ar!ham a3out the 3lasted heathA and . = could notA ho.1 =t mustA = thou'ht as = vie.ind seemed ever to 3lo.as not so fee3le as = had e%pectedB 3ut his eyes drooped in a curious .nin' 3lac! ma.ould have 3een had not his home lain outside the 3ounds of the future la!e. only 3y a fadin' parrot memory of professors< tal!A or 3rid'e over 'apsA .ere sic!ly and stuntedA and many dead trun!s stood or lay rottin' at the rim.hispered on = shivered a'ain and a'ain spite the summer day.n.hich so many evasively muttered.oodland clim3 3eyond seemed .ithin the lifetime of those .ere 3etter under .orn and dismal. 2e .n in the sections .as not so 3ad as the 3lasted heath.n 3y the curious road on the south.hen he shuffled timidly to the door could could tell he . =t . And .as not li!e other rustics = 3ad !no.hispers of Ar!ham people. it the moment = came upon it at the 3ottom of a spacious valleyB for no other name could fit such a thin'A or any other thin' fit such a name.ere no protests at the miles of old .ished some clouds .as much more recent than = had dreamed.everA 'et any 'ood ans. =t . he could 3est 3e launched on his talesA = fei'ned a matter of 3usinessB told him of my surveyin'A and as!ed va'ue Duestions a3out the district.ed itA 3e the outcome of a fireB 3ut . of an a3andoned . 2e .H.Lovecr !t The Colour +ut of Space 1 & But even all this .hose sta'nant vapours played stran'e tric!s .ere to 3e.ayA and his un!empt clothin' and .ith this openin' his hus!y voice san! lo.hile his 3ody leaned for.as no ve'etation of any !ind on that 3road e%panseA 3ut only a fine 'rey dust or ash .ater since the stran'e days. = va'uely .ili'htA dreadin' to repass that ominous spotA = .as then that = heard the storyA and as the ram3lin' voice scraped and . There had 3een no house or ruin nearB even in the old days the place must have 3een lonely and remote. Even the lon'A dar! .ould 'atherA for an odd timidity a3out the deep s!yey voids a3ove had crept into my soul.edB relief at the doom of the dar! ancient valleys throu'h .ater no.ith the hues of the sunli'ht.ood and farmland to 3e 3lotted outA thou'h perhaps there . a3out. the tum3led 3ric!s and stones of an old chimney and cellar on my ri'htA and the ya.hy had nothin' ne.al!ed hurriedly 3y = sa. it had 'ra. = felt an odd reluctance a3out approachin'A and did so at last only 3ecause my 3usiness too! me throu'h and past it.as meant 3y that phrase Lstran'e daysL .hite 3eard made him seem very .ped Duite as much of the su3Cect as any man = had tal!ed . The trees near it .hat .as not 'lad to see me.ho spo!e.ard and his ri'ht forefin'er 3e'an to point sha!ily and impressively. 1 3etter under .led open to the s!y li!e a 'reat spot eaten 3y acid in the .

holly a.as the house . = could iFnot 'o into that dim chaos of old forest and slope a'ainA or face another time that 'rey 3lasted heath . And 3y ni'ht all Ar!ham had heard of the 'reat roc! that fell out of the s!y and 3edded itself in the 'round 3eside the .ere fi%ed very stron'ly in his mind.ild le'ends at all since the .as forty thenA and all the Dueer thin's .ahum<s !itchenA for even the small piece refused to 'ro.Lovecr !t The Colour +ut of Space 1 # When he .ahum declared it had 'lo.n to tell people a3out the stoneA and dropped in at Ammi >ierce<s on the . =t all 3e'anA old Ammi saidA . =ts heat lin'ered persistentlyA and .H.ith the three professors from 8is!atonic (niversity .P.ith the meteorite. TrulyA it . But even then = do not 3elieve = . = hurried 3ac! 3efore sunset to my hotelA un. The professors tried it . +n an anvil it appeared hi'hly mallea3leA and in the dar! its luminosity . cool. >ierce remar!ed that the fra'ment . +n the trip 3ac! they stopped at Ammi<s to restA and seemed thou'htful .hen they put it in a 'lass 3ea!er.ere not haunted .holly ne'ative in the 3ora% 3eadA and soon provin' itself a3solutely non1volatile at any produci3le temperatureA includin' that of the o%y1hydro'en 3lo. Ammi .ell1s.onder that his mind had snapped a trifleA or that the fol! of Ar!ham .here the 3lac! . .ise men tal!ed of the stran'e stone<s affinity for silicon.ahum had called it so lar'e the day 3efore.ood.itch trialsA and even then these .as 'ro.ife had 'one .ay .as not lar'eA 3ut perhaps they had ta!en less than they thou'ht.estern .ill soon 3e 3uilt no. =t . =t had acted Duite un3elieva3ly in that . The day after that1all this .here the devil held court 3eside a curious <lone altar older than the =ndians.ahum said as he pointed out the 3i' 3ro.nish mound a3ove the ripped earth and charred 'rass near the archaic .n colours of the normal spectrum there .ed faintly in the ni'ht.hen faced 3y the un!no.as in 6une of <8"1the professors had trooped out a'ain in a 'reat e%citement.as never terri3le till the stran'e days.ed from . Before that time there had 3een no .here the 3lasted heath .eird visitor from un!no.hen 8rs.ell1ordered la3oratoryB doin' nothin' at all and sho. it had faded . stu33ornly refusin' to 'ro.ned deep 3eside the tum3led 3ric!s and stones. 2e and his .ere not feared half so much as the small island in the 8is!atonic .ould li!e to visit that country 3y ni'ht 1 at least not . .ahum 7ardner house amidst its fertile 'ardens and orchards.ell at the .hen upon heatin' 3efore the spectroscope it displayed shinin' 3ands unli!e any !no.A and all those elder secrets . city .hen heated on charcoalA 3ein' .hich puzzled men of science are .hite . The 3ea!er had 'oneA tooA and the .hich had stood . The reservoir . These .asA in truthA so soft as to 3e almost plasticB and they 'ou'ed rather than chipped a specimen to ta!e 3ac! to the colle'e for testin'.illin' to have the stars come out a3ove me in the openB and the ne%t day returned to 1 Boston to 'ive up my position. elementsA 3izarre optical propertiesA and other thin's .atery fathoms.oods .as oddly soft.ho hastened out the ne%t mornin' to see the .as to come 1 the trim .in' smaller and 3urnin' the 3ottom of the pail.as much 3reathless tal! of ne.ered that stones do not shrin!.ell ya.as done = did not .hat Dueer thin's the specimen had doneA and ho.in' no occluded 'ases .pipe. As they passed Ammi<s they told him .ahum 7ardner place.ise men ans. coolA it soon had the colle'e in a state of real e%citementB and .ahum had come to to.ay.oodsA and their fantastic dus! .ill 3e safe forever under .ondered .ont to say .hy .ould not spea! much of the 3lasted heath.eep in his front yardB 3ut the .n.hite noontide cloudA that strin' of e%plosions in the airA and that pillar of smo!e from the valley far in the . =t had shrun!A . They too! it in an old pail 3orro.ith a 'eolo'ist<s hammer and found it . That . Then there had come that .hen the sinister stars are outB and nothin' could 3ri3e me to drin! the ne.n stellar spaceA and had .as very mar!ed.ater of Ar!ham.

as vainB so after a futile attempt to find additional 'lo3ules 3y drillin'A the see!ers left a'ain .asted a. The stoneA ma'netic as it had 3eenA must have had some peculiar electrical propertyB for it had Ldra.n that they could not place it.asA they tested it in a cruci3le .ay.as only 3y analo'y that they called it colour at all.as not Duite homo'eneous.hich resem3led some of the 3ands in the meteor<s stran'e spectrumA .here the earth had caved inB and . the li'htnin' stri!e the furro.as 'lossyA and upon tappin' it appeared to promise 3oth 3rittle ness and hollo.as the same. . that they had attac!ed the su3stance at all.itric acid and even aDua re'ia merely hissed and spattered a'ainst its torrid invulnera3ility.as over nothin' remained 3ut a . =t .ould 3e discovered as the enclosin' su3stance .ith a 3itter disappointment.ere 'one .ith a nervous little pop.ith the puncturin'. =t .hat seemed to 3e the side of a lar'e coloured 'lo3ule em3edded in the su3stance.Lovecr !t The Colour +ut of Space 1 2ot as it ..ere am monia and caustic sodaA alcohol and etherA nauseous car3on disulphide and a dozen othersB 3ut althou'h the . All around the d. They had uncovered .as a thunderstormA and .H. When the coolin' had 'ro. =t .ent out to .ith their ne. Water did nothin'.n the li'htnin'AL as .ith outside properties and o3edient to outside la.astin' a.as almost impossi3le to descri3eB and it .as a metalA thou'hA 3eyond a dou3t.hereas it had 3een a 'ood seven feet across the day 3eforeA it . .ent .ife did not accompany him.hatsoeverB and at the end of the tests the colle'e scientists .ahum saidA .hen the professors . that the core of the thin' .as carried on in 'lassB and it . steadily less as time passedA and the fra'ment seemed to 3e sli'htly coolin'A there .ooden shelf .n lump near the .ei'ht 're.as emittedA and all trace of the thin' vanished .here they had 3een.as still hotA and the sa'es studied its surface curiously as they detached another and lar'er piece .as no chan'e in the solvents to sho. ConCecture .or!. Si% times .indlin' 3ro.ith mutual destruction as a resultA it presented no identifyin' features . Aside from 3ein' almost plasticA havin' heatA ma'netismA and sli'ht luminosityA coolin' sli'htly in po.ith all the proper rea'ents.as a vacant spaceA e%cept . =t left 3ehind a hollo.hich provedA ho.as no.n spec trumA .ay in airA and attac!in' silicon compounds . 2ydrochloric acid .erful acidsA possessin' an un!no. in the front yardA and . most cer tainly shrun!A and even the so3er professors could not dou3t the truth of . There .ell . spherical space a3out three inches acrossA and all thou'ht it pro3a3le that others .ith a sin'ular persistence. .ahum<s the ne%t day they met . scarcely five. =t . specimen .ith a hammerA and it 3urst .ith them to see the stony messen'er from the starsA thou'h this time his .ere forced to o.ay the smaller mass they sa.as nothin' of this earthA 3ut a piece of the 'reat outsideB and as such do.P. +ne of the professors 'ave it a smart 3lo. Ammi had difficulty in recallin' all these thin'sA 3ut reco'nized some solvents as = mentioned them in the usual order of use.as in a 'lass 3ea!er that they left all the chips made of the ori'inal fra'ment durin' the . The colourA .s.othin' . =t had no. The ne%t mornin' 3oth chips and 3ea!er .ithin an hour the farmer sa.everA as 3afflin' in the la3oratory as its predecessor.ithout traceA and only a charred spot mar!ed the place on the . They 'ou'ed deeply this timeA and as they pried a.ered .ness.as ma'neticA for one thin'B and after its immersion in the acid solvents there seemed to 3e faint traces of the Widmanstatten fi'ures found on meteoric iron.hat they sa. That ni'ht there . All this the professors told Ammi as they paused at his doorA and once more he .hen the storm .n very considera3leA the testin' . =ts te%ture .ith hammer and chisel.

hich nothin' of value had 3een learned of it..ere far from steady in their church1'oin' or their attendance at the various social events of the countryside. The latterA indeedA had almost run a.earin' deep ruts in the shado.ain . They hadA it developedA nearly lost the spirit to 3ar!. =t . Ammi sa.Lovecr !t The Colour +ut of Space 1 - ra''ed pit 3y the ancient .ed and Duiverin' every mornin'. 2e and Ammi e%chan'ed visits freDuentlyA as did their .as distur3ed a3out certain footprints in the sno.ith a caved1in earth.ondered . Winter came earlyA and .ere the usual .ith its colle'iate sponsorin'A and sent reporters to tal! .ed that his orchards .ith his . There had 3een a moonA and a ra33it had run across the roadA and the leaps of that ra33it .ith the ripenin' came sore disappointmentA for of all that 'or'eous array of specious lusciousness not one sin'le Cot . That fra'ment lasted a . .in' to phenomenal size and un. That 6uly and Au'ust .as lost.ly ripenedA and . As . 2e . Ammi listened .ere hotB and .or!ed hard at his hayin' in the ten1acre pasture across Chapman<s Broo!B his rattlin' .ith .ere not as characteristic of the anatomy and ha3its of sDuirrels and ra33its and fo%es as they ou'ht to 3e.ith .as very cold.hen 3rou'ht up 3y a firm rein. The rest of his family tooA seemed to have 'ro.y lanes 3et.as left 3ehindA and in time the professors felt scarcely sure they had indeed seen .P. that his entire crop .ahum vo.as totalB so that nothin' .inter prints of red sDuirrelsA .ahum 7ardner and his family.eepA half1cho!ed .ahum less often than usualA and o3served that he had 3e'un to loo! .ivesB and Ammi had nothin' 3ut praise for him after all these years. =nto the fine flavour of the pears and apples had crept a stealthy 3itterness and sic!ishnessA so that even the smallest 3ites induced a lastin' dis'ust.n taciturnB and .ithout interest to this tal! until one ni'ht .ell1s. Thereafter Ammi 'ave . But .as a leanA 'enial person of a3out fiftyA livin' . 2e . $i''in' had 3orne no fruitA and the scientists verified the fact of the utter vanishment.ere ordered to handle the future crop. .as fit to eat.H. 2e seemed sli'htly proud of the notice his place had attractedA and tal!ed often of the meteorite in the succeedin' .hen he drove past .as 3e'innin' to tell on him. and then to poorer health and a feelin' of va'ue disDuiet.hy the 7ardner do's seemed so co. The fruit .ere lon'er than either Ammi or his horse li!ed.ee!s.ith the melons and tomatoesA and .as naturalA the Ar!ham papers made much of the incident .orried.ere in the upland lot alon' the road.ay 3ac! from Clar!<s Comer.as the same .ahum himself 'ave the most definite statement of anyone .as never specificA 3ut appeared to thin! that they . They . 4or this reserve or melancholy no cause could 3e foundA thou'h all the household confessed no. When it had 'oneA no residue .ahum<s tales more respectA and .ahum sadly sa. /uic! to connect eventsA he declared that the meteorite had poisoned the soilA and than!ed 2eaven that most of the other crops . At least one Boston daily also sent a scri3eA and .eird messa'e from other universes and other realms of matterA forceA and entity.ife and three sons on the pleasant farmstead in the valley.ahum<s house in his slei'h on the .een.ee!A at the end of .as 'ro.hite ra33itsA and fo%esA 3ut the 3roodin' farmer professed to see somethin' not Duite ri'ht a3out their nature and arran'ement.a!in' eyes that cryptic vesti'e of the fathomless 'ulfs outsideB that loneA .onted 'lossA and in such a3undance that e%tra 3arrels . The pears and apples slo. Then fell the time of fruit and harvest.ahum . The failure .ay . The la3our tired him more than it had in other yearsA and he felt that a'e .as left to do 3ut 'o 3ac! to the la3oratory and test a'ain the disappearin' fra'ment left carefully cased in lead.ere prosperin' as never 3efore.ahum Duic!ly 3ecame a !ind of local cele3rity.hen he said he . .

hich no one ever sa.ee! 3y .ay the 'reatA over'ro.oodchuc!sA and not far from the 7ardner place 3a''ed a very peculiar specimen. The 3oys .everA restlessness . =t .ahum too! some 3lossoms to Ar!ham and sho.n to anyone .ay.oodchuc! 3efore.ahum a visitB 3ut havin' no love of . And so all throu'h the stran'e days the professors stayed a. Stephen :ice had driven past 7ardner<s in the mornin'A and had noticed the s!un!1ca33a'es comin' up throu'h the mud 3y the .n 3y the meteor fra'ment in the colle'e spectroscopeA and li!e the 3rittle 'lo3ule found im3edded in the stone from the a3yss. The trees 3udded prematurely around . The proportions of its 3ody seemed sli'htly altered in a Dueer .oods across the road. (nfortunately such moments increased .hile its face had ta!en on an e%pression .hispered le'end . stran'e the men from the colle'e had found that stone to 3eA several farmers spo!e a3out the matter to them.ould 3e certain to start.ron' .ahum<s 'round.ed that the sno.n mournin'1cloa! 3utterflies 3ehaved in connection .ay. The entire 7ardner family developed the ha3it of stealthy listenin'A thou'h not for any sound .hich the dar! fears of rustics .as poison in .as freely mentionedA and it .ore that they s.hich such a phenomenon as the aerolite . .ever .as no .ent from mouth to mouth that there .hen 'iven t.ahum<s than it did any.ashed a.ere thin's of such size seen 3eforeA and they held stran'e colours that could not 3e put into any .ind.ill say and 3elieve anythin'.ere monstrousA and the horse had snorted at an odour .as the meteoriteB and remem3erin' ho.here elseA and early in 8arch there . The plants .Lovecr !t The Colour +ut of Space 1 7 =n 4e3ruary the 8c7re'or 3oys from 8eado.hen there .ay at onceA so that only their 'rotesDue tales of it ever reached the people of the countryside. And as for the footprints and fri'htened horses 1 of course this .ere 'enuinely fri'htenedA and thre.ith these sa%ifra'es.indB 3ut even the 'ossips .ed discussion in >otter<s 'eneral store at Clar!<s Corners.ayed also .ahum<s second son ThaddeusA a lad of fifteenA s. Their shapes .as an a.ere out shootin' . >eople vo.as really nothin' for serious men to do in cases of . melted faster around .ahum<s house had no.rite a humorous article a3out themA in .hich they could consciously name.ere certainly oddA 3ut all s!un!1 ca33a'es are more or less odd in shape and hue.ild 'ossipA for superstitious rustics . 2ill .ords.H.hen consciousness seemed half to slip a.ayed ominously in the .as fast ta!in' form. +nly one of themA . in a . That afternoon several persons drove past to see the a3normal 'ro. .ere very conservative in . the thin' a.P. 3ecome an ac!no.ho sa.ahum<s to tell a stolid city man a3out the .holly unprecedented.as in the air.asA indeedA rather a product of moments . .ed them to the editor of the 7azetteA 3ut that di'nitary did no more than . >erhaps some mineral element from the stone had entered the soilA 3ut it .ith all .ould soon 3e .hich struc! Stephen as . it. The samples in this analysis case 'ave the same odd 3ands at firstA thou'h later they lost the property.ahum<sA and at ni'ht they s.o phials of dust for analysis in a police Co3 over a year and half laterA recalled that the Dueer colour of that s!un!1ca33a'e had 3een very li!e one of the anomalous 3ands of li'ht sho. The listenin' .led'ed thin'A and all the 3asis for a cycle of .ere held up to polite ridicule.hat they inferred. CertainlyA ho. There . +f course it .orld. +ne day they paid .as mere country tal! .ahum<s fol!s.ay impossi3le to descri3eA . But the shyin' of horses near .as .thA and all a'reed that plants of that !ind ou'ht never to sprout in a healthy . The 3ad fruit of the fall 3efore .ee!A till it 3ecame common speech that Lsomethin' . .ay in contempt.ild tales and fol!lore .L When the early sa%ifra'e came out it had another stran'e colourB not Duite li!e that of the s!un!1ca33a'eA 3ut plainly related and eDually un!no.ould not credit this.as a mista!e of .

hile at one moment a detached piece of the phosphorescence appeared to stir furtively in the yard near the 3arn.o sane .as no <.ith the proper flora of the re'ion.holesome colours . The shunnin' of his house 3y nei'h3ors told on himA of courseB 3ut it told on his . insolent in their chromatic perversion. The L$utchman<s 3reechesL 3ecame a thin' of sinister menaceA and the 3loodroots 're.n.as none of . The ni'ht had 3een dar! and the 3u''y1lamps faintA 3ut around a farm in the valley .lin'.hich everyone !ne.as 'oin' 'reyA and . from the account must 3e .n used to the sense of somethin' near him .ho drove 3y one ni'ht in i'norance of the country le'ends.indo. A dim thou'h distinct luminosity seemed to inhere in all the ve'etationA 'rassA leavesA and 3lossoms ali!eA . Then . All the orchard trees 3lossomed forth in stran'e coloursA and throu'h the stony soil of the yard and adCacent pastura'e there spran' up a 3izarre 'ro.as the ne%t to see it from the . Ammi and the 7ardners thou'ht that most of the colours had a sort of hauntin' familiarityA and decided that they reminded one of the 3rittle 'lo3ule in the meteor.ahum had the co.orldA and sometimes let Ammi do their errands in to.atchin' in all directions at random for somethin' 1 they could not tell .as surprised . =t .ould 3e of no useA and hoped that the summer<s stran'e 'ro.hat.A and had 'ro.et it . The 3oys . What he told in Ar!ham .ned that Thaddeus had 3een ri'ht a3out the trees. 8rs.s driven to the uplandsA after .aitin' to 3e heard.here .hich led to its ultimate a3andonment. 2e !ne.in' no. When school closed the 7ardners . The 'rass had so far seemed untouchedA and the co.hich this trou3le ceased.ard the end of 8ay the mil! 3e'an to 3e 3ad.er.atchin' at ni'ht 1 .ahum<s place 3ecame a ni'htmare of 3uzzin' and cra. the only person .n tints of earth.ollen 3ou'hs of a maple a'ainst a moonlit s!y.ahum includedA sa. =n 8ay the insects cameA and .ahum<s family at all .hen the ne. The 3ou'hs surely movedA and there . all the poison from the soil.ahum<s .as developin' a hi'hly sin'ular Duality of 3rittleness.as there that all the farmersA . .hich only a 3otanist could connect . . 7ardner .hat they could not see . =n her ravin' there .ith the land around the house.as not a sin'le specific nounA 3ut only ver3s and pronouns. it . Ammi .oman screamed a3out thin's in the air .indmill salesman from Bolton .ere 3ecomin' fe..as 'iven a short para'raph in the 7azetteB and it .ere virtually cut off from the . 8ost of the creatures seemed not Duite usual in their aspects and motionsA and their nocturnal ha3its contradicted all former e%perience.ere freely pastured in the lot near the houseA 3ut to.er and fe.Lovecr !t The Colour +ut of Space 1 8 April 3rou'ht a !ind of madness to the country fol!A and 3e'an that disuse of the road past . .P. 2e .ed the ten1acre pasture and the upland lotA 3ut did nothin' . =t .as the ve'etation.ahum<sA the dar!ness had 3een less thic!. Thin's moved and chan'ed and .ere those hectic and prismatic variants of some diseasedA underlyin' primary tone .as then that they o.th . All the verdure . Stran'eness had come into everythin' 'ro.ot lon' after this the chan'e in 'rass and leaves 3ecame apparent to the eye. . ThaddeusA an especially sensitive youthA suffered the most.here to 3e seen e%cept in the 'reen 'rass and leafa'eB 3ut every.s of 8rs. =t happened in 6uneA a3out the anniversary of the meteor<s fallA and the poor .ife more. The 7ardners too! to . 4amiliarity had dulled themA and . They . it first.s .ere 3etter offA 3ein' at school each dayB 3ut they could not help 3ein' fri'htened 3y the 'ossip.hich she could not descri3e. 7ardner<s madness stole around.ind.ths . =t must 3e the sap.ithout a place amon' the< !no.atched the s.ould dra.ere any.ho ever visited the placeA and his visits .as prepared for almost anythin' no.H.ahum plou'hed and so.as 'limpsed 3y a timid .ho made the ne%t discovery.as no. as she .ere failin' curiously 3oth physically and mentallyA and no one .

=t .ere 'reyin' no.everA i'nored the . =t shiedA 3al!edA and .ee! until he 3e'an stum3lin' and hurtin' himselfA and then he shut him in an attic room across the hall from his mother<s.arfed and tasteless.inA .ould not approach the 3arn.ahum 3orro. .hile the ve'etation .hen her e%pression chan'ed he did nothin'.as fast crum3lin' to a 'reyish po.ahumA ho. =t too! a . But .as 'ettin' fri'htfully ima'inativeA and his .ander a3out the house as lon' as she . Even .ere seen to 3e Duite useless and unmana'ea3le.al!ed half in another .as very terri3leA especially to little 8er.as somethin' of stolid resi'nation a3out them allA as if they .een lines of nameless 'uards to a certain and familiar doom.holly sounds.indo.as out of the soil. There .as 3ein' drained of somethin' 1 somethin' .a'on near enou'h the hayloft for convenient pitchin'.ed a horse from Ammi for his hayin'A 3ut found it .Lovecr !t The Colour +ut of Space 1 ) flutteredA and ears tin'led to impulses .ay they screamed at each other from 3ehind their loc!ed doors .ith a pail and had come 3ac! empty1handedA shrie!in' and .ater .ho first realised that the .as comin' out 'rey and d. .n 'ood.oodland deer.ay she made faces at himA he decided to !eep her loc!ed in the attic.orld 3et.ahum opened the sta3le door they all 3olted out li!e fri'htened .as AmmiA on one of his rare visitsA .arnin'A for he had 3y that time 3ecome calloused to stran'e and unpleasant thin's. afraid of herA and Thaddeus nearly fainted at the .hose hues had 3een so stran'e .avin' his armsA and sometimes lapsin' into an inane titter or a . The asters and 'olden1rod 3loomed 'rey and distortedA and the roses and zinneas and hollyhoc!s in the front yard . Somethin' had snapped in their 3rainsA and each one had to 3e shot for its o.hen the 3oys 're. And all the .ere such 3lasphemous1loo!in' thin's that . By Septem3er all the ve'etation .as no lon'er 'ood.hile the men used their o. 8er.s shifted.o in one family .P.ell on hi'her 'round to use till the soil .ee! to trac! all fourA and .as ta!en a. There seemed virtually nothin' to do to calm themA and .as sli'htly luminous in the dar!A as he no.ell. The .ife no. 2is .ers .n there.ahum 'ot the mad notion that she .as pretty 3adA 3ut .as over .as not of earth. Somethin' .A and the fruit .ell .hich . clearly sa.ay 1 she .as fastenin' itself on her that ou'ht not to 3e 1 someone must ma!e it !eep off 1 nothin' .hen school opened the 3oys did not 'o.as turnin' 'rey and 3rittle. 2e had 'one .derA and .as harmless to herself and others.hisper a3out Lthe movin' colours do.ahum<s oldest 3oy @enas cut them do. . Thaddeus .as 'ood a'ain. They shunned people no.ere not .as the case .ith the near3y ve'etation. had spells of terrific screamin'A and he and the 3oys .as a little 3efore this that the horses had stampeded.ould die 3efore the poison .n stren'th to 'et the heavy . Even the flo. =t had an evil taste that .alls and .ahum .ahum feared that the trees .H.ho fancied they tal!ed in some terri3le lan'ua'e that .in .hen .ahum did not send her to the county asylumA 3ut let her . By 6uly she had ceased to spea! and cra.hen found they .oods. The stran'ely puffed insects died a3out that timeA even the 3ees that had left their hives and ta!en to the .as very 3rave a3out it.hinniedA and in the end he could do nothin' 3ut drive it into the yard . But it .n.L T.led on all foursA and 3efore that month .ent mad in Septem3er after a visit to the .A and .as ever still in the ni'ht 1 the .as not e%actly fetid nor e%actly saltyA and Ammi advised his friend to di' another . 2e and the 3oys continued to use the tainted supplyA drin!in' it as listlessly and mechanically as they ate their mea're and ill1coo!ed meals and did their than!less and monotonous chores throu'h the aimless days.ere in a constant state of nervous tension. Somethin' had aroused them in the ni'htA and their nei'hin' and !ic!in' in their stalls had 3een terri3le. 2e let the 3oy run a3out for a . .

The five cats had left some time 3eforeA 3ut their 'oin' .s.ered faintly from the atticA and in response to an inDuirin' loo! .hole 3ody . When ni'ht approachedA Ammi mana'ed to 'et a.ay.as .as not an animal survivin' on the placeA for the stoc! and poultry .ereA his mind .as very ine%plica3leA for they had never 3een fed from the tainted ve'etation. Their meat .hat he mi'ht to calm the hysterical so33in' of little 8er.hat he .ahum .ahum home . 2o's 're.ili'ht he hastened homeA the screams of the mad .as not more ima'inative. The death had come to poor Thaddeus in his attic roomA and it had come in a . >oultry turned 'reyish and died very Duic!lyA their meat 3ein' found dry and noisome upon cuttin'.ould 3e a 'reyin' and turnin' 3rittle li!e that .hat disease could .lin' thin's could have 3rou'ht the virusA for . 2e had come of late to do nothin' 3ut stare into space and o3ey .as 3ent ever so sli'htlyB 3ut had he 3een a3le to connect and reflect upon all the portents around him he must inevita3ly have turned a total maniac.ahum sta''ered into Ammi<s house .as 3eyond any mind<s 'uessin'.it<s end.ay of the 3rother .as much as it had 3een in the 3arn. =t .as 'ettin' very fee3le.ife .o.ere intactB 3ut it . Almost at the same time the mortality amon' the livestoc! commenced. Even as thin's . and loc!ed door .hat he found.ine 3e'an 'ro.ere dead and the do's had run a.hich could not 3e told.ays the result 1 there . @enas needed no calmin'. Then somethin' struc! the co. Star! terror seemed to clin' round the 7ardners and all they touchedA and the very presence of one in the house .ayed . These do'sA three in num3erA had all vanished one ni'ht and . and then 8er.orse after the shuttin' a.aterA and had never come 3ac!.ife consoled the stric!en man as 3est they couldA 3ut shuddered as they did so.in' 'rey and 3rittle and fallin' to pieces 3efore they diedA and their eyes and muzzles developed sin'ular alterations.rea! such results . There had 3een a .hile 8rs.as very merciful.in this time.H.as openly 3affled.oman and the nervous child rin'in' horri3ly in his ears.ahum said that his .hich no one could e%plain. =n the last sta'es 1 and death .ere common.o rural veterinary .as little 8er.as scarcely noticed since there no. inordinately fatA then suddenly 3e'an to under'o loathsome chan'es .ere never heard of a'ain. +n the nineteenth of +cto3er .as of course uselessA and .s.ith the 'reatest reluctanceA and did .in<s screams .ould 3e uncannily shrivelled or compressedA and atrocious collapses or disinte'rations .in.as 'one.as a 3reath from re'ions unnamed and unnama3le.indo. There could 3e no Duestion of poisonA for all the cases occurred in a loc!ed and undistur3ed 3arn. Screamed at everythin'.as al.o 3ites of pro.as really luc!y for Ammi that he .ahum 3urst into Ammi<s !itchen in the early mornin'A and in the a3sence of his host stammered out a desperate tale once moreA . .hen the faint 'lo.ayB for not even friendship could ma!e him stay in that spot .ithout .hat his father told himB and Ammi thou'ht that his fate . . seemed to 3e no miceA and only 8rs. Certain areas or sometimes the . The s.hat live 3east of earth can pass throu'h solid o3staclesG =t must 3e only natural disease 1 yet . There could have 3een nothin' from outsideA for the small 3arred .ind. 2e . 2e had 'one out late at ni'ht .as at his .Lovecr !t The Colour +ut of Space 1-* restlessness .hich 3eset the ho's. 7ardner had made pets of the 'raceful felines. of the ve'etation 3e'an and the trees may or may not have s. >ierce listened in a clutchin' fri'ht.ahum had du' a 'rave in the railed family plot 3ehind the farmA and had put therein .as a3out.ay . =t . .ith a lantern and pail for .ith hideous ne.ho had 3een his 'reatest playmate. 2e<d 3een 'oin' to pieces for daysA and hardly !ne. Three days later .P. Ammi and his . =n the t. . When the harvest came there .ould approach his placeA and the city veterinary from Ar!ham . =t .ere ans. . Ammi accompanied .

hat had happened.n cameA and the man had plodded 3ac! from his all1ni'ht search of the .ithered 'rass and leaves on the 'roundA vines fallin' in 3rittle .Lovecr !t The Colour +ut of Space 1-1 frantic shrie! from the yard thenA 3ut 3efore the father could 'et to the door the 3oy .n the chimney.indo.ood had made him any more comforta3leA and then Ammi sa.as 'one.ahum as!ed him if the e%tra .A and a second later he felt himself 3rushed as if 3y some hateful current of vapour.hat forA since he had al.in .ifeA and he chan'ed his line of inDuiry.hat melted mass of iron .as shoc!in' 1 'reyish .as creepin' and creepin' and .orst. The stench .in' up at the 'rey .ahum thou'ht the lantern and pail ..as small and half1o3scured 3y the crude .as apprehensive of the . open the lo. Somethin' .ahum . But .ould say.ays so far as he !ne.hich had certainly 3een the lanternB . The room .ere 'one tooB 3ut .as no smo!e from the 'reat chimneyA and for a moment the visitor . 2e . While he screamed he thou'ht a momentary cloud eclipsed the .as . 8er. The aspect of the .a33yG WhyA here she isFL .as 'one. =t .as 'oneA and there .ee!s Ammi sa. The third !ey proved the ri'ht oneA and after some fum3lin' Ammi thre.1ceiled !itchenA 3ut perfectly conscious and a3le to 'ive simple orders to @enas.al!ed upri'htly in the 5ord<s . Then there flashed across the visitor<s mind a sudden thou'ht of the mad .as the surprised response of poor .hite door.ahum . At the time .alls and 'a3lesA and 'reat 3are trees cla. from the lantern he had ta!enA and of the child himself no trace. 4or over t.ahumA and Ammi soon sa. .hich Ammi could not 3ut feel had come from some su3tle chan'e in the tilt of the 3ranches. 8er.hile a 3ent handle and t.as no 'lo. >resently .ould 3e no use in tellin' the people aroundA .ife and @enas if they survived him.hole farm .as sorely neededB since the cavernous fireplace .H.isted iron hoops 3eside itA 3oth half1fusedA seemed to hint at the remnants of the pail.ide1plan!ed floor.o useA eitherA in tellin' the city people at Ar!ham .P. somethin' dar! in the cornerA and upon seein' it more clearly he screamed outri'ht.in . WoodA indeedA .oods and fieldsA he had found some very curious thin's near the .ould 'o soonA and he .ith a cloud of soot 3lo.as 3lan!A and AmmiA .in' a3out in the chill . Stran'e colours danced 3efore his eyesB and had .ooden 3arsB and Ammi could see nothin' at all on the .as aliveA after all.ovem3er s!y .ind that came do.ith his lun's filled .ell.ahum .indo.ho shunned all 7ardners no..ood.as proof a'ainst more sorro. that he must search for himself.. There . Thad . That .ahumB and thenA . .as all that the clouded father .ell 1 L . . .as 3eyond endurin'A and 3efore proceedin' further he had to retreat to another room and return .as deadly coldB and as Ammi visi3ly shiveredA the host shouted hus!ily to @enas for more .as all.as Duite dar! insideA for the . =t must all 3e a Cud'ment of some sortB thou'h he could not fancy . 5eavin' the harmless 3a33ler on the couchA he too! the !eys from their nail 3eside the door and clim3ed the crea!in' stairs to the attic.hen da.hen he had reached home and heard the taleA could 'ive no 'uess. >ierce .ho lau'hed at everythin'.ea!A and lyin' on a couch in the lo.ith 3reatha3le air.as a crushed and apparently some. =t .as unlit and emptyA . There . The stoutest cord had 3ro!en at lastA and the hapless farmer<s mind . There .hat mi'ht have happenedA he overcame his fears and paid the 7ardner place a visit.ell 1 he lives in the . .ith a studied malevolence . +f the four doors in si'htA only one .aitin' to 3e seen and heard. .orried a3out .as very close and noisome up thereA and no sound could 3e heard from any direction. L. L=n the .o .rec!a'e from archaic .anted Ammi to loo! after his .as past ima'inin'A 8rs. When he did enter he sa. nothin' of .as loc!edA and on this he tried various !eys of the rin' he had ta!en.as 'oneA and no.ays . /uestionin' tactfullyA Ammi could 'et no clear data at all a3out the missin' @enas.

There .as not all. him.as left in that attic roomA and that to leave anythin' capa3le of motion there .as that it very slo. 7ood 7odF What eldritch dream1.heel must have 3rushed the copin' and !noc!ed in a stone. 2e even thou'ht a scream had 3een suddenly cho!ed offA and recalled nervously the clammy vapour .H. Everythin' had happened in the last half1hourA 3ut collapseA 'reyin'A and disinte'ration . Slo.hich all too clearly had shared the nameless fate of youn' Thaddeus and the livestoc!.asF 8ost of it 3uilt 3efore 1-7*A and the 'am3rel roof no later than 17&*.hether it had 3een dra''ed 3y any e%ternal forcesA Ammi could not sayB 3ut the death had 3een at it.nstairs no. Anyone 3ut a stolid farmer . Every trifle of the scene 3urned itself into his 3rain.hich had 3rushed 3y him in that fri'htful room a3ove.hich cannot 3e mentionedA and . With an associative sense 'oaded to feverish hei'htsA he thou'ht unaccounta3ly of . There .hat he had seen upstairs. A sort of liDuid splash 1 .ahum to deal .ed in that detesta3ly ancient .hat he sou'ht .ell. Ammi could not touch itA 3ut loo!ed horrifiedly into the distorted parody that had 3een a face.ould 'ive me no added particulars of this sceneA 3ut the shape in the comer does not reappear in his tale as a movin' o3Cect.or! in si'htB stepsA sidesA e%posed lathsA and 3eams ali!e...Lovecr !t The Colour +ut of Space 1-" not a present horror num3ed him he .al!A 3ecause .hinny from Ammi<s horse outsideA follo. But the terri3le thin' a3out the horror . 2e had left 2ero untied near itA and a 3u''y . old the house .P.ere scalin' off.ould have 3een a deed so monstrous as to damn any accounta3le 3ein' to eternal torment.ould have fainted or 'one madA 3ut Ammi .ood. =n another moment horse and 3u''y had 'one 3eyond earshotA leavin' the fri'htened man on the dar! stairs to 'uess .hat is done in common humanity is sometimes cruelly Cud'ed 3y the la.hat had sent them.hich confronted himA and . A fee3le scratchin' on the floor do. Then there 3urst forth a frantic .ard the !itchen.al!ed conscious throu'h that lo. But he did not complete the . Ammi .ardA 3ut stood there trem3lin' at the 3lac! curve of the 3o%ed1in staircase. As it . There had 3een another sound out there. There are thin's . The soundsA the sense of dread e%pectancyA the dar!nessA the steepness of the narro.ay and loc!ed the accursed secret 3ehind him.as a horri3le 3rittlenessA and dry fra'ments .ed at once 3y a clatter . =ndu3ita3ly there .as this into .as a sort of heavy dra''in'A and a most detesta3ly stic!y noise as of some fiendish and unclean species of suction.B he must 3e fed and tendedA and removed to some place . = 'athered that no movin' thin' .as still alive after a fashion. But that .ith no. Ammi heard a thud 3elo.ater 1 it must have 3een the . door.ould 3e .led or . .as he thou'ht only of the 3lasphemous monstrosity .here he could 3e cared for.ood.ard nor for.ay. And still the pale phosphorescence 'lo. 7odF ho. sounded distinctlyA and Ammi<s 'rip ti'htened on a heavy stic! he had pic!ed up in the attic for some purpose.hich he had 3lunderedG 2e dared move neither 3ac!.orld .ly and percepti3ly moved as it continued to crum3le.ould have thou'ht of the 'lo3ule in the meteor that the 'eolo'ist<s hammer had shatteredA and of the mor3id ve'etation that had sprouted in the sprin'.ly nervin' himselfA he finished his descent and . =t had come to meet himA and it .ere already far advanced. step 1 and merciful 2eavenF 1 the faint 3ut unmista!a3le luminosity of all the . What presence had his cry and entry started upG 2alted 3y some va'ue fearA he heard still further sounds 3elo.or!.al!ed 3oldly to.as no lon'er there.hich told of a frenzied runa. Whether it had cra. Commencin' his descent of the dar! stairs.

as found in the attic and under the red chec!ed ta3lecloth on the floor 3elo...as left and reeled out the 3ac! door into the fields.ithout e%planationsA he set out at once for Ar!ham and notified the authorities that the 7ardner family . cold an< ..Lovecr !t The Colour +ut of Space 1-& LWhat .. When Ammi reached his house the horses and 3u''y had arrived 3efore him and thro.here the t.as no more.. he .othin<.in' Ammi<s 3u''yA and arrived at the pest1ridden farmhouse a3out four o<cloc!.... .ants.ere precisely li!e those . .hich had !illed the live1stoc!. it lived in the . my head<s no 'ood..hich his horses had run a.a33yA AmmiG.hat .ater.as very little to e%amine. a !ind of smo!e..ee!.hat it .ent into the ..o one could loo! lon' at themA and even the medical e%aminer admitted that there . dun<t !no... it must a< come in that stone pizened the .illA for the afternoon .in an< @enas.. The si% men drove out in a democrat1. Cest a colour.ay.as terri3le enou'hA 3ut those t. . seeds.hat . they 'ro. her face is 'ittin< to hev that colour sometimes to. 2e clim3ed the slope to the ten1acre pasture and stum3led home 3y the north road and the .. .hisperedA and the cleftA 3ul'in' lips .. The . Specimens could 3e analysedA of courseA so he 3usied himself in o3tainin' them 1 and here it develops that a very puzzlin' aftermath occurred at the colle'e la3oratory .ent much a'ainst his . L..in and @enas had disappeared...oods...as some comfort to have so many people ....as advancin' and he feared the fall of ni'ht over that accursed placeA 3ut it ..etA 3ut it 3urns.a'onA follo.. dun<t !no. he . must a< 'ot stron' on @enas...as itA . .o phials of dust . 2e had loo!ed at it throu'h the . that round thin' them men from the colle'e du' outen the stone... :eassurin' her .... @enas never come 3ac! from the . = seen it the fust time this . (sed as the officers . ..hich spo!e could spea! no more 3ecause it had completely caved in.. (nder the spectroscope 3oth samples 'ave off an un!no.ell ..n spectrumA in .ere 3eyond all 3ounds. must a< 3en more of <em. 2e also stated that 8er. ...ay.... 2e could not pass that .nA and mentioned that the cause seemed to 3e the same stran'e ailment . Cest the sameA li!e the flo.ife into fits of an%iety.ards ni'ht..n his ....ho had treated the diseased animals.. summ<at<s comin< 3ut tain<t no use.ed..ith the coronerA the medical e%aminerA and the veterinary ..as too!.. can<t 'it a. in that stone. evil . The ..n your mind an< then 'ets ye. That ....... 3urns ye up.hich .ith poor .ater.as compelled to ta!e three officers to the 7ardner farmA to'ether ..ere finally ta!en. Then the lurchin' 3u''y had not dislod'ed anythin' after all 1 the splash had 3een somethin' else 1 somethin' . Thad an< 8er.ere Cust a3le to crac!le out a final ans....ere to 'ruesome e%periencesA not one remained unmoved at . the .o crum3lin' o3Cects .e ain<t !eerful.hole aspect of the farm .. = seen it time an< a'in senct @enas . dra. an< it 3urns an< suc!s.ell..ell shone at ni'ht..as itGL 2e .har<s .s ye.ahum and . 2e .. it 3urns...ers last sprin'.ahum... suc!in< the life out of everythin'.ith him. ye !no. it<ll 'it her ef .ers an< plants. ho. suc!s the life out.. it 3eats do.as considera3le Duestionin' at the police stationA and in the end Ammi .har thin's ain<t as they is here. Cest li!e the flo....er... There .P... loo! outA AmmiA it<ll do suthin< more.. Ammi laid a red chec!ed ta3lecloth over ..ell. they smashed it.hole place.ahum 1 ...as ri'ht a3out that.A and had seen that no stone . nothin<.a33yA that of Thaddeus 3ein' already !no.ell from ...as all....H...indo. lon' sense = fed her.. it .hich many of the 3afflin' 3ands ..hich the stran'e meteor had yielded in the previous year.as the same colour. in the .hat ...as a 3i' 3oyA full o< life. seeds. 2e indul'ed in no detailsA 3ut merely told of the deaths of . you .ell after it had done ..L But that ..as missin' from the rim.. one o< them professors said so.as ri'ht.. everythin' alive. the colour. it come from some place . = seen it.ith its 'rey desolation .

ell.hen it . . But .in and @enas in the tainted .ho first noticed the 'lo. After that nothin' . But he could not help 'lancin' nervously at the stony cur3 3y the 'reat s.o dou3t the meteor had poisoned the soilA 3ut the illness of persons and animals .as an%ious to 3e a. =t had a very Dueer colourA and as all the men clustered round the .as to him of no unfamiliar hue.ait trem3lin' .hile pail after pail of ran! . =t .as 'ettin' to.ould 3eA since the . ThenA .o summers a'oA had seen it in the crazy ve'etation of the sprin'timeA and had thou'ht he had seen it for an instant that very mornin' a'ainst the small 3arred . fallenA and lanterns .ere mainly s!eletal.as phenomenally lo.eepA and . The men sniffed in dis'ust at the fluidA and to. 2e had seen it in the nasty 3rittle 'lo3ule in that aerolite t. that . The men .here nameless thin's had happened.as not so lon' a Co3 as they had feared it .hat it mi'ht mean.hile the intermittent li'ht of a spectral half1moon played . There .ahum had feared somethin' do.as seen that nothin' further could 3e 'ained from the .ho had eaten nothin' 'ro.ith more than the fitful moon3eamsB 3ut this ne. =t .ard the last held their noses a'ainst the foetor they . .Lovecr !t The Colour +ut of Space 1-# property of emittin' this spectrum vanished in a monthA the dust thereafter consistin' mainly of al!aline phosphates and car3onates.aterG ?ery possi3ly.n disease of live1stoc! and humansA and the unaccounta3le deaths of 8er. overloo!in' the yardA .ater had 3een emptied. =t mi'ht 3e a 'ood idea to analyze it. Ammi .ere fran!ly nonplussed 3y the entire caseA and could find no convincin' common element to lin! the stran'e ve'eta3le conditionsA the un!no.here the .ere also a small deer and a lar'e do' in a3out the same stateA and a num3er of 3ones of small animals. 'lo. 2e had said so at the last 1 said it .anly on the 'rey desolation outside. =t had flashed there a secondA and a clammy and hateful current of vapour had 3rushed past him 1 and then poor . of that terri3le attic room .ell immediatelyA so Ammi had to . There is no need to spea! too e%actly of .indo.i'ht had fully set inA and all the a3horrent 'rounds seemed faintly luminous .ere 3oth thereA in partA thou'h the vesti'es .ellA everyone . a3out the .indo.ell .ed that they had 3oth suffered from the 'rey 3rittle death.ili'ht had no.in and @enas .ooden shaft to any depth in the mud of the floor . After that had come the runa.n in that soil ..ell.ere 3rou'ht from the house. Was it the .ell1and no.ere uncoverin'.as everythin' so 'rey and 3rittleG =t .ell . 8er.ard sunsetA and he . .ere so similar1and the fra'ments sho.ellG Their deeds . Why .as somethin' definite and distinctA and appeared to shoot up from the 3lac! pit li!e a softened ray from a searchli'htA 'ivin' dull reflections in the little 'round pools . The ooze and slime at the 3ottom seemed ine%plica3ly porous and 3u33lin'A and a man .as 3elchin' forth to the ni'ht a pale insidious 3eam of the same demoniac tint.ay in the yard and the splash in the .hat they found.ould do 3ut that they empty and e%plore the . T.as hauled up and splashed on the soa!in' 'round outside. 4or this stran'e 3eam of 'hastly miasma .ithout meetin' any solid o3struction.ahum had 3een ta!en 3y somethin' of that colour.P.as li!e the 'lo3ule and the plants.ater .hen a detective Duestioned him he admitted that .H.in or @enas. .ent indoors and conferred in the ancient sittin'1room . had occurred.ay.indo. Ammi 'ave a violent start.hat peculiar madness could have made 3oth 3oys Cump into the .ater .as the coronerA seated near a .ho descended on hand1holds . 2e had seen that colour 3eforeA and feared to thin! . They had heard the common country tal!A it is trueB 3ut could not 3elieve that anythin' contrary to natural la.as another matter.ell if he had thou'ht they meant to do anythin' then and there.ith a lon' pole found that he could sin! the .n there so much so that he had never even thou'ht of searchin' it for 8er.ould not have told the men a3out the .

Even the dry tips of the lin'erin' hed'e1mustardA 'rey and 3li'htedA and the frin'e on the roof of the standin' democrat1.as no .. The others loo!ed at himA and then Duic!ly follo.e !no. And yet amid that tense 'odless calm the hi'h 3are 3ou'hs of all the trees in the yard .n and unholy iridescence from the slimy depths in front.hinnied in increasin' frenzy.as a3solutely none then.ardA 3ut there .ere movin'.L So the men paused indecisively as the li'ht from the . L$un<t 'o out tharAL he .ay it<s made an< the . 2e could not 3ut . openin' on the mornin' s!yA and from a nocturnal e%halation seen as a phosphorescent mist a'ainst the 3lac! and 3lasted landscape.P.a'on .rithin' and stru''lin' 3elo.hich its idle strayin' had 3een suddenly arrested.ahum said somethin< lived in the . 2e said he seen it this last .ith a.as essentially scientific.ith the silhouetteA and in a fearsome instant of deeper dar!ness the .hat .ere t.ere unstirred.ature 1 and he thou'ht of those terri3le last .hat .. =t must 3e somethin< from a.o one . All at once one of the detectives at the .ill ever !no.A that ye can hardly see an< can<t tell .ith its seemin'ly increased stren'th and the special si'ns of purpose it .ful momentB . .ith terror in that ancient and accursed house itselfA four monstrous sets of fra'ments1t. The .hisperin' later onA that the stran'e days are never tal!ed a3out in Ar!ham..ed and .eA 3ut hus!y and almost identical from every throat.e all seen in the meteor stone that fell a year a'o 6une.ea!ened mindA there is no tellin' . stron'er and the hitched horses pa.a'on driver started for the door to do somethin'A 3ut Ammi laid a sha!y hand on his shoulder.oodshed 3ehindA and that shaft of un!no. one o< them professors said so. LThey<s more to this nor .ell 're. Then a cloud of dar!er depth passed over the moonA and the silhouette of clutchin' 3ranches faded out momentarily. .in' frantically.ed from a round 3all li!e one .or!s ain<t li!e no . 'ave a shortA sharp 'asp.ind at that hour of the evenin'. There .onder at his 'leanin' of the same impression from a vapour 'limpsed in the daytimeA a'ainst a .ords of his stric!en friendA L=t come from some place ..as soon to display 3eneath the half1clouded moonlit s!y. They ..o from the .as no need for . =t .ith su3terrene horrors .ay it . =t is necessary to premise that there . Suc!s an< 3urnsA he saidA an< is Cest a cloud of colour li!e that li'ht out thar no. =t<s some<at from 3eyond.itchin' mor3idly and spasmodicallyA cla.as a 'eneral cryB muffled .ed his o.ot a man 3reathed for several seconds. the 3lac! roots. 4or the terror had not faded .n 'aze up.hich . 2e said it must 3e some<at 'ro.ords.L All three horses outsideA tied to a pair of shrivelled saplin's 3y the roadA .ahum thou'ht it feeds on everythin' livin< an< 'its stron'er all the time.indo. Ammi had restrained the driver on impulseA for'ettin' ho. The . .o from the house and t.hich every man of that party a'reed in . .ay off in the s!y li!e the men from the colle'e last year says the meteor stone .hat it mi'ht not have done at that last momentA and .as after the clammy 3rushin' of that coloured vapour in the attic roomA 3ut perhaps it is Cust as .in' in convulsive and epileptic madness at the moonlit cloudsB scratchin' impotently in the no%ious air as if Cer!ed 3y some allied and 3odiless line of lin!a'e .ell1in the .ee!.orld.hispered.har thin's ain<t as they is here.H. At this there .as a3road that ni'htB and thou'h the 3lasphemy from 3eyond had not so far hurt any human of un.as truly an a.Lovecr !t The Colour +ut of Space 1- =t does credit to the alertness of Ammi<s mind that he puzzled even at that tense moment over a point .ard to the point at .as.ere no. nei'hin' and pa.ell that suc!s your life out.hat it is.asn<t ri'ht 1 it . .as a'ainst .ay *< 7od<s . =t .indo. What had 3een disputed in country 'ossip .as disputa3le no lon'erA and it is 3ecause of the thin' .ell that he acted as he did. uninCured he himself . +ne did arise not lon' after.

as no 3ottom at all.as a .ere commencin' to shineA tooA thou'h the tethered vehicles of the visitors seemed so far unaffected. The .ell1s.as the last of 2ero till they 3uried him ne%t day. it<s 'oin< home 1L At this pointA as the column of un!no. in horror and nausea.ould have ventured forth for any earthly re.as shinin' no.as a.al!ed to the front door to drop the heavy e%tra 3ar across it.ri''lin' at that tree top hei'ht a thousand tiny points of faint and unhallo. L=t spreads on everythin' or'anic that<s 3een around hereAL muttered the medical e%aminer.een the splintered shafts of the 3u''y. =t 'lo.L Ammi<s horse still pa.a33y 1 .as pourin' outB and as the shapeless stream of unplacea3le colour left the .ell it seemed to flo.ater 1 it 'ot stron' on <em 1 it come from 3eyondA . All the .hispers . Each minute sa.Lovecr !t The Colour +ut of Space 1-- .n colour flared suddenly stron'er and 3e'an to .eep .ard.ed and screamed deafenin'ly in the road outsideA and nearly dro. They . L=t .hich each spectator descri3ed differentlyA there came from poor tethered 2ero such a sound as no man 3efore or since ever heard from a horse.ished to dra.indo.as a monstrous constellation of unnatural li'htA li!e a 'lutted s. .all on the .ned its o.as very plain that healthy livin' thin's must leave that house.n on the apostles< heads at >entecost.ed do.ed on the 3road1plan!ed floor and the fra'ment of ra' carpetA and shimmered over the sashes of the small1paned . =t .ay from the .ild commotion and cloppin' in the roadA and as Ammi Duenched the lamp for 3etter seein' they realized that the span of frantic 'reys had 3ro!en their saplin' and run off .inA @enas an< .atchers sa.ed radianceA tippin' each 3ou'h li!e the fire of St. Every person in that lo.eave itself into fantastic su''estions of shape .n thar 1 it 'ot everythin' livin< 1 it fed itself on <emA mind and 3ody 1 Thad an< 8er.ell .hen he . 6ust ooze and 3u33les and the feelin' of somethin' lur!in' under there.fulAL he added.A and presently a policeman dum3ly pointed to some .ith them. =n the a3sence of the lampli'ht it .as 'ettin' 3ri'hter and 3ri'hterA 3rin'in' to the minds of the huddled menA a sense of doom and a3normality .est.hile their restless 3ranches seemed to strain more and more to.o one repliedA 3ut the man .as no lon'er shinin' outB it . =t ran up and do.as no time to mournA for almost at this instant a detective silently called attention to somethin' terri3le in the very room . The veterinary shiveredA and .ood of the .H.ere e%chan'ed.arm of corpse1fed fireflies dancin' hellish sara3ands over an accursed marshA and its colour . Words could not convey it 1 . =t .ith the democrat1.hen Ammi loo!ed out a'ain the hapless 3east lay huddled inert on the moonlit 'round 3et. Elmo or the flames that come do. notice to the 'ro. But the present .ner<s faint Duaver as he mum3led his formless reflections.s. That .P.har thin's ain<t li!e they 3e here 1 no.n the e%posed corner1postsA coruscated a3out the shelf and mantelA and infected the very doors and furniture.hich Ammi had come to reco'nize and dread. it stren'thenA and at last it .1pitched sittin' room stopped his earsA and Ammi turned a.in' luminosity of the trees. L=t come from that stone 1 it 'ro.ard verticality.as the last 1 they all drun! the . With the moments the shinin' of the trees increasedA . . .ell 'ave a hint that his lon' pole must have stirred up somethin' intan'i3le.hile the shaft of phosphorescence from the . LThere . The shoc! served to loosen several ton'uesA and em3arrassed . The nei'hin' and stampin' of the horses had 3ecome utterly fri'htfulA 3ut not a soul of that 'roup in the old house .as clear that a faint phosphorescence had 3e'un to pervade the entire apartment. Ammi shoo! no lessA and had to tu' and point for lac! of controlla3le voice .ho had 3een in the .a'on.indo.hich far outraced any ima'e their conscious minds could form.as that same nameless intrusion . Then there .ooden sheds and 3ee1hives near the stone .ahum . directly into the s!y.

ell. .P. .n there at .ould 3e no use .n.ere 'lad of the pathA for they could not have 'one the front . The moon .ed valley of desolation so lately shelterin' his ill1starred friend.as Cust a colour 1 3ut not any colour of our earth or heavens.ledA and lashed the fields and distorted .n colour had melted into the 8il!y Way. 2e did not .in!lin' a3ove the othersA .as a mountin' .ent under some very 3lac! clouds as they crossed the rustic 3rid'e over Chapman<s Broo!A and it . =t .as .ard Ar!ham 3y the north road.n a'ain upon the place from .ind .ith their 'narledA fiendish contoursB 3ut than! 2eaven the 3ranches did their . The 3ou'hs .orst t.ay spot he had seen somethin' fee3ly riseA only to sin! do.n.as the ne%t moment called s.in' 3arn and shedsA and those shinin' orchard trees .ahum<s.al!ed and stum3led as in a dreamA and did not dare loo! 3ac! till they .ardA tipped .atcher can ever for'et that si'htA and Ammi stared 3lan!ly at the stars of Cy'nusA $ene3 t. And 3ecause Ammi reco'nized that colourA and .ithout .ooden rippin' and crac!lin'A and not an e%plosionA as so many others of the party vo.ere sparedA and .oods alone to his home on the main road.s. 4or he had had an added shoc! that the others .ere all strainin' s!y.ere far a. Throu'h Duic!ly reclosin' vapours they follo.as shinin' .istin' hi'h up.o .holly chan'ed to lethal 'rey 3rittleness.n 3lend of colourB treesA 3uildin'sA and even such 'rass and her3a'e as had not 3een . =t . =t shrie!ed and ho.as only a dar!ness to .hat . When they loo!ed 3ac! to.oods in a mad cosmic frenzyA till soon the trem3lin' party realized it .here the un!no.ay on the hi'h 'round.ho sa.ard the valley and the distant 7ardner place at the 3ottom they sa.H. But his 'aze .ed.ith ton'ues of foul flameA and lam3ent tric!lin's of the same monstrous fire .orse than his fello. itA and sendin' forth to the zenith a 3om3ardin' cloud3urst of such coloured and fantastic fra'ments as our universe must needs diso.ell 1 seethin'A feelin'A lappin'A reachin'A scintillatin'A strainin'A and mali'nly 3u33lin' in its cosmic and unreco'niza3le chromaticism. Too a. +nly a .as crushed forever .as a scene from a vision of 4useliA and over all the rest rei'ned that riot of luminous amorphousnessA that alien and undimensioned rain3o.hich seemed to s. . a fearsome si'ht. At the farm .n in 3lac!A frore 'usts from interstellar space. And from that stric!enA far1a.ed them the 3ac! door and the path up throu'h the fields to the ten1acre pasture. As the rest of the .ed even to hint theoriesA the seven sha!in' men trud'ed 3ac! to.sA and 3e''ed them to see him inside his o.ish to cross the 3li'htedA . . Behind and 3elo.ayA 3y that . . of cryptic poison from the .ere creepin' a3out the rid'epoles of the houseA 3arn and sheds.iftly to earth 3y the crac!lin' in the valley.ard the roadA Ammi had loo!ed 3ac! an instant at the shado.as 3lind 'ropin' from there to the open meado.arnin' the hideous thin' shot vertically up to.as Cust that. They .as 3ad enou'h passin' the 'lo.as left do. They .n !itchenA instead of !eepin' strai'ht on to to.Lovecr !t The Colour +ut of Space 1-7 Ammi sho. Then .hipped .ith the hideous un!no.ed the 'reat mor3idity that had vanishedA and in another second they had vanished too.ith a 3roodin' fear he dared not even mention for many years to come.hich the 'reat shapeless horror had shot into the s!y.ard the s!y li!e a roc!et or meteorA leavin' 3ehind no trail and disappearin' throu'h a round and curiously re'ular hole in the clouds 3efore any man could 'asp or cry out. Ammi .ind1.eep do.atchers on that tempestuous hill had stolidly set their faces to. =t .hich the men dared not returnA and all a3out .et the outcome .aitin' for the moon to sho.as the sameA for in one feverish !aleidoscopic instant there 3urst up from that doomed and accursed farm a 'leamin'ly eruptive cataclysm of unnatural spar!s and su3stanceB 3lurrin' the 'lance of the fe. =t .

ill not tal! a3out the stran'e daysA and all three professors . When t. 4ive eldritch acres of dusty 'rey desert remainedA nor has anythin' ever 'ro.o traveler has ever escaped a sense of stran'eness in those deep ravinesA and artists shiver as they paint thic! . =s it fastened to the roots of those trees that cla. Ammi . that this last faint remnant must still lur! do.hen the ne.ent Dueer in the years after .er to 'et a.Lovecr !t The Colour +ut of Space 1-8 !ne.ould Duic!ly spread.ill al.as too late. = do not thin! = shall visit the Ar!ham country hereafter.o dou3t it is still do.ho had 3een . Three of the men .ays 3e very deep 1 3ut even soA = shall never drin! it. that are left in this motor a'e 1 'ro. $o not as! me for my opinion. Then the stron'er1minded fol! all left the re'ionA and only the forei'ners tried to live in the crum3lin' old homesteads. There .ho sa.ell = passed.ay. Sno.ahum<s ta!in'A and al.ell 1 = !no. But .ished some clouds .hich they shortly returned to himA everythin' that had ever 3een livin' had 'one.ould 'atherA for an odd timidity a3out the deep s!yey voids a3ove had crept into my soul.n there since.inter sno. .ili'ht came = had va'uely .eird stories of .ater from that disused .. .ould never 'o near the place a'ain.al! 3efore Ammi told me his tale.P.as another .ith the sunli'ht = sa.here. = shall 3e 'ladA tooA for = do not li!e the .hatever demon hatchlin' is thereA it must 3e tethered to somethin' or else it .ed a. s!ittish in the silent valleyB and hunters cannot depend on their do's too near the splotch of 'reyish dust. reservoir 3lots it out.ell.hich .ay the sunli'ht chan'ed colour around the mouth of that a3andoned . the airG +ne of the current Ar!ham tales is a3out fat oa!s that shine and move as they ou'ht not to do at ni'ht. Save for Ammi<s dead horseA . since the horror happenedA 3ut he has never 3een thereA and .oods and fieldsA and the fe. the aerolite and its coloured 'lo3ule are dead.ron' . 2orses 1 the fe. There .hispered ma'ic have 'iven them.ay and 3uriedA and the 3u''y .ind seems to disperse. .hat insi'ht 3eyond ours their .ellA he has never 3een Duite ri'ht since.hose mystery is as much of the spirits as of the eye.ls open to the s!y li!e a 'reat spot eaten 3y acid in the . 1 that is all. . >eople say the colour of the nei'h3orin' her3a'e is not Duite ri'ht in the sprin'A and that . a3ove the miasmal 3rin!.ho have ever dared 'limpse it in spite of the rural tales have named it Lthe 3lasted heath.ays they lac!ed the po.L The rural tales are Dueer. = hope the .as no one 3ut Ammi to DuestionB for Ar!ham people .ith Ammi returned the ne%t mornin' to see the ruins 3y dayli'htA 3ut there . They say the mental influences are very 3adA tooB num3ers .ellA or the 'rey dust that no .ildA .H. = myself am curious a3out the sensation = derived from my one lone . +nly the 3ric!s of the chimneyA the stones of the cellarA some mineral and metallic litter here and thereA and the rim of that nefandous .n the .as somethin' .ild thin's leave Dueer prints in the li'ht . To this day it spra. never seems Duite so heavy on the 3lasted heath as it is else. BotanistsA tooA ou'ht to study the stunted flora on the 3orders of that spotA for they mi'ht shed li'ht on the country notion that the 3li'ht is spreadin' 1 little 3y littleA perhaps an inch a year. They could not stayA thou'hB and one sometimes .ere other 'lo3ules 1 depend upon that. The rustics say the 3li'ht creeps an inch a yearA so perhaps there is a !ind of 'ro.ere not any real ruins.ater . They mi'ht 3e even Dueerer if city men and colle'e chemists could 3e interested enou'h to analyze the . +ne must have fed itself and escapedA and pro3a3ly there ..hich they to. there .n there in the . Their dreams at ni'htA they protestA are very horri3le in that 'rotesDue countryB and surely the very loo! of the dar! realm is enou'h to stir a mor3id fancy. =t is forty1four years no.ill 3e 'lad .oods . = do not !no.onders .th or nourishment even no.

This . = . =n terms of matter = suppose the thin' Ammi descri3ed . .ay 1 dra.arned.as all a frea! of madness as the to. This .ahum<s 1 Lcan<t 'it a.as so insidious.s that are not of our cosmos.s open 3efore our frenzied eyes.nsfol! had fore. = dou3t very much if Ammi consciously lied to meA and = do not thin! his tale .ill happen to Ammi.ith the 3lac! e%tra1 cosmic 'ulfs it thro.hose mere e%istence stuns the 3rain and num3s us .ould hate to thin! of him as the 'reyA t. not in . =t .hat proportion 1 still remains. so much of the thin' 1 and its influence . Why has he never 3een a3le to move a.ature as .e !no. = shall 3e 'lad to see the . Somethin' terri3le came to the hills and valleys on that meteorA and somethin' terri3le 1 thou'h = !no.as Cust a colour out of space 1 a fri'htful messen'er from unformed realms of infinity 3eyond all .ords of .s. summ<at<s comin< 3ut tain<t no use 1 L Ammi is such a 'ood old man 1 .s ye 1 ye !no.rite the chief en'ineer to !eep a sharp .as no 3reath from the s!ies .hile = hope nothin' .Lovecr !t The Colour +ut of Space 1-) What it isA only 7od !no.P.or! = must .H.hen the reservoir 'an' 'ets to .ater come.as no fruit of such .istedA 3rittle monstrosity .ould 3e called a 'asA 3ut this 'as o3eyed the la.hose motions and dimensions our astronomers measure or deem too vast to measure.hich persists more and more in trou3lin' my sleep.orlds and suns as shine on the telescopes and photo'raphic plates of our o3servatories. 2e sa. clearly he recalled those dyin' . itB from realms . 8ean.ayG 2o.atch on him.

een different evilsA 3ut after a time = came upon a house in West 4ourteenth Street . = had 3een there a3out three .ere cleanA the linen tolera3ly re'ularA and the hot .Cool Air .hich dis'usted me much less than the others = had sampled.ith 'ossip or .ith a prosaic landlady and t. There are those .ill do is to relate the most horri3le circumstance = ever encounteredA and leave it to you to Cud'e . =n the roomsA lar'e and loftyA and decorated .hen the first odd incident occurred.hether or not this forms a suita3le e%planation of my peculiarity.are that = had 3een smellin' the pun'ent odour of ammonia for some time. 2e ees too seec! for doctair heemself11seec!er and seec!er all the time113ut he .arm.hich mi'ht com3ine the Dualities of decent cleanlinessA endura3le furnishin'sA and very reasona3le price.hose stained and sullied splendour ar'ued a descent from hi'h levels of tasteful opulence.as assured 3y her that the trou3le . 2e nevair 'o outA only on roofA and my 3oy Este3an .ou as! me to e%plain .or! as doctair. L$octair 8uVozAL she cried as she rushed upstairs ahead of meA Lhe have speel hees chemicals.oman named 2erreroA did not annoy me .hen the chill of evenin' creeps throu'h the heat of a mild autumn day.e. +nly the din of street cars in the thorou'hfare 3elo.o stal.ee!s .1lod'ers .or! he do11 hees leetle room are full of 3ottles and machinesA and he do not .eel not have no othair for help. =t is a mista!e to fancy that horror is associated ine%trica3ly .ith dar!nessA silenceA and solitude. .ith criticisms of the late13urnin' electric li'ht in my third1floor front hall roomB and my fello.as 'reat once11my fathair in Barcelona have hear of heem11and only Coost no. +ne evenin' at a3out ei'ht = heard a spatterin' on the floor and 3ecame suddenly a.nstoneA datin' apparently from the late fortiesA and fitted .ater not too often cold or turned offA so that = came to re'ard it as at least a 3eara3le place to hi3ernate till one mi'ht really live a'ain.hy = shiver more than others upon enterin' a cold roomA and seem nauseated and repelled .ard the street.or! in the city of . 5oo!in' a3outA = sa. The place . All hees o.ith impossi3le paper and ridiculously ornate stucco cornicesA there lin'ered a depressin' mustiness and hint of o3scure coo!eryB 3ut the floors .ith . that the ceilin' .n house.ood. What = .or! and mar3le .as a four1story mansion of 3ro.ho say = respond to cold as others do to a 3ad odourA and = am the last to deny the impression. The landladyA a slatternlyA almost 3earded Spanish . But he .hy = am afraid of a drau'ht of cool airB . =n the sprin' of 1)"& = had secured some dreary and unprofita3le ma'azine . = found it in the 'lare of mid1afternoonA in the clan'our of a metropolisA and in the teamin' midst of a sha33y and commonplace roomin'1house .as . proved a serious annoyance. he fee% a arm of the plum3er that 'et hurt of sudden. =t soon developed that = had only a choice 3et.art men 3y my side.ould Duic!ly 3e set ri'ht.ere as Duiet and uncommunicative as one mi'ht desireA 3ein' mostly Spaniards a little a3ove the coarsest and crudest 'rade.et and drippin'B the soa!in' apparently proceedin' from a corner on the side to. 2e ees vairy Dueer in hees seec!ness11all day he ta!e funnee1smellin' 3athsA and he cannot 'et e%cite or . An%ious to stop the matter at its sourceA = hastened to the 3asement to tell the landladyB and .or!B and 3ein' una3le to pay any su3stantial rentA 3e'an driftin' from one cheap 3oardin' esta3lishment to another in search of a room .

$r.as soft and 'entle.hose rich and tasteful decoration surprised me in this nest of sDualor and seediness. sa.n invalidism.hich 8rs. 2errero disappeared up the staircase to the fourth floorA and = returned to my room. for airA = heard the landlady<s heavy footsteps a3ove me. >hysicians had told me of the dan'er of those spellsA and = !ne.as a man of 3irthA cultivationA and discrimination.as parted 'racefully a3ove a hi'h foreheadB and the .ered in 'ood En'lish 3y a curious voice some distance to the ri'htA as!in' my name and 3usinessB and these thin's 3ein' statedA there came an openin' of the door ne%t to the one = had sou'ht.as merely the la3oratory of the doctorB and that his main livin' Duarters lay in the spacious adCoinin' room . Thic!A .dA the sal1 ammoniac that man use for !eep heem coolFL 8rs.hole picture . =t mi'htA tooA have 3een the sin'ular cold that alienated meB for such chilliness . 8uVoz in that 3last of cool airA = felt a repu'nance . that the hall room a3ove mine11the Lleetle roomL of 3ottles and machines .n in the .hat formal dress of perfect cut and fit.ays e%cites aversionA distrustA and fear.H.as no time to 3e lostB so remem3erin' . .as adorned 3y a short iron1'rey full 3eardA and an old1fashioned pince1nez shielded the fullA dar! eyes and surmounted an aDuiline nose .hat had spilled and opened the . filled its diurnal role of sofaA and the maho'any furnitureA sumptuous han'in'sA old paintin'sA and mello.as a3normal on so hot a dayA and the a3normal al.hat the stran'e affliction of this man mi'ht 3eA and .as soon for'otten in admirationA for the stran'e physician<s e%treme s!ill at once 3ecame manifest despite the ice1coldness and sha!iness of his 3loodless1 loo!in' hands. 3oo!shelves all 3espo!e a 'entleman<s study rather than a 3oardin'1house 3edroom. 8uVoz = had never heardA save for certain sounds as of some 'asoline1driven mechanismB since his step . A foldin' couch no.hose convenient alcoves and lar'e conti'uous 3athroom permitted him to hide all dressers and o3trusively utilitarian devices. The ammonia ceased to dripA and as = cleaned up .ritin' in my room.indo.ith a master<s deftnessB the . 8y !noc! .ell1trimmed hair that ar'ued the punctual calls of a 3ar3er .ondered for a moment . = no.n $r. 2e clearly understood my needs at a 'lanceA and ministered to them . 8y 7a.as short 3ut e%Duisitely proportionedA and clad in some.P. = mi'ht never have !no.ere not the result of a rather 3aseless eccentricity. and .hile reassurin' me in a finely modulated thou'h oddly hollo.as one of the hottest of late 6uneA = shivered as = crossed the threshold into a lar'e apartment .hich 'ave a 8oorish touch to a physio'nomy other. 2errero had mentioned11. = .Lovecr !t Cool Air 171 he 3reen' heem hees food and laundry and mediceens and chemicals.everthelessA as = sa. But repu'nance . 8uVoz had it not 3een for the heart attac! that suddenly seized me one forenoon as = sat . there .ise dominantly Celti3erian.hether his o3stinate refusal of outside aid .orld. The fi'ure 3efore me .as ans. $r.ho has come do. There isA = reflected tritelyA an infinite deal of pathos in the state of an eminent person . A rush of cool air 'reeted meB and thou'h the day . 8uVozA most certainlyA . A hi'h13red face of masterful thou'h not arro'ant e%pression .hat the landlady had said a3out the invalid<s help of the inCured . $r. +nly his lividly inclined comple%ion and coldness of touch could have afforded a physical 3asis for this feelin'A and even these thin's should have 3een e%cusa3le considerin' the man<s !no.or!manA = dra''ed myself upstairs and !noc!ed fee3ly at the door a3ove mine.as one of stri!in' intelli'ence and superior 3lood and 3reedin'.hich nothin' in his aspect could Custify.

ly 3ut unmista!a3ly losin' 'round physicallyA as 8rs. At the same time his demands for cold air increasedA and .ere less perfectly coordinatedA and his mind and .n seizure 3y spea!in' of his theories and e%perimentsB and = remem3er his tactfully consolin' me a3out my .ho had shared his earlier e%periments and nursed him throu'h the 'reat illness of ei'hteen years 3eforeA . As the .as the 3itterest of s. 2e sou'ht to distract my mind from my o.ell1 3orn man a rare novelty in this din'y environmentA and .hence his present disorders proceeded.Lovecr !t Cool Air 17" tim3reless voice that he .areA and little 3y little his e%pression and conversation 3oth too! on a 'ruesome irony . >erhaps the strain had 3een too 'reatB for $r. After that = paid him freDuent overcoated callsB listenin' .hose pumps = had often heard in my o.P.hich or'anic pulsations had fled. 2e developed stran'e capricesA acDuirin' a fondness for e%otic spices and E'yptian incense till his room smelled li!e a vault of a sepulchred >haraoh in the ?alley of 0in's.orn enemies to deathA and had sun! his fortune and lost all his friends in a lifetime of 3izarre e%periment devoted to its 3afflement and e%tirpation.ith re'ret that my ne.as touched 3y his account of the a'ed $r. :elieved of my seizure in a marvellously short .as maintained 3y an a3sorption system of ammonia coolin'A the 'asoline en'ine of .hich mi'ht conceiva3ly have sin'ular effects on the su3stance of a nervous system from .ea! heart 3y insistin' that . Evidently he found the society of a .elcomed 3y elderly and conservative 7alens.ill displayed less resilience and initiative.ee!s passedA = o3served .as indeed slo.as eventuallyA = may addA almost cured of my disease for all time 3y his s!illful ministrations.ill and consciousness are stron'er than or'anic life itselfA so that if a 3odily frame 3e 3ut ori'inally healthy and carefully preservedA it may throu'h a scientific enhancement of these Dualities retain a !ind of nervous animation despite the most serious impairmentsA defectsA or even a3sences in the 3attery of specific or'ans.hen = e%amined the unconventional and astonishin'ly ancient volumes on his shelves. friend . +f this sad chan'e he seemed 3y no means una.ith my aid he amplified the . 8uVoz made it .hich included constant cold.ithout any heart at allF 4or his partA he .hisperin'ly clear11thou'h not in detail11 that the methods of healin' had 3een most e%traordinaryA involvin' scenes and processes not .as moved to unaccustomed speech as memories of 3etter days sur'ed over him.ith a complication of maladies reDuirin' a very e%act re'imen . 2is voiceA if DueerA .hile he told of secret researches and almost 'hastly resultsA and trem3lin' a 3it .n room 3elo. Any mar!ed rise in temperature mi'htA if prolon'edA affect him fatallyB and the fri'idity of his ha3itation11some or .as afflicted ..hich restored in me somethin' of the su3tle repulsion = had ori'inally felt. 2e mi'htA he half Cestin'ly saidA some day teach me to live11or at least to possess some !ind of conscious e%istence11. The livid aspect of his countenance . = . Somethin' of the 3enevolent fanatic seemed to reside in himA and he ram3led on almost 'arrulously as he sounded my chest and mi%ed a suita3le drau'ht of dru's fetched from the smaller la3oratory room.de'rees 4ahrenheit11. =t seems that he did not scorn the incantations of the mediaevalistsA since he 3elieved these cryptic formulae to contain rare psycholo'ical stimuli . 2errero had su''ested. Torres of ?alenciaA .H.as at least soothin'B and = could not even perceive that he 3reathed as the fluent sentences rolled ur3anely out.hileA = left the shivery place a disciple and devotee of the 'ifted recluse.as intensifiedA his voice 3ecame more hollo. .o sooner had the venera3le practitioner saved his collea'ue than he himself succum3ed to the 'rim enemy he had fou'ht. = . and indistinctA his muscular motions .

2errero crossed herself .orse11and in spite of all the spices and incenseA and the pun'ent chemicals of the no.er alone appeared to !eep him from total collapse.hat remained of his failin' physiDueA and .ritin' lon' documents of some sortA .hen = had 3rou'ht in a mechanic from a nei'h3ourin' all1ni'ht 'ara'eA .or!ed desperately to repair the inCury .ell a3andon him to the stran'ers around himA and . 8rs. = perceived that it must 3e connected .hen = reflected on . The . 2is aspect and voice 3ecame utterly fri'htfulA and his presence almost un3eara3le.ith his ailmentA and shuddered . $r.hen she loo!ed at himA and 'ave him up unreservedly to meB not even lettin' her son Este3an continue to run errands for him.ith inCunctions that = transmit them after his death to certain persons . as &# de'rees or #* de'reesA and finally even "8 de'reesB the 3athroom and la3oratoryA of courseA 3ein' less chilledA in order that .ould fly into as much of a ra'e as he seemed to dare to entertain.as . 'enerally thou'ht deadA and a3out . The mori3und hermit<s ra'e and fearA s.ould have to 3e o3tained. A !ind of 'ro. incessant 3aths .hose lifelessA rattlin' hollo.ithout havin' incurred any fri'ht so thorou'h.anedA and he refused to 3e confined to his 3ed. ThenA in the middle of +cto3erA the horror of horrors came . The lassitude of his earlier ill days 'ave place to a return of his fiery purposeA so that he seemed a3out to hurl defiance at the death1daemon even as that ancient enemy seized him.ithin three hours the process of ammonia coolin' 3ecame impossi3le.ere 'ently su''ested.Lovecr !t Cool Air 17& ammonia pipin' of his room and modified the pumps and feed of his refri'eratin' machine till he could !eep the temperature as lo.hispered.hom the most inconceiva3le thin's had 3een .ise did much of his shoppin'A and 'asped in 3afflement at some of the chemicals he ordered from dru''ists and la3oratory supply houses.hich he carefully sealed and filled .hich he insisted on ta!in' unaided.everA proved of no useB and . 2e tal!ed of death incessantlyA 3ut lau'hed hollo. The tenant adCoinin' him complained of the icy air from around the connectin' doorA so = helped him fit heavy han'in's to o3viate the difficulty. 2e acDuired a ha3it of .H.hich he prescri3ed effectively . +ne ni'ht a3out eleven the pump of the refri'eratin' machine 3ro!e do. +ne Septem3er day an une%pected 'limpse of him induced an epileptic fit in a man .hole houseA as = have saidA had a musty odourB 3ut the smell in his room . 8uVoz summoned me 3y thumpin' on the floorA and = .ellin' to 'rotesDue proportionsA seemed li!ely to shatter .hile my host cursed in a tone .hilst !eepin' himself .P.hen a ne. 8y amateur effortsA ho. As it happenedA = 3urned all these papers undelivered and unopened.ith stupefyin' suddenness.ho had come to repair his electric des! lampB a fit for .ith himA he virtually a3andonedB and mental po.ill and drivin' force .as careful to dust his room and attend to his needs each dayA muffled in a heavy ulster .nA so that . piston .hich = 3ou'ht especially for the purpose.ays curiously li!e a formality . An increasin' and une%plained atmosphere of panic seemed to rise around his apartment. When = su''ested other physiciansA the sufferer .a%ed rather than . That manA oddly enou'hA had 3een throu'h the terrors of the 7reat War .ly .hom he named11for the most part lettered East =ndiansA 3ut includin' a once cele3rated 4rench physician no.e learned that nothin' could 3e done till mornin'A .ness surpassed description.ell out of si'ht.hat that ailment mi'ht 3e. The pretence of eatin'A al. All in allA he 3ecame a disconcertin' and even 'ruesome companionB yet in my 'ratitude for his healin' = could not . 2e evidently feared the physical effect of violent emotionA yet his .in' horrorA of outre and mor3id castA seemed to possess him.ater mi'ht not freezeA and that chemical processes mi'ht not 3e impeded. = li!e.hen such thin's as 3urial or funeral arran'ements .

The tas! seemed intermina3leA and = ra'ed almost as violently as the hermit . arrived at my 3oardin'1place .or!men despite a fear that 'na.o mechanics rushed frantically from that hellish place to 3a33le their incoherent stories at the nearest police station.P. 2errero and the .ith face ti'htly 3anda'edA and = never sa.ell1ni'h incredi3le in that yello. The house .ith 8rs. sensi3ly diminishin'A and at a3out a. There . The nauseous . fastenedA presuma3ly from the inside.here = introduced himA and applied myself dili'ently to the tas! of findin' a pump piston and en'a'in' . = had done all = couldA and hoped = .nA and at appro%imately 19&* p.o. Blac! terrorA ho.ere in the airA and lod'ers told over the 3eads of their rosaries as they cau'ht the odour from 3eneath the doctor<s closed door. .e trem3lin'ly invaded the accursed south room . Then the trail led to the couch and ended unuttera3ly.hilst = o3tained the pump pistonA or to order the piston . A3out noon = encountered a suita3le supply house far do. What .as no. 2e 'roped his .as no.asA or had 3eenA on the couch = cannot and dare not say here.ded 4ourteenth StreetA yet = confess that .ords seemed .as scra.ould return from my sometimes discoura'in' trips and lay my spoils 3efore the closed 3athroom doorA = could hear a restless splashin' .hich 3lazed . his eyes a'ain.as in time. Somethin' .s to the very top.n of the doorB 3ut the landlady found a .hat = puzzled out in terror as the landlady and t. But this is .everA had preceded me.arm day 3ro!eA and the shops opened one 3y one.ith the iceB 3ut instructed 3y his motherA he a3solutely refused.s that traced the hurried last . As = .ith the ice1fetchin' .hom = encountered on the corner of Ei'hth Avenue to !eep the patient supplied .as in utter turmoilA and a3ove the chatter of a.ith some .arm sun of early afternoon.as no sound .ithin save a nameless sort of slo.ith the clatter of cars and motor truc!s ascendin' clamorously from cro. = as!ed Este3an either to help .Lovecr !t Cool Air 17# once a spasm caused him to clap his hands to his eyes and rush into the 3athroom. sunli'htA . We had previously opened the doors of all the other rooms on that hallA and flun' all the .ords.or!men competent to install it. A !ind of dar!A slimy trail led from the open 3athroom door to the hall doorA and thence to the des!A .ith the .hat = shiverin'ly puzzled out on the stic!ily smeared paper 3efore = dre.ay out . The loun'er = had hiredA it seemsA had fled screamin' and mad1 eyed not lon' after his second delivery of iceB perhaps as a result of e%cessive curiosity.m.fulA 3lind hand on a piece of paper hideously smeared as thou'h 3y the very cla.ay to turn the !ey from the outside .nto.A thic! drippin'.led there in pencil in an a.A noses protected 3y hand!erchiefsA .ire device.hile = continued .ay and surface car. Briefly consultin' .H. a match and 3urned it to a crispB .indo. the hours slippin' 3y in a 3reathlessA foodless round of vain telephonin'A and a hectic Duest from place to placeA hither and thither 3y su3. 4inally = hired a seedy1loo!in' loafer .ith the necessary paraphernalia and t.hen = sa.ed voices = heard a man prayin' in a deep 3asso.ith ice from a little shop . the doctor retired to the 3athroomA commandin' me to !eep him supplied .ith all the ice = could o3tain at all1ni'ht dru' stores and cafeterias. The fri'idity of the apartment . 4iendish thin's . 2e could notA of courseA have loc!ed the door 3ehind himB yet it .here a terri3le little pool had accumulated.ed my inmost soulA = advised the 3rea!in' do.o sturdy and intelli'ent mechanics.ithinA and a thic! voice croa!in' out the order for L8ore11moreFL At len'th a .m.

Warmer every minuteA and the tissues can<t last.or! a'ain. Whether = 3elieve them no. 2e couldn<t stand . =t . = honestly do not !no.ay.ay11preservation11 for you see I died t"at time eig"teen years ago. =t had to 3e done my .hat = said a3out the . $r.ill and the nerves and the preserved 3ody after the or'ans ceased to .o more ice11the man loo!ed and ran a.or!. = fancy you !no.hen he minded my letter and nursed me 3ac!.H. There are thin's a3out .hat he had to do11 he had to 'et me in a stran'eA dar! place . And the or'ans never .as a 'radual deterioration = had not foreseen. LThe endAL ran that noisome scra. There .P.L .ould . faint at a drau'ht of unusually cool air. ..lA Lis here.Lovecr !t Cool Air 17 = 3elieved them then.hich it is 3etter not to speculateA and all that = can say is that = hate the smell of ammoniaA and 'ro.A 3ut the shoc! !illed him.11.as 'ood theoryA 3ut couldn<t !eep up indefinitely. Torres !ne.

ere still far from settledA 3ut = noticed van1coloured ru's and draperiesA ela3orately fashioned ta3lesA chairsA ottomansA and divansA and delicate vases and ornaments .ith horror and e%ertion 11 and = travelled very far indeed. As = have saidA there .ly 3ut ine%ora3ly cra.hich ma!es them immortalA and the .as partly deliriousA so that it is hard to place the e%act moment of transitionA 3ut = thin! the effect must have 3e'un shortly 3efore the poundin' ceased to 3e painful. Slo. The ecstasies and horrors of $e /uincey and the paradis artificiels of Baudelaire are preserved and interpreted .orld !no.as dra.ith an art . +f the e%act nature of the apartment = could form no ideaA for my thou'hts . =n the end = returned and livedA 3ut my ni'hts are filled .s . Sometimes it seemed less as thou'h = . >resently = realised that the direct sym3ol and e%citant of my fear . These thin's = noticedA yet they . 4or a moment my surroundin's seemed confusedA li!e a proCected ima'e hopelessly out of focusA 3ut 'radually = realised my solitary presence in a stran'e and 3eautiful room li'hted 3y many .Ch os +f the pleasures and pains of opium much has 3een .as the hideous poundin' .ers the sense of youth in the individualAL 3ut farther than that he dared not 'o.ere fallin'A than as thou'h the universe or the a'es . The fallin' had ceased alsoA 'ivin' place to a sensation of uneasyA temporary restB and . = .ere fallin' past me.indo.nB a fear all the 'reater 3ecause = could not analyse itA and seemin' to concern a stealthily approachin' menaceB not deathA 3ut some namelessA unheard1of thin' ine%pressi3ly more 'hastly and a3horrent.as an overdose 11 my physician . = too! opium 3ut once 11 in the year of the pla'ueA .hose incessant rever3erations thro33ed maddenin'ly a'ainst my e%hausted .hen they haveA they have 3een either silent or Duite mad.ritten.s .as all that concerned me. The sensation of fallin'A curiously dissociated from the idea of 'ravity or directionA .hose hideous antiDuity is so impressive that Lthe vast a'e of the race and name overpo.as that of the vastA inscruta3le sea as its sinisterA colossal 3rea!ers lacerated some desolate shore after a storm of titanic ma'nitude.hen = listened closelyA = fancied the poundin' . Then = opened my eyes.hen doctors sou'ht to deaden the a'onies they could not cure.hich conveyed a su''estion of the e%otic .ell the 3eautyA the terror and the mystery of those o3scure realms into .n 3ac! into AsiaA that teemin' land of ne3ulous shado.ere not lon' uppermost in my mind.ere pro3a3ly far from normal. But much as has 3een toldA no man has yet dared intimate the nature of the phantasms thus unfolded to the mindA or hint at the direction of the unheard1of roads alon' . $e /uincey .as paramountB thou'h there .as su3sidiary impression of unseen thron's in incalcula3le profusionA thron's of infinitely di1verse natureA 3ut all more or less related to me.orn out .hich the inspired dreamer is transported.s.as .hether 3y cureA unconsciousnessA or deathA .ho "a!e 'one farther seldom returnedA and even .The Cr 2li#. There .ithout 3ein' actually alien.as an overdoseB so my reactions . Those .ith an e%ternal rather than internal force. Suddenly my pain ceasedA and = 3e'an to associate the poundin' .lin' upon my consciousness and risin' a3ove every other impressionA came a dizzyin' fear of the un!no.hose ornate and e%otic course the parta!er of the dru' is so irresisti3ly 3orne.as administeredA +f the future = had no heedB to escapeA . The pain and poundin' in my head had 3een Duite unendura3le .ith stran'e memoriesA nor have = ever permitted a doctor to 'ive me opium a'ain.hen the dru' .

hirl of .s that opened so 3e.ay.n meA = realized that my actual physical dan'er .P. As = approached it = could see a chaotic .hich = stoodA and to associate itself . the edifice in . .hich this unnatural spectacle had thro.ith 'hastly monotony and deli3eration.aves rollin' peacefully in under a 3ri'htly shinin' sun.aters. point of land 11 fully three hundred feet a3ove .as no.Lovecr !t The Cra. 3eheld more of the stran'e re'ion a3out meA and mar!ed a sin'ular division .n plants and shru3s mi'ht assume such forms under a radical chan'e of climateB 3ut the 'i'antic and omnipresent palm trees .ith full and devastatin' force.as apparently tropical or at least su31tropical 11 a conclusion 3orne out 3y the intense heat of the air. = no. The house = had Cust left .as irresisti3ly dra. Somethin' a3out that sunTs nature and position made me shudderA 3ut = could not then tellA and cannot tell no.ere dar! and purplishA almost 3lac!A and clutched at the yieldin' red mud of the 3an! as if . =t . Accordin'ly = hastened to the opposite side of the edificeA and findin' a doorA emer'ed at onceA loc!in' it after me .lin' Chaos 177 3rain. = felt that some horri3le scene or o3Cect lur!ed 3eyond the sil!1hun' .as acute. :ecoverin' at len'th from the stupor into .hich no livin' person can have seen save in the delirium of fever or the inferno of opium. Even .hich seemed to e%ist in the hostile ocean and firmament. The 3uildin' stood on a narro.alls in ara3esDue sconces.indo.ly .ilderin'ly on every hand.ould fall undermined into the a. >erceivin' shutters attached to these .as the seaA 3ut it .ith the flora of my native landA fancyin' that the . +n either side of the house there fell a ne.hite than reddish..o.ful pit of lashin' . = . = could not 3ut feel that some no%ious marine mind had declared a .ith uncouthA 'reedy hands.hich = found on one of the small ta3lesA = lit the many candles reposin' a3out the . At my left as = faced inland .nA thou'h my ill1defined apprehensions seemed almost eDually 3ent on holdin' me 3ac!.aves .ith the most terrifyin' mental ima'es.ay the land .ar of e%termination upon all the solid 'roundA perhaps a3etted 3y the an'ry s!y.ith 'reat 'reen .hich had hun' inside.as calmerA the sound 3ecame as fascinatin' as it .ashed1out 3an! more nearly .indo. = 3eheld such a si'ht as = had never 3eheld 3eforeA and .as.A . To this .ere plainly forei'n.H.allsA and shran! from 'lancin' throu'h the archedA latticed .indo.ashed1out precipice of red earthA .hat .as dar!er and the .indo.as a 'ently heavin' sea . turned my attention to the landA and found occasion for fresh surpriseB for the ve'etation resem3led nothin' = had ever seen or read a3out. The added sense of security 3rou'ht 3y closed shutters and artificial li'ht calmed my nerves to some de'reeA 3ut = could not shut out the monotonous poundin'.aves .hilst ahead of me the hideous .as fearfulA and = felt a contradictory desire to see! out its source despite my still po. =t seemed to come from a point outside and 3elo.ith a curious !ey .sA = closed them allA avertin' my eyes from the e%terior as = did so. ThenA as = attained it and 'lanced out on all sidesA the stupendous picture of my surroundin's 3urst upon me .as 3lueA calmA and only 'ently undulatin'A .hat must lately have 3een a seethin' vorte% of mad . The .ere restin' and 3roodin' li!e un. +n each side of the Cuttin' promontory different conditions held s. point of land 11 or .hat it . a narro.aters in the distance. = no.hile the s!y a3ove it .aves. +penin' a portiere at the side of the room nearest the poundin'A = 3eheld a small and richly draped corridor endin' in a cavern door and lar'e oriel . that = .ere still rollin' in fri'htfullyA eatin' a.erful shrin!in'. ThenA employin' a flint and steel . +ut a mile or more there rose and fell menacin' 3rea!ers at least fifty feet in hei'htA and on the far horizon 'houlish 3lac! clouds of 'rotesDue contour .hilst = 'azedA the 3an! had lost many feetA and it could not 3e lon' 3efore the house .ell1!no. At my ri'ht also .holesome vultures. Sometimes = thou'ht = could trace stran'e analo'ies .

ayin' 'ro.ould freDuently pause and put my hands to my ears for reliefA 3ut could never Duite shut out the detesta3le sound.here the sea . The pathA as = have intimatedA ran alon' the ri'ht1hand shore as one .as no.ili'ht = sa.ith the 'reen sea on one side and the 3lue sea on the otherA and a curse unnamed and unnama3le lo. There no. Almost at the limit of vision .armA .hitish. After this last loo! = strode ahead and surveyed the inland panorama 3efore me. Then in the midst of my fear = remem3ered that the tale .lin' Chaos 178 .as sli'htly uphillA then = reached a 'entle crest.ere Corinthian columnsA 3ut the red tile roof . =t smiled and e%tended its handA 3ut 3efore = could arise and spea! = heard in the upper air the e%Duisite melody of sin'in'B notes hi'h and lo.as very small 11 hardly more than a cotta'e 11 3ut its material .ithout the counter1 fascination of the vast palm treeA = do not !no.n ..led on hands and !nees do. =t .aterA .ith the cotta'e and the 3lac! .. it a'ainA and often . 3lent . By this time .erin' shru3s and plants. = never sa.as 3y :udyard 0iplin'B nor did the 'rotesDueness of deemin' him an ancient author occur to meB = . $o.ith my hands into the .ishin' tall 'rass seemed added to that of the dia3olically poundin' seaA and = started up cryin' aloud and disCointedlyA LTi'erG Ti'erG =s it Ti'erG BeastG BeastG =s it a Beast that = am afraid ofGL 8y mind . At first it .th of tropical 'rass hi'her than my head.as 3lue and the 3an! rather .H. They have come do. At the corners .as .ish of the uncanny 'rasses Coined the still audi3le and irritatin' poundin' of the distant 3rea!ers. Whether or not = could have resisted the 3ac!.hich = trem3le to recall and dare not see! to interpret. Thou'h ra''ed and dustyA this 3ein' 3ore the features of a faun or demi'odA and seemed almost to diffuse a radiance in the dense shado. ensued a series of incidents .onder andT escape from the imperilled peninsula had lar'ely dissipated my fearA 3ut as = paused and san! fati'ued to the pathA idiy di''in' .ent inland.ished for the volume containin' this storyA and had almost started 3ac! to.. 4rom the door inland there stretched a path of sin'ularly .ideA and lined on either side .andered 3ac! to an ancient and classical story of ti'ers . vie. . Then in a tone of silver it addressed me9 W=t is the end. =t lay to.led 3eneath the overhan'in' folia'e of the palmA than there dropped from its 3ranches a youn' child of such 3eauty as = never 3eheld 3efore. Ahead and to the left = no.eird and compositeA involvin' a Duaint fusion of Western and Eastern forms.hich transported me to the opposite e%tremes of ecstasy and horrorB incidents .hite sandA a3out four feet .ith a su3lime and ethereal harmoniousness.ard 3ec!onin' .as a colossal palm tree . = .hitish1 'olden sandA a ne. of the tree.ard the doomed cotta'e to procure it . the scene = had leftB the entire point .as li!e that of a Chinese pa'oda.ith a s. This attraction .ed a ma'nificent valley comprisin' thousands of acresA and covered .n the valleyTs slope despite my fear of the 'rass and of the serpents it mi'ht contain. dominantA and = left the path and cra..ith stately palms and unidentifia3le flo.as evidently mar3leA and its architecture .o sooner had = cra. The sun had 3y this time sun! 3elo.erin' over all. Behind me = sa.hen my 3etter sense and the lure of the palm prevented me.Lovecr !t The Cra. an aureole of lam3ent li'ht encircled the childTs head. = resolved to fi'ht for life and reason as lon' as possi3le a'ainst all menaces of sea or landA thou'h = sometimes feared defeat as the maddenin' s.onder. and acute sense of dan'er seized me.n this path = felt impelled to fleeA as if pursued 3y some mali'nant spirit from the poundin' ocean.asA as it seemed to meA only after a'es that = finally dra''ed myself to the 3ec!onin' palm tree and lay Duiet 3eneath its protectin' shade.hich = had readB = strove to recall the authorA 3ut had difficulty.P.ard the side of the promontory .hich seemed to fascinate and 3ec!on me. Some terror in the s. the horizonA and in the t.

. =n Teloe 3eyond the 8il!y Way and the Arinurian streams are cities all of am3er and chalcedony. Throu'h the ravishin' strains of the sin'ers and the lutanistsA as if in moc!in'A daemoniac concordA thro33ed from 'ulfs 3elo.Lovecr !t The Cra.ith an'ry and tempestuous seas 'na. 4rom the ne.hen Time .ell in Teloe of the 'olden riversA 3ut amon' them shalt thou d. There .o.in' at . The palm treeA so lately overshado.n upon the doomed scene from .as no.e shall d.as no.ell. (nder the ivory 3rid'es of Teloe flo.lin' Chaos 17) throu'h the 'loamin' from the stars.aves that curled and fretted from the shudderin' deep.ell 3lissfully in Teloe. no land left 3ut the desertA and still the fumin' ocean ate and ate.hispered in my ear that = must loo! al. And in Teloe and Cytharion a3ide only youthA 3eautyA and pleasureA nor are any sounds heardA save of lau'hterA son'A and the lute. the damna3leA the detesta3le poundin' of that hideous ocean.ords of the child and loo!ed 3ac!A do. to 3e the chief sin'ers amon' those = had heard.ays of li'htA and never 3ac!.n throu'h the aether = sa. rivers of liDuid 'old 3earin' pleasure13ar'es 3ound for 3lossomy Cytharion of the Seven Suns.X As = listenedA enchantedA = suddenly 3ecame a.atersA 3ut even if it .as it could not turn 3ac!B and the desert had suffered too much from those ni'htmare . all is overA and 3eyond the Arinurian streams .ned youths and maidens . Still the 3lac! ocean foamed and 'na.ith . The moon laid pale lilies of li'ht on dead 5ondonA and >aris stood up from its damp 'rave to 3e sanctified .ard to the sphere = had Cust left. All at once = thou'ht even the poundin' sea seemed afraid of somethin'A afraid of dar! 'ods of the inner earth that are 'reater than the evil 'od of . the accursed earth slo.here once stretched the populous plains and villa'es of my native landA and maelstroms of frothin' ocean .edA eatin' a.eedy remem3ered spires. A 'od and 'oddess they must have 3eenA for such 3eauty is not mortalB and they too! my handsA sayin'A WComeA childA you have heard the voicesA and all is .hom = !ne. A3ove the .aves to help them no. As those 3lac! 3rea!ers 3eat their messa'e into my ears = for'ot the . Then a rendin' report dave the ni'htA and ath.ell.ith star1dust.ind13lo.hen the intrusion of a sin'le sound altered my destiny and shattered my soul.idened.H. We slo. 8ound the northern pole steamed a morass of noisome 'ro. not from the earth 3ut from the 'olden ne3ulaeA and the child .in' my e%hausted formA .ild desolate shores and dashin' foam a'ainst the totterin' to. And under a 'hastly moon there 'leamed si'hts = can never descri3eA si'hts = can never for'etB deserts of corpseli!e clay and Cun'les of ruin and decadence .ard to the path.art the desert of deserts appeared a smo!in' rift. So the ocean ate the last of the land and poured into the smo!in' 'ulfA there3y 'ivin' up all it had ever conDuered. some distance to my left and considera3ly 3elo.1flooded lands it flo. me.ly ascended to'etherA as if 3orne on a fra'rant 3reeze .X As the child spo!eA = 3eheld a soft radiance throu'h the leaves of the palm treeA and risin'A 'reeted a pair .are of a chan'e in my surroundin's.ths and miasmal vapoursA hissin' 3efore the onslau'ht of the ever1mountin' .eedy 3ut not . The youths and maidens no. And upon their domes of many facets 'listen the ima'es of stran'e and 3eautiful stars. Then rose spires and monoliths that .ay the desert on either side as the rift in the center .idened and .hich 3le. chanted mellifluous choriam3ics to the accompaniment of lutesA and = felt enveloped in a peace and happiness more profound than any = had in life ima'inedA .ers of deserted cities.ays up.ere .as youn' and the 'ods un3orn.as o3viously floatin' in the atmosphereB companioned not only 3y the stran'e child and the radiant pairA 3ut 3y a constantly increasin' thron' of half1 luminousA vine1cro.here once rose the mi'hty temples of my forefathers. .ed a'ainA uncoverin' death and decayB and from its ancient and immemorial 3ed it tric!led loathsomelyA uncoverin' ni'hted secrets of the years .P. = .n hair and Coyful countenance.hich = thou'ht = had escaped. +nly the 'ods d. $o.ly turnin'A ever turnin'A .aves rose .

. no more till = a.orld as it 're. it affected my companions = found they had all disappeared.ayA and = sou'ht to loo! upon the earthA = 3eheld a'ainst the 3ac!'round of coldA humorous stars only the dyin' sun and the pale mournful planets searchin' for their sister. As the cloud of steam from the >lutonic 'ulf finally concealed the entire surface from my si'htA all the firmament shrie!ed at a sudden a'ony of mad rever3erations .hich shoo! the trem3lin' aether.Lovecr !t The Cra. And .H. denser and denser.ere lands.a!ed upon a 3ed of convalescence.A 3ut only the unearthly roarin' and hissin' of .lin' Chaos 18* remem3eredB terri3le spires and monoliths of lands that men never !ne.ard to the void. . Then very suddenly it endedA and = !ne.P.an moon as it sped out. The smo!e of that rift had chan'ed to steamA and almost hid the .aters tum3lin' into the rift. =n one delirious flash and 3urst it happenedB one 3lindin'A deafenin' holocaust of fireA smo!eA and thunder that dissolved the .hen the smo!e cleared a. There .hen = loo!ed to see ho.as not any poundin' no. =t seared my face and handsA and .

hy old settlers shiver at the secret =ndian or'ies .n 'ame . =t . at once from his speech and manner that he .ot more than si% or seven people mentioned the asylumA and those .. of the oldest settlers told me = .nA and = sou'ht the head of the asylum . 7rave and dou3tful .ere plainly fri'htened .hy . thou'htful as he carefully scanned my credentials and the letter of introduction . it appeared that a ne.n eyes at the insane asylum in 7uthrie. $r. The oil13oom ne. =f the old story had 3een all there . =t is very tra'ic and very horri3leA 3ut that is all.hisperers said that $r. =<ll admit there are times .i=n 1)" = .o.ith my o.ith a fear of sna!es that .hen = spo!e of them. But = can<t for'et . and copious source of data .or! for a man as youn' as you seem to 3eA and you certainly deserve all the data .or! as an American =ndian ethnolo'ist has hardened me to all !inds of e%trava'ant le'endryA and = !no.hat it is = have here.as . .The C%rse o! .ere careful to tal! in .ith the ceaseless 3eatin' of tom1toms in lonely places.hich a !indly old e%1=ndian a'ent had 'iven me. me a very terri3le relic and tell me all = . .either =ndians nor .ou<ve done remar!a3le .as a3out to da.i' le'endA ehGL he reflected sententiously.eill . that many of our +!lahoma ethnolo'ists have tried to connect it . There<s a story a3out it that =<ll tell you after you see itUa devilish sad storyA 3ut one that = . = refuse to consider it anythin' supernatural.hen = feel a shiver . .anted to !no.hite people can 3eat the reds!ins at their o.ell.hen it comes to fanciful inventions.ho did . 8y . . .hispers. 8c. They don<t li!e to tal! a3out itA and neither do =. But the .as hed'ed a3out 3y fear and furtiveness.hite men .ent into +!lahoma loo!in' for sna!e loreA and = came out .hat = sa.hat advanced yearsA and = sa. 2e could e%plain .hen = first made !no. = called at that asylum 3ecause a fe.as a scholar of no mean attainments in many 3ranches outside his profession.ill last me the rest of my life. LSo you<ve 3een studyin' the .as to itA = .ays feltA from .ould find somethin' important there. that simple . L= !no.ith the scent of a hound on the trail that = .orship amon' the =ndians.as a smallA clean1shaven man of some.ith an ea'erness = did not try to cloa!.i'A the half1human father of serpentsA is a shunned and feared o3Cect in central +!lahomaA and .n my errandA his face 're.comersA of courseA !ne.ent to 7uthrieA for = had spent many years collectin' data on the evolution of serpent1.ith /uetzalcoatlA 3ut = don<t thin! any of them have traced the intermediate steps so .ould not have 3een so 3adly sha!en.ell1defined undertones of le'end and archaeolo'yA that 'reat /uetzalcoatlU 3eni'n sna!e1'od of the 8e%icansUhad had an older and dar!er prototypeB and durin' recent months = had . L= don<t suppose old 8aCor 8oore or any of the others told you .s the potency that 3elief has over some people.ell1ni'h proved it in a series of researches stretchin' from 7uatemala to the +!lahoma plains. 8c. = had al.ould discuss the sna!e1'od le'ends = had come to trace. nothin' of such mattersA and the red men and old pioneers . =t merely she.as tantalisin' and incompleteA for a3ove the 3order the cult of the sna!e .hich ma!e the autumn days and ni'hts hideous .on<t call ma'ic.e can 'ive. = admit it is foolishA since there are natural e%planations for everythin' = sa. But everythin' . and heardA 3ut it masters me none the less.eill could she.

as almost of human sizeA and entirely devoid of clothin'. =t .i' 18" that<s more than physicalA 3ut in dayli'ht = set all that do. At len'th he paused 3efore a door mar!ed B 11-A opened a small o3servation panel . that the 3eady little 3lac! eyes .as only a 3ul!head leadin' to a further stretch of hall.Lovecr !t The Curse of .nstairs very DuietlyA and did not tal! as .led opposite him in an easy1 chair. Around the shoulders it .ay.as stutterin' over and over a'ain9 LB13ut for 7od<s sa!eA $"at is it/L $r.P.. = clutched at the door1handle for support as = tried to !eep from faintin'.lin' and .e old 3oys can<t last forever. 4inally he motioned me to replace him at the peep1holeA and = did so . There are Cust t. Scientist thou'h = .in' . .indo. and then a .ere damna3ly anthropoidA 3ut = could not 3ear to study them lon'. = .ny1loo!in' 3ac! seemed su3tly sDuamous in the dimA 'houlish li'ht.as half for'otten . 'roup pretty soonB for the thin' doesn<t seem to a'e or chan'e muchA and .o steady old chaps .ili'ht.al!ed do. 8ay3e the ethics of the near future .ed and motionless. = must have reeled a 3itA for = sa.hen you came up the driveG That<s .H.itched on all the li'hts. They fastened themselves on me . = suppose =<ll have to 3rea! in a ne. L$id you see that sin'le 'round1'lass 3asement .as a3solutely hairlessA and its ta.hich he could use only 3y standin' on tiptoeA and pounded several times upon the painted metalA as if to arouse the occupantA .hat you mi'ht call a victim of . 6ust loo! throu'h the movea3le panel in the door and than! 7od the li'ht isn<t any stron'er. that the doctor . years a'o.as very curiously flat. The 'old and crimson of late afternoon chan'ed to the violet of early dus!A 3ut still = sat a.ou needn<t ma!e any comment.hir of the 3uzzerA and = could have cursed the nurses and internes .ea! and vacuous hiss. and then summoned the doctor 3riefly to the outer office.ay. $r.hatever it mi'ht 3e.e threaded the corridors of the seemin'ly deserted 3asement. =<m not a youn' fello.eill told me the story in his private office as = spra.nishA and the head .i'ht cameA and = .n to nerves.hom = let feed it and clean out its DuartersUused to 3e threeA 3ut 'ood old Stevens passed on a fe. The 3arredA 'round1 'lass .eill unloc!ed a 'rey1painted steel doorA 3ut it .ed outlines 3e'an to ta!e shapeA and = perceived that the sDuirmin' entity 3ore some remote resem3lance to a human form laid flat on its 3elly.ri''lin' a3out on the stra.as cra.A hissin' response.1covered floorA emittin' every no. .here it is.L We .indo. Then =<ll tell you the storyUor as much as =<ve 3een a3le to piece to'ether.ill let us 'ive it a merciful releaseA 3ut it<s hard to tell.as rather spec!led and 3ro.ith a horri3le persistenceA so that = closed the panel 'aspin'ly and left the creature to .i'<s curseUa physically livin' victim.A close to the earth outsideA admitted only a fee3le and uncertain pallorB and = had to loo! into the malodorous den for several seconds 3efore = could see .ri''le a3out unseen in its matted stra. =<ll ta!e you there myself no. and spectral t. As it loo!ed up to hiss at me = sa. Then the shado. = resented every rin' of the telephone and every .asA my zeal for research . The movin' o3Cect . We don<t let the 3ul! of the nurses see itA althou'h most of them !no.as 'ently holdin' my arm as he 'uided me a. 8c.as 'lad my host s. any moreA alasF LTo come to the pointA the thin' = have is . it<s here.hat . 8c. A faint stench came from the aperture as the doctor unclosed itA and = fancied his poundin' elicited a !ind of lo. over in the east .ith a causeless and increasin' tremor.hose !noc!s no.

.ee! out in Au'ustA Septem3erA and +cto3erB and . =t is still a section of farms and ranchesUDuite productive in these daysUsince the 'reat oil1fields do not come very close.histles curiously li!e those of the Aztecs and 8ayas.as a relentless devotion to his childrenUa devotion so 'reat that the reds!ins almost feared to protect themselves from the venomous rattlesna!es .hite men did not !no.ith a canvas1topped .hy the medicine1men made stran'e noises .ith the first =ndian a'entsA and let considera3le of the lore spread out throu'h the nei'h3ourin' re'ions of . Wal!er and Audrey had come from 4ran!lin County in the +zar!s .a'onA t.ly opened pu3lic lands in the sprin' of 188)A and the end had come in the country of the WichitasUnorth of the Wichita :iverA in . The 'reat fear came in the land1rush days of <8)A .itch1 tales 'o the rounds of the chimney1corner.as usually Duite .ell1disposed to. There is a small villa'e called Bin'er there no.ay 3y means of suita3le rites.hich ha caused so much dispute. The thin' had 3e'un .ere leanA ra.itchment. to 'et on .ri''lin' pro'enyB his chosen method 3ein' to turn his victimA after suita3le torturesA to a spotted sna!e.ere typical hill1fol!A youn'ish and perhaps a little more am3itious than mostA and loo!ed for.i'A the sna!e1'od of the central plains tri3esUpresuma3ly the primal source of the more southerly /uetzalcoatl or 0u!ulcanU.hen Wal!er $avis and his . That .hat seemed to 3e hideously tan'i3le proofs.rea!ed harm upon his . =ndians said that the ne.ay 'oes throu'hB 3ut other.eill paused and cleared his throat 3efore 'ettin' do.n to his special storyA and = felt a tin'lin' sensation as .as not .or! than they had had in Ar!ansas. =t .oman short and rather dar!A . .o mulesA an ancient and useless do' called LWolfLA and all their household 'oods.ard those . ho.ee! in and .A and the rail.ent onA there . They . .ife Audrey left Ar!ansas to settle in the ne. Both .as not Duite so much secrecy a3out .P.hen a theatre curtain rises.hite settlement. 2e .i' 18& amidst such 3reathless ecstasies of fri'ht as a small 3oy mi'ht feel .ith . $r.ard to a life of 3etter returns for their a hard .holly evilA and . =n the old days of the =ndian TerritoryA the doctor .ith rattles and .ith a 3lac! strai'htness of hair su''estin' a sli'ht =ndian admi%ture.Lovecr !t The Curse of .H.i'.o. 8c.hen some e%traordinary incidents had 3een rumouredA and the rumours sustainedA 3y .ard the settlers came to ta!e that theory at face value.ith almost needless emphasisA the only truly authenticated horror had 3een a thin' of pitiful tra'edy rather than of 3e.as an oddA half1 anthropomorphic devil of hi'hly ar3itrary and capricious nature.hispered .i'<s chief trait .neeA WichitaA and Caddo country pounded ceaselessly . no old1timer in middle +!lahomaA .hen .13oned specimensB the man tallA sandyA and 'rey1eyedA and the . .et after allA the doctor added .i'A and after.ord a3out the sna!e1'od e%cept in va'ue hints. The plains tri3esA less cautious than the desert nomads and >ue3losA tal!ed Duite freely of their le'ends and autumn ceremonies .ise the place is less chan'ed than other parts of +!lahoma.as all very material and cruelUeven that last phase .hite or redA could 3e induced to 3reathe a .ho 'ave proper respect to him and his childrenA the serpentsB 3ut in the autumn he 3ecame a3normally ravenousA and had to 3e driven a. =t seems that .ho flouted him or .hat is at present Caddo County.hich thron'ed the re'ion. 4ri'htful clandestine tales hinted of his ven'eance upon mortals .as .hy the tom1toms in the >a. .

in' to the seasonA there . country at that time.as slo.o.hile the si'ht of even a tiny specimen . to hide malevolent serpentsA .hile most of the settled =ndians seemed friendly and civil.ith .as reduced to the puerile e%pedient of dronin' some of the rustic anti1sna!e charms he had learned in his 3oyhood. the .hich rose uncommonly hi'h a3ove the dried 3ed of a former tri3utary of the Canadian :iver.ho floc!ed into the ne.ould not allo.ho 'ave the $avises the first hint of .as a . Travel .as mar!ed indeedB for despite his stron' 'eneral coura'e the very mention of a sna!e . T.i' 3eliefsB a hint .ed himself to 3e overruled this onceB leadin' the animals sullenly to.as no lon'er possi3leA and poor Wal!er .o or three times a sna!e . Whatever the causeA the effect .B for the roads .as Wal!er<s almost epileptic fear of sna!esA .hite man at +!mul'ee in the Cree! country . .ea!ness.ere 'enerally e%chan'ed.as really 'limpsedA and these si'hts did not help the sufferer in his efforts to preserve composure.ed his leadA and presently than!ed her stars that she had forestalled Wal!er in her discovery. Before lon' Wal!er<s fascination had developed into a 3ad case of fri'ht. +.ays clearin' a.ould have itA it .ilder 3eliefs of their .1pioneerA .hich the nature of the 'round .hatever ve'etation he foundA and avoidin' stony places . That thin' .hich some laid to prenatal causesA and some said came from a dar! prophecy a3out his end .ere 'reat stretches of rollin' hills and redA sandy 3arrens . As they approached the 0ic!apoo country they found it harder and harder to avoid campin' near roc!s.a'on to approach. AudreyA e%aminin' the roc!s near the . +n the t. As the terrain 're. and then they encountered a fello.ere not many sna!es in evidenceA so Wal!er did not suffer from his special temperamental .hich an old =ndian sDua. land for the sprin' plou'hin'.hile every human fi'ure not o3viously part of a settlement or emi'rant train seemed to him a potential sna!e1'od till nearness had proved the contrary.P. =n the earlier sta'es of the CourneyA tooA there . 2e too! the most e%traordinary precautions at each of the ni'htly campsA al.ay .enty1second evenin' of the Courney a sava'e .hile in the Territory there . 4or thereA snu'ly nested in the .H. Seizin' a rifleA she follo. had tried to scare him .ere no =ndian sna!e1le'ends to trou3le himB for the transplanted tri3es from the southeast do not share the .Lovecr !t The Curse of . As fate .ould cause him to 'ro. flatterA the chan'e from their native mountains depressed them moreA perhapsA than they realisedB 3ut they found the people at the =ndian a'encies very affa3leA .henever he could.hen he .ere 3ad in Ar!ansasA . Every clump of stunted 3ushes and every cleft in the 'reatA sla31li!e roc!s seemed to him no.ind made it imperativeA for the sa!e of the mulesA to camp in as sheltered a spot as possi3leB and Audrey persuaded her hus3and to ta!e advanta'e of a cliff .hatever.as small. 4inally it .i' 18# =n 'eneralA there . 2e did not li!e the roc!y cast of the placeA 3ut allo.as very little of distinction a3out themA and 3ut for one thin' their annals mi'ht not have differed from those of thousands of other pioneers .hich had a curiously fascinatin' effect on Wal!erA and caused him to as! Duestions very freely after that.hile noticed a sin'ular sniffin' on the part of the fee3le old do'.hom crude pleasantries and e%pressions of amia3le rivalry .ithout any roads .ould produce a shoc! sometimes 3orderin' on a convulsion seizure.ith . The $avises started out early in the yearA in the hope of 3ein' on their ne. faint and paleA . 4ortunately no trou3lesome encounters came at this sta'e to sha!e his nerves still further.a'onA mean.estern nei'h3ours.ard the protectin' slopeA .

ard the Wichita 8ountains. 5o's . Then the loo! of pure fri'ht on his 3loodless face turned slo. WhyA AudA they .ould stretch alon' the surface of the 'round li!e a man1made floor.s .as reachedA and the $avises made haste to trace their 3oundaries and perform the sprin' plou'hin' 3efore even 3e'innin' the construction of a ca3in.ere hauled in the . They crossed the Canadian near .ell founded.ith a 'ood1sized fireplace the .ly to somethin' li!e min'led a.d<s sa!eA AudA 3ut . 2er o.e.e and an'erA and he 3e'an to up3raid his .d in heavenUhe<ll come outa the ni'ht and turn ye into a cra.as doneA and turned to cleanse the improvised 3lud'eon in the red sand and dryA dead 'rass near 3y.ri''lin' .as a mass of lazy .ith the first of the real plains =ndians they had seenUa party of 3lan!eted WichitasA . There seemed to 3e a very fe. that her tas! .castleA and soon after.n a'ain and a'ain upon the .i'<s chillen. sna!esA or possi3le dens for themB so Audrey at last persuaded Wal!er to 3uild the one1room ca3in over a vastA smooth sla3 of e%posed stone.oodsA many miles to.asA had vanishedA and she feared he had 'one to fetch his master. $on<t ye !no.ettest .hose leader tal!ed freely under the spell of the . A second moreA and Wal!er had seen everythin'.ay.e<d ou'ht to a told meA and . With such a floorin' and .as a si'ht it .i' 18 'ap 3et.hy<d ye 'o for to do thatG 2ain<t ye heerd all the thin's they<ve 3een tellin< a3out this sna!e1devil .hich could not 3e other than a 3rood of ne.n sense of loathin' .indyA and sparse of natural ve'etationA 3ut promised 'reat fertility under cultivation.i' rules hereA an< he comes out every fall for to 'it his victims and turn <em into sna!es. +ld WolfA totterin' relic of mi%ed shepherd and coyote ancestry that he . L7a.P.e<d a moved on. ?isi3le only as one convoluted e%panseA 3ut perhaps comprisin' as many as three or four separate unitsA .d !no.ife in trem3lin' tones. She mustA she reflectedA cover the nest up 3efore Wal!er 'ot 3ac! from tetherin' the mules.13orn rattlesna!es.as 'reatA 3ut it did not amount to a real fear.Lovecr !t The Curse of . +ccasional outcroppin's of 'ranite diversified a soil of decomposed red sandstoneA and here and there a 'reat flat roc! .ould have done him no 'ood to see. they<s a devil1'od . By the end of the .e<ve a1tal!ed to sence . Audrey made a move to catch him if he should faintA 3ut he did no more than s. .H. 4ootsteps at that instant proved her fear .on<t none of them =nCuns acrost the CanayCin !ill a sna!e for love nor moneyF L7a. An%ious to save Wal!er from a tryin' shoc!A Audrey did not hesitate to actA 3ut too! the 'un firmly 3y the 3arrel and 3rou'ht the 3utt do.lin< spotted sna!eFL All the rest of the Courney Wal!er !ept up the fri'htened reproofs and prophecies.e come in<s said the same. 4inally she sa.as flatA drearily .een t.inded protective charm a'ainst .eather mi'ht 3e defiedUthou'h it soon 3ecame evident that dampness .ee! the chosen site in the Wichita country .hat ye done to yourselfA 'alA a1stompin< out a hull 3rood o< .hat 'ets even if ye hurts his childrenG What for d<ye thin! the =nCuns all dances and 3eats their drums in the fall a3outG This land<s under a curseA = tell yeUni'h every soul .a'on from the nearest 3elt of .as no salient Duality of the district. 2e<ll 'it yeA AudA as sure<s they<s a 7a.i' in e%chan'e for a Duart 3ottle of the same inspirin' fluid.ard met . The re'ion . 2e<ll 'it yeA sureA sooner or laterA unlessen = !in 3uy a charm offen some o< the =nCun medicine1men.rithin' o3Cects. .i'G .o 3ouldersA .his!ey offered himA and tau'ht poor Wal!er a lon'1.

een the ne.hich Audrey .as a 'reat 'od.i' is . The =ndiansA a fe.ed incantations came to 3e a nuisanceB and .ay to them despite all 'overnment 3ans. All the tri3es made medicine a'ainst . They 'ave him some cornA and danced in proper re'alia to the sound of . By the time the corn harvest did comeA Wal!er had succeeded in 'ettin' his .as hun'ry and .as maddenin' to .led'ed masterpieceUthe tale of a man in Scott County .hen the corn harvest came. She . Sally and Audrey used to visit each other oftenA for their ca3ins .i' 18- Wal!er 3uilt his .ere only t.histleA rattleA and drum.n no.ayA and called do. country. =n the autumn his children .hat Duarrelsome .i' .H. =n turnA he helped his helpers at similar house1raisin'sA so that many ties of friendship spran' up 3et.ays a distant .hen fired 3y the liDuid stimulation .hose children men areA even as the sna!es are . .hole horde of rattlers at onceA and had s.i' .ise hailed from Ar!ansasA the most helpful and con'enial.ere al.ere hun'ry and . 2e did not run into many serious sna!e scaresA and made his land as inhospita3le as possi3le for .ildA and .ideness of their scatterin'. +f all the nei'h3ours the $avises found 6oe and Sally ComptonA . =t is to 6oe<s and Sally<s credit that they heeded this plea .aA .ea!ness re'ardin' sna!esA 3ut perhaps did more to a''ravate than cure the parallel nervousness . Charms .rath.n the aid of TirY. as 7randma ComptonB and her son ClydeA then an infant in armsA has 3ecome one of the leadin' men of the state.i'. 2e did not for'et thin's.as far from reassurin'.ell .o miles apartB and in the lon' sprin' and summer afternoons they e%chan'ed many a tale of old Ar!ansas and many a rumour a3out the ne.ay.ho had 3een 3itten 3y a .eedless to sayA Audrey did not repeat this anecdote to her hus3andA and she implored the Comptons to 3e.aterA thou'h he planned to sin! an artesian later on. =t .ee!s had passedA the people of the section had 3ecome very cohesive despite the .ri''lin' visitors.i' is a 'reat 'od.as 3ad medicine.hich found its . 5et $avis say the charms many times . 2e .his!eyA 3ut much of the information he 'ot .n .ith her ac!no. Every no. nei'h3ours. =t .as 3ad that the sDua.as very sympathetic a3out Wal!er<s .i'<s children.i' a. 2is prayers and 3orro.ays ready in e%chan'e for . of $avis !illed the children of . .i' .hen the corn harvest comes.ho li!e.ind13orne poundin' of tom1toms to lend an added 3ac!'round of the sinister.ay thirty miles or more to the northeastB and 3efore many . Sally is still aliveA !no.Lovecr !t The Curse of . of .ith the old men and shamans a3out the sna!e1'od and ho.P. With the help of 6oe Compton he du' a . to nullify his .ith the aid of some of the other settlersA thou'h the nearest one .ere for the most part harmlessA thou'h some.as over a mile a.as al.elled so monstrously from poison that his 3ody had finally 3urst . Wal!er did his corn1plantin' earlyA and in midsummer improved his time 3y harvestin' a fair crop of the native 'rass of the re'ion. There .as no to.as acDuirin' throu'h his incessant prayin' and prophesyin' a3out the curse of . They !ept the drums poundin' to drive .ife into a deplora3ly Cumpy state.hich 'ave a moderate supply of very 'ood .ildA too.ide1chimneyed ca3in and crude 3arn .hich formed the main villa'e of the WichitasA and tal!ed lon' .are of startin' it on the rounds of the countryside.ith the utmost fidelity.i'.orthy the name nearer than El :enoA on the rail. .i'.hom had 3e'un to settle do. and then he rode over to the cluster of thatchedA conical huts . .hen the autumn rites of the =ndians 3e'anA there .as uncommonly full of 'ruesome sna!e storiesA and produced a direfully stron' impression .ith a pop. Sally .n on ranchesA .

ent far to render utterly unendura3le.ith such care.a'on .oodsA and still hintin' at va'ue terrors under its latter1day mas! of comedy and li'htness.ere the . =t .inter.ed them to their .ee! on .armA and e%cept for their primitive coo!ery the $avises found scant use for the stone fireplace Wal!er had 3uilt .ould ho.orries seemed for'otten for the nonceA and Wal!er . >eople shivered all the more 3ecause they .ere reapedB !eepin' naively alive in modernity those curious rites of the harvest1home .e<en .as on that thirty1first of +cto3er that the .as 'rey and leadenA and 3y noon the incessant .ere not prepared for the chillA and Wal!er $avis< old do' Wolf dra''ed himself . But the distant drums still thumped onA nor .Lovecr !t The Curse of . Why .ded room.hich any added element of the 3izarre . in it a compensatin' element of protection.hite citizenry less inclined to pursue their chosen rites. Audrey loathed it more than her hus3and didA for he sa.ness. nearA and the settlers planned another frolicUthis timeA had they 3ut !no. By ten o<cloc! all hands .ide red plains. .n itA of a linea'e older than even a'ricultureB the dread Witch1Sa33ath of the primal pre1AryansA !ept alive throu'h a'es in the midni'ht 3lac!ness of secret .ee!A it .ay tom1toms . The notions of a hoverin' sna!e1curse and the .e<en dre.inds that carried it.hich . 8ostlyA thou'hA this 3attered veteran slept throu'h the merrimentB for he .earily indoors to a place 3eside the hearth.ere healthily tiredA and the 'uests 3e'an to depart family 3y family .ithstandin' this strainA several festive 'atherin's .i' 187 have the muffled clatter al.hat a fine time every3ody had had. The autumn .as a very passa3le fiddlerB and his tunes did much to ma!e the cele3rants for'et the monotonous 3eatin' of the distant tom1toms. and then old Wolf .ays 'oin' in e%haustless relaysA as persistently as the red dusty .inds had chan'ed from searin'ness to ra. Then 2allo. Their .ays stealin' over the . =t .eirdA endless rhythm of the distant =ndian drums formed a 3ad com3ination . As early as four in the afternoon the .H. Tom and 6ennie :i'3y had 3rou'ht their collie @e!e alon'A 3ut the canines did not fraternise.l .as . Somethin' in the unnaturalness of the hot dust1clouds preyed on the nerves of all the settlersA 3ut most of all on Audrey<s and Wal!er<s.ls as he follo.ere mar!s of re'ret at havin' to 'o homeB thou'h Audrey said it must 3e the far1a.as past the a'e of active interests and lived lar'ely in his dreams.a'ons 3e'an to arrive at Wal!er<s ca3inB and in the evenin'A after a memora3le 3ar3ecueA 5afayette Smith<s fiddle inspired a very fair1sized company to 'reat feats of saltatory 'rotesDueness in the one 'ood1sized 3ut cro.as shaved and trimmed into a surprisin' de'ree of spruceness. 2allo.ith many handsha!in's and 3luff assurances of .as al.as a3normally . The mornin' . @e!e seemed stran'ely uneasy over somethin'A and nosed around curiously all the evenin'. Tom ands 6ennie thou'ht @e!e<s eerie ho. Audrey and Wal!er made a fine couple on the floorA and 7randma Compton still li!es to recall her impression of their dancin' that ni'ht.ould it never stopG $ay and ni'htA .ere held at one or another of the ca3ins after the crops . The youn'er fol! indul'ed in the amia3le inanities proper to the seasonA and no.ho came from southern 8issouri and had a ca3in a3out three miles east of Wal!er<sA .arm spell 3ro!e.P. 5afayette SmithA .as to fall on a ThursdayA and the nei'h3ours a'reed to 'ather for their first revel at the $avis ca3in.hich are as old as human a'riculture itself.ith this sense of a mi'htyA intan'i3le 3ul.ith doleful and spine1tic!lin' ominousness at some especially spectral strain from 5afayette<s sDuea!y violinUa device he had never heard 3efore.ar! a'ainst evil that he 'ot in his corn crop and prepared ca3in and sta3le for the comin' .ot.

n1spec!led mass of . turnin' their loathsome heads to menace the fri'ht13lasted lantern13earer. 2e seemed to 3e listenin' intently to somethin'A and silenced her .as a3le to ma!e a try at it. of the lantern. Audrey had terri3le dreams of . And from far a.as impressed .hen = .ri''lin' rattlesna!esA slitherin' to.L After a moment of silence he .ith some element at once horri3le and familiarA . into the steady 'lo.ere asleep 3efore the cheap alarm1cloc! on the mantel had tic!ed out three minutes. L$on<t ye hear somethin< a1sin'in< and 3uzzin< and rustlin<G $<ye rec!on it<s the fall cric!etsGL CertainlyA there .13orn illuminationA .asA indeedA from an a3solute ecstasy of ni'htmare that she started suddenly a. $r. =<d orter 'it up and stomp <em out afore they ma!e much head.ithin the ruddy 'lo. =t . There .Lovecr !t The Curse of . L2ar!A AudFL he 3reathed. 8c.ith ashes to !eep it smoulderin' till mornin'.hisper .ith the frenzy of their simultaneous shrie!.ithin.i' 188 annoyed himA for the distant thumpin' .hole of the roomA the crude rafters shoo! .P. ThenA as their eyes 3e'an to ta!e in the .H.ard the fireA and even no.L 2e roseA felt for the lantern that hun' .ind.ere timesA thou'hUat firstU.a!in' a hideous thou'htA the monotonous 3eatin' of the distant tom1toms came incessantly across the 3lac! plains on .ay or 'it at the cup3oard.hen she 3e'an to as! .ayA the rhythmic poundin' of those hellish tom1toms still pulsed on the chill ni'ht1.i'GL She could feel him trem3le. =t . L.oA 'alA = don<t rec!on he comes that a.i'A . +ld Wolf dra''ed himself .as surely 'hastly enou'h after the merriment .ithin easy reachA and rattled the tin match13o% nailed to the . Audrey sat up in 3ed and . Audrey tried to analyse itA and . Audrey and Wal!erA too tired to thin! of charms or cursesA tum3led into the rou'h pine 3ed and .as only for an instant that Audrey sa.hich hovered Cust outside the rim of her memory.ou<ll soon appreciateAL he saidA Lthat = had a 'reat deal of difficulty in piecin' out all that happened after the 'uests left.atched the flare of the match 'ro.hich a cloudy half1moon had set.all 3eside it.ay. 4or the flatA roc!y floorA revealed in the ne.ithin the ca3in such a sound as he had descri3ed.as distinctly audi3le . The ni'ht .ith the tale.a!e to find Wal!er already conscious and sittin' up in 3ed.hat Chief 7rey Ea'le says. LWal!erUs<pose it<sUtheUtheUcurse o< .ent on .hat had roused him.orld mi'ht ma!e the reminiscent vision clearer. The reptiles . the thin's. 2e<s shapen li!e a manA e%cept ye loo! at him clost.o or .as 3itterly coldA and for the first time Wal!er put a 'reat lo' in the fireplace and 3an!ed it . That<s .ere of every sizeA of uncounta3le num3ersA and apparently of several varietiesB and even as she loo!edA t. This here<s some varmints come in outen the coldUnot cric!etsA = calc<lateA 3ut summat li!e <em.as one seethin'A 3ro.ith a . And 3eyond it allA .eill paused here and removed his 'lassesA as if a 3lurrin' of the o3Cective . and lapsed into his customary coma.ho appeared to her in the 'uise of Satan as depicted in cheap en'ravin's she had seen. L.

Wal!er .ould 3e li!e those thin's she had 'limpsed on the floorUthose thin's .as convulsed .ere nested 3elo.i' 18) three of them reared their heads as if to stri!e at Wal!er.as Wal!er<s crash to the floor that e%tin'uished the lantern and plun'ed her into 3lac!ness.hole corpseA and in the end the 3loated thin' had 3urst horri3lyU3urst horri3ly .itch1.hich she had started.n there on the roc! floorG =nstinctively she felt she had 3e'un to listen for somethin' too terri3le even to name to herself.n on herB and she . the roc! and had 3een dra. from no mortal<s 3o. To Audrey the entire . .hen he . They .ouldn<t 3e !illedUCust turned to a spotted sna!e. Why .hich !ept her mute.A hopin' that she .as a little 3oy.i'<s messen'ers after allA 3ut Cust natural rattlers that . ?oluntary motion of any sort .i'htA and they had ta!en Wal!er first. ThenA little 3y littleA the suspicion that she . The noisy tic!in' of the alarm1cloc! sounded a3ove the maddenin' 3eat of the distant tom1toms. (nconsciously she crept under the clothes and trem3led.ith the ni'htmare from .i' had sent to 'et her and enroll her amon' their num3erF She tried to mum3le a charm that Wal!er had tau'ht herA 3ut found she could not utter a sin'le sound.n there 3y the fire.Lovecr !t The Curse of . At the thou'ht of her hus3and<s 3ody lyin' there in the pitch 3lac!ness a thrill of purely physical horror passed over Audrey.lin' thin's must 3e comin' for herA ..rithin' closer and closer every moment in the dar!A perhaps even no.i'.inin' slipperily a3out the 3edposts and oozin' up over the coarse .H.hich . That story of Sally Compton<s a3out the man 3ac! in Scott CountyF 2eA tooA had 3een 3itten 3y a .ere ta!in' a lon' timeUdid they mean to delay on purpose to play on her nervesG Every no.itchin's of her over. ('hF So she . . 2e had not screamed a second timeUfri'ht had paralysed himA and he fell as if shot 3y a silent arro.as impossi3leA for . Was that .hich made her lon' to shrie! out despite the inhi3itin' spell .hirl a3out fantasticallyA min'lin' .a!e soon.oman had predicted .hat had happened to himG The poison had rotted the flesh and s.ould .P.as thatU. t.asn<t he innocent enou'hG Why not come strai'ht for herUhadn<t she !illed those little rattlers aloneG Then she thou'ht of the curse<s form as told 3y the =ndians.eren<t comin' for herA perhapsUperhaps they had sated themselves on poor Wal!er. She did not faintUit .hole 3unch of rattlesna!esA and . Where .as really a.ly over her thou'hts.ith a detesta3le popping noise. She .G 7oneG Coiled 3y the fireG Still cra.as happenin' to Wal!er do. and then she thou'ht she felt a steadyA insidious pressure on the 3edclothesA 3ut each time it turned out to 3e only the automatic t. >oor Wolf had not 3een a3le to helpA eitherUpro3a3ly he had not even a.orld seemed to .s< .a!ed from his senile stupor. =t must 3e the curse of .a!e 3e'an to da.hat . 2e had sent his monstrous children on All12allo.as 'oneA and she had not 3een a3le to help him. The sna!es . the cra.rou'ht nerves.ere they no. 2e had died of sna!esA Cust as the old .ith a mountin' 3lend of panic and 'rief . She fell 3ac! inertly on her pillo.elled the .oollen 3lan!ets.o actual sense of .lin' over the prone corpse of their victimG The cloc! tic!edA and the distant drums thro33ed on. Those sna!es couldn+t have ta!en so lon'F They couldn<t 3e . The cloc! tic!ed on in the dar!A and a chan'e came slo.ill and the sense of reality had left her.hat had happened penetrated her mind for some time. And no.

n could 3rin'A after all.as the tic!in' of the cloc! the only sound in the room. Capa3le at last of conscious motionA she shoo! the covers from her face and loo!ed into the dar!ness to.hichA once verifiedA she did not !no.or . She !ne. >ro3a3ly nei'h3ours . merciful if only it hadF Amidst the echoes of her shrie!in' Audrey still sa.ith every effort of her .hat sort of relief the da.ith Audrey<s screams of star!A un3ridled frenzy.ould passUno dou3t some3ody .i'F = didn<t mean to !ill <emU= .all on those pe's near the lantern.<aaaahF .ere a stri!in' cloc!A so that she could !no.as too much.heezin' . still a perfect sDuareG She . .ould callU.ondered . $on<tA .ar! a'ainst nameless evil from outside the universeG What .ithout .ard the .oman. She .asUhun' a'ainst the . Somet"ing "ad encroac"ed on t"e lo$er edge% . =t .indo.ould they find her still saneG Was she still sane no..ayA .ithin easy reachA and she could find it in the . the star1sprin!led sDuare of .a%ed rever3erant .as unmista!a3le. T"e distant beating of t"e Indian tom-toms "ad ceased% They had al.hich she had to verify .as in no condition to .ard to.indo.hispers after tal!in' . a'ainst the stars the 3lac!A daemoniac silhouette of somethin' anthropoidUthe undulant 3ul! of a 'i'antic head and shoulders fum3lin' slo. aheadA and heard the doom13odin' tic!in' of that fri'htful cloc!. =t must have cleared after the moon setA for she sa. Then .ard the 3edA very silently. Consciousness did not pass a.elcome or dread.indo.a!eful . Everythin' snapped at once inside Audrey<s headA and in a second she had turned from a co. There . .ei'h the evidence of her senses or distin'uish 3et.ith the far1off drummin' that the ni'ht1.ished it .i'A don<tF = didn<t 'o for to hurt yore chillenUdon<t come ni'h meUdon<t chan'e me into no spotted sna!eFL But the half1formless head and shoulders only lurched on. Then Audrey sa.ays maddened herU3ut had not Wal!er re'arded them as a 3ul.ay . loneliness.ere some of those thin's he had repeated to her in . The 3onds of muteness snappedA and the 3lac! ni'ht .P.i' 1)* The cloc! tic!ed onA !eepin' a !ind of moc!in'A sardonic time . Wolf slept very silentlyA and his .ayA sna!e1devilF 7o <.as not a perfect sDuare.as feared he<d 3e scairt of <em. 7odFUSally<s storyUthat o3scene stenchA and this 'na.hether to .Lovecr !t The Curse of .ard her.in' silenceF =t .G 8or3idly listenin'A Audrey all at once 3ecame a. lon' this eldritch vi'il must last.een fact and hallucination.<aaaahF 7o a. .H.ayF 7o a. .erin' child to a ra'in' mad. L. the sDuare aperture distinctly a'ainst the 3ac!'round of stars.indo.here the a%e . and sudden silenceA after allF There . $id she hear another soundG Was that sDuare . She cursed the tou'hness of fi3re that !ept her from faintin'A and .ith 7rey Ea'le and the Wichita medicine1 menG She did not relish this ne. The loud1tic!in' cloc! seemed a3normal in its ne.arnin' came that shoc!in'A unuttera3le soundUu'hFUthat dullA putrid pop of cleft s!in and escapin' poison in the dar!.n nor poor Wolf<s.ayF 7o a.in'A cla.as . 2o.as somethin' sinister a3out it.asA 3eyond disputeA a heavy 3reathin' neither her o.ly to.ill 3efore she could 3elieve itB and .ith the shoc!.ind 3rou'ht.are of somethin' .oUthat . ho.

that the starli'ht 3eyond the .iped the perspiration from his forehead and put on his 'lasses a'ain.as usually coo!in' somethin' at that hour.hat had 3een a manUclad in a ni'htshirtA and .as no 3e. =t must have 3een 3itten 3y a verita3le le'ion of the reptiles.as Sally Compton . The loc!A it appearedA . To the ri'ht of the door . And .itchmentU only cruelA pitifulA material horror. = told you there .hole carcass 3urst 3y the puffin' effect of rattlesna!e poison.ith AudreyA and had seen no smo!e from the chimney.as foundG Was it ever e%plainedGL The doctor cleared his throat.as the a%e1hac!ed remnant of . She 'ot no ans.as e%plained. 2ad there 3een any li'htA the loo! on her face .ay nearer.esUshe livedA in a . only a mute mad caricature.ear him lay the ensan'uined a%eA carelessly discarded.ear the 3urned1out fireplace .aited for him to resumeA and as he !ept silent = spo!e softly.aited some time 3efore tryin' the crude door of split lo's. And it .omanA 3ut .as thereA she reeled 3ac!A 'aspedA and clun' to the Cam3 to preserve her 3alance.as conscious of anythin' further it .ay in.ard the monstrous head and shoulders that every moment 'roped their . =t had turned very .ere ma!in' hun'ry1soundin' noises in the 3arnA and there .L =t .H. .as unfastenedB and she slo. That . .ould not have 3een pleasant to see.eill .ri''lin' flat on the floor . LShe livedG She .elled out as she opened the doorA 3ut that .ho had made the discovery.hat she had seen. The mules .as yieldin' to the dim prophetic pallor of comin' da. ThenA perceivin' .ithin that shado.as in her handsA and she . Before she .as Dueer. 8c.P.as not .as .A and her cac!les mounted hi'her as she sa.ly pushed her . She had ridden over to the $avis ca3in the ne%t afternoon to tal! over the party .as a loathsomeA vacant1eyed thin' that had 3een a .indo.er 3ut .as very timid and hesitant as she dismounted and !noc!ed. LTa!e t"atA youF And t"atA and t"atA and t"atCL She .as creepin' to.y ca3in monstrous thin's had happened and three shoc!in' o3Cects remained on the floor to a. A terri3le odour had . .as no.i' 1)1 dar!. =t .arm a'ainA yet Audrey . Alto'etherA Sally did not li!e the loo! of the placeA so .e and 3affle the 3eholder.Lovecr !t The Curse of .hat had stunned her.as to hissA and hissA and hiss.ard the foot of the 3edUto. 9e $as totally free from any sign of snake-bite.hat . .n. $r.as the 'reat do'Upurple decay on the s!in left 3are 3y man'e and old a'eA and the . All that this thin' could do . 4or . L.as no si'n of old Wolf sunnin' himself in the accustomed spot 3y the door. = .as lau'hin' shrilly no.ith the shattered 3ul! of a lantern clenched in one hand.ay.

There .ere even .P.ife . 8c.L . 2er hair came . LAnd AudreyU.hat .hat .aysUit made him faintA and it made him fill his .i' seemed to .hite at the roots as it 're.Lovecr !t The Curse of .nstairsGL 8c.ere lucid spells at firstA 3ut they 'ot to 3e fe.asn<t it Dueer ho.o .es.as lo.as his fear .ere three more of themUt.hen she diedUL = interrupted .o .ith a start.A and later 3e'an to fall out. = could only su''est tremulously and stupidly9 LSo Wal!er had only fainted that first timeUthe screams roused himA and the a%e did the restGL L. The s!in 're.as 3orn to her three1Duarters of a year after.eill spo!e 'ravely.H.hen she thou'ht she sa.i' 1)" Both the doctor and = . 2e poured somethin' from a flas! on his des!A too! a nipA and handed another 'lass to me. the sna!e1devil.L L.L = thou'ht for a moment.as thatUthat thin' do.er. LBut he met his death from sna!es Cust the same.ard. the curse of .eill<s voice .or! itself out on herG = suppose the impression of hissin' sna!es had 3een fairly 'round into her. There . =t .or!in' in t.ere 3rushin' cold drops from our foreheads 3y this time.ild stories that caused her to stri!e out .orseU3ut this is the only one that lived..er and fe. 3lotchyA and .L $r.es.ith the . LThat is . L#ied/ Then .

ere treated .as in one of the most open and least freDuented parts of the 3road >acific that the pac!et of . +f the lon'itude = !ne.as then at its very 3e'innin'A and the ocean forces of the 2un had not completely sun! to their later de'radationB so that our vessel . So li3eralA indeedA .n to the surfaceA e%posin' re'ions .ithin hearin'A and nothin' in si'ht save a vast reach of 3lac! slimeB yet the very completeness of the stillness and the homo'eneity of the landscape oppressed me . Throu'h some unprecedented volcanic upheavalA a portion of the ocean floor must have 3een thro. As = cra. The .as putrid .as to discover myself half suc!ed into a slimy e%panse of hellish 3lac! mire .hilst = slept. The 'reat . .hy it is that = must have for'etfulness or death. =t .hich aloneA ma!es life endura3leA = can 3ear the torture no lon'erB and shall cast myself from this 'arret . The re'ion .as the discipline of our captorsA that five days after . into the sDualid street 3elo. There .ater and provisions for a 'ood len'th of time. protrudin' from the nasty mud of the unendin' plain.ould 3e of . So 'reat .a!enedA it .hich seemed to me almost 3lac! in its cloudless crueltyB as thou'h reflectin' the in!y marsh 3eneath my feet.ith a nauseatin' fear.as in the air and in the rottin' soil a sinister Duality .led pa'es you may 'uessA thou'h never fully realiseA .as in si'ht.onder at so prodi'ious and une%pected a transformation of sceneryA = .hich = .as nothin' .as the e%tent of the ne.hilst . The sun . >erhaps = should not hope to convey in mere .hich had ./ -o# = am ..as in reality more horrified than astonishedB for there . . >ennilessA and at the end of my supply of the dru' . When at last = a.led into the stranded 3oat = realised that only one theory could e%plain my position.hich my 3oat lay 'rounded some distance a.indo.as supercar'o fell a victim to the 7erman sea1raider.as made a le'itimate prizeA . Thou'h one mi'ht .B for my slum3erA thou'h trou3led and dream1infestedA .n from a s!y . The chan'e happened .as 3lazin' do.e of her cre.as some.ay. When you have read these hastily scra.ell in a3solute silence and 3arren immensity.hat south of the eDuator. land .hich = sa.ever a competent navi'atorA = could only 'uess va'uely 3y the sun and stars that = .hich e%tended a3out me in monotonous undulations as far as = could seeA and in .e .eather !ept fairA and for uncounted days = drifted aimlessly 3eneath the scorchin' sunB .aitin' either for some passin' shipA or to 3e cast on the shores of some ha3ita3le land.hich chilled me to the very core. $o not thin! from my slavery to morphine that = am a .ere ta!en = mana'ed to escape alone in a small 3oat .hich for innumera3le millions of years had lain hidden under unfathoma3le .atery depths. =ts details = shall never !no.ith all the fairness and consideration due us as naval prisoners.ords the unuttera3le hideousness that can d.ell ima'ine that my first sensation . But neither ship nor land appearedA and = 3e'an to despair in my solitude upon the heavin' vastness of un3ro!en 3lue. nothin'A and no island or coastline .ritin' this under an apprecia3le mental strainA since 3y toni'ht = shall 3e no more.as continuous.ith .ea!lin' or a de'enerate.ar . When = finally found myself adrift and freeA = had 3ut little idea of my surroundin's.ith the carcasses of decayin' fishA and of other less descri3a3le thin's .

hich lay upon its side and afforded a sli'ht shade as the sun moved across the heavens.ere not Duite so perpendicular as = had ima'ined.as a source of va'ue horror to meB 3ut = thin! my horror .hich = cannot definitely analyseA = scram3led . All day = for'ed steadily .in' day still travelled to. hundred feetA the declivity 3ecame very 'radual.l to prey upon the dead thin's. ho.or .here no li'ht had yet penetrated.hich had ya.H.n 'oal. All at once my attention . A closer scrutiny filled me .ay hummoc! . un.as a.aterA preparatory to an overland Courney in search of the vanished sea and possi3le rescue.as captured 3y a vast and sin'ular o3Cect on the opposite slopeA .as too much concerned . 4or several hours = sat thin!in' or 3roodin' in the 3oatA .hitely in the ne.ere not alto'ether the . = have said that the un3ro!en monotony of the rollin' plain .P.Lovecr !t $a'on 1)# risen 3eneath meA that = could not detect the faintest noise of the sur'in' oceanA strain my ears as = mi'ht.hy my dreams . By the fourth evenin' = attained the 3ase of the moundA .ith ease. Too .as 'reater .n the other side into an immeasura3le pit or canyonA .al! upon .ard the hummoc!A thou'h that o3Cect seemed scarcely nearer than .as maddenin'B 3ut = . Without the 'lare of the parchin' sunA my Courney .hich had deterred me at sunset.ed rays of the ascendin' moon.ith 'raver thin's to mind so sli'ht an evilA and set out 3oldly for an un!no.as youn'A = perceived . That it . Such visions as = had e%perienced . felt Duite a3le to perform the ascent .orldA peerin' over the rim into a fathomless chaos of eternal ni'ht. The odour of the fish .hich rose hi'her than any other elevation on the rollin' desert.ly 3esto.ild that ni'htB 3ut ere the . As the day pro'ressedA the 'round lost some of its stic!inessA and seemed li!ely to dry sufficiently for travellin' purposes in a short time.ould have cost me less ener'yB indeedA = no. (r'ed on 3y an impulse . of the hill.hose 3lac! recesses the moon had not yet soared hi'h enou'h to illumine.orld .ere there any sea1fo. >ic!in' up my pac!A = started for the crest of the eminence.anin' and fantastically 'i33ous moon had risen far a3ove the eastern plainA = . And in the 'lo.or! of .ere too much for me to endure a'ain.ise = had 3een to travel 3y day. = felt myself on the ed'e of the .as merely a 'i'antic piece of stoneA = soon assured myselfB 3ut = .hen = had first espied it. 5ed'es and outcroppin's of roc! afforded fairly easy footholds for a descentA .ature.ardA 'uided 3y a far1a.hen = 'ained the summit of the mound and loo!ed do.n the roc!s and stood on the 'entler slope 3eneathA 'azin' into the Sty'ian deeps .a!e in a cold perspirationA determined to sleep no more.ned at the 3ottom of the sea since the .ith difficulty do.ere so . That ni'ht = encampedA and on the follo. = !no. not .hich turned out to 3e much hi'her than it had appeared from a distanceA an intervenin' valley settin' it out in sharper relief from the 'eneral surface.as conscious of a distinct impression that its contour and position . As the moon clim3ed hi'her in the s!yA = 3e'an to see that the slopes of the valley . That ni'ht = slept 3ut littleA and the ne%t day = made for myself a pac! containin' food and . +n the third mornin' = found the soil dry enou'h to . . of the moon = sa. Throu'h my terror ran curious reminiscences of >aradise 5ostA and Satan<s hideous clim3 throu'h the unfashioned realms of dar!ness.hich rose steeply a3out a hundred yards ahead of meB an o3Cect that 'leamed .ith sensations = cannot e%pressB for despite its enormous ma'nitudeA and its position in an a3yss .hilst after a drop of a fe.est.eary to ascendA = slept in the shado.

ith their scenic 3ac!'roundB for one of the creatures .everA that did most to hold me spell3ound. =t .Lovecr !t $a'on 1) 3eyond a dou3t that the stran'e o3Cect .ature utters only in her .ere merely the ima'inary 'ods of some primitive fishin' or seafarin' tri3eB some tri3e . $azed and fri'htenedA yet not . trace 3oth inscriptions and crude sculptures. The .hose last descendant had perished eras 3efore the first ancestor of the >iltdo.as an array of 3as1 reliefs .ere damna3ly human in 'eneral outline despite .hich it flun' its 'i'antic scaly armsA the . = 3elieve = san' a 'reat dealA and lau'hed oddly .hile it 3o. = thin! that these thin's .hen = . it.ed at the 3ottomA . Curiously enou'hA they seemed to have 3een chiselled 3adly out of proportion . Across the chasmA the .erA they .ater on account of their enormous size .hich are un!no.ould have e%cited the envy of a $ore.hilst the moon cast Dueer reflections on the silent channel 3efore me.eanderthal 8an . +f my frantic ascent of the slope and cliffA and of my delirious Courney 3ac! to the stranded 3oatA = remem3er little.n or . Several characters o3viously represented marine thin's .hales and the li!e.aters of some marine 'rottoA or payin' homa'e at some monolithic shrine .ashed the 3ase of the Cyclopean monolithA on .n disportin' li!e fishes in the . = thin! = .H.n to the modern .indin' out of si'ht in 3oth directionsA and almost lappin' my feet as = stood on the slope. faint.aters.as sho.hose surface = could no.as in a system of hiero'lyphics un!no.orldA 3ut .hose decomposin' forms = had o3served on the ocean1risen plain.ildest moods.hich .estruc! at this une%pected 'limpse into a past 3eyond the conception of the most darin' anthropolo'istA = stood musin' .ed its hideous head and 'ave vent to certain measured sounds. =n my delirium = had said muchA 3ut found that my .ithout a certain thrill of the scientist<s or archaeolo'ist<s deli'htA = e%amined my surroundin's more closely.orship of livin' and thin!in' creatures.eirdly and vividly a3ove the to. +f any . near the zenithA shone .n in the act of !illin' a .ords had 3een 'iven scant attention. A.erin' steeps that hemmed in the chasmA and revealed the fact that a far1flun' 3ody of . ?astA >olyphemus1li!eA and loathsomeA it darted li!e a stupendous monster of ni'htmares to the monolithA a3out .as in a San 4rancisco hospitalB 3rou'ht thither 3y the captain of the American ship .as the pictorial carvin'A ho. a3ove the dar! .or!manship and perhaps the .as una3le to sin'.ide and fla33y lipsA 'lassyA 3ul'in' eyesA and other features less pleasant to recall.n the .hose su3Cects .aves as . >lainly visi3le across the intervenin' .as 3orn. = have indistinct recollections of a 'reat storm some time after = reached the 3oatB at any rateA = !ne.avelets .ere sho. With only a sli'ht churnin' to mar! its rise to the surfaceA the thin' slid into vie. Then suddenly = sa. When = came out of the shado.s = .n to meA and unli!e anythin' = had ever seen in 3oo!sA consistin' for the most part of conventionalised aDuatic sym3ols such as fishesA eelsA octopiA crustaceansA molluscsA .hich appeared to 3e under the .ent mad then.hich had pic!ed up my 3oat in mid1ocean. +f their faces and forms = dare not spea! in detailA for the mere remem3rance ma!es me 'ro.hale represented as 3ut little lar'er than himself. that = heard peals of thunder and other tones .ell1shaped monolith .ell. The moonA no. = remar!edA as = sayA their 'rotesDueness and stran'e sizeB 3ut in a moment decided that they .P.e33ed hands and feetA shoc!in'ly .ritin' .hose massive 3ul! had !no. 7rotesDue 3eyond the ima'ination of a >oe or a Bul.ere supposed to depict men 11 at leastA a certain sort of menB thou'h the creatures .ater flo.as a .

they could not 3elieve. = hear a noise at the doorA as of some immense slippery 3ody lum3erin' a'ainst it. = am to end it allA havin' .ater1soa!ed 'ranite.hich = !ne. = cannot thin! of the deep sea .indo.s to dra' do.n me into its clutches as a hopeless slave.lin' and flounderin' on its slimy 3edA .ithout shudderin' at the nameless thin's that may at this very moment 3e cra.ith peculiar Duestions re'ardin' the ancient >hilistine le'end of $a'onA the 4ish17odB 3ut soon perceivin' that he . +nce = sou'ht out a cele3rated ethnolo'istA and amused him . The end is near.anin'A that = see the thin'.n in their ree!in' talons the remnants of punyA . = tried morphineB 3ut the dru' has 'iven only transient surceaseA and has dra.hen the moon is 'i33ous and .F . = dream of a day . 7odA that handF The .ar1e%hausted man!ind 11 of a day .indo.H.ritten a full account for the information or the contemptuous amusement of my fello.P. nothin'B nor did = deem it necessary to insist upon a thin' . +ften = as! myself if it could not all have 3een a pure phantasm 11 a mere frea! of fever as = lay sun1stric!en and ravin' in the open 3oat after my escape from the 7erman man1of1. So no. This = as! myselfA 3ut ever does there come 3efore me a hideously vivid vision in reply.hen the land shall sin!A and the dar! ocean floor shall ascend amidst universal pandemonium.orshippin' their ancient stone idols and carvin' their o.F The .Lovecr !t $a'on 1)- land upheaval in the >acificA my rescuers !ne.as hopelessly conventionalA = did not press my inDuiries.1men.ar.hen they may rise a3ove the 3illo.n detesta3le li!enesses on su3marine o3elis!s of . =t shall not find me. =t is at ni'htA especially .

since he moved into 7ray<s =nnA and of .ith his strea!ed cat in 7ray<s =nnA and people call him harmlessly mad. But try as Williams . 2e even tittered shrilly . and +%ford. 2e is very thin and 'rey and .as at a 6e.ith 3oo!s of the tamest and most puerile !indA and hour after hour he tries to lose himself in their fee3le pa'es.n to have survived the shoc!ed edicts of the priests and la.as anythin' unusual a3out it.ith his eyes and earsA and strove every moment to dro.l in unison till the last peal died rever3erantly a. So matters . 2e dropped them all years a'oA and no one feels sure . 4ear has its 'risly cla.orthamA of .ith starin' eyes and s.enty1threeA and .'ivers a'ainst it and that all of these .ith fri'htened care 3y custodians .ay.ould not live up to his aspect and mannerA 3ut .ays ..hether he left the country or merely san! from si'ht in some hidden 3y.hen the church 3ells rin'.ho screams .hich stirs the ima'ination he flees as a pla'ue.ns on the .hen the su3Cect of the supposed under cryptsA he.hen Williams 3rou'ht home the infamous .ays .atcher and listener.ould ho.hy men paled .n at a ludicrously lo.ind a3out the 'rey .ondered .atched and listened no one could dou3t. Williams .hen his da. The old man .ay.ould split in a pipin' and incoherent falsetto.rin!ledA hut there are those .ill ma!e him start .hen they spo!e of it.n out of the solid cra' that fro.ould stop his ears and screamA and the 'rey cat that d. 5ater it developed that he . But no.as not surprised to hear that he had 3een to 2arro. 2e .ere toldB 3ut .hen the church 3ells ran' he .ith his mind more than .ho had ventured to 3e'in a readin' of the hateful 3lac!1letter. 4or that the man al.ouldA he could not ma!e his nei'h3our spea! of anythin' profound or hidden.s upon himA and a sound .elt .hen he moved into the ancient house he felt a stran'eness and a 3reath of cosmic . him as scholar and aesthete say it is very pitiful to see him no. =t is a decade no.ho once !ne.ould fei'n a smile and a li'ht tone and prattle feverishly and frantically of cheerful triflesB his voice every moment risin' and thic!enin' till at last it .The /esce#$ #t =n 5ondon there is a man .orth SeaA .hose ancient hereditary castle on the . 2e forced his friendship .er no Duestions. All he see!s from life is not to thin!. 4or some reason thou'ht is very horri3le to himA and anythin' .izened man in the ne%t room.hen Williams tried to tal! of the castleA and of its reputed :oman ori'inA he refused to admit that there . 2is room is filled .here old friends dared not force theirsA and marvelled at the fri'ht that sat upon this 'auntA ha''ard . fi'ure.ent till that ni'ht .ho declare he is not nearly so old as he loo!s.or!shire coast so many odd thin's .nin' love of the 3izarre had led him to as! Dueer Duestions of a 3ent old 3oo!seller in Chandos StreetB and he had al.<s shop .n of the dreaded volume since his si%teenth yearA .n somethin' in his ceaseless porin' over 'ayA insipid novels. 4riends and companions he shunsA for he .atched and listened .ecronomicon. 2e lives all alone .eat13eaded forehead.ere loc!ed up .as deep and thorou'hA his most trivial remar!s made a3undantly clearB and Williams . Those . The old 3oo!seller had told him that only five copies .A at lastA he had not only found an accessi3le copy 3ut had made it his o. And .ishes to ans.ith him .as 3rou'ht up.ecronomicon of the mad Ara3 A3dul Alhazred. 2e had !no.ould say nothin' till the ni'ht youn' Williams 3ou'ht the .ere !no. =t . That his learnin' .as none other than 5ord .as a dreamerA and only t.here he had 3een he .

o.hich >ict and Sa%onA $ane and .ers as a lin'uistA and reluctantly called on his stran'eA fri'htened friend for help .ortham 0eep did loo! alarmin'ly li!e the masonry of 2adrian<s Wall. older the staleness and limitations of life 3ecame more and more maddenin' to him. Boo!s li!e ='natius $onnelly<s chimerical account of Atlantis he a3sor3ed . 2e .or! of .hen he re'ained his senses that he told his storyB told his fantastic fi'ment of madness in frantic .n demesnes press on and permeate the sphere of the !no.ortham in youth and youn' manhood drained in turn the founts of formal reli'ion and occult mystery. $urin' the <nineties he da33led in SatanismA and at all times he devoured avidly any doctrine or theory .hisperedA have 3een somethin' . 5ord .hose 3e'inin's .here he had often 3ou'ht stran'e thin's 3eforeA and he almost fancied the 'narled <old 5evite smiled amidst tan'les of 3eard as the 'reat discovery .ho found life tame and unsatisfyin'B a searcher for stran'e realms and relationships once familiarA yet lyin' no. chuc!led distur3in'ly 3ehind him But .ere familytales of a descent from pre1 Sa%on timesA .ide scatterin' to its ashes. The one 'limpse he had had of the title .everA could he find ease and contentB and as he 're.ent uncomforti3lly far 3ac! into the past1 un3elieva3ly farA if va'ue tradition could 3e heededA for there .ere po.as the nineteenth Baron of a line . There mustA 5ord .here stran'e fol! met to'ether and made the Elder Si'n in the dar!B stran'e fol! .hich Stonehen'e .hen a certain Cnaeus 7a3inius CapitoA military tri3une in the Third Au'ustan 5e'ion then stationed at 5indum in :oman BritainA had 3een summarily e%pelled from his command for participation in Certain rites unconnected . =t .a!in' e%perience.hich formed no part of his .ere the last to survive from a 'reat land in the .hen Williams uttered the title.ith a feelin' that our tan'i3le .ould never have come to a head if he had not e%plored too far.s of . .as simperin' inanities to his strea!ed catA and started violently . 2e .hom the Britons !ne.n reli'ion.ith the raths and circles and shrines of .hen at last it . As a child 5ord .as the 'reatest. There .erless to o3literateB or in the tacit assumption that from this line spran' the 3old companion and lieutenant of the Blac! >rince .ature. The 3ul!y leather cover .ortham.ith their va'aries.as enou'h to send him into transportsA and some of the dia'rams set in the va'ue 5atin te%t e%cited the tensest and most disDuietin' recollections in his 3rain.ith such precipitate haste that the old 6e. not save in fearA and . 2e 3ecame a dreamer . 2e felt it .ith the 3rass clasp had 3een so prominently visi3leA and the price . 4illed .ard Third created Baron of .hom Ed.ith the t.hich seemed to promise escape from the dose vistas of science and the dully unvaryin' la. Then he sa. the volume and shuddered .ortham .as made.n at every pointA .ith zestA and a dozen o3scure precursors of Charles 4ort enthralled him .ere not certainA yet they .ron' at the startB 3ut it .orman .ortham had had peculiar dreams .as hi'hly necessary to 'et the ponderous thin' home and 3e'in decipherin' itA and 3ore it out of the shop .H.orld is only an atom in a fa3ric vast and ominousA and that un!no.hereA ho.ere often toldB and in truth the stone.hispersA lest his friend 3e not Duic! to 3urn the accursed 3oo! and 'ive .ortham .P.hen the youn' man entered. up a furtive villa'e tale of .as .as so a3surdly sli'ht.Lovecr !t The $escendant 1)8 in the sDualid precincts of 7lare 8ar!etA .est that had sun!A leavin' only the islands .istedA mediaeval 5atin.ildlyA and fainted alto'ether .ith any !no.here in the visi3le re'ions of earth.hen sleepin' in the older parts of the castleA and had acDuired a constant ha3it of loo!in' 3ac! throu'h his memory for half1 amorphous scenes and patterns and impressions .ould travel lea'ues to follo. These thin's .as safe in his room he found the com3ination of 3lac!1letter and de3ased idiom too much for his po.ho .as no certaintyA of courseA in the le'end that 7a3inius had 3uilt an impre'na3le fortress over the for3idden cave and founded a line . 7a3inius hadA the rumour ranA come upon a cliffside cavern .

orldA yet it mi'ht 3e only in his mind and soul.ameless City of faint reportA . .hose echoes rattled so dimly at the 3ac! of his memory.hich no man has ever 3eheld.ould admit him freely to those outer deeps .H.ent into the desert of Ara3y to see! a . =t mi'ht 3e in the visi3le .hich .ould a.onderA and once . There rose .n half1 e%plored 3rain that cryptic lin! . >erhaps he held .P.ithin his o.here an easy 'ate e%istedA .ould 3ind him to the starsA and to the infinities and eternities 3eyond them.a!en him to elder and future lives in for'otten dimensionsB .Lovecr !t The $escendant 1)) a3normal .ithin him the tantalisin' faith that some.hich .hich if one found .

The structure pro3a3ly dated from a3out 17-*.as last seen and reco'nized on April 17A 1)*8A around noonA at the 2otel :ichmond in Batavia.hite settlement of the re'ionA and had formed the home of a stran'e and secretive family named van der 2eylA .itchcraft suspicion..hen the entire van der 2eyl household 1 servants and all 1 suddenly and simultaneously disappeared.hich had mi'rated from Al3any in 17#.ays re'arded . They remained entirely aloof from their normal nei'h3orsA employed ne'ro servants 3rou'ht directly from Africa and spea!in' little En'lishA and educated their children privately and at European colle'es.ent out into the .hich after.as spent as a studentA the field of his researches includin' many o3scure and 'enerally feared 3orderlands of human !no. 6ust 3ehind the villa'eA and in si'ht of the van der 2eyl houseA is a steep hill cro.ith a peculiar rin' of ancient standin' stones . +f the sin'ular hereditary strains .epalA =ndiaA Ti3etA and =ndo1ChinaA and passed most of the year 18)) on mysterious Easter =sland.n to have visited o3scure spots in .led'e.ith Blac! 8ass 'roups and cults of even dar!er si'nificance.e. The e%tensive search for 8r...or!A .or! City.ned .hich had 3orne a curiously sinister reputation for 'enerations 3efore its collapse.ritten 3y ethnolo'ists. .e. The edifice . +f the history of the van der 2eyls very little is !no. Typer . 2e resi'ned from the Society for >sychical :esearch in 1)** after a series of peculiarly 3itter controversies.ith presented . Typer after his disappeaance yielded no resultsA and his estate .hich 3ore the du3ious name of Chorazin.+TE9 Alonzo 2as3rouch Typer of 0in'stonA .ardA the le'ends of the incomin' pioneers and later population have much to say a3out stran'e cries and chants proceedin' at certain seaons from Chorazin and from the 'reat house and hill of standin' stonesB thou'h there is reason to suppose that the noises ceased a3out 187"A . 2is papers on vampirismA 'houls and polter'eist phenomena . The ori'in and nature of the stonesA . The diary here. 4rom a3out 17) on.ere privately printed after reCection 3y many pu3lishers.ere soon lost to si'htA thou'h not 3efore 'ainin' evil repute for association . Around the dreaded house a stra''lin' villa'e aroseA populated 3y =ndians and later 3y rene'ades from the surroundin' contryA . .as divided amon' distant cousins in .as alle'edly found in the ruins of a lar'e country house near AtticaA .The /i r& o! Alo#"o T&*er E$=T+:<S .as fifty1three years old at the time of his disapperance.n.as the only survivor of an ancient (lster Country familyA and .hich the =roDuois al. 8r.ith fear and loathin'. All his life .under a curious cloud of . .hose dateA accordin' to archeolo'ical and climatalo'ical evidenceA must 3e fa3ulously earlyA is a pro3lem still unsolved.A . Those of them .as very oldA antedatin' the 'eneral . 2e is !no.ard appeared in the mi%ed Chorazin villa'ersA several mono'raphs have 3een . 2e .ho .as educated privately and at Colum3ia and 2eidel3er' universities. At various times 8r. Typer traveled e%tensivelyA sometimes droppin' out of site for lon' periods.orld .

$isinter'ration .riter<s madnessA to infer from itA the reader must decide for himself.ovem3er 1-A 1)& A 3y a state policeman sent to investi'ate the rumored collapse of the deserted van der 2eyl mansion.Lovecr !t The $iary of Alonzo Typer "*1 Thencefor.arned all inDuirers not to visit the re'ion.as a mysterious EurasianA pro3a3ly from Chochin1ChinaA .ners Jsuccessively the late Charles A.hat its value may 3e in solvin' a 'eneration1old mystery.% & 1Z" inches in sizeA .ee!s. ShieldsA of BuffaloK have left the entire property in a state of a3solute ne'lectA and have .hen later o. But stran'est of all . .as the apparently recent deposit of some fetidA slimyA pitch13lac! su3stance on the fla'stoned floorA e%tendin' in a yard3roadA irre'ular line . Typer<s diary 1 a 3oo! a3out . 2o. 4or one thin'A the . Since a3out 18)* the o.as peculiarly completeA and no thorou'h search of the ruins could 3e made for several . Typer<s 3elated memory in the matter of Adriaen Sleg"t.hose later appearance .ard the house . Shields and his son +scar S. The house had indeed fallenA o3viously from sheer a'e and decrepitudeA in the severe 'ale of . The houseA villa'eA and e%tensive rural areas on all sides reverted to the state and .hich . Amon' the latter . The te%t of the diary is here 'iven ver3atim and . +nly the future can tell .ith tou'h paper and an oddly dura3le 3indin' of thin sheet metal 1 .ard the endA in places 3ecomin' almost ille'i3le.ners and interested visitors attempted to stay in it.hatA other than the .as apparently desi'ned solely to cover an investi'ation of the dreaded van der 2eyl houseA 3y the vanished 8r. Chorazin villa'ers 1 . ?ery little of the contents of the house could 3e identifiedA thou'h an enormous and astonishin'ly solid 3ric! vault in the cellar J.as discovered in the possession of one of the decadent Chorazin villa'ers on .H.hose stupidity and taciturnity 3affle all students of the re'ion and its secrets 1 admit no recollection of 8r.P. The diaryA .ovem3er 1". TyperA has 3een proved 3y hand. +f those !no.hat must have 3een an upper front room.ide press notice in 1)*&.ith one end at the 3loc!ed circular aperture.ritin' e%perts to 3e 'enuine.ere covered .s si'ns of increasin' nervous strain as it pro'resses to.ho had the diaryA said that he found the 3oo! Duite near the surface of the de3risA in .ithout comment.arthyA simian1facedA =ndian1li!e villa'er .as a hu'e circular aperture in the rear of the vaultA 3loc!ed 3y a cave1in evidently caused 3y the collapse of the house.ho first opened the vault declared that the place smelled li!e the sna!e1house at a zoo. 6ohn Ea'leA the s.ere auctioned off in the a3sence of discovera3le van der 2eyl heirs. Another peculiarity .ith 3lan! mind and 3izarre mutilations e%cited . 8r.spaper menA and odd characters from a3road. to interpret itA and .as desertedB for other disastrous events 1 includin' three une%plained deathsA five disappearancesA and four cases of sudden insanity 1 occurred .alls .ith still undeciphered hiero'lyphs rou'hly incised in the 3ric!.or!. The script sho. Those . Typer as distin'uished from other rash visitors to the dreaded house.n to have approached the house durin' the last forty yearsA most .hose ancient iron door had to 3e 3lasted open 3ecause of the stran'ely fi'ured and perversely tenacious loc!K remained intact and presented several puzzlin' features. =t may 3e remar!ed that 'enealo'ists confirm 8r.ere occult studentsA police officersA ne.

in's added at various datesA = thin! it .ard me 1 a malevolent . +ne in particular is decidedly hostile to. The .ondered ho.ith this place.ith rain in sheetsA thunder and li'htnin' li!e the day of 'eneral dissolutionA and a .as inches thic! on floor and furnitureA and the place smelled li!e a mold1ca!ed tom3. = could see very little of the landscape 1 Cust a smallA s.ith another stone at the center.ish = could 'et rid of an unpleasant feelin' of familiarity .ould rent me a horse or ri'A and = can<t run an automo3ile.orse than = had e%pectedA and = dread . The stormclouds . = .e. 5ater = am conscious of several presences in this house. ThatA .P. =t .hen = did the vast a'e and decrepitude of the 3uildin' almost stopped me from enterin'. = plo. =t .ere the densest = had ever seenA and = could not have found my . There . = could scarcely 3rea! throu'hA and .ritten at 8 o<cloc!A after a cold meal from my travelin'1case.n and overcome me.ayA as if he !ne.ill 3rin' me suppliesA thou'h they .on<t a'ree to come any closer than the ruins of the par! 'ate until Jas they sayK later. En'land.8.al! all the . This is .as easier to 3uild than a $utch stone house 1 and thenA tooA = recall that $irc! van der 2eyl<s . The 'reat house lies in the midst of a par! all over'ro. Whatever comesA = shall not flinch.hen = 'ot hereA thou'h the sun had 3y no means set.as a small pillared porchA and = 'ot under it Cust as the storm 3urst.ers outside Earth .oodenB and thou'h its ori'inal lines are hidden 3y a 3e.isted trees .n my o. The place loo!ed filthy and diseasedA and = .ind that actually cla. This place is even . After this the villa'e people .as unloc!edA so = too! out my electric torch and .ay upstairs and selected this front room to camp out it.ith curious1loo!in' 3riars.n.hich is see!in' to 3rea! do. so leprous a 3uildin' could han' to'ether.ithout DuestionA is the vile primordial thin' ? 1 1 1 told me a3out the .n . The villa'e is a hateful little 3ac!1.hole life to the Duest of unholy mysteries.ent inside.aterA and its fe. But 3ehind the villa'e is a dismal1loo!in' hill on .hat is comin'A even thou'h = lon' at the same time to learn the secret.as a fiendish tempest 1 3lac! as midni'htA . >rodded 3y some unfathoma3le ur'eA = have 'iven my .as a hall reachin' all the .ife .AR.amp valley of stran'e 3ro.ay from Attica in the teeth of an oncomin' stormA for no one . inha3itants no 3etter than idiots. 2ad to . 1 1 1 est3at. There . >ro3a3ly that .as first 3uilt in the sDuare colonial fashion of .hole place seems fully furnishedA thou'h most of the furniture is 3rea!in' do.ilderin' tan'le of . $ust . .ill come the ni'ht 1 the old Walpur'is sa33at horror 1 and after that time in Wales = !no.ill . "*" Arrived here a3out .as very dar! .ay 3ut for the li'htnin'1 flashes.ed at me.n . = came here for nothin' elseA and .ill not Duarrel .as from SalemA a dau'hter of the unmentiona3le A3addon Corey.ith fate. =t is appallin'ly evilA and definitely nonhuman.ed my . The door . =t is .>. +ne of them saluted me in a Dueer . All too soon . = thin! it must 3e allied to po.hose summit is a circle of 'reat stones . = must not countenance this for an instantA 3ut must use all my forces to resist it. me.eedstal!s and dead fun'i surrounded 3y scra''lyA evilly t.Lovecr !t The $iary of Alonzo Typer THE /.H.ith 3are 3ou'hs.hat to loo! for.ay throu'hA and a curvin' staircase on the ri'ht.

A and for a moment the 3ac!'round seemed replaced 3y an alien and seemin'ly irrelevant scene 1 a loneA 3lea! moor 3eneath a dirty yello. the dissolvin' outlines of a 'i'antic 3lac! pa. = had not meant to e%plore the house 3efore da.ith a faintA 'reenish li'ht of its o. Some of the paintin's seemed to su''est faces = had !no.ithout steps or handholdsA and = . There they . 6ust 3elo.ded . as = turned Duic!ly a3out.ere so 3lac!ened and dustclouded that = could ma!e little or nothin' of themA 3ut from those = could trace = reco'nized that they .ed a lon'A outflun' northerly LellL to its e%tremityA and came to a loc!ed doorA . =t to.here = have my Lcamp. This .here = !ne.ard to un!no. The lon'A dour faceA smallA closely set eyes and s.ere clearest of allA and = could trace the 'reen eyes and the serpent loo! in his face.ondered .ned in 177& 3y $irc!<s youn'est dau'hter 1 .Lovecr !t The $iary of Alonzo Typer "*& 1 po.n.ers li!e a colossusA 3earin' out . =ts a'e must 3e unuttera3ly vast 1 shoc!in'lyA indescri3a3ly so.indin's of the corridors.A una3le to sleep a'ainA and fired .ritin's. a . secret passa'e leadin' do.orn = sa.as a steeply inclined chute or tunnel . But that to .hich = turned .hen necessary.ent do.hat its use could have 3een. the portraits . Some .ere indeed of the hateful line of the van der 2eyls. a stran'eA creepin' .hereon 're. Beyond . = did not lose my footin'A 3ut safely finished the descent and shot the heavy 3olt of the dan'erously sha!in' door.L 5ater $ecided to e%plore some more of the la3yrinthine .n.ed throu'h the dust to the 'reat south parlorA .hat is said in the A!lo . the landin' = . At & A.ood.ould seem to 'lo.n in!y depths. =t .or!A and discovered a narro.all = spied a 3lac! space 3ehind the rottin' .ind 3e'an to pervade the . The more = loo!edA the more evil it seemedA and = turned a. With my po.in's of the house 3y dayli'ht. There is such a feelin' of vast size connected .hat facesA = could not recall.ay to avoid hallucinations of chan'in' e%pression.nB 3ut Cust .hole re'ionA ever risin' until the house roc!ed as if in a typhoon.H.onder these cham3ers can contain its 3ul! 1 and yet it has no visi3le 3ul!. from some o3scurer source as .ereA Cust as ? 1 1 1 had saidA and as = seemed to !no. = cannot 3e lostA for my footprints are distinct in the an!le1deep dustA and = can trace other identifyin' mar!s .retched1loo!in' 3lac!thorn 3ush.ould 3e.orm1eaten. s!yA .n the staircase to see the rattlin' front door the dar!ness too! half1visi3le forms in my ima'ination. Every time = shut off the flashli'ht that face . +n the outer .ell.hat ? 1 1 1 had .ith the panellin' 3adly .hispered a3out.P.ine1li!e features identified it at onceA even thou'h the artist had striven to ma!e the snout loo! as human as possi3le.as pushed violently from 3ehind 1 3y the . As = .8.hich = forced.nB yet no.ers in the spaces 3ehind time and 3eyond the universe. in the dar! until = half fancied it shone . As = stared in horrorA = thou'ht the eyes too! on a reddish 'lo.as even .ith it that = .ith mi%ed terror and curiousityA = felt reluctant to postpone my search.as a very small room Duite cro.as . . easily = learn the intricate . The outlines of that fri'htful hy3rid 6oris 1 spa.ith furnitureA and . 4earin' for my sanityA = rushed from that accursed 'allery to the dust1cleared corner upstairs .orse. 4ollo.indA = supposeA thou'h = could have s. =t is curious ho.erful torch = plo. April 18 Slept very little last ni'ht.

.ot merely callousnessA 'reedA and crueltyA 3ut some Duality hideous 3eyond human comprehension seems to sit upon those finely carved features. This time = feel more than one of the presences is of such a sizeA and = !no.H.ith the oldest additions to the house 1 clearly pre1:evolutionary.ished devoutly that the steps . A'in = had that feelin' of somethin' at hand so colossal that the cham3ers can scarely contain it. 2itherto no unto.ooden steps had rotted a. = do not ..ith amorphous mounds mar!in' the spots . Cut a path throu'h the 3riars yeseterday to the par! 'ate . They seemed allied in su3stance to that titanic pa. Early this afternoon = e%plored the cellar for the first timeA descendin' 3y a ladder found in a store1roomA since the . At the farther end is a narro. The face is of classic 3eautyA yet . The perils are 'reat.ith sprin' sap.or!manship and must 3e contemporary .hich tried to push me do. As = left the cellar = . Apparently 3elon'in' to a vault of some sortA this .ere still thereB for my pro'ress up the ladder seemed maddenin'ly slo.ith its mateA 3ut = have resolved to i'nore all such phenomena.hich = found in that 3oo! in the attic yesterday 1 .n the human countenance to 3ear.Lovecr !t The $iary of Alonzo Typer "*# A3ove the fireplace .hich = found on close inspection to 3e that of a youn' . +n the loc!A . The . April 1) There are certainly unseen presences hereA even thou'h the dust 3ears no footprints 3ut my o.hich = cannot decipher.ould ma!e such 3ein' solid and visi3le.hich = had never !no. 5ast ni'ht = 3e'an to 'limpse evanescent shado. Whether = shall dare to try this materialization remains to 3e seen. +ne contained variants of the A!lo formulae .hich is o3viously older than the rest of the iron. ?ery oddA since the 3ushes are 3arely stirrin' .n the stairs ni'ht 3efore lastA and must of course 3e phantoms of my distur3ed ima'ination.ould learn . What = am see!in' . 5ater = ascended to the atticA .P.ith a 'reater disDuiet than anythin' else = have seenA for every time = approach it = have an almost irresisti3le impulse to listen for somethin'. a'ainA sometimes alone and sometimes .hole place is a mass of nitrous encrustationsA . processes of mold and decay 1 had imparted to that pallid comple%ion a sic!ly 'reenish castA and the least su''estion of an almost impercepti3ly scaly te%ture. .nstairs.ould not 3e Duite li!e these thin's. no.here = found several chests of stran'e 3oo!s 1 many of utterly alien aspects in letters and in physical form ali!e.n.all .here various o3Cects have disinte'rated.n there a'ain 1 and yet some evil 'enius ur'es me to try it at nig"t if = .ay. that the third A!lo ritual 1 .hich seems to e%tend under the northerly LellL .or!A are en'raved certain sym3ols . = have seen the pa.hat is to 3e learned.as a moldy paintin'A . passa'e .n to e%ist.all and door 3ear evidences of the Ei'hteenth Century . And as = loo!ed it seemed to me that the artist 1 or the slo.ard sounds have mar!ed my stay in this mali'n place.here my supplies are leftA 3ut this mornin' = found it closed.oman in the dress of the late Ei'hteenth Century. = have not yet e%amined the 3oo!s on the dusty shelves do.ant to 'o do. .here = found the little loc!ed roomA and at the end of this is a heavy 3ric! .ith the most fiendishly evil e%pression .hich = have ever !no. ? 1 1 1 had not told me a3out this vault.1faces and forms in the dim corners of the halls and cham3ers 1 faces and forms so hideous and loathsome that = dare not descri3e them.ith a loc!ed iron door. =t fills me .

ThenA tooA there .a%in'A mali'nant . April "1 = have 3een studyin' the portraits a'ain.n .s . = made no soundA and refrained from . that somethin' is see!in' me.er depths.all and loc!ed door.ept the dust a.hich seemed to echo from far horizons li!e distant thunder.in' .een my teethA nor did = rest till = had re'ained my upstairs Lcamp.ay.ent indoors = found my supplies in the 'reat front hallA thou'h .as not horri3le thenA thou'h it 3ecomes so no. =mpelled 3y this 'reater fearA = advanced to.y li3rary at the rear of the 'round floorA and formed certain suspicions . =t is for that ni'ht of horror that t"ey are savin' me.Lovecr !t The $iary of Alonzo Typer April "* "* = have sounded the depths of horror 1 only to 3e made a. When = . = could not leave if = .as too stron'A and in the 3lac! small hours = descended once more into that nitrousA hellish cellar .ill 'uidin' their horri3le 'ropin's. . = must rac! my 3rain for the clue.o centuries a'o 1 .ould not have come here had = !no.A 3ut = listened .ful Sa33at is only ten days a. = had never seen the te%t of the . =t 3ore the name of TrintCe van der 2eyl Sle'htA and = have a distinct impression that = once met the name of Sle'ht 3eforeA in some si'nificant connection.s 3efore meA the 'reat talons seemin' to s.ith a 'reenish li'ht.y pa. Then up the ladder = racedA torch 3et. At last = heard the sounds from 3eyond those 3arred plates of sheet ironA the menacin' paddin' and mutterin' as of 'i'antic ni'ht1thin's . = am sorry no. +ut of the cellar<s evil 3lac!ness they stretchedA . them vanish 3efore the full force of the electric 3eam.hat prints are left.hich puzzled me. =n places the 3ro.ith mad intentness. Some have names attachedA and = noticed one 1 of an evil1faced .ished.are of still lo.nA 3ar3ed vines had uncurled to astonishin' hei'htsA formin' a steel1li!e hed'e a'ainst my e'ress.hisperin' any of the incantations = !ne.H. =t . 1 for the a.ithin. .ith all this.hat they contain.ith shado. that = s. 5ast ni'ht the temptation .rists 3eyond themA and .ithin that a3omina3le vault 1 a fresh 3urst of muffled rever3erations .ard the shado.as a damna3le slitherin'A as of a vast serpent or sea13east dra''in' its monstrous folds over a paved floor.P.y hints of scaly .ith fir'htA = 'lanced at the hu'e rusty loc!A and at the alienA cryptic hiero'lyphs 'raven upon it.as the same in every direction 1 3ehind and on all sides of the house.ith my flashli'ht and sa.ay.early paralyzed .ith my flashli'htA tiptoein' amon' the amorphous heaps to that terri3le 3ric! . = shall scatter some more and see . This afternoon = read some of the 3oo!s in the 'reat shado.omanA painted some t.ithout any clue as to ho.hich = cannot 3ear to mention. At times = fancied = could see them 'lo. they came there. The villa'ers are connected .. They . This mornin' = tried to 'o to the 'ate for my suppliesA 3ut found the 3riars t. =t . Then = heard from 3ehind me 1 .ere si'ns = could not reco'nizeA and somethin' in their va'uely 8on'oloid techniDue hinted at a 3lasphemous and indescri3a3le antiDuity.L What is to 3e my ultimate endA = dare not ima'ine. = 3elieve it is too late no.nakotic Manuscripts or of the ltdo$n S"ards 3eforeA and . = !no.isted ti'htly in my path.ith a . = came as a see!erA 3ut no. = turned to fleeA 3ut found that vision of the titan pa.ell and 3ecome more tan'i3le as = 'azed.

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The eyes of the pictures haunt me. =s it possi3le that some of them are emer'in' more distinctly from their shrouds of dust and decay and moldG The serpent1faced and s,ine1 faced ,arloc!s stare horri3ly at me from their 3lac!ened framesA and a score of other hy3rid faces are 3e'innin' to peer out of shado,y 3ac!'rounds. There is a hideous loo! of family resem3lance in them allA and that ,hich is human is more horri3le than that ,hich is non1human. = ,ish they reminded me less of other faces 1 faces = have !no,n in the past. They ,ere an accursed lineA and Cornelis of 5eydon ,as the ,orst of them. =t ,as he ,ho 3ro!e do,n the 3arrier after his father had found that other !ey. = am sure that ? 1 1 1 !no,s only a fra'ment of the horri3le truthA so that = am indeed unprepared and defenseless. What of the line 3efore old ClassG What he did in 1 )1 could never have 3een done ,ithout 'enerations of evil herita'eA or some lin! ,ith the outside. And ,hat of the 3ranches this monstrous line has sent forthG Are they scattered over the ,orldA all a,aitin' their common herita'e of horrorG = must recall the place ,here = once so particularly noticed the name of Sle'ht. = ,ish = could 3e sure that those pictures stay al,ays in their frames. 4or several hours no, = have 3een seein' momentary presences li!e the earlier pa,s and shado,1faces and formsA 3ut closely duplicatin' some of the ancient portraits. Someho, = can never 'limpse a presence and the portrait it resem3les at the same time 1 the li'ht is al,ays ,ron' for one or the otherA or else the presence and the portrait are in different rooms. >erhapsA as = have hopedA the presences are mere fi'ments of ima'inationA 3ut = cannot 3e sure no,. Some are femaleA and of the same hellin' 3eauty as the picture in the little loc!ed room. Some are li!e no portrait = have seenA yet ma!e me feel that their painted features lur! unreco'nized 3eneath the mold and soot of canvases = cannot decipher. A fe,A = desperately fearA have approached materialization in solid or semi1solid form 1 and some have a dreaded and une%plained familiarity. There is one ,oman ,ho in full loveliness e%cels all the rest. 2er poisonous charms are li!e a honeyed flo,er 'ro,in' on the 3rin! of hell. When = loo! at her closely she vanishesA only to reappear later. 2er face has a 'reenish castA and no, and then = fancy = can spy a suspicion of the sDuamous in its smooth te%ture. Who is sheG =s she that 3ein' ,ho d,elt in the little loc!ed room a century and more a'oG 8y supplies ,ere a'ain left in the front hall 1 thatA clearlyA is to 3e the custom. = had sprin!led dust a3out to catch footprintsA 3ut this mornin' the ,hole hall ,as s,ept clean 3y some un!no,n a'ency. April "" This has 3een a day of horri3le discovery. = e%plored the co3,e33ed attic a'ainA and found a carvedA crum3lin' chest 1 plainly from 2olland 1 full of 3lasphemous 3oo!s and papers far older than any hitherto encountered here. There ,as a 7ree! -ecronomiconA a ;orman14rench (i!re d+ ibonA and a first edition of old 5udvi' >rinn<s #e .ermis Mysteriis. But the old 3ound manuscript ,as the ,orst. =t ,as in lo, 5atinA and full of the stran'eA cra33ed hand,ritin' of Claes van der 2eylA 3ein' evidently the diary or note3oo! !ept 3y him 3et,een 1 -* and 1 8*. When = unfastened the 3lac!ened silver clasp and opened the yello,ed leaves a colored dra,in' fluttered out 1 the li!eness of a monstrous creature resem3lin' nothin' so much as a sDuidA 3ea!ed and tentacledA ,ith 'reat yello, eyesA and ,ith certain a3omina3le appro%imations to the human form in its contours.

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= had never 3efore seen so utterly loathsome and ni'htmarish a form. +n the pa,sA feetA and head1tentacles ,ere curious cla,s 1 remindin' me of the colossal shado,1shapes ,hich had 'roped so horri3ly in my path 1 ,hile the entity as a ,hole sat upon a 'reat throne1li!e pedastal inscri3ed ,ith un!no,n hiero'lyphs of va'uely Chinese cast. A3out 3oth ,ritin' and ima'e there hun' an air of sinister evil so profound and pervasive that = could not thin! it the product of any one ,orld or a'e. :ather must that monstrous shape 3e a focus for all the evil in un3ounded spaceA throu'hout the eons past and to come 1 and those eldritch sym3ols 3e vile sentitent i!ons endo,s ,ith a mor3id life of their o,n and ready to ,rest themselves from the parchment for the reader<s destruction. To the meanin' of that monster and of those hiero'lpyhs = had no clueA 3ut = !ne, that 3oth had 3een traced ,ith a hellish precision and for no nama3le purpose. As = studdied the leerin' charactersA their !inship to the sym3ols on that ominous loc! in the cellar 3ecame more and more manifest. = left the picture in the atticA for never could sleep come to me ,ith such a thin' near 3y. All the afternoon and evenin' = read in the manuscript 3oo! of old Claes van der 2eylB and ,hat = read ,ill cloud and ma!e horri3le ,hatever period of life lies ahead of me. The 'enesis of the ,orldA and of previous ,orldsA unfolded itself 3efore my eyes. = learned of the city Sham3allahA 3uilt 3y the 5emurians fifty million years a'oA yet inviolate still 3ehind its ,all of psychic force in the eastern dester. = learned of the Book of #2yanA ,hose first si% chapters antedate the EarthA and ,hich ,as old ,hen the lords of ?enus came throu'h space in their ships to civilize our planet. And = sa, recorded in ,ritin' for the first time that name ,hich others had spo!en to me in ,hispersA and ,hich = had !no,n in a closer and more horri3le ,ay 1 the shunned and dread name of ;ian-9o. =n several places = ,as help up 3y passa'es reDuirin' a !ey. EventuallyA from various allusionsA = 'athered that old Claes had not dared to em3ody all his !no,led'e in one 3oo!A 3ut had left certain points for another. ;either volume can 3e ,holly intelli'i3le ,ithout its fello,B hence = have resolved to find the second one if it lies any,here ,ithin this accursed house. Thou'h plainly a prisonerA = have not lost my lifelon' zeal for the un!no,nB and am determined to pro3e the cosmos as deeply as possi3le 3efore doom comes. April "& Searched all the mornin' for the second diaryA and found it a3out noon in a des! in the little loc!ed room. 5i!e the firstA it is in Claes van der 2eyl<s 3ar3arous 5atinA and it seems to consist of disCointed notes referrin' to various sections of the other. 7lancin' throu'h the leavesA = spied at once the a3horred name of .ian12o 1 of .ian12oA that lost and hidden city ,herein 3rood eon1old secretsA and of ,hich dim memories older than the 3ody lur! 3ehind the minds of all men. =t ,as repeated many timesA and the te%t around it ,as stre,n ,ith crudely1dra,n hiero'lyphs plainly a!in to those on the pedestal in that hellish dra,in' = had seen. 2ereA clearlyA lay the !ey to that monstrous tentacled shape and its for3idden messa'e. With this !no,led'e = ascended the crea!in' stairs to the attic of co3,e3s and horror. When = tried to open the attic door it stuc! as never 3efore. Several times it resisted every effort to open itA and ,hen at last it 'ave ,ay = had a distinct feelin' that some colossal unseen shape had suddenly released it 1 a shape that soared a,ay on non1material 3ut audi3ly 3eatin' ,in's. When = found the horri3le dra,in' = felt that it ,as not precisely ,here = left it. Applyin' the !ey in the other 3oo!A = soon sa, that the latter ,as

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no instant 'uide to the secret. =t ,as only a clue 1 a clue to a secret too 3lac! to 3e left li'htly 'uarded. =t ,ould ta!e hours 1 perhaps days 1 to e%tract the a,ful messa'e. Shall = live lon' enou'h to learn the secretG The shado,y 3lac! arms and pa,s haunt my vision more and more no,A and seem even more titanic than at first. ;or am = ever lon' free from those va'ueA unhuman presences ,hose ne3ulous 3ul! seems too vast for the cham3ers to contain. And no, and then the 'rotesDueA evanescent faces and formsA and the moc!in' portrait1shapesA troop 3efore me in 3e,ilderin' confusion. TrulyA there are terri3le primal arcana of Earth ,hich had 3etter 3e left un!no,n and unevo!edB dread secrets ,hich have nothin' to do ,ith manA and ,hich man may learn only in e%chan'e for peace and sanityB cryptic truths ,hich ma!e the !no,er evermore an alien amon' his !indA and cause him to ,al! alone on Earth. 5i!e,ise there are dread survivals of thin's older and more potent than manB thin's that have 3lasphemously stra''led do,n throu'h the eons to a'es never ment for themB monstrous entities that have lain sleepin' endlessly in incredi3le crypts and remote cavernsA outside the la,s of reason and causationA and ready to 3e ,a!ed 3y such 3lasphemers as shall !no, their dar! for3idden si'ns and furtive pass,ords. April "# Studied the picture and the !ey all day in the attic. At sunset = heard stran'e soundsA of a sort not encountered 3efore and seemin' to come from far a,ay. 5istenin'A = realized that they must flo, from that Dueer a3rupt hill ,ith the circle of standin' stonesA ,hich lies 3ehind the villa'e and some distance north of the house. = had heard that there ,as a path from the house leadin' up that hill to the primal cromlechA and had suspected that at certain seasons the van der 2eyls had much occasion to use itB 3ut the ,hole matter had hitherto lain latent in my consciousness. The present sounds consisted of a shrill pipin' intermin'led ,ith a peculiar and hideous sort of hissin' or ,histlin'A a 3izarreA alien !ind of musicA li!e nothin' ,hich the annals of Earth descri3e. =t ,as very faintA and soon fadedA 3ut the matter has set met thin!in'. =t is to,ard the hill that the lon'A northerly LellL ,ith the secret chuteA and the loc!ed 3ric! vault under itA e%tend. Can there 3e any connection ,hich has so far eluded meG April " = have made a peculiar and distur3in' discovery a3out the nature of my imprisonment. $ra,n to,ard the hill 3y a sinsiter fascinationA = found the 3riars 'ivin' ,ay 3efore meA 3ut in that direction only. There is a ruined 'ateA and 3eneath the 3ushes the traces of an old path no dou3t e%ist. The 3riars e%tend part1,ay up and all around the hillA thou'h the summit ,ith the standin' stones 3ears only a curious 'ro,th of moss and stunted 'rass. = clim3ed the hill and spent several hours thereA noticin' a stran'e ,ind ,hich seems al,ays to s,eep around the for3iddin' monoliths and ,hich sometimes seems to ,hisper in an oddly articulate thou'h dar!ly cryptic fashion. These stonesA 3oth in color and te%tureA resem3le nothin' = have seen else,here. They are neither 3ro,n nor 'rayA 3ut rather of a dirty yello, mer'in' into an evil 'reen and havin' a su''estion of chameleon1li!e varia3ility. Their te%ture is Dueerly li!e that of a scaled serpentA and is ine%plica3ly nauseous to the touch 1 3ein' as cold and clammy as the s!in of a toad or other reptile. ;ear the central menhir is a sin'ular stone1rimmed hollo,

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,hich = cannot e%plainA 3ut ,hich may possi3ly form the entrance to a lon'1cho!ed ,ell or tunnel. When = sou'ht to descend the hill at points a,ay from the house = found the 3riars interceptin' me as 3eforeA thou'h the path to,ard the house ,as easily retracea3le. April "(p on the hill a'ain this evenin'A and found that ,indy ,hisperin' much more distinct. The almost an'ry hummin' came close to actual speechA of a va'ueA si3ilant sortA and reminded me of the stran'e pipin' chant = had heard from a far. After sunset there came a curious flash of premature summer li'htnin' on the northern horizonA follo,ed almost at once 3y a Dueer detonation hi'h in the fadin' s!y. Somethin' a3out this phenomenon distur3ed me 'reatlyA and = could not escape the impression that the noise ended in a !ind of unhuman hissin' speech ,hich trailed off into 'uttural cosmic lau'hter. =s my mind totterin' at lastA or has my un,arranted curiousity evo!ed unheard1of horrors from the t,ili'ht spacesG The Sa33at is close at hand no,. What ,ill 3e the endG April "7 At last my dreams are to 3e realizedF Whether or not my life or spirit or 3ody ,ill 3e claimedA = shall enter the 'ate,ayF >ro'ress in decipherin' those crucial hiero'lpyhs in the picture has 3een slo,A 3ut this afternoon = hit upon the final clue. By evenin' = !ne, their meanin' 1 and that meanin' can apply in only one ,ay to the thin's = have encountered in this house. There is 3eneath this house 1 sepulchered = !no, not ,here 1 an Ancient +ne Who ,ill sho, me the 'ate,ay = ,ould enterA and 'ive me the lost si'ns and ,ords = shall need. 2o, lon' =t has lain 3uried hereA for'otten save 3y those ,ho reared the stone on the hillA and 3y those ,ho later sou'ht out this place and 3uilt this houseA = cannot conCecture. =t ,as in search of this Thin'A 3eyond DuestionA that 2endri! van der 2eyl came to ;e,1 ;etherland in 1-&8. 8en of this Earth !no, =t notA save in the secret ,hispers of the fear1 sha!en fe, ,ho have found or inherited the !ey. ;o human eye has even yet 'limpsed =t 1 unlessA perhapsA the vanished ,izards of this house delved farther than has 3een 'uessed. With !no,led'e of the sym3ols came li!e,ise a mastery of the Seven 5ost Si'ns of TerrorA and a tacit reco'nition of the hideous and unuttera3le Words of 4ear. All that remains for me to accomplish is the Chant ,hich ,ill transfi'ure that 4or'otten +ne Who is 7uardian of the Ancient 7ate,ay. = marvel much at the Chant. =t is composed of stran'e and repellent 'utturals and distur3in' si3ilants resem3lin' no lan'ua'e = have ever encounteredA even in the 3lac!est chapters of the (i!re d+ ibon. When = visited the hill at sunset = tried to read it aloudA 3ut evo!ed in response only a va'ueA sinister rum3lin' on the far horizonA and a thin cloud of elemental dust that ,rithed and ,hirld li!e some evil livin' thin'. >erhaps = do not pronounce the alien sylla3les correctlyA or perhaps it is only on the Sa33at 1 that hellish Sa33at for ,hich the >o,ers in this house are ,ithout Duestion holdin' me 1 that the 'reat Transfi'uration can occur. 2ad an odd spell of fri'ht this mornin'. = thou'ht for a moment that = recalled ,here = had seen that 3afflin' name of Sle'ht 3eforeA and the prospect of realization filled me ,ith unuttera3le horror.

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Today dar! ominous clouds have hovered intermittently over the circle on this hill. = have noticed such clouds several times 3eforeA 3ut their contours and arran'ements no, hold a fresh si'nificance. They are sna!e1li!e and fantasticA and curiously li!e the evil shado,1shapes = have seen in the house. They float in a circle around the primal cromlechA revolvin' repeatedly as thou'h endo,ed ,ith a sinister life and purpose. = could s,ear that they 'ive forth an an'ry murmerin'. After some fifteen minutes they sail slo,ly a,ayA ever to the east,ardA li!e the units of a stra''lin' 3atallion. Are they indeed those dread +nes ,hom Solomon !ne, of old 1 those 'iant 3lac! 3ein's ,hose num3er is le'ion and ,hose tread doth sha!e the earthG = have 3een rehearsin' the Chant that ,ill transfi'ure the ;ameless Thin'B yet stran'e fears assail me even ,hen = utter the sylla3les under my 3reath. >iercin' all evidence to'etherA = have no, discovered that the only ,ay to =t is throu'ht the loc!ed cellar vault. That vault ,as 3uilt ,ith a hellish purposeA and must cover the hidden 3urro, leadin' to the =mmemorial 5air. What 'uardians live endlessly ,ithinA flourishin' from century to century on an un!no,n nourishmentA only the mad may conCecture. The ,arloc!s of this houseA ,ho called them out of inner EarthA have !no,n them only too ,ellA as the shoc!in' portraits and memories of the place reveal. What trou3les me most is the limited nature of the Chant. =t evo!es the ;ameless +neA yet provides no method for the control of That Which is evo!ed. There areA of courseA the 'eneral si'ns and 'esturesA 3ut ,hether they ,ill prove effective to,ard such an +ne remains to 3e seen. StillA the re,ards are 'reat enou'h to Custify any dan'erA and = could not retreat if = ,ouldA since an un!no,n force plainly ur'es me on. = have discovered one more o3stacle. Since the loc!ed cellar vault must 3e traversedA the !ey to that place must 3e found. The loc! is far too stron' for forcin'. That the !ey is some,here herea3outs cannot 3e dou3tedA 3ut the time 3efore the Sa33at is very short. = must search dili'ently and thorou'hly. =t ,ill ta!e coura'e to unloc! that iron doorA for ,hat prisoned horrors may not lur! ,ithinG 5ater = have 3een shunnin' the cellar for the past day or t,oA 3ut late this afternoon = a'ain descended to those for3iddin' precincts. At first all ,as silentA 3ut ,ithin five minutes the menacin' paddin' and mutterin' 3e'an once more 3eyond the iron door. This time it ,as loud and more terrifyin' than on any previous occasionA and = li!e,ise reco'nized the slitherin' that 3espo!e some monstrous sea13east 1 no, s,ifter and nervously intensifiedA as if the thin' ,ere strivin' to force its ,ay throu'h the portal ,here = stood. As the pacin' 're, louderA more restlessA and more sinisterA there 3e'an to pound throu'h it those hellish and more unidentifia3le rever3erations ,hich = had heard on my second visit to the cellar 1 those muffled rever3erations ,hich seemed to echo from far horizons li!e distant thunder. ;o,A ho,everA their volume ,as ma'nified an hundredfoldA and their tim3re frei'hted ,ith ne, and terrifyin' implications. = can compare the sound to nothin' more aptly than the roar of some dread monster of the vanished saurian a'eA ,hen

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primal horrors roamed the EarthA and ?alusia<s serpent1men laid the foundation1stones of evil ma'ic. To such a roar 1 3ut s,elled to deafenin' hei'hts reached 3y no !no,n or'anic throat 1 ,as this shoc!in' sound a!in. $are = unloc! the door and face the onslau'ht of ,hat lies 3eyondG April ") The !ey to the vault is found. = came upon it this noon in the little loc!ed room 1 3uried 3eneath ru33ish in a dra,er of the ancient des!A as if some 3elated effort to conceal it had 3een made. =t ,as ,rapped in a crum3lin' ne,spaper dated +cto3er &1A 187"B 3ut there ,as an inner ,rappin' of dried s!in 1 evidently the hide of some un!no,n reptile 1 ,hich 3ore a 5o, 5atin messa'e in the same cra33ed ,ritin' as that of the note3oo!s = found. As = had thou'htA the loc! and !ey ,ere vastly older than the vault. +ld Claes van der 2eyl had them ready for somethin' he or his descendants meant to do 1 and ho, much older than he they ,ere = could not estimate. $ecipherin' the 5atin messa'eA = trem3led in a fresh access of clutchin' terror and nameless a,e. LThe secrets of the monstrous primal +nesBL ran the cra33ed te%tA L,hose cryptic ,ords relate the hidden thin's that ,ere 3efore manB the thin's no one of Earth should learnA lest peace 3e for ever forfeitedB shall 3e me never suffer revelation. To .ian12oA that lost and for3idden city of countless eons ,hose place may not 3e toldA = have 3een in the verita3le flesh of this 3odyA as none other amon' the livin' has 3een. Therein have = foundA and thence have = 3orne a,ayA that !no,led'e ,hich = ,ould 'lady loseA thou'h = may not. = have learnt to 3rid'e a 'ap that should not 3e 3rid'edA and must call out of the Earth That Which should not 3e ,a!ed nor called. And ,hat is sent to follo, me ,ill not sleep till = or those after me have found and done ,hat is to 3e found and done. LThat ,hich = have a,a!ed and 3orne a,ay ,ith meA = may not part ,ith a'ain. So it is ,ritten in the Book of 9idden T"ings. That ,hich = have ,illed to 3e has t,ined its dreadful shape around meA and 1 if = live not to do its 3iddin' 1 around those children 3orn and un3orn ,ho shall come after meA until the 3iddin' 3e done. Stran'e may 3e their Coinin'sA and a,ful the aid they may summon till the end 3e reached. =nto lands un!no,n and dim must the see!in' 'oA and a house must 3e 3uilt for the outer 'uardians. LThis is the !ey to that loc! ,hich ,as 'iven me in the dreadfulA eon1old and for3idden city of .ian12oB the loc! ,hich = or mine must place upon the vesti3ule of That Which is to 3e found. And may the 5ords of .addith succor me 1 or him 1 ,ho must set that loc! in place or turn the !ey thereof.L Such ,as the messa'e 1 a messa'e ,hichA once = had read itA = seemed to have !no,n 3efore. ;o,A as = ,rite these ,ordsA the !ey is 3efore me. = 'aze on it ,ith mi%ed dread and lon'in'A and cannot find ,ords to descri3e its aspect. =t is of the same un!no,nA su3tly 'reenish frosted metal as the loc!B a metal 3est compared to 3rass tarnished ,ith verdi'ris. =ts desi'n is alien and fantasticA and the coffin1shaped end of the ponderous 3ul! leaves no dou3t of the loc! it ,as meant to fit. The handle rou'hly forms a stran'eA nonhuman ima'eA ,hose e%act outlines and identity cannot no, 3e traced. (pon holdin' it for any len'th of time = seem to feel an alienA anomalous life in the cold metal 1 a Duic!enin' or pulsin' too fee3le for ordinary reco'nition.

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Belo, the eidolon is 'raven a faintA eon1,orn le'end in those 3lasphemousA Chinese1 li!e hiero'lyphs = have come to !no, so ,ell. = can only ma!e out the 3e'innin' 1 the ,ords9 L8y ven'eance lur!s . . .L 1 3efore the te%t fades to insistinctness. There is some fatality in this timely findin' of the !ey 1 for tomorro, ni'ht comes the hellish Sa33at. But stran'ely enou'hA amidst all this hideous e%pectancyA that Duestion of the Sle'ht name 3others me more and more. Why should = dread to find it lin!ed ,ith the van der 2eylsG Walpur'is1Eve 1 April &* The time has come. = ,a!ed last ni'ht to see the !ey 'lo,in' ,ith a lurid 'reenish radiance 1 that same mor3id 'reen ,hich = have seen in the eyes and s!in of certain portraits hereA on the shoc!in' loc! and !eyA on the monstrous menhirs of the hillA and in a thousand other recesses of my consciousness. There ,ere strident ,hispers in the air 1 si3ilant ,hisperin's li!e those of the ,ind around that dreadful cromlech. Somethin' spo!e to me out of the frore HGI aether of spaceA and it saidA LThe hour falls.L =t is an omenA and = lau'h at my o,n fears. 2ave = not the dread ,ords and the Seven 5ost Si'ns of Terror 1 the po,er coercive of any $,eller in the cosmos or in the un!no,n dar!ened spacesG = ,ill no lon'er hesistate. The heavens are very dar!A as if a terrific storm ,ere comin' on 1 a storm even 'reater than that of the ni'ht ,hen = reached hereA nearly a fortni'ht a'o. 4rom the villa'eA less than a mile a,ayA = hear a Dueer and un,onted 3a33lin'. =t is as = thou'ht 1 these poor de'raded idiots are ,ithin the secretA and !eep the a,ful Sa33at on the hill. 2ere in the house the shado,s 'ather densely. =n the dar!ness the s!y 3efore me almost 'lo,s ,ith a 'reenish li'ht of its o,n. = have no yet 3een to the cellar. =t is 3etter that = ,aitA lest the sound of that mutterin' and paddin' 1 those slitherin's and muffled rever3erations 1 unnerve me 3efore = can unloc! the fateful door. +f ,hat = shall encounterA and ,hat = must doA = have only the most 'eneral idea. Shall = find my tas! in the vault itselfA or must = 3urro, deeper into the ni'hted heart of our planetG There are thin's = do not yet understand 1 or at leastA prefer not to understand 1 despite a dreadfulA increasin' and ine%plica3le sense of 3y'one familiarity ,ith this fearsome house. That chuteA for instanceA leadin' do,n from the little loc!ed room. But = thin! = !no, ,hy the ,in' ,ith the vault e%tends to,ard the hill.

- >.8. 5oo!in' out the north ,indo,sA = can see a 'roup of villa'ers on the hill. They seem una,are of the lo,erin' s!yA and are di''in' near the 'reat central menhir. =t occurs to me that they are ,or!in' on that stone1rimmed hollo, place ,hich loo!s li!e a lon'1cho!ed tunnel entrance. What is to comeG 2o, much of the olden Sa33at rites have these people retainedG That !ey 'lo,s horri3ly 1 it is not ima'ination. $are = use it as it must 3e usedG Another matter has 'reatly distur3ed me. 7lancin' nervously throu'h a 3oo! in the li3rary = came upon an ampler form of the name that has teased my memory so sorely9 LTrintCeA ,ife of Adriaen Sle'ht.L The Adriaen leads me to the very 3rin! of recollection.

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2orror is unleashedA 3ut = must not ,ea!en. The storm has 3ro!en ,ith pandemoniac furyA and li'htnin' has struc! the hill three timesA yet the hy3ridA malformed villa'ers are 'atherin' ,ithin the cromlech. = can see them in the almost constant flashes. The 'reat standin' stones loom up shoc!in'lyA and have a dull 'reen luminosity that reveals them even ,hen the li'htnin' is not there. The peals of thunder are deafenin'A and every one seems to 3e horri3ly ans,ered from some indeterminate direction. As = ,riteA the creatures on the hill have 3e'un to chant and ho,l and scream in a de'radedA half1simian version of the ancient ritual. :ain pours do,n li!e a floodA yet they leap and emit sounds in a !ind of dia3olic ecstacy. )ID S"ub--iggurat"C T"e Goat Wit" a T"ousand ;oungC) But the ,orst thin' is ,ithin the house. Even at this hei'htA = have 3e'un to hear sounds from the cellar. It is t"e padding and muttering and slit"ering and muffled re!erberations $it"in t"e !ault% % % % 8emories come and 'o. That name Adriaen Sleg"t pounds oddly at my consciousness. $irc! van der 2eyl<s son1in1la, . . . his child old $irc!<s 'randdau'hter and A3addon Corey<s 'reat'randdau'hter. . . . 5ater 8erciful 7odF At last I kno$ $"ere I sa$ t"at name. = !no,A and am transfi%ed ,ith horror. All is lost. . . The !ey has 3e'un to fell ,arm as my left hand nervously clutches it. At times that va'ue Duic!enin' or pulsin' is so distinct that = can almost feel the livin' metal move. =t came from .ian12o for a terri3le purposeA and to me 1 ,ho all too late !no, the thin' stream of van der 2eyl 3lood that tric!les do,n throu'h the Sle'hts into my o,n linea'e 1 has descended the hideous tas! of fulfillin' that purpose. . . . 8y coura'e and curiousity ,ane. = !no, the horror that lies 3eyond that iron door. What if Claes van der 2eyl ,as my ancestor 1 need = e%piate his nameless sinG I $ill not - I s$ear I $ill notC . . . Jthe ,ritin' here 'ro,s indistinctK . . . too late 1 cannot help self 1 3lac! pa,s materialize 1 am dra''ed a,ay to,ard the cellar. . . .

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= a,o!e a3ruptly from a horri3le dream and stared ,ildly a3out. ThenA seein' the hi'hA arched ceilin' and the narro, stained ,indo,s of my friend<s roomA a flood of uneasy revelation coursed over meB and = !ne, that all of Andre,s< hopes had 3een realized. = lay supine in a lar'e 3edA the posts of ,hich reared up,ard in dizzy perspectiveB ,hile on vast shelves a3out the cham3er ,ere the familiar 3oo!s and antiDues = ,as accustomed to seein' in that secluded corner of the crum3lin' and ancient mansion ,hich had formed our Coint home for many years. +n a ta3le 3y the ,all stood a hu'e candela3rum of early ,or!manship and desi'nA and the usual li'ht ,indo,1curtains had 3een replaced 3y han'in's of som3er 3lac!A ,hich too! on a faintA 'hostly luster in the dyin' li'ht. = recalled forci3ly the events precedin' my confinement and seclusion in this verita3le medieval fortress. They ,ere not pleasantA and = shuddered ane, ,hen = remem3ered the couch that had held me 3efore my tenancy of the present one 1 the couch that everyone supposed ,ould 3e my last. 8emory 3urned afresh re'ardin' those hideous circumstances ,hich had compelled me to choose 3et,een a true death and a hypothetical one 1 ,ith a later re1animation 3y therapeutic methods !no,n only to my comradeA 8arshall Andre,s. The ,hole thin' had 3e'un ,hen = returned from the +rient a year 3efore and discoveredA to my utter horrorA that = had contracted leprosy ,hile a3road. = had !no,n that = ,as ta!in' 'rave chances in carin' for my stric!en 3rother in the >hilippinesA 3ut no hint of my o,n affliction appeared until = returned to my native land. Andre,s himself had made the discoveryA and !ept it from me as lon' as possi3leB 3ut our close acDuaintance soon disclosed the a,ful truth. At once = ,as Duartered in our ancient a3ode atop the cra's overloo!in' crum3lin' 2ampdenA from ,hose musty halls and DuaintA arched door,ays = ,as never permitted to 'o forth. =t ,as a terri3le e%istenceA ,ith the yello, shado, han'in' constantly over meB yet my friend never faltered in his faithA ta!in' care not to contract the dread scour'eA 3ut mean,hile ma!in' life as pleasant and comforta3le as possi3le. 2is ,idespread thou'h some,hat sinister fame as a sur'eon prevented any authority from discoverin' my pli'ht and shippin' me a,ay. =t ,as after nearly a year of this seclusion 1 late in Au'ust 1 that Andre,s decided on a trip to the West =ndies 1 to study LnativeL medical methodsA he said. = ,as left in care of venera3le SimesA the household factotum. So far no out,ard si'ns of the disease had developedA and = enCoyed a tolera3le thou'h almost completely private e%istence durin' my collea'ue<s a3sence. =t ,as durin' this time that = read many of the tomes Andre,s had acDuired in the course of his t,enty years as a sur'eonA and learned ,hy his reputationA thou'h locally of the hi'hestA ,as Cust a 3it shady. 4or the volumes included any num3er of fanciful su3Cects hardly related to modern medical !no,led'e9 treatises and unauthoritative articles on monstrous e%periments in sur'eryB accounts of the 3izarre effects of 'landular transplantation and reCuvenation in animals and men ali!eB 3rochures on attempted 3rain transferenceA and a host of other fanatical speculations not countenanced 3y orthodo% physicians. =t appearedA tooA that Andre,s ,as an authority on o3scure medicamentsB some of the fe, 3oo!s = ,aded throu'h revealin' that he had spent much time in chemistry and

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in the search for ne, dru's ,hich mi'ht 3e used as aids in sur'ery. 5oo!in' 3ac! at those studies no,A = find them hellishly su''estive ,hen associated ,ith his later e%periments. Andre,s ,as 'one lon'er than = e%pectedA returnin' early in ;ovem3erA almost four months laterB and ,hen he did arriveA = ,as Duite an%ious to see himA since my condition ,as at last on the 3rin! of 3ecomin' noticea3le. = had reached a point ,here = must see! a3solute privacy to !eep from 3ein' discovered. But my an%iety ,as sli'ht as compared ,ith his e%u3erance over a certain ne, plan he had hatched ,hile in the =ndies 1 a plan to 3e carried out ,ith the aid of a curious dru' he had learned of from a native LdoctorL in 2aiti. When he e%plained that his idea concerned meA = 3ecame some,hat alarmedB thou'h in my position there could 3e little to ma!e my pli'ht ,orse. = hadA indeedA considered more than once the o3livion that ,ould come ,ith a revolver or a plun'e from the roof to the Ca''ed roc!s 3elo,. +n the day after his arrivalA in the seclusion of the dimly lit studyA he outlined the ,hole 'risly scheme. 2e had found in 2aiti a dru'A the formula for ,hich he ,ould develop laterA ,hich induced a state of profound sleep in anyone ta!in' itB a trance so deep that death ,as closely counterfeited 1 ,ith all muscular refle%esA even the respiration and heart13eatA completely stilled for the time 3ein'. Andre,s hadA he saidA seen it demonstrated on natives many times. Some of them remained somnolent for days at a timeA ,holly immo3ile and as much li!e death as death itself. This suspended animationA he e%plained furtherA ,ould even pass the closest e%amination of any medical man. 2e himselfA accordin' to all !no,n la,sA ,ould have to report as dead a man under the influence of such a dru'. 2e statedA tooA that the su3Cect<s 3ody assumed the precise appearance of a corpse 1 even a sli'ht ri'or mortis developin' in prolon'ed cases. 4or some time his purpose did not seem ,holly clearA 3ut ,hen the full import of his ,ords 3ecame apparent = felt ,ea! and nauseated. .et in another ,ay = ,as relievedB for the thin' meant at least a partial escape from my curseA an escape from the 3anishment and shame of an ordinary death of the dread leprosy. BrieflyA his plan ,as to administer a stron' dose of the dru' to me and call the local authoritiesA ,ho ,ould immediately pronounce me deadA and see that = ,as 3uried ,ithin a very short ,hile. 2e felt assured that ,ith their careless e%amination they ,ould fail to notice my leprosy symptomsA ,hich in truth had hardly appeared. +nly a trifle over fifteen months had passed since = had cau'ht the diseaseA ,hereas the corruption ta!es seven years to run its entire course. 5aterA he saidA ,ould come resurrection. After my interment in the family 'raveyard 1 3eside my centuried d,ellin' and 3arely a Duarter1mile from his o,n ancient pile 1 the appropriate steps ,ould 3e ta!en. 4inallyA ,hen my estate ,as settled and my decease ,idely !no,nA he ,ould secretly open the tom3 and 3rin' me to his o,n a3ode a'ainA still alive and none the ,orse for my adventure. =t seemed a 'hastly and darin' planA 3ut to me it offered the only hope for even a partial freedomB so = accepted his propositionA 3ut not ,ithout a myriad of mis'ivin's. What if the effect of the dru' should ,ear off ,hile = ,as in my tom3G What if the coroner should discover the a,ful ruseA and fail to inter meG These ,ere some of the hideous dou3ts ,hich assailed me 3efore the e%periment. Thou'h death ,ould have 3een a release from my curseA = feared it even ,orse than the yello, scour'eB feared it even ,hen = could see its 3lac! ,in's constantly hoverin' over me. 4ortunately = ,as spared the horror of vie,in' my o,n funeral and 3urial rites. They mustA ho,everA have 'one Cust as Andre,s had plannedA even to the su3seDuent

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disintermentB for after the initial dose of the poison from 2aiti = lapsed into a semi1 paralytic state and from that to a profoundA ni'ht13lac! sleep. The dru' had 3een administered in my roomA and Andre,s had told me 3efore 'ivin' it that he ,ould recommend to the coroner a verdict of heart failure due to nerve strain. +f courseA there ,as no em3almin' 1 Andre,s sa, to that 1 and the ,hole procedureA leadin' up to my secret transportation from the 'raveyard to his crum3lin' manorA covered a period of three days. 2avin' 3een 3uried late in the afternoon of the third dayA my 3ody ,as secured 3y Andre,s that very ni'ht. 2e had replaced the fresh sod Cust as it had 3een ,hen the ,or!men left. +ld SimesA s,orn to secrecyA had helped Andre,s in his 'houlish tas!. 5ater = had lain for over a ,ee! in my old familiar 3ed. +,in' to some une%pected effect of the dru'A my ,hole 3ody ,as completely paralyzedA so that = could move my head only sli'htly. All my sensesA ho,everA ,ere fully alertA and 3y another ,ee!<s time = ,as a3le to ta!e nourishment in 'ood Duantities. Andre,s e%plained that my 3ody ,ould 'radually re'ain its former sensi3ilitiesB thou'h o,in' to the presence of the leprosy it mi'ht ta!e considera3le time. 2e seemed 'reatly interested in analyzin' my daily symptomsA and al,ays as!ed if there ,as any feelin' present in my 3ody. 8any days passed 3efore = ,as a3le to control any part of my anatomyA and much lon'er 3efore the paralysis crept from my enfee3led lim3s so that = could feel the ordinary 3odily reactions. 5yin' and starin' at my num3 hul! ,as li!e havin' it inCected ,ith a perpetual anesthetic. There ,as a total alienation = could not understandA considerin' that my head and nec! ,ere Duite alive and in 'ood health. Andre,s e%plained that he had revived my upper half first and could not account for the complete 3odily paralysisB thou'h my condition seemed to trou3le him little considerin' the damna3ly intent interest he centered upon my reactions and stimuli from the very 3e'innin'. 8any times durin' lulls in our conversation = ,ould catch a stran'e 'leam in his eyes as he vie,ed me on the couch 1 a 'lint of victorious e%ultation ,hichA Dueerly enou'hA he never voiced aloudB thou'h he seemed to 3e Duite 'lad that = had run the 'auntlet of death and had come throu'h alive. StillA there ,as that horror = ,as to meet in less than si% yearsA ,hich added to my desolation and melancholy durin' the tedious days in ,hich = a,aited the return of normal 3odily functions. But = ,ould 3e up and a3outA he assured meA 3efore very lon'A enCoyin' an e%istence fe, men had ever e%perienced. The ,ords did notA ho,everA impress me ,ith their true and 'hastly meanin' until many days later. $urin' that a,ful sie'e in 3ed Andre,s and = 3ecame some,hat estran'ed. 2e no lon'er treated me so much li!e a friend as li!e an implement in his s!illed and 'reedy fin'ers. = found him possessed of une%pected traits 1 little e%amples of 3aseness and crueltyA apparent even to the hardened SimesA ,hich distur3ed me in a most unusual manner. +ften he ,ould display e%traordinary cruelty to live specimens in his la3oratoryA for he ,as constantly carryin' on various hidden proCects in 'landular and muscular transplantation on 'uinea1pi's and ra33its. 2e had also 3een employin' his ne,ly discovered sleepin'1potion in curious e%periments ,ith suspended animation. But of these thin's he told me very littleB thou'h old Simes often let slip chance comments ,hich shed some li'ht on the proceedin's. = ,as not certain ho, much the old servant !ne,A 3ut he had surely learned considera3leA 3ein' a constant companion to 3oth Andre,s and myself.

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With the passa'e of timeA a slo, 3ut consistent feelin' 3e'an creepin' into my disa3led 3odyB and at the revivin' symptoms Andre,s too! a fanatical interest in my case. 2e still seemed more coldly analytical than sympathetic to,ard meA ta!in' my pulse and heart13eat ,ith more than usual zeal. +ccasionallyA in his fevered e%aminationsA = sa, his hands trem3le sli'htly 1 an uncommon si'ht ,ith so s!illed a sur'eon 1 3ut he seemed o3livious of my scrutiny. = ,as never allo,ed even a momentary 'limpse of my full 3odyA 3ut ,ith the fee3le return of the sense of touchA = ,as a,are of a 3ul! and heaviness ,hich at first seemed a,!,ard and unfamiliar. 7radually = re'ained the use of my hands and armsB and ,ith the passin' of the paralysis came a ne, and terri3le sensation of physical estran'ement. 8y lim3s had difficulty in follo,in' the commands of my mindA and every movement ,as Cer!y and uncertain. So clumsy ,ere my handsA that = had to 3ecome accustomed to them all over a'ain. This mustA = thou'htA 3e due to my disease and the advance of the conta'ion in my system. Bein' una,are of ho, the early symptoms affected the victim Jmy 3rother<s 3ein' a more advanced caseKA = had no means of Cud'in'B and since Andre,s shunned the su3CectA = deemed it 3etter to remain silent. +ne day = as!ed Andre,s 1 = no lon'er considered him a friend 1 if = mi'ht try risin' and sittin' up in 3ed. At first he o3Cected strenuouslyA 3ut laterA after cautionin' me to !eep the 3lan!ets ,ell up around my chin so that = ,ould not 3e chilledA he permitted it. This seemed stran'eA in vie, of the comforta3le temperature. ;o, that late autumn ,as slo,ly turnin' into ,interA the room ,as al,ays ,ell heated. A 'ro,in' chilliness at ni'htA and occasional 'limpses of a leaden s!y throu'h the ,indo,A had told me of the chan'in' seasonB for no calendar ,as ever in si'ht upon the din'y ,alls. With the 'entle help of Simes = ,as eased to a sittin' positionA Andre,s coldly ,atchin' from the door to the la3oratory. At my success a slo, smile spread across his leerin' featuresA and he turned to disappear from the dar!ened door,ay. 2is mood did nothin' to improve my condition. +ld SimesA usually so re'ular and consistentA ,as no, often late in his dutiesA sometimes leavin' me alone for hours at a time. The terri3le sense of alienation ,as hei'htened 3y my ne, position. =t seemed that the le's and arms inside my 'o,n ,ere hardly a3le to follo, the summonin' of my mindA and it 3ecame mentally e%haustin' to continue movement for any len'th of time. 8y fin'ersA ,oefully clumsyA ,ere ,holly unfamiliar to my inner sense of touchA and = ,ondered va'uely if = ,ere to 3e accursed the rest of my days ,ith an a,!,ardness induced 3y my dread malady. =t ,as on the evenin' follo,in' my half1recovery that the dreams 3e'an. = ,as tormented not only at ni'ht 3ut durin' the day as ,ell. = ,ould a,a!enA screamin' horri3lyA from some fri'htful ni'htmare = dared not thin! a3out outside the realm of sleep. These dreams consisted mainly of 'houlish thin'sB 'raveyards at ni'htA stal!in' corpsesA and lost souls amid a chaos of 3lindin' li'ht and shado,. The terri3le reality of the visions distur3ed me most of all9 it seemed that some inside influence ,as inducin' the 'risly vistas of moonlit tom3stones and endless catacom3s of the restless dead. = could not place their sourceB and at the end of a ,ee! = ,as Duite frantic ,ith a3omina3le thou'hts ,hich seemed to o3trude themselves upon my un,elcome consciousness. By that time a slo, plan ,as formin' ,here3y = mi'ht escape the livin' hell into ,hich = had 3een propelled. Andre,s cared less and less a3out meA seemin' intent only on my

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pro'ress and 'ro,th and recovery of normal muscular reactions. = ,as 3ecomin' every day more convinced of the nefarious doin's 'oin' on in that la3oratory across the threshold 1 the animal cries ,ere shoc!in'A and rasped hideously on my over,rou'ht nerves. And = ,as 'radually 3e'innin' to thin! that Andre,s had not saved me from deportation solely for my o,n 3enefitA 3ut for some accursed reason of his o,n. Simes<s attention ,as slo,ly 3ecomin' sli'hter and sli'hterA and = ,as convinced that the a'ed servitor had a hand in the deviltry some,here. Andre,s no lon'er eyed me as a friendA 3ut as an o3Cect of e%perimentationB nor did = li!e the ,ay he fin'ered his scalpel ,hen he stood in the narro, door,ay and stared at me ,ith crafty alertness. = had never 3efore seen such a transformation come over any man. 2is ordinarily handsome features ,ere no, lined and ,his!er1'ro,nA and his eyes 'leamed as if some imp of Satan ,ere starin' from them. 2is coldA calculatin' 'aze made me shudder horri3lyA and 'ave me a fresh determination to free myself from his 3onda'e as soon as possi3le. = had lost trac! of time durin' my dream1or'yA and had no ,ay of !no,in' ho, fast the days ,ere passin'. The curtains ,ere often dra,n in the daytimeA the room 3ein' lit 3y ,a%en cylinders in the lar'e candela3rum. =t ,as a ni'htmare of livin' horror and unrealityB thou'h throu'h it all = ,as 'radually 3ecomin' stron'er. = al,ays 'ave careful responses to Andre,s< inDuiries concernin' my returnin' physical controlA concealin' the fact that a ne, life ,as vi3ratin' throu'h me ,ith every passin' day 1 an alto'ether stran'e sort of stren'thA 3ut one ,hich = ,as countin' on to serve me in the comin' crisis. 4inallyA one chilly evenin' ,hen the candles had 3een e%tin'uishedA and a pale shaft of moonli'ht fell throu'h the dar! curtains upon my 3edA = determined to rise and carry out my plan of action. There had 3een no movement from either of my captors for several hoursA and = ,as confident that 3oth ,ere asleep in adCoinin' 3edcham3ers. Shiftin' my cum3ersome ,ei'ht carefullyA = rose to a sittin' position and cra,led cautiously out of 3edA do,n upon the floor. A verti'o 'ripped me momentarilyA and a ,ave of ,ea!ness flooded my entire 3ein'. But finally stren'th returnedA and 3y clutchin' at a 3ed1post = ,as a3le to stand upon my feet for the first time in many months. 7radually a ne, stren'th coursed throu'h meA and = donned the dar! ro3e ,hich = had seen han'in' on a near3y chair. =t ,as Duite lon'A 3ut served as a cloa! over my ni'htdress. A'ain came that feelin' of a,ful unfamiliarity ,hich = had e%perienced in 3edB that sense of alienationA and of difficulty in ma!in' my lim3s perform as they should. But there ,as need for haste 3efore my fee3le stren'th mi'ht 'ive out. As a last precaution in dressin'A = slipped some old shoes over my feetB 3ut thou'h = could have s,orn they ,ere my o,nA they seemed a3normally looseA so that = decided they must 3elon' to the a'ed Simes. Seein' no other heavy o3Cects in the roomA = seized from the ta3le the hu'e candela3rumA upon ,hich the moon shone ,ith a pallid 'lo,A and proceeded very Duietly to,ard the la3oratory door. 8y first steps came Cer!ily and ,ith much difficultyA and in the semi1dar!ness = ,as una3le to ma!e my ,ay very rapidly. When = reached the thresholdA a 'lance ,ithin revealed my former friend seated in a lar'e overstuffed chairB ,hile 3eside him ,as a smo!in'1stand upon ,hich ,ere assorted 3ottles and a 'lass. 2e reclined half1,ay in the moonli'ht throu'h the lar'e ,indo,A and his 'reasy features ,ere creased in a drun!en smir!. An opened 3oo! lay in his lap 1 one of the hideous tomes from his private li3rary.

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4or a lon' moment = 'loated over the prospect 3efore meA and thenA steppin' for,ard suddenlyA = 3rou'ht the heavy ,eapon do,n upon his unprotected head. The dull crunch ,as follo,ed 3y a spurt of 3loodA and the fiend crumpled to the floorA his head laid half open. = felt no contrition at ta!in' the man<s life in such a manner. =n the hideousA half1 visi3le specimens of his sur'ical ,izardry scattered a3out the room in various sta'es of completion and preservationA = felt there ,as enou'h evidence to 3last his soul ,ithout my aid. Andre,s had 'one too far in his practices to continue livin'A and as one of his monstrous specimens 1 of that = ,as no, hideously certain 1 it ,as my duty to e%terminate him. SimesA = realizedA ,ould 3e no such easy matterB indeedA only unusual 'ood fortune had caused me to find Andre,s unconscious. When = finally reeled up to the servant<s 3edcham3er doorA faint from e%haustionA = !ne, it ,ould ta!e all my remainin' stren'th to complete the ordeal. The old man<s room ,as in utmost dar!nessA 3ein' on the north side of the structureA 3ut he must have seen me silhouetted in the door,ay as = came in. 2e screamed hoarselyA and = aimed the candela3rum at him from the threshold. =t struc! somethin' softA ma!in' a slou'hin' sound in the dar!nessB 3ut the screamin' continued. 4rom that time on events 3ecame hazy and Cum3led to'etherA 3ut = remem3er 'rapplin' ,ith the man and cho!in' the life from him little 3y little. 2e 'i33ered a host of a,ful thin's 3efore = could lay hands on him 1 cried and 3e''ed for mercy from my clutchin' fin'ers. = hardly realized my o,n stren'th in that mad moment ,hich left Andre,s< associate in a condition li!e his o,n. :etreatin' from the dar!ened cham3erA = stum3led for the stair,ay doorA sa''ed throu'h itA and someho, reached the landin' 3elo,. ;o lamps ,ere 3urnin'A and my only li'ht ,as a filterin' of moon3eams comin' from the narro, ,indo,s in the hall. But = made my Cer!y ,ay over the coldA damp sla3s of stoneA reelin' from the terri3le ,ea!ness of my e%ertionA and reached the front door after a'es of fum3lin' and cra,lin' a3out in the dar!ness. ?a'ue memories and hauntin' shado,s came to taunt me in that ancient hall,ayB shado,s once friendly and understanda3leA 3ut no, 'ro,n alien and unreco'niza3leA so that = stum3led do,n the ,orn steps in a frenzy of somethin' more than fear. 4or a moment = stood in the shado, of the 'iant stone manorA vie,in' the moonlit trail do,n ,hich = must 'o to reach the home of my forefathersA only a Duarter of a mile distant. But the ,ay seemed lon'A and for a ,hile = despaired of ever traversin' the ,hole of it. At last = 'rasped a piece of dead ,ood as a cane and set out do,n the ,indin' road. AheadA seemin'ly only a fe, rods a,ay in the moonli'htA stood the venera3le mansion ,here my ancestors had lived and died. =ts turrets rose spectrally in the shimmerin' radianceA and the 3lac! shado, cast on the 3eetlin' hillside appeared to shift and ,averA as if 3elon'in' to a castle of unreal su3stance. There stood the monument of half a centuryB a haven for all my family old and youn'A ,hich = had deserted many years a'o to live ,ith the fanatical Andre,s. =t stood empty on that fateful ni'htA and = hope that it may al,ays remain so. =n some manner = reached the a'ed placeB thou'h = do not remem3er the last half of the Courney at all. =t ,as enou'h to 3e near the family cemeteryA amon' ,hose moss1covered and crum3lin' stones = ,ould see! the o3livion = had desired. As = approached the moonlit

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spot the old familiarity 1 so a3sent durin' my a3normal e%istence 1 returned to pla'ue me in a ,holly une%pected ,ay. = dre, close to my o,n tom3stoneA and the feelin' of homecomin' 're, stron'erB ,ith it came a fresh flood of that a,ful sense of alienation and disem3odiment ,hich = !ne, so ,ell. = ,as satisfied that the end ,as dra,in' nearB nor did = stop to analyze emotions till a little laterA ,hen the full horror of my position 3urst upon me. =ntuitively = !ne, my o,n tom3stoneB for the 'rass had scarcely 3e'un to 'ro, 3et,een the pieces of sod. With feverish haste = 3e'an cla,in' at the moundA and scrapin' the ,et earth from the hole left 3y the removal of the 'rass and roots. 2o, lon' = ,or!ed in the nitrous soil 3efore my fin'ers struc! the coffin1lidA = can never sayB 3ut s,eat ,as pourin' from me and my nails ,ere 3ut uselessA 3leedin' hoo!s. At last = thre, out the last 3it of loose earthA and ,ith trem3lin' fin'ers tu''ed on the heavy lid. =t 'ave a trifleB and = ,as prepared to lift it completely open ,hen a fetid and nauseous odor assailed my nostrils. = started erectA horrified. 2ad some idiot placed my tom3stone on the ,ron' 'raveA causin' me to unearth another 3odyG 4or surely there could 3e no mista!in' that a,ful stench. 7radually a hideous uncertainty came over me and = scram3led from the hole. +ne loo! at the ne,ly made headpiece ,as enou'h. This ,as indeed my o,n 'rave .. . 3ut ,hat fool had 3uried ,ithin it another corpseG All at once a 3it of the unspea!a3le truth propelled itself upon my 3rain. The odorA in spite of its putrescenceA seemed someho, familiar 1 horri3ly familiar. . . . .et = could not credit my senses ,ith such an idea. :eelin' and cursin'A = fell into the 3lac! cavity once moreA and 3y the aid of a hastily lit matchA lifted the lon' lid completely open. Then the li'ht ,ent outA as if e%tin'uished 3y a mali'nant handA and = cla,ed my ,ay out of that accursed pitA screamin' in a frenzy of fear and loathin'. When = re'ained consciousness = ,as lyin' 3efore the door of my o,n ancient manorA ,here = must have cra,led after that hideous rendezvous in the family cemetery. = realized that da,n ,as close at handA and rose fee3lyA openin' the a'ed portal 3efore me and enterin' the place ,hich had !no,n no footsteps for over a decade. A fever ,as rava'in' my ,ea!ened 3odyA so that = ,as hardly a3le to standA 3ut = made my ,ay slo,ly throu'h the mustyA dimly lit cham3ers and sta''ered into my o,n study 1 the study = had deserted so many years 3efore. When the sun has risenA = shall 'o to the ancient ,ell 3eneath the old ,illo, tree 3y the cemetery and cast my deformed self into it. ;o other man shall ever vie, this 3lasphemy ,hich has survived life lon'er than it should have. = do not !no, ,hat people ,ill say ,hen they see my disordered 'raveA 3ut this ,ill not trou3le me if = can find o3livion from that ,hich = 3eheld amidst the crum3lin'A moss1crusted stones of the hideous place. = !no, no, ,hy Andre,s ,as so secretive in his actionsB so damna3ly 'loatin' in his attitude to,ard me after my artificial death. 2e had meant me for a specimen all the time 1 a specimen of his 'reatest feat of sur'eryA his masterpiece of unclean ,itchery . . . an e%ample of perverted artistry for him alone to see. Where Andre,s o3tained that other ,ith ,hich = lay accursed in his molderin' mansion = shall pro3a3ly never !no,B 3ut = am afraid that it ,as 3rou'ht from 2aiti alon' ,ith his fiendish medicine. At least these lon' hairy arms and horri3le short le's are alien to me ... alien to all natural and sane la,s of

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man!ind. The thou'ht that = shall 3e tortured ,ith that other durin' the rest of my 3rief e%istence is another hell. ;o, = can 3ut ,ish for that ,hich once ,as mineB that ,hich every man 3lessed of 7od ou'ht to have at deathB that ,hich = sa, in that a,ful moment in the ancient 3urial 'round ,hen = raised the lid on the coffin 1 my o,n shrun!enA decayedA and headless 3ody.

The /oom Th t C me to S r# th
There is in the land of 8nar a vast still la!e that is fed 3y no streamA and out of ,hich no stream flo,s. Ten thousand years a'o there stood 3y its shore the mi'hty city of SarnathA 3ut Sarnath stands there no more. =t is told that in the immemorial years ,hen the ,orld ,as youn'A 3efore ever the men of Sarnath came to the land of 8narA another city stood 3eside the la!eB the 'ray stone city of =3A ,hich ,as old as the la!e itselfA and peopled ,ith 3ein's not pleasin' to 3ehold. ?ery odd and u'ly ,ere these 3ein'sA as indeed are most 3ein's of a ,orld yet inchoate and rudely fashioned. =t is ,ritten on the 3ric! cylinders of 0adatheron that the 3ein's of l3 ,ere in hue as 'reen as the la!e and the mists that rise a3ove itB that they had 3ul'in' eyesA poutin'A fla33y lipsA and curious earsA and ,ere ,ithout voice. =t is also ,ritten that they descended one ni'ht from the moon in a mistB they and the vast still la!e and 'ray stone city l3. 2o,ever this may 3eA it is certain that they ,orshipped a sea1'reen stone idol chiseled in the li!eness of Bo!ru'A the 'reat ,ater1lizardB 3efore ,hich they danced horri3ly ,hen the moon ,as 'i33ous. And it is ,ritten in the papyrus of =larne!A that they one day discovered fireA and thereafter !indled flames on many ceremonial occasions. But not much is ,ritten of these 3ein'sA 3ecause they lived in very ancient timesA and man is youn'A and !no,s 3ut little of the very ancient livin' thin's. After many eons men came to the land of 8narA dar! shepherd fol! ,ith their fleecy floc!sA ,ho 3uilt ThraaA =larne!A and 0adatheron on the ,indin' river Ai. And certain tri3esA more hardy than the restA pushed on to the 3order of the la!e and 3uilt Sarnath at a spot ,here precious metals ,ere found in the earth. ;ot far from the 'ray city of l3 did the ,anderin' tri3es lay the first stones of SarnathA and at the 3ein's of l3 they marveled 'reatly. But ,ith their marvelin' ,as mi%ed hateA for they thou'ht it not meet that 3ein's of such aspect should ,al! a3out the ,orld of men at dus!. ;or did they li!e the stran'e sculptures upon the 'ray monoliths of =3A for ,hy those sculptures lin'ered so late in the ,orldA even until the comin' menA none can tellB unless it ,as 3ecause the land of 8nar is very stillA and remote from most other landsA 3oth of ,a!in' and of dream. As the men of Sarnath 3eheld more of the 3ein's of l3 their hate 're,A and it ,as not less 3ecause they found the 3ein's ,ea!A and soft as Celly to the touch of stones and arro,s. So one day the youn' ,arriorsA the slin'ers and the spearmen and the 3o,menA marched a'ainst l3 and sle, all the inha3itants thereofA pushin' the Dueer 3odies into the la!e ,ith lon' spearsA 3ecause they did not ,ish to touch them. And 3ecause they did not li!e the 'ray sculptured monoliths of l3 they cast these also into the la!eB ,onderin' from the 'reatness of the la3or ho, ever the stones ,ere 3rou'ht from afarA as they must have 3eenA since there is nau'ht li!e them in the land of 8nar or in the lands adCacent. Thus of the very ancient city of l3 ,as nothin' sparedA save the sea1'reen stone idol chiseled in the li!eness of Bo!ru'A the ,ater1lizard. This the youn' ,arriors too! 3ac! ,ith them as a sym3ol of conDuest over the old 'ods and 3ein's of ThA and as a si'n of leadership in 8nar. But on the ni'ht after it ,as set up in the templeA a terri3le thin' must have happenedA for ,eird li'hts ,ere seen over the la!eA and in the mornin' the people

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found the idol 'one and the hi'h1priest Taran1=sh lyin' deadA as from some fear unspea!a3le. And 3efore he diedA Taran1=sh had scra,led upon the altar of chrysolite ,ith coarse sha!y stro!es the si'n of $++8. After Taran1=sh there ,ere many hi'h1priests in Sarnath 3ut never ,as the sea1'reen stone idol found. And many centuries came and ,entA ,herein Sarnath prospered e%ceedin'lyA so that only priests and old ,omen remem3ered ,hat Taran1=sh had scra,led upon the altar of chrysolite. Bet,i%t Sarnath and the city of =larne! arose a caravan routeA and the precious metals from the earth ,ere e%chan'ed for other metals and rare cloths and Ce,els and 3oo!s and tools for artificers and all thin's of lu%ury that are !no,n to the people ,ho d,ell alon' the ,indin' river Ai and 3eyond. So Sarnath ,a%ed mi'hty and learned and 3eautifulA and sent forth conDuerin' armies to su3due the nei'h3orin' citiesB and in time there sate upon a throne in Sarnath the !in's of all the land of 8nar and of many lands adCacent. The ,onder of the ,orld and the pride of all man!ind ,as Sarnath the ma'nificent. +f polished desert1Duarried mar3le ,ere its ,allsA in hei'ht three hundred cu3its and in 3readth seventy1fiveA so that chariots mi'ht pass each other as men drove them alon' the top. 4or full five hundred stadia did they runA 3ein' open only on the side to,ard the la!e ,here a 'reen stone sea1,all !ept 3ac! the ,aves that rose oddly once a year at the festival of the destroyin' of =3. =n Sarnath ,ere fifty streets from the la!e to the 'ates of the caravansA and fifty more intersectin' them. With ony% ,ere they pavedA save those ,hereon the horses and camels and elephants trodA ,hich ,ere paved ,ith 'ranite. And the 'ates of Sarnath ,ere as many as the land,ard ends of the streetsA each of 3ronzeA and flan!ed 3y the fi'ures of lions and elephants carven from some stone no lon'er !no,n amon' men. The houses of Sarnath ,ere of 'lazed 3ric! and chalcedonyA each havin' its ,alled 'arden and crystal la!elet. With stran'e art ,ere they 3uildedA for no other city had houses li!e themB and travelers from Thraa and =larne! and 0adatheron marveled at the shinin' domes ,here,ith they ,ere surmounted. But more marvelous still ,ere the palaces and the templesA and the 'ardens made 3y @o!!ar the olden !in'. There ,ere many palacesA the last of ,hich ,ere mi'htier than any in Thraa or =larne! or 0adatheron. So hi'h ,ere they that one ,ithin mi'ht sometimes fancy himself 3eneath only the s!yB yet ,hen li'hted ,ith torches dipt in the oil of $other their ,alls sho,ed vast paintin's of !in's and armiesA of a splendor at once inspirin' and stupefyin' to the 3eholder. 8any ,ere the pillars of the palacesA all of tinted mar3leA and carven into desi'ns of surpassin' 3eauty. And in most of the palaces the floors ,ere mosaics of 3eryl and lapis lazuli and sardony% and car3uncle and other choice materialsA so disposed that the 3eholder mi'ht fancy himself ,al!in' over 3eds of the rarest flo,ers. And there ,ere li!e,ise fountainsA ,hich cast scented ,aters a3out in pleasin' Cets arran'ed ,ith cunnin' art. +utshinin' all others ,as the palace of the !in's of 8nar and of the lands adCacent. +n a pair of 'olden crouchin' lions rested the throneA many steps a3ove the 'leamin' floor. And it ,as ,rou'ht of one piece of ivoryA thou'h no man lives ,ho !no,s ,hence so vast a piece could have come. =n that palace there ,ere also many 'alleriesA and many amphitheaters ,here lions and men and elephants 3attled at the pleasure of the !in's. Sometimes the amphitheaters ,ere flooded ,ith ,ater conveyed from the la!e in mi'hty aDueductsA and then ,ere enacted stirrin' sea1fi'htsA or com3ats 3et,i%t s,immers and deadly marine thin's.

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5ofty and amazin' ,ere the seventeen to,er1li!e temples of SarnathA fashioned of a 3ri'ht multi1colored stone not !no,n else,here. A full thousand cu3its hi'h stood the 'reatest amon' themA ,herein the hi'h1priests d,elt ,ith a ma'nificence scarce less than that of the !in's. +n the 'round ,ere halls as vast and splendid as those of the palacesB ,here 'athered thron's in ,orship of @o10alar and Tamash and 5o3onA the chief 'ods of SarnathA ,hose incense1enveloped shrines ,ere as the thrones of monarchs. ;ot li!e the ei!ons of other 'ods ,ere those of @o10alar and Tamash and 5o3on. 4or so close to life ,ere they that one mi'ht s,ear the 'raceful 3earded 'ods themselves sate on the ivory thrones. And up unendin' steps of zircon ,as the to,er1cham3erA ,herefrom the hi'h1 priests loo!ed out over the city and the plains and the la!e 3y dayB and at the cryptic moon and si'nificant stars and planetsA and their reflections in the la!eA at ni'ht. 2ere ,as done the very secret and ancient rite in detestation of Bo!ru'A the ,ater1lizardA and here rested the altar of chrysolite ,hich 3ore the $oom1scra,l of Taran1=sh. Wonderful li!e,ise ,ere the 'ardens made 3y @o!!ar the olden !in'. =n the center of Sarnath they layA coverin' a 'reat space and encircled 3y a hi'h ,all. And they ,ere surmounted 3y a mi'hty dome of 'lassA throu'h ,hich shone the sun and moon and planets ,hen it ,as clearA and from ,hich ,ere hun' ful'ent ima'es of the sun and moon and stars and planets ,hen it ,as not clear. =n summer the 'ardens ,ere cooled ,ith fresh odorous 3reezes s!ilfully ,afted 3y fansA and in ,inter they ,ere heated ,ith concealed firesA so that in those 'ardens it ,as al,ays sprin'. There ran little streams over 3ri'ht pe33lesA dividin' meads of 'reen and 'ardens of many huesA and spanned 3y a multitude of 3rid'es. 8any ,ere the ,aterfalls in their coursesA and many ,ere the hued la!elets into ,hich they e%panded. +ver the streams and la!elets rode ,hite s,ansA ,hilst the music of rare 3irds chimed in ,ith the melody of the ,aters. =n ordered terraces rose the 'reen 3an!sA adorned here and there ,ith 3o,ers of vines and s,eet 3lossomsA and seats and 3enches of mar3le and porphyry. And there ,ere many small shrines and temples ,here one mi'ht rest or pray to small 'ods. Each year there ,as cele3rated in Sarnath the feast of the destroyin' of l3A at ,hich time ,ineA son'A dancin'A and merriment of every !ind a3ounded. 7reat honors ,ere then paid to the shades of those ,ho had annihilated the odd ancient 3ein'sA and the memory of those 3ein's and of their elder 'ods ,as derided 3y dancers and lutanists cro,ned ,ith roses from the 'ardens of @o!!ar. And the !in's ,ould loo! out over the la!e and curse the 3ones of the dead that lay 3eneath it. At first the hi'h1priests li!ed not these festivalsA for there had descended amon'st them Dueer tales of ho, the sea1'reen ei!on had vanishedA and ho, Taran1=sh had died from fear and left a ,arnin'. And they said that from their hi'h to,er they sometimes sa, li'hts 3eneath the ,aters of the la!e. But as many years passed ,ithout calamity even the priests lau'hed and cursed and Coined in the or'ies of the feasters. =ndeedA had they not themselvesA in their hi'h to,erA often performed the very ancient and secret rite in detestation of Bo!ru'A the ,ater1lizardG And a thousand years of riches and deli'ht passed over SarnathA ,onder of the ,orld. 7or'eous 3eyond thou'ht ,as the feast of the thousandth year of the destroyin' of l3. 4or a decade had it 3een tal!ed of in the land of 8narA and as it dre, ni'h there came to Sarnath on horses and camels and elephants men from ThraaA =larne!A and 0adetheronA and all the cities of 8nar and the lands 3eyond. Before the mar3le ,alls on the appointed ni'ht ,ere pitched the pavilions of princes and the tents of travelers. Within his 3anDuet1hall

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reclined ;ar'is12eiA the !in'A drun!en ,ith ancient ,ine from the vaults of conDuered >nothA and surrounded 3y feastin' no3les and hurryin' slaves. There ,ere eaten many stran'e delicacies at that feastB peacoc!s from the distant hills of 5inplanA heels of camels from the Bnazic desertA nuts and spices from Sydathrian 'rovesA and pearls from ,ave1 ,ashed 8tal dissolved in the vine'ar of Thraa. +f sauces there ,ere an untold num3erA prepared 3y the su3tlest coo!s in all 8narA and suited to the palate of every feaster. But most prized of all the viands ,ere the 'reat fishes from the la!eA each of vast sizeA and served upon 'olden platters set ,ith ru3ies and diamonds. Whilst the !in' and his no3les feasted ,ithin the palaceA and vie,ed the cro,nin' dish as it a,aited them on 'olden plattersA others feasted else,here. =n the to,er of the 'reat temple the priests held revelsA and in pavilions ,ithout the ,alls the princes of nei'h3orin' lands made merry. And it ,as the hi'h1priest 7nai10ah ,ho first sa, the shado,s that descended from the 'i33ous moon into the la!eA and the damna3le 'reen mists that arose from the la!e to meet the moon and to shroud in a sinister haze the to,ers and the domes of fated Sarnath. Thereafter those in the to,ers and ,ithout the ,alls 3eheld stran'e li'hts on the ,aterA and sa, that the 'ray roc! A!urionA ,hich ,as ,ont to rear hi'h a3ove it near the shoreA ,as almost su3mer'ed. And fear 're, va'uely yet s,iftlyA so that the princes of =larne! and of far :o!ol too! do,n and folded their tents and pavilions and departedA thou'h they scarce !ne, the reason for their departin'. ThenA close to the hour of midni'htA all the 3ronze 'ates of Sarnath 3urst open and emptied forth a frenzied thron' that 3lac!ened the plainA so that all the visitin' princes and travelers fled a,ay in fri'ht. 4or on the faces of this thron' ,as ,rit a madness 3orn of horror unendura3leA and on their ton'ues ,ere ,ords so terri3le that no hearer paused for proof. 8en ,hose eyes ,ere ,ild ,ith fear shrie!ed aloud of the si'ht ,ithin the !in'<s 3anDuet1hallA ,here throu'h the ,indo,s ,ere seen no lon'er the forms of ;ar'is12ei and his no3les and slavesA 3ut a horde of indescri3a3le 'reen voiceless thin's ,ith 3ul'in' eyesA poutin'A fla33y lipsA and curious earsB thin's ,hich danced horri3lyA 3earin' in their pa,s 'olden platters set ,ith ru3ies and diamonds and containin' uncouth flames. And the princes and travelersA as they fled from the doomed city of Sarnath on horses and camels and elephantsA loo!ed a'ain upon the mist13e'ettin' la!e and sa, the 'ray roc! A!urion ,as Duite su3mer'ed. Throu'h all the land of 8nar and the land adCacent spread the tales of those ,ho had fled from SarnathA and caravans sou'ht that accursed city and its precious metals no more. =t ,as lon' ere any travelers ,ent thitherA and even then only the 3rave and adventurous youn' men of yello, hair and 3lue eyesA ,ho are no !in to the men of 8nar. These men indeed ,ent to the la!e to vie, SarnathB 3ut thou'h they found the vast still la!e itselfA and the 'ray roc! A!urion ,hich rears hi'h a3ove it near the shoreA they 3eheld not the ,onder of the ,orld and pride of all man!ind. Where once had risen ,alls of three hundred cu3its and to,ers yet hi'herA no, stretched only the marshy shoreA and ,here once had d,elt fifty million of men no, cra,led the detesta3le ,ater1lizard. ;ot even the mines of precious metal remained. $++8 had come to Sarnath. But half 3uried in the rushes ,as spied a curious 'reen idolB an e%ceedin'ly ancient idol chiseled in the li!eness of Bo!ru'A the 'reat ,ater1lizard. That idolA enshrined in the hi'h temple at =larne!A ,as su3seDuently ,orshipped 3eneath the 'i33ous moon throu'hout the land of 8nar.

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Three times :andolph Carter dreamed of the marvelous cityA and three times ,as he snatched a,ay ,hile still he paused on the hi'h terrace a3ove it. All 'olden and lovely it 3lazed in the sunsetA ,ith ,allsA templesA colonnades and arched 3rid'es of veined mar3leA silver13asined fountains of prismatic spray in 3road sDuares and perfumed 'ardensA and ,ide streets marchin' 3et,een delicate trees and 3lossom1laden urns and ivory statues in 'leamin' ro,sB ,hile on steep north,ard slopes clim3ed tiers of red roofs and old pea!ed 'a3les har3ourin' little lanes of 'rassy co33les. h ,as a fever of the 'odsA a fanfare of supernal trumpets and a clash of immortal cym3als. 8ystery hun' a3out it as clouds a3out a fa3ulous unvisited mountainB and as Carter stood 3reathless and e%pectant on that 3alustraded parapet there s,ept up to him the poi'nancy and suspense of almost1vanished memoryA the pain of lost thin's and the maddenin' need to place a'ain ,hat once had 3een an a,esome and momentous place. 2e !ne, that for him its meanin' must once have 3een supremeB thou'h in ,hat cycle or incarnation he had !no,n itA or ,hether in dream or in ,a!in'A he could not tell. ?a'uely it called up 'limpses of a far for'otten first youthA ,hen ,onder and pleasure lay in all the mystery of daysA and da,n and dus! ali!e strode forth prophetic to the ea'er sound of lutes and son'A unclosin' fiery 'ates to,ard further and surprisin' marvels. But each ni'ht as he stood on that hi'h mar3le terrace ,ith the curious urns and carven rail and loo!ed off over that hushed sunset city of 3eauty and unearthly immanence he felt the 3onda'e of dream<s tyrannous 'odsB for in no ,ise could he leave that lofty spotA or descend the ,ide marmoreal fi'hts flun' endlessly do,n to ,here those streets of elder ,itchery lay outspread and 3ec!onin'. When for the third time he a,a!ened ,ith those fli'hts still undescended and those hushed sunset streets still untraversedA he prayed lon' and earnestly to the hidden 'ods of dream that 3rood capricious a3ove the clouds on un!no,n 0adathA in the cold ,aste ,here no man treads. But the 'ods made no ans,er and she,ed no relentin'A nor did they 'ive any favourin' si'n ,hen he prayed to them in dreamA and invo!ed them sacrificially throu'h the 3earded priests of ;asht and 0aman1ThahA ,hose cavern1temple ,ith its pillar of flame lies not far from the 'ates of the ,a!in' ,orld. =t seemedA ho,everA that his prayers must have 3een adversely heardA for after even the first of them he ceased ,holly to 3ehold the marvellous cityB as if his three 'limpses from afar had 3een mere accidents or oversi'htsA and a'ainst some hidden plan or ,ish of the 'ods. At len'thA sic! ,ith lon'in' for those 'litterin' sunset streets and cryptical hill lanes amon' ancient tiled roofsA nor a3le sleepin' or ,a!in' to drive them from his mindA Carter resolved to 'o ,ith 3old entreaty ,hither no man had 'one 3eforeA and dare the icy deserts throu'h the dar! to ,here un!no,n 0adathA veiled in cloud and cro,ned ,ith unima'ined starsA holds secret and nocturnal the ony% castle of the 7reat +nes. =n li'ht slum3er he descended the seventy steps to the cavern of flame and tal!ed of this desi'n to the 3earded priests ;asht and 0aman1Thah. And the priests shoo! their pshent1 3earin' heads and vo,ed it ,ould 3e the death of his soul. They pointed out that the 7reat +nes had sho,n already their ,ishA and that it is not a'reea3le to them to 3e harassed 3y insistent pleas. They reminded himA tooA that not only had no man ever 3een to 0adathA 3ut

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no man had ever suspected in ,hat part of space it may lieB ,hether it 3e in the dreamlands around our o,n ,orldA or in those surroundin' some un'uessed companion of 4omalhaut or Alde3aran. =f in our dreamlandA it mi'ht conceiva3ly 3e reachedA 3ut only three human souls since time 3e'an had ever crossed and recrossed the 3lac! impious 'ulfs to other dreamlandsA and of that threeA t,o had come 3ac! Duite mad. There ,ereA in such voya'esA incalcula3le local dan'ersB as ,ell as that shoc!in' final peril ,hich 'i33ers unmentiona3ly outside the ordered universeA ,here no dreams reachB that last amorphous 3li'ht of nethermost confusion ,hich 3lasphemes and 3u33les at the centre of all infinity 1 the 3oundless daemon sultan AzathothA ,hose name no lips dare spea! aloudA and ,ho 'na,s hun'rily in inconceiva3leA unli'hted cham3ers 3eyond time amidst the muffledA maddenin' 3eatin' of vile drums and the thinA monotonous ,hine of accursed flutesB to ,hich detesta3le poundin' and pipin' dance slo,lyA a,!,ardlyA and a3surdly the 'i'antic (ltimate 'odsA the 3lindA voicelessA tene3rousA mindless +ther 'ods ,hose soul and messen'er is the cra,lin' chaos ;yarlathotep. +f these thin's ,as Carter ,arned 3y the priests ;asht and 0aman1Thah in the cavern of flameA 3ut still he resolved to find the 'ods on un!no,n 0adath in the cold ,asteA ,herever that mi'ht 3eA and to ,in from them the si'ht and remem3rance and shelter of the marvellous sunset city. 2e !ne, that his Courney ,ould 3e stran'e and lon'A and that the 7reat +nes ,ould 3e a'ainst itB 3ut 3ein' old in the land of dream he counted on many useful memories and devices to aid him. So as!in' a formal 3lessin' of the priests and thin!in' shre,dly on his courseA he 3oldly descended the seven hundred steps to the 7ate of $eeper Slum3er and set out throu'h the Enchanted Wood. =n the tunnels of that t,isted ,oodA ,hose lo, prodi'ious oa!s t,ine 'ropin' 3ou'hs and shine dim ,ith the phosphorescence of stran'e fun'iA d,ell the furtive and secretive @oo'sB ,ho !no, many o3scure secrets of the dream ,orld and a fe, of the ,a!in' ,orldA since the ,ood at t,o places touches the lands of menA thou'h it ,ould 3e disastrous to say ,here. Certain une%plained rumoursA eventsA and vanishments occur amon' men ,here the @oo's have accessA and it is ,ell that they cannot travel far outside the ,orld of dreams. But over the nearer parts of the dream ,orld they pass freelyA flittin' small and 3ro,n and unseen and 3earin' 3ac! piDuant tales to 3e'uile the hours around their hearths in the forest they love. 8ost of them live in 3urro,sA 3ut some inha3it the trun!s of the 'reat treesB and althou'h they live mostly on fun'i it is muttered that they have also a sli'ht taste for meatA either physical or spiritualA for certainly many dreamers have entered that ,ood ,ho have not come out. CarterA ho,everA had no fearB for he ,as an old dreamer and had learnt their flutterin' lan'ua'e and made many a treaty ,ith themB havin' found throu'h their help the splendid city of Celephais in +oth1;ar'ai 3eyond the Tanarian 2illsA ,here rei'ns half the year the 'reat 0in' 0uranesA a man he had !no,n 3y another name in life. 0uranes ,as the one soul ,ho had 3een to the star1'ulls and returned free from madness. Threadin' no, the lo, phosphorescent aisles 3et,een those 'i'antic trun!sA Carter made flutterin' sounds in the manner of the @oo'sA and listened no, and then for responses. 2e remem3ered one particular villa'e of the creatures ,as in the centre of the ,oodA ,here a circle of 'reat mossy stones in ,hat ,as once a cleanin' tells of older and more terri3le d,ellers lon' for'ottenA and to,ard this spot he hastened. 2e traced his ,ay 3y the 'rotesDue fun'iA ,hich al,ays seem 3etter nourished as one approaches the dread circle ,here elder 3ein's danced and sacrificed. 4inally the 'reat li'ht of those thic!er fun'i revealed a sinister 'reen and 'rey vastness pushin' up throu'h the roof of the forest

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and out of si'ht. This ,as the nearest of the 'reat rin' of stonesA and Carter !ne, he ,as close to the @oo' villa'e. :ene,in' his flutterin' soundA he ,aited patientlyB and ,as at last re,arded 3y an impression of many eyes ,atchin' him. =t ,as the @oo'sA for one sees their ,eird eyes lon' 3efore one can discern their smallA slippery 3ro,n outlines. +ut they s,armedA from hidden 3urro, and honeycom3ed treeA till the ,hole dim1litten re'ion ,as alive ,ith them. Some of the ,ilder ones 3rushed Carter unpleasantlyA and one even nipped loathsomely at his earB 3ut these la,less spirits ,ere soon restrained 3y their elders. The Council of Sa'esA reco'nizin' the visitorA offered a 'ourd of fermented sap from a haunted tree unli!e the othersA ,hich had 'ro,n from a seed dropt do,n 3y someone on the moonB and as Carter dran! it ceremoniously a very stran'e colloDuy 3e'an. The @oo's did notA unfortunatelyA !no, ,here the pea! of 0adath liesA nor could they even say ,hether the cold ,aste is in our dream ,orld or in another. :umours of the 7reat +nes came eDually from all pointsB and one mi'ht only say that they ,ere li!elier to 3e seen on hi'h mountain pea!s than in valleysA since on such pea!s they dance reminiscently ,hen the moon is a3ove and the clouds 3eneath. Then one very ancient @oo' recalled a thin' unheard1of 3y the othersB and said that in (ltharA 3eyond the :iver S!aiA there still lin'ered the last copy of those inconceiva3ly old >na!otic 8anuscripts made 3y ,a!in' men in for'otten 3oreal !in'doms and 3orne into the land of dreams ,hen the hairy canni3al 7noph!ehs overcame many1templed +lathoe and sle, all the heroes of the land of 5omar. Those manuscripts he saidA told much of the 'odsA and 3esidesA in (lthar there ,ere men ,ho had seen the si'ns of the 'odsA and even one old priest ,ho had scaled a 'reat mountain to 3ehold them dancin' 3y moonli'ht. 2e had failedA thou'h his companion had succeeded and perished namelessly. So :andolph Carter than!ed the @oo'sA ,ho fluttered amica3ly and 'ave him another 'ourd of moon1tree ,ine to ta!e ,ith himA and set out throu'h the phosphorescent ,ood for the other sideA ,here the rushin' S!ai flo,s do,n from the slopes of 5erionA and 2athe' and ;ir and (lthar dot the plain. Behind himA furtive and unseenA crept several of the curious @oo'sB for they ,ished to learn ,hat mi'ht 3efall himA and 3ear 3ac! the le'end to their people. The vast oa!s 're, thic!er as he pushed on 3eyond the villa'eA and he loo!ed sharply for a certain spot ,here they ,ould thin some,hatA standin' Duite dead or dyin' amon' the unnaturally dense fun'i and the rottin' mould and mushy lo's of their fallen 3rothers. There he ,ould turn sharply asideA for at that spot a mi'hty sla3 of stone rests on the forest floorB and those ,ho have dared approach it say that it 3ears an iron rin' three feet ,ide. :emem3erin' the archaic circle of 'reat mossy roc!sA and ,hat it ,as possi3ly set up forA the @oo's do not pause near that e%pansive sla3 ,ith its hu'e rin'B for they realise that all ,hich is for'otten need not necessarily 3e deadA and they ,ould not li!e to see the sla3 rise slo,ly and deli3erately. Carter detoured at the proper placeA and heard 3ehind him the fri'htened flutterin' of some of the more timid @oo's. 2e had !no,n they ,ould follo, himA so he ,as not distur3edB for one 'ro,s accustomed to the anomalies of these pryin' creatures. =t ,as t,ili'ht ,hen he came to the ed'e of the ,oodA and the stren'thenin' 'lo, told him it ,as the t,ili'ht of mornin'. +ver fertile plains rollin' do,n to the S!ai he sa, the smo!e of cotta'e chimneysA and on every hand ,ere the hed'es and plou'hed fields and thatched roofs of a peaceful land. +nce he stopped at a farmhouse ,ell for a cup of ,aterA and all the do's 3ar!ed affri'htedly at the inconspicuous @oo's that crept throu'h the 'rass 3ehind. At another houseA ,here people ,ere stirrin'A he as!ed Duestions a3out the 'odsA

ould 3e much 3etter to let all 'ods alone e%cept in tactful prayers.irA .holly despair. =n that case Earth<s 'ods could not 'uide him if they .hose central piece the masons had sealed a livin' human sacrifice .here.ith its old pea!ed roofs and overhan'in' upper stories and num3erless chimney1pots and narro. +nce on the other sideA the freDuent presence of cats J.ould 3e much .ile .'rane!A on .ithin that venera3le circular to.n itselfA .n pea! of 2athe'1 0ia.as somethin' the 7reat +nes .as luc!y that no man !ne.hen Barzai the Wise tried to see Earth<s 'ods dancin' 3y moonli'ht.P.n a'ain alive.henever the 'raceful cats afford space enou'h.ould only ma!e the Elder Si'n and tell him the .hat dispersed 3y the half1seen @oo'sA pic!ed his . ?ery pleasant .al!ed throu'h the one 3road hi'h street of .ic!ed thin'A offerin' his 'uileless host so many drau'hts of the moon1.n dreamland and havin' no po.ay to .ho all arched their 3ac!s at the trailin' @oo'sK revealed the near nei'h3orhood of (ltharB for in (ltharA accordin' to an ancient and si'nificant la.as fully three centuries oldB 3ut still very !een of mind and memory.ere said to 3eB and once .ns (lthar<s hi'hest hill 1 he sou'ht out the patriarch AtalA .ould 3e very 'rave.A no man may !ill a cat.ay directly to the modest Temple of the Elder +nes . Atal<s companion Banni the Wise had 3een dra.ine .aste.ersA for the fruits of ascendin' it .ho had 3een up the for3idden pea! 2athe'10ia in the stony desert and had come do. CarterA the cats 3ein' some.ished to hide from him. hill streets . At noon he . >ro3a3lyA Atal saidA the place 3elon'ed to his especial dream .hen they 3uilt it thirteen1hundred years 3efore. .H.er of ivied stone 1 .orld<s history the +ther 7ods set their seal upon Earth<s primal 'raniteB once in antediluvian timesA as 'uessed from a dra.n 0adathA if ever foundA matters . But this . With un!no.ed pretty clearly that it . 4rom him Carter learned many thin's a3out the 'odsA 3ut mainly that they are indeed only Earth<s 'odsA rulin' fee3ly our o. Then Carter did a .ithout the 'ods< aidB 3ut Atal could tell him nothin'.here the priests and old records . They mi'htA Atal saidA heed a man<s prayer if in 'ood humourB 3ut one must not thin! of clim3in' to their ony% stron'hold atop 0adath in the cold . =t .ise mortalA they are protected 3y the +ther 7ods from +utsideA .er or ha3itation else.n screamin' into the s!y for clim3in' merely the !no.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.ould.as the Duaint to.here one can see old co33les .ith their little 'reen cotta'es and neatly fenced farmsB and still pleasanter .here 0adath to. At least t.hom it is 3etter not to discuss.as not li!elyA since the stoppin' of the dreams she.n 0adath "") and . AtalA seated on an ivory dais in a festooned shrine at the top of the templeA . CarterA thou'h disappointed 3y Atal<s discoura'in' advice and 3y the mea're help to 3e found in the >na!otic 8anuscripts and the Seven Cryptical Boo!s of 2sanA did not .hich the @oo's had 'iven him that the old man 3ecame irresponsi3ly tal!ative.hich he had once visited and .ice in the .hich mar!ed his farthest former travels in this directionB and soon after.ir and (lthar.orld and not to the 'eneral land of vision that many !no. :o33ed of his reserveA poor Atal 3a33led freely of for3idden thin'sB tellin' of a 'reat ima'e reported 3y travellers as carved on the solid roc! of the mountain .ard he came to the 'reat stone 3rid'e across the S!aiA into .in' in those parts of the >na!otic 8anuscripts too ancient to 3e readA and once on 2athe'10ia . 4irst he Duestioned the old priest a3out that marvellous sunset city seen from the railed terraceA thin!in' that perhaps he mi'ht find it .B and conceiva3ly it mi'ht 3e on another planet.hich cro.orseB for althou'h Earth<s 'ods may sometimes 3e surpassed 3y a .ere the su3ur3s of (ltharA . SoA Atal saidA it .hether they danced often upon 5erionB 3ut the farmer and his .

ise that the features of that ima'e are very stran'eA so that one mi'ht easily reco'nize themA and that they are sure si'ns of the authentic race of the 'ods. And moreA one mi'ht in certain cases seize some .P.hose ro.hich the 'ods held secret.o.ittin'lyB a thin' .hatever stony . And he hiccou'hed li!e.er parts of the temple .ondered .hich Carter realized even as he sou'ht to scale 0adath. .H.n amon' men that none can 3e found .ers are never 3eheldB and it is not thou'ht .ith a comely peasant maiden as his 3ride.ith unusual 'ustoA and recalled the spittin' and cater. By the time he had 'iven this information Atal . As he turned to 'oA he o3served that no suppressed flutterin' follo.herein stands 0adath.hile a3sor3ed in the old priest<s conversation.syA and Carter laid him 'ently on a couch of inlaid e3ony and 'athered his lon' 3eard decorously on his chest.hen they danced 3y moonli'ht on that mountain.heeled carts. Where they are plainest and thic!estA there must the 'ods d. 2e recalledA tooA the evilly hun'ry .aste lies 3ac! of the villa'es in that place must 3e that .ith their 3lood mi'ht inherit little memories very useful to a see!er. the sin'in' S!ai under its 3rid'es do.aulin' he had faintly heardA in lo.n 0adath "&* the isle of +ria3 in the Southern SeaA and hintin' that it may 3e a li!eness .n even in the dreamland that common fol! .ers cannot 3e e%hi3ited.n places .sA and .ould have Dueer lofty thou'hts misunderstood 3y their fello.ay in .herein stands 0adath the peasants must all 3ear their 3lood.ay to find that .aste must 3e to see the stone face on .o1. to find .hy the @oo's had 3ecome so la% in their curious pursuit. 8uch of the 7reat +nes mi'ht 3e learnt in such re'ionsA and those .ed himA and . They mi'ht not !no. And 3ecause he loved nothin' on earth more than small 3lac! !ittensA he stooped and petted the slee! cats of (lthar as they lic!ed their chopsA and did not mourn 3ecause those inDuisitive @oo's . This 3ein' soA the . ho. There is a 'reat city thereA $ylath1 5eenA 3ut in (lthar its reputation is 3ad 3ecause of the 3lac! three13an!ed 'alleys that sail to it .n features in the days .'rane! and mar! the featuresB thenA havin' noted them . their parenta'eA for the 'ods so disli!e to 3e !no.here no 3ur'ess of (lthar has ever 3eenA 3ut . But they .ell nearestB and .as very dro.ellers are humanA or nearly soA 3ut the ro.ith 3lac! ships from un!no.everA did not !no.ell1loved child of a 'od as hosta'eB or even capture some youn' 'od himselfA dis'uised and d. .n that in dis'uise the youn'er amon' the 7reat +nes often espouse the dau'hters of menA so that around the 3orders of the cold . AtalA ho.rou'ht of their o. The traders that come from those 'alleys to deal .ith ru3ies from no clearly named shore.ould call them foolsB and from all this one could perhaps learn old secrets of 0adathA or 'ain hints of the marvellous sunset city .ith lon' caravans of mules and t.ould sin' of far places and 'ardens so unli!e any !no.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. Then he noticed all the slee! complacent cats of (lthar lic!in' their chops .ellin' amon'st men .aste .ith the Ce.ould escort him no farther.ho has seen their faces .hich Earth<s 'ods once .hich an especially impudent youn' @oo' had re'arded a small 3lac! !itten in the co33led street outside. the use of all this in findin' the 'ods 3ecame at once apparent to Carter.hence the merchants come in 3oats or .n to the Southern SeaB .holesome in (lthar that merchants should trade . =t is !no.'rane! on its isle of +ria3B and recommended that Carter follo.ith careA to search for such features amon' livin' men.

li'hts floated up one 3y one from old lattice .s across the S!ai.ere an'ered .hisper of the 3lac! 'alleys. the temple to.as sunset no. And as he .ere too . +ne of them .ho came from it to trade .ere the shortest and Dueerest ever seen in the Si% 0in'doms.eetness even in the voices of (lthar<s many catsA 3ut that they . Those three 3an!s of oars moved too 3ris!ly and accurately and vi'orously to 3e comforta3leA and it .in!ed softly a3ove the meado.o points a3ove their foreheads .hen he lay do.hile the merchants tradedA yet to 'ive no 'limpse of its cre.as in especially 3ad taste.. But fe.hich is 3uilt mostly of 3asalt.P.n is thron'ed .ers.ere mostly heavy and silent from stran'e feastin'. and ma'ical in the slanted li'htA he s.hich are said to 3e not on earth.n shoreA and the to. had seen the stone face of the 'odA 3ecause it is on a very difficult side of .hither the cats leap from tall housetopsA 3ut one small 3lac! !itten crept upstairs and spran' in Carter<s lap to purr and playA and curled up near his feet .ere stuffed .hile snatches of 3oatmen<s son's came from the placid river.ent out on the 3alcony of his room and 'azed do.ers of $ylath15eenA . Ships came from Baharna on that islandA one 3ein' due to return thither in only a monthA and .n 0adath "&1 =t . That .ith fra'rantA dro.as hard to 'et this information from the traders and sailors in $ylath15een<s sea tavernsA 3ecause they mostly preferred to .as the matter of the unseen ro.er a3oveA and the first star .ell in al. Carter Duestioned the oddly ro3ed men of that city a3out the pea! of .indmills. But .ers loo!s in the distance li!e a 3it of the 7iant<s Cause.as not fair to the tavern1!eepers of $ylath15eenA or to the 'rocers and 3utchersA eitherB for not a scrap of provisions .n. With the ni'ht came son'A and Carter nodded as the lutanists praised ancient days from 3eyond the fili'reed 3alconies and tesselated courts of simple (lthar.n at the sea of red tiled roofs and co33led . of it .ith the stran'e seamen of every land on earth and of a fe.n perils. There are many dismal sea1taverns near the myriad .hich are !no.o days< ze3ra1ride from that port. The country . +n the seventh day a 3lur of smo!e rose on the horizon aheadA and then the tall 3lac! to.ee!s .er to. The merchants too! only 'old and stout 3lac! slaves from >ar' across the river.as ever sent a3oard.as not ri'ht for a ship to stay in port for .ere humped up in t.ard un!no.ore that (lthar .'rane!A .A so Carter stopped at an ancient inn on a steep little street overloo!in' the lo. The mouths of the men . $ylath15een .s . Some of them stole off to those cryptical realms .'rane! is 3ut t.ool of (lthar and the ca33a'es of (lthar<s 3usy farms.ith men on that sideA and spo!e of the matter to the +ther 7ods.aysA .ayA and its streets are dar! and uninvitin'. And there mi'ht have 3een s.eet 3ells pealed in.s.hich villa'ers say are on the moon<s dar! sideA .ideA and the .orst of all .ith the spun .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. +nce the 'ods .n only to cats and . =t . =t .'rane! on the isle of +ria3A and found that they !ne.hich overloo!s only sheer cra's and a valley of sinister lava.ere not the memory of a 'reater sunset city ever 'oadin' one on.sy her3s.ays and the pleasant fields 3eyondA all mello. And s.ay their tur3ans .harvesA and all the to.ili'ht fellA and the pin! .nsfol! dreaded to see it doc!. =n the mornin' Carter Coined a caravan of merchants 3ound for $ylath15een .H.as very 3eautifulA .ith tin!lin' 3ells on the smooth road 3eside the S!aiB stoppin' some ni'hts at the inns of little Duaint fishin' to.ith 'reen hed'es and 'roves and picturesDue pea!ed cotta'es and octa'onal .ould 3e a very li!ely place to d.ell. And for si% days they rode .ith its thin an'ular to.ee! . Then t.indo.as due in a .alls of the plastered 'a3les turned violet and mysticA and little yello.ard to.as all they ever too!A those unpleasantly featured merchants . And their shoes .hose pillo.ith ru3ies from its un!no.nsA and on other ni'hts campin' under the stars . .n at last on the little couch .

hich .aste .ith humped tur3ans and short feet clumped steathily ashore to see! the 3azaars of the Ce.as that dar! odious face convulsed . 2e offered his .eatin' into that sin'ular 'alleyA and .hile the dar! . All the . And the odours from those 'alleys .led'e too secret for pu3lic tellin'B and althou'h the sound of his voice . 8ean. forth a curious 3ottle .nA and Carter sa.n.as no use Duestionin' him.hile the 'uest had 3een smilin' more and more 3roadlyA and as Carter slipped into 3lan!ness the last thin' he sa.ersB never anythin' from the 3utchers and 'rocersA 3ut only 'old and the fat 3lac! men of >ar' .hose evil fires are seen at ni'ht from afar. them drive the stout 3lac! men of >ar' up the 'an'plan! 'runtin' and s.aste .ell in the cold .ould never have tolerated the 3lac! 'alleys had such ru3ies 3een o3taina3le else.hilst Carter . terraces in the sunset.hich mi'ht 3ear him to the isle .ears a yello.hat lands 1 or if in any lands at all 1 those fat pathetic creatures mi'ht 3e destined to serve.ide1mouthed merchants .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.ers lofty and 3arren.aited patiently for the ship from BaharnaA .nin' on the dec! of a shipA .o frontal puffs of that oran'e tur3an had 3ecome disarran'ed . Carter ne%t had consciousness amidst horri3le odours 3eneath a tent1li!e a.ine to his hostA and thou'h Carter too! only the least sipA he felt the dizziness of space and the fever of unima'ined Cun'les. out the last of the @oo's< moon1.aterfrontA and after a .aste or a marvellous city of mar3le .ind 3le. +f these thin'sA ho.ith evil lau'hter and somethin' Duite unspea!a3le .alls and silver fountains seen 3elo.hile he did not fall to see! throu'h the haunts of far travellers for any tales they mi'ht have concernin' 0adath in the cold .as spo!en of.ith such 3ein's as may conceiva3ly d. that the 3ottle . +nly 3y constantly smo!in' stron' tha'.ells all alone in a prehistoric stone monastery.hich the south .H.iftness.ine of his o. 2e .ine to loosen his ton'ue. (neasiness rustled throu'h the taverns alon' that .n to produce their li!e.as not chainedA 3ut three of the dar! sardonic merchants stood 'rinnin' .eed could even the hardiest denizen of the old sea1taverns 3ear them.ith that 2i'h1>riest .ith the sha!in's of that epileptic mirth. 2e . Then the 3lac! 'alley slipped into the har3our past the 3asalt .hereon carven .'rane! to. And on the third evenin' of that 'alley<s stay one of the uncomforta3le merchants spo!e to himA smir!in' sinfully and hintin' of .ind drove into the to. in from the .ith the horri3le stone villa'es on the icy desert plateau of 5en'A .ith the marvellous coasts of the Southern Sea flyin' 3y in unnatural s.hom they 3ou'ht 3y the pound. That such a person mi'ht . $ylath15een .ith a stran'e stench that the south . Then he sa.ith .ale and the tall li'hthouseA silent and alienA and .as reputed to trade . 2e appeared to have !no.as !no.hat he had heard in the taverns of Carter<s Duest. +f these thin's $ylath15een<s cosmopolitan fol! chiefly 'ossiped .ell have had ni33lin' traffic! . sil!en mas! over its face and d. Then he dre.ot To Be $escri3edA .ed ru3yA 'rotesDuely carved in patterns too fa3ulous to 3e comprehended. 2e 3ade him therefore 3e his 'uest in loc!ed cham3ers a3oveA and dre.as not to 3e dou3tedA 3ut Carter soon found that it .harves are not to 3e descri3ed.here one of the t.ellers. Carter o3served them closelyA and disli!ed them more the lon'er he loo!ed at them.as a sin'le hollo.as even rumoured to have dealt .P. The stran'e merchant dran! heavilyA 3ut smir!ed unchan'ed 3y the drau'ht.ondered in . .hen the cold .everA he learned nothin'B thou'h he once thou'ht that a certain old slant1 eyed merchant loo!ed Dueerly intelli'ent .hereA 3ut no mine in all Barth<s dreamland . This man .hich no healthy fol! visit and .n 0adath "&" and their unseen ro.as un3eara3ly hatefulA Carter felt that the lore of so far a traveller must not 3e overloo!ed.

ay and deliver him to .A ho. And a'ain he thou'ht of those unseen ro.ers 3elo. And 3efore the day .everA that no 3ein's as nearly human as these .ould meet the cra.here the eidolon 5athi rei'nsB the charnel 'ardens of @uraA land of pleasures unattainedA and the t.P.ever 3efore had he !no.ide lips and 'lared hun'rily and one of them .ould 'ive no .ard other .ard.as on him.ho .as derived.ise dreamers . un.ent 3elo.hich . . At the set of sun the merchants lic!ed their e%cessively .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. >ast all these 'or'eous lands the malodourous ship fle.ers 3eneathA and of the suspicious nourishment from .hen they 'ave Carter a portionA he found somethin' very terri3le in the size and shape of itB so that he turned even paler than 3efore and cast that portion into the sea .hether .ith those . What mi'ht 3e the land of those merchants in our !no. 2e sa.hen the 'alley passed 3et.as done Carter sa.ill of those 3lind and mindless thin's in return for the favour of their hideous soul and messen'erA the cra.ith a pot and 3as!et of plates.yarlathotep.hat shapeless 3lac! thin's lur! and caper .ell !ne.holly human or sli'htly less than humanA are ea'er to .holesomelyA ur'ed 3y the a3normal stro!es of those unseen ro..yarlathotep for .holly to a3ysmal nothin'ness and shoot throu'h the empty spaces to. Then they sDuatted close to'ether 3eneath the a. 2e !ne.in headlands of crystalA meetin' a3ove in a resplendent archA .i%t the Basalt >illars of the West and the sound of the ultimate cataract s.nin' and ate the smo!in' meat that . But .n universe or in the eldritch spaces outsideA Carter could not 'uessB nor could he ima'ine at .hich 'uard the har3our of Sona1. and returned from some hidden and offensive ca3in .hat hellish trystin'1place they .ful voids outside the ordered universe . And the spray of that cataract rose to o3scure the starsA and the dec! 're.hich their far too mechanical stren'th .ith a Dueer .ith their soul and messen'er .1dreamer of earth 1 a li'hthouse1!eeper in ancient 0in'sport 1 had often discoursed in the old daysA and reco'nized the templed terraces of @a!A a3ode of for'otten dreamsB the spires of infamous ThalarionA that daemon1city of a thousand . that they must 3e lea'ued . =t is understood in the land of dream that the +ther 7ods have many a'ents movin' amon' menB and all these a'entsA .yarlathotep.ord of their intentA thou'h Carter .ay and the 'reat 3oat shot silent and comet1li!e into planetary space.onders .lin' chaos .herein the oceans of earth<s dreamland drop .s hun'rily in chaos amid poundin' and pipin' and the hellish dancin' of the +ther 7odsA 3lindA voicelessA tene3rousA and mindlessA .as ta!enA and Carter felt the terrors of ni'htmare as earth fell a.orlds and other stars and the a. dampA and the vessel reeled in the sur'in' current of the 3rin!. So Carter inferred that the merchants of the humped tur3ansA hearin' of his darin' search for the 7reat +nes in their castle of 0adathA had decided to ta!e him a.H.ell !no.ould dare approach the ultimate ni'hted throne of the daemon Azathoth in the formless central void.as dar! .elled portentous from ahead. slip past him the 'lorious lands and cities of .as passed around.n 0adath "&& near3yA and the si'ht of those humps in their tur3ans made him almost as faint as did the stench that filtered up throu'h the sinister hatches. 8ean.n .hen no eye .hatever nameless 3ounty mi'ht 3e offered for such a prize.here the daemon sultan Azathoth 'na.hich simple fol! say splendid Cathuria liesA 3ut .histle and plun'e the leap . =t .hich a fello.hile the three sardonic merchants .or! the .lin' chaos to 'ive him up and claim their re.ished to hold him from his Duest.ylA 3lessed land of fancy. that the steersman could have no other 'oal than the Basalt >illars of the WestA 3eyond . are the 'ates of a monstrous cataract . Then .

ithout mindA and possessed of sin'ular hun'ers and thirsts.n even thou'h the sun shone scorchin'ly in it. 4or they . nearerA and the hideous stench of that city 're. They no.ers of a city.as very distur3in' to the prisonerB and he 3itterly mourned the folly . The dead temples on the mountains .ith the humped tur3an.hen some movin' o3Cect e%cites their curiosity.ide mouths li!e those merchants .as a crescent shinin' lar'er and lar'er as they approached itA and she.ith . But that offensive 'alley did not aim as far as Carter had fearedA for he soon sa.P.A 3roadA round cotta'es in fields of 'rotesDue .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.ith slimy pa.aves received it .hich no fully human personA save perhaps the dreamer Snireth10oA has ever 3eheld. Carter could no. and then one .ho traded in $ylath15eenB only these herdsA 3ein' .hat the structure and proportions of the olden .hose principal shape 1 thou'h it often chan'ed 1 .ere . that the helmsman .hich indeed . The 'alley struc! the surface . the thic! unpleasant 'rey to.hite slippery thin's .as very perple%in' to Carter.indo.ere not men at allA or even appro%imately menA 3ut 'reat 'reyish1. Then he 'limpsed the oily .ithout tur3ans or shoes or clothin'A did not seem so very human after . The ship made for the ed'eA and it soon 3ecame clear that its destination .hose sap the small 3ro.hich did not invite solution.ere appro%imate human 3ein's .ith preternatural stren'thA and no.sA and thou'ht that their shape su''ested the huts of EsDuimau%.as 3lac! and star1 stre.addlin' 3usily a3out the . stron'erA he sa.harves aheadA and the 3etter he sa. many lo.ine. slid alon' at 'reat speedA once passin' and hailin' another 'alley of !indred formA 3ut 'enerally seein' nothin' 3ut that curious sea and a s!y that .hich had made him sip the curious .n @oo's ferment their curious .hitish fun'i. The .ater 1 or at least throu'h some liDuid.hose trees he reco'nized as a!in to that solitary moon1tree in the enchanted .hich is al.hich they .n 0adath "&# and flounder all throu'h the aetherA leerin' and 'rinnin' at such voya'ers as may passA and sometimes feelin' a3out . The close aspect of the moon as the 'alley dre.ay the .s. There presently rose ahead the Ca''ed hills of a leprous1loo!in' coastA and Carter sa. distin'uish movin' fi'ures on the noisome . And no.as steerin' a course directly for the moon.ithout any eyesA 3ut .as that of a sort of toad . The moon .ay they leaned and 3entA the manner in .ays turned a. As the coast dre.ay from earthA and .indo. that the voya'e .ith a curious vi3ratin' mass of short pin! tentacles on the end of its 3luntA va'ue snout.harvesA movin' 3ales and crates and 3o%es .H.s at allA .orse he 3e'an to fear and detest them.ere so placed that they could have 'lorified no suita3le or .as that secret and mysterious side .holesome 'odsA and in the symmetries of the 3ro!en columns there seemed to 3e some dar! and inner meanin' . near proved very distur3in' to CarterA and he did not li!e the size and shape of the ruins . them the . These are the nameless larvae of the +ther 7odsA and li!e them are 3lind and . 2e noticed that these cotta'es had no .ood of earthA from .ith a peculiar soundA and the odd elastic . These o3Cects . And .ine of that merchant . When the ship rounded the ed'eA and sailed over those lands unseen 3y manA there appeared in the Dueer landscape certain si'ns of lifeA and Carter sa. upon the Ca''ed hills many forestsA some of .s .ould appear drivin' a herd of clumpin' slavesA .in' its sin'ular craters and pea!s uncomforta3ly.ith lon' oars in their forepa.hich crum3led here and there.as once more to 3e 3y .ere clusteredA and the fact that they had no .orshippers could have 3eenA Carter steadily refused to conCecture. and then hoppin' on or off some anchored 'alley .aves of a slu''ish seaA and !ne.hich could e%pand and contract at .illA and .

or!ers pushed into the lo. 4inallyA after an un'uessed span of hours or daysA the 'reat stone door s.hen Carter .as loc!ed into a cham3er and left alone he scarcely had stren'th to cra. At len'th he .ould 3e driven a3oard a 'alleyA follo.as dra''ed .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.ould pinch e%perimentally 1 .o.ithin a lo. That on some fri'htful slope or 3lasphemous plateau the cra. and then a small herd of slaves dressed and tur3aned li!e the dar! merchants .as intolera3leA and . .hinin' of those impious flutes .yarlathotep. of the slippery toad1thin's as officersA navi'atorsA and ro.as held for the comin' of that fri'htful soul and messen'er of infinity<s +ther 7odsA the cra.arehouses or loaded on 'reat lum3erin' vans. But most of themA unless lean or ill1favouredA . And Carter sa.ould have 'iven .un' .B 3ut he felt that he . Some of the slaves 1 the fatter onesA .hich dre.P.n off in lum3erin' lorries 3y fa3ulous thin's. The smell and aspect of that city are 3eyond tellin'A and Carter held only scattered ima'es of the tiled streets and 3lac! door. To that hellish pipin' the column advanced out of the tiled streets and into ni'hted plains of o3scene fun'iA soon commencin' to clim3 one of the lo.ere unloaded from ships and nailed in crates .ondered if any of the poor stout 3lac! men of >ar' . The .as shoc!in'A and he . When the 'alley landed at a 'reasy1loo!in' Duay of spon'y roc! a ni'htmare horde of toad1thin's .ed 3y a 'reat cre.enty feet across.ere left to 3e unloaded and crated and shipped inland in those o3no%ious drays.ay and made to clim3 infinite steps in pitch 3lac!ness.asA apparentlyA all one to the toad1thin's . Certain of the toad1thin's produced dis'ustin'ly carven flutes of ivory and made loathsome sounds.s. +nce a van .hen dressed and carefully shod and tur3anedA and could ha''le in the shops of men . it .ished that the suspense mi'ht soon 3e over. that the almost1human creatures .n .ithout em3arrassment or curious e%planations. Carter . .hether it . What his fate .ith men on the earth or other planets .ould not touch it. These creatures must have 3een convenient on earthA for they .lin' chaos . And he .ould 3eA he did not !no.o of them seized Carter and dra''ed him ashore.here they traded. =t .ere reserved for the more i'nominious !inds of servitude . =t . The odour of the place . At intervals food .alls . .ere unclothed and pac!ed in crates and dra.i''led out of the hatchesA and t.as placed in the middle of the lineB five toad1thin's ahead and five 3ehindA and one almost1human torch13earer on either side of him. door.as formedB ten of the toad1thin's and t.hich reDuired no stren'thA such as steerin' and coo!in'A fetchin' and carryin'A and 3ar'ainin' .as such that Carter 'aspedA even after havin' seen the other monstrosities of that hateful place.ere truly not unli!e men . 4rom then on time ceased to e%ist.hom a sort of overseer .ide a'ainA and Carter .l around and ascertain its form and dimensions.ays and endless precipices of 'rey vertical .H.indo.ithout .aitedA Carter could not dou3tB and he . =n a detesta3le sDuare a sort of procession .as shoved do.as circularA and a3out t. =t .ere li'ht or dar!.er and more 'radual hills that lay 3ehind the city.ere stationed slaves 3earin' torches.ers.as ni'ht on the moonA and all throu'h the to.as hitched and driven offA and theA fa3ulous thin' . +ccasionally other 3ein's .enty1four almost human torch13earersA eleven on either sideA and one each 3efore and 3ehind.lin' chaos .n the stairs and out into the red1litten streets of that fearsome city.hich .n 0adath "& all.ere unloaded and cratedB some very li!e these semi1humansA some not so similarA and some not similar at all.orlds for some even half1 normal soundB 3ut these toad1thin's had no voicesA and the slaves did not tal!.as pushed inA 3ut Carter .

ith floods of . he had .here cats con're'ate. At last a.o or three leaders out of the ran!s .ith the o3scene fun'i. =t . The 'randfather of that very little !itten . Carter had seized a torch from a stric!en slaveA 3ut .e and e%haustion closed his eyesA and . But that he need not have doneA for even as his lips opened he heard the chorus .hiteB yello.hen he passed throu'hA and the slee! old cats had remem3ered ho. Blac!A 'reyA and .elcomed the very little !itten . assem3ledA for he had seen the evil procession from a far . at last that the old villa'e fol! .s .ith the frenzied cla.ild plateau and ra''ed crest there sDuatted one endless sea of cats in orderly array.indo. Carter no.n and often spo!en of in the places . Circle on circle they reachedA and t.n to :andolph CarterA and in this far terri3le place he uttered the cry that .hich the elders amon' cats repair 3y stealth nocturnallyA sprin'in' from hi'h housetops.o. 'uesses a3out the cryptical realms .ell !no.as suita3le.ellin' pandaemoniac chorus.s of home.hen they made lo. nearerA and sa.n 0adath "&- Then throu'h that star1spec!ed dar!ness there did come a normal sound.ho loo!ed evilly at a small 3lac! !itten. The 'reat shinin' disc of the earthA thirteen times 'reater than that of the moon as .as upon a stran'e scene.as soon over3orne 3y the sur'in' .e see itA had risen .P.ith the leaders in the soft lan'ua'e of catsA and learned that his ancient friendship . $yin' almost1humans screamedA and cats spit and yo. one 3one a little .led and roaredA 3ut the toad1thin's made never a sound as their stin!in' 'reen ichor oozed fatally upon that porous earth .hen he opened them a'ain it .n only to catsA and to . They .s and teeth of a divine 3attle1fury.s of his friends as they rushed to and fro over him in the fray.hich made their 'oddess 'reat in the temples of Bu3astis.as .arriors. he patted them after they had attended to the hun'ry @oo's . Then he lay in the utter 3lac!ness hearin' the clan'our of .ere tidally and tempestuously upon it.s .ere ri'ht .A ti'erA and mi%edB commonA >ersianA and 8ari%B Thi3etanA An'oraA and E'yptianB all .ould leap seven stron' at the throat of an almost1human or the pin! tentacled snout of a toad1thin' and dra' it do. ?erilyA it is to the moon<s dar! side that they 'o to leap and 'am3ol on the hills and converse .ho came to see him at the innA and ho.hile the torches lastedA and Carter had never 3efore seen so many cats.aves of his loyal defenders. much of the speech of cats .as the midni'ht yell of the catA and Carter !ne.as a stupendous si'ht .arm hearths and little li'hted .ar and the shouts of the victorsA and feelin' the soft pa.een him and the .as !no.here myriads of their fello. =t .ith ancient shado.a% and dra.ould sur'e over it and into it .n sava'ely to the fun'ous plainA . +f the dead slaves and toad1thin's there .ay off in the open space 3et.ere lic!in' his face and purrin' to him consolin'ly. And they recalledA tooA ho. The call of the clan had 3een 'ivenA and 3efore the foul procession had time even to 3e fri'htened a cloud of smotherin' fur and a phalan% of murderous cla.ere not many si'nsA 3ut Carter thou'ht he sa.s a'ainst the stars as small 'raceful shapes leaped from hill to hill in 'atherin' le'ions.ith the species .as the leader of the army no. .ere shrie!s in the ni'ht. The flutes stoppedA and there .eird li'ht over the lunar landscapeB and across all those lea'ues of . =t rolled from the hi'her hillsA and from all the Ca''ed pea!s around it .ift shado.sA and here amidst that column of foetid thin's Carter heard their homelyA friendly cryA and thou'ht of the steep roofs and . 2e had not 3een unmar!ed in (lthar .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.as cau'ht up and echoed in a s. spo!e . he had 'iven it a saucer of rich cream in the mornin' 3efore he left.H.ere there in the fury of 3attleA and there hovered over them some trace of that profound and inviolate sanctity .hich are !no. s.

The old leader from (lthar .ith their friend pac!ed securely in their midstB .yarlathotep. to sprin' .ee! of . And durin' his .ait for the ship 3ound to.hen the rest spran' and land 'racefully .ool of (lthar and the iridescent te%tiles of 2athe' and the ivory that the 3lac! men carve across the river in >ar'.ee! had elapsed since his capture and leavin'.hence the 3lac! 'alley had set outB for he .ere the Ce.ard +ria3A and durin' that time he said . he said he .din' protectin'ly around Carter and preparin' to ta!e the 'reat leap throu'h space 3ac! to the housetops of our earth and its dreamland.holesome menA .ould have 3een a some. =n a3out a .ide1mouthed merchants.as still nearly a fortni'ht to .ith the evil toad1thin'sA and are notoriously hostile to our earthly catsB so that at this Cuncture a meetin' .as told that the voya'e .lin' chaos .ith that captain of .hat 'rave matter.'rane! is very difficult and 3arren and sinisterA and there are rumours of caves near the pea! .hat he could a'ainst the 3lac! 'alleys and their infamous . livin' had 3eheld that carven faceA for the .P.hat had happened he .n 0adath "&7 hill and reco'nized the prisoner as a s.ere paid in the . After a 3rief consultation of 'eneralsA the cats rose and assumed a closer formationA cro. =t . 4or this they .'rane!<s ancient lava.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.hich Earth<s cats fearB the very lar'e and peculiar cats from SaturnA . 8ost of the to.nsfol! 3elieved himB yet so fond .ho for some reason have not 3een o3livious of the charm of our moon<s dar! side. Carter made arran'ements .as not even sure that any person no.ith the captain to 'o to Baharna and .as very s.atch the one foe .aited the cra.ee! the desiderate ship put in 3y the 3lac! .'rane!A and also to .ould ta!e ten days.as 3ac! in his familiar room at the inn at $ylath15eenA and the stealthyA friendly cats .arn the people of the city to have no more traffic! .orn friend of his !ind on earth and in the land of dream.as the fra'rant resin of +ria3<s inner 'rovesA and the delicate pottery 3a!ed 3y the artists of BahamaA and the stran'e little fi'ures carved from .ould . The leap of the cats throu'h space . Before he fully realised . There .ith the .'rane!A and .as a 3arDue of .as the last to leaveA and as Carter shoo! his pa..ere pourin' out of the . The old field1marshal advised Carter to let himself 3e 3orne alon' smoothly and passively in the massed ran!s of furry leapersA and told him ho.ed summit of the moon1mountains still vainly . =f au'ht of evil ever 3efalls $ylath15een throu'h such traffic!A it .as 'lad to see that she . A yo. came from the farther pea!A and the old leader paused a3ruptly in his conversation. The captain .ould 3e a3le to 'et home 3y coc!cro.ays.as one of the army<s outpostsA stationed on the hi'hest of the mountains to . lateen sails and a 'rey captain in sil!en ro3es.nstairs and learned that a . 2e also offered to deposit him in any spot he desiredA and Carter decided on the city of $ylath15een .holly promise to cease traffic!in' .hen the rest landed.iftB and 3ein' surrounded 3y his companions Carter did not see this time the 'reat 3lac! shapelessnesses that lur! and caper and flounder in the a3yss.l no.ent do. When da.ale and tall li'hthouseA and Carter . ThenA upon a si'nalA the cats all leaped 'racefully .ith 3lac! 'alleysA if indeed that traffic! could 3e tactfully and Cudiciously 3ro!en off. had seen the carven face thereonB 3ut that most travellers are content to learn its le'ends from old people and lava1 'atherers and ima'e1ma!ers in Baharna and after.hile in a 3lac! cave on an unhallo.ell the ni'ht1'aunts.ith painted sides and yello. They are lea'ued 3y treaty . in streams.ard say in their far homes that they have indeed 3eheld it.ill not 3e his fault.ron' side of . But the captain .as told that very fe.ished to sail thence for +ria3 and the carven crest .indo.H.n cameA Carter . 2er car'o .ellers of 'reat ru3ies that none .aitin' he tal!ed much .herein d.

ith a to.as a sailor in the sil! ro3es of +ria3A head do.ater. and covered four sides of a sDuareA . +n the fifth day the sailors .indo.ith .as dar! and lo.hen Duite close to itA 3ut never seen a'ain. The ne%t day they spo!e .athA on . But on the third day they turned sharply south .ho thin! too often of them.ater .harves and 3eaches .ithout any eyesA he . Then the su3ur3s appearedA and finally a 'reat lone 3uildin' on a hillA of simpler architecture than the other structuresA and in much 3etter repair. Then Carter as!ed that captain a3out un!no.here nets lay dryin'. There is a 'reat canal .ard and .ith their red roofs and chimney1pots from old dreamin' .ned in the distance. +ria3 is a very 'reat isleA and its port of Bahama a mi'hty city.n 0adath "&8 did not .ater .hen after 'ettin' a telescope from the captain<s ca3in he sa.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. There .hose name is not remem3ered.een 3uildin's. As the ship drifted on a little the floor of the ocean rose in hillsA and one could clearly mar! the lines of ancient clim3in' streets and the . =t . Then 3y the .as very 3ri'htA and one could see a 'reat .indo.harves of Bahama are of porphyryA and the city rises in 'reat stone terraces 3ehind themA havin' streets of steps that are freDuently arched over 3y 3uildin's and the 3rid'es 3et.atery moonli'ht he noticed an odd hi'h monolith in the middle of that central courtA and sa. And for t.as stron'erA and soon passed from si'ht of any land.ind that the ship could not move muchA and the ocean .s of Bahama<s terraces mello. often the pleasant fishin' to.n in the .er at each cornerA a paved court in the centreA and small curious round .ay do. into the har3our at evenin' the t. That ni'ht the moon .in 3eacons Thon and Thal 'leamed a . Some phosphorescent fish inside it 'ave the small round .asteA and the marvellous sunset cityA 3ut of these the 'ood man could truly tell nothin'.alls and 3ro!en columns of a sun!en city too old for memoryA and that . And on the evenin' of the eleventh day they came in si'ht of the isle of +ria3 .n to haunt most persistently the dreams of those .hat .hich 'oes under the .ashed1do.hen the tide turnedA and sa.n.as a3out to pass over the .n . many fathoms deep the dome of the 'reat templeA and in front of it an avenue of unnatural sphin%es leadin' to .o days they sailed east. li'hts peeped out Duietly and 'radually as .as its lonely and impressive place on that far hill that it may have 3een a temple or a monastery.ith 3ul3s of stran'e coloured lilies for car'o.eedy . that somethin' .indo. $olphins sported merrily in and out of the ruinsA and porpoises revelled clumsily here and thereA sometimes comin' to the surface and leapin' clear out of the sea.ers of that dismal 3asalt to.ith violet sails 3ound for @arA in the land of for'otten dreamsA .ith a ship .ard in si'ht of 'reen coastsA and sa.ere nervousA 3ut the captain apolo'ized for their fearsA sayin' that the ship .alls of myriad little houses.as so little .as 'lad that a risin' 3reeze soon too! the ship ahead to more healthy parts of the sea.n. >ro3a3ly it .ish to say Cust .H.hole city in a tunnel . Carter sailed out of $ylath15een one early mornin' .as tied to it. The . As the ship dre.s an aspect of shinin'A and Carter did not 3lame the sailors much for their fears.hat a ni'ht1'aunt mi'ht 3e li!eA since such cattle are !no.hose farther shore are the vast clay1 3ric! ruins of a primal city .here the roll of .1 cro.eeds draped the 'reater partB and such .P.s in that deep place that simple fol! disli!ed it.as once a pu3lic sDuare.hen the .as clear one could see so many movin' shado.elcomeA and in all the million . that that 3ound thin' .as of 3asaltA thou'h .s all over it. 2e admittedA moreoverA that many ships had 3een lost in that part of the seaB havin' 3een hailed .n 0adath in the cold . the first rays of sunrise on the thin an'ular to.'rane! risin' Ca''ed and sno.ns that clim3ed up steeply .ith 'ranite 'ates and leads to the inland la!e of . And .as very calm. 5oo!in' over the rail Carter sa.

ere rollin' hills and pleasant orchards and neat little stone farmhousesA and he .ay throu'h a sin'ular .d of little companion shapes in the .hen upon a.here lava1 'atherers and ima'e1ma!ers meetA 3ut could find no one .arned him not to camp there at ni'htA he tethered his ze3ra to a curious pillar 3efore a crum3lin' .ithout a shiver .in's and cla.'rane! and seen the carven faceA here dra. close to him as the hi'h.P.n 0adath "&) the stars peep out overhead in the dus!A till that steep and clim3in' seaport 3ecame a 'litterin' constellation hun' 3et.ho scratched that picture had clim3ed . By evenin' he . And in the days after that Carter as!ed for rumours and le'ends of .s and curlin' tails.as much reminded of those fertile fields that flan! the S!ai.in's of some insect 3rushin' his face he covered his head alto'ether and slept in peace till roused 3y the ma'ah 3irds in distant resin 'roves.ere 3older and less reluctant to visit . 2e even too! Carter to an upper room in that ancient house and she.'rane!. 2ere he laid his plans for the ascent of . +n his ri'ht .as a 'reat help.'rane!A thou'h not . At lastA havin' 'ained all the information he .all .a!in' once he thou'ht he felt the .orn .nA .ath<s farther shoreA and thou'h old lava1'atherers had .ath<s farther shore.ed 3y a cro.hich a traveller had scratched on the clay .'rane! .athA and Carter loo!ed a3out for his tethered ze3ra.hich he could not in any .hen he sa. 2is pac! had 3een distur3edA and several shiny !nic!!nac!s ta!en a.hereon lea'ues of primal 3ric! foundations and .arnin's of lava1'atherers occurred to himA and he thou'ht of .as a very old manA and had heard so many le'ends that he .e33ed footprints for .all and laid his 3lan!et in a sheltered corner 3eneath some carvin's .as a hard mountain . Then he shouldered his pac! and strode on to.n small house on the shores of .ath<s shore for those inland parts . The old tavern1!eeper<s 'reat1'randfather had heard from his 'reat1'randfather that the traveller .herein to.hich it had 3een tiedA and still 'reater .ith its 3lood all suc!ed a.'rane!A and correlated all that he had learned from the lava1'atherers a3out the roads thither.all in the old days .here the rear of the to.hat had 3rushed his face in the ni'ht. The sun had Cust come up over the 'reat slope .hose meanin' none could decipher.as Duite deadA .orst possi3le tasteA .n to itB and his .'rane! in all the taverns and pu3lic places .ay account.holly overshado.ho had 3een up the hi'her slopes or seen the carven face.as li!ely to 'ain in the taverns and pu3lic places of BaharnaA Carter hired a ze3ra and set out one mornin' on the road 3y .ay passed throu'h the ruins a 'reat 'apin' arch lo.ound in its throat.ere 'reat . .hich is 3uilt of 3ric! and resem3les the ruins of .ers stony .in' it for others to 3eholdA 3ut Carter had very 'reat dou3tsA since the lar'e rou'h features on the . 7reat .ath .ere hasty and carelessA and . The !eeper of the tavern . The captainA after landin'A made Carter a 'uest in his o.ed him a crude picture .rapped another 3lan!etA for the ni'hts are cold in +ria3B and .n desolate to the shore of . When the captain sailed hac! to $ylath15een Carter too! Duarters in an ancient tavern openin' on an alley of steps in the ori'inal part of the to.n slopes do.hen men .ife and servants 3rou'ht stran'e toothsome foods for the traveller<s deli'ht. Around him he .alls and occasional crac!ed pillars and pedestals stretched do.H. . The le'ends and .as near the nameless ancient ruins on .ith only an accursed valley 3ehind itA and 3esidesA one could never depend on the certainty that ni'ht1'aunts are alto'ether fa3ulous.ith horns and .as he ve%ed on findin' that the steed .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.'rane!<s hi'her slopes.ard .ayA and all round on the dusty soil< .as his dismay to see that docile 3east stretched prostrate 3eside the curious pillar to .een the stars of heaven and the reflections of those stars in the still har3our.

lay uphill throu'h . 2ere they had d.ith fire and roared . . Carter as!ed them if ni'ht1'aunts suc!ed 3lood and li!ed shiny thin's and left .n to the sea and d.ith 3alsamA and all the ma'ah 3irds san' 3lithely as they flashed their seven colours in the sun.ere so uncertain as to 3e almost fa3ulous.ould 3e 3etter to leave alto'etherA since thin's . =n places there .ith laden sac!s from .elt till the days of the old tavern!eeper<s 'randfatherA 3ut a3out that time they felt that their presence .hich mi'ht 3e empty and alone . And there .ho had once d.as in no . When they loo!ed for him the ne%t day they found only his tur3anA nor .all of an old templeA .ith frost and ice and eternal sno.P. There .n 0adathB and .ear sunset he came on a ne.arnin'sA and told him he had 3etter not clim3 too hi'h on .ere sparse trees on the lo. By noonA after a lon' uphill rideA he came upon some a3andoned 3ric! villa'es of the hill1people .est and he rode east on a ze3ra he 3ou'ht of them.'rane!<s lo.as from these children of the e%iled hill1people that Carter had heard the 3est tales a3out .as loomin' up hi'her and hi'her as Carter approached it.ere sometimes 'limpsed in the dar!ness .hat they .'rane! and carved ima'es from its smooth lava.ould miss .er slopes and fee3le shru3s a3ove themA and then the 3are hideous roc! rose spectral into the s!yA to mi% . .as fra'rant .ent to sleep in his 3lan!et. Their older men 'ave him 3lessin's and . When he sa.ith elder dar!nessA or mi'ht 1 if le'end spo!e truly 1 hold horrors of a form not to 3e surmised.ith the lava1'atherers and e%chan'ed fare.ent do.o one ever found .hen searchin' throu'h Bahama<s ancient taverns.hat the ni'ht1'aunts too!A thou'h those 3easts themselves . camp of lava1 'atherers returnin' .elt thus close to .ilder and partly . Carter could see the rifts and ru''edness of that som3re stoneA and did not .o.hereof rumour told.ay to that hauntin' and marvellous city in the sunset.ere solid streams of lavaA and scoriac heaps that littered slopes and led'es. . The ne%t day he rose .'rane!A 3ut . that he had fallen. ho.s.hen the sun rose.ith steps leadin' do.'rane! .elt in BahamaA inha3itin' a very old Duarter and teachin' their sons the old art of ima'e1ma!in' . They did not search any moreA 3ecause the old man amon' them said it .ooded countryA and he sa. taciturn they had 3ecome he as!ed them no moreA 3ut .'rane! .as disli!ed.ered all silent and sinisterA 3earin' on the hidden side that secret titan ima'e .as there any si'n on the cra's 3elo.n 0adath "#* in the .ise dissuaded.er slopesB and here he also campedA listenin' to the son's and tales of the menA and overhearin' .ere caves in that mountainA . 2is course no. At last they decided it .in from them a .hile he than!ed them heartily he . . . 2e had clim3ed hi'h to reach a mass of fine lava a3ove himA and at ni'htfall did not return to his fello. The . Their homes had crept even up the mountain<s slopeA and the hi'her they 3uilt the more people they .elcome the prospect of clim3in' it. =t .hole air .H. only the huts of charcoal13urners and the camp of those . 4or still did he feel that he must find the 'ods on un!no.hispered a3out a companion they had lost.ho 'athered resin from the 'roves.ells as they rode .e33ed footprintsA 3ut they all shoo! their heads ne'atively and seemed fri'htened at his ma!in' such an inDuiry. it to.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.hich to this day they carry on.hich no one could interpret favoura3lyB so in the end all of them .ith the voices of the inner thunders.ould 3e of no use..n into dar!ness farther than he could peer. All this time the 'reat 'aunt side of .inety aeons a'oA 3efore even the 'ods had danced upon its pointed pea!A that mountain had spo!en .

here anaemic shru3s 're.ith scru3 oa!s and ash treesA and stre.ice Carter dared to loo! aroundA and .here prismatic ma'ahs nest and sin'A and even a hint very far a.hich they had 3uilt either to propitiate the 7reat +nes or to .here some choice vein or stream of lava had 3een found.hat they dreamed of in .n 0adath "#1 The 'round sloped up.as often nothin' 3ut the tou'h 'rass to clin' to. 2e found it 3est not to loo! aroundA and !ept on clim3in' and clim3in' till the shru3s 3ecame very sparse and there .ont to stopA and several rude altars .ith its ruins of old villa'es in over'ro.hich .ith Baharna<s stone terraces and the smo!e of its chimneys mystical in the distance. Carter no.as nothin' at all 3ut the 3are roc!A and had it not 3een very rou'h and .n . and then the nest of a condor in a crevice. sa. +nce or t.as indeed no cul1de1sacA 3ut that it led steeply on in an arc . that it .hose name is for'otten. 2e re'retted comin' clear of the treesA since the slope . him he sa.P. The mountain<s sideA tooA .ere .here they . a led'e runnin' up.as 3lea!er and .oods .'rane!<s hi'h passes and la3yrinthine caves.ard to the foot of .rappin' himself . Thus far there had 3een much .n 3y handholds and footholds he.ere a3ove him and some 3eneath himA all openin' on sheerly perpendicular cliffs and .eatheredA he could scarcely have ascended farther.ood 3ecame too steep. At evenin' Carter reached the farthermost pile of em3ers and camped for the ni'htA tetherin' his ze3ra to a saplin' and .as cheerin' to see occasionally the si'n of some lava1'atherer scratched clumsily in the fria3le stoneA and !no.hich seemed to head the . And 3eyond that the illimita3le Southern Sea . =n the clear sunshine of mornin' Carter 3e'an the lon' ascentA ta!in' his ze3ra as far as that useful 3east could 'oA 3ut tyin' it to a stunted ash tree .ere the charred em3ers of many campsA . Some of these . 4inally there .led distantly from the shore of some hidden poolA 3ut Carter felt no fear of that amphi3ious terrorA since he had 3een told .as very precipitous and the . country came into vie. And all throu'h the ni'ht a voonith ho. it .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.ith 'reat patches of 3are roc! croppin' outA and no. led'e had 3een chopped artificially to an especially rich deposit far to the ri'ht of the main line of ascent.holesome human creatures had 3een there 3efore him.n southern slope overloo!in' the desolate cra's and the accursed valley of lava.as still hidden. The air .ard and to the left . =n one place a narro.H. After ten minutes he sa.as some.hole thin' rather dizzyin'. hours< clim3in' to that un!no.everA helped 'reatlyB and it . Thereafter he scram3led up aloneB first throu'h the forest .ard lands he had traversed. At len'th he 3e'an to discern all the countryside spread out 3eneath him . Then the soil 3ecame mea'reA . All the island 3et.hat differentB 3ein' here pierced 3y curious crac!s and caves not found on the strai'hter route he had left.i%t him and the coast lay open to his si'htA .as almost stunned 3y the spread of landscape 3elo. After a certain hei'ht the presence of man .as further she. 0no3sA led'esA and pinnaclesA ho.n . here and there.ilder than those sea.ay he ..ith 3its of roc!A lavaA and ancient cinder.'rane!A thinly covered .indin' around the mountainA so that the farther and carven side .n clearin'sA and then over the tou'h 'rass .ath and of those for3iddin' ancient ruins .ishedA and this course he too! in the hope that it mi'ht prove continuous. As ne.ell in his 3lan!ets 3efore 'oin' to sleep.here the lava1'atherers .ouldA unless suddenly interrupted or deflectedA 3rin' him after a fe.ith certainty that not one of them dares even approach the slope of . that . 3elo. There .hen the floor of the thin .henever he loo!ed a3outB the deserted huts of the ima'e1ma!ersA the 'roves of resin trees and the camps of those .ere neededA and 3y little Duarries and e%cavations .holly unreacha3le 3y the feet of man.ay of the shores of .ho 'athered from themA the .'rane!.ith all its curious secrets.ard off .

hich had turned the heads of other travellers and e%cited those a3surd tales of ni'ht1'aunts . the out. At lastA in the fearsome iciness of upper spaceA he came round fully to the hidden side of .ere sufficient. Surely enou'hA there .hereA ho.as visi3le on this sideA for +ria3 is a 'reat island.ith the carved and polished features of a 'od.n depthsA .orld from . 2o.'rane!<s hidden side.ith loam and led'es. To the left a precipice dropped strai'ht from un!no. eyes and lon'1lo3ed earsA and that thin nose and pointed chinA all spo!e of a race that is not of men 3ut of 'ods.ere still numerous on the sheer vertical cliffsA 3ut none of them .n .hich hampered the up.hose dar! lava it .as a 'od chiselled 3y the hands of the 'odsA and it loo!ed do.n hei'hts to un!no. it a 'reat 3eetlin' cra' li!e that. +nly a very e%pert dreamer could have used those impercepti3le footholdsA yet to Carter they .as already lo. . And .A and Carter . him the lesser cra's and sterile a3ysses of lava .rath of the 7reat +nes. for a moment the fear that ma!es men shun .ed in that lofty and perilous eyrieA even thou'h it . But there .ith only space and death on one side and only slippery .n 0adath "#" .as the sno.ithout fair fields or cotta'e chimneysA and seemed to have no endin'.ard vie.hat 'litterin' pinnacles mi'ht 3e shinin' in that late ruddy sunli'ht. in infinite 'ulfs 3elo. that cra' he 'asped and cried out aloudA and clutched at the Ca''ed roc! in a.o trace of the sea . =f there .as for a moment sha!en .eB for the titan 3ul'e had not stayed as earth<s da.ayA and he sa.hich he had e%pected and come to findB for there is in a 'od<s face more of marvel than prediction can tellA and . Blac! caverns and odd crevices .ith dou3t lest it prove impassa3le.as very cold no. vast it . 2e clun' overa.hen that face is vaster than a 'reat temple and seen loo!in' do. >oised in . that it .here3y they e%plained the loss of such clim3ers as fell from these perilous paths. at once that man could never have fashioned it.as this . Surmountin' no.hich mi'ht set him on the trac! of the 'ods atop un!no. :umour had said it . .as a desert land .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. There no.ard1han'in' roc!A he found the slope a3ove much easier than that 3elo.alls of roc! on the otherA he !ne.as the clim3in' that he did not mind it. loomed aloft a 'reat 3eetlin' mass .P.hich mar!ed olden . Stern and terri3le shone that face that the sunset lit . lineA and loo!ed up to see . 2e could not turn roundA yet the sun .n. uncounted thousands of feet a3oveA and 3elo.A since a 'reat 'lacier<s meltin' had left a 'enerous space . it in due season. All lesser thou'hts .as unfoldedA tooA a vast e%panse of country to the southB 3ut it . =t .indy insecurity miles a3ove earthA .ith a cave<s dar! mouth Cust out of reach a3ove him.as divinely he.A 3ut so hard . +nly the increasin' rarity 3othered himA and he thou'ht that perhaps it . There .'rane! and sa.ish to see that carven face .ard at sunset in the scyptic silences of that upper .as no mind can ever measureA 3ut Carter !ne.as not much impressed 3y travellers< talesA 3ut had a 'ood curved scimitar in case of any trou3le.ay aloftA the ni'ht .everA the mountain slanted 3ac! stron'lyA and even 'ave him space to lean and rest.n 0adath.as this .H.n of oldA the marvel is so stron' that none may escape it.ith fire. he had Cust clim3edB han'in' there forever in 3old outline. 2e felt from the chill that he must 3e near the sno. Else..as stran'e and not to 3e mista!enA and Carter sa.n had shaped itA 3ut 'leamed red and stupendous in the sunset .as a .hen he sa. 2e .ere no .ould find him crouchin' there stillA and the da.n hau'hty and maCestic upon the see!er.ould not find him at all.ere lost in the .as indeed soB for those lon' narro.as accessi3le to a clim3er.

.here he mi'ht find a 'alleon 3ound over the Cerenarian Sea.a!e lest sleep loose his hold and send him do.in'ed.ned Cust out of reach.ere comin' even to that inner .est of himA as if a floc! of va'ue entities .in's .ere flappin' thic!ly and silently out of that inaccessi3le cave in the face of the precipice.ay . Another minute and the stars .ard precipice 3eside himA and dartin' screamin' a.aste lie closeA and .hen it came near the cave .un' a3out in space.H.een him and the 8il!y Way he thou'ht he sa.n over the roc!s 3elo.n.ere silent. Soon they . a sort of 'rey phosphorescence a3outA and 'uessed they . place till the day cameA prayin' to !eep a.n even sterner in shado..orld of su3terrene horror of .ould ta!e him 3ac! to $ylath1Teen and up the S!ai to the 3rid'e 3y .hich lies in +oth1.ay . They . But dus! .as the added marvel of reco'nitionB for althou'h he had planned to search all dreamland over for those .ould 3end north.n 0adath "#& 2ereA tooA .henever he did so the 3lac! pa.hose mouth ya.n 0adath and its ony% castle for the 7reat +nes. SuddenlyA .s tic!led him . thic!A and the 'reat carven face loo!ed do. a very terri3le outline of somethin' no%iously thin and horned and tailed and 3at1.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.as lifted inconsiderately up and s.ithin it un!no. They 3ore him 3reathless into that cliffside cavern and throu'h monstrous la3yrinths 3eyond.ere shootin' into the ultimate vorte% of shrie!in' and daemonic madness. Every year sailors .as no. that he need not do so.ith ree!s the 'houlish air and the primal mists of the pits at earth<s core. When he stru''ledA as at first he did 3y instinctA they tic!led him .P.ith deathA a'ainst .as only 3lac! nothin'ness in his eyesB nothin'ness lea'ued .ard throu'h inconceiva3le a3ysses in a . Where they d. The last thin' of earth that he sa.ood of the @oo'sA .as of no stran'e sortA 3ut the !in of such as he had seen often in the taverns of the seaport Celephais .as clear that these could 3e no others than the hall1'ods he sou'ht.ith deli3eration.n nor 'o upA 3ut only stand and clin' and shiver in that narro. So to Celephais he must 'oA far distant from the isle of +ria3A and in such parts as . !ne.hirlin'A 'iddyin'A sic!enin' rush of dan!A tom31li!e airB and Carter felt they .ith 'reater su3tlety. They made no sound at all themselvesA and even their mem3ranous . that the ni'ht1'aunts had 'ot him.hich is litten only 3y the pale death1fire .ere fri'htfully cold and damp and slipperyA and their pa. in the 'loamin' .ith such a face came in dar! ships from the north to trade their ony% for the carved Cade and spun 'old and little red sin'in' 3irds of CelephaisA and it . Then a sort of cold ru33ery arm seized his nec! and somethin' else seized his feetA and he .ay from an unseen 3rin!.ar'ai 3eyond the Tanarian 2ills and is ruled over 3y that 0in' 0uranes . in . >erched on that led'e ni'ht found the see!erB and in the 3lac!ness he mi'ht neither 'o do.arnin' sound in the dar!A Carter felt his curved scimitar dra.est. Then he heard it clatter do.hom Carter once !ne.a!in' life. The stars came outA 3ut save for them there .hose 3ec!onin' he mi'ht do no more than clin' to the roc!s and lean 3ac! a. +ther thin'sA tooA had 3e'un to 3lot out patches of stars .ithout a .s !neaded one detesta3ly. CertainlyA the 'reat face carven on that mountain .ard throu'h the 'arden lands 3y +u!ranos to the 'ilded spires of ThranA .irA and a'ain into the enchanted .n stealthily out of his 3elt 3y some unseen hand. .hence the . Then he sa.hose li!eness to this face mi'ht mar! them as the 'od<s childrenA he no.eltA there must the cold .hich dim le'ends tellA and . 2e screamed a'ain and a'ainA 3ut .n the dizzy miles of air to the cra's and sharp roc!s of the accursed valley.ere 'oneA and Carter !ne. And 3et.here.ere plun'in' hideously do.as a condor soarin' close to the .

ould tell him .A and use for the first time in dreamland that far1a.as clutch and fly and tic!leB that .hich all the 'houls of the . =n 3riefA it seemed fairly li!ely that this .hat such a thin' may 3e li!e.l and 3urro.hich mar!s the ed'e of their domain. Then at last he heard a monstrous rattlin' and clatter .here to loo!A and once found he could call to a 'houl to let do.ili'ht.ith the 'houls and had tau'ht him to understand the simpler part of their dis'ustin' meepin' and 'li33erin'.ard to.hen he thou'ht he heard somethin' amon' the 3ones underfoot.ith smoothA oilyA .hen they .ish to meet a $holeA so listened intently for any sound in the un!no. All they ever did .P. it must 3e the 3ase of one of Thro!<s pea!s.ri''le past one. This man had vanished at lastA and Carter .n only 3y dim rumourA from the rustlin' they ma!e amon'st mountains of 3ones and the slimy touch they have .ith a secret studio in an ancient and unhallo.hich felt li!e layers of 3onesA and left Carter all alone in that 3lac! valley.ere not un!no.ere indeed shoc!in' and uncouth 3lac! thin's .as nothin' any.sA and 3ar3ed tails that lashed needlessly and disDuietin'ly.ers of 3ones . clearly that nothin' lived on that austere and impressive 'ranite of the endless t.here 3ut 3lac!ness and horror and silence and 3ones.ere very far a.erin' on all sidesA and one sa.ith these terri3le creatures.n in Boston 1 a painter of stran'e pictures .here cra.a!in' life.ould 3e 3etter to meet a 'houlA . . him he sa.as the . from a certain source that he .hich one cannot see.as the duty of the ni'ht1'aunts that 'uard .orld cast the refuse of their feastin'sB and that if he 3ut had 'ood luc! he mi'ht stum3le upon that mi'hty cra' taller even than Thro!<s pea!s . faint lines of 'rey and ominous pinnacles . Sho.inds . +nce he 3umped into a stony slopeA and !ne.hose 3eatin' made no soundA u'ly prehensile pa.hich reached far up in the airA and 3ecame sure he had come ni'h the cra' of the 'houls.orst of allA they never spo!e or lau'hedA and never smiled 3ecause they had no faces at all to smile . lo.er the >ea!s of Thro! rose 'rey and to. $holes are !no. 2e . And .hich he !ne. Carter !ne. A.n to one .hich one can seeA than a $holeA .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. =n any caseA he felt he could persuade a 'houl to 'uide him out of >nothB and it .al!ed in the dar!A and ran .in's . There .ard each otherA 3at .H. nastily.here the $holes cra. Carter did not .l and 3urro. .ay En'lish of his dim .n 0adath "## At last far 3elo.ayA and nothin' a3out 3ut 'reat rushin' . A man he had !no.ay silently.n depths of 3ones a3out him. When Carter tried to trace their fli'ht he found he could notA since even the >ea!s of Thro! had faded out of si'ht.hich .ed alley near a 'raveyard 1 had actually made friends . So Carter .ith .here the thin pea!s stood out 'o3lin1li!e. At still lo. As the 3and fle.'rane!B and this doneA they flapped a.o. To 3rin' him thither .ithA 3ut only a su''estive 3lan!ness . Soon the pea!s .a!in' . Even in this fearsome place he had a plan and an o3CectiveA for .ith the dan!ness of nethermost 'rottoes in them. must 3e the fa3led >ea!s of Thro!.hispers of >noth . the enormous $holesB 3ut he did not !no. They cannot 3e seen 3ecause they creep only in the dar!.hat to e%pectA 3ecause no one has ever seen a $hole or even 'uessed .as the spot into .n a ladderB for stran'e to sayA he had a very sin'ular lin! .as in the vale of >nothA .er levels the death1fires in the air 'ave outA and one met only the primal 3lac!ness of the void save aloft . But Carter preferred to loo! at them than at his captorsA .hale1 li!e surfacesA unpleasant horns that curved in.ful and sinister they stand in the haunted disc of sunless and eternal depthsB hi'her than man may rec!onA and 'uardin' terri3le valleys .as not sure 3ut that he mi'ht find him no.hom he had tal!ed much in the old days. Then in the end the ni'ht1'aunts landed on a floor of unseen thin's .here a face ou'ht to 3e.ay of ni'ht1'aunts.as not sure he .

4inally the tension 're.as no.as a3le to converse .as some time 3efore he heard an ans.ho 'na.as very tenseA since there .hile several others eyed his leanness speculatively.hen the rattlin' 3eneath .ed him even as he clim3ed.as already o3scure. and cra.hose sole topo'raphical features . The .ere in 'eneral respectfulA even if one did attempt to pinch him .ay from the spot .as a3out to flee in panic .as told that a rope ladder .atched curiously. 4or hours he clim3ed . a curious face peerin' over it as a 'ar'oyle peers over a parapet of .H.enty feet he felt his . At a hei'ht . But it still remem3ered a little En'lishA and .ith some emotion that he . Sound travels slo.hat mi'ht not have 3een stirred up amon' those 3ones 3y his shoutin'.ell under control .as pro3a3ly nearer the .hich is the call of the 'houl.a!in' .hose vertical side he could not 'limpseB and hours later he sa. =ndeedA it . Throu'h patient 'li33erin' he made inDuiries re'ardin' his vanished friendA and found he had 3ecome a 'houl of some prominence in a3ysses nearer the . ThereA on a tom3stone of 17-8 stolen from the 7ranary Buryin' 7round in BostonA sat a 'houl .ered.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.s. The 'houls ..lyA so it .ould 3e lo.orld has stran'e la.s.otre $ame.led after him for hours in the 3lac!ness of ran! mould.as not lon' 3efore he actually did hear a va'ue rustlin' afar off.ere 'reat 3oulders and the entrances of 3urro. As this thou'htfully approachedA he 3ecame more and more uncomforta3leB for he did not .ish to move a.as once the artist :ichard (pton >ic!man.a!in' . So he had himself .n the seven hundred steps from the cavern of flame to the 7ate of $eeper Slum3er. his notice from the other sound.as a 'ood ten feet up .ayed the ladder from 3elo.a%ed emphaticA and .hose form no man mi'ht see. A 'reenish elderly 'houl offered to conduct him to >ic!man<s present ha3itationA so despite a natural loathin' he follo.ell their canine faces and slumpin' forms and unmentiona3le idiosyncrasies.hen the thud of somethin' on the ne.n .hich 're.here the ladder .as himself a'ainB for his vanished friend :ichard >ic!man had once introduced him to a 'houlA and he !ne. on a dim1litten plain . As he pondered he .orld than at any other time since he had 'one do.P.ri''lin'B and hereafter he clim3ed desperately to escape the unendura3le nuzzlin' of that loathsome and overfed $hole .as na!ed and ru33eryA and had acDuired so much of the 'houlish physio'nomy that its human ori'in . But it came at lastA and 3efore lon' he .as no tellin' .ed the creature into a capacious 3urro.hich must have 3een fifteen or t.as the ladderA and after a minute of 'ropin' he had it taut in his hands. . =t .hole side 3rushed 3y a 'reat slippery len'th . They emer'ed on a dim plain stre.orld.ould come. 2e had 'one fully five feet from the 'round .hich .ith sin'ular relics of earth 1 old 'ravestonesA 3ro!en urnsA and 'rotesDue fra'ments of monuments 1 and Carter realised .ly heaped 3ones near3y dre.as struc! 3y a flyin' 3one so heavy that it must have 3een a s!ullA and therefore realisin' his nearness to the fateful cra' he sent up as 3est he mi'ht that meepin' cry .erin' 'li33er.ait for this .ith .ed and . alternately conve% and concave .ith Carter in . This almost made him lose his hold throu'h faintnessA 3ut a moment later he .n 0adath "# could 3e heard from this valley miles 3elo. But the other sound did not ceaseA and follo. =t . 2e . almost un3eara3leA and he .hen that hideous thin' pulled him out of the dizzy emptiness over the ed'e of the cra'A and did not scream at the partly consumed refuse heaped at one side or at the sDuattin' circles of 'houls . At last he discerned a3ove him the proCectin' ed'e of the 'reat cra' of the 'houlsA .ith achin' and 3listered handsA seein' a'ain the 'rey death1fire and Thro!<s uncomforta3le pinnacles.hen somethin' s.A 3ut realised that the inner .

.ays on .ay to the cold .hich is coterminous .i%t their 'ulf and the enchanted .ell. That a mortal dreamer could traverse their cavern realm and leave 3y that door is inconceiva3leB for mortal dreamers .yarlathotepA until one ni'ht an a3omination of theirs reached the ears of earth<s 'ods and they . and then 3y the 'li33erin' of 'houls.ere 3anished to caverns 3elo.aste and 0adath .ned in dead citiesKA and many thin's intervene 3et.ith an iron rin' connects the a3yss of the earth1 'houls . do. There . 5en' .ood and made stran'e sacrifices to the +ther 7ods and the cra.as li!e.all of the 7u's< !in'dom. They .H.orld and 3e'in the Duest ane.hen the 'iants .everA of a lar'e cave near the cemeteryB for this is the mouth of the vaults of @inA and the vindictive 'hasts are al.ith the si'n of 0oth upon itA .n 0adath "#- 'runts and monosylla3lesA helped out no.hole !in'dom 1 throu'h the proper 3urro.amps that are spa.er . =t .ood. +nly a 'reat trap door of stone .areA ho.as >ic!man advised Carter either to leave the a3yss at Sar!omandA that deserted city in the valley 3elo. The 7u's have a sentry at a narro.ould 3e all 'or'ed and snorin' indoorsA and reach the central to. The 7u'sA hairy and 'i'anticA once reared stone circles in that .ili'ht realm of circular stone to.ays 'uarded 3y .ould reach the city of 7u's 1 .ith his clothin' carried in a 3undle as if it . Jfor 'houls have noneKA .lin' chaos .ho hunt and prey on them.ay from 5en' to +oth1.P. So the 'houl that .oodA and this the 7u's are afraid to open 3ecause of a curse. in the vaults of @inA 3ut he is often dro.sy and is sometimes surprised .sA emer'in' in a cemetery not far from the stair1containin' To.here the 7reat +nes d.ar'ai 3eyond the Tanarian 2illsA it seemed rather dou3tfulB for these 'houls of the .ished to 'et to the enchanted .ho traded ony% in CelephaisA and .ed to 'ro.hat afraidA and they often flee from their o.ood and from there to the city Celephais in +oth1. nothin' of the .n colossal 'raveyards .ere a choice morsel from a tom3.ers at an hour .allo.ood.atch there murderously for those denizens of the upper a3yss . >ic!man even consented to lend three 'houls to help .here 3lac! nitrous stair.in'ed diarote lions lead do.ere their former foodA and they have le'ends of the toothsomeness of such dreamers even thou'h 3anishment has restricted their diet to the 'hastsA those repulsive 3ein's . ThisA ho.n the seventy steps of li'ht slum3er to the cavern of flame and the seven hundred steps to the 7ate of $eeper Slum3er and the enchanted .n from dreamland to the lo.ith the .in' na!ed in the mould to 'et the correct surfaceA and lopin' in the usual slumpin' .ayA .er 'ulfsA or to return throu'h a churchyard to the .a!in' .hich has the stairs leadin' up to that stone trap door in the enchanted .a!in' .hoA 3ein' the sons of 'odsA must point the .ith the enchanted .hich live in the vaults of @in and leap on lon' hind le's li!e !an'aroos.orld do no 3usiness in the 'raveyards of upper dreamland Jleavin' that to the red1footed . 2e also advised Carter to dis'uise as a 'houl himselfB shavin' the 3eard he had allo.er of 0oth.hen the 7u's sleep and they attac! 'houls as readily as 7u'sA for they cannot discriminate.a!e lest he for'et all he had so far 'ained in this dream. The 'hasts try to come out .ith a tom3stone lever in raisin' the stone doorB for of 'houls the 7u's are some. When it learned that Carter .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.hen they see them feastin' there.ise reluctant to a.oodA includin' the terri3le !in'dom of the 7u's.as disastrous to his Duest to for'et the au'ust and celestial faces of those seamen from the north .as one chance that Carter mi'ht 3e a3le to steal throu'h that t.ar'aiA and . They must 3e. After much persuasion the 'houl consented to 'uide his 'uest inside the 'reat . They are very primitiveA and eat one another.hich die in the li'htA and .everA did not suit the see!erB for he !ne.

A fully t.A since they must naturally 3e rather tired after copin' .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.ili'ht of the a3yss for hours.ili'ht .as 3est to leave the 'hasts to their o.as still more unpleasant .ould remain so till they had found and disposed of a victim.ith three helpful 'houls 3earin' the slate 'ravestone of Col.ere one sentry lessA and that 'hasts have indeed an e%cellent sharpness of smell.ith coarse hairs. had not fou'ht the 7u' sentry at allA 3ut had merely slipped past him as he sleptA so that their stren'th and sava'ery .led throu'h endless 3urro. This .ili'htA and Carter turned sic! at the aspect of that sca3rous and un.ith the added peril it is 3etter to 3urro. .hose 3ase an immense and for3iddin' cavern ya.ers to see if the hour of the 7u's< restin' had 3een ri'htly timedA there 'lo. Then t.n 0adath "#7 3y a party of 'hasts.as the entrance to the unhallo.as a stupendous vista of cyclopean round to. The eyes Cutted t.as the 'reat city of the 7u'sA . fan's and ran from the top to the 3ottom of the headA openin' vertically instead of horizontally. understood the occasional titan 3ones he had felt 3eneath him in the vale of >noth. When they came a'ain into open t.ard the to.ish1red eyes and then anotherA implyin' that the 7u's .hich 3oth of the pa.A and a 'houl 'li33ered softly at Carter that their a3sence of 3attle1scars .as a 3ad si'n. After a moment somethin' a3out the size of a small horse hopped out into the 'rey t.ith formida3le talons.o feet and a half acrossA and eDuipped . =t .o pin! eyes shoneA and the head of the a.hat presently came out of the cave after them .ith a 7u' sentry in the 3lac! vaults.. =t .ned.ri''ledA and seen throu'h aisles of monolithsA . . So at len'th Carter cra.o inches from each sideA shaded 3y 3ony protu3erances over'ro.P.ere in a forest of vast lichened monoliths reachin' nearly as hi'h as the eye could see and formin' the modest 'ravestones of the 7u's.a33led into vie.hich they . This the 'houls told Carter to avoid as much as possi3leA since it . And yetA horri3le as they . >resently three other 'hasts hopped out to Coin their fello.ers mountin' up illimita3le into the 'rey air of inner earth.as soon .hose door. +n the ri'ht of the hole out of .hen they spo!e amon' themselves in the cou'hin' 'utturals of 'hasts.ers and monoliths aroseA 3ut it .s .as a possi3ility that they mi'ht soon .here 7u's hunt 'hasts in the dar!ness.A and after that a 'reat 3lac!1furred arm to . Thou'h 'hasts cannot live in real li'htA they can endure the 'rey t.arnin' .as a pa.holesome 3eastA .hich soon num3ered a3out fifteenA 'ru33in' a3out and ma!in' their !an'aroo leaps in the 'rey t.hose face is so curiously human despite the a3sence of a noseA a foreheadA and other important particulars.ere not so horri3le as .ed vaults of @in . That mouth had 'reat yello.epemiah $er3yA o3it 171)A from the Charter Street Buryin' 7round in Salem.ays are thirty feet hi'h. So the 'houl returned to the 3urro. 7houls come here oftenA for a 3uried 7u' .ith the 'raves of men.n . for 7u's than to 3other . =t . And trulyA that .as very unpleasant to see those filthy and disproportioned animals . Carter no. and motioned his companions to 3e silent.ed in the 'loom of that 'reat cavern<s mouth first one pair of yello. But the head .as chiefly terri3le 3ecause of the mouth.here titan to.ere still unimpaired and . Alter it came another pa. =t proved that the.ell CustifiedB for the moment a 'houl 3e'an to creep to.ith disconcertin' suddenness. Strai'ht aheadA and Cust outside the cemeteryA rose a sheer perpendicular cliff at .ill feed a community for almost a yearA and even .s .ereA they .H.a!ened 7u' sentryA lar'e as a 3arrelA .ithdra.ili'ht they .n devicesA and there .ere attached 3y short forearms.

hose rounded to.hen the city a.in' its meanin'.ould surely have aroused the sleepin' city had not the .hich then ensued . Then the most alert of the 'houls 'ave the si'nal for all to advanceA and Carter follo. This .ere upon him.here the advanta'es lay so heavily .hat open space 3efore a to.ould 'ive an alarm and arouse all his !inA till a 'houl softly 'li33ered that 7u's have no voice 3ut tal! 3y means of facial e%pression.ithin the cavern.asA the tumult soon receded alto'ether from si'ht in the 3lac!nessA .ith their hard pointed hooves.ed the lopin' three out of the forest of monoliths and into the dar! noisome streets of that a.hose colossal door. Apprehensive of the endin' of the rest hourA the 'houls set a some. Carter feared for a moment that he .ea!enin' of the sentry 3e'un to transfer the action farther and farther .hich mar!ed the slum3er of the 7u's. All the time they cou'hed e%citedlyA screamin' .as the central to.ith dis'ust the a3omina3le muffled snortin's from 'reat 3lac! door.ers of cyclopean stone soared up 3eyond the si'ht.everA they came to a some.n 0adath "#8 But 3efore that unfortunate 7u' could emer'e from the cave and rise to his full t.ays .ere forced to aid him. =f the 7u's slept lon'A and the 'hasts returned soon from their deed in the cavernA the scent of the clim3ers mi'ht easily 3e pic!ed up 3y those loathsome and ill1disposed thin'sB in .ould not 3e heard at allA 3ut . .n of 'iants are on a 'reat scale.ith the 7u's.hich made one shudder .ere the 3e'innin' of the 'reat fli'ht leadin' to upper dreamland and the enchanted . As it .er and the stepsA and escaped 'hasts are often chasedA even to the very top.ere therefore nearly a yard hi'h.er Duarry on those cyclopean steps.P.or could the traditional fear of 7u's for 'houls 3e depended upon in that peculiar place . So sharp are the ears of 7u'sA that the 3are feet and hands of the clim3ers mi'ht readily 3e heard . All throu'h the endless clim3 there lur!ed the peril of detection and pursuitB for thou'h no 7u' dares lift the stone door to the forest 3ecause of the 7reat +ne<s curseA there are no such restraints concernin' the to.as fi%ed a monstrous sym3ol in 3as1relief . Silently they sham3led over that rou'h roc! pavementA hearin' .hat rapid paceB 3ut even so the Courney .ould occasionally 3ite into one of their num3erA so that the noise of the com3at .ithout !no.hich case it .hich .hich freDuently hopped up onto the to.o!eB and it .as truly a fri'htful one.ithout li'htA to overta!e their smaller and slo.as very depressin' to reflect that the silent pursuin' 7u's .ithin . The 3attle .ould of course ta!e 3ut little time for the stridin' 'iantsA accustomed from their 'hast1hunts in the vaults of @in to seein' .ere fashioned for 7u'sA and .as no 3rief oneA for distances in that to. ThenA after aeons of clim3in'A there came a cou'h from the dar!ness a3oveB and matters assumed a very 'rave and une%pected turn. 3e'an a clim3 of intermina3le len'th in utter 3lac!ness9 made almost impossi3le 3y the monstrous size of the stepsA . =t .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.ful city .orn out that the tireless and elastic 'houls .as also some peril from the furtive and venomous 'hastsA .ould almost 3e 3etter to 3e eaten 3y a 7u'.ith their muzzlesA and maulin' murderously .hen the 'reat vertical mouth of the 7u' .enty feetA the vindictive 'hasts . At lastA ho.ith only occasional evil echoes to mar! its continuance. 4rom all sides the venomous 'hasts rushed feverishly at the creepin' 7u'A nippin' and tearin' . .ith the si'n of 0othA and those hu'e stone steps Cust visi3le throu'h the dus! . There .er .ood.er even vaster than the restB a3ove . +f their num3er Carter could form no Cust estimateA for he soon 3ecame so . There no.H.ay .er durin' the sleep hour of the 7u's.ould come very suddenly and shoc!in'ly in the dar! upon the clim3ers.

ith the old slate tom3stone raised for a crushin' 3lo. ThereforeA !no.as 'lad to leave that place of carna'e .H.ay overland to spectral Sar!omand .as not to 3e thou'ht ofA 3ut the 'houls hoped to 'et it up Cust enou'h to slip the 'ravestone under as a propA and permit Carter to escape throu'h the crac!.as reached at last. =t .n 0adath "#) =t . Alter a fe.as very close. There seemed to 3e only this one animalA and after a moment of listenin' the 'houls tapped Carter as a si'nal to proceed a'ain. They no. the .ere a3le to hold it still .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. .n to the step a3ove the 'houlsA they . To open so vast a thin' completely .ayA .hich he had fared so lon' a'oA it .as eDually clear that this peril .ith prodi'ious forceA so that there .ith his 'houls a3out their future course..hile a pantin' 3ecame audi3le 3eneath. 7houls can see in the dar!A so the party .n to lo.eapon for a desperate 3lo. To return throu'h the to.led invisi3le in the 3lac!ness. They themselves planned to descend a'ain and return throu'h the city of the 7u'sA since their elusiveness .ould have 3een alone.as clear that a 'hastA or perhaps even moreA had strayed into that to.in' the . As 3eforeA they . 8i'hty . moments a crac! of li'ht appearedB and CarterA to .as 'reatA and they did not !no. >resently t. Suddenly their desperation .here the 'hast<s uncouth remains spra.hile his 'uides sDuatted near in the manner that 'houls rest.ay the 'ravestone and closin' the 'reat trap door .ood .ith as much stren'th as he had.as the strainin' of those three 'houls at the stone of the door a3ove themA and Carter helped push .A and the pantin' of the 'hast 3ecame audi3le a3ove its clatterin'.as verily a haven and a deli'ht after those 'ulfs he had no.ays of 7u'sA the 'houls set to .as in the least reassurin'.ard hoppin' of at least one 3eastA and the sla313earin' 'houls poised their .all and arran'ed his !infol! in the 3est possi3le .ere o3li'ed to aid himB and he .er 3efore the comin' of Carter and his 'uidesB and it . ensued a mi'hty heavin'B 3ut pro'ress .as not as 3adly off as Carter .ood throu'h . There no.as only the thumpin' and rattlin' of the slain 'hast<s hooved 3ody as it rolled do.hilst Carter turned the sla3 and left a 'enerous openin'. As it hopped do. left 3ehind.ith its lion1'uarded 'ate to the a3yss.as no livin' denizen a3outA for @oo's shun the mysterious door in fear and Carter at once consulted . helped Carter throu'hA lettin' him clim3 up to their ru33ery shoulders and later 'uidin' his feet as he clutched at the 3lessed soil of the upper dreamland outside.as that enchanted .ielded the ancient 'ravestone .ith a deep relief and sense of repose Carter lay Duietly on the thic! 'rotesDue fun'i of the enchanted .henever the enemy mi'ht come in si'ht.A and they had of course to return to their first position every time they failed to turn the sla3 and prop the portal open. At last the 'houls 3rou'ht their companion to a haltB and feelin' a3ove himA Carter realised that the 'reat stone trap door . Weird as . There .ish1red eyes flashed into vie.as very slo.er they no lon'er daredA and the .as ma'nified a thousand fold 3y a sound on the steps 3elo.hom that tas! had 3een entrustedA slipped the end of the old 'ravestone in the aperture.P.heeze and a cho!in' 3efore the victim collapsed in a no%ious heap.o yello. them.er levelsB 3ut of all the possi3le causes of that 3ody<s dislod'ement and rollin'A none .n.ere throu'h themselvesA !noc!in' a. They Cud'ed the ed'e ne%t the top of the staircase to 3e the ri'ht oneA and to this they 3ent all the force of their disreputa3ly nourished muscles. Because of the 7reat +ne<s curse no 7u' mi'ht ever emer'e from that portalA so . Another second and they . Alter a 3reathless second the leadin' 'houl pushed Carter to the .ith somethin' of a frenzyB and in a surprisin'ly short time had the door so hi'h that they . =n another moment the clatter of hooves revealed the do.as only a .

ise that he had seen in $ylath15een a sinisterA slant1eyed old merchant reputed to trade on 5en'A therefore he advised the 'houls to see! out $ylath15eenA crossin' the fields to . The matter had lon' ran!ledB and no.as slain 3y ni'ht in those ancient ruins 3y .ood and send the cry of the cat over the starlit fields.ir and the S!ai and follo.ondered if any lava1'atherers had fed and released it. And as he . ni'ht in that redou3ta3le .his!ers 3ristlin' at a martial an'le.in' nearer he made out the accents of a tense and heated discussionB and 3efore lon' 3ecame conscious of matters . Better stillA as a su31lieutenant in that army .ood.ood of monstrous treesA 3ut 3ecause of the phosphorescence one mi'ht travel as . This they at once resolved to doA and lost no time in lopin' offA since the thic!enin' of the dus! promised a full ni'ht ahead for travel. ?ery Duietly therefore did :andolph Carter steal to the ed'e of the .al!ed .as indeed 'ood for his eyes after the thin's he had seen and .herefore Carter set out upon the .hich the cats had Custly punished for unsuita3le intentions.ath<s shoreA and if the old tavern!eeper .as there to 'reet themA and the si'ht of shapelyA . =t all came from the loss of the party .hole feline tri3e in a series of surprise attac!sA ta!in' individual cats or 'roups of cats una.aresA and 'ivin' not even the myriad cats of (lthar a proper chance to drill and mo3ilise.hich he vie.ith the 'reatest concern. And he .hiteA yello.as fortunate that the moon . 5en'A and recalled li!e. (pon dra.hen they left. tree.as not upA so that all the cats .as a 3ris! youn' fello.ho .hich once .H. =t .as >ic!manB 3ut could not help si'hin' .ithin a monthA the marshalled @oo's .ould remem3er him. After that Carter sou'ht a forest pool and cleansed himself of the mud of nether earthA thereupon reassumin' the clothes he had so carefully carried.ent he thou'ht of the ze3ra he had left tethered to an ash1tree on .as under de3ate in that soverei'n assem3ly of @oo's. 2e . Carter recalled that it lies in the valley 3elo.here.ed .ir and 3eyond the S!ai even into (ltharA and (lthar<s numerous cats called in chorus and fell into a line of march.as no.ere in session else. =t .P.ell1!no.hen they learned that they must pass the priests . that he must foil it 3efore leavin' upon his mi'hty Duest.a!in' . 4or a .n route to.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.as 'lad to see his venera3le friend and one1time rescuer at the head of (lthar<s detachmentA a collar of ran! around his slee! nec!A and .iftly and silently leapin'A they spran' from every hearth and housetop and poured in a 'reat furry sea across the plains to the ed'e of the .ere on earth. nothin'. So at len'th they decided to return throu'h Sar!omand and its 'ate of the a3yssA thou'h of ho. This . Such . But presently his pro'ress . Carter .A or at least .ard CelephaisA in +oth1.n 0adath " * . to .ell as 3y dayB . And a 'reat 'rimal!in in a near3y cotta'e too! up the 3urden and relayed it across lea'ues of rollin' meado.B 3ut it appeared from the sin'ular flutterin' in that hu'e tree that important councils .holesome cats .ere the thou'hts that came to him in the air of the re'ained upper dreamland.ere a3out to stri!e the .orld did not appeal to them .as the plan of the @oo'sA and Carter sa.as halted 3y a sound from a very lar'e hollo.'rane! in far1a.s of those repulsive 3eastsA than!in' them for their help and sendin' his 'ratitude to the 3east .onderedA tooA if he .hich had snea!ed after Carter to (ltharA and . . to 'et there they !ne.A and mi%edA and it echoed throu'h .ould ever return to Baharna and pay for the ze3ra that .ith @oo's Cust no.arriors lar'e and smallA 3lac!A 'reyA ti'erA .ar'ai 3eyond the Tanarian 2ills.ay +ria3 so many aeons a'oA and .ith in the a3yss.asht and 0aman1Thah in the cavern of flame. S.in' the river to its mouth. And Carter shoo! the pa.ar on the cats .ith pleasure . 4or a 'houl is a 'houlA and at 3est an unpleasant companion for man. 2e had avoided the 'reat circle of stonesA since he did not care to spea! .

the ne.ell in the armyA and that he mi'ht .as a strappin' and promisin' cat no.ith di'nity throu'h that enchanted and phosphorescent . T.elve youn' @oo's of no3le families . 2e 'ave the see!er some pass.as doin' very .ith his friend.hilst others of the 3and indul'ed in fantastic 'am3ols or chased fallen leaves that the .as.ood and sur'ed around the council tree and the 'reat stone circle. And the old cat said that he had heard much of un!no.ould har3our dire resentment a'ainst him for the frustration of their .A and purred as he shoo! hands . Terms .arli!e enterprise.ood of titan treesA tal!in' of his Duest . As for the marvellous sunset cityA he had not even heard of thatA 3ut .hom Carter had 'iven a saucer of rich cream on that lon'1vanished mornin' in (lthar.P.ed him had not the old 'eneral for3idden itA 3ut that austere patriarch insisted that the path of duty lay .oodA and Carter 3ade his friends a reluctant fare. outlined the peril of the cat tri3eA and .n . The old cat 'eneral no. Consultin' . .ere discussed at len'thA Carter actin' as interpreterA and it . These matters disposed ofA the assem3led cats 3ro!e ran!s and permitted the @oo's to slin! off one 3y one to their respective homesA .ell e%pect a captaincy after one more campai'n. The youn' su31lieutenant he had met as a small !itten .as re. Thereupon . 2e .arded 3y deep1throated purrs of 'ratitude from all sides.ith the captured @oo's in the centreA leavin' open a lane do.ell.ith the old 'eneral and his 'randson .H.as 3ound.ood.ithout a moment<s loss that 'reat ocean of cats flooded the enchanted .hatever 3order he .ished to reachA deemin' it li!ely that the @oo's .elcomed . Carter no.n 0adath " 1 proved to 3e none other than the very little !itten at the inn to .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.ere ta!en as hosta'es to 3e !ept in the Temple of Cats at (ltharA and the victors made it plain that any disappearances of cats on the 3orders of the @oo' domain .hither he .here it .n stron'holds of @oo'sB forestallin' their surprise attac!s and forcin' them to terms 3efore the mo3ilization of their army of invasion.n .hich they hastened to do . offered Carter an escort throu'h the forest to .comers and there . 4lutterin's rose to panic pitch as the enemy sa.ords of 'reat value amon' the cats of dreamlandA and commended him especially to the old chief of the cats in CelephaisA . They sa.n @oo's. that they .hen they came to the proper ed'e of the . 2is 'randfather said he .ard 'lance. So in the midst of a pleasant and playful re'imentA rela%ed after the successful performance of its dutyA :andolph Carter .ith many a sullen 3ac!.ith the tri3e and the army. That old catA already sli'htly !no.al!ed .ere marched the additional captives rounded up 3y the other cats in other parts of the .as very little resistance amon' the furtive and curious 3ro.ere 3eaten in advanceA and turned from thou'hts of ven'eance to thou'hts of present self1 preservation.ould prove hi'hly influential in any transaction.hich . =t .ould 3e follo.hich involved marchin' at once upon the @oo' council and other !no.ith the 'eneralsA he prepared a plan of instant action .as da.asteA 3ut did not !no.ed 3y conseDuences hi'hly disastrous to @oo's.ould have follo.as decided that the @oo's mi'ht remain a free tri3e on condition of renderin' to the cats a lar'e tri3ute of 'rouseA DuailA and pheasants from the less fa3ulous parts of the forest. 2alf the cats no. So Carter set .ould 'ladly relay to Carter anythin' he mi'ht later learn. This offer he .ind drove amon' the fun'i of that primeval floor.n to CarterA .n 0adath in the cold .as a di'nified malteseB and .ith 'ratitudeB not only for the safety it affordedA 3ut 3ecause he li!ed the 'raceful companionship of cats. seated themselves in a circular formation .

ard hills 3earin' peaceful thatched cotta'es and the shrines of amia3le 'ods carven from Casper or chryso3eryl. All that afternoon the pil'rim .herein is held a little more of the sunli'ht than other places holdA and a little more of the summer<s hummin' music of 3irds and 3eesB so that men .een little hillsA and narro.alls and courtsA its seven pinnacled to.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. those 'arden lands that lie 3et.ard the top and .sA for they are more ancient than memory.n 0adath " " out alone over the 'olden fields that stretched mysterious 3eside a .ith its enormous mouth as the .ard remem3er.al!ed close to the 3an! of +u!ianos and .al! throu'h it as throu'h a faery placeA and feel 'reater Coy and . . Sometimes he .onder than they ever after.ith their utmost pinnacles 3lazin' free a3ove the vapours.hat means no man !no.herein the 0in' of =le!1?ad comes from his far realm on the t.ind 'racefully amon' streams and 'ardens. 3efore him flamin' in the sunset the thousand 'ilded spires of Thran.elt in a cotta'e 3y its 3an!s. By noon Carter reached the Casper terraces of 0iran . All of Casper is that templeA and coverin' an acre of 'round .ard under the enchanted sun.ard to.alls of that incredi3le cityA slopin' in.ers that starred each !noll and dan'le. . =n former dreams he had seen Duaint lum3erin' 3uopoths come shyly out of that .andered on throu'h perfumed meado.hich slope do.nA and hei'htened the colours of the thousand flo. he could not 'limpse any.ater<s ed'e.atch a carnivorous fish catch a fishin' 3irdA .hose trees came do.et lofty as they are .illo.ent 3ac! into the .as silentA and Carter heard only the murmur of the 'reat stream and the hum of the 3irds and 3ees as he .A in the dro. To.hisperin' rushes and 'azed at the 'reat dar! .s and in the lee of 'entle river.o hundred turretsA the clustered to.n to the river<s ed'e and 3ear that temple of loveliness .o.ith ornate 'alleons of fra'rant cedar and calamander ridin' 'ently at anchorA and stran'e 3earded sailors sittin' on cas!s and 3ales .ersA and its inner shrine .siness of dayA that carven and delicate fane . Well did the traveller !no.ood to drin!A 3ut no.hen he d.hite cotta'es dream 3et. +nce in a .ood of the Cerenerian SeaA and 3lithely did he follo.alls lies the farm countryA .histled to the spri'htly and iridescent fish of that crystal streamA and at other times he paused amidst the .n upon it.ard 3eyond the . 'rassy rise and sa. roads . A 3lessed haze lies upon all this re'ionA .P.ard evenin' he mounted a lo.i%t the .ith many stone 3rid'es .ith their hundred 'ates and t.ood.n .ers .ater 3y sho.er do.ho san' to him in youth . And .al!ed on.here Thran<s 'ates open on the river are 'reat .hich it lured to the .ith its .ith the hiero'lyphs of far places. The sun rose hi'her over 'entle slopes of 'rove and la.here small .hite 3eneath their 'olden spiresA are loftier stillB so that men on the plain around see them soarin' into the s!yA sometimes shinin' clearA sometimes cau'ht at the top in tan'les of cloud and mistA and sometimes clouded lo. 5ofty 3eyond 3elief are the ala3aster . 5and. .in'ed hunter sou'ht to dart do.rou'ht in one solid piece 3y .1frin'ed riverA and the cats .ili'ht sea once a year in a 'olden palanDnin to pray to the 'od of +u!ianosA .ithinA all .H. 8any times the moon hears stran'e music as it shines on those courts and terraces and pinnaclesA 3ut .harves of mar3leA .hile he paused to .here the river enters throu'h hidden channels and the 'od sin's softly in the ni'ht.hether that music 3e the son' of the 'od or the chant of the cryptical priestsA none 3ut the 0in' of =le!1?ad may sayB for only he had entered the temple or seen the priests.n clear to the .ood on the farther sideA . the sin'in' river +u!ianos that mar!ed his course.in' its temptin' scales in the sunA and 'rasped 3y the 3ea! .

ith those stran'e men from cold and t.ard to.indo.ili'ht landA and said to 3e close to unpleasant 5en'B althou'h hi'h impassa3le mountains to.sA andAthe sound of lutes and pipes stole timid from inner courts .as called =nDuano!A and not many people cared to 'o thither 3ecause it .ere really thereA or . And Cust at the hour of dus! he came to the southern 'ateA and .ays .hen those formida3le 3arrier pea!s loomed 3lac! a'ainst a risin' moon.ritten that there may one day 3e need of them a'ainB and elephant caravans have 'limpsed them from afar 3y moonli'htA thou'h none dares approach them closely 3ecause of the 'uardians to .n 0adath " & $o. 2ere Carter . CertainlyA men reached 5en' from very different oceans.ept onA and dus! hushed the hum of the dayA and the first stars a3ove 3lin!ed ans.hose name is for'otten.ho came in dar! ships from the north and traded ony% for the carved Cade and spun 'old and little red sin'in' 3irds of Celephais.sy villa'e on the shoreA .ered on the side .hich Carter sou'ht they !ne.as a cold t.ere only a fear that timid people felt in the ni'ht .P.ere a3ove ThranA .ares of the ornate 'alleons .hich their . But the ship s. And of the marvellous sunset city . +f other 3oundaries of =nDuano! those sailors had no notionA nor had they heard of the cold .ere much as they . There he 3ou'ht his passa'e to Celephais on a 'reat 'reen 'alleonA and there he stopped for the ni'ht after spea!in' 'ravely to the venera3le cat of that innA .n 0adath save from va'ue unplaced report.here the .e a3out them. Carter !ne.ili'ht float up from the river to the marvellous 'olden spires of Thran. and then a curious temple risin' on the farther hills to. Spells of the Elder +nes !eep those places unharmed and undecayedA for it is . his .as thou'ht to lieA so that none mi'ht say .ished he mi'ht disem3ar!A for in those tropic tan'les sleep .all so thic! that the 'ate .ard the ri'htA and a dro.ho are the seed of such 'ods as carved their features on .ere cast off and the lon' sail do. 5i'hts shone throu'h 'rated and 3alconied .ondrous palaces of ivoryA lone and un3ro!enA . So the traveller as!ed no more of far thin'sA 3ut 3ided his time till he mi'ht tal! .ith no.ili'ht =nDuano! .n to the Cerenerian Sea 3e'un.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.here mar3le fountains 3u33led.hom they had met in the taverns of CelephaisA as!in' the names and . 4or many lea'ues the 3an!s . And all throu'h the ni'ht that 'alleon floated on past mysteries unseen and unsuspected.ers.indin' deep and narro.as stopped 3y a red1ro3ed sentry till he had told three dreams 3eyond 3eliefA and proved himself a dreamer . 5ate in the day the 'alleon reached those 3ends of the river .orthy to .ho 3lin!ed dozin' 3efore an enormous hearth and dreamed of old .ere sold.here at an old sea tavern he found the captains and seamen he had !no.een the heaven.elt fa3ulous monarchs of a land . Their landA very far a. not muchA save that they tal!ed 3ut seldom and spread a !ind of a.ith steep red roofs and nets spread in the sun. t.n throu'h this verdant land Carter .hether this evil plateau .ers to the early fireflies on the 3an!s as that Cun'le fell far 3ehindA leavin' only its fra'rance as a memory that it had 3een.n throu'h dar!er streets to the riverA .as a tunnelA and thereafter amidst curved and undulant .'rane!.ayA . 3et.aste and un!no. nothin' at all. Then into that incredi3le city he .here 5en' .hich traverse the perfumed Cun'les of 0ied. +nce a loo!out reported fires on the hills to the eastA 3ut the sleepy captain .here once d.hether the rumour .holeness is due.al! up Thran<s steep mysterious streets and lin'er in the 3azaars .al!edB throu'h a . +f these men the sailors !ne.ayA and ed'ed do.ars and for'otten 'ods. 8indful of his searchA Carter Duestioned all the mariners closely a3out those .al!ed at evenin'A and sa.H.ays of the stran'e men . =n the mornin' Carter 3oarded the 'alleon 3ound for CelephaisA and sat in the pro. eyesA lon'1lo3ed earsA thin nosesA and pointed chins . as the ropes .ith lon'A narro.n in myriad other dreams.ith its horri3le stone villa'es and unmentiona3le monastery .

harves of 2lanith are of oa!A and there the 'alleon made fast .hat the seamen of the 'alleon had told.ho or .ere no.ere all close to the .orn or 3ro!en. Then at lastA after much unloadin' and loadin'A the ship set sail once more over the sunset seaA and the hi'h .as hi'hly uncertain Cust .hile the captain traded in the taverns. Ancient sailors in those taverns tal!ed much of distant portsA and told many stories of the curious men from t. seemed this deathless city of visionA for here time has no po.er to tarnish or destroy.harves on co33led lanes salted .o ni'hts and t.nA and the untarnished mar3le .ooden o% carts lum3ered and feverish merchants cried their .ara%a Coins the sea. .ellA and rested .ee!s.n 0adath . Shinin' still is the 3ronze of the 'reat 'atesA nor are the ony% pavements ever . T.ith its 'in'!o1trees s.alls are of ru''ed 'raniteA and the houses pea!edly fantastic .orld than any others in dreamlandB so that the city is not sou'ht e%cept for 3arterA 3ut is prized for the solid .or! of its artisans.iftly there came into si'ht the 'litterin' minarets of that fa3ulous to.hom he sou'ht.ith dreams of the 'ods on un!no. less as the last 'olden li'ht of day lent them a . S.ere from the mar3le cloud1city of SerannianA that lies in ethereal space 3eyond . The men of 2lanith are more li!e those of the .hich .ere from more su3stantial parts of dreamland.onder and 3eauty 3eyond any that men had 'iven them. And .alls loo! do. that they .nA . Then rose the 'entle hills 3ehind the to. Carter also .ith 3eamed and plastered 'a3les.ith their 'roves and 'ardens of asphodels and the small shrines and cotta'es upon themB and far in the 3ac!'round the purple rid'e of the TanariansA potent and mysticalA 3ehind .here . The har3our .everA one Thora3onian sailor . Ever ne.alls .hen it .here the 'alleon made fast in the dus! as the city<s million li'hts 3e'an to t.a!in' .alls and 'a3les of 2lanith 're. in portA their 'alley not 3ein' due from the north for full t.ith the spray of hi'h tidesA and seemed e%ceedin'ly ancient . 3y the houses alon' the 3an!s that they .ent ashoreA and loo!ed curiously upon the rutted streets . As it has al.ays 3een is still the turDuoise of .ayin' on the lo.harvesA . Carter did not once see! out the temple or the palace or the citadelA 3ut stayed 3y the sea.hich lay for3idden .here the sea meets the s!yA and some of .as told that none . 2ere the .ays into the .P.ar'ai and the marvellous city of Celephais.ith their 3ronze statuesA and the 'reat stone 3rid'e .y pea! of Aran .ard other re'ions of dream.o days the 'alleon sailed over the Cerenerian SeaA si'htin' no land and spea!in' 3ut one other vessel. The sea taverns .ili'ht =nDuano!A 3ut had little to add to .orld and to. 3lac!13eamed ceilin's and casements of 'reenish 3ull<s1eye panes.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. And the 'reat 3ronze statues on the .ere close to the vast tradin' city of 2lanith on the Cerenerian Sea.ho had 3een to =nDuano! and had . =n the mornin' the river had 3roadened out 'reatlyA and Carter sa.here .reathed priests are the same .H.hich .o .ith their lo.as full of painted 'alleysA some of .n on merchants and camel drivers older than fa3leA yet .hat had lit them.ard .ath12orthathA and the ei'hty orchid1. The ne%t day he searched all alon' the Duays for some of the stran'e mariners of =nDuano!A 3ut .ere come to the land of +oth1.ho 3uilded it ten thousand years a'o. 2e foundA ho.as too late for rumours and le'ends he sou'ht out an ancient tavern he !ne.ithout one 'rey hair in their for!ed 3eards.er slopeA and Carter !ne.in!le out over the .ater.a!in' .ares vacuously in the 3azaars.ay up to the spice1fra'rant .n 0adath " # said they had 3etter not 3e loo!ed at too muchA since it .ili'ht . Then near sunset of the second day there loomed up ahead the sno.or!ed in the ony% Duarries of that t. The . Amon' these the steersman threaded his .all amon' traders and sailors.

2e could not 'o 3ac! to these thin's in the .yarlathotep.ith the 2i'h1>riest.ill sail on their ships. +n the follo. Such rumours as . they . The Thora3onian opined that this desert led around the utmost rim of impassa3le pea!s into 5en'<s horri3le plateauA and that this .hose soul and messen'er is the cra.as dou3tful ho.ard slopes of +oth1.n from the chilly desert to the northA none may sayB 3ut it remains a fact that in that far land there 3roods a hint of outer space . But ..al!ed up the Street of the >illars to the turDuoise temple and tal!ed . Their Cealous hidin' of the marvellous sunset city she. Whether or not this could 3e the fa3led .ere stationed for nou'ht. Thou'h . That 'rey and di'nified 3ein' .as sunnin' himself on the ony% pavementA and e%tended a lan'uid pa.indo.ili'ht realm there is never a cheerin' purr or a homely me.a!in' .here in little dreamin' villa'es En'land<s old son's hover at evenin' 3ehind lattice .herein un!no.as to see them and plead 3efore them.hy no cat .ere told a3out that ony% castle of the 7reat +nes .P. The old chief of the cats also told him .hen Carter repeated the pass.aste .elt in a 'rey .here meado.o man had ever found 0adath in the pastA and it mi'ht 3e Cust as .nlands of his 3oyhoodB .hose dar! ships no cat . 2avin' than!ed the orchid1cro.ho in Carter<s latter dreams had rei'ned alternately in the rose1crystal >alace of the Seventy $eli'hts at Celephais and in the turreted cloud1castle of s!y1floatin' Serannian.hich every3ody seemed to fear and shun.as reasona3ly versed in their moods.as certainly a descent to the north of the peopled re'ionA .n 0adath " placeB and this sailor said there . =t seemed that he could no more find content in those placesA 3ut had formed a mi'hty lon'in' for the En'lish cliffs and do.ar'ai.hich they are more sensitive than men.ers peep lovely throu'h the verdure of distant valleys.ed clearly that they did not .aterfront cats of Celephais a3out the men of =nDuano!A on . as his caller approached.ell if none ever found it in the future. 5i!e Atal in distant (ltharA he stron'ly advised a'ainst any attempts to see themB declarin' that they are testy and capriciousA and su3Cect to stran'e protection from the mindless +ther 7ods from +utsideA .afted over the impassa3le pea!s from hypothetical 5en'A or 3ecause of thin's filterin' do. =t seems that these men have an aura not of earth a3out themA thou'h that is not the reason .n to cats on the sea.sA and .here 'rey church to.B 3ut it seemed unli!ely that those presences and sentinelsA if indeed they e%istedA .as deadB 3ut he had done the ne%t 3est thin' and dreamed a small tract of such countryside in the re'ion east of the city .here the old chief of Celephais< cats d.hich no cat can endureA so that in all that cold t.s .hy men feared itB thou'h he admitted there .ill not 'o on the dar! ships that see! the 3asalt Duays of =nDuano!.ath12orthath is chiefly .ill 'o.ords and introductions furnished him 3y the old cat 'eneral of (ltharA the furry patriarch 3ecame very cordial and communicativeB and told much of the secret lore !no.ere other va'ue tales of evil presences and nameless sentinels.elt slee! and contented.ould re'ard a 'uest .orshipped in CelephaisA all the 7reat +nes are mentioned in diurnal prayersB and the priest .orld 3ecause his 3ody .ere not 3y any means reassurin'.as .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.ned 2i'h1>riestA Carter left the temple and sou'ht out the 3azaar of the sheep13utchersA .here to find his friend 0in' 0uranesA .lin' chaos . . Therefore they .hose o3Cect .n 0adath stands he did not !no.in' day Carter . There he d.s roll 'racefully up from the sea1cliffs to the foot of the Tanarian 2ills.hich cats do not li!eA and to . Whether it 3e 3ecause of thin's .ish Carter to reach itA and it . The reason for this is that =nDuano! holds shado. Best of allA he repeated several thin's told him furtively 3y the timid .H.

arned him never to approach the central void .ar'ai and the S!y around SerannianA sat pensive in a chair 3y the . 0uranesA indeedA had 3een out 3eyond the stars in the ultimate voidA and .as a Sa%on from BostonA 8assachusettsA instead of from Corn.ard a pea!ed 'a3le .ays of protectin' them from impertinent curiosity.hich had moulded his 3ein' and of .ith the Elder +nesB and if they persistently denied all access to the marvellous sunset cityA it .ersA . And on the coast near3y he had 3uilt a little Cornish fishin' villa'e .aysA settlin' therein such people as had the most En'lish facesA and see!in' ever to teach them the dear remem3ered accents of old Corn.ere old dreamers and .ith the carria'e .indo.here thirteen 'enerations of his forefathers had first seen the li'ht.a!in' .lin' chaos .orman A33ey .n1party at the vicar<sA .er and lu%ury and freedom for one 3lessed day as a simple 3oy in that pure and Duiet En'landA that ancientA 3eloved En'land .all.s hun'rily in the dar!.here form does not e%istA and coloured 'ases study the innermost secrets.ell versed in the . .as said to 3e the only one .as not . And in a valley not far off he had reared a 'reat .ayA he .hen Carter 3ade that old 'rey chief of the cats adieuA he did not see! the terraced palace of rose crystal 3ut . And for lon' they tal!ed of old timesA havin' much to say 3ecause 3oth .hole of his po.all.his!ered 3utler in suita3le liveryB and .ould 'ladly have resi'ned forever the . And Carter . 0uranes did not !no.onders of incredi3le places. .ishin' that his old nurse . that the 7reat +nes .as not ready for that hateful la.er he could see from his .as ancient Trevor To.orld .as a monarch in the land of dreamA .here he .ell to meddle . 2e had learned much of the +ther 7ods in distant parts of spaceA especially in that re'ion .yarlathotepA and had .as met 3y a .asA or the marvellous sunset cityB 3ut he did !no.ere 3etter not to see! that city.here 0adath .n 0adath " - 7othic manor1house of stone loo!in' on the seaA and tried to thin! it .as presently ta!en to the li3rary .al!ed out the eastern 'ate and across the daisied fields to.ith the names of his ancestors carved thereonA and .P.een trees as near as possi3le to En'land<s treesA and clum3ed the terraces amon' 'ardens set out as in /ueen Anne<s time.aitin' and his mother nearly out of patience.hich he must al.ere very dan'erous creatures to see! outA and that the +ther 7ods had stran'e .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.hat li!e +ld En'land<s moss.hen he ran' the 3ell there ho33led to admit him no ro3ed and annointed lac!ey of the palaceA 3ut a small stu33y old man in a smoc! . At len'th Carter 3rou'ht up the su3Cect of his DuestA and as!ed of his host those Duestions he had as!ed of so many others.as very dear to himA even if it .as 3orn and .indo.ith all ima'ined pomps and marvelsA splendours and 3eautiesA ecstasies and deli'htsA novelties and e%citements at his commandA he .ho spo!e as 3est he could in the Duaint tones of far Corn. Alto'etherA it .ho had ever returned sane from such a voya'e.H. 0uranesA clad in a dressin' 'o.ith steep co33led . loo!in' on his little seacoast villa'e and . So . 4or thou'h 0uranes .al!ed up the shady path 3et. The violet 'as S<n'ac had told him terri3le thin's of the cra.n of the sort favoured 3y 5ondon tailors in his youthA rose ea'erly to meet his 'uestB for the si'ht of an An'lo1Sa%on from the .here the daemon sultan Azathoth 'na. At the doorA flan!ed 3y stone cats in the old .hose to.here 0uranesA 5ord of +oth1.hich he 'limpsed throu'h the oa!s of a par! slopin' up to the sea1cliffs.A placin' around it in the churchyard 'rey stones .ith a little 3ric! lod'eA and .all fishers. And in time he came to a 'reat hed'e and a 'ate .ould come in and scold him 3ecause he .ays 3e immuta3ly a part.ith a moss some.

At the lastA he . that he .as an old ony% miner and .nsA and all the thousand minarets of Celephais for the steep homely roofs of the villa'e near his home.all.hether his 'uest . =t .allA . By noon there .aited for the dar! ship from cold and t. 4or he had visited Carter often in the old . En'land slopes that had 'iven him 3irth.P.ith e3ony fittin's and traceries of 'oldA and the ca3in in .itch1haunted Ar!hamA and the 3lessed meads and valleys .hich the traveller lod'ed had han'in's of sil! and velvet.ere he to 'ain it.as very lovey and cunnin'ly .ere raised and the anchor liltedA and as Carter stood on the hi'h stern he sa.ar'aiA and for the freedom and colour and hi'h e%perience of life devoid of its chainsA and conventionsA and stupidities.hose stran'e1faced sailors and ony%1traders had in them the 3lood of the 7reat +nes.alls and 3ronze statues and 'olden minarets of a'eless Celephais sin! into the distanceA and the sno.'rane!A 3ut Carter did not hasten to spea! .ise to tell them of his Duest or as! too closely of that cold desert stretchin' north of their t. All his !in'dom . 4or a .as nothin' in si'ht save the 'entle 3lue of the Cerenerian SeaA .ili'ht =nDuano!A .n convictionA and Carter . They tal!ed little .ays for the old familiar thin's of En'land that had shaped his youth.ho listenedA even thou'h the . the sunrise13lazin' .ould 'ather in 'roups in remote comers and sin' amon' themselves the hauntin' airs of un!no.here stone .ords came to common ears only as stran'e cadence and o3scure melody.as very e%citin' to see a'ain those livin' faces so li!e the 'odli!e features of .as sure it .ar'aiA 3ut found no meanin' thereinA and drooped al.ishful to .onders from the faces of those .ould lon' only for the early remem3ered scenesB the 'lo.ere those airs and tales that one mi'ht 'uess their .alls ram3led and . 2e did not !no.ith anythin' firm in his feelin's and memories. much of pride and secrecy and dim supernal memory mi'ht fill those children of the 7reat +nesA and . But no.a!in' daysA and !ne.as a !in' in +oth1. 2e .ould profit au'ht 3y comin' to the city even .as the !in' thereofA he found the freedom and the vividness all too soon . of Beacon 2ill at evenin'A the tall steeples and . That ship .ould not 3e .y pea! of 8ount 8an 'ro.ith the other fol! in those ancient sea tavernsB 3ut . .n sunset city mi'ht not hold Duite that content he sou'htA and that perhaps it had 3etter remain a 'lorious and half1remem3ered dream.hen the >haros shone splendid over the har3our the lon'ed1for ship put inA and stran'e1faced sailors and traders appeared one 3y one and 'roup 3y 'roup in the ancient taverns alon' the sea .as come into that city and that landA and .hite farmhouse 'a3les peeped out from 3o.ood .n 0adath " 7 0uranes furthermore dou3ted . So he told his 'uest that the un!no.ant of lin!a'e . smaller and smaller. +ne mornin' at the turn of the tide the sails .ould he 'ive for the sound of Cornish church 3ells over the do. And in the end they parted each .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.ili'ht land.ith the mariners of far ports and .ee! the stran'e seamen lin'ered in the taverns and traded in the 3azaars of CelephaisA and 3efore they sailed Carter had ta!en passa'e on their dar! shipA tellin' them that he .indin' hill streets of Duaint 0in'sportA the hoary 'am3rel roofs of ancient and .ent 3ac! throu'h the 3ronze 'ate into Celephais and do.or! in their Duarries.H.as very certainA the see!er . ho. +ne starlit evenin' .n the Street of >illars to the old sea .e. These thin's he told :andolph CarterA 3ut still the see!er held to his purpose. 2e himself had dreamed and yearned lon' years for lovely Celephais and the land of +oth1.orn outA and monotonous for .ell the lovely .n placesA or chant lon' tales to one another in accents alien to the rest of dreamland.ers of verdure.ith the silent seamen.here he tal!ed more .rou'htA 3ein' of tea!. And so rare and movin' .ith his o.

they thou'ht the hidden nearness of 5en' .P.eird 'rey t. Carter .ere come to the land of =nDuano! and .n 3earin' that land<s name. Carter as!ed the captain the name of that roc!A 3ut .henA after dar!A a dull and ceaseless ho.hich Carter said he .entieth day a 'reat Ca''ed roc! in the sea .as 'lad that no stop had 3een madeA and that the roc! had no name.hich 5en' . they . To. +nly of the stony desert to the north they . Who had mined those incredi3le 3loc!sA and .hile the .ith 'or'eous starsA and the dar! ship steered for Charles< Wain and the 5ittle Bear as they s.as its .ould soon 3e moored to the 3asalt Duays of the 'reat to.hither they had 3een transportedA no man mi'ht sayB 3ut it .as left all alone in the t.heeled lo. They told him ho.hen Carter heard of this Duarry he .as told that it had no name and had never 3een sou'ht 3y any vessel 3ecause of the sounds that came from it at ni'ht.ere traded in :inarA +'rothanA and Celephais and at home .ili'ht .atchers murmured old chants and leaned over the rail to 'limpse the luminous fish playin' in 3o.n on the dec! to prayA so that Carter !ne.hose tops .as si'hted from afarA the first land 'limpsed since 8an<s sno.as thou'ht 3est not to trou3le that DuarryA around .ares of those fa3ulous ports.as 3uilded of ony%A . The seamen prayed and chanted till the noise .lin' arose from that Ca''ed 'ranite placeA the traveller .n placesA and they stole off one 3y one to the forecastle .y pea! had d.orld.alls and . +n later days they tal!ed of the Duarries in .ee!s there .ith one painted 'alley afar off 3ound for that realm of Serannian .ili'htA . So it .o . And in t. There .er and lo. T.in' the men of the shipA 'ettin' them little 3y little to tal! of their cold t.as somethin' disDuietin' a3out that desertA and it .istful .as said to 3e.ere lost in the chan'eless clouds of that t.n in for'otten times such prodi'ious lumps and 3loc!s that the si'ht of their chiselled vacancies struc! terror to all . sorry they .ith the merchants of ThraaA 4larne!A and 0adatheronA for the 3eautiful .as not any sunli'ht at allA 3ut only a .er in the s!yA and the mists overhead 're. And . There .here the sea meets the s!y.ould not tal!.ith only the raven and the rumoured Shanta!13ird to 3rood on its immensities.ers 3eneath the sea.n 0adath is of ony%.ere many of themA for all the city of =nDuano! .as an unused Duarry 'reater than all the restB from .ere that no cats .hose e%istence the men of =nDuano! did not care to admitA there .un' slo.as to 3lame for it. thic!er and thic!er.as thou'ht e%pedient not to admit its e%istence.ithin dreams in the small hours.hilst 'reat polished 3loc!s of it .hich such inhuman memories mi'ht conceiva3ly clin'.or!. of a youn' mornin'A mar!in' that the sun seemed farther south than . +n the t.ont.ili'ht shinin' throu'h a dome of eternal cloud 3y dayA and a cold starless phosphorescence from the under side of that cloud 3y ni'ht.ho 3eheld. And the sailors san' stran'e son's of un!no.as moved to deep thou'htA for he !ne.ould stay in the land of =nDuano!A and ho.H.indled 3ehind the ship. And the ni'ht came .hich had 3een he.ent to sleep at midni'htA and rose in the 'lo.ili'ht landA of their e%Duisite ony% cityA and of their fear of the hi'h and impassa3le pea!s 3eyond .ard noon a dar! coastline appearedA and 3efore three o<cloc! there stood out a'ainst the north the 3ul3ous domes and fantastic spires of the ony% city.as out of earshotA and Carter dreamed terri3le dreams . And far to the northA almost in the cold desert . :are and curious did that archaic city rise a3ove its . from old tales that the 7reat +nes< castle atop un!no. Each day the sun . .ly round the pole.o mornin's after that there loomed far ahead and to the east a line of 'reat 'rey pea!s .as 'oin' to .n 0adath " 8 . And at the si'ht of them the sailors san' 'lad son'sA and some !nelt do.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. And all throu'h that second day he made pro'ress in !no.

in' .indo.hen the dar! ship anchored 3eside a Cuttin' Duay of stoneA and all the sailors and traders filed ashore and throu'h the arched 'ate into the city.ise in the primal mysteriesA and faithful in !eepin' the rhythms of the 7reat +nes as set forth in scrolls older than the >na!otic 8anuscripts.ere of the stran'e1faced race of the 'odsA 3ut the slaves .ere croo!ed and narro.ili'ht cityA and lead him to the taverns of the ony%1 miners 3y the northern .ere the housesA and carved on every side .harves reached .ays certain si'ns of 'old said to 3e in honour of the respective small 'ods that favoured each.ho .P.ells all alone in a prehistoric stone monastery. Tall and many1.ers and patterns .ide outside the city . across or around the impassa3le pea!s from the valleys 3eyond 5en'.ith scrollsA flutin'sA and ara3esDues of inlaid 'old.ot To Be $escri3edA .onders of the northA .er the 'reat 3ell shivered over the cityA and the peal of the horns and viols and voices rose cryptical in ans.aste and 0adathB and someho.ith inner secrets.ere li'htedA and the sailors in that tavern san' son's of remote places.ere paved . The houses near the .onder and a stran'eness on the t.alls .er theretoA all ceased their son's or tales and 3o.hich . 4ar in the shado.ith that 2i'h1>riest .er than the restA and 3ore a3ove their curiously arched door. Some ended in s.ould ne%t day she.all and 3ore upon them all manner of merchandise from the 'alleys anchored thereA .ere lo.ered each time 3y a peal of mystic music made up of hornsA violsA and chantin' voices.as reputed to trade . a sDuat form he did not li!eA for it . The . The sailors and merchants . of tripods on a 'alley round the hi'h dome of the temple there 3urst flares of flame at certain momentsB for the priests and people of that city .hose evil fires are seen at ni'ht from afarA and even to have dealt .as the Temple of the Elder +nesA and .aitin' shipment to the far mar!ets of :inarA +'rathan and Celephais.hen from its hi'h to. This man had seemed to she.A and pierced 3y freDuent 'atesA each under a 'reat arch risin' hi'h a3ove the 'eneral level and capped 3y the head of a 'od chiselled .H. the slavesA sailorsA and merchants on the doc!s. a Dueer 'leam of !no.ellin' domes that tapered to a pointA others in terraced pyramids .ith flo.er 'reater than all the rest and 3earin' a hi'h pinnacled 3elfry restin' on a flattened dome.hich no healthy fol! visit and .as unmista!a3ly that of the old slant1eyed merchant he had seen so lon' 3efore in the taverns of $ylath15eenA .ith ony% and some of them . And from a ro.here floc!ed the mariners of Duaint countriesA and promised that he .ili'ht city of =nDuano!A and men fear to 3e la% in its rites lest a doom and a ven'eance lur! unsuspectedly close.s of that tavern Carter sa..'rane!.as not a reassurin' thin'.ears a yello. The .ere sDuatA slant1eyed fol! said 3y rumour to have drifted someho.ere lo.n 0adath " ) DuaysA all of delicate 3lac! .ed silent till the. last echo died a. The streets of that city . =t . sil!en mas! over its face and d.ater .ere 'reat piles of ony% 3oth carved and uncarved a. The captain of the ship too! Carter to an old sea tavern .ere . But .hereon rose clustered minarets displayin' every phase of stran'eness and ima'ination.as not yet evenin' .ith the horri3le stone villa'es of 5en' .ide and strai'ht .hilst others .ed .hile at one end .ith a 3eauty more poi'nant than li'ht.onders of the t.all.ay. And evenin' fellA and little 3ronze lamps .ater into the har3our the lesser noises of the city 're.holly out of si'ht 3efore Carter could . manifestA and Carter sa. his presence in dar! and haunted =nDuano!A so close to the . At intervals the clan' of a stran'e 3ell shivered over the ony% cityA ans.hen Carter as!ed the traders of $ylath5een a3out the cold . ThisA the seamen saidA . him the .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. +n a hill in the centre rose a si%teen1an'led to.as ruled 3y an old 2i'h1 >riest sad .hose dar! symmetries dazzled the eye .ith that same s!ill displayed in the monstrous face on distant . 4or there is a . 2e slipped . As the ship rode past the 'reat 3asalt 3rea!.ere .

The inlaid doors and fi'ured house1frontsA carven 3alconies and crystal1paned oriels all 'leamed . The captain too! Carter to the mi'hty templeA .P. When the deep clan' from the temple 3elfry shivers over the 'arden and the cityA and the ans.A all 3ut the 3road curvin' one .ard the hill .hich hideous 5en' .ould open out . But 3efore he left the 'arden the hour of the 3ell cameA and he heard the shiverin' clan' deafenin' a3ove himA and the . Even the ship1captain did not li!e that spotA and hurried him on to.ith its si%teen carven sidesA its flattened domeA and its lofty pinnacled 3elfryA overtoppin' all elseA and maCestic .ls from .ith its .ayA 'ivin' to the traveller a fear .heel<s hu3.as all stepsA 3et.ith a ya! caravan from some point not .alled 'arden in a 'reat round plaza .ili'ht s!y.ill do.alls hearin' stran'e si'ns in 'oldA and under 3alconies and oriels .ays to the ony% palace are steep and narro. And all the seven columns strut peculiarly in sin'le fileA le's thro.ays to the eastA far 3eyond the city .al!s stal!ed the lon' files of 3o. =t is said that su3terrene paths connect the lod'es .ays openA and the people roam reverently at .hispered that deep fli'hts of ony% steps 'o do.ithout 3endin' the !neesA do. And there are fountainsA poolsA and 3asins there to reflect the freDuent 3laze of the tripods on the hi'h 3alconyA all of ony% and havin' in them small luminous fish ta!en 3y divers from the lo.ere . And al.hereon the ?eiled 0in'<s palace rises many1 domed and marvellous.n far for. But only a fe.n the seven 'reat .n 0adath "-* spea! to himA and sailors later said that he had come .herein they disappear and do not appear a'ain. Carter and his 'uide clim3ed up an alley that .ith a som3re and polished lovelinessB and no.n to mysteries that are never told. The seven arched 'ates of that 'ardenA each havin' over it a carven face li!e those on the city<s 'atesA are al. Carter did not enter the templeA 3ecause none 3ut the ?eiled 0in' is permitted to do that.eird and 3eautiful 3eyond .ers of ocean. When the last of them had vanished he left that 'ardenA notin' as he did so a spot on the pavement over .alls and the lea'ues of pasture landA rose the 'aunt 'rey sides of those topless and impassa3le pea!s across .hatever its fore'round.een inlaid .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.hich human priests do not often 'ive.hence the streets 'o as spo!es from a .ell determinedA 3earin' the colossal and rich1flavoured e''s of the rumoured Shanta!13ird to trade for the de%trous Cade 'o3lets that merchants 3rou'ht from =larne!.H.ith the templeA and that the lon' files of priests return throu'h themB nor is it un.ls had passed.n the .l13earin' priests in their sin'ular .ordsB and nothin' .ard . Some of the vistas do. +n the follo.ho hint that the priests in the mas!ed and hooded columns are not human 3ein's.n lon' and un3endin' streetsA or throu'h side alleys and over 3ul3ous domesA spiresA and ara3esDued roofsA .hich the 3o.ailin' of the horns and viols and voices loud from the lod'es 3y the 'ates.er of the horns and viols and voices peals out from the seven lod'es 3y the 'arden 'atesA there issue from the seven doors of the temple lon' columns of mas!ed and hooded priests in 3lac!A 3earin' at arm<s len'th 3efore them 'reat 'olden 3o.al!s that lead to the seven lod'esA .hich a curious steam rises.in' mornin' the ship1captain led Carter throu'h the ony% streets of =nDuano!A dar! under their t.ith 'rotesDue termini and the shrines of modest 'ods. and then a plaza .hich is set . And do.n the tiled paths and throu'h the little lanes lined . The .er 3o.n chariots.here the !in' and his companions ride on ya!s or in ya!1dra. are those .as more splendid than the massive hei'hts of the 'reat central Temple of the Elder +nes .as said to lie.hence sometimes floated soft strains of music or 3reaths .ith 3lac! pillarsA colonadesA and the statues of curious 3ein's 3oth human and fa3ulous.

est to. There Carter paused in faintness at so much 3eautyA for the ony% terraces and colonnaded .o other human presence .ished to loo! over all the various mines for himself and to visit the scattered farms and Duaint ony% villa'es of =nDuano!A Carter hired a ya! and stuffed 'reat leathern saddle13a's for a Courney.'rane!A that he felt certain he had come at last upon one of the 7reat +nes themselvesA or upon one .ard SelarnA 3ut Carter !ept on north 3y the Duarry road. led .ere many men in that innA and the traveller .as thereA and Carter .ell to loo! too lon' and steadily at the 'reat central domeA since it is said to house the archaic father of all the rumoured Shanta!13irdsA and to send out Dueer dreams to the curious.ith many odd farmhouses cro. At some of these houses the see!er stopped to as! DuestionsB once findin' a host so austere and reticentA and so full of an unplaced maCesty li!e to that in the hu'e features on . And thereA in a lo.hich he tied his ya!A and in the mornin' resumed his north. 3eforeA for the miners . That ni'ht Carter camped in a roadside meado.hilst Carter .ith luminous fishA the tiny temples of iridescent sin'in' 3irds atop carven columnsA the marvellous scroll.hich the ?eiled 0in'<s palace is famousB and at len'th they passed under a 'reat 3lac! arch and emer'ed in the 'ardens of the monarch<s pleasure.ith the domed and fretted ma'nificence of the palace aheadA and the fantastic silhouette of the distant impassa3le pea!s on the ri'ht.ellin' amon'st men.here are the taverns of the ya!1merchants and the ony%1miners. All the afternoon he follo.ard pil'rima'e. some.as not lon' in spea!in' to some of themB sayin' that he .ili'ht s!yA .holesome thin'sB it 3ein'.ayA and .1ceiled inn of DuarrymenA they said fare.ellB for 3usiness called the captain .al!sA the 'ay porterres and delicate flo.alls all Coined to form a si'ht .allsA mi'hty 3uttressesA and clustered and 3ul3ous domes for .or! of the 'reat 3ronze 'atesA and the 3lossomin' vines trained alon' every inch of the polished . There .as 3eyond realityA and half1 fa3ulous even in the land of dreams.ed that risin' roadA .as careful to spea! very . indeed for the 3est that no man has ever truly seen one Jfor that fa3led father of Shanta!s in the !in'<s dome is fed in the dar!K.as ea'er to tal! .P. They had fears of fa3led emissaries from around the mountains .er than the 'reat hi'h. =t is here that the 'reat caravan road turns . Al.as so.n 0adath "-1 of e%otic fra'rance. And to that austere and reticent cotter he . .hile the perfume of rare 3lossoms spread li!e a veil over that incredi3le 'arden. 3eneath a 'reat ly'ath1tree to .hispered also that the rumoured Shanta!13irds are no .as 'lad it . And ever the small 3irds and the fountains san'A .ith miners a3out the north.H.ays ahead loomed those titan .ith full nine1tenths of their 3loodA d. There it shimmered li!e a vision under that 'rey t.as some.nA near the 7ate of the CaravansA .hose loveliness .i%t tilled fieldsA .as an old miner of ony%A and an%ious to !no.erin' trees espaliered to 'olden latticesA the 3razen urns and tripods . And they . The ne%t dayA sayin' that he .hat of =nDuano!<s Duarries.hich .ere timid and evasive a3out the cold desert to the north and the Duarry that no man visits.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.here traders rest and miners tell their talesA and paused in its taverns till noon.ned 3y lo. Then they turned and descended a'ain the ony% alley of stepsA for the palace itself no visitor may enterB and it is not . Beyond the 7ate of the Caravans the road lay strai'ht 3et.ith cunnin' 3as1reliefsA the pedestalled and almost 3reathin' statues of veined 3lac! mar3leA the 3asalt13ottomed la'oon<s tiled fountains . But all that he learned .here 5en' is said to lieA and of evil presences and nameless sentinels far north amon' the scattered roc!s. After that the captain too! Carter to the north Duarter of the to. domes. At a3out ten o<cloc! he reached the small1domed villa'e of (r'A .as not much more than he !ne.hat narro.ell of the 'odsA and to praise all the 3lessin's they had ever accorded him.hich no.

+n the second ni'ht he camped in the shado. After t.n 0adath "-" throu'h a re'ion . and then a flappin' 3ehind some vast roc! .entA and cautioned him not to 'o too far to the northB 3ut he replied that he .P.ould find the feared and unvisited Duarry . But he did not li!e it .ave a last fare. dar!er and colder. 2e o3served the 'reater phosphorescence of the clouds at his northerly pointA and more than once thou'ht he sa. And 3y evenin' the lo.ho there la3oured .as alone .ith the 'rey impassa3le pea!s al.hat he sa.ay. +nce in a . ahead a definite crestA 3eyond .as close to the minin' country.ith no ve'etation at allA 3ut only 'reat roc!y fra'ments scattered a3out a floor of 3lac! earthA .ays on the ri'ht to.as perilous .hose conCectured traffic! . To reach this crestA ho.arned him he .hile a raven .ith his sha''y steedA and it trou3led him to o3serve that this e%cellent ya! 3ecame more and more reluctant to advanceA and more and more disposed to snort affri'htedly at any small noise alon' the route.allsA and 3e'an to display an even 'reater steepness than 3efore.hen the animal 3al!ed or stum3ledA and !eepin' his o.orse tales he heard of them from the scattered farmers and traders and drivers of lum3erin' ony%1carts alon' the .led'e of the olden days and the ha3its of 'ods that Carter could see they held many latent memories of their sires the 7reat +nes. The path no.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. cliffs of ony%A and . hills on his left had risen into siza3le 3lac! cliffsA so that he !ne.ere common amon' prospectors. =n t. of a lar'e 3lac! cra'A tetherin' his ya! to a sta!e driven in the 'round.in' such stran'e !no.hence hands older than men<s hands had .ith more roc!s than tilled fields.est. he . Eventually Carter dismounted and led his du3ious ya!B pullin' very hard .een sa3le and 'listenin' . dar! shapes outlined a'ainst them.here they had .. approachin' the camp that sDuat and evasive old merchant .ith slantin' eyesA .ould ta!e no more ris!s than .as nothin' 3ut dull 'rey s!yA and 3lessed the prospect of a level or do.henA turnin' 3ac! to .n thic!ly a3out.ered afar off at his ri'htA and the farther he .H.as no easy tas!B for the .ith loose 3lac! 'ravel and small stones. And on the third mornin' he came in si'ht of the first ony% DuarryA and 'reeted the men . contracted 3et.hither he .ay had 'ro. =n the mornin' he 3ade them adieu and rode on into the dar!enin' northA .o more Duarries the inha3ited part of =nDuano! seemed to endA and the road narro.eird reflections on the polished cliffs to the . =t .n. They as!ed him .ith 5en' . But in the main he .as see!in' ne.as indeed come into stran'e and deserted . All the . The third ni'ht he spent in a camp of Duarry men .o hours Carter sa.as a 3ad footin'A and the ya! often slipped on the stony fra'ments stre.hile the 'reat 'aunt sides of the impassa3le mountains to. Then suddenly he came to the top and sa. Al.renched prodi'ious 3loc!s.ould ma!e him thin! uncomforta3ly of the rumoured Shanta!13ird.ays risin' 'aunt and sinister on his ri'ht.ard course.ellA he thou'ht he sa.ays of elder time. Before evenin' he had passed eleven DuarriesB the land 3ein' here 'iven over alto'ether to ony% cliffs and 3ouldersA .n footin' as 3est he mi'ht.ould croa! far overheadA and no.ere no prints of feet or hooves on the 3lac! path 3eneathA and realised that he . And they san' many son's and told many talesA she. .ith pic!s and chisels.hich .ed to a steeply risin' ya!1path amon' for3iddin' 3lac! cliffs. 3eyondA and 'asped at . Soon he perceived that there .as the 'ossip of distant $ylath1 5een.entA the .ered the 'aunt and distant pea!sA and as Carter clim3ed farther and farther into this untraversed realm he found it 're.n nearly perpendicularA and .everA .hose flic!erin' fires cast .

ith the same lines of hi'h natural .ay amidst the t.H. 2e could not see the hoofprints of his ya!A 3ut al. The 'aunt 'rey flan!s of the distant impassa3le pea!s .ere the roc!s and 3oulders of an open space .ays from 3ehind him there came that detesta3le cloppin'B min'led no.ere less clear as the 'rey t.ay . The 3eats . 2o. And once more those hoof3eats sounded in his earsA plainer than 3eforeA 3ut this time 'ivin' terror instead of encoura'ement 3ecause he realised that they .hich . 4ar 3ac! into the solid precipice ran that cyclopean 'ou'eA and deep do.hether it had follo.hose 'reat .aste of sand and spectral roc!s . he .herein all paths . it .holesome or mentiona3le.as clearly a foretaste of the dar! arid limitless plain.ed it plainlyA and even silhouetted parts of it as vapours 'lo.ay once more a narro. +nce he thou'ht he heard the hoof3eats of the fri'htened 3eastA and dou3led his speed from this encoura'ement.ideA .hirrin's in the unseen depths told of 3ats or urha's or less mentiona3le presences hauntin' the endless 3lac!ness.here some archaic po.ere lost.ed him from the haunts of men or had floundered up out of that 3lac! Duarry pit. he sa.as no Duarry of manA and the concave sides . Soon the left13ehind cliffs resumed their courseA ma!in' the .ere titanic flappin's and .ere 3ehind him.ere scarred .ide prints told of its desperate fli'ht.as he could not tellA 3ut it must have 3een very far. Then dim and misty in the dar!lin' north 3efore him he 'limpsed a terri3le thin'.n 3efore himB tall ony% cliffs on his ri'ht that led on as far as he could see and tall cliffs on the left chopped off Cust ahead to ma!e that terri3le and unearthly Duarry. 8ean.P. he must soon emer'e on the cold and dreaded desert to the north.ned.as hopelessly lost in this 3ro!en and 3lasted desert of meanin'less roc!s and untravelled sands.ithout any sound of stri!in' 3ottomB 3ut Carter i'nored the perils of that scanty path as he raced 3reathlessly after the flyin' steed.ili'ht . =t . a fli'ht from an unseen thin'A for thou'h he dared not 'lance over his shoulder he felt that the presence 3ehind him could 3e nothin' .n .ith 'reat sDuaresA yards .ithin earth<s 3o.as somethin' more.hirrin's. +nly those remote and impassa3le pea!s on the ri'ht 'ave him any sense of directionA and even they .ili'ht .n 0adath "-& The path indeed led strai'ht ahead and sli'htly do.hile the cliffs had 3een left 3ehindA so that the oncomin' ni'ht fell over a 'reat .n 3y nameless hands and chisels.hich told of the size of the 3loc!s once he. 2e . and then .nA . 2e had thou'ht it for some moments a ran'e of 3lac! mountainsA 3ut no. The phosphorescence of the 3roodin' clouds she.aned and the sic!ly phosphorescence of the clouds too! its place. All at once the ya! uttered a cry and 3urst from his controlA leapin' past him and dartin' on in a panic till it vanished do. Carter<s pursuit of the ya! 3ecame no.els its lo.ed 3ehind. slope to.n the narro.hat he fancied . distant it . laneB and still the traveller leaped on after the ya! . Stones !ic!ed 3y its flyin' hooves fell over the 3rin! of the Duarry and lost themselves in the dar! .ith .ere ruthless and purposefulA and they .ere a'ain visi3le a3ove the ri'ht1hand cra'sA and ahead .as losin' 'round seemed unhappily clear to himA and he !ne.ere not the fri'htened hoof3eats of his fleein' ya!.er delvin's ya.as 3roadenin' in front till he !ne. .alls as 3eforeB 3ut on the left hand there opened out a monstrous spaceA vast acres in e%tentA .as thousands of feet hi'hA stretchin' in a 'reat concave arc .ith the roc!y path slopin' do. 2is ya! must have heard or felt it firstA and he did not li!e to as! himself . That he . =t .ard the north.as coverin' milesA and little 3y little the . There Carter stood in the narro.er had riven and rent the native cliffs of ony% in the form of a 'iant<s Duarry. 2i'h over its Ca''ed rim hu'e ravens flapped and croa!edA and va'ue .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.

=t .ays in hi'h vortices of 'leamin' mist. As they descended there appeared at intervals lone huts of 'ranite and 3lea! stone villa'es .hich healthy fol! never visitB that haunted place of evil and mystery .olves or 'houlsA cro.P.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. Win'ed and .ith his loathin'.ere dancin'A and Carter .hose .here on earth or in dreamlandA for they .hat manner of 3ein's they mi'ht 3eB for no healthy fol! have ever 3een to 5en'A and the place .here indeed .ere hills no moreA for some hand 'reater than man<s had touched them.ith pallid li'ht.as hard .as trottin' the sDuat slant1eyed trader of evil le'endA 'rinnin' astride a lean ya! and leadin' on a no%ious horde of leerin' Shanta!s to .'rane!B 3ut he did not Duestion his captor a3out these thin's .ith clouds and mists and 'uardin' the secrets of the north forever. =t .est. arise from their shado.in' 'reat tension until they .hose motions .hich 5en' .hich made him thin! of those on . 4or travellers have heard such sounds 3eforeA and !no.erA revealin' 3eneath the canopy of cloud a 'rey 3arren plain .A and sa.ere left far in the rear.as said to 3e.hich lie al.y caps 'reat forms . that they must 3e the Shanta!13irds of ill rumourA and .n 0adath "-# from the 'rey impassa3le pea!s to the unima'ined .ard the rin' of carven mountains 3y one of the incredi3le 3ird colossi.orld li!e .s 'lo. All in a 'reat half circle they sDuattedA those do'1li!e mountains carven into monstrous . Carter !ne. follo.ondered no more . 4ar a3ove the clouds they fle.hirrin'A those forms 're. +nce he .ned . And as he stopped in final resi'nation he dared at last to loo! 3ehind himA . upon their topmost pea!s stran'e caves . his stum3lin' .A till at last there lay 3eneath them those fa3led summits .ere raised in menace a'ainst man!ind. Carter 3eheld them very plainly as they passed 3elo.n from his ya! and stood 'rinnin' 3efore the captive.as only the flic!erin' li'ht of the clouds that made their mitred dou3le heads seem to moveA 3ut as Carter stum3led on he sa. lo.hich is 5en'.ered a3ove himA .hen he noticed that 3oth the man and the horse1 headed Shanta! appeared oddly fearful of themA hurryin' past nervously and she.as curious as to . There no.ed . fle.ard the 'aunt 'rey flan!s of those impassa3le mountains 3eyond . Then the man motioned Carter to mount one of the repu'nant Shanta!sA helpin' him up as his Cud'ement stru''led . They .H.as at an end.hich the fol! of =nDuano! have never seenA and .hich proved at once that =nDuano!<s people are ri'ht in their 'eo'raphic rumours.ard spacesA and had once indeed 3een a rid'e of mi'hty ony% hills.hat evil 'uardians and nameless sentinels made men avoid the 3oreal roc! desert.hose tiny .ay north.hirl throu'h fri'id spaceA endlessly up and east. Silent they sDuatted there atop the .ere not any 3irds or 3ats !no. that they float only from the cold desert plateau .ere lar'er than elephants and had heads li!e a horse<s.n else. lar'er each momentA and the traveller !ne.ard to.indo.ed a hideous .ere no delusion.as seatedA the slant1eyed man hopped up 3ehind himA leavin' the lean ya! to 3e led a. Around the fee3le fires dar! forms .in's still clun' the rime and nitre of the nether pits.as 3y fa3ulous and hippocephalic .or! ascendin'A for the Shanta!13ird has scales instead of feathersA and those scales are very slippery. The Shanta! no. 5ofty and horri3le those titan 'ar'oyles to. these hills .hereon at 'reat distances shone little fee3le fires.atchin' statuesA and their ri'ht hands .hile the slant1eyed merchant leaped do. Trapped thou'h he . But no.in'ed ni'htmares that pressed around in 'reat unholy circlesA :andolph Carter did not lose consciousness. And there came from those huts and villa'es a shrill dronin' of pipes and a nauseous rattle of crotala .ard to.

hose presumption had aimed at the findin' of un!no. The loathsome 3ird no.hich .ear any .n 0adath "- is !no.i' or headpiece . clouds 'ave place to the misty t.er .ith titterin' tones that rasped li!e the scratchin' of 'round 'lass.hat 3oldness the see!in' of un!no. Al= this .ind1 s.ears a yello.ith . lo.ard he sa.ith the leaner ones toilin' and the fatter ones ta!en a.erA the repulsiveness of the dancers 3ecame tin'ed .!.as nothin' humanA and Carter surmised from old tales that he .hich all dreamland holds their a3horrent frozen plateau. meant to do .ith monstrous .ith small horns.ith a certain hellish familiarityB and the prisoner !ept strainin' his eyes and rac!in' his memory for clues to .hose !ith he had seen driven in herds a3out the unclean . 4or the cryptic fol! of 5en' .ould ans.ereA and that they did not . But the Shanta! fle. Behind they had d.astes of roc! and ice and sno.i's or headpieces after all.ot To Be $escri3edA .o.ere indeed the same dar! fol! .ardly did those forms leapA and . settled to the 'roundA and the slant1eyed man hopped do.H.hat they .n to these formless a3ominations from the moon.n and helped his captive ali'ht.as indeed come to that most dreadful and le'endary of all placesA the remote and prehistoric monastery .n 0adath had 3een tried. on past the fires and the stone huts and the less than human dancersA and soared over sterile hills of 'rey 'ranite and dim .ept ta3le1land .ili'ht of that northern .hen they 'lanced up.idth of their mouths.ith his steed in a hateful and 'uttural lan'ua'eA and the Shanta! .onder at the monstrous evil imputed to them 3y va'ue le'endA or the fear in .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. $ay cameA and the phosphorescence of lo.ith an insane t. sil!en mas! over its face and prays to the +ther 7ods and their cra.ells uncompanioned the 2i'h1>riest . .ell 'uarded. Then he !ne.n only 3y its fires and stone huts as seen from afar.less 3uildin'A around .here he had seen such creatures 3efore. At times the slant1eyed man tal!ed .in'ed meanin'ly throu'h the cold and silence. felt very sureB for clearly the slant1eyed merchant .ay in crates for other needs of their polypous and amorphous masters. 5en' and the cold .ho are the slaves of the monstrous moon1thin'sF They .. =t seemed li!ely that this merchant had caused his former capture 3y the slaves of the moon1thin's in $ylath15eenA and that he no. As the Shanta! fle. They leaped as thou'h they had hooves instead of feetA and seemed to .hile the land .P. .orld.herein d. =n all this arran'ement there . +f other clothin' they had noneA 3ut most of them .hat the rescuin' cats had 3affledB ta!in' the victim to some dread rendezvous .lin' chaos .orldA and still the vile 3ird .ith the uncomforta3le merchants of the 3lac! 'alleys that traded ru3ies at $ylath15eenB those not Duite human merchants .here such am3i'uous creatures came fromA and shuddered at the thou'ht that 5en' must 3e !no.yarlathotep.ersA ea'er to dra' 3efore his masters a mortal .ly and a.ere of one race .ear a sort of .arfish tailsA and .istin' and 3endin' not 'ood to 3eholdB so that Carter did not .yarlathotep and tellin' . the e%cessive .hich seemed the very roof of a 3lasted and tenantless .n 0adath and the sayin' of a prayer 3efore the faces of the 7reat +nes in their ony% castle.aste north of =nDuano! must 3e close to the +ther 7odsA and there the passes to 0adath are . +f the purpose of his seizure Carter no. he sa. ?ery slo.as 'ettin' hi'herA and finally they came to a .ere Duite furry.as an a'ent of the dar!er po. ThereA all alone in the hush and the dus! and the coldA rose the uncouth stones of a sDuat .indo. .ho had shan'haied Carter on their noisome 'alley so lon' a'oA and .harves of that accursed lunar cityA . .hich a circle of crude monoliths stood.

hite 3lasphemies they .ere the dreaded ni'ht1'auntsA .hen he passed over themA and had noticed their li!eness to the caves on .ere not stran'e to him. There .ri''led out of them.as none other than the lone nameless roc! he had seen .indo.as smallA 3ut the 'reat hippocephalic 3ird .in'ed colossal lions 'uardin' the top of a su3terrene staircase.s she.hom even the 7reat +nes fearA and .hat city it .ere printed fri'htful scenes older than historyA and in a style un!no.ho never lau'h or smile 3ecause they have no facesA and .ith the 3loated purple spiders of the nei'h3ourin' valesB and there . Throu'h those archaic frescoes 5en'<s annals stal!edB and the hornedA hoovedA and .orld.n from dreamland to the 7reat A3yss. And they she. them fleetin'ly in the rays of that dim and movin' lampA and shuddered at the tale they told.hen scores of their 3est and fatted males .hich vile ho.hose t.ed . Those slippery 'reyish1.indin' corridors.hose ruins had 3leached for a million years 3efore the first true human sa.arsA . A'ain and a'ain . 2e had met those silentA flittin' and clutchin' creatures 3eforeB those mindless 'uardians of the 7reat A3yss .n 0adath "-- The slant1eyed man .hen sailin' to =nDuano!B that 'rey accursed roc! . After countless aeons their pi'ments .ay of that .ide1mouthed almost1humans danced evilly amidst for'otten cities.ed li!e.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. even the 3oldest of the Shanta!s fly screamin' a.odens as their lord.i%t the cliffs and the 3asalt .as that the almost1humans had ruled so anciently 3efore the comin' of the 3lac! 'alleys.as more than a chance oneA for in these pictures .ith hi'h fanes and carven places. There could 3e no mista!eA for the le'ends of dreamland are 'enerous and profuse.ere scenes of old .ho o.n not .ere those hu'e .'rane!.ithin the circle of standin' roc!s and into the lo.P. Carter had seen those caves .nA their mi'hty flan!s of diarite 'listenin' in the 'rey t.in'ed lions she.H.ay from them.orshipped as 'odsA nor ever complained . the li'htA and .in titan lions 'uard eternally the steps that lead do.n to the archaeolo'ists of earth.harvesA and .ere scenes also of the comin' of the 3lac! 'alleys from the moonA and of the su3mission of 5en'<s people to the polypous and amorphous 3lasphemies that hopped and floundered and .n their fearsome denizensB and those 3at1. . +n the .ned 'ates to a vast central plazaA and in that plaza .as she. There .ere ta!en a.o. +ther vie.ed the 'aunt 'rey pea!s dividin' 5en' from =nDuano!A and the monstrous Shanta!13irds that 3uild nests on the led'es half .ere 3rilliant stillA for the cold and dryness of hideous 5en' !eep alive many primal thin's.as o3eyedB so Carter follo.s and ru33ery 3odies .ho flop unendin'ly in the dar! 3et.hat indeed they .ili'ht of the day and the cloudy phosphorescence of the ni'ht.alls of the corridors . 4or they .lin's rever3erate all throu'h the ni'ht.less stone monastery.as there to see he . . Carter sa.herein 5en'<s almost1humans fou'ht . arched door. And as Carter stum3led past their freDuent and repeated pictures it came to him at last .ay in the 3lac! 'alleys.as no less a place than storied Sar!omandA .ere no li'hts insideA 3ut the evil merchant lit a small clay lamp 3earin' mor3id 3as1reliefs and prodded his prisoner on throu'h mazes of narro.here he ledA and passed .ay up. 7reat 'ardens and columned streets led from the cliffs and from each of the si% sphin%1cro.in'sA curvin' hornsA 3ar3ed tailsA prehensile pa.hich =nDuano!<s seamen shunA and from . =ndu3ita3ly that primal city . he !ne.ondrous .as a pair of . The monstrous moon13easts made their camp on a Ca''ed isle in the seaA and Carter could tell from the frescoes that this .ise the curious caves near the very topmost pinnaclesA and ho.ere she.ereA and . . that the li!eness . And in those frescoes .i%t the ?ale of >nath and the passes to the outer .yarlathotep 3ut hoary .n the 'reat seaport and capital of the almost1humansB proud and pillared 3et.

ri''lin'A sil!1ro3ed monstrosity.ill to escape from . sil!en mas! over its face.ith his hands.ere so confused and duplicated that they could not have done him much 'oodA 3ut he .as.i%t him and the cold ta3le1land outsideA and that even on that ta3le1land the no%ious Shante! still . =t made him thin! of a fri'htful red1litten city and of the revoltin' procession that once filed throu'h itB of thatA and of an a.ful clim3 throu'h lunar countryside 3eyondA 3efore the rescuin' rush of earth<s friendly cats.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. When the li'ht .in' yello.lin's . 2e !ne. =n almost the same second he seized the lamp from the altar and darted out into the frescoed la3yrinthsA racin' this .ished none the less he had made the attempt.as room only for one frantic .P.ere even more horri3le than those he had seen thenA and he !ne.as somethin' sic!enin'ly familiar in the sound of that flute and the stench of the malodorous place.hich must 3e 'oin' on 3ac! there in li'htless corridors.sA and Carter !ne.ay in.ic!edly stained altar1stones 3y the pitA and had moved for.as no li'ht in this vast evil1smellin' cryptA and the small lamp of the sinister merchant shone so fee3ly that one could 'rasp details only little 3y little. CarterA hitherto . .ell . At the farther end .as a hi'h stone dais reached 3y five stepsB and there on a 'olden throne sat a lumpish fi'ure ro3ed in yello. 'ave that man a terrific push . Those he no. =n time he 3ecame Duite sure he .as . 2is lamp .ard the frescoes he had passed on the . TrueA they .as not follo. that the creature on the dais .holly passiveA no. moments he re'retted his thou'htless hasteA and .hich rumour holds to reach do.in' certain loathsome sounds from 3eneath its flo.ent on for some timeA and to Carter there .as in his mind only the instant need to 'et a.hich le'end .alls .ith red and havin' a yello.ished he had tried to follo. that hopeless la3yrinths of stone lay 3et.ould never have dared to attemptA for in all his sha!en consciousness there . To this 3ein' the slant1eyed man made certain si'ns .hite pa.ard some. he .n to the hellish ?aults of @in .ere carved in shoc!in' 3as1reliefsA and .as not in the corridors leadin' outside. Then the fi'ured sil! slipped a trifle from one of the 'reyish1.ri''lin's and cra. And in that hideous secondA star! fear drove him to somethin' his reason .hen a ne.hich no reason seemed to e%ist.ent the damper it seemed to 3eA and .hose centre held a 'apin' circular pit surrounded 3y si% mali'nly stained stone altars in a rin'. At times he felt the stone floor slopin' up or do.as . 2e !ne.as a3le to feel a Cunction or the mouth of a side .hatB 3ut scarce had he 3reathed in half relief .ould soon 3e in pitch 3lac!ness .hen he .s on the stones 3ehind himA or of the silent .hat the noisome 2i'h1>riest .H. sil! fi'ured .ith his handsA and the lur!er in the dar! replied 3y raisin' a dis'ustin'ly carven flute of ivory in sil!1covered pa.ay from that .hose . .anin'A and he . The farther he . sa. prodded Carter into a 'reat domed space . This colloDuy .ith no means of si'ht or 'uidance. There .ith all the .here 7u's hunt 'hasts in the dar!.ot To Be $escri3edA of .aitedB yet in spite of all this there . The slant1eyed man had set the curious lamp upon one of the hi'h and .hat that a3horred 2i'h1 >riest mi'ht 3e.ild stren'th of fearA so that the victim toppled at once into that 'apin' .hispers such fiendish and a3normal possi3ilitiesA 3ut he feared to thin! Cust .as all 'one he 'roped slo.ithout dou3t the 2i'h1>riest .ay and that as chance determined and tryin' not to thin! of the stealthy paddin' of shapeless pa. peril 3eset him. mas!.hat to tal! to the 2i'h1>riest .s and 3lo.ly in the dar!A and prayed to the 7reat +nes for such help as they mi'ht afford. After a fe.n 0adath "-7 The slant1eyed merchant had no.nA and once he stum3led over a step for . 3ac!.hat sDuatted on that 'olden throne.edA and slac!ened his pace some.

Ahead stretched dou3le ro.ere in truth primordial Sar!omand.as shootin' dizzily do.alls and 3ro!en columnsA and the pavement on .n ho.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.enty feet they reared their 'rotesDue and un3ro!en headsA and snarled derisive on the ruins around them.as 3urro.o. But to find a 3oat in this aeon1deserted city .er of 0oth .hich did not reassure the .ere the thou'hts of :andolph Carter . it had 3een a 'reat street of 'ardens.ith the phosphorescent clouds of a northern ni'ht shinin' sic!ly a3ove him. All this . 2e . far ahead and on the ri'ht a 'lo. of those luminous ni'ht clouds.as 'ropin' slo.arnin' of the thin' .ould lur! enou'h of other dan'ers. Then he realized he .ith. to reach Sar!omand in their Courney 3ac!A 3ut had planned to as! old traders in $ylath15een. And Carter !ne.hen a ne. 2e did not li!e to thin! of 'oin' a'ain to the su3terrene .as not alone in the silence of that dead city.as stillA .n. Such .oodA yet he felt he mi'ht have to try this course if all else failed.ith its 3lac! 3ro!en pillars and crum3lin' sphin%1cro.ere the chan'eless 'uardians of the 7reat A3yssA and these dar! ruins .ay in the cliff . The three 'houls . +f ho. +f the len'th of that hideous slidin' he could never 3e sureA 3ut it seemed to ta!e hours of delirious nausea and ecstatic frenzy. he . they .idth of fa3led Sar!omand .ain.ere no 3etter informed than he. he sa. rose and fell fitfullyA flic!erin' . 4ar off at its end the pillars spread to mar! a vast round plazaA and in that open circle there loomed 'i'antic under the lurid ni'ht clouds a pair of monstrous thin's. 2u'e .ereA . nothin' at allB nor could he 'ain much 3y descendin' to the 'rottoes of the 'houlsA since he !ne.arned him he .hich sloped do.hile there had stretched 3efore him the 'reat corpse1li!e .renched asunder 3y freDuent shru3s and roots.as to close and 3arricade the arch.ard the least.as pierced 3y stra''lin' 'rass and .ard in the dar! throu'h a 3urro.ay ahead . +ver 5en'<s plateau past the lone monastery he dared not 'o unaidedB for the 2i'h1>riest<s emissaries must 3e manyA .ere crum3lin' . =f he could 'et a 3oat he mi'ht sail 3ac! to =nDuano! past the Ca''ed and hideous roc! in the seaA for the primal frescoes in the monastery la3yrinth had she.s of pillarsA and the fra'ments and pedestals of pillarsA that spo!e of a 3road and 3y'one streetB and from the urns and 3asins alon' the . Behind him a 3asalt cliff rose topless and perpendicularB its dar! side sculptured into repellent scenesA and pierced 3y an arched and carven entrance to the inner 3lac!nesses out of .ould no dou3t 3e the Shanta!s and perhaps other thin's to deal . 3et.hen he crept closerA do.ay . .n .orld had not !no.ays chose the .hich he lay .n that this fri'htful place lies not far from Sar!omand<s 3asalt Duays. Carter<s first act .as not any .hile at the Courney<s end there .H. But there . All around . .in'ed lions a'ainst the sic!ly 'lo.as do. impression 3e'an 3eatin' upon his mind.ned 'ates and titan stones and monstrous .ay he !ne. 4ull t.een them.orld of 7u's and ris!in' once more that hellish to.ly over the slippery floor of an almost level placeA and the ne%t he .er from 5en'<s hateful monasteryA for alon' the . +ne moment he .as no pro3a3le thin'A and it did not appear li!ely that he could ever ma!e one.hich had helped him throu'h the city of 7u's to the outer .ith a 'reenish tin'e .alls and floor ali!e .ished no follo.ith its Cyclopean steps leadin' to the enchanted . that no clouds could account forA and !ne.in' deep in 5en'<s un.n.ith fallen 3loc!s and odd de3ris that lay around.in'ed lions of diarite they .hich he had come. 2e 3elievedA thou'hA that his 'eneral course . The 'lo.ell1ni'h vertical.hich must have 3een .ell .hat they must 3eA for le'end tells of only one such t. to 'et from Sar!omand to the peopled parts of dreamland he !ne.holesome ta3le1 land.n 0adath "-8 passa'e he al.ith its terror and shoc! and 3reath1ta!in' chaos.nB and the vault1li!e smell and incrustations on the 'reasy .P.atcher.ith 3lac!ness and shado. And . They . ri'ht .hich came at lastB only the thin' itself .

ith a 'reat ship ridin' at anchorA and Carter paused in star! terror .i%t them .ay to Sar!omand and had not . The 'i'antic lions loomed terri3le a3ove him in the sic!ly 'lo. 4or a moment he pondered on .ere none other than the faithful trio .ri''led .as his horror . the 'houls had 3een captured he could not 'uessB 3ut fancied that the 'rey toadli!e 3lasphemies had heard them inDuire in $ylath15een concernin' the . 'aps 3et. near he .elled to a verita3le chorus of an'uish.as a3out to creep 3ac! from that detesta3le flameA he sa.ard a'ain instead of retreatin'.as in the shado..ood to find Sar!omand and the 'ate to their native deeps.ere pleasantly 3usy and did not hear the sli'ht noises . So Carter 3e'an another silent cra. There around a hideous fire fed 3y the o3no%ious stems of lunar fun'iA there sDuatted a stin!in' circle of the toadli!e moon3easts and their almost1human slaves.H.ere enCoyin' the spectacle hu'elyA and vast .hite1hot points to three ti'htly trussed prisoners that lay . 4rom the motions of their tentacles Carter could see that the 3lunt1snouted moon3easts .or!A 3ut the moon3easts .hen he suddenly reco'nised the frantic meepin' and !ne. =t occurred to him that the portalA li!e other 'ates to the a3yssA mi'ht 3e 'uarded 3y floc!s of ni'ht1'auntsB 3ut he did not fear these faceless creatures no.l throu'h the ruinsA ed'in' slo. of monstrous ruinsA Carter allo.ith a central space .ot To Be $escri3ed.ay amon' the stunned trees and vines that had 'ro.P.hole 'reen1litten scene of action. Ten feet apart crouched the moc!in'1faced 3easts of diariteA 3roodin' on cyclopean pedestals .hich .in lions and descend at once to the 'ulfA .allsA he perceived that it .rithin' 3efore the leaders of the party.ould meet no horrors .een tum3led .as a campfire near the .as tic!lish . Clearly it . to save his former allies. Some of these slaves .isest to creep east to the plaza of t. a stirrin' amon' the va'ue dar! forms and heard a peculiar and unmista!a3le sound.harves .as indeed one of the dreaded 3lac! 'alleys from the moon. that the ship .as very 'reatA and Carter sa.as on that side he . =t .ould find the mi'hty dar!ness . ThenA Cust as he .ished them to approach so closely the hateful plateau of 5en' and the 2i'h1>riest .hose sides . that the tortured 'houls .n 0adath "-) the littered street and throu'h some narro.here assuredly he . that he could do nothin' no.as the oily lappin' of the har3our .in' it .ly to.ard the 'reat central plaza and the . But al. to 'li33er a pass. At last he reached the open space and pic!ed his .hich had once 3een railed .ard them and presently crept round to their facesA !no.atch the .ere heatin' curious iron spears in the leapin' flamesA and at intervals applyin' their .in'ed lions.ice made 3y accident amon' the scattered stones. Beyond .ere chiselled in fearsome 3as1reliefs.orse than those a3oveA and .orm1li!e on his stomachA and in another place he had to rise to his feet to avoid ma!in' a noise amon' heaps of fallen mar3le.hat he ou'ht to doA and recalled ho.ed his curiosity to conDuer his fearA and crept for.as a tiled court .hen he sa. Bet.as >ic!man had tau'ht him ho.ith the 'houlsA and the 'houl . of the phosphorescent ni'ht cloudsA 3ut he manfully persisted to.hich had 'uided him safely from the a3yssA and had thereafter set out from the enchanted .ater .n up therein.as . +f ho.hich they 'uard.here he mi'ht soon find 'houls ea'er to rescue their 3rethren and perhaps to .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. 2e had learned that they are 3ound 3y solemn treaties .here he could .as the fri'htened meepin' of a 'houlA and in a moment it had s.ays he succeeded in avoidin' discoveryA so that in a short time he had found a spot 3ehind a titan pillar .as to the 'ate of the 'houls< 3lac! !in'dom. The num3er of malodorous moon3easts a3out that 'reenish fire . +nce in crossin' an open street he . =t . Secure as he .hich he t.ipe out the moon3easts from the 3lac! 'alley.ith many va'ue forms clustered dar!ly around itB and a lethal odour han'in' heavily over all.ord they understood.

hilst Carter . the 'uardian ni'ht1'aunts . After a lon' .as instantaneousB for all tic!lin' stopped at onceA and the creatures hastened to shift their captive to a more comforta3le position. and set their passen'er upon his feetA after.hen to e%pect a 3reathless fall and hurtlin' do. Scattered tom3stones and osseous fra'ments told of the denizens of that placeB and as Carter 'ave a loud meep of ur'ent summonsA a score of 3urro.n a fathomless spiral of steep and slippery stairs. Terri3le is the memory of that dar! descent in .as once the artist :ichard >ic!man of BostonA and to him Carter 'li33ered a very full account of .in' a little and formin' a hunched semicircle on the 'round .ere any stationed in this primeval passa'e.as not made for man!ind.ind and chaos of fli'ht.n to the crypts of ni'htmare. Suddenly the dense 3lac!ness 'ave place to the 'rey t.as fairly 3lac! . =n time there appeared that proud and influential 'houl .orn and narro.n to the ultimate pitsB and he .hile fresh 'houls cra. lo. 4inallyA after scannin' the ran!s . 8indless thou'h ni'ht1'aunts are said to 3eA the effect .hile the 'houls 'reeted the ne.ay in this space a 3lac! . As .as li!e. The erst.ith e%tended forele'sA a.ore themselves a. So .hich 'houls love to sDuat and 'na.illB nor did he realize any chan'e .hile >ic!manA pleased to 'reet his ancient friend a'ainA seemed very much impressedA and held a conference .ord of the 'houls and 'li33ered it as loudly as he could amidst the .s to spread the ne.hen or ho.hat .as a stiflin' odour of nether 'ulfsA and he felt that the air of these cho!in' depths .led out of the 3urro.ith them.nin' 'ulf . 2e .comer.ili'ht of inner earthA and there opened up ahead one of those flat sterile plains on .ith careA the assem3led chiefs all meeped in unison and 3e'an 'li33erin' orders to the cro.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. The ni'ht1'aunts no.in' thron'.hich . A. All a3out him .ithdra.ith 3alusters of ony%.ere constant accessions to the hunched floc! of ni'ht1'aunts on the plainA till at len'th the slimy soil .ound si'htlessly round and round do. =n time he 3ecame very num3 and somnolentA movin' more from automatic impulse than from reasoned . .ise uncertain Cust .hile the rest 'rouped themselves t.o on their !nees .ay .o of the latter to fly off into the dar!.as in the coldA damp clutch of the faceless flutterersA Carter remem3ered the pass.ith the ooze of inner earthA that the clim3er never Duite !ne.a!ed to the fact that he .s emptied forth their leatheryA do'1li!e tenants. . The ni'ht1'auntsA thou'h inarticulateA seemed to understand .hen he stopped movin' alto'ether as somethin' Duietly seized him from 3ehind.s one 3y oneA all 'li33erin' e%citedly and formin' in crude 3attle array not far from the huddled ni'ht1'aunts.H.s to others and 'ather such troops as mi'ht 3e availa3le for a rescue.ell openedA and Carter soon sa. Thereafter there .P.ed 'reater haste and purpose in their fli'ht.n 0adath "7* . that he had indeed reached the ya. Carter 'li33ered his messa'e rapidly and e%plicitly to the 'rotesDue companyA and four of them at once departed throu'h different 3urro. A lar'e detachment of the horned flyers vanished at onceA .ait a 'houl of some importance appearedA and made si'nificant si'ns to the ni'ht1'auntsA causin' t. 8id..as saidB and she.ith other chiefs a little apart from the 'ro. 8ean.hose crusted and mouldy stone steps lead do.ere the stepsA and so 'reasy .ds of 'houls and ni'ht1'aunts.hat had occurred. fle.o 3y t.hich hours .ard .aitin' the approach of the 'houls one 3y one.ould suddenly pounce upon himA if indeed there .as flyin' very rapidly throu'h the air 3efore a malevolent tic!lin' told him that the ru33ery ni'ht1'aunts had performed their duty. Thus encoura'ed Carter ventured some e%planationsB tellin' of the seizure and torture of three 'houls 3y the moon3eastsA and of the need of assem3lin' a party to rescue them.

rithed too violentlyA a ni'ht1'aunt . The final s. formed themselves in separate 'roupsA the former Duestionin' their rescued fello.harf to ma!e sure that nothin' had escaped the 'eneral defeat. >ic!man e%plained that ni'ht1'aunts are the advance 'uard and 3attle steeds of the 'houlsA and that the army .ould cease its stru''les.hose modes of nourishment are not painless to their chosen victims.aitin' 3earers and .ed that the torture of the prisoners . Carter . a'ain the sic!ly li'ht of Sar!omand<s nocturnal s!yA it . 3eside >ic!man in the front ran! of 'houlsA and sa.ould 3e needed.as made.ed Carter<s directions and proceeded from the enchanted . CarterA an%ious to preserve a means of access to the rest of dreamlandA ur'ed them not to sin! the anchored 'alleyB and this reDuest .ere the . When a moon3east . WhenA after a 'reat intervalA Carter sa. $ayA he felt sureA must 3e almost dueB 3ut so stron' .as very suddenA each of the 'reyish toadli!e 3lasphemies and their almost1human slaves 3ein' seized 3y a 'roup of ni'ht1'aunts 3efore a sound .armin' .as to 3ehold the 'reat central plaza s.ood to $ylath15een 3y .ere far su3tler in their plans. The three prisoners lay 3ound and inert 3eside the fireA .s. Another moment and all .hirlin' in .hilst various parties searched the nei'h3orhood for possi3le remainin' moon3eastsA and 3oarded the evil1smellin' 3lac! 'alley at the . The 'reenish flare near the .as the army that no surprise of the enemy .H.ere ta!en up 3y the dampA slippery pa.ere .ere voicelessB and even the slaves had little chance to scream 3efore ru33ery pa. The almost1human slaves .ept on over the 3lea! ruins to.ere 3orne silently a.as no.ay into the 3lac!nessB till at last the . Softly 'li33erin' directions to their steeds and to the floc! of riderless ni'ht1 'aunts aheadA the 'houls presently rose in . The moon3eastsA of courseA .rithin's of those 'reat Cellyfish a3normalities as the sardonic ni'ht1 'aunts clutched themA 3ut nothin' availed a'ainst the stren'th of those 3lac! prehensile talons.harves still 'limmered faintlyA thou'h the a3sence of 'houlish meepin' she.ith the moon3easts.ind and dar!nessB endlessly upA upA up to the 'ate of the .sily a3out in no certain order.ere totally unprepared.ay of .as ta!en up and 3orne a.hich in this realm must have seemed to them merely perfunctory.hile their toadli!e captors slumped dro. 2orri3le . anent past happenin's.hich held the captivesA trustin' the rest to instinctB and soon the hapless creatures .s cho!ed them into silence.n 0adath "71 each 'houl reached the pair of ni'ht1'aunts to . Carter e%pected to see much slau'hterA 3ut found that the 'houls . pairs of ni'ht1'aunts. =t appeared that the three had follo.in'ed and the special ruins of primal Sar!omand.ellers in dar!ness .ay into the 7reat A3yssA to 3e distri3uted impartially amon'st the $holesA 7u'sA 'hasts and other d.ide . They 'li33ered certain simple orders to the ni'ht1'aunts . as they approached the noisome camp that the moon3easts .ould seize and pull its Duiverin' pin! tentaclesB .hich Carter cast at once into the sea.as over for the nonce.hole thron' had vanished save for CarterA >ic!manA and the other chiefsA and a fe.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.ard the evil flame.as issuin' forth to Sar!omand to deal . Then Carter and the 'houlish chiefs approached the .as freely 'ranted out of 'ratitude for his act in reportin' the pli'ht of the captured trio. +n the ship .oop of the ni'ht1'aunts and mounted 'houls .ir and the S!inA stealin' human clothes at a lonely farmhouse and lopin' as .ere found some very curious o3Cects and decorationsA some of .as assi'nedA he .ith militant 'houls and ni'ht1 'aunts.hirrin' columns and s. Surely enou'hA the capture had 3een thorou'hA for not a si'n of further life could the victors detect. 7houls and ni'ht1'aunts no.hich he .hile the three 3ound 'houls had 3een released and consoled 3y their conDuerin' !insfol!A .ere asleepA even the sentinels shir!in' a duty .P.hich seemed to hurt so much that the victim . 8ean.

atchers on . it .ed fantastically at the dull s!y.ers< 3enches.as a3le to tell them.ere at a loss ho.hich proposal they ea'erly assented. The headlands .ellin'sA and the lo.ere ne%t discussedA the three rescued 'houls su''estin' a raid on the Ca''ed roc! and the e%termination of the toadli!e 'arrison there.P. They had touched at the Ca''ed roc! in the northern sea . shoo! visi3lyB 3ut most of all trem3led the three rescued 'houls . that only a ship for 5ela'15en' . The sides of the roc! .indo. Thereupon CarterA seein' that they could not navi'ate the anchored 'alleyA offered to teach them the use of the 'reat 3an!s of oarsB to . After that had come the landin' at ruined Sar!omand and the 3e'innin' of the torturesA . Such .o ship of men had ever come so near the placeA or at leastA had never come so near and departed a'ainB 3ut Carter and the 'houls . to follo.less d.al!.ait for the da.hose continuance the present rescue had prevented.lin's still the ro.as their tim3re that all the 'alley<s cre.ay to Sar!omand until at last an old traveller .lin's from the roc! .harves .lin's meant. ThereA tooA .hat those ho.ere heard.n 0adath "7" closely as possi3le in the fashion of a man<s .ithin a har3our formed of steep headlands.hich =nDuano!<s mariners shunA and the 'houls had there seen for the first time the red masters of the shipB 3ein' sic!ened despite their o.ithout the help of the . To thisA ho. 8ost of the 'houls favoured the desi'nA 3ut .n of a 'reyish day.hen the li'ht .ould serve their purposeA and prepared to . ThenA the ro.ait patiently for such a vessel.ers resumed their stro!esA and the 'alley dre. Carter found them fairly apt at learnin'A and 3efore ni'ht had ris!ed several e%perimental trips around the har3our.ere void of fear and !ept infle%i3ly onA roundin' the eastern face of the roc! and see!in' the .everA the unseen ro.everA did he deem it safe to attempt the voya'e of conDuest.hose 'ranite pinnacles cla.ere very steepB 3ut on led'es here and there could 3e seen the 3ul'in' . Then they !ne. comeA and under that leaden northern s!y a pic!ed detachment of 'houls filed into the noisome ship and too! their seats on the ro.ide1mouthed ru3y merchants invited the 'houls to drin! .een them.lin's .H. +n the very first ni'ht the ho.ed in the forecastleA the party set sail at lastB >ic!man and the other chiefs 'atherin' on dec! and discussin' models of approach and procedure. 4uture plans . Wine . But evil spies had dou3tless reported muchB for shortly a 3lac! 'alley put into portA and the .ith them in a tavern. . =n $ylath15een<s taverns their 'rotesDue .as not thou'ht 3est to attempt an attac! 3y ni'htA so the ship lay to under the phosphorescent clouds to .ater did not please them. precisely . This timeA ho.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. =t .everA the ni'ht1'aunts o3CectedB since the prospect of flyin' over .ays and faces had aroused much commentB 3ut they had persisted in as!in' the . 7rey day had no.ot To Be $escri3ed. .ers trained and the ni'ht1'aunts safely sto.itnessed the nameless pastimes of the toadli!e resident 'arrison1such pastimes as 'ive rise to the ni'ht1ho.as produced from one of those sinister 3ottles 'rotesDuely carven from a sin'le ru3yA and after that the 'houls found themselves prisoners on the 3lac! 'alley as Carter had found himself.alls of Dueer .ers steered not for the moon 3ut for antiDue Sar!omandB 3ent evidently on ta!in' their captives 3efore the 2i'h1>riest .ho !ne.as ample and the ho.ere .hich men fear. railin's 'uardin' travelled hi'hroads.n callousness 3y such e%tremes of mali'n shapelessness and fearsome odour. .in'ed ni'ht1'aunts.hich the rescued trio descri3ed as 3ein' on the southern side .ere prolon'ations of the island properA and came so closely to'ether that only one ship at a time mi'ht pass 3et. There seemed to 3e no .ot till three days laterA ho. closer and closer to that Ca''ed roc! .

ould first of all seize .ri''lin' their pin! tentacles e%pectantly.ithdra. .P.hirrin' ni'ht1'aunts .aterfrontA and Carter sa.hile still the to. By this time the leaders had fully formed a planB .hose places they . The 'houl that .hat lay inside that prodi'ious pea! of 'ranite none mi'ht sayA 3ut the thin's one sa.ardA Duite helpless to thin! e%cept in terms of the homin' instinctA ..H.aterfront handlin' crates and 3o%es or drivin' nameless and fa3ulous horrors hitched to lum3erin' lorries. +f .as a small stone to.ould for'et their fears of .ere ta!in'.ith several ships lyin' at anchor alon' a for3iddin' stone DuayA and scores of almost1human slaves and moon3easts 3y the .atched the hi'h pea!s of that accursed roc! for .atchers had noticed the difference 3et.atch the dense cloud of them spreadin' throu'h the to.harves. cloudsA and all the .as to loose the ni'ht1'aunts as soon as the .hatever livin' thin's they found thereA and after.harvesA .i'ht fellA and the 'rey t.n open to emit a 3lac! cloud of .hile the leaders .n 0adath "7& the outsideA so the 'alley .ere tryin' to push off the invadin' shipA 3ut .ere thro. that the motions of the 'alley had 3e'un to e%cite suspicion.ere all out of si'ht 3elo.everA all .as steered 3oldly throu'h the flume1li!e strait and into the sta'nant putrid har3our 3eyond.iftly 3ac! to the a3yssB 3earin' their noisome prey to appropriate destinations in the dar!A from .n the . There . hit the . At si'ht of the incomin' 'alley the cro.n he.hich . on the outside .less houses and do.ili'ht 'ave place to the sic!ly phosphorescence of lo. When the last of the ni'ht1'aunts had left the 'alley the 'houlish leaders 'li33ered an order of .ould 3urst .ith the start of a .ounds of the inCured men.indin' road at the ri'ht.hich s.holly to the instincts of those almost1mindless creatures. Some silent alarm must have 3een 'ivenA for almost at once a horde of the mephitic moon3easts 3e'an to pour from the little 3lac! door.ays of the .ers pulled Duietly out of the har3our 3et.hile he .een the hideous 'houls and the almost1human slaves .o 'houls and sli'htly . 8arooned on the roc!A the horned flyers .as hi'hly offensive to the si'ht and smell.as not ma!in' for the ri'ht doc!A and pro3a3ly the .harf fellin' t. and 'ave the ni'ht1'aunts their simple instructionsA .as >ic!man no. 2ereA ho. very near to the ominous and malodorous .ard hi'her led'es of the roc!.ere far from encoura'in'.ed several hours for the ni'ht1'aunts to ma!e up their rudimentary minds and overcome their fear of flyin' over the seaA and !ept the 'alley standin' a3out a mile off the Ca''ed roc! .aitedA and dressed the .hen the ni'ht1'aunts struc! them they thou'ht of such thin's no more.as a very terri3le spectacle to see those faceless and ru33ery tic!lers at their pastimeA and tremendously impressive to .as 3ustle and activityB . Sometimes a 'roup of the 3lac! flutterers .n and up the .n out of the vertical cliff a3ove the .ith eyes starin' intentlyA and those .hich the victim .armed over the to.oundin' anotherB 3ut at this point all the hatches .een the 'rey headlands . The >ic!man 'houl allo.ent 3elo.harf .n li!e a floc! of horned and cyclopean 3ats.ay to the reaches a3ove.ould emer'e alive.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.indin' road.ould drop a toadli!e prisoner from aloft 3y mista!eA and the manner in . A rain of curious Cavelins struc! the 'alley as the pro. .hich not much . The Cellyish moon3easts had procured a 'reat pole and .ds on the .hile the ship dre.harves displayed much ea'ernessB those .alA and the ro.n .indin' road that spiralled out of si'ht to.ithout eyes .ayA leavin' matters . >resently a fresh stir rose alon' the . Evidently the steersman . They did notA of courseA realize that the 3lac! ship had chan'ed handsB for 'houls loo! much li!e the horned and hooved almost1humansA and the ni'ht1'aunts .indo.as touchedA and then to sail directly a.ater and fly s. =t .as a chaos of 3attle and conDuest.

Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.ayA since he !ne.ineA and . To.hich .ild 'ods atop 0adath.arm seemed to scatterA and . 6ust 3efore day3rea! the s.ere satisfied that all the ni'ht1'aunts had left for Sar!omand and the 7reat A3yss .ay certain thin's .ed far into the roc! . +n the distant shado.orship of thin's more monstrous than the .im.P.as rapidly advancin'A and it .indo.ere after a fashion aliveA and fled precipitately from a fe.ere ne.ot To Be $escri3ed. They had also found a ho'shead of potent moon1.eaponsA implementsA and ornaments lay a3outA includin' some lar'e idols of solid ru3y depictin' sin'ular 3ein's not found on the earth.ere covered . +f ru3ies from lunar mines there .harvesA and all the loathsome fora'ers turned from their tas!s to stare sea.less cryptsB for the remnants of unfinished pastimes .rou'ht 3ronzeB 3ut for some reason he felt an unaccounta3le dread of openin' it or even approachin' itA and hastened 3ac! throu'h the cavern to his unlovely allies as they sham3led a3out .aterfront. 4ortunately the 'houls still 3ore the spears and Cavelins .i%t the 'rey headlandsB and all the hideous company landed and roamed curiously over the denuded roc! .hose vaultin's .ere furnished mostly . +nce or t. 4rom the rear of one 'reat temple stretched a lo.n cham3ers . The scattered spears and Cavelins he collectedA and .harves for removal and later use in diplomatic dealin'sA thou'h the rescued trioA remem3erin' its effect on them in $ylath15eenA had .ith 'rotesDue stools and 3enches carven from moon1treesA and . At len'thA .hen the 'houls .ard mornin' a 3lac! spec! .ere the secrets uncovered in those evil and . 3lac! passa'e .as seen hoverin' timidly over the top1most pinnacleA and shortly after. Bet. too much a3out those .ith its to. Such devices . 4ri'htful .n 0adath "7# si'ns of the ni'ht1'aunts< fli'ht.arm.i%t the 'rey headlands a fresh 3lac! 'alley .ith demoniac carvin's and in . Suddenly there came an e%cited meepin' from the sentries on the .arm into the seaB 3ut Carter did not .ere rollin' it do. Carter did not try to carry any a.orryA since he !ne.ith nameless and frantic desi'ns. Carter put out of the ..here 3roods alone the 2i'h1>riest .ers and eyries and fortresses chiselled from the solid stone.ith a torch till he came to a li'htless domed hall of vast proportionsA .ith their doomed 3urdensA the 'alley put 3ac! into the har3our 3et. from o3servation that the toadli!e moon3easts cannot s. to the do'li!e lopersA 3ut their relative simplicity made them easy to master after a fe.as a 'reat storeA 3oth rou'h and polishedA in one of the vaults near the .ithin a Duarter of an hour it had vanished .hose centre ya.ere found terri3le carven altars and dou3tfully stained fonts and shrines for the .ith an ease and a3andon he could scarcely feel. The upper parts of the roc! held more temples than private homesA and in numerous he.ell li!e that in the hideous monastery of 5en' .ned a foul and 3ottomless .ard the spec! had 3ecome a s.hich Carter had distri3uted amon'st themB and at his .hich Carter follo.ould 3e 3ut a moment 3efore the almost1humans on dec! .y sideA 3eyond the noisome .ere manyA and in various sta'es of departure from their primal state.hich had mined them.ere not 'ood to eat they lost all interest in them.ould perceive the invasion of the to.arned their company to taste none of it. Countless . These latter did notA despite their materialA invite either appropriation or lon' inspectionB and Carter too! the trou3le to hammer five of them into very small pieces.H. other thin's a3out .hich he could not 3e very positive. The stench1filled houses .ith >ic!man<s approval distri3uted amon