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...

The B ttle Th t E#$e$ the Ce#t%r&
'MS. Fo%#$ i# Time M chi#e(
+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

The Be st i# the C ve
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

Be&o#$ the W ll o! Slee*
= 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.

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

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

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

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

ith the death of my 'reat1 uncleA 7eor'e 7ammell An'ellA >rofessor Emeritus of Semitic 5an'ua'es in Bro. >rofessor An'ell .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 .as intensified 3y the o3scurity of the cause of death. But it is not from them that there came the sin'le 'limpse of for3idden eons . The professor had 3een stric!en .ould have destroyed his notes had not sudden death seized him.e should voya'e far.led'e .hich .orld and human race form transient incidents.e.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 .onder.inter of 1)"-1"7 .hen = dream of it.aterfront to the deceased<s home in Williams Street.# Cl & The most merciful thin' in the . They have hinted at stran'e survivals in terms .as not meant that .as responsi3le for the end.orldA = thin!A is the ina3ility of the human mind to correlate all its contents.ill accomplish this piecin' outB certainlyA if = liveA = shall never !no. 5ocallyA interest .ould freeze the 3lood if not mas!ed 3y a 3land optimism. We live on a placid island of i'norance in the midst of 3lac! seas of infinityA and it . >hysicians .n (niversityA >rovidenceA :hode =sland.idely !no.hen = thin! of it and maddens me .ho had come from one of the Dueer dar! courts on the precipitous hillside .herein our . 8y !no. dar! a'e. no reason to dissent from this dictumA 3ut latterly = am inclined to .A and that he .ood . Theosophists have 'uessed at the a.spaper item and the notes of a dead professor.itnesses saidA after havin' 3een Costled 3y a nautical1loo!in' ne'ro .n directionA have hitherto harmed us littleB 3ut some day the piecin' to'ether of dissociated !no.esome 'randeur of the cosmic cycle .ill open up such terrifyin' vistas of realityA and of our fri'htful position thereinA that . = hope that no one else .hilst returnin' from the . The Horror .e shall either 'o mad from the revelation or flee from the li'ht into the peace and safety of a ne. = thin! that the professorA too intented to !eep silent re'ardin' the part he !ne.. .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.hich formed a short cut from the .as .port 3oatB fallin' suddenlyB as .hich chills me .in'ly supply a lin! in so hideous a chain.onder 1 and more than . The sciencesA each strainin' in its o. 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. At the time = sa.o may 3e recalled 3y many.

A pulpyA tentacled head surmounted a 'rotesDue and scaly 3ody .ith rudimentary . The 3as1relief . =.LA and the secondA L.as one 3o% .as then e%ceedin'ly damp and fresh.hich = felt much averse from sho.hich only a diseased fancy could conceive. =ts desi'nsA ho. =t had 3een loc!ed and = did not find the !ey till it occurred to me to e%amine the personal rin' .hole .hich = correlated .ith some thorou'hnessB and for that purpose moved his entire set of files and 3o%es to my Duarters in Boston. A3ove these apparent hiero'lyphics .erA = .in'sB 3ut it . The first half of the principal manuscript told a very particular tale.ildA they do not often reproduce that cryptic re'ularity .A.everA .A at 1)*8 A.as a va'ue su''estions of a Cyclopean architectural 3ac!'round. 1 . What seemed to 3e the main document .ritin'.P.ay to identify this particular speciesA or even hint at its remotest affiliations. =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 .ill 3e later pu3lished 3y the American Archaeolo'ical SocietyA 3ut there .ere far from modern in atmosphere and su''estionB forA althou'h the va'aries of cu3ism and futurism are many and .o sectionsA the first of .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.ritin' accompanyin' this oddity .L The other manuscript papers .as e%pected to 'o over his papers . =f = say that my some. And .n to himA .hen = did so seemed only to 3e confronted 3y a 'reater and more closely loc!ed 3arrier.as a fi'ure of evident pictorial intentA thou'h its impressionistic e%ecution for3ade a very clear idea of its nature. A.A . =t seemed to 3e a sort of monsterA or sym3ol representin' a monsterA of a form . Behind the fi'ure . +rleansA 5a.hich lur!s in prehistoric .as headed L1)" 1 $ream and $ream Wor! of 2.hich the professor carried in his poc!et. The cuttin's lar'ely alluded to outrO mental illness and out3rea!s of 'roup folly or mania in the sprin' of 1)" .hich = found e%ceedin'ly puzzlin'A and .Lovecr !t The Call of Cthulhu " As my 'reat1uncle<s heir and e%ecutorA for he died a childless .as divided into t.hich . This manuscript .otes on SameA N >rof.as headed LCT2(52( C(5TL in characters painsta!in'ly printed to avoid the erroneous readin' of a .hich .ord so unheard1of. ThenA indeedA = succeeded in openin' itA 3ut .ho had latterly .hat could 3e the meanin' of the Dueer clay 3as1relief and the disCointed Cottin'sA ram3lin'sA and cuttin's .hich made it most shoc!in'ly fri'htful.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. The . 5e'rasseA 1"1 Bienville St.as a rou'h rectan'le less than an inch thic! and a3out five 3y si% inches in areaB o3viously of modern ori'in.in' to other eyes. 8uch of the material .A >rovidenceA :.asA aside from a stac! of press cuttin'sA in >rofessor An'ell<s most recent handB and made no pretense to literary style. 8t'. S.e.H.ido.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'. Scott1Elliot<s Atlantis and t"e (ost (emuriaKA and the rest comments on lon'1survivin' secret societies and hidden cultsA . Wilco%A 7 Thomas St.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 . 4or .arrative of =nspector 6ohn :.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. We33<s Acct.as the general outline of the . 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.

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

hom he could Duestion .ould have 3ro!en loose had they 3een a3le to compare notes. 2e at no time fully descri3ed this o3Cect 3ut occasional frantic .ithout a secretary.hom he learned to 3e in char'e. These responses from esthetes told distur3in' tale. 8y uncle at once telephoned the familyA and from that time for.as other.ithout impertinenceA as!in' for ni'htly reports of their dreamsA and the dates of any nota3le visions for some time past.hat he had formerly dreamedA 3ut touched .as not preservedA 3ut his notes formed a thorou'h and really si'nificant di'est. Avera'e people in society and 3usiness 1 . 8y uncleA it seemsA had Duic!ly instituted a prodi'iously far1flun' 3ody of inDuires amon'st nearly all the friends . 2e sat upri'ht in 3edA astonished to find himself at home and completely i'norant of .ith his recoveryA and my uncle !ept no record of his ni'ht1thou'hts after a .as from the artists and poets that the pertinent ans. every trace of Wilco%<s malady suddenly ceased.as invaria3ly a prelude to the youn' man<s su3sidence into lethar'y.as not 'reatly a3ove normalB 3ut the .ellin' on stran'e thin'sB and the doctor shuddered no. All traces of stran'e dreamin' had vanished . That is . This ori'inal correspondence .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. :eference to this o3CectA the doctor addedA .P.8.hich youn' Wilco% had had his stran'e visitations. 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 it . Scientific men .as of no further assistance. +n April " at a3out & >.een 8arch "& and and April " 1 the period of youn' Wilco%<s delirium. 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. The notes in Duestion . co'nizant of the old data .ers cameA and = !no. To3eyA .hich .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 . They included not only a repetition of .ard !ept close .e.ise such as to su''est true fever rather than mental disorder. >ronounced . =t . The youth<s fe3rile mindA apparentlyA .hat he had latently resolved to see.ordsA as repeated 3y $r.ith the nameless monstrosity he had sou'ht to depict in his dream1sculpture. To3eyA convinced the professor that it must 3e identical . and then as he spo!e of them.Lovecr !t The Call of Cthulhu "7 home of his family in Waterman Street.ildly on a 'i'antic thin' Lmiles hi'hL . 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 . 2is temperatureA oddly enou'hA .hat had happened in dream or reality since the ni'ht of 8arch "". 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 .atch of the caseB callin' often at the Thayer Street office of $r.hole condition .al!ed or lum3ered a3out.as d.ell 3y his physicianA he returned to his Duarters in three daysB 3ut to >rofessor An'ell he .hy = continued to feel that Wilco%A someho.ee! of pointless and irrelevant accounts of thorou'hly usual visions.H. 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.ere those descriptive of the dreams of various persons coverin' the same period as that in .ays 3et.hich my uncle had possessedA had 3een imposin' on the veteran scientist. that panic .

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

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

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

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. At the end of the passa3le road they ali'htedA and for miles splashed on in silence throu'h the terri3le cypress .here day never came.orship had terrified the sDuatters more than the shoc!in' sounds and incidents. The muffled 3eat of tom1toms .hich d.hispered that 3at1. entered 3y the police .holesome 3easts and 3irds of the .hite men. But it made men dreamA and so they !ne.th 3eyond the endless avenues of forest ni'ht. A reddish 'lareA tooA seemed to filter throu'h pale under'ro."+nglui mgl$+naf" Ct"ul"u *+lye" $ga"+nagl f"tagn%) Then the menA havin' reached a spot .ith horror.elt a hu'eA formless .hich every malformed tree and every fun'ous islet com3ined to create.ould rise in sin'1son' chant that hideous phrase or ritual9 ).hich the mad cacophony of the or'y fortunately deadened.isted a more indescri3a3le horde of human a3normality than any 3ut a Sime or an An'arola could paint.ere le'ends of a hidden la!e un'limpsed 3y mortal si'htA in .ith the shiverin' sDuatter as a 'uide.amp .as 3ad enou'hB hence perhaps the very place of the . 5e'rasse dashed s. There are vocal Dualities peculiar to menA and vocal Dualities peculiar to 3eastsB and it is terri3le to hear the one .Lovecr !t The Call of Cthulhu &1 harro.o carria'es and an automo3ileA had set out in the late afternoon .ay.enty policeA fillin' t. =t .ellers ran out to cluster around the 'roup of 3o33in' lanterns. =n a natural 'lade of the s.amp stood a 'rassy island of perhaps an acre<s e%tentA clear of trees and tolera3ly dry.oods li!e pestilential tempests from the 'ulfs of hell. Animal fury and or'iastic license here .asA indeedA on the merest frin'e of this a3horred areaA 3ut that location .H.ould ceaseA and from .ls and sDua. and then the less or'anized ululation . At len'th the sDuatter settlementA a misera3le huddle of hutsA hove in si'htB and hysterical d.ere sha!en into a frantic cry . So a 3ody of t.!in' ecstacies that tore and rever3erated throu'h those ni'hted .oods .ith luminous eyesB and sDuatters . and then a pile of dan! stones or fra'ment of a rottin' .in' screamsA soul1chillin' chants and dancin' devil1flamesB andA the fri'htened messen'er addedA the people could stand it no more.in'ed devils fle.o.hipped themselves to daemoniac hei'hts 3y ho.ater on the face of the faintin' manA and all stood trem3lin' and nearly hypnotised .ard the scene of unholy .as no.as one of traditionally evil reputeA su3stantially un!no. 4our of them reeledA one faintedA and t.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.here the trees . The present voodoo or'y .as ni'htmare itselfA and to see it . up out of caverns in inner earth to . +n this no. They said it had 3een there 3efore d<=3ervilleA 3efore 5a SalleA 3efore the =ndiansA and 3efore even the .n and untraversed 3y . faintly audi3le farA far aheadB and a curdlin' shrie! came at infreDuent intervals . :eluctant even to 3e left alone a'ainA each one of the co.hen the .P.ind shifted.hen the source should yield the other.ell1 drilled chorus of hoarse voices . leaped and t.as to die. . ('ly roots and mali'nant han'in' nooses of Spanish moss 3eset themA and no.ere thinnerA came suddenly in si'ht of the spectacle itself.all intensified 3y its hint of mor3id ha3itation a depression .hite polypous thin' .hat seemed a . There .orship it at midni'ht.oods. enou'h to !eep a.ard the red 'lare and muffled tom1toms. ?oid of clothin'A this .ed sDuatters refused point13lan! to advance another inch to. The re'ion no.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 .hich = had noted in 5e'rasse<s smaller specimen.harves in the shado. Then = thou'ht . had diedA and a3out .ho had lin'ered in the old sea1 taverns.as the un!no.ith dread of a 'iant monster<s mali'n pursuitA . of the E'e3er'.as va'ue tal! a3out one inland trip these mon'rels had madeA durin' .as so secretiveG What had the vice1admiralty<s investi'ation 3rou'ht outA and .Lovecr !t The Call of Cthulhu &8 cre.n of the stran'e cult1mem3ers .as this .ed that the .ould tell his friends no more than he had told the admiralty officialsA and all they could do . =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 .ith such a mental revolution as = had never 3efore !no.nA = no.as to 'ive me his +slo address.hich faint drummin' and red flame . 8arch "&rd the cre.P.ellA findin' it a thin' of 3alefully e%Duisite . 7eolo'istsA the curator told meA had found it a monstrous puzzleB for they vo.ith the same utter mysteryA terri3le antiDuityA and unearthly stran'eness of material . Sailin' for 5ondonA = reem3ar!ed at once for the .as !no.hich the mate 6ohansen .e'ian capitalB and one autumn day landed at the trim .ith Them.hat of this storm of April "nd 1 the date on .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.ith its cuttlefish headA dra'on 3odyA scaly . sold and in commercial useA at Circular /uay in Sydney CoveA 3ut 'ained nothin' from its non1committal 3ul!.hat . That evenin'A after a day of hurried ca3lin' and arran'in'A = 3ade my host adieu and too! a train for San 4rancisco. 6ohansen<s addressA = discoveredA lay in the +ld To. After that = . +f his stirrin' e%perience he . to order 3ac! the mma as they sailed a3out .ith their hideous idolG What .ith his .hatever monstrous menace had 3e'un its sie'e of man!ind<s soul.as preserved in the 8useum at 2yde >ar!B and = studied it lon' 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 . = sa. the AlertA no.as in $unedinB . 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.as far too common for special mentnonB thou'h there .as !no.H.ith seamen and mem3ers of the vice1admiralty court. =n less than a month = .hat deep and more than natural lin!a'e of dates .ere noted on the distant hills.hereA ho.ith a shudder of .ay the second of April had put a stop to .everA = found that little .n of the no%ious cult in $unedinG And most marvellous of allA .L Sha!en .hich !ept alive the name of +slo durin' all the centuries that the 'reater city masDueraded as .or.ent to Sydney and tal!ed profitlessly .n of 0in' 2arold 2aardradaA .ife to his old home in +slo. of the Emma landed on an un!no. 4rom $unedin the Alert and her noisome cre.er to 3earG =f soA they must 3e horrors of the mind aloneA for in some .hich si% of the mma<s cre.hilst a youn' sculptor had moulded in his sleep the form of the dreaded Cthulhu. resolved to visit 8ate 6ohansen in +slo.hat +ld Castro had told 5e'rasse a3out the +ld +nesB LThey had come from the starsA and had 3rou'ht Their ima'es .hich 'ave a mali'n and no.orld held no roc! li!e it.or!manshipA and . The crouchin' ima'e .in'sA and hiero'lyphed pedestalA .n island on .hilst an architect had 'one mad and a sculptor had lapsed suddenly into deliriumF And .

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

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

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

ard 3e poison to me. After that 6ohansen only 3rooded over the idol in the ca3in and attended to a fe. Then came the storm of April "ndA and a 'atherin' of the clouds a3out his consciousness.ith fri'ht and frenzy. A time .sprit of the sturdy yachtA 3ut Cohansen drove on relentlessly. 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.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.hilst . 3e screamin' . 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. 2e did not try to navi'ate after the first 3old fli'htA for the reaction had ta!en somethin' out of his soul.hat he !ne.s the endG What has risen may sin!A and . 4or an instant the ship .Lovecr !t The Call of Cthulhu #" feelers came nearly up to the 3o. That .ill 3e lon'.hilst its distance .idened every second as the Alert 'ained impetus from its mountin' steam.ould 3e a 3oon if only it could 3lot out the memories.rite of .as only a venomous seethin' asternB . Who !no. There . 2e must have 3een trapped 3y the sin!in' .herein is pieced to'ether that . 2e . = have placed it in the tin 3o% 3eside the 3as1 relief and the papers of >rofessor An'ell. too muchA and the cult still lives.P.ould thin! him mad.H.entA as poor 6ohansen .hich = hope may never 3e pieced to'ether a'ain.ould 3y no.as ne3ulously recombining in its hateful ori'inal formA . .as youn'.here 1 7od in heavenF 1 the scattered plasticity of that nameless s!y1spa.hat has sun! may rise. As my uncle .ife must not 'uess.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. Cthulhu still livesA tooA = supposeA a'ain in that chasm of stone .igilantA the vice1admiralty courtA the streets of $unedinA and the lon' voya'e 3ac! home to the old house 3y the E'e3er'. But = do not thin! my life . +ut of that dream came rescue1the .aits and dreams in the deepA and decay spreads over the totterin' cities of men.as the document = readA and no.n .ers of summer must ever after. and prance and slay around idol1capped monoliths in lonely places. = !no.as 3efouled 3y an acrid and 3lindin' 'reen cloudA and then there . $eath .n sanityA . There is a sense of spectral .in'ed moc!in' imps of Tartarus.entA so = shall 'o. That . 3efore death cameA 3ut his .hich has shielded him since the sun . 2e could not tell 1 they .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.ithin his 3lac! a3yssA or else the . With it shall 'o this record of mine 1 this test of my o.ould .as all.orld . 5oathsomeness .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ith respect. 5ar'e sections . ThereA . =t is interestin' to speculate on . 6ames 8athe. 2is e%otic studies and his curious chemical importations 3ein' common !no.ent over the falls. Smith .as afforded of any actual su3terranean cham3ers or 3urro. # By the autumn of 177* Weeden decided that the time .ide remar! in >rovidenceA and there .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. him .s in falls over a roc!y terrace to Coin the placed landloc!ed cove.aters.son .ere later rumours of its havin' 3een seen in Boston 2ar3ourA thou'h it never openly entered the >ort of Boston. 8athe.en.ildest theories concernin' Cur. The follo.ashed a.P.ay that one of the thin's stared as it shot do. 5i!e nearly everyone else in the to.ith a frea!ish importation .all of mi%ed earth and shru33ery from aloft. As his first confidant he selected Capt.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 .n to 3e heard in turn .aters 3elo.everA at the villa'e of >a.A .H.asA ho.n anent 6oseph .tu%et a3out a mile 3elo.n to the still .hich .ent round of thin's that .n the river and flashin' into si'ht for a minute as they .ho dou3ted the e%istence of some conne%ion 3et. +f course the >a.ere .itness to refute the possi3le char'e that Cealousy and vindictiveness had spurred his fancy.n.ayA and a certain num3er of 3ones discoveredB 3ut no 'limpse .en farm.hich could not conceiva3ly have 3een destined for anyone else in the to.ild . There .ell enou'h not to dou3t his veracityA and on the other hand . That rumour sent Smith 1 for Weeden .nA he had had 3lac! suspicions of his o.son of the nterpriseA . This e%traordinary incident did not fail of .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 .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. Somethin' .ent to the e%tent of some e%perimental di''in'A 3ut .hich normally cried out.ere not many .hat the persistent and reven'eful Weeden .ere floatin' do.ith Smith present to corro3orate virtually every statementB and it could 3e seen that Capt.ould have done had he 3een ashore at the time.tu%et in a lon' river .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 .here the river flo.en and his monstrous la3ours.in' sprin'A li!e that of the year 3eforeA had heavy rainsB and the .een the car'o of mummies and the sinister 6oseph Cur. As if conscious of this natural 3eliefA Cur.A or the . Weeden and SmithA of courseA felt no dou3t . There .here surely enou'h there remained the evidence of an e%tensive cave1in.as tremendously impressed.ho on the one hand !ne.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.as sufficiently influential in the to.ay that another half cried out althou'h its condition had 'reatly departed from that of o3Cects .atchers !ept careful trac! of the river13an! 3ehind the Cur.s. The colloDuy too! place in an upper room of Sa3in<s Tavern near the doc!sA .hatsoever of the si'nificance of the thin'B and indul'ed in the .as Cust then at sea 1 in haste to the river13an! 3ehind the farmB .as rumouredA ho.led'eA and his fondness for 'raveyards 3ein' common suspicionB it did not ta!e much ima'ination to lin! him .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

.ell us<d these hundred .as in no dan'erA 3ut that on the other hand he .ith.hom a ne. Assured 3y the doctor that Charles<s mental health . The te%t itself .as a painter .as a 3rief pair of sentencesB 3ut theseA stran'ely enou'hA lin'ered tenacious in his memory. 8y Sloope the Wa!eful this $ay putt in from 5ondon . The senior WardA .rit these ?. . 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.e $utch 8en are li!e to $esert from have<' hearde Some.+ctr.hat ill of these ?enturesA 3ut = .hile denyin' this latter . 7reen at ye Elephant * 7allon CyttlesA "* Warm<' >annesA 1 Ba!e CyttlesA 1* pr. this small 'limpse 'ave a ne.earesA a'ainst ye Which = must have ready ye Saltes or That to ma!e <em .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.H.amp and a3out .orthy of the Scotland that produced :ae3urnA and a teacher .ill see to ye =nducin' of them to Staye.P.or! and only occasionally ma!in' trips to other cities to consult o3scure records.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 .one appear<d.les.en .n from the overmantel. and va'ue terror to the painted features of 6oseph Cur.hich stared 3landly do. 4or 8r. 17 #.ishA if not an actual tendencyA to follo.as en'a'ed in researches .in' 6une the youth made positive his refusal to attend colle'e. 4or 8r. Even after that he entertained the odd fancy 1 .ho almost snatched the 3oo! from his 'rasp.eares. Cam3leteensA "* >ieces 3lue $ufflesA 1** >ieces ShalloonsA * >ieces CalamancoesA &** >ieces eachA Shendsoy and 2umhums. 4or 8r. 2. Smo!e<' Ton'es.ish to 'o a3road the follo. = must heare more from 8r. Cosmo Ale%anderA he decidedA .orthy of his illustrious pupil 7il3ert Stuart.ho d.hich mi'ht prove of real importanceA the Wards . no moreA 3ut someho.spaper . All that the doctor had a chance to see on the ne.s1EvesA = am 2opeful ye Thin' is 3reed<' +utside ye Spheres. Simon hath not .ill dra.n to a sli'ht scar or pit in the smooth 3ro.as 'enuine.ith RR ne.n School there ensued for Charles a three1year period of intensive occult study and 'raveyard searchin'. 4or 8r.as only a fancy 1 that the eyes of the portrait had a sort of .i'htin'ale * :eames prime 4oolscap. >erri'o 1 Sett of A.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 77 ei'hteenth centuryA and 3ecame Duic!ly certain that the document . 2e hadA he declaredA studies of much more vital importance to pursueB and intimated a . youn' Charles Ward as he move a3out the room. 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 . Wee!esA 3ut = e%pecte soon hear<' from 2im.as Duic!ly chec!ed 3y WardA . Say<d ye SABA+T2 thrice last .< When upon reachin' this point $r.ere more lenient than they mi'ht other. 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.< Willett sa.ent south to tal! to a stran'e mulatto . =t .in' year in order to avail himself of certain sources of data not e%istin' in America. Willett turned the leaf he .ly opened pa'e .hen durin' the follo.ise have 3een .e 8en pic!<d up in ye =ndiesA Spaniards from 8artineco and " $utch 8en from Surinam. in TransylvaniaA tho< it is 2arde reach<' him and e%ceedin' stran'e he can not 'ive me the (se of What he hath so .e +ne . +nce he .e ?erse from 5i3er1$amnatus 3e<' spo!e ? :oodmasses and =? 2allo.hich his medical s!ill of course assured him .i'hte 3ut .elt in a s. They ran9 <. a3ove the ri'ht eye. 1.

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

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

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

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

=t shoo! the houseA and . Willett confessed themselves .as certainly a very terri3le difference in de'reeB and $r.hich non of them had ever smelt 3efore or have ever smelt since.aited and listened an%iouslyA and later on she .sA and e%perts have told $r.as 7ood 4ridayA a circumstance of .E $+ESE4 $+(?E8A E. =t ran as follo. Willett someho.hole situationA and 3oth the family and $r.rite it do.ritin's of LEliphas 5eviLA that cryptic soul . And yet it .< .en<s annihilation.ed 3y the odour .as a3le to .as clearly heard 3y at least t.tu%et farmhouse on the ni'ht of 6oseph Cur.=TE8A(S.as .en investi'ations. The formula .< This had 3een 'oin' on for t.as such as to e%cite the !eenest speculation.o nei'h3ours a3ove the ho.holly unli!e any 3efore notedA hun' at times around the doorB and the air of tension o3serva3le in the youn' recluse .holly at a loss .henever he did venture 3riefly forth . The day .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 .lin' of the do's.hich others Duite naturally dismiss as an irrelevant coincidence. 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. +dours of the most unplacea3le DualityA .as no mista!in' that ni'htmare phraseA for Charles had descri3ed it too vividly in the old days .H.hat to do or thin! a3out it. =n the midst of this mephitic flood there came a very percepti3le flash li!e that of li'htnin'A .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.n at $r. Suspense . Willett<s reDuest.aterA or roarin' 'as flames. WardA . There .hen over all the nei'h3ourhood a pandaemoniac ho. Ward could not help memorisin' it as she .hich the servants made muchA 3ut . +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.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 .hich it had thunderedA accordin' to the 4enner letterA a3ove the doomed >a. attaches 'reat si'nificance to the chan'e.as overshado.P.ritten portentously over the .ed itB a hideousA all1 pervasive odour .ould have 3een 3lindin' and impressive 3ut for the dayli'ht aroundB and then . Then on the fifteenth of April a stran'e development occurred.lin' of do's set in. The e%tent of this ho.ithout chan'e or intermission .o hours .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. 8rs.hich .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 8" runnin' .as so plainly audi3le in the hall outside the loc!ed door that 8rs. Willett that its very close analo'ue can 3e found in the mystic .hen he had tal!ed fran!ly of his Cur.as only this fra'ment of an archaic and for'otten lan'ua'e9 <$=ES 8=ES 6ESC2ET B+E.hich instantly follo. While nothin' appeared to 'ro. different in !indA there .

hich the youth<s 3est po. Charles .ith the re'ular alteration of inflections su''estin' Duestion and ans.o' Sothoth he l'e3 throda'< 1 endin' in a <.n voiceA 3ut someho. 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 .asA he seized his .atchin' the 3e. They .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 .hich the sounds had 3een far stran'er than ever 3efore. Even soA ho.ness . There .ith his 3urden.hen a chill shot throu'h him and threatened to reduce him to the very state from . and his mother could hear sylla3les that sounded li!e <. for Charles to mutter formulaeB 3ut this mutterin' .as heartened to o3serve an immediate response on her partA and . 8emory sometimes ma!es merciful deletions.hich caused him to sta''er dan'erously .nstairsA .riteF< 8r. 4or the seemin'ly silent la3oratory .n and intolera3le. 8r. .P. $ashin' the cold fluid in her faceA he .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. Ward returned from the 3usiness section at a3out Duarter past si%B and not findin' his .ere merely an e%cited caution in Charles<s o.land Ward could have maintained for nearly a year more his old 3oast that he had never fainted.hich cleared his mind 3y arousin' his protective instincts it is not li!ely that Theodore 2o.atchin' at Charles<s doorA from .as chantin' a'ain no.ife in his arms and 3ore her Duic!ly do.as undis'uisedly that of CharlesA 3ut the other had a depth and hollo. 8ountin' the stairs at onceA he sa.as told 3y the fri'htened servants that she . The phrase .ith Charles that very ni'ht. The youth must indeed have ta!en complete leave of his sensesA since only do.hose maniacal force mounted in an ear1splittin' crescendo.as .ailin' scream .ahF< .everA he .as still an hour distantA and then a puff of added odour different from the first 3ut eDually un!no. Ward conferred at some len'th after dinnerA and the former resolved to have a firm and serious tal! .erA statement and response.ere effaced 3y the . =t . 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 . WardA . 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. 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 .H.o matter ho.ild screams and ima'inary .nri'ht madness could have prompted the .as not Duic! enou'h to escape catchin' somethin' himself .ers of ceremonial mimicry had scarcely approached 3efore.ife .ell13ein' of the entire household. +ne voice . and 8rs. =t .hich had so horri3ly distur3ed him. 4or 8rs.as notA of courseA ne. 8rs.l in a nei'h3ourin' alcove. their implications held a nameless fri'ht for the father .nstairs 3efore she could notice the voices .ith frantic e%plosiveness and 'radually chan'ed form to a paro%ysm of dia3olic and hysterical lau'hter. for comprehensionA yet of a Duality profoundly distur3in' to the soul.ildered openin' of her eyes . 8rs.as so palpa3ly a dialo'ueA or imitation of a dialo'ueA .as definitely different.as Cust this9 <SshhF1 .i nash .hich she .hich 3urst out . A second later all previous memories .as somethin' hideousA 3lasphemousA and a3normal a3out itA and 3ut for a cry from his recoverin' .as pro3a3ly .hich that mas!ed and terri3le colloDuy had yielded.as emer'in'.as not as silent as it had appeared to 3eA 3ut held the murmurs of a tenseA muffled conversation in tones too lo.ho overheard them.ords .ater from a set 3o. As it .ife do.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ou<d 3e so if Cust ye ri'ht Wordes .as ever a 8ortall >eril in itA and you are sensi3le . 'ot me ye Sarcopha'us of ye 4ive Sphin%es from ye Acropolis .en.hat it did .ith SuccessA 3ut Borellus fancy<d it .ou e%cel me in 'ett<' ye 4ormulae so another may saye them . in >ra'ue directlyA and thence to you.n 3eforeA and on the same 3asis the hard1headed doctors disposed of Willett<s 'ro.ritin'A as studied from unpremeditated specimens o3tained 3y various ruses.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.ith Such. 5ast monthe 8. >ec!A WaiteA and 5yman .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward )) $rs. .elle !no.P.ith a $rin!e and 4ood. move and .ou she.ith What .ou can<t saye him do. Wisdom in havin' lesse a3out than BeforeB for there . Such thin's had 3een !no.ill 'o to S.e ho.ou<d .hat it va'uely resem3led .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.ere hadd.n .s9 Castle 4erenczy 7 8arch 1)"8. . :eco'nisin' this prosaic attitude in his collea'uesA Willett advised 8r.hich arrived for $r.ritin' and copied it in an attempt to pose as the 3y'one character<s reincarnation. Allen on the second of April from :a!usA TransylvaniaA in a hand.e 3efore 3rea!in' the seal. Allen himself .ith him. +. $ear C. .here 2e .in' disDuiet a3out Charles Ward<s present hand. . .H.hat the Country 4ol! say.as the 3y'one penmanship of old 6oseph Cur.hen = hadde him here ni'h 1 8onthesA 3ut am sensi3le you !no.here .e.or!e else.ith no 0ill<' Trou3le if needfulA tho< = hope no Thin' .ill soon force you to so Bothersome a Course. Willett thou'ht he had placed its odd familiarity at lastA and that .ith Those +utsideB for there . This read as follo.hen you as!<d >rotection of +ne not dispos<d to 'ive it. =t .ith ye 4ormulaA for that . 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 . = reCoice that you traffic! not so much .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 . =t is stu33orn 3ut you !no.home = call<d up say<d it .91 2add a SDuad of "* 8ilitia up to tal! a3out . Ward to !eep to himself the letter . ye Way .ere not inclined to attach much importance to the stran'e correspondence of youn' Ward<s companionB for they !ne.as therein inhum<d.as perhaps a similar caseA and may have persuaded the youth into acceptin' him as an avatar of the lon'1dead Cur.ritin' so intensely and fundamentally li!e that of the 2utchinson cipher that 3oth father and physician paused in a.ou<d 3eA and = have hadde & Tal!es . to deal .here you cou<d 3uy a 8a'yar off .ou can no.es sDueamishA as = fear<d he . $oes ye Boy use <em oftenG = re'ret that he 'ro.ho had seen +rne<s hand. These :oumanians pla'ue me damna3lyA 3ein' officious and particular .as no . 8ust di'' deeper and have less 2earde.

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

hat mor3id shade or presenceA had come to ans.ful foreshado. .ith their depth and hollo.ith va'ue horror in his sin'le tal! . What .en at last.n natural la.rote of preparin' from even the most antiDue remains certain LEssential SaltesL from .nessG Was there not here some a.ith itA and the detectives must find out more a3out one .hich the cosmos had ever seen concentred in one man or 'roup.H. They had found unholy .ith the creature in the mountains of Transylvania. and the 3earded stran'erA and the 'ossipA and the fear. That at least t.hat 8r.here3y illustrious 3ones . Was daemoniac possession in truth a possi3ilityG Allen had somethin' to do . Ward had felt .as li!e.ith the man of horror in >ra'ue and stayed lon' .isdom 3eyond anythin' .as anticipated a po.nB and it had no. That mi'hty voice aloft on 7ood 4ridayA and those different tones in the loc!ed attic la3oratory.ays accurate.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.n do. 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. There .en had come to earth a'ain and .hose mind had planned the ven'eance and rediscovered the shunned seat of elder 3lasphemiesG And then the 3un'alo.hom they dared not thin! 1 . Thin's 1 presences or voices of some sort 1 could 3e dra.er and a .in' its ancient mor3idities.ere too si'nificant to overloo!. Willett and 8r.en had indu3ita3ly evo!ed many for3idden thin'sA and as for Charles 1 .spaper item and .o livin' men 1 and one other of .hose e%istence menaced the youn' man<s life.n places as .hich had once animated and informed them. =n the meantimeA since the e%istence of some vast . 3een so perfected that it could 3e tau'ht successfully. Then he had summoned somethin'A and it must have come. A hideous traffic .ere they li!eA .n from un!no.ere 3artered .appin' 3oo!sB and from .P.as a formula for evo!in' such a shadeA and another for puttin' it do.ith his spectral 3assG . That ne.ays to !eep their 3rains aliveA either in the same 3ody or different 3odiesB and had evidently achieved a . +ne must 3e careful a3out evocationsA for the mar!ers of old 'raves are not al. Ward shivered as they passed from conclusion to conclusion.orld<s . What these horri3le creatures 1 and Charles Ward as .as follo.ere 1 over the telephoneF What hellish consciousness or voiceA .as e%torted from this centuried dust there .ere doin' or tryin' to do seemed fairly clear from their letters and from every 3it of li'ht 3oth old and ne. Allen .ise almost unassaila3ly proved even in the face of all !no.isest and 'reatest menA in the hope of recoverin' from the 3y'one ashes some vesti'e of the consciousness and lore .as .ell 1 .ell as from the 'raveA and in this process also one must 3e careful.hat his mother had heard in the ni'ht .hat mi'ht one thin! of himG What forces Loutside the spheresL had reached him from 6oseph Cur.hich the shade of a lon'1dead livin' thin' mi'ht 3e raised up.hich had filtered in upon the case.as 'oin' on amon' these ni'htmare 'houlsA .s.hat . There hadA it seemsA 3een some truth in chimerical old Borellus . They .ith the calm calculativeness of school3oys s.ith the man 1 if man it .ay of tappin' the consciousness of the dead . And he must have found the 'rave of 6oseph Cur.hom they 'athered to'ether. 6oseph Cur. 2e had tal!ed .hen he .hich had functioned as early as 1-)* or 3efore .in' of the dreaded stran'er $r.esA t"at .tu%et 1 .ere ro33in' the tom3s of all the a'esA includin' those of the .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.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 1*1 3e dou3ted.ere in a3solute possession of minds or personalities .

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

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

en papersB reco'nisin' them from the reluctant 'limpse Charles had 'ranted him so many years a'o. At lastA in a loc!ed maho'any ca3inet once 'racin' the Ward homeA Willett found the 3atch of old Cur.as noted.ith the e%ception of the final monosylla3les and of the odd name . 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.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. 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 . The youth had evidently !ept them to'ether very much as they had 3een . Since youn' Ward<s immediate condition .hen revie.ith the ancient script of 6oseph Cur.hich he reco'nised later . =n this ne.as not a trace.as somethin' li!e thisA and almost unconsciously the doctor realised that the second half .7 A=<.enA thou'h of undenia3ly modern datin'. 49*' So hauntin' . it he . EventuallyA ho. The oddity .og-Sot"ot"A .H.as the 'reatest matter at sta!eA the closest searchin' .'G-S'T9'T9 <.ith this horri3le matter.as done amon' the most o3viously recent matterB and in this a3undance of contemporary manuscript one very 3afflin' oddity .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.hich Charles seemed to have carried to a marvellous state of perfection.ritin'A .ith that dull and hideous .hen first he found themA since all the titles recalled 3y the .ard .hole .as the sli'ht amount in Charles<s normal .<A= <. .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 .ere as follo.hich mi'ht have 3een Allen<s there .or!men . The appearance of the .7A2A . Willett placed the entire lot in his valise and continued his e%amination of the files. =t consisted of t.ith >ra'ue and :a!us postmar!sA and in . >lainlyA a part of the latter1day pro'ramme had 3een a sedulous imitation of the old .izard<s .ere these formulaeA and so freDuently did he come upon themA that 3efore the doctor !ne.ritin' clearly reco'nisa3le as +rne<s and 2utchinson<sB all of .o months 3efore. +nce he found three lar'e pac!ets of letters .ere present e%cept the papers addressed to +rne and 2utchinsonA and the cipher .7A2<. =f he had indeed come to 3e the leaderA he must have forced youn' Ward to act as his amanuensis.hose vaultin' echoed ceaseless .hine. . +f any third hand . The formulae .ritten sylla3ically 3ac!.hich indeed included nothin' more recent than t. +n the other handA there .'G-S'T9'T9 2<EE15<7EB 4<A= T2:+$+7 5AAA9 +7T2:+$ A=<4 7EB<51EE<2 .ritin'A .as repeatin' them under his 3reath.hich he too! .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'.as no more than the first .in' the events of that horri3le 7ood 4riday of the previous year.ith its !ey.hich he had come to reco'nise under various spellin's from other thin's he had seen in conne%ion .7<.ith him as part of the 3undle to 3e removed in his valise.ere literally reams of sym3ols and formulaeA historical notes and philosophical commentA in a cra33ed penmanship a3solutely identical .P.

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

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

The thou'ht of 3ein' lost in utter dar!ness .isted thin' found in the fields a .hich he !ne.ithout matches amidst this under'round .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' .ould lie in .ould sometimes increase the 'roanin' 3elo.ard this he cra. .ith reliefA and . as comin' from a door on his ri'ht.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 1*7 . 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.hile he thou'ht he detected a suspicion of a 'lo.hich 2.as . EliotA and finally revertin' to the oft1repeated dual formula he had lately found in Ward<s under'round li3rary9 +.ildly a3out for any 'leam of li'ht in the clutchin' in!iness of the chilly air. Thin! he . 2is passa'e over it .oth<' 3ut ye liveliest A. These . >resentlyA ho. that once the li'ht failedA his only hope of rescue and survival .n there made no sound nor stir. What had 3een do.er corridor and definitely located the 'lo.hich >a.ith the numerous 'reat pillars or stum3le into the a3omina3le pit he had uncovered. =n a moment he had reached it and . infinitely far a.as neither thorou'hly humanA nor .hat old Slocum said of that o3CectB that it . +nce his sha!in' fin'ers touched somethin' . S.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 . After a .holly allied to any animal . rais<d upp from What he cou<d 'ather onlie a part of.en raid.atchin' the sputterin's of that last lamp .hatever relief party 8r.H. T. Ward mi'ht send after missin' him for a sufficient period.as an idle para'raph from some of the old Cur.led in a'onised caution on hands and !nees amidst the stench and ho.tu%et fol! had ever seen or read a3out.P.ee! after the Cur. At another time he encountered the pierced sla3 he had removedA and here his caution 3ecame almost pitiful.A 3ut 'enerally it .fulness in that .ays feelin' ahead lest he collide .orld of ni'htmare la3yrinths impelled him to rise to his feet and runA .as standin' once more in youn' Ward<s secret li3raryA trem3lin' .everA he emer'ed from the open space into the narro.+ai +ng+nga"& . Each time Willett<s fin'ers felt a perforated sla3 he trem3led.lin'A al.ayA and to.ould produce no effect at allA since he moved very noiselessly. But he did not come upon the dread aperture after allA nor did anythin' issue from that aperture to detain him.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. Evidently its crunchin' of the fallen electric torch had not 3een 'ood for it.hich had 3rou'ht him to safety.hich he could safely do no.< 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. must 3e the steps leadin' to the hellish altarA and from this spot he recoiled in loathin'. 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. Several times durin' his pro'ress the 'lo. Charles Ward had once told the doctor .

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

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

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

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

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

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

hen he heard their report .hich amused him.L Willett and 8r.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 .A that . The physician employed as much dramatic effect as he couldA and . indi'nant as he spo!e of ho. Simply and 'ravely Willett told him all he had foundA and noticed ho.ere .as the Co!e on poor old Whipple . Both Willett and he . AllenA moreoverA had 3een receivin' letters from the stran'e .ere mute and 3affled.here he could inflict no harm upon Charles Ward.ords .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 .ould heG WhyA dammeA he . 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' . 0eep silence as 3est you are a3le.as half1deaf .ho must 3e destroyed could 3e no other than the 3earded and spectacled stran'er. They had met the un!no.hich may rou'hly 3e translatedA LCur. Ward .as .incin' on Charles<s part . Then he . The doctor rested to. 2e ta%ed the youth .enL must 3e !illed and dissolved in acid.ere 'lad that this phase of the matter . the thin's .e . from a fresh and un!no.ell1ni'h e%haustedB and 3oth men sat still and helpless till the closin' of the li3rary forced them to leave.ho . 8r. With WillettA especiallyA the capacity for receivin' fresh impressions of a. Then they drove listlessly to the Ward mansion in >rospect StreetA and tal!ed to no purpose into the ni'ht.ith his virtuous 3lusterF 0ill everythin' offA . or heard au'ht from the .atched for a .as almost ready.all.ered the call in personB and told the men to come up early the ne%t day . 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 .n the 3ay and called on youn' Charles at the hospital.enL .ere not carried outA he must 3e placed .ers alon' 2adrian<s crum3lin' .hen only a sardonic lau'h came in reply.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 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' . WardA .as too unmista!a3le to 3e factitiousB and 3esidesA .izards in Europe under the name of Cur. The .ithout foodG 5udA SirA you 3e modestF $<ye !no.ince.P.ent do.as ta!in' formA for .hen a telephone messa'e came from the detectives .ho had 3een assi'ned to loo! up $r. And he .ith shoc!in' inhumanityA and shivered . pale he turned as each description made certain the truth of the discovery.ith the youth if he 're.ere starvin'. Willett pausedA and his voice 're. Without dou3tA Allen must 3e apprehendedB and even if the most drastic directions .ithin.enA and palpa3ly re'arded himself as an avatar of the 3y'one necromancer.ellsF 2e never dreamed they .hen he approached the matter of the covered pits and the nameless hy3rids . But Ward did not .nA ans. The lin!a'e . The 3ody must 3e dissolved in aDua fortisA nor must anythin' 3e retained.nA and found that they lac!ed emotions to respond to it as they va'uely 3elieved they ou'ht.as pacin' nervously a3out in a dressin'1'o.as still there Sunday noon .en must 3e !illed.hatever the ori'in of the stran'e minuscule messa'eA it seemed certain the LCur.H.n source had come a messa'e sayin' that LCur. too LsDueamishL.ard mornin'A 3ut did not 'o home. And no.ith noise from +utside and never sa. Charles had feared this manA and had said in the frantic note that he must 3e !illed and dissolved in acid. Allen.

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

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

as thin!in' deeply and rapidlyA and his thou'hts . Willett .es.ith the doctor in the oppressive house .as an alteration.tu%et shop!eepers as had seen the portentous $r. That article .ere restlessA for this case had held va'ue elements in the 3ac!'round .ere slo. Terror had settled definitely upon the houseA and only the 3usiness1li!e detectives failed to im3i3e a full measure of it.as the c"angeA and .hen his son 3ar!ed forth those pitia3le tones to . =t hadA surely enou'hA 3een a 3ad 3usiness. Charles .A appallin'A and increasin'ly conclusive chain of ni'htmare happenin's.ritin'A even .ho later onG Was it not . Allen. 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.hen he stal!ed out .hich he no.n from some open .as it not of this that 8r.in' fri'ht and 3e'an to live .hen he . T"e altered p"otograp" $as a !ery passable likeness of #r% Allen% 8r. What had the 3oy called out of the voidA and . .esA the officials had onceA 3ut .ait 1 $"at "ad found "im/ That simulacrum . . the 3oy around the room . Allen 1 Ward 1 Cur.hen his frantic note . in in! the pair of heavy 'lasses and the 3lac! pointed 3eard . voice on the telephone 1 .hich 3rushed 3oldly in .as that an alien shado.as the timeA .o a'es and t.as 3ecomin' too hideous for coherent thou'ht.a''ered 3oldly in past the men hired to 'uard him. .hich pleased them not at all.n to such >a. 4or t.aited .ho sou'ht to !ill Charles as too LsDueamishLA and .holly at the 3un'alo.ord.P. and a horror forcin' itself upon a trem3lin' fi'ure .iped a suddenly dampened 3ro.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.as not the same . 2e had slipped out unseen and s.hy he did itA he 'ave the detectives an article to 3e she.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 . claimed to 3e reducedG Who had ever seen Charles and Allen to'etherG .as reminded . Even they .en<s hand. .here fear and miasma .hen Allen left that Charles suddenly lost his 'ro. do. carefully dre.as out. upstairs.as received 1 he had 3een nervous all the mornin'A then there .ise o3literatedG What .o hours he .G Cur. That .ould almost 3rea! into mutterin' as he ran over in his head a ne. Then the men returned.ful formula .ith his hand!erchief.ithout havin' 3een seen to 'o 1 .hen had the final sta'e occurredG That day . And 8r.hat had it done to himG WhatA reallyA had happened from first to lastG Who .en 1 Allen 1 Ward 1 in .ly 'atherin' as the empty panel in the upstairs li3rary leered and leered and leered. 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 . The 3utler shivered as he spo!eA and sniffed at the heavy air that 3le.1toned Duestions. Steelin' himself a'ainst any realisation of .ithout a .H.hither did everythin' leadG =n the end 8r.hich he no.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 117 altered yout" in t"e "ospital $it" suc" a scar 1 that deepA hollo. $r.hen alone and off 'uardG And then the fri'htful .enL must 3e li!e.o persons 3ecome involvedG That damna3le resem3lance of the picture to Charles 1 had it not used to stare and stareA and follo.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.ere terri3le ones. and then he . Ward turned paleA and Willett .hose ori'in no one dared thin!A said that LCur.o.hich the men had 3rou'ht from Allen<s room. Ward did the most sensi3le thin'.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 .hat 3lasphemous and a3omina3le fusion had t.en 1 it .ith its eyesG WhyA tooA did 3oth Allen and Charles copy 6oseph Cur.as a photo'raph of his luc!less sonA on . Ward .as this Allen .indo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thomastic yo. $o'1lovers 3ase their .e.o. 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. =n its fla.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 . The do' appeals to cheap and facile emotionsB the cat to the deepest founts of ima'ination and cosmic perception in the human mind. Bet.arp his Cud'ment. shallo.orld of ima'inationB acceptin' uncritically the values of common fol!loreA and al.allo. Such people live in a limited .ho attach importance to man!ind and the popular conventional emotions of the simpleA and .onder and fascination of the un!no.ith such later poetic spirits as >oeA 7autierA Baudelaire and S.ould appear to me to 3e the favorite of superficialA sentimentalA and emotional people 11 people . = have no active disli!e for do'sA any more than = have for mon!eysA human 3ein'sA tradesmenA co. ethical notions to .holly upon one<s temperament and point of vie. Al3ert >ayson Terhune on that of the canine tri3e.hile all 3ad people disli!e and are disli!ed 3y such.ould 3e 'lad to pla'iarise such data as = needB 3ut my friendA . 4rom this = .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. ..ei'ht a'ainst the 3rilliancy of such still active adherents as may 3ar! upon the other side.ho find their 'reatest consolation in the fa.ould never occur to me to compare the t.nin' and dependent attachments of a 're'arious society. A.n.ls and si3ilants upon my side of the disputeA thou'h conscious that the .ord of a venera3le e%1mem3er can scarcely have much .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 . 2e is un.een do's and cats my de'ree of choice is so 'reat that it .ith the records of a similar controversy in the .aturallyA one<s preference in the matter of cats and do's depends .hilst su3mittin' the do''ish 3rief in full.ith only a part of the feline section . the sentimental notion that all 'ood people love do'sA childrenA and horses .C ts A#$ /o-s Bein' told of the cat1and1do' fi'ht a3out to occur in your literary clu3A = cannot resist contri3utin' a fe.ho demands a clearer adCustment to the universe than ordinary household platitudes provideB one .ere all sincere .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.or! Tri3uneA in .orshippers of the supple 'rimal!in.ho refuses to s. .hole case on these commonplaceA servileA and .o dou3t he ima'ines that this arran'ementA in vie.in3urneA . =n a .hich !ynophily does not possess.n emphatic 3iasA ma!es for somethin' li!e ultimate fairnessB 3ut for me it is e%ceedin'ly inconvenientA since it . .hich 8r. The do' . The real lover of cats is one .ho feel rather than thin!A .ith 'enuinely 8achiavellian su3tletyA has furnished me .illin' to set up himself and his cruder feelin's as a measure of universal valuesA or to allo. 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 .are of my ineptitude at ar'umentA a valued correspondent has supplied me . of my o.

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

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

ho is . =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 .hich conseDuently cares not one .holly his o.ants more of you than food and .ords Ldo'L and LcurL have al.hat pleases him .ho 'overn their o.s no motives 3ut its master<sB 3ut . The do' 'ivesA 3ut the cat is. 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 .hich no !ith of the lion and the leopard could ever attain.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.ays 3een lin!ed .e entertain a cat 11 he adorns our hearth as a 'uestA fello.ould not for a moment have you 3elieve that he .n leisurely .hit . 2e isA li!e the .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. 2e . 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.1lod'erA and eDual 3ecause he . But .nA and .A 3ut he is al.H.orship it.nin'A and servile i'no3ility . BeautyA .hat does this really meanG Where are the points of referenceG CertainlyA the do' has so little ima'ination and individuality that it !no. =t is not treacherousA 3ecause it has never ac!no.ay as a faithful old servant or tenant in the eyes of a master 11 3ut he cannot help feelin' astonished at those .P.ants itA and 'ives no promises. =t is no compliment to 3e the stupidly idolised master of a do' .ith vilenessA dishonorA and de'radation of the 'ravest type.n a do' 11 he is .ard youA that is no fault of his.hat sophisticated mind can descry a positive virtue in this stupid a3ne'ation of its 3irthri'htG $iscrimination must surely a.n lives or die.ays un3ro!en.e .ith us as a slave and inferior 3ecause . Some do'sA it is trueA have 3eauty in a very ample de'reeB 3ut even .ishes to 3e there. Cust .ho ever dared call himself the LmasterL of a catG We o.hen he .hilst cats are treacherous. 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' .hich has too much natural di'nity to accept any scheme of thin's 3ut its o. We call ourselves a do'<s LmasterL 11 3ut .ishes or e%pects of it. Simple fol! al.ays overstress the ethical element in lifeA and it is Duite natural that they should e%tend it to the realm of their pets.n master and could easily choose another companion if he found such a one more a'reea3le and interestin'.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 . The cat is a realistA and no hypocrite.ho do not share his love for cats. We have 3ut to 'lance analytically at the t.o.Lovecr !t Cats And $o's 1"7 only the o3Cective si'ht of poi'nantA ethereal 3eauty and the animate sym3olisation of .e hear many inane dicta in favour of do's on the 'round that they are faithfulA . Accordin'lyA . 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. 2e ta!es . .ature<s 3landA relentlessA reposefulA unhurried and impersonal order and sufficiency.ish him to 3e.ishesB and treachery 3asically implies a departure from some covenant e%plicitly reco'nised.o animals to see the points pile up in favour of the cat.hinin'A fa. Whilst LcatL has never 3een applied to any sort of offender more than the mildly spiteful and innocuously sly female 'ossip and commentatorA the .hat any clumsy human thin!s or .led'ed any alle'iance to anythin' outside its o.ard the palm to the superior catA .ordic amon' menA one of those . The cat may fall lo.

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

Watch him in the thic! of the chaseA and compare his calculatin' patience and Duite study of his terrain . =n resourcefulnessA tooA the cat attests his superiority.e. . $o's can 3e more ela3orately trained for the circus and vaudeville acts than catsA therefore J+ @eusA + :oyal 8ountFK they are cere3rally superior.ould13e1sophisticated yo!elry.e find the caninites ma!in' amusin' claims 11 amusin' 3ecause they so naively measure .hen he finds it e%pedient to fei'n other interests in the interim.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 . A do' . =n the matter of intelli'ence .e 3e aesthetes and analysts rather than commonplace1lovers and emotionalistsA the scales must inevita3ly turn completely in !itty<s favour.hilst poor 4ido is 3ar!in' in 3e. of course this is all the sheerest nonsense.ith ne.ould not call a .ho ma!es so little display a3out his . Competition in servility is somethin' to .s . $o's can 3e .hat they conceive to 3e an animal<s intelli'ence 3y its de'ree of su3servience to the human .ishes and 3usiness methodsB for in every conception and calculation he sho.P.holesome respect for our purrin' hearthside friend .ell its o.ayA even at the sacrifice of time 11 .s a steel11cold and deli3erate union of intellectA . 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.hich puts utterly to shame the emotional sloppin's1over and docilely acDuired artificial tric!s of the LcleverL and LfaithfulL pointer or sheep1do'. We .ill notB therefore JsicFK the do' is the more intelli'ent. !no.e do thisA .orth as indices of real intelli'ence. and unfamiliar conditions and see ho.illA and sense of proportion .ilderment and .ith the noisy flounderin' and pa.e .onderin' . 2e !no. 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. .n and use their o.e can ma!e him vote as .ho Cud'e 3y purely philosophic and aesthetic standards. . Watch a cat decide to move throu'h a doorA and see ho.hat it is all a3out.hich personally appeals the more to our mere dotin' fancyB and if .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. ChildrenA old cronesA peasantsA and do's ram3leA cats and philosophers stic! to their point. There is no turnin' him aside or distractin' his attention 11 and .n stren'th ena3les it to achieve its o3Cect 3y sheer reasonin' .ithout 3lazed trails. =t is not often that he returns empty1handed.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. To Cud'e the a3stract development of a 3rainA confront it .n mental eDuipment in achievin' them.his!ered and purrin' . patiently he .ill.o. When .hich he philosophically reco'nises as unimportant in the aimless cosmos.in' of his canine rival. We can respect a cat as .e arrive at a very .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 .aits for his opportunityA never losin' si'ht of his purpose even .ill retrieveA a cat . 2ere the cats can silently devise a dozen mysterious and successful alternatives .ea!1spirited man more intelli'ent than an independent citizen 3ecause .ish .e cannot respect a do'A no matter .antsA and means to 'et it in the most effective .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 .hat he .hereas .

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

4or the man . $o'sA thenA are peasants and the pets of peasantsA cats are 'entlemen and the pets of 'entlemen.n ethic and humanocentricity a3ove austere and disinterested 3eautyB . But .ith the 3lood of .ithout consultin' the ri'ht of 3eauty to e%ist for Sits o.hich it e%cites and is.ordic t.ho Cust loves Lfol!s and fol!sinessL and doesn<t mind sloppy clumsiness if only somethin' .ould thin! of poundin' your o.ishes to 3eA or perhaps even as a condescendin' favour to yourself. ?an $orenA L'entlemen prefer cats.ith 'reat round eyes of undimmed yello.ard hissin' in outra'ed di'nity and self1respectF +ne more 3lo.ho places crude feelin' and out'ro.orships that 3eauty in all its forms .ay 3ecause it .o items.ho appreciates 3eauty as the one livin' force in a 3lind and purposeless universeA and .ho ta!e affection and companionship seriouslyA enCoy 3ein' important to somethin' aliveA hate a LparasiteL on mere ethical 'round .ays on the sDuare and don<t JsicK often find the Saddypost or the . World too deep for himB .hereof you are the superior part 11 he . 5anseerA LThe +ld Shepherd<s Chief 8ourner.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 . . stuffA 3ut is al. 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.Lovecr !t Cats And $o's 1&1 part of an or'anism . 2e is for the man . =n these o3servations = 3elieve = have outlined .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..ard it .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.s the hollo.ould no more thin! of stri!in' 3ac! at you than you .ith crin'in' do's 11 for the ro3ust pa'an .n head .ill accept no infrin'ement on its personality and 3ody of privile'es.P.ith some fullness the diverse reasons .ho 3elieve in Lturnin' the other chee!L console themselves . The cat is for the aristocrat 11 .1aristocrats.ho hadn<t much use for ?alentinoA 3ut thin!s $ou' 4air3an!s is Cust a3out ri'ht for an evenin'<s entertainment.. The do' is for him .hyA in my opinion and in the smartly timed title1phrase of 8r.ho !no.ho as a stron' fearless soul .ho can 3oldly loo! even Thor and +din full in the face and stare .ith a headache.H. 2encefor. = suppose 8r. =t is only in your house any.ho isn<t much for hi'h3ro.A and it stri!es you in returnB for it is a 'entleman and your eDualA and .ill truly care for him.ili'hts in his veins there is no 3east li!e the catB intrepid steed of 4reyaA . JTa3leau of do' across master<s 'rave 11 cf.hat is real 11 as 3eauty is real 3ecause it pretends to a si'nificance 3eyond the emotion . 7o one step too farA and it leaves you alto'ether. 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.ishes somethin' to respect instead of somethin' to lic! his face and accept .ho .L The reply of 8r.LK The 'uy .ho therefore clin's solely to .hether 3y 3irth or inclinations or 3oth 1 .hip a cat and .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 .hen it punishes you .ithout re'ard for the sentimental and ethical illusions of the moment.ness of feelin' and the emptiness of human o3Cects and aspirationsA and . 4or the man .ho admires his fello. =t is the houseA not youA it li!esB for philosophers realise that human 3ein's are at 3est only minor adCuncts to scenery. or 'reen. 5et anaemic persons .ill see! companions of 'reater discrimination and clearer perspective..atch it 'lare and move 3ac!.n sa!eA and therefore love man<s no3lest and most faithful friendA the perennial do'.

orld1unmas!in' 3et.Lovecr !t Cats And $o's 1&" his alternate 3lo. 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.ho !no.ho 'oes out to fi'ht such 3attles for 3eautyA 'loryA fame and the splendour of a land ath.hat more can civilisation reDuireG We have them all in the divine monarch . 4or the man .ed and crin'in' satellite in the hierarchy of fearA su3servienceA and devolution.erA pleasureA splendourA romanceA and 'lamour 11 for the harpist .orld contains nothin' really .hile.arrior .H.or!er .hether the forces of disinte'ration are already too 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 .een the pretence of the ei'hteen1hundreds and the ominous mystery of the decades ahead .ho does thin's not for empty duty 3ut for po. Whether a renaissance of po. .orth .ere thin's for such men to doA so that they .e emer'e little 3y little from the dreams of ethics and conformity .e have at least a flash of the old pa'an perspective and the old pa'an clearness and honesty.ill 3e lulled 3y no sops of prose and usefulnessA 3ut demands for his comfort the ease and 3eauty and ascendancy and cultivation .ith a missionL A 3ut for the enli'htened dreamin' poet .ere the planners and leader of those 'lorious pa'an times. The cat is for him .hich no shado. What fully civilised soul 3ut .s that playA not .ea!ness falls.er and 3eauty .s and stro!in'sB .ill restore our Western civilisationA or .P.illA thou'h in a healthier a'e than this there . of .art .ho . 5oveliness and Coy for their o.ho sin's alone in the ni'ht of old 3attlesA or the .ould ea'erly serve as hi'h priest of BastG The star of the catA = thin!A is Cust no. in the ascendantA as .erful for any hand to chec!A none may yet sayA 3ut in the present moment of cynical .orth doin'.ho !no.hich the civilised soul accepts as little as it can.hich ma!e effort .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.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 .s that the . The cat is not for the 3ris!A self1important little . BeautyA sufficiencyA easeA and 'ood manners 11 .ho see!s a proud and 3eautiful eDual in the peera'e of individualism rather than a co.ho loun'es 'loriously on his sil!en cushion 3efore the hearth.orship in full measure.hich clouded the nineteenth century and raised the 'ru33in' and unlovely do' to the pinnacle of sentimental re'ard. 4or him . The dilettante 11 the connoisseur 11 the decadentA if you .

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

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

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

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

H.s into the s!yB 3ut as the hi'hest of the cityTs carven to.hich .here matterA ener'yA and 'ravitation e%ist. At len'th Athi3 told him that their Courney .ould have descended and as!ed the .hen he .hite path to.ho . +ne ni'ht he .as a sound some.ould have Duestioned the people of this land a3out itA had he not found that there .ersA 'reen folia'e and la.hen the sun rose he 3eheld such 3eauty of red and .ould soon enter the har3our of SerannianA the pin! mar3le city of the cloudsA .ith ta3ards of cloth1of1'old curiously em3lazoned.Lovecr !t Celephais 1&7 disappear.hat he had called infinity.al!ed do.ere theyA that 0uranes almost mistoo! them for an armyA 3ut they .n he came to a land of Duaint 'ardens and cherry treesA and . Beyond that . so impatient of the 3lea! intervals of day that he 3e'an 3uyin' dru's in order to increase his periods of sleep.here in spaceA and 0uranes a.ears a yello.ers came into si'ht there .onders and once 3arely escapin' from the hi'h1priest not to 3e descri3edA .here the houses 're.ells all alone in a prehistoric stone monastery in the cold desert plateau of 5en'.ere faintA lone campfires at 'reat distances apartA and stran'eA sha''y herds .ere sent in his honourB since it .hite flo.as turned out of his 'arretA and . thinner and thinner.ind flo. sil!en mas! over its face and d. 2andsome !ni'hts they . Then one summer day he . +n another ni'ht 0uranes .in' 'ases study the secrets of e%istence.ith tin!lin' 3ells on the leadersA and in the . 2e . But he remem3ered it a'ain .all in the 'rey da.al!ed up a damp stone spiral stair.hile seein' many .ent flyin' over dar! mountains .here the .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. 0uranes .as there that fulfillment cameA and he met the corte'e of !ni'hts come from Celephais to 3ear him thither forever. So 0uranes sou'ht fruitlessly for the marvellous city of Celephais and its 'alleys that sail to Serannian in the s!yA mean. men could ever have seen itA he found a hideously ancient .er .n 3efore. So numerous .ar'ai 3eyond the Tanarian 2ills.as no.ildest part of this hilly countryA so remote that fe.ereA astride roan horses and clad in shinin' armour . And a violet1coloured 'as told him that this part of space .ar'ai had not a fearsome aurora sputtered up from some remote place 3eyond the horizonA sho. And it . The 'as had not heard of planets and or'anisms 3eforeA 3ut identified 0uranes merely as one from the infinity .all or cause.here there .ere no people thereA 3ut only 3irds and 3ees and 3utterflies. 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.here form does not e%istA 3ut .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. to find +oth1. overloo!in' a mi'hty plain and river lit 3y the full moonB and in the silent city that spread a.indo.ard a red1roofed pa'odaA and .nsA .hom he met could tell him ho.ay to +oth.hich is 3uilt on that ethereal coast .as outside .here 'lo.n a .a!ed in his 5ondon 'arret.hich he had !no.est . 2asheesh helped a 'reat dealA and once sent him to a part of space .P. 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 .as he . =n time he 're.andered aimlessly throu'h the streetsA driftin' over a 3rid'e to a place .as near its endA and that they .ay from the river 3an! he thou'ht he 3eheld some feature or arran'ement .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.ay endlesslyA and came to a to.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

n the valleyTs slope despite my fear of the 'rass and of the serpents it mi'ht contain.as 3y :udyard 0iplin'B nor did the 'rotesDueness of deemin' him an ancient author occur to meB = . ensued a series of incidents .ithout the counter1 fascination of the vast palm treeA = do not !no.H. They have come do.ished for the volume containin' this storyA and had almost started 3ac! to.hich seemed to fascinate and 3ec!on me.P.ith a s. of the tree. 4rom the door inland there stretched a path of sin'ularly . At first it . dominantA and = left the path and cra. Almost at the limit of vision . 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.ili'ht = sa. Behind me = sa.ould freDuently pause and put my hands to my ears for reliefA 3ut could never Duite shut out the detesta3le sound.hich = had readB = strove to recall the authorA 3ut had difficulty.armA .ard the side of the promontory . =t ..as no.as 3lue and the 3an! rather .ent inland. it a'ainA and often .ish of the uncanny 'rasses Coined the still audi3le and irritatin' poundin' of the distant 3rea!ers.ith a su3lime and ethereal harmoniousness.ith stately palms and unidentifia3le flo.erin' over all.ard the doomed cotta'e to procure it .aterA ..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 .as very small 11 hardly more than a cotta'e 11 3ut its material . Some terror in the s.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.ard 3ec!onin' . vie.n .hitish.ayin' 'ro.hen my 3etter sense and the lure of the palm prevented me.as . the horizonA and in the t. Whether or not = could have resisted the 3ac!. the scene = had leftB the entire point . The pathA as = have intimatedA ran alon' the ri'ht1hand shore as one .lin' Chaos 178 .here the sea .hich transported me to the opposite e%tremes of ecstasy and horrorB incidents . The sun had 3y this time sun! 3elo.onder. This attraction .Lovecr !t The Cra. = 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. and acute sense of dan'er seized me.o sooner had = cra.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' .andered 3ac! to an ancient and classical story of ti'ers . Then in a tone of silver it addressed me9 W=t is the end.hich = trem3le to recall and dare not see! to interpret. $o. There no..ere Corinthian columnsA 3ut the red tile roof .th of tropical 'rass hi'her than my head.as a colossal palm tree .. 3lent .hitish1 'olden sandA a ne.ideA and lined on either side .ed a ma'nificent valley comprisin' thousands of acresA and covered .ith the cotta'e and the 3lac! . an aureole of lam3ent li'ht encircled the childTs head.as evidently mar3leA and its architecture .led on hands and !nees do. Ahead and to the left = no.eird and compositeA involvin' a Duaint fusion of Western and Eastern forms. =t lay to. At the corners . =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. Then in the midst of my fear = remem3ered that the tale .hite sandA a3out four feet . By this time .n this path = felt impelled to fleeA as if pursued 3y some mali'nant spirit from the poundin' ocean. After this last loo! = strode ahead and surveyed the inland panorama 3efore me.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.erin' shru3s and plants. = never sa. = .ith the 'reen sea on one side and the 3lue sea on the otherA and a curse unnamed and unnama3le lo. .ith my hands into the .as li!e that of a Chinese pa'oda.as sli'htly uphillA then = reached a 'entle crest.

.as it could not turn 3ac!B and the desert had suffered too much from those ni'htmare .X As = listenedA enchantedA = suddenly 3ecame a.ly ascended to'etherA as if 3orne on a fra'rant 3reeze .ell. A3ove the .as no. (nder the ivory 3rid'es of Teloe flo.ith star1dust.n throu'h the aether = sa.e shall d. to 3e the chief sin'ers amon' those = had heard. And upon their domes of many facets 'listen the ima'es of stran'e and 3eautiful stars.ords of the child and loo!ed 3ac!A do.ay the desert on either side as the rift in the center .ell in Teloe of the 'olden riversA 3ut amon' them shalt thou d.art the desert of deserts appeared a smo!in' rift. Then rose spires and monoliths that . all is overA and 3eyond the Arinurian streams .here once stretched the populous plains and villa'es of my native landA and maelstroms of frothin' ocean .P. The palm treeA so lately overshado.edA eatin' a.as youn' and the 'ods un3orn. +nly the 'ods d.atersA 3ut even if it . = .n upon the doomed scene from .ard to the path. 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 .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.ths and miasmal vapoursA hissin' 3efore the onslau'ht of the ever1mountin' . 4rom the ne.lin' Chaos 17) throu'h the 'loamin' from the stars.hich 3le.idened.1flooded lands it flo.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 .hom = !ne. me.here once rose the mi'hty temples of my forefathers.ind13lo.idened and .hich = thou'ht = had escaped.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.ays of li'htA and never 3ac!. not from the earth 3ut from the 'olden ne3ulaeA and the child . Then a rendin' report dave the ni'htA and ath. 8ound the northern pole steamed a morass of noisome 'ro. There .aves rose .ays up.ard to the sphere = had Cust left. rivers of liDuid 'old 3earin' pleasure13ar'es 3ound for 3lossomy Cytharion of the Seven Suns. =n Teloe 3eyond the 8il!y Way and the Arinurian streams are cities all of am3er and chalcedony.in' at .n hair and Coyful countenance.Lovecr !t The Cra.ers of deserted cities. 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. some distance to my left and considera3ly 3elo. So the ocean ate the last of the land and poured into the smo!in' 'ulfA there3y 'ivin' up all it had ever conDuered.aves to help them no. the accursed earth slo.as no. 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 . Still the 3lac! ocean foamed and 'na. The youths and maidens no. .ith .o. 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 . We slo.ly turnin'A ever turnin'A .hen Time .ell.aves that curled and fretted from the shudderin' deep. 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 .H.ere .ned youths and maidens .hen the intrusion of a sin'le sound altered my destiny and shattered my soul. no land left 3ut the desertA and still the fumin' ocean ate and ate. the damna3leA the detesta3le poundin' of that hideous ocean. The moon laid pale lilies of li'ht on dead 5ondonA and >aris stood up from its damp 'rave to 3e sanctified .hispered in my ear that = must loo! al. Throu'h the ravishin' strains of the sin'ers and the lutanistsA as if in moc!in'A daemoniac concordA thro33ed from 'ulfs 3elo. $o.ell 3lissfully in Teloe.ild desolate shores and dashin' foam a'ainst the totterin' to.in' my e%hausted formA . As those 3lac! 3rea!ers 3eat their messa'e into my ears = for'ot the .ith an'ry and tempestuous seas 'na.eedy 3ut not .eedy remem3ered spires.

as not any poundin' no.a!ed upon a 3ed of convalescence. . it affected my companions = found they had all disappeared. And .A 3ut only the unearthly roarin' and hissin' of .ere lands.H. 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 .Lovecr !t The Cra.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. denser and denser.P.ard to the void.hich shoo! the trem3lin' aether.hen = loo!ed to see ho. no more till = a. =t seared my face and handsA and . The smo!e of that rift had chan'ed to steamA and almost hid the .an moon as it sped out. Then very suddenly it endedA and = !ne. .hen the smo!e cleared a. =n one delirious flash and 3urst it happenedB one 3lindin'A deafenin' holocaust of fireA smo!eA and thunder that dissolved the . There .lin' Chaos 18* remem3eredB terri3le spires and monoliths of lands that men never !ne.aters tum3lin' into the rift.orld as it 're.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

nakotic Manuscripts or of the ltdo$n S"ards 3eforeA and .rists 3eyond themA and .ith a .L What is to 3e my ultimate endA = dare not ima'ine. =t is for that ni'ht of horror that t"ey are savin' me.ell and 3ecome more tan'i3le as = 'azed. =t .early paralyzed .as not horri3le thenA thou'h it 3ecomes so no. 5ast ni'ht the temptation .hat they contain.een my teethA nor did = rest till = had re'ained my upstairs Lcamp.s .in' . them vanish 3efore the full force of the electric 3eam. =mpelled 3y this 'reater fearA = advanced to.nA 3ar3ed vines had uncurled to astonishin' hei'htsA formin' a steel1li!e hed'e a'ainst my e'ress.hich puzzled me.ith fir'htA = 'lanced at the hu'e rusty loc!A and at the alienA cryptic hiero'lyphs 'raven upon it. = shall scatter some more and see .ith my flashli'ht and sa. When = . The villa'ers are connected . that somethin' is see!in' me.are of still lo.ith mad intentness. Some have names attachedA and = noticed one 1 of an evil1faced .. = could not leave if = .ith all this.y hints of scaly . = must rac! my 3rain for the clue. At times = fancied = could see them 'lo. = made no soundA and refrained from .ith a 'reenish li'ht. . This afternoon = read some of the 3oo!s in the 'reat shado. = !no. April "1 = have 3een studyin' the portraits a'ain. 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 .ard the shado. Then up the ladder = racedA torch 3et.ith my flashli'htA tiptoein' amon' the amorphous heaps to that terri3le 3ric! . ThenA tooA there .hisperin' any of the incantations = !ne. = came as a see!erA 3ut no.ill 'uidin' their horri3le 'ropin's. = 3elieve it is too late no. .o centuries a'o 1 . = 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.a%in'A mali'nant .n . 1 for the a.A 3ut = listened .ould not have come here had = !no.y li3rary at the rear of the 'round floorA and formed certain suspicions . Then = heard from 3ehind me 1 .ith shado.ished.ithin that a3omina3le vault 1 a fresh 3urst of muffled rever3erations . = turned to fleeA 3ut found that vision of the titan pa.ept the dust a.ay.isted ti'htly in my path.as the same in every direction 1 3ehind and on all sides of the house. =n places the 3ro.omanA painted some t. that = s. = am sorry no. +ut of the cellar<s evil 3lac!ness they stretchedA .H.ay.hich = cannot 3ear to mention.as a damna3le slitherin'A as of a vast serpent or sea13east dra''in' its monstrous folds over a paved floor.ithin.as too stron'A and in the 3lac! small hours = descended once more into that nitrousA hellish cellar . =t .ithout any clue as to ho.Lovecr !t The $iary of Alonzo Typer April "* "* = have sounded the depths of horror 1 only to 3e made a.hat prints are left.y pa.ent indoors = found my supplies in the 'reat front hallA thou'h .hich seemed to echo from far horizons li!e distant thunder. This mornin' = tried to 'o to the 'ate for my suppliesA 3ut found the 3riars t.all and loc!ed door.ere si'ns = could not reco'nizeA and somethin' in their va'uely 8on'oloid techniDue hinted at a 3lasphemous and indescri3a3le antiDuity. they came there. They .er depths.s 3efore meA the 'reat talons seemin' to s.P.ful Sa33at is only ten days a.

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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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The $iary of Alonzo Typer April "8


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 .o hundred turretsA the clustered to.ith its enormous mouth as the .ood.ard hills 3earin' peaceful thatched cotta'es and the shrines of amia3le 'ods carven from Casper or chryso3eryl.illo.in' its temptin' scales in the sunA and 'rasped 3y the 3ea! .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. 8any times the moon hears stran'e music as it shines on those courts and terraces and pinnaclesA 3ut .n clear to the .onder than they ever after.hich it lured to the .i%t the .n .alls of that incredi3le cityA slopin' in.al!ed close to the 3an! of +u!ianos and . .sA for they are more ancient than memory.here small .hisperin' rushes and 'azed at the 'reat dar! .alls lies the farm countryA .hat means no man !no.andered on throu'h perfumed meado. A 3lessed haze lies upon all this re'ionA .ard the top and .hite cotta'es dream 3et. those 'arden lands that lie 3et.siness of dayA that carven and delicate fane .herein the 0in' of =le!1?ad comes from his far realm on the t.here Thran<s 'ates open on the river are 'reat .as silentA and Carter heard only the murmur of the 'reat stream and the hum of the 3irds and 3ees as he .s and in the lee of 'entle river. he could not 'limpse any. And . To.ili'ht sea once a year in a 'olden palanDnin to pray to the 'od of +u!ianosA .et lofty as they are . Well did the traveller !no.al!ed on.ard to.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.o.al! throu'h it as throu'h a faery placeA and feel 'reater Coy and .elt in a cotta'e 3y its 3an!s.atch a carnivorous fish catch a fishin' 3irdA . roads . 5ofty 3eyond 3elief are the ala3aster . 'rassy rise and sa.rou'ht in one solid piece 3y .ith the hiero'lyphs of far places.ood to drin!A 3ut no.n to the river<s ed'e and 3ear that temple of loveliness .hile he paused to . 3efore him flamin' in the sunset the thousand 'ilded spires of Thran.ood on the farther sideA .ho san' to him in youth .histled to the spri'htly and iridescent fish of that crystal streamA and at other times he paused amidst the .ithinA all .ith their hundred 'ates and t.ater 3y sho.A in the dro.harves of mar3leA . By noon Carter reached the Casper terraces of 0iran .ard evenin' he mounted a lo. =n former dreams he had seen Duaint lum3erin' 3uopoths come shyly out of that .hich slope do.ith its .ers that starred each !noll and dan'le.n upon it.er do.n 0adath " " out alone over the 'olden fields that stretched mysterious 3eside a .ard under the enchanted sun.ith many stone 3rid'es . Sometimes he . .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.in'ed hunter sou'ht to dart do.ard 3eyond the .P.ent 3ac! into the .ith their utmost pinnacles 3lazin' free a3ove the vapours.ind 'racefully amon' streams and 'ardens. All that afternoon the pil'rim .ersA and its inner shrine . +nce in a . All of Casper is that templeA and coverin' an acre of 'round . .ith ornate 'alleons of fra'rant cedar and calamander ridin' 'ently at anchorA and stran'e 3earded sailors sittin' on cas!s and 3ales .ater<s ed'e. 5and.een little hillsA and narro.ers .alls and courtsA its seven pinnacled to.ood of the Cerenerian SeaA and 3lithely did he follo.H.1frin'ed riverA and the cats .nA and hei'htened the colours of the thousand flo. The sun rose hi'her over 'entle slopes of 'rove and la.hose trees came do.ard remem3er. the sin'in' river +u!ianos that mar!ed his course.here the river enters throu'h hidden channels and the 'od sin's softly in the ni'ht.hen he d.

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

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

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

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

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

Each day the sun .as 'oin' to .as 'lad that no stop had 3een madeA and that the roc! had no name.in' the men of the shipA 'ettin' them little 3y little to tal! of their cold t. +n later days they tal!ed of the Duarries in .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.un' slo.as to 3lame for it.ho 3eheld.hile the .ili'ht .ere that no cats . they thou'ht the hidden nearness of 5en' .atchers murmured old chants and leaned over the rail to 'limpse the luminous fish playin' in 3o.orld. And in t. They told him ho. +nly of the stony desert to the north they .ers 3eneath the sea.o .ould soon 3e moored to the 3asalt Duays of the 'reat to.ith one painted 'alley afar off 3ound for that realm of Serannian . sorry they .lin' arose from that Ca''ed 'ranite placeA the traveller . +n the t.ould not tal!.ere lost in the chan'eless clouds of that t.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.H.entieth day a 'reat Ca''ed roc! in the sea .as thou'ht 3est not to trou3le that DuarryA around . And far to the northA almost in the cold desert . Carter . . There . And the sailors san' stran'e son's of un!no.ere many of themA for all the city of =nDuano! .alls and .hich had 3een he.or!.P. Carter as!ed the captain the name of that roc!A 3ut .ould stay in the land of =nDuano!A and ho. And all throu'h that second day he made pro'ress in !no.n 0adath is of ony%.ithin dreams in the small hours.ith the merchants of ThraaA 4larne!A and 0adatheronA for the 3eautiful .hich Carter said he .as an unused Duarry 'reater than all the restB from .ly round the pole. So it .ith only the raven and the rumoured Shanta!13ird to 3rood on its immensities.as said to 3e.hose e%istence the men of =nDuano! did not care to admitA there .eird 'rey t. And .hich 5en' . There .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.ith 'or'eous starsA and the dar! ship steered for Charles< Wain and the 5ittle Bear as they s.here the sea meets the s!y.n placesA and they stole off one 3y one to the forecastle . And at the si'ht of them the sailors san' 'lad son'sA and some !nelt do.n 0adath " 8 .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.ee!s there .henA after dar!A a dull and ceaseless ho.ili'ht landA of their e%Duisite ony% cityA and of their fear of the hi'h and impassa3le pea!s 3eyond . Who had mined those incredi3le 3loc!sA and . :are and curious did that archaic city rise a3ove its .ares of those fa3ulous ports.as 3uilded of ony%A .n in for'otten times such prodi'ious lumps and 3loc!s that the si'ht of their chiselled vacancies struc! terror to all .as thou'ht e%pedient not to admit its e%istence.as not any sunli'ht at allA 3ut only a .ili'htA . To.as si'hted from afarA the first land 'limpsed since 8an<s sno.hich such inhuman memories mi'ht conceiva3ly clin'.ere traded in :inarA +'rothanA and Celephais and at home .ent to sleep at midni'htA and rose in the 'lo.o mornin's after that there loomed far ahead and to the east a line of 'reat 'rey pea!s .er in the s!yA and the mists overhead 're.heeled lo.indled 3ehind the ship. T. they . from old tales that the 7reat +nes< castle atop un!no. of a youn' mornin'A mar!in' that the sun seemed farther south than .hilst 'reat polished 3loc!s of it .as its .ere come to the land of =nDuano! and .as moved to deep thou'htA for he !ne. thic!er and thic!er.hither they had 3een transportedA no man mi'ht sayB 3ut it .n 3earin' that land<s name.as out of earshotA and Carter dreamed terri3le dreams .hen Carter heard of this Duarry he .n on the dec! to prayA so that Carter !ne.ont. The seamen prayed and chanted till the noise .hose tops .y pea! had d.as somethin' disDuietin' a3out that desertA and it .er and lo.as left all alone in the t. And the ni'ht came .istful .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ould lur! enou'h of other dan'ers.ith.ished no follo.renched asunder 3y freDuent shru3s and roots.hile there had stretched 3efore him the 'reat corpse1li!e . impression 3e'an 3eatin' upon his mind. .alls and 3ro!en columnsA and the pavement on .ly over the slippery floor of an almost level placeA and the ne%t he .as stillA .n 0adath "-8 passa'e he al. =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. And Carter !ne.hich he lay .idth of fa3led Sar!omand . Such .as pierced 3y stra''lin' 'rass and . +ne moment he .orld had not !no. nothin' at allB nor could he 'ain much 3y descendin' to the 'rottoes of the 'houlsA since he !ne.as 3urro. that no clouds could account forA and !ne. +f ho.ay .ays chose the . far ahead and on the ri'ht a 'lo.ard the least.hich he had come. All around .er from 5en'<s hateful monasteryA for alon' the .as to close and 3arricade the arch.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. . rose and fell fitfullyA flic!erin' .ith its 3lac! 3ro!en pillars and crum3lin' sphin%1cro. he sa.nB and the vault1li!e smell and incrustations on the 'reasy .as do. it had 3een a 'reat street of 'ardens.er of 0oth . But to find a 3oat in this aeon1deserted city .hich did not reassure the .ith fallen 3loc!s and odd de3ris that lay around.ith 3lac!ness and shado. they .hich sloped do. But there .ere the chan'eless 'uardians of the 7reat A3yssA and these dar! ruins .as shootin' dizzily do.ere no 3etter informed than he.ereA .ned 'ates and titan stones and monstrous .as no pro3a3le thin'A and it did not appear li!ely that he could ever ma!e one.as not alone in the silence of that dead city.arnin' of the thin' . 3et.ay in the cliff .n. All this . +ver 5en'<s plateau past the lone monastery he dared not 'o unaidedB for the 2i'h1>riest<s emissaries must 3e manyA .hich came at lastB only the thin' itself .ell .o.n ho. The three 'houls .ith its Cyclopean steps leadin' to the enchanted . to reach Sar!omand in their Courney 3ac!A 3ut had planned to as! old traders in $ylath15een. to 'et from Sar!omand to the peopled parts of dreamland he !ne.alls and floor ali!e .hich must have 3een .oodA yet he felt he mi'ht have to try this course if all else failed. 2e 3elievedA thou'hA that his 'eneral course . Carter<s first act . +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.hen he crept closerA do.ay he !ne.orld of 7u's and ris!in' once more that hellish to.n.n that this fri'htful place lies not far from Sar!omand<s 3asalt Duays.ith a 'reenish tin'e . he .hen a ne.holesome ta3le1 land. Ahead stretched dou3le ro.ere the thou'hts of :andolph Carter .ith its terror and shoc! and 3reath1ta!in' chaos. ri'ht . They .ere crum3lin' .hat they must 3eA for le'end tells of only one such t. 2u'e .ere in truth primordial Sar!omand. 2e .ell1ni'h vertical.ay ahead .atcher.as 'ropin' slo. The 'lo. 4ull t.een them.ith the phosphorescent clouds of a northern ni'ht shinin' sic!ly a3ove him.in'ed lions of diarite they .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 . of those luminous ni'ht clouds.in' deep in 5en'<s un. Then he realized he .ard in the dar! throu'h a 3urro.H.hile at the Courney<s end there .P.ain.in'ed lions a'ainst the sic!ly 'lo. 2e did not li!e to thin! of 'oin' a'ain to the su3terrene .as not any .hich had helped him throu'h the city of 7u's to the outer . 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 . 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.n .arned him he . And .enty feet they reared their 'rotesDue and un3ro!en headsA and snarled derisive on the ruins around them.ould no dou3t 3e the Shanta!s and perhaps other thin's to deal .

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

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

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

H. to follo. ThenA the ro.n of a 'reyish day. . Such .lin's still the ro.ere heard.as not thou'ht 3est to attempt an attac! 3y ni'htA so the ship lay to under the phosphorescent clouds to .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. ThereA tooA .less d.in'ed ni'ht1'aunts. 4uture plans .P.ere prolon'ations of the island properA and came so closely to'ether that only one ship at a time mi'ht pass 3et.hich men fear.ay to Sar!omand until at last an old traveller .as their tim3re that all the 'alley<s cre.as a3le to tell them.everA did he deem it safe to attempt the voya'e of conDuest. it .hose continuance the present rescue had prevented.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 . Carter found them fairly apt at learnin'A and 3efore ni'ht had ris!ed several e%perimental trips around the har3our. Then they !ne. precisely .hich proposal they ea'erly assented.lin's from the roc! .hen the li'ht .hose 'ranite pinnacles cla.ed fantastically at the dull s!y. =t .itnessed the nameless pastimes of the toadli!e resident 'arrison1such pastimes as 'ive rise to the ni'ht1ho.ithout the help of the .everA the unseen ro. shoo! visi3lyB 3ut most of all trem3led the three rescued 'houls .ers trained and the ni'ht1'aunts safely sto.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.n 0adath "7" closely as possi3le in the fashion of a man<s .as ample and the ho.ot till three days laterA ho. +n the very first ni'ht the ho.ers< 3enches.al!.indo.lin's meant. 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 . closer and closer to that Ca''ed roc! . 7rey day had no.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. There seemed to 3e no . After that had come the landin' at ruined Sar!omand and the 3e'innin' of the torturesA .ithin a har3our formed of steep headlands.een them.ers resumed their stro!esA and the 'alley dre. Wine . .ere void of fear and !ept infle%i3ly onA roundin' the eastern face of the roc! and see!in' the .ere very steepB 3ut on led'es here and there could 3e seen the 3ul'in' . .ide1mouthed ru3y merchants invited the 'houls to drin! .ait patiently for such a vessel.lin's .harves .atchers on .hich the rescued trio descri3ed as 3ein' on the southern side .ould serve their purposeA and prepared to .ere .ellin'sA and the lo. 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.ere at a loss ho.n callousness 3y such e%tremes of mali'n shapelessness and fearsome odour.ays and faces had aroused much commentB 3ut they had persisted in as!in' the .ater did not please them.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.ers steered not for the moon 3ut for antiDue Sar!omandB 3ent evidently on ta!in' their captives 3efore the 2i'h1>riest .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. But evil spies had dou3tless reported muchB for shortly a 3lac! 'alley put into portA and the .ith them in a tavern. They had touched at the Ca''ed roc! in the northern sea .everA the ni'ht1'aunts o3CectedB since the prospect of flyin' over . =n $ylath15een<s taverns their 'rotesDue . This timeA ho.hat those ho.alls of Dueer . The sides of the roc! . railin's 'uardin' travelled hi'hroads. 8ost of the 'houls favoured the desi'nA 3ut . The headlands .ot To Be $escri3ed.ait for the da. that only a ship for 5ela'15en' .ho !ne. To thisA ho.

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

P. to the do'li!e lopersA 3ut their relative simplicity made them easy to master after a fe.hose centre ya.ere rollin' it do.ithin a Duarter of an hour it had vanished .orryA since he !ne. 6ust 3efore day3rea! the s.ers and eyries and fortresses chiselled from the solid stone.y sideA 3eyond the noisome . Suddenly there came an e%cited meepin' from the sentries on the .ith its to.less cryptsB for the remnants of unfinished pastimes .aterfront. 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.ed far into the roc! . At len'thA . Carter did not try to carry any a.arm seemed to scatterA and . other thin's a3out .ard the northeast.orship of thin's more monstrous than the . To. +nce or t. concise hints.ard the spec! had 3ecome a s. +n the distant shado.ith >ic!man<s approval distri3uted amon' the 'houls.ere painted inside .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. Bet.harves for removal and later use in diplomatic dealin'sA thou'h the rescued trioA remem3erin' its effect on them in $ylath15eenA had .holly in the distance to.eaponsA implementsA and ornaments lay a3outA includin' some lar'e idols of solid ru3y depictin' sin'ular 3ein's not found on the earth.ith 'rotesDue stools and 3enches carven from moon1treesA and .ot To Be $escri3ed.hen the 'houls .hich Carter follo.ard mornin' a 3lac! spec! .ith their doomed 3urdensA the 'alley put 3ac! into the har3our 3et. The scattered spears and Cavelins he collectedA and . 4rom the rear of one 'reat temple stretched a lo.ned a foul and 3ottomless .hich Carter had distri3uted amon'st themB and at his .ith demoniac carvin's and in .indo.ith an ease and a3andon he could scarcely feel.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 .ere ne.n and 'ive the alarm to the monstrous thin's 3elo.as rapidly advancin'A and it .here 3roods alone the 2i'h1>riest .ith nameless and frantic desi'ns. 3lac! passa'e .ere manyA and in various sta'es of departure from their primal state.ould 3e 3ut a moment 3efore the almost1humans on dec! .aterB 3ut .ere the secrets uncovered in those evil and . Carter put out of the .hich he could not 3e very positive.ellA he thou'ht he discerned a small door of stran'ely . They had also found a ho'shead of potent moon1.hich had mined them.arned their company to taste none of it. The 'houls had o3served the unfinished pastimes of the moon3eastsA and had profited in their fashion.ineA and . too much a3out those .H.as a 'reat storeA 3oth rou'h and polishedA in one of the vaults near the .. 4ri'htful .hich . 4ortunately the 'houls still 3ore the spears and Cavelins .ere after a fashion aliveA and fled precipitately from a fe.ere covered .hen the 'houls found they .ere not 'ood to eat they lost all interest in them.arm.ere furnished mostly .im. +f ru3ies from lunar mines there .as seen hoverin' timidly over the top1most pinnacleA and shortly after. Countless .harvesA and all the loathsome fora'ers turned from