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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 77 ei'hteenth centuryA and 3ecame Duic!ly certain that the document .ere more lenient than they mi'ht other. Willett turned the leaf he . 0ni'ht $e%ter of ye Bay and Boo! 1"* >ieces Cam3letsA 1** >ieces Assrtd.hich stared 3landly do. +nce he .ish to 'o a3road the follo.hich his medical s!ill of course assured him . = must heare more from en'a'ed in researches .ent south to tal! to a stran'e mulatto . Smo!e<' Ton'es. 7reen at ye Elephant * 7allon CyttlesA "* Warm<' >annesA 1 Ba!e CyttlesA 1* in no dan'erA 3ut that on the other hand he .ho almost snatched the 3oo! from his 'rasp.amp and a3out .H. Wee!esA 3ut = e%pecte soon hear<' from 2im.e 8en pic!<d up in ye =ndiesA Spaniards from 8artineco and " $utch 8en from Surinam.n from the overmantel. youn' Charles Ward as he move a3out the' 6une the youth made positive his refusal to attend colle'e. 2e stopped 3efore leavin' to study the picture closelyA marvellin' at its resem3lance to Charles and memorisin' every minute detail of the crypticalA colourless faceA even do. 17 #.eares. 4or 8r. >erri'o 1 Sett of A. Cosmo Ale%anderA he decidedA .as Duic!ly chec!ed 3y WardA .ill dra.hen durin' the follo. 2.e ?erse from 5i3er1$amnatus 3e<' spo!e ? :oodmasses and =? 2allo.ith RR ne.elt in a s. All that the doctor had a chance to see on the ne.or! and only occasionally ma!in' trips to other cities to consult o3scure records.ill see to ye =nducin' of them to Staye.hich mi'ht prove of real importanceA the Wards .hat ill of these ?enturesA 3ut = . =t .ishA if not an actual tendencyA to follo.earesA a'ainst ye Which = must have ready ye Saltes or That to ma!e <em .as only a fancy 1 that the eyes of the portrait had a sort of .n School there ensued for Charles a three1year period of intensive occult study and 'raveyard searchin'.en . 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 .hile denyin' this latter . The te%t itself . .as relatively trivialA and Willett recalled only a fra'ment9 <Wedn. 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 .i'htin'ale * :eames prime 4oolscap. and va'ue terror to the painted features of 6oseph Cur. The senior WardA . 2e hadA he declaredA studies of much more vital importance to pursueB and intimated a . They ran9 <.hom a a painter .as a 3rief pair of sentencesB 3ut theseA stran'ely enou'hA lin'ered tenacious in his memory.spaper .one appear<d. Say<d ye SABA+T2 thrice last .in' year in order to avail himself of certain sources of data not e%istin' in America. 4or 'enuine. 4or 8r. 1.orthy of his illustrious pupil 7il3ert Stuart.n to a sli'ht scar or pit in the smooth 3ro.orthy of the Scotland that produced :ae3urnA and a teacher .s1EvesA = am 2opeful ye Thin' is 3reed<' +utside ye Spheres. no moreA 3ut someho.< When upon reachin' this point $r. Assured 3y the doctor that Charles<s mental health .e +ne .ell us<d these hundred .+ctr. this small 'limpse 'ave a ne.P.ho opened pa'e .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 .rit these ?. Cam3leteensA "* >ieces 3lue $ufflesA 1** >ieces ShalloonsA * >ieces CalamancoesA &** >ieces eachA Shendsoy and 2umhums. 8y Sloope the Wa!eful this $ay putt in from 5ondon .ise have 3een .ith. Even after that he entertained the odd fancy 1 .les.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.< Willett sa. .e $utch 8en are li!e to $esert from have<' hearde Some.i'hte 3ut . Simon hath not . a3ove the ri'ht eye. 4or 8r.

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

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

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

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

sA and e%perts have told $ a3le to .as certainly a very terri3le difference in de'reeB and $r. The e%tent of this 7ood 4ridayA a circumstance of . Willett confessed themselves .as no mista!in' that ni'htmare phraseA for Charles had descri3ed it too vividly in the old days . The day . heard t"e !oice that no listener can ever for'et 3ecause of its thunderous remotenessA its incredi3le depthA and its eldritch dissimilarity to Charles Ward<s only this fra'ment of an archaic and for'otten lan'ua'e9 <$=ES 8=ES 6ESC2ET . +dours of the most unplacea3le DualityA . Suspense .hich it had thunderedA accordin' to the 4enner letterA a3ove the doomed >a. different in !indA there . Then on the fifteenth of April a stran'e development occurred.ed itB a hideousA all1 pervasive odour .E $+ESE4 $+(?E8A E.ed 3y the odour .hen he had tal!ed fran!ly of his Cur.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 .n at $r.rite it do.o nei'h3ours a3ove the ho. Willett someho.aterA or roarin' 'as flames.hich . 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 such as to e%cite the !eenest speculation.en investi'ations. The formula .ritin's of LEliphas 5eviLA that cryptic soul .< . =t ran as follo.hen over all the nei'h3ourhood a pandaemoniac ho.holly at a loss .as clearly heard 3y at least t.hole situationA and 3oth the family and $r.hich the servants made muchA 3ut . WardA .hich non of them had ever smelt 3efore or have ever smelt since.ritten portentously over the . Willett<s reDuest. +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. There .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 . Willett that its very close analo'ue can 3e found in the mystic .hich instantly so plainly audi3le in the hall outside the loc!ed door that 8rs. attaches 'reat si'nificance to the chan'e.ould have 3een 3lindin' and impressive 3ut for the dayli'ht aroundB and then .en<s annihilation.holly unli!e any 3efore notedA hun' at times around the doorB and the air of tension o3serva3le in the youn' recluse .=TE8A(S.P.tu%et farmhouse on the ni'ht of 6oseph Cur.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 8" runnin' .< This had 3een 'oin' on for t.lin' of do's set in. =t shoo! the houseA and .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.lin' of the do's. And yet it . While nothin' appeared to 'ro.o hours .hich others Duite naturally dismiss as an irrelevant coincidence.H. =n the midst of this mephitic flood there came a very percepti3le flash li!e that of li'htnin'A .ithout chan'e or intermission .henever he did venture 3riefly forth .hat to do or thin! a3out it. Ward could not help memorisin' it as she .aited and listened an%iouslyA and later on she .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That old copyA of courseA must have perished alon' . +ne . 4ortunately neither the fri'htful altar nor the opened shaft . 8erritt in Cur. Willett e%amined the place and all the appurtenances .as still uppermostB and he .as .hen he sa.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward # 1*8 =n another moment he .hich many doors opened.hose 3lac! mysterious arch.ays .hose mar!in' had so pertur3ed 'ood 8r.o or three of the unmista!a3ly the clothin' of a century and a half 3efore.eirdly interestin' to note that Ward had underlined the same passa'e .ls . 8ost of the 3lac! door. +n the . 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 . 4rom his cursory survey he a tattered old copy of Borellus in 3lac!1letterA and it .ith careA remar!in' the piles of coffins in various sta'es of dama'e and shudderin' violently at t.ith horrorA his sense of 'rim purpose .hich occasionally appearedB theseA and the sinister incrustations upon them.ells.ith some 3ranch of or'anic chemistry. To traverse that space a'ain .as .H. some very curious accumulations of various o3Cects.hich he had comeA and out of .as really rather a disappointment.n his lamp to avoid any distant 'limpse of the hellish altarA or of the uncovered pit . 2e li!ed them even less than the . Amon' the 3oo!s .ith the rest of Cur.ith him a 'allon can of oilA .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.ith the pierced stone sla3 3eside it.all he found another corridor li!e that from .as 3ri'ht a'ain he loo!ed a3out to see if he mi'ht find a lantern for further e%ploration.ould form the ne%t 'oals of a lo'ical search.en 3efore him.en<s farmhouse more than a century and half 3efore. After li'htin' the three lamps .lin'B turnin' do. coffin1plates he could decipher.ent 3ac! to that 'reat pillared hall of stench and an'uished ho. 4ailin' to find a lanternA he chose the smallest of the lamps to carryB also fillin' his poc!ets .all .holeA little could 3e learned from the scientific ensem3leA . But .ith its unclean altar and nameless covered .as hastily fillin' the 3urned1out lamps from an oil supply he had previously noticedA and . So Willett .hich clun' repellent odours percepti3le a3ove even the 'eneral noisomness of the crypt.ith rottin' and dust1draped 3ales of spare clothin'A and the e%plorer thrilled .P.hich included a 'ruesome1loo!in' dissectin'1ta3leB so that the room . There .as pac!ed . that it .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.hose rims retained such o3no%ious deposits and around .as near the vast cell1indented .ays led merely to small cham3ersA some vacant and some evidently used as storeroomsB and in several of the latter he sa. that t.ays opened off the la3oratoryA and these the doctor proceeded to sample in turn.hat he disli!ed most of all .hich 3ounded the cavern areaA and .eirdly fi'ured leaden 3o. Three arch.hich he proposed to !eep for reserve use in .o led merely to small storeroomsB 3ut these he canvassed . it must 3e done.ere 3ein' made to eDuip a lar'e 3ody of men.hich he found filled and readyA $r.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 .hen the room . When he had completed a3out half the entire circuit of the .ould reDuire his utmost fortitudeA 3ut he !ne.hatever hidden la3oratory he mi'ht uncover 3eyond the terri3le open space .ere the hu'e copper vats .as much clothin' also stored in these roomsA and .ith candles and matchesA and ta!in' . =n another room he found numerous odds and ends of modern clothin'A as if 'radual provisions . 4or rac!ed thou'h he .

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

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

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

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

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

ellsF 2e never dreamed they . Then they drove listlessly to the Ward mansion in >rospect StreetA and tal!ed to no purpose into the ni'ht. The 3ody must 3e dissolved in aDua fortisA nor must anythin' 3e retained.ere . WardA . 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 .hen he heard their report . Both Willett and he . With WillettA especiallyA the capacity for receivin' fresh impressions of a.n source had come a messa'e sayin' that LCur.enA and palpa3ly re'arded himself as an avatar of the 3y'one necromancer. They had met the un! 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' .nA and found that they lac!ed emotions to respond to it as they va'uely 3elieved they ou'ht.incin' on Charles<s part . Without dou3tA Allen must 3e apprehendedB and even if the most drastic directions .hich may rou'hly 3e translatedA LCur. indi'nant as he spo!e of ho. The lin!a'e .ithin.ho . from a fresh and un! still there Sunday noon .ith noise from +utside and never sa. or heard au'ht from the . Simply and 'ravely Willett told him all he had foundA and noticed .ith his virtuous 3lusterF 0ill everythin' offA . too LsDueamishL. pale he turned as each description made certain the truth of the discovery. 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' .enL .hich amused him.ho must 3e destroyed could 3e no other than the 3earded and spectacled stran'er.ard mornin'A 3ut did not 'o home.atched for a .nA ans.ords . And he .hen a telephone messa'e came from the detectives .izards in Europe under the name of Cur. Ward . Willett pausedA and his voice 're.enL must 3e !illed and dissolved in too unmista!a3le to 3e factitiousB and 3esidesA .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 .hatever the ori'in of the stran'e minuscule messa'eA it seemed certain the LCur.e .ith the youth if he 're.all. 0eep silence as 3est you are a3le.hen he approached the matter of the covered pits and the nameless hy3rids . Then he .P.ho had 3een assi'ned to loo! up $ pacin' nervously a3out in a dressin'1'o.H.ithout foodG 5udA SirA you 3e modestF $<ye !no.hisperedA in accents dou3ly terri3le 3ecause of the crac!ed voice he usedA <$amn <emA they do eatA 3ut they don+t need toC That<s the rare partF A monthA you sayA .as the Co!e on poor old Whipple . But Ward did not he could inflict no harm upon Charles Ward. the thin's .ere starvin'.A that . AllenA moreoverA had 3een receivin' letters from the stran'e .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.ers alon' 2adrian<s crum3lin' .as almost ready. And no.en must 3e ! half1deaf .ould heG WhyA dammeA he . 8r.ere mute and 3affled. The physician employed as much dramatic effect as he couldA and .ered the call in personB and told the men to come up early the ne%t day .n the 3ay and called on youn' Charles at the hospital. The . The doctor rested to. 2e ta%ed the youth .ell1ni'h e%haustedB and 3oth men sat still and helpless till the closin' of the li3rary forced them to leave.hen only a sardonic lau'h came in reply.ere not carried outA he must 3e placed . Allen. Charles had feared this manA and had said in the frantic note that he must 3e !illed and dissolved in ta!in' formA for .ent do.ere 'lad that this phase of the matter .ith shoc!in' inhumanityA and shivered .L Willett and 8r.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

P. 2e isA li!e the .ants itA and 'ives no promises.s no motives 3ut its master<sB 3ut .ishesB and treachery 3asically implies a departure from some covenant e%plicitly reco'nised.n leisurely .o.ho ever dared call himself the LmasterL of a catG We o.e entertain a cat 11 he adorns our hearth as a 'uestA fello.hit .n lives or die.ho is .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 .led'ed any alle'iance to anythin' outside its o. =n the crystallisation of this nomenclature there has undou3tedly 3een present in the popular mind some dimA half1unconscious realisation that there are depths of slin!in'A .H. 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 . But .hilst cats are treacherous. The cat may fall lo.hich has too much natural di'nity to accept any scheme of thin's 3ut its o.ith vilenessA dishonorA and de'radation of the 'ravest type.ordic amon' menA one of those .ish him to 3e. The cat is a realistA and no hypocrite. 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.ishes to 3e there. 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' .ard youA that is no fault of his.ith us as a slave and inferior 3ecause . Accordin'lyA .n master and could easily choose another companion if he found such a one more a'reea3le and interestin'.hich conseDuently cares not one . =t is no compliment to 3e the stupidly idolised master of a do' .hat any clumsy human thin!s or . We call ourselves a do'<s LmasterL 11 3ut .nin'A and servile i'no3ility .holly his o. We have 3ut to 'lance analytically at the t. The do' 'ivesA 3ut the cat is.ature<s 3landA relentlessA reposefulA unhurried and impersonal order and sufficiency.hen he .hinin'A fa.ays 3een lin!ed . Cust .Lovecr !t Cats And $o's 1"7 only the o3Cective si'ht of poi'nantA ethereal 3eauty and the animate sym3olisation of .hat sophisticated mind can descry a positive virtue in this stupid a3ne'ation of its 3irthri'htG $iscrimination must surely a.ho 'overn their o.ishes or e%pects of it.ould not for a moment have you 3elieve that he . Some do'sA it is trueA have 3eauty in a very ample de'reeB 3ut even .ants more of you than food and .o animals to see the points pile up in favour of the cat. 2e ta!es .hat pleases him .ay as a faithful old servant or tenant in the eyes of a master 11 3ut he cannot help feelin' astonished at those .e .nA and .ays overstress the ethical element in lifeA and it is Duite natural that they should e%tend it to the realm of their pets.ays un3ro!en.hich no !ith of the lion and the leopard could ever attain. Simple fol! al.e hear many inane dicta in favour of do's on the 'round that they are faithfulA .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. 2e .1lod'erA and eDual 3ecause he .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.ard the palm to the superior catA .ords Ldo'L and LcurL have al. .hat does this really meanG Where are the points of referenceG CertainlyA the do' has so little ima'ination and individuality that it !no.A 3ut he is al. 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.orship it. Whilst LcatL has never 3een applied to any sort of offender more than the mildly spiteful and innocuously sly female 'ossip and commentatorA the . =t is not treacherousA 3ecause it has never ac!no.n a do' 11 he is .ho do not share his love for cats. BeautyA .

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

A do' .hat they conceive to 3e an animal<s intelli'ence 3y its de'ree of su3servience to the human . Watch a cat decide to move throu'h a doorA and see ho. . that amon' humans this is the Duality of mental tenacityA this a3ility to carry a sin'le thread throu'h comple% distractionsA is considered a pretty 'ood si'n of intellectual vi'our and maturity.s a steel11cold and deli3erate union of intellectA .ould13e1sophisticated yo!elry. and unfamiliar conditions and see ho.ell its o.e cannot respect a do'A no matter .i' is a hi'her1'rade 3iolo'ical or'anism 11 somethin' physiolo'ically and psycholo'ically nearer a man 3ecause of his very freedom from man<s ordersA and as such entitled to a hi'her respect from those .n mental eDuipment in achievin' them. =t is not often that he returns empty1handed.e do thisA .hilst poor 4ido is 3ar!in' in 3e. ChildrenA old cronesA peasantsA and do's ram3leA cats and philosophers stic! to their point. Competition in servility is somethin' to .H.ill retrieveA a cat .n and use their o.e can ma!e him vote as . To Cud'e the a3stract development of a 3rainA confront it . 2e !no.ill notB therefore JsicFK the do' is the more intelli'ent.ayA even at the sacrifice of time 11 .e 3e aesthetes and analysts rather than commonplace1lovers and emotionalistsA the scales must inevita3ly turn completely in !itty<s favour.hereas . patiently he . .hat it is all a3out. =n resourcefulnessA tooA the cat attests his superiority.ea!1spirited man more intelli'ent than an independent citizen 3ecause .e find the caninites ma!in' amusin' claims 11 amusin' 3ecause they so naively measure . When .aits for his opportunityA never losin' si'ht of his purpose even .ithout 3lazed' of his canine rival.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 . 2ere the cats can silently devise a dozen mysterious and successful alternatives .his!ered and purrin' .ilderment and .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 . !no.P.ith the noisy flounderin' and pa.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. .e .ho Cud'e 3y purely philosophic and aesthetic standards.hich personally appeals the more to our mere dotin' fancyB and if .ould not call a .orth as indices of real intelli'ence.ishes and 3usiness methodsB for in every conception and calculation he sho. of course this is all the sheerest nonsense. $o's can 3e .ill. We . $o's can 3e more ela3orately trained for the circus and vaudeville acts than catsA therefore J+ @eusA + :oyal 8ountFK they are cere3rally superior.ith ne.antsA and means to 'et it in the most effective .hat he .holesome respect for our purrin' hearthside friend .hen he finds it e%pedient to fei'n other interests in the interim. Watch him in the thic! of the chaseA and compare his calculatin' patience and Duite study of his terrain .hich puts utterly to shame the emotional sloppin's1over and docilely acDuired artificial tric!s of the LcleverL and LfaithfulL pointer or sheep1do'.ish .o. =n the matter of intelli'ence . 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 .n stren'th ena3les it to achieve its o3Cect 3y sheer reasonin' .illA and sense of proportion .onderin' . There is no turnin' him aside or distractin' his attention 11 and .ho ma!es so little display a3out his .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.hich he philosophically reco'nises as unimportant in the aimless cosmos. We can respect a cat as .s .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The /re m 3%est o! 0#+#o2# K $ th
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

H.P.Lovecr !t

The $ream /uest of (n!no,n 0adath


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ere after a fashion aliveA and fled precipitately from a fe.hose centre ya.ith 'rotesDue stools and 3enches carven from moon1treesA and . The upper parts of the roc! held more temples than private homesA and in numerous he. +f ru3ies from lunar mines there . from o3servation that the toadli!e moon3easts cannot s.i%t the 'rey headlandsB and all the hideous company landed and roamed curiously over the denuded roc! . Bet.orship of thin's more monstrous than the .orryA since he !ne.n 0adath "7# si'ns of the ni'ht1'aunts< fli'ht.indo. 4ri'htful . Suddenly there came an e%cited meepin' from the sentries on the . The 'houls had o3served the unfinished pastimes of the moon3eastsA and had profited in their fashion.ay certain thin's .ere furnished mostly . To.arm into the seaB 3ut Carter did not .ould perceive the invasion of the to. The scattered spears and Cavelins he collectedA and .hich Carter follo.hich .harves for removal and later use in diplomatic dealin'sA thou'h the rescued trioA remem3erin' its effect on them in $ylath15eenA had . 4rom the rear of one 'reat temple stretched a lo.holly in the distance to.less cryptsB for the remnants of unfinished pastimes .ere painted inside . concise hints. The stench1filled houses . Carter put out of the .ere covered . to the do'li!e lopersA 3ut their relative simplicity made them easy to master after a somethin' seemed to fall from the thin' s.aterfront. At len'thA .arm seemed to scatterA and . Countless .H.n and 'ive the alarm to the monstrous thin's 3elo.ithin a Duarter of an hour it had vanished .as rapidly advancin'A and it .aterB 3ut .ed far into the roc! .ere found terri3le carven altars and dou3tfully stained fonts and shrines for the .ard mornin' a 3lac! spec! .hich he could not 3e very a 'reat storeA 3oth rou'h and polishedA in one of the vaults near the .ard the northeast.i%t the 'rey headlands a fresh 3lac! 'alley . 4ortunately the 'houls still 3ore the spears and Cavelins . Carter did not try to carry any a. Such devices . They had also found a ho'shead of potent moon1.ere ne.ard and cluster round the .hen the 'houls .ith an ease and a3andon he could scarcely feel. 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.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.hich had mined them.ould 3e 3ut a moment 3efore the almost1humans on dec! .ith its to. 6ust 3efore day3rea! the s.eaponsA implementsA and ornaments lay a3outA includin' some lar'e idols of solid ru3y depictin' sin'ular 3ein's not found on the earth. +nce or t. +n the distant shado.ere manyA and in various sta'es of departure from their primal state.ers and eyries and fortresses chiselled from the solid stone..P.ith their doomed 3urdensA the 'alley put 3ac! into the har3our 3et.arned their company to taste none of it.n to the .ot To Be $escri3ed.n cham3ers .ellA he thou'ht he discerned a small door of stran'ely . other thin's a3out .arm.ard the spec! had 3ecome a s.ith >ic!man<s approval distri3uted amon' the 'houls.ith nameless and frantic desi'ns.rou'ht 3ronzeB 3ut for some reason he felt an unaccounta3le dread of openin' it or even approachin' itA