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LOVECRAFT’S COMPLETE WORKS

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

+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.rite it do.aterA or roarin' 'as flames.ed 3y the odour . Ward could not help memorisin' it as she .as certainly a very terri3le difference in de'reeB and $r.as so plainly audi3le in the hall outside the loc!ed door that 8rs.as .aited and listened an%iouslyA and later on she .as 7ood 4ridayA a circumstance of .en investi'ations.=TE8A(S.en<s annihilation.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 8" runnin' . Then on the fifteenth of April a stran'e development occurred.< This had 3een 'oin' on for t. The day .as such as to e%cite the !eenest speculation.n at $r. There .hich the servants made muchA 3ut .hich .o hours .hat to do or thin! a3out it.as a3le to .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 .P.E $+ESE4 $+(?E8A E.ithout chan'e or intermission . 8rs.as only this fra'ment of an archaic and for'otten lan'ua'e9 <$=ES 8=ES 6ESC2ET B+E.o nei'h3ours a3ove the ho. +dours of the most unplacea3le DualityA . =n the midst of this mephitic flood there came a very percepti3le flash li!e that of li'htnin'A . different in !indA there .as heard t"e !oice that no listener can ever for'et 3ecause of its thunderous remotenessA its incredi3le depthA and its eldritch dissimilarity to Charles Ward<s voice.tu%et farmhouse on the ni'ht of 6oseph Cur. The formula . Willett someho.hole situationA and 3oth the family and $r.hich others Duite naturally dismiss as an irrelevant coincidence.< . While nothin' appeared to 'ro.hen over all the nei'h3ourhood a pandaemoniac ho.ritin's of LEliphas 5eviLA that cryptic soul .henever he did venture 3riefly forth . WardA .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 .as no mista!in' that ni'htmare phraseA for Charles had descri3ed it too vividly in the old days . Willett that its very close analo'ue can 3e found in the mystic .holly at a loss .hich it had thunderedA accordin' to the 4enner letterA a3ove the doomed >a. Willett confessed themselves .sA and e%perts have told $r. Willett<s reDuest. The e%tent of this ho.lin' of do's set in.hen he had tal!ed fran!ly of his Cur.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. =t shoo! the houseA and . =t ran as follo.ritten portentously over the .H. Suspense .lin' of the do's.ould have 3een 3lindin' and impressive 3ut for the dayli'ht aroundB and then . And yet it .hich non of them had ever smelt 3efore or have ever smelt since.hich instantly follo.ed itB a hideousA all1 pervasive odour . attaches 'reat si'nificance to the chan'e.holly unli!e any 3efore notedA hun' at times around the doorB and the air of tension o3serva3le in the youn' recluse .as overshado.as clearly heard 3y at least t. 5ate in the afternoon youn' Ward 3e'an repeatin' a certain formula in a sin'ularly loud voiceA at the same time 3urnin' some su3stance so pun'ent that its fumes escaped over the entire house.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. At lastA in a loc!ed maho'any ca3inet once 'racin' the Ward homeA Willett found the 3atch of old Cur. 2e had still to find the hidden la3oratoryA so leavin' his valise in the li'hted room he emer'ed a'ain into the 3lac! noisome corridor . =f he had indeed come to 3e the leaderA he must have forced youn' Ward to act as his amanuensis.P.og-Sot"ot"A .as noted.'G-S'T9'T9 2<EE15<7EB 4<A= T2:+$+7 5AAA9 +7T2:+$ A=<4 7EB<51EE<2 .as no more than the first .or!men . .as the 'reatest matter at sta!eA the closest searchin' . Since youn' Ward<s immediate condition .hich he too! . Willett placed the entire lot in his valise and continued his e%amination of the files. The formulae .ritin' clearly reco'nisa3le as +rne<s and 2utchinson<sB all of .hen revie.hose vaultin' echoed ceaseless .7<.izard<s . 49*' So hauntin' .ith >ra'ue and :a!us postmar!sA and in .ith this horri3le matter. The youth had evidently !ept them to'ether very much as they had 3een .ith that dull and hideous .as somethin' li!e thisA and almost unconsciously the doctor realised that the second half .ritin'A .as not a trace.ere as follo. The appearance of the . .7 A=<.ere present e%cept the papers addressed to +rne and 2utchinsonA and the cipher .en papersB reco'nisin' them from the reluctant 'limpse Charles had 'ranted him so many years a'o. +nce he found three lar'e pac!ets of letters .as repeatin' them under his 3reath. 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. +n the other handA there .hich he reco'nised later .ith the ancient script of 6oseph Cur.ard . =n this ne.hich Charles seemed to have carried to a marvellous state of perfection.as done amon' the most o3viously recent matterB and in this a3undance of contemporary manuscript one very 3afflin' oddity . The oddity .hich he had come to reco'nise under various spellin's from other thin's he had seen in conne%ion .ritin'A .ith him as part of the 3undle to 3e removed in his valise.<A= <.in' the events of that horri3le 7ood 4riday of the previous year.7A2<.H.hine.hole .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'.o months 3efore.ere these formulaeA and so freDuently did he come upon themA that 3efore the doctor !ne.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 .hich mi'ht have 3een Allen<s there .7A2A .ritten sylla3ically 3ac!. +f any third hand . >lainlyA a part of the latter1day pro'ramme had 3een a sedulous imitation of the old . EventuallyA ho.hen first he found themA since all the titles recalled 3y the . it he .hich indeed included nothin' more recent than t. =t consisted of t.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 the e%ception of the final monosylla3les and of the odd name .as the sli'ht amount in Charles<s normal .enA thou'h of undenia3ly modern datin'.ith its !ey.'G-S'T9'T9 <.ere literally reams of sym3ols and formulaeA historical notes and philosophical commentA in a cra33ed penmanship a3solutely identical .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The cat may fall lo.ords Ldo'L and LcurL have al.ay as a faithful old servant or tenant in the eyes of a master 11 3ut he cannot help feelin' astonished at those .n master and could easily choose another companion if he found such a one more a'reea3le and interestin'.ard youA that is no fault of his. Whilst LcatL has never 3een applied to any sort of offender more than the mildly spiteful and innocuously sly female 'ossip and commentatorA the .hich has too much natural di'nity to accept any scheme of thin's 3ut its o.nA and .n lives or die. But .A 3ut he is al.o animals to see the points pile up in favour of the cat.hit .ith us as a slave and inferior 3ecause .ants itA and 'ives no promises.ishes or e%pects of it. The cat is a realistA and no hypocrite. =t is no compliment to 3e the stupidly idolised master of a do' .nin'A and servile i'no3ility .ish him to 3e.ays 3een lin!ed . =t is not treacherousA 3ecause it has never ac!no.ith vilenessA dishonorA and de'radation of the 'ravest type. A traceA = thin!A of this 'reat truth re'ardin' the hi'her di'nity of the cat has crept into fol!lore in the use of the names LcatL and Ldo'L as terms of oppro3rium.hat pleases him .ays un3ro!en. 2e ta!es .ishesB and treachery 3asically implies a departure from some covenant e%plicitly reco'nised. 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.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. 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 .ays overstress the ethical element in lifeA and it is Duite natural that they should e%tend it to the realm of their pets.ho is . Some do'sA it is trueA have 3eauty in a very ample de'reeB 3ut even . Accordin'lyA .hat sophisticated mind can descry a positive virtue in this stupid a3ne'ation of its 3irthri'htG $iscrimination must surely a.e entertain a cat 11 he adorns our hearth as a 'uestA fello. Simple fol! al.hen he . 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' . The do' 'ivesA 3ut the cat is.hilst cats are treacherous.H.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.hat any clumsy human thin!s or .ho do not share his love for cats.1lod'erA and eDual 3ecause he .e hear many inane dicta in favour of do's on the 'round that they are faithfulA .Lovecr !t Cats And $o's 1"7 only the o3Cective si'ht of poi'nantA ethereal 3eauty and the animate sym3olisation of .led'ed any alle'iance to anythin' outside its o.s no motives 3ut its master<sB 3ut . We call ourselves a do'<s LmasterL 11 3ut .orship it.holly his o.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 .ordic amon' menA one of those .ature<s 3landA relentlessA reposefulA unhurried and impersonal order and sufficiency. Cust .ould not for a moment have you 3elieve that he .hich conseDuently cares not one .o. .ho ever dared call himself the LmasterL of a catG We o. BeautyA .hat does this really meanG Where are the points of referenceG CertainlyA the do' has so little ima'ination and individuality that it !no.hich no !ith of the lion and the leopard could ever attain.e .ho 'overn their o.ants more of you than food and . 2e .ishes to 3e there. =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 .n leisurely .ard the palm to the superior catA . 2e isA li!e the .n a do' 11 he is .hinin'A fa. We have 3ut to 'lance analytically at the t.P.

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

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

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

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

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

ice every year.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 .ho had thus vanished.elt an old cotter and his . 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.ho sitteth purrin' 3efore the fire. So the 3oy .ithered faces of the t.ho deli'hted to trap and slay the cats of their nei'h3ors. But . There .B and .ners of cats hated these odd fol!A they feared them moreB and instead of 3eratin' them as 3rutal assassinsA merely too! care that no cherished pet or mouser should stray to.hen he heard these thin's his so33in' 'ave place to meditationA and finally to prayer. =n (ltharA 3efore ever the 3ur'esses for3ade the !illin' of catsA there d.ereA and unli!e the other rovin' fol! . And .oA and 3ecause their cotta'e . not . And the leader of the caravan .as seen that they . 2e is the soul of antiDue Ae'yptusA and 3earer of tales from for'otten cities in 8eroe and +phir. =n truthA much as the o. +n the third mornin' of the . But the villa'ers did not discuss such thin's .ore a headdress . 4or the cat is crypticA and close to stran'e thin's .oman too! pleasure in trappin' and slayin' every cat .o horns and a curious dis! 3et.ard the remote hovel under the dar! trees.ith t.ifeB 3ecause of the ha3itual e%pression on the .as in this sin'ular caravan a little 3oy .ith human 3odies and the heads of catsA ha.a'on. Why they did this = !no.hich lies 3eyond the river S!aiA no man may !ill a catB and this = can verily 3elieve as = 'aze upon him .ere simpleA and !ne.as the land of these . $ar! .as missedA and sounds heard after dar!A the loser .hich she hath for'otten.ife .anderers from the South entered the narro.anderers none could tellB 3ut it .ith no father or motherA 3ut only a tiny 3lac! !itten to cherish. =n the mar!et1place they told fortunes for silverA and 3ou'ht 'ay 3eads from the merchants.ili'ht.hom the dar! people called 8enes smiled more often than he . 2e is the !in of the Cun'leTs lordsA and heir to the secrets of hoary and sinister Africa.anderers they . 4or the people of (lthar .ould lament impotentlyB or console himself 3y than!in' 4ate that it .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 .hatever the reasonA this old man and .ho passed throu'h the villa'e t.ere 'iven to stran'e prayersA and that they had painted on the sides of their . co33led streets of (lthar.!sA rams and lions.as so small and so dar!ly hidden under spreadin' oa!s at the 3ac! of a ne'lected yard. The pla'ue had not 3een !ind to himA yet had left him this small furry thin' to miti'ate his sorro.as not one of his children .ith his 'raceful !itten on the steps of an oddly painted .ept as he sat playin' .The C ts o! 0lth r =t is said that in (ltharA .ith the old man and his . When throu'h some unavoida3le oversi'ht a cat .hich men cannot see.hence it is all cats first came.hen one is very youn'A one can find 'reat relief in the lively antics of a 3lac! !itten.ifeA and of sounds heard in the ni'ht. +ne day a caravan of stran'e .i%t the horns. What . 2e stretched out his arms to.as e%ceedin'ly peculiar.hich came near to their hovelB and from some of the sounds heard after dar!A many villa'ers fancied that the manner of slayin' . The 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 e%ceedin'ly curious.hen the people a.ed that he had at t. 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.hole days the slee!A lazy cats of (lthar .as 3ac! at his accustomed hearthF 5ar'e and smallA 3lac!A 'reyA stripedA yello.itnesses.anderers left (ltharA and .as missin'.ifeA of the caravan of dar! . =t .yA ne3ulous fi'ures of e%otic thin'sB of hy3rid creatures cro.hich is told of 3y traders in 2athe' and discussed 3y travelers in .as notorious and increasin'ly 3old.ife.ere trou3led . 4rom each hearth the familiar cat had vanishedB cats lar'e and smallA 3lac!A 'reyA stripedA yello.ho had ta!en themA since cats did not return alive from the cotta'e of the ancient man and his .as su3seDuently much tal! amon' the 3ur'esses of (lthar.lin' in the shado.nU3eholdF every cat . And for t.as not a cat to 3e found.eetmeat as re.hen little AtalA the inn!eeperTs sonA vo.ent to sleep in vain an'erB and . and .as closely Duestioned and 'iven a s. The villa'ers did not !no.ly and solemnly in a circle around the cotta'eA t. . 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! . That ni'ht the . =t .a!ened at da.hen they had 3ro!en do.ithA the lean notaryA declared that the old cotter and his . +ld 0ranon a'ain insisted that it . The citizens tal!ed .ned . And the householders .o cleanly pic!ed human s!eletons on the earthen floorA and a num3er of sin'ular 3eetles cra. .ere more li!ely persons to suspectB for their hatred of cats .Lovecr !t The Cats of (lthar 1&# understandA since their attention .ith one another of the affairA and marveled not a little.irB namelyA that in (lthar no man may !ill a cat.ay.ith .ee! the 3ur'omaster decided to overcome his fears and call at the stran'ely silent d.s of the cotta'e under the trees.n the frail door they found only this9 t.helmed . +ld 0ranonA the 3ur'omasterA s. @athA the coronerA disputed at len'th .hen they noticed that in all the villa'e there .ature is full of such illusions to impress the ima'inative.ith purrin' content. And in the end the 3ur'esses passed that remar!a3le la. and .ere appearin' at dus! in the .ould touch no foodA 3ut only doze 3y the fire or in the sun.o .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 .as very peculiarA 3ut as the little 3oy uttered his petition there seemed to form overhead the shado.as careful to ta!e .as the dar! fol! .y corners.ore that the dar! fol! had ta!en the cats a.ili'ht seen all the cats of (lthar in that accursed yard under the treesA pacin' very slo.ellin' as a matter of dutyA thou'h in so doin' he . =n another .as fully a . Even little AtalA the inn!eeperTs sonA .ife since the ni'ht the cats .ee! 3efore the villa'ers noticed that no li'hts .ith Duestions.ere assumin'.ere never seen a'ain. They tal!ed of the old cotter and his .ay in reven'e for the !illin' of 8enesT !ittenB and cursed the caravan and the little 3oy.ife .ith remar!ed that no one had seen the old man or his .as mostly ta!en up 3y the s!y and the odd shapes the clouds .H.ere a.indo.o a3reastA as if in performance of some unheard1of rite of 3easts.hite. StillA no one durst complain to the sinister coupleB even . But . And . So (lthar . There .ere over.as later found in the cotta'e under the dar! trees in the repellent yard.ard. ho.ith horn1flan!ed dis!s.ith him Shan' the 3lac!smith and Thul the cutter of stone as .ithA the lean notaryB and 0ranon and Shan' and Thul . ?ery slee! and fat did the cats appearA and sonorous . Then the lean .hat . .hiteA none .P.

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

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

all in the 'rey da.hen he . At len'th Athi3 told him that their Courney . very an%ious to return to minaret1studded CelephaisA and increased his doses of dru'sB 3ut eventually he had no more money leftA and could 3uy no dru's.here in spaceA and 0uranes a.ent flyin' over dar! mountains .n 3efore. so impatient of the 3lea! intervals of day that he 3e'an 3uyin' dru's in order to increase his periods of sleep.ereA astride roan horses and clad in shinin' armour .al!ed up a damp stone spiral stair.ar'ai had not a fearsome aurora sputtered up from some remote place 3eyond the horizonA sho. Beyond that . sil!en mas! over its face and d.s into the s!yB 3ut as the hi'hest of the cityTs carven to.hich he had !no.andered aimlessly throu'h the streetsA driftin' over a 3rid'e to a place .a!ed in his 5ondon 'arret.ers came into si'ht there .ould have Duestioned the people of this land a3out itA had he not found that there .ind flo. And it . +ne ni'ht he .ith tin!lin' 3ells on the leadersA and in the .ears a yello.Lovecr !t Celephais 1&7 disappear.ard a red1roofed pa'odaA and . men could ever have seen itA he found a hideously ancient . Then one summer day he .ere faintA lone campfires at 'reat distances apartA and stran'eA sha''y herds .hich is 3uilt on that ethereal coast .ould soon enter the har3our of SerannianA the pin! mar3le city of the cloudsA . The 'as had not heard of planets and or'anisms 3eforeA 3ut identified 0uranes merely as one from the infinity . 2asheesh helped a 'reat dealA and once sent him to a part of space .ho .here the houses 're.P. But he remem3ered it a'ain .hite path to.nsA .in' 'ases study the secrets of e%istence.H.ere sent in his honourB since it .ar'ai 3eyond the Tanarian 2ills.here matterA ener'yA and 'ravitation e%ist.as no.as outside .ersA 'reen folia'e and la.here the . 0uranes .in' the ruin and antiDuity of the cityA and the sta'nation of the reedy riverA and the death lyin' upon that landA as it had lain since 0in' 0ynaratholis came home from his conDuests to find the ven'eance of the 'ods. 2e . overloo!in' a mi'hty plain and river lit 3y the full moonB and in the silent city that spread a.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.ay from the river 3an! he thou'ht he 3eheld some feature or arran'ement .hat he had called infinity.ith ta3ards of cloth1of1'old curiously em3lazoned.here there .ay to +oth.al!ed do. to find +oth1. thinner and thinner.as a sound some. +n another ni'ht 0uranes .ay endlesslyA and came to a to.as there that fulfillment cameA and he met the corte'e of !ni'hts come from Celephais to 3ear him thither forever.hen the sun rose he 3eheld such 3eauty of red and .as he .here form does not e%istA 3ut .ere no people thereA 3ut only 3irds and 3ees and 3utterflies.ells all alone in a prehistoric stone monastery in the cold desert plateau of 5en'. And a violet1coloured 'as told him that this part of space . 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 .hile seein' many .er .ould have descended and as!ed the .indo.as turned out of his 'arretA and .onders and once 3arely escapin' from the hi'h1priest not to 3e descri3edA .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.hich . So numerous .here 'lo.hom he met could tell him ho.est .as near its endA and that they .all or cause.ere theyA that 0uranes almost mistoo! them for an armyA 3ut they . So 0uranes sou'ht fruitlessly for the marvellous city of Celephais and its 'alleys that sail to Serannian in the s!yA mean.hite flo. =n time he 're.n a .ildest part of this hilly countryA so remote that fe. 2andsome !ni'hts they .n he came to a land of Duaint 'ardens and cherry treesA and .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And upon their domes of many facets 'listen the ima'es of stran'e and 3eautiful stars.in' at . Throu'h the ravishin' strains of the sin'ers and the lutanistsA as if in moc!in'A daemoniac concordA thro33ed from 'ulfs 3elo. 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 .aves to help them no.H. to 3e the chief sin'ers amon' those = had heard.ers of deserted cities.here once stretched the populous plains and villa'es of my native landA and maelstroms of frothin' ocean . The moon laid pale lilies of li'ht on dead 5ondonA and >aris stood up from its damp 'rave to 3e sanctified . 4rom the ne.in' my e%hausted formA .as it could not turn 3ac!B and the desert had suffered too much from those ni'htmare . me.o.hich 3le.as no.lin' Chaos 17) throu'h the 'loamin' from the stars.ard to the path. =n Teloe 3eyond the 8il!y Way and the Arinurian streams are cities all of am3er and chalcedony.idened and .as youn' and the 'ods un3orn. The palm treeA so lately overshado.ith . 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 .ly turnin'A ever turnin'A .ard to the sphere = had Cust left.ths and miasmal vapoursA hissin' 3efore the onslau'ht of the ever1mountin' .are of a chan'e in my surroundin's.n upon the doomed scene from .eedy 3ut not .hich = thou'ht = had escaped.ild desolate shores and dashin' foam a'ainst the totterin' to.here once rose the mi'hty temples of my forefathers. 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 . Then rose spires and monoliths that .ith star1dust. Still the 3lac! ocean foamed and 'na.ell. 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 .n hair and Coyful countenance.P.ell.X As the child spo!eA = 3eheld a soft radiance throu'h the leaves of the palm treeA and risin'A 'reeted a pair .idened. no land left 3ut the desertA and still the fumin' ocean ate and ate.ell 3lissfully in Teloe.aves that curled and fretted from the shudderin' deep.n throu'h the aether = sa. some distance to my left and considera3ly 3elo.as no.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 .ays of li'htA and never 3ac!.ly ascended to'etherA as if 3orne on a fra'rant 3reeze .. $o. So the ocean ate the last of the land and poured into the smo!in' 'ulfA there3y 'ivin' up all it had ever conDuered.e shall d.ind13lo. 8ound the northern pole steamed a morass of noisome 'ro. The youths and maidens no.eedy remem3ered spires.ned youths and maidens .Lovecr !t The Cra. 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.aves rose .hen Time .edA eatin' a. = . We slo.hen the intrusion of a sin'le sound altered my destiny and shattered my soul. Then a rendin' report dave the ni'htA and ath.hispered in my ear that = must loo! al.atersA 3ut even if it .1flooded lands it flo.ays up.ell in Teloe of the 'olden riversA 3ut amon' them shalt thou d. . As those 3lac! 3rea!ers 3eat their messa'e into my ears = for'ot the .as o3viously floatin' in the atmosphereB companioned not only 3y the stran'e child and the radiant pairA 3ut 3y a constantly increasin' thron' of half1 luminousA vine1cro. all is overA and 3eyond the Arinurian streams . rivers of liDuid 'old 3earin' pleasure13ar'es 3ound for 3lossomy Cytharion of the Seven Suns. not from the earth 3ut from the 'olden ne3ulaeA and the child .hom = !ne.X As = listenedA enchantedA = suddenly 3ecame a. A3ove the . +nly the 'ods d.ords of the child and loo!ed 3ac!A do. the damna3leA the detesta3le poundin' of that hideous ocean.ith an'ry and tempestuous seas 'na.ay the desert on either side as the rift in the center .ere .art the desert of deserts appeared a smo!in' rift. the accursed earth slo. (nder the ivory 3rid'es of Teloe flo. There .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

n only 3y dim rumourA from the rustlin' they ma!e amon'st mountains of 3ones and the slimy touch they have .erin' on all sidesA and one sa.here cra. lo.hich he !ne.al!ed in the dar!A and ran .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. him he sa.P.hich felt li!e layers of 3onesA and left Carter all alone in that 3lac! valley. But Carter preferred to loo! at them than at his captorsA . =n any caseA he felt he could persuade a 'houl to 'uide him out of >nothB and it . Soon the pea!s .ers of 3ones .as the duty of the ni'ht1'aunts that 'uard .hose 3eatin' made no soundA u'ly prehensile pa.ay silently.n a ladderB for stran'e to sayA he had a very sin'ular lin! .a!in' . +nce he 3umped into a stony slopeA and !ne.n 0adath "## At last far 3elo. Even in this fearsome place he had a plan and an o3CectiveA for .o.A and use for the first time in dreamland that far1a.as nothin' any. Carter !ne. There .as the .sA and 3ar3ed tails that lashed needlessly and disDuietin'ly. clearly that nothin' lived on that austere and impressive 'ranite of the endless t. Sho.ere not un!no.inds . 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.ard to. All they ever did .ith the 'houls and had tau'ht him to understand the simpler part of their dis'ustin' meepin' and 'li33erin'.H.here to loo!A and once found he could call to a 'houl to let do.hom he had tal!ed much in the old days. $holes are !no. the enormous $holesB 3ut he did not !no.here the thin pea!s stood out 'o3lin1li!e. So Carter .ith the dan!ness of nethermost 'rottoes in them. =n 3riefA it seemed fairly li!ely that this . must 3e the fa3led >ea!s of Thro!. A man he had !no.hispers of >noth .ay of ni'ht1'aunts. And .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 .ayA and nothin' a3out 3ut 'reat rushin' .l and 3urro.as clutch and fly and tic!leB that .as not sure he .ith smoothA oilyA . .here 3ut 3lac!ness and horror and silence and 3ones.ard each otherA 3at .hich one can seeA than a $holeA .ith these terri3le creatures.as the spot into .ay En'lish of his dim .hen they .ould 3e 3etter to meet a 'houlA .here a face ou'ht to 3e.hich .hale1 li!e surfacesA unpleasant horns that curved in.hat such a thin' may 3e li!e.'rane!B and this doneA they flapped a.ere very far a. Then in the end the ni'ht1'aunts landed on a floor of unseen thin's .n to one .n depths of 3ones a3out him.as in the vale of >nothA .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 .in's .ithA 3ut only a su''estive 3lan!ness . it must 3e the 3ase of one of Thro!<s pea!s.l and 3urro.hat to e%pectA 3ecause no one has ever seen a $hole or even 'uessed .hich one cannot see. As the 3and fle. nastily. faint lines of 'rey and ominous pinnacles .ith a secret studio in an ancient and unhallo. To 3rin' him thither .ish to meet a $holeA so listened intently for any sound in the un!no. At still lo. .ith .er the >ea!s of Thro! rose 'rey and to.as not sure 3ut that he mi'ht find him no.n in Boston 1 a painter of stran'e pictures .ili'ht.hich reached far up in the airA and 3ecame sure he had come ni'h the cra' of the 'houls.hen he thou'ht he heard somethin' amon' the 3ones underfoot.ri''le past one. 2e . Then at last he heard a monstrous rattlin' and clatter .ould tell him .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 .ed alley near a 'raveyard 1 had actually made friends . This man had vanished at lastA and Carter .hich mar!s the ed'e of their domain. from a certain source that he .er levels the death1fires in the air 'ave outA and one met only the primal 3lac!ness of the void save aloft . They cannot 3e seen 3ecause they creep only in the dar!.a!in' life.here the $holes cra. A.hich all the 'houls of the .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

+nly of the stony desert to the north they . of a youn' mornin'A mar!in' that the sun seemed farther south than .ee!s there . They told him ho.ith 'or'eous starsA and the dar! ship steered for Charles< Wain and the 5ittle Bear as they s.hich Carter said he . Each day the sun . +n the t.ont. from old tales that the 7reat +nes< castle atop un!no.ent to sleep at midni'htA and rose in the 'lo.atchers murmured old chants and leaned over the rail to 'limpse the luminous fish playin' in 3o.hilst 'reat polished 3loc!s of it .here the sea meets the s!y.ith only the raven and the rumoured Shanta!13ird to 3rood on its immensities.er and lo.entieth day a 'reat Ca''ed roc! in the sea .n on the dec! to prayA so that Carter !ne. thic!er and thic!er.ers 3eneath the sea. T. And in t.ith one painted 'alley afar off 3ound for that realm of Serannian .ard noon a dar! coastline appearedA and 3efore three o<cloc! there stood out a'ainst the north the 3ul3ous domes and fantastic spires of the ony% city.as thou'ht e%pedient not to admit its e%istence.ould stay in the land of =nDuano!A and ho. .hich had 3een he.ere come to the land of =nDuano! and . sorry they . The seamen prayed and chanted till the noise .orld.hen Carter heard of this Duarry he .o . So it .er in the s!yA and the mists overhead 're.P. Carter .ares of those fa3ulous ports.as out of earshotA and Carter dreamed terri3le dreams .hither they had 3een transportedA no man mi'ht sayB 3ut it .hile the .as moved to deep thou'htA for he !ne. And the sailors san' stran'e son's of un!no.un' slo.eird 'rey t. And far to the northA almost in the cold desert .as not any sunli'ht at allA 3ut only a .n in for'otten times such prodi'ious lumps and 3loc!s that the si'ht of their chiselled vacancies struc! terror to all .as 'lad that no stop had 3een madeA and that the roc! had no name.o mornin's after that there loomed far ahead and to the east a line of 'reat 'rey pea!s .as said to 3e. And at the si'ht of them the sailors san' 'lad son'sA and some !nelt do.in' the men of the shipA 'ettin' them little 3y little to tal! of their cold t.n 3earin' that land<s name.ere traded in :inarA +'rothanA and Celephais and at home .as to 3lame for it. There . +n later days they tal!ed of the Duarries in .heeled lo.ho 3eheld.ili'ht shinin' throu'h a dome of eternal cloud 3y dayA and a cold starless phosphorescence from the under side of that cloud 3y ni'ht.ith the merchants of ThraaA 4larne!A and 0adatheronA for the 3eautiful .ili'htA .hose e%istence the men of =nDuano! did not care to admitA there .ere that no cats .as 'oin' to .ili'ht . There .ere lost in the chan'eless clouds of that t.n 0adath is of ony%. To.lin' arose from that Ca''ed 'ranite placeA the traveller .ould soon 3e moored to the 3asalt Duays of the 'reat to.H. And . And the ni'ht came .as left all alone in the t.ithin dreams in the small hours. Carter as!ed the captain the name of that roc!A 3ut . they .ly round the pole.istful .y pea! had d.hich such inhuman memories mi'ht conceiva3ly clin'.as 3uilded of ony%A .as thou'ht 3est not to trou3le that DuarryA around . And all throu'h that second day he made pro'ress in !no. they thou'ht the hidden nearness of 5en' .ould not tal!.hich 5en' .as somethin' disDuietin' a3out that desertA and it .hose tops .as an unused Duarry 'reater than all the restB from .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.as si'hted from afarA the first land 'limpsed since 8an<s sno.as its . :are and curious did that archaic city rise a3ove its .indled 3ehind the ship.n placesA and they stole off one 3y one to the forecastle .ili'ht landA of their e%Duisite ony% cityA and of their fear of the hi'h and impassa3le pea!s 3eyond .n 0adath " 8 . Who had mined those incredi3le 3loc!sA and .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.alls and .henA after dar!A a dull and ceaseless ho.ere many of themA for all the city of =nDuano! .or!.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ith 'rotesDue stools and 3enches carven from moon1treesA and . to the do'li!e lopersA 3ut their relative simplicity made them easy to master after a fe.ned a foul and 3ottomless .hich he could not 3e very positive.ithin a Duarter of an hour it had vanished .ineA and .ith a torch till he came to a li'htless domed hall of vast proportionsA .hen the 'houls . 4ri'htful .eaponsA implementsA and ornaments lay a3outA includin' some lar'e idols of solid ru3y depictin' sin'ular 3ein's not found on the earth. other thin's a3out . They had also found a ho'shead of potent moon1.ild 'ods atop 0adath.hose centre ya.ard and cluster round the .n to the .hich Carter follo.orship of thin's more monstrous than the .arned their company to taste none of it.y sideA 3eyond the noisome .aterfront. The stench1filled houses .harves for removal and later use in diplomatic dealin'sA thou'h the rescued trioA remem3erin' its effect on them in $ylath15eenA had .ould 3e 3ut a moment 3efore the almost1humans on dec! .as seen hoverin' timidly over the top1most pinnacleA and shortly after.ith demoniac carvin's and in ..n cham3ers .ed far into the roc! . The 'houls had o3served the unfinished pastimes of the moon3eastsA and had profited in their fashion.ard the spec! had 3ecome a s.n and 'ive the alarm to the monstrous thin's 3elo.ere rollin' it do. +f ru3ies from lunar mines there .ere after a fashion aliveA and fled precipitately from a fe.ere covered . 4ortunately the 'houls still 3ore the spears and Cavelins .ith their doomed 3urdensA the 'alley put 3ac! into the har3our 3et.ere satisfied that all the ni'ht1'aunts had left for Sar!omand and the 7reat A3yss .here 3roods alone the 2i'h1>riest .ers and eyries and fortresses chiselled from the solid stone. 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.holly in the distance to.n 0adath "7# si'ns of the ni'ht1'aunts< fli'ht.orryA since he !ne. Bet.hich had mined them. 3lac! passa'e .ayA since he !ne.ere not 'ood to eat they lost all interest in them. concise hints.ere painted inside .arm.ith >ic!man<s approval distri3uted amon' the 'houls.ith its to.ot To Be $escri3ed.H.P.im. 4rom the rear of one 'reat temple stretched a lo.i%t the 'rey headlands a fresh 3lac! 'alley . The upper parts of the roc! held more temples than private homesA and in numerous he. To.aterB 3ut . 6ust 3efore day3rea! the s.indo.ell li!e that in the hideous monastery of 5en' . At len'thA .harvesA and all the loathsome fora'ers turned from their tas!s to stare sea.ellA he thou'ht he discerned a small door of stran'ely . +nce or t.less cryptsB for the remnants of unfinished pastimes . +n the distant shado.ere manyA and in various sta'es of departure from their primal state.hen the 'houls found they .ere the secrets uncovered in those evil and .arm seemed to scatterA and . from o3servation that the toadli!e moon3easts cannot s.ice somethin' seemed to fall from the thin' s.ard mornin' a 3lac! spec! .ere found terri3le carven altars and dou3tfully stained fonts and shrines for the .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. Such devices .hose vaultin's .ay certain thin's .i%t the 'rey headlandsB and all the hideous company landed and roamed curiously over the denuded roc! .hich Carter had distri3uted amon'st themB and at his .ard the northeast.hich .rou'ht 3ronzeB 3ut for some reason he felt an unaccounta3le dread of openin' it or even approachin' itA and hastened 3ac! throu'h the cavern to his unlovely allies as they sham3led a3out .arm into the seaB 3ut Carter did not .as rapidly advancin'A and it .ould perceive the invasion of the to. The scattered spears and Cavelins he collectedA and . Countless . Carter put out of the .ere ne. Carter did not try to carry any a.ith an ease and a3andon he could scarcely feel.ith nameless and frantic desi'ns. Suddenly there came an e%cited meepin' from the sentries on the .as a 'reat store