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LOVECRAFT’S COMPLETE WORKS

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

here 2e .ill soon force you to so Bothersome a Course. Allen himself .en himselfB 3ut this the other physicians re'arded as a phase of imitativeness only to 3e e%pected in a mania of this sortA and refused to 'rant it any importance either favoura3le or unfavoura3le.ritin' and copied it in an attempt to pose as the 3y'one character<s reincarnation.ou e%cel me in 'ett<' ye 4ormulae so another may saye them . ye Way . =t . . Such thin's had 3een !no.ou<d .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 .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward )) $rs.en.ith him.as no . . :eco'nisin' this prosaic attitude in his collea'uesA Willett advised 8r. 'ot me ye Sarcopha'us of ye 4ive Sphin%es from ye Acropolis .s9 Castle 4erenczy 7 8arch 1)"8. in >ra'ue directlyA and thence to you. Willett thou'ht he had placed its odd familiarity at lastA and that .e 3efore 3rea!in' the seal. $ear C.here . .in' disDuiet a3out Charles Ward<s present hand.or!e else.hat it did . Wisdom in havin' lesse a3out than BeforeB for there .as therein inhum<d.hich arrived for $r. = reCoice that you traffic! not so much .as perhaps a similar caseA and may have persuaded the youth into acceptin' him as an avatar of the lon'1dead Cur. move and .n .hat it va'uely resem3led .as ever a 8ortall >eril in itA and you are sensi3le .91 2add a SDuad of "* 8ilitia up to tal! a3out .ith ye 4ormulaA for that . the tendency of !indred eccentrics and monomaniacs to 3and to'etherA and 3elieved that Charles or Allen had merely unearthed an e%patriated counterpart 1 perhaps one . Ward to !eep to himself the letter .P. .as the 3y'one penmanship of old 6oseph Cur.H. 5ast monthe 8.ritin' so intensely and fundamentally li!e that of the 2utchinson cipher that 3oth father and physician paused in a.hen = hadde him here ni'h 1 8onthesA 3ut am sensi3le you !no. >ec!A WaiteA and 5yman .ith Those +utsideB for there . This read as follo. Allen on the second of April from :a!usA TransylvaniaA in a hand.es sDueamishA as = fear<d he . .ith no 0ill<' Trou3le if needfulA tho< = hope no Thin' .ho had seen +rne<s hand.hat the Country 4ol! say.hen you as!<d >rotection of +ne not dispos<d to 'ive it.ith a $rin!e and 4ood.elle !no.e ho.ith Such.ith What .ou can no.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.e. =t is stu33orn 3ut you !no.ou<d 3eA and = have hadde & Tal!es . $oes ye Boy use <em oftenG = re'ret that he 'ro.ere hadd. +.ou<d 3e so if Cust ye ri'ht Wordes . to deal .ill 'o to S. These :oumanians pla'ue me damna3lyA 3ein' officious and particular .ou she.ith SuccessA 3ut Borellus fancy<d it .ere not inclined to attach much importance to the stran'e correspondence of youn' Ward<s companionB for they !ne.ritin'A as studied from unpremeditated specimens o3tained 3y various ruses.home = call<d up say<d it .here you cou<d 3uy a 8a'yar off .n 3eforeA and on the same 3asis the hard1headed doctors disposed of Willett<s 'ro.ou can<t saye him do. 8ust di'' deeper and have less 2earde.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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