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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

e arrive at a very .ea!1spirited man more intelli'ent than an independent citizen 3ecause . .ill.ill retrieveA a cat .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 .n and use their o.H.ho ma!es so little display a3out his .e find the caninites ma!in' amusin' claims 11 amusin' 3ecause they so naively measure . patiently he .ithout 3lazed trails.s a steel11cold and deli3erate union of intellectA .hich puts utterly to shame the emotional sloppin's1over and docilely acDuired artificial tric!s of the LcleverL and LfaithfulL pointer or sheep1do'. ChildrenA old cronesA peasantsA and do's ram3leA cats and philosophers stic! to their point.antsA and means to 'et it in the most effective .aits for his opportunityA never losin' si'ht of his purpose even .ith the noisy flounderin' and pa. A do' .holesome respect for our purrin' hearthside friend .P.ell its o.orth as indices of real intelli'ence. =n the matter of intelli'ence .hat it is all a3out.ayA even at the sacrifice of time 11 .hich personally appeals the more to our mere dotin' fancyB and if .hat they conceive to 3e an animal<s intelli'ence 3y its de'ree of su3servience to the human . When .ho Cud'e 3y purely philosophic and aesthetic standards.onderin' .ill notB therefore JsicFK the do' is the more intelli'ent. 2e !no. 2ere the cats can silently devise a dozen mysterious and successful alternatives . .e do thisA . $o's can 3e . Competition in servility is somethin' to .n stren'th ena3les it to achieve its o3Cect 3y sheer reasonin' .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.hereas .n mental eDuipment in achievin' them.s . 7ranted that :over the retriever may ma!e a 'reater 3id for popular sentimental re'ard 3y 'oin' into the 3urnin' house and savin' the 3a3y in traditional cinema fashionA it remains a fact that .e.e can ma!e him vote as .hilst poor 4ido is 3ar!in' in 3e.in' of his canine rival. =t is not often that he returns empty1handed.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 .hich he philosophically reco'nises as unimportant in the aimless cosmos.ith ne. =n resourcefulnessA tooA the cat attests his superiority.o. To Cud'e the a3stract development of a 3rainA confront it .ishes and 3usiness methodsB for in every conception and calculation he sho. We . There is no turnin' him aside or distractin' his attention 11 and . and unfamiliar conditions and see ho.e 3e aesthetes and analysts rather than commonplace1lovers and emotionalistsA the scales must inevita3ly turn completely in !itty<s favour.his!ered and purrin' . We can respect a cat as .ould13e1sophisticated yo!elry. .ish .hen he finds it e%pedient to fei'n other interests in the interim.e can<t influence the independent citizenA yet countless persons apply an e%actly parallel ar'ument in appraisin' the 'rey matter of do's and cats. Watch a cat decide to move throu'h a doorA and see ho. of course this is all the sheerest nonsense.ilderment and . 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. !no.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 .hat he . Watch him in the thic! of the chaseA and compare his calculatin' patience and Duite study of his terrain .e . $o's can 3e more ela3orately trained for the circus and vaudeville acts than catsA therefore J+ @eusA + :oyal 8ountFK they are cere3rally superior.illA and sense of proportion .ould not call a .e cannot respect a do'A no matter .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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