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  • The Alchemist
  • Azathoth
  • The Battle That Ended the Century
  • The Beast in the Cave
  • Beyond the Wall of Sleep
  • The Book
  • The Call of Cthulhu
  • The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
  • Cats And Dogs
  • The Cats of Ulthar
  • Celephais
  • The Challenge from Beyond
  • Collapsing Cosmoses
  • The Colour Out of Space
  • Cool Air
  • The Crawling Chaos
  • The Curse of Yig
  • Dagon
  • The Descendant
  • The Diary of Alonzo Typer
  • The Disinterment
  • The Doom That Came to Sarnath
  • The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath
  • Dreams in the Witch-House
  • The Dunwich Horror
  • The Electric Executioner
  • The Evil Clergyman
  • Ex Oblivione
  • Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
  • The Festival
  • From Beyond
  • The Green Meadow
  • The Haunter Of The Dark
  • He
  • Herbert West: Reanimator
  • History of the Necronomicon
  • The Horror at Martin's Beach
  • The Horror at Red Hook
  • The Horror in the Burying-Ground
  • The Horror in the Museum
  • The Hound
  • Hypnos
  • Ibid
  • Imprisoned With the Pharaos
  • In The Vault
  • The Last Test
  • The Lurking Fear
  • The Man of Stone
  • Medusa's Coil
  • Memory
  • The Moon-Bog
  • The Mound
  • At the Mountains of Madness
  • The Music OF Erich Zann
  • The Nameless City
  • The Night Ocean
  • Nyarlathotep
  • Old Bugs
  • The Other Gods
  • Out of the Aeons
  • The Outsider
  • Pickman's Model
  • The Picture in the House
  • Poetry and the Gods
  • Polaris
  • The Quest of Iranon
  • The Rats in the Walls
  • A Reminiscence Of Dr. Samuel Johnson
  • At the Root
  • The Shadow Out of Time
  • The Shadow Over Innsmouth
  • The Shunned House
  • The Silver Key
  • The Statement of Randolph Carter
  • The Strange High House in the Mist
  • The Street
  • Sweet Ermengarde
  • The Temple
  • The Terrible Old Man
  • The Thing in the Moonlight
  • The Thing on the Doorstep
  • Through the Gates of the Silver Key
  • Till A' the Seas
  • The Tomb
  • The Transition of Juan Romero
  • The Trap
  • The Tree
  • The Tree On The Hill
  • Two Black Bottles
  • The Unnamable
  • The Very Old Folk
  • What the Moon Brings
  • The Whisperer in Darkness
  • The White Ship
  • Winged Death
  • Within the Walls of Eryx

H.P.

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...

The B ttle Th t E#$e$ the Ce#t%r&
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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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

hich . 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.ill 3e later pu3lished 3y the American Archaeolo'ical SocietyA 3ut there .A.hole .as a fi'ure of evident pictorial intentA thou'h its impressionistic e%ecution for3ade a very clear idea of its nature. A.e.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'.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. =ts desi'nsA ho. Scott1Elliot<s Atlantis and t"e (ost (emuriaKA and the rest comments on lon'1survivin' secret societies and hidden cultsA .ritin' accompanyin' this oddity .P.in'sB 3ut it .everA .erA = . 5e'rasseA 1"1 Bienville St.Lovecr !t The Call of Cthulhu " As my 'reat1uncle<s heir and e%ecutorA for he died a childless . A pulpyA tentacled head surmounted a 'rotesDue and scaly 3ody . 8uch of the material . =f = say that my some. We33<s Acct.as headed L1)" 1 $ream and $ream Wor! of 2.hich lur!s in prehistoric .as a va'ue su''estions of a Cyclopean architectural 3ac!'round. S. The . =t seemed to 3e a sort of monsterA or sym3ol representin' a monsterA of a form .hich = correlated .ido.as e%pected to 'o over his papers . +rleansA 5a.ith rudimentary . The cuttin's lar'ely alluded to outrO mental illness and out3rea!s of 'roup folly or mania in the sprin' of 1)" .ritin' of some !ind the 3ul! of these desi'ns seemed certainly to 3eB thou'h my memoryA despite much the papers and collections of my uncleA failed in any .as headed LCT2(52( C(5TL in characters painsta!in'ly printed to avoid the erroneous readin' of a .n to himA .H.as divided into t.o sectionsA the first of .hich = felt much averse from sho. 1 .otes on SameA N >rof.ildA they do not often reproduce that cryptic re'ularity . 4or . =.hen = did so seemed only to 3e confronted 3y a 'reater and more closely loc!ed 3arrier.ere far from modern in atmosphere and su''estionB forA althou'h the va'aries of cu3ism and futurism are many and . The 3as1relief .A >rovidenceA :.A . Wilco%A 7 Thomas St. =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 .A at 1)*8 A.as then e%ceedin'ly damp and fresh.ritin'.asA aside from a stac! of press cuttin'sA in >rofessor An'ell<s most recent handB and made no pretense to literary style.as one 3o% . And .in' to other eyes.hich made it most shoc!in'ly fri'htful.L The other manuscript papers . The first half of the principal manuscript told a very particular tale.hat could 3e the meanin' of the Dueer clay 3as1relief and the disCointed Cottin'sA ram3lin'sA and cuttin's . 8t'.as a rou'h rectan'le less than an inch thic! and a3out five 3y si% inches in areaB o3viously of modern ori'in. This manuscript .ay to identify this particular speciesA or even hint at its remotest affiliations.hich the professor carried in his poc!et.ith some thorou'hnessB and for that purpose moved his entire set of files and 3o%es to my Duarters in Boston.ho had latterly .as the general outline of the .hich .ord so unheard1of. Behind the fi'ure .arrative of =nspector 6ohn :. A3ove these apparent hiero'lyphics . What seemed to 3e the main document .LA and the secondA L. =t had 3een loc!ed and = did not find the !ey till it occurred to me to e%amine the personal rin' .hich = found e%ceedin'ly puzzlin'A and .ith references to passa'es in such mytholo'ical and anthropolo'ical source13oo!s as 4razer<s Golden Boug" and 8iss 8urray<s Witc"-Cult in Western urope.hich only a diseased fancy could conceive. ThenA indeedA = succeeded in openin' itA 3ut .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.

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

The notes in Duestion . That is . 2e sat upri'ht in 3edA astonished to find himself at home and completely i'norant of .ere little more affectedA thou'h four cases of va'ue description su''est fu'itive 'limpses of stran'e landscapesA and in one case there is mentioned a dread of somethin' a3normal.hom he could Duestion .as d.as not preservedA 3ut his notes formed a thorou'h and really si'nificant di'est.P.al!ed or lum3ered a3out.atch of the caseB callin' often at the Thayer Street office of $r. 2is temperatureA oddly enou'hA . 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 . To3eyA .as other.8. Scientific men .ere those descriptive of the dreams of various persons coverin' the same period as that in . 8y uncle at once telephoned the familyA and from that time for. As it . :eference to this o3CectA the doctor addedA .hich . co'nizant of the old data . every trace of Wilco%<s malady suddenly ceased.ee! of pointless and irrelevant accounts of thorou'hly usual visions.as invaria3ly a prelude to the youn' man<s su3sidence into lethar'y. All traces of stran'e dreamin' had vanished .e.hat had happened in dream or reality since the ni'ht of 8arch "".ould have 3ro!en loose had they 3een a3le to compare notes.hole condition .ell 3y his physicianA he returned to his Duarters in three daysB 3ut to >rofessor An'ell he .ithout impertinenceA as!in' for ni'htly reports of their dreamsA and the dates of any nota3le visions for some time past.ildly on a 'i'antic thin' Lmiles hi'hL .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 . +n April " at a3out & >. Avera'e people in society and 3usiness 1 . >ronounced .H. To3eyA convinced the professor that it must 3e identical . and then as he spo!e of them. that panic .ith the nameless monstrosity he had sou'ht to depict in his dream1sculpture.hom he learned to 3e in char'e. These responses from esthetes told distur3in' tale.as of no further assistance.hat he had latently resolved to see.ordsA as repeated 3y $r. =t .hich my uncle had possessedA had 3een imposin' on the veteran scientist.hat he had formerly dreamedA 3ut touched .ith his recoveryA and my uncle !ept no record of his ni'ht1thou'hts after a .ard !ept close .hich youn' Wilco% had had his stran'e visitations. The youth<s fe3rile mindA apparentlyA . 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 . 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 .hy = continued to feel that Wilco%A someho. This ori'inal correspondence .Lovecr !t The Call of Cthulhu "7 home of his family in Waterman Street.ays 3et.ers cameA and = !no. 2e at no time fully descri3ed this o3Cect 3ut occasional frantic .as not 'reatly a3ove normalB 3ut the .ise such as to su''est true fever rather than mental disorder.ellin' on stran'e thin'sB and the doctor shuddered no.een 8arch "& and and April " 1 the period of youn' Wilco%<s delirium.ithout a secretary.as from the artists and poets that the pertinent ans. 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. They included not only a repetition of . En'land<s traditional Lsalt of the earthL 1 'ave an almost completely ne'ative resultA thou'h scattered cases of uneasy 3ut formless nocturnal impressions appear here and thereA al.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 3eheldB so that his imposture upon my uncle had 3een a very innocent one. Wilco%A = . the fri'htful ima'eA and even Duestioned such of the mon'rel prisoners as still survived.ithout risin'. 2e . to admit 3oth his 'enius and his honesty. +rleansA tal!ed .ish it still . 2e could not recall havin' seen the ori'inal of this thin' e%cept in his o.ayA and had soon for'otten it amidst the mass of his eDually .rittenA e%cited me afreshB for = felt sure that = .ish him all the success his talent promises.ith almost .as . They and their su3conscious residuum had influenced his art profoundlyA and he she.as on the trac! of a very realA very secretA and very ancient reli'ion .hat my uncle had .hich Arthur 8achen evo!es in proseA and Clar! Ashton Smith ma!es visi3le in verse and in paintin'. = did not enlar'e his !no.ill one day mirror in mar3le those ni'htmares and phantasies .as sureA had heard of the cult in some casual .hose contours almost made me sha!e .n dream 3as1reliefA 3ut the outlines had formed themselves insensi3ly under his hands. heard so 'raphically at first1handA thou'h it .ith fri'htened e%pectancy the ceaselessA half1mental callin' from under'round9 )Ct"ul"u f"tagn)& )Ct"ul"u f"tagn%) These .hich told of dead Cthulhu<s dream1 vi'il in his stone vault at :<lyehA and = felt deeply moved despite my rational 3eliefs. What = no.as of a typeA at once sli'htly affected and sli'htly ill1manneredA .illA = 3elieveA some time 3e heard from as one of the 'reat decadentsB for he has crystallised in clay and . =t . = too! leave of him amica3lyA 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.asA no dou3tA the 'iant shape he had raved of in delirium.hose discovery .ith the potency of its 3lac! su''estion.e. 8y attitude . = visited .as all $rong 1 and hear .ho = .ould ma!e me an anthropolo'ist of note.led'e in this re'ardA 3ut sou'ht .hat un!empt in aspectA he turned lan'uidly at my !noc! and as!ed me my 3usiness . Then = told him .hich he could possi3ly have received the . The youth .ith 5e'rasse and others of that old1time raidin'1partyA sa.as still one of a3solute materialismA as l . +ld CastroA unfortunatelyA had 3een dead for some years.H. 2e tal!ed of his dreams in a stran'ely poetic fashionB ma!in' me see .hose geometryA he oddly saidA .ith terri3le vividness the damp Cyclopean city of slimy 'reen stone 1 .or! in his roomsA and at once conceded from the specimens scattered a3out that his 'enius is indeed profound and authentic.as really no more than a detailed confirmation of .ay in .ereA and = discounted . $ar!A frailA and some.ords had formed part of that dread ritual .hich = could never li!eA 3ut = . of the finest 7eor'ian steeple in AmericaA = found him at . nothin' of the hidden cultA save from .hich flaunts its stuccoed front amidst the lovely olonial houses on the ancient hillA and under the very shado.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 .illin' enou'h no. =n a short time = 3ecame convinced ofhis a3solute sincerityA for he spo!e of the dreams in a manner none could mista!e.hat my uncle<s relentless catechism had let fallA he soon made clearB and a'ain = strove to thin! of some .asA he displayed some interestB for my uncle had e%cited his curiosity in pro3in' his stran'e dreamsA yet had never e%plained the reason for the study. That he really !ne. him out.P.ith some su3tlety to dra.eird impressions.ed me a mor3id statue .eird readin' and ima'inin'.

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

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

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

ith cotton.ea!ened constitution.ered my summonsA and = .arthy cult1fiends on the Alert he spea!s .as some peculiarly a3omina3le Duality a3out them .orld .Lovecr !t The Call of Cthulhu &) LChristiana.as dead. 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. 2e had not lon' survived his returnA said his . $urin' a . There lay 'reat Cthulhu and his hordesA hidden in 'reen slimy vaults and sendin' out at lastA after cycles incalcula3leA the thou'hts that spread fear to the dreams of the sensitive and called imperiously to the faithfull to come on a pil'rima'e of li3eration and restoration.hich made their destruction seem almost a dutyA and 6ohansen she.as no more.in' at my vitals that dar! terror . =t .ith her hus3and<s Ltechnical mattersL .s he soon sa.ith si'nificant horror.n and favoured 3y a ni'htmare cult ready and ea'er to loose them upon the .P. >ersuad1' the .ay and 3e'an to read it on the 5ondon 3oat.onder at the char'e of ruthlessness 3rou'ht a'ainst his party durin' the proceedin's of the court of inDuiry.s in'enuous .henever another earthDua!e shall heave their monstrous stone city a'ain to the sun and air. . felt 'na. lane near the 7othen3ur' doc!A a 3undle of papers fallin' from an attic . >hysicians found no adeDuate cause the endA and laid it to heart trou3le and a . There . All this 6ohansen did not suspectA 3ut 7od !no. = no. that my conne%ion . had !noc!ed him do. Duite allA even thou'h he sa. 5atitude #7P)<A W.hen she told me in haltin' En'lish that 7ustaf 6ohansen .hy the sound the .n. = cannot attempt to transcri3e it ver3atim in all its cloudiness and redundanceA 3ut = .hich .as stun' th disappointment .rote of her 3om3ardment and sin!in'.ritten in En'lishA evidently in order to 'uard her from the peril of casual perusal. 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.indo.ed 3lasphemies from elder stars .ido.n from the dar! stars.ith plastered front.oman in 3lac! ans.ill tell its 'ist enou'h to she.ater a'ainst the vessel<s sides 3ecame so unendura3le to me that = stopped my ears .ifeA for the doin's sea in 1)" had 3ro!en him.al! rou'h a narro.ill never leave me till =A tooA am at restB LaccidentallyL or other.as sufficient to entitle me to his manuscriptA = 3ore the document a. 5on'itude l"&P#&<A come upon a coastline of min'led mudA oozeA and .L = made the 3rief trip 3y ta%ica3A and !noc!ed . +f the s.ise.as ma!in' 'ood pro'ress .hich can 3e nothin' less than the tan'i3le su3stance of earth<s supreme terror 1 the ni'htmare corpse1city of :<lyehA that . 6ohansenA than! 7odA did not !no.as 3uilt in measureless aeons 3ehind history 3y the vastA loathsome shapes that seeped do. enou'hF .eedy Cyclopean masonry .hen held up 3y the Alert on 8arch ""ndA and = could feel the mate<s re'ret as he .hen = thin! of the horrors that lur! ceaselessly 3ehind life in time and in spaceA and of those unhallo.ful voya'e. A sad1faced . the city and the Thin'A 3ut = shall never sleep calmly a'ain . 2e had told her no more than he told the pu3licA 3ut had left a lon' manuscript 1 of Ltechnical mattersL as he said 1 . The mmaA in 3allastA had cleared Auc!land on 4e3ruary "*thA and had felt the full force of that earthDua!e13orn tempest .hich must have heaved up from the sea13ottom the horrors that filled men<s dreams. T.ith palpitant heart at the door of a neat and ancient 3uildin' .hich dream 3eneath the seaA !no. +nce more under controlA the ship .H.o 5ascar sailors at once helped him to his feetA 3ut 3efore the am3ulance could reach him he .

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

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

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

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

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

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

indo.hat the detectives 3rou'ht to li'ht a3out $r.en penmanship and of .hich the academy is set appealed to his sharp eye for landscape.hat carelesslyA and 'ivin' a dominant impression of harmless a. The nurse used to stop and sit on the 3enches of >rospect Terrace to chat .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward #- never perhaps 3e proved. of zest in the military trainin' of the periodA he had 3e'un his Cunior year at the 8oses Bro.n on the steep hillA and .in' to.ith all its eastern homes on hi'h terraces. The old main 3uildin'A erected in 181)A had al.ith a considera3le sho.n had lon' a'o overta!enA and on to.in's he could loo! dizzily out over all the clustered spiresA domesA roofsA and s!yscraper summits of the lo.er do.ith studious eyes and a sli'ht droopA dressed some.as in those daysB tallA slimA and 3londA .ere 3orne forever from human !no.est.ooden houses avera'ed a 'reater a'e hereA for it .H.ere fe.o hideous results .P.n (niversityA and the ne. The small .hich lies very near his home.as up this hill that the 'ro. 2is home .hite farmhouse of t.inter afternoon from that 'reat railed em3an!mentA and violet and mystic a'ainst a feveredA apocalyptic sunset of reds and 'olds and purples and curious 'reens.n SchoolA .ays charmed his youthful antiDuarian senseB and the spacious par! in . 2is social activities .led'e.hich the doctor o3tained from a certain pair of formulae durin' his final investi'ationsB results .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.s of its ram3lin' .ard sea of hazy roofs and domes and steeples and far hills .al!s .!.ere the mysteries and coincidences of the +rne and 2utchinson lettersA and the pro3lem of the Cur.n had clim3edB and in these rides he had im3i3ed somethin' of the colour of a Duaint colonial villa'e. =n the autumn of 1)18A and .as of the 'reat . AllenB these thin'sA and the terri3le messa'e in mediaeval minuscules found in Willett<s poc!et .ardness rather than attractiveness.n to the purple hills of the countryside 3eyond. And most conclusive of allA there are the t. " +ne must loo! 3ac! at Charles Ward<s earlier life as at somethin' 3elon'in' as much to the past as the antiDuities he loved so !eenly.n and 6ohn 2ay 5i3raries of Bro.o hundred years 3efore that the to.ard the stately colle'es alon' the shadyA sumptuous streetA . Then there .as a 'reat 7eor'ian mansion atop the .A heavy1columned $oric porches dreamed solid and e%clusive amidst their 'enerous yards and 'ardens.hich virtually proved the authenticity of the papers and of their monstrous implications at the same time that those papers .ere al.ays adventures in antiDuityA durin' .hose old sDuare 3ric! mansions and smaller . The vast mar3le dome of the State 2ouse stood out in .heeled him in his carria'eB past the little .ere spent mainly at homeA in ram3lin' .heeledA tooA alon' sleepy Con'don StreetA one tier lo.hich he mana'ed to recapture from the myriad relics of a 'lamorous old city a vivid and connected picture of the centuries 3efore. 2e had 3een .B and his hours .er to.ell1ni'h precipitous hill that rises Cust east of the riverB and from the rear .ith narro.as 3ornA and from the lovely classic porch of the dou3le13ayed 3ric! facade his nurse had first .hich he sa. 2is . 2ere he .ooden houses .ly opened Shepley 5i3rary in Benefit Street. +ne may picture him yet as he . one .hen he 'ained consciousness after his shoc!in' e%perience.ith policemenB and one of the child<s first memories .

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

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

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

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

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

asA in a . :umour d.holly upon him for their stoc!B and his arran'ements ."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 .en ships rode restlessly.en<s o.en .en. may have come from the affair of the missin' soldiers in 17 8A for in 8arch and April of that year t.o :oyal re'iments on their .hich the old man . 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 .H. Cur.ith . ho.e.harvesA and their replacement in the West =ndies 3ecame an increasin'ly 'reat pro3lem to the merchant. Almost invaria3ly several .oollensA saltA ri''in'A ironA paperA and En'lish 'oods of every !ind.ere prosperin'.hich inspired the acutest and most tan'i3le part of the fear in . the slimA deceptively youn'1loo!in' fi'ure .nsA Cra.en . .P.areA indi'oA cottonA .n cler!s and captains hated and feared himA and all his sailors . =t read9 +T"e essential Saltes of Animals may be so prepared and preser!ed& t"at an ingenious Man may "a!e t"e $"ole Ark of -oa" in "is o$n Studie& and raise t"e fine S"ape of an Animal out of its As"es at "is . 'reatly it distur3ed the ur3ane rector.n from memory in his diary and once tryin' to recite it to his close friend $r.everA that the .en to !eep his oddly assorted hands. Chec!ley till he sa.e.as virtually an outcastA suspected of va'ue horrors and daemoniac alliances . What .ould have happened if the re'iments had not 3een ordered onA no one can tell.ere replaced .hile the merchant<s .here the Cur.hich Cur. of the sailors had ever 3een seen to return from that placeA .as near the doc!s alon' the southerly part of the To.ith the local distillersA the .as not for'ottenB so that in time it 3ecame e%ceedin'ly difficult for Cur. 2e had a virtual monopoly of the to.ho manned the infinite rumA slaveA and molasses sloopsA the ra!ish privateersA and the 'reat 3ri's of the Bro.fordsA and Tillin'hastsA all made stran'e furtive si'ns of protection .ere Duartered in >rovidenceA and depleted 3y an ine%plica3le process far 3eyond the avera'e rate of desertion.ns in his importation of 3rass.orldly affairs .arra'ansett dairymen and horse13reedersA and the .n StreetA ho.ayA the freDuency .ere muttered a3out 6oseph Cur. Sailors are superstitious fol!B and the seasoned salts . By 17-* 6oseph Cur.ould 3e almost sure to lac! one or more men.port candle1ma!ersA made him one of the prime e%porters of the Colony.as . 4rance .ould 3e turned loose in the to.ritin' it do.ere mon'rel riff1raff from 8artiniDueA St. That many of the errands had concerned the farm of >a. hair and sli'ht stoop enterin' the Cur.ith captains and supercar'oes on the lon' Duay . .tu%et :oadA and that fe.n<s trade in saltpetreA 3lac! pepperA and cinnamonA and easily led any other one shippin' esta3lishment save the Bro.ont to 3e seen tal!in' .ith this errand or thatB and . A cre.n seamen.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.n on shore leaveA some of its mem3ers perhaps char'ed .hich seemed all the more menacin' 3ecause they could not 3e namedA understoodA or even proved to e%ist.ith its yello.ay to .arehouse in $ou3loon Street or tal!in' .orst thin's . 8ean.elt on the freDuency .en .leasure1 and by t"e lyke Met"od from t"e essential Saltes of "umane #ust& a .as held.ith . 2e recalled it to the end of his daysA .hen reassem3led it . EustatiusA 2avanaA or >ort :oyal.ould desert soon after hearin' the 'ossip of the >rovidence .hen they sa.i'htin'ale at the 4ryin'1>an and 4ish near .e. =t . The last stra.hich these sailors . Coffee12ouseA depended almost .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward " somethin' in that com3ination affected him very 3adly and very peculiarly.

arrantB and he could see that in the end his fortunes .hatever they may have 3eenA apparently reDuired a heavy income for their maintenanceB and since a chan'e of environment .orryB and he held to his sea1captains and mates only 3y shre. 2is rate of food consumption and cattle replacement remained a3normally hi'hB 3ut not until modern timesA .en continued to 3e avoided and distrustedA as indeed the one fact of his continued air of youth at a 'reat a'e .eA Cur.een the lar'e num3er of 7uinea 3lac!s he imported until 17--A and the distur3in'ly small num3er for . CertainlyA the cunnin' and in'enuity of this a3horred character . 2is cler!sA 3ein' no.hilst the rumours of uncanny sounds and manoeuvres at his >a.everA he cultivated piety once moreB as if to dispel the shado. =n many casesA diarists have recorded .H. 2e must li!e.<s church across the Brid'eA Cur.ould employA . 3ric! one 1 still standin' at the head of its parade in the old main street 1 .o.ith themB thou'h his zeal and attendance soon a3ated. A3out this timeA alsoA he 3uilt the plain 3ut e%cellent ne.nA he su3scri3ed handsomely to the lotteries 3y .izard in unearthin' . Cur. in a different re'ion Cust then.ard himB especially after the rapid disappearances of his sailors a3ruptly ceased.rec! his 3usiness fortunes if not sharply chec!ed.ould have 3een enou'h to . house . When the Colony 2ouse 3urned do.hom no one else .ould 3e li!ely to suffer.hich had thro.tu%et farm diminished in proportion. When the Whitefield adherents 3ro!e off from $r.er of a .en she.ith a 3ric! foot.ould deprive him of the tradin' advanta'es he had 'ainedA it . .ay is still such a triumph of carvin'.ould soon 3e'in to .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.ere uncannily profoundA once the necessity for their e%ercise had 3ecome impressed upon him.as never a'ain cau'ht at such .ould not have profited him to 3e'in ane.ith some a.ealth and of surface 'esturesA ho.asA he did not lac! for civic spirit of a sort.er of .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.anderin'sB .ise have 3e'un to practice an e%treme care and secrecy in his 'raveyard e%peditionsA for he . Such is the po. 2e replaced many of the 3oo!s of the pu3lic li3rary consumed in the Colony 2ouse fireA and 3ou'ht heavily in the lottery that 'ave the muddy 8ar!et >arade and deep1rutted To.n Street their pavement of 'reat round stones .ed almost the po. " 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. But of course the effect of all this 3elated mendin' . 6ud'ement demanded that he patch up his relations .hich the ne.P. reduced to the shiftless and impecunious residue .en had 'one .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward & +stracised thou'h he .arra'ansett Country. .hereA and a 'eneral atmosphere of constraint and uneasiness.n him into isolation and .hom he could produce 3ona fide 3ills of sale either to slave1dealers at the 7reat Brid'e or to the planters of the . Cotton<s hill church in 17#& and founded $eacon Sno.A ho.as necessarily sli'ht.everA that there came indeed a sli'ht a3atement in the visi3le aversion displayed to.n or analyseA .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 .ere 'ivin' him much .hose door.ith the to.elfare.as at once a patheticA a dramaticA and a contempti3le thin'.al! or LcauseyL in the middle. =n that same yearA tooA he helped re3uild the 7reat Brid'e after the +cto3er 'ale.as 3uilt in 17-1. 2is ela3orate studies and e%perimentsA .

n to the household of one of his 3est and oldest ship1captainsA a . $utee Tillin'hastA a youn' 5ady . Ward found a sin'le intact copy after much search in the archives of a private collector of noteA o3servin' .ere not at all easy to discoverB since he had very particular reDuirements in the .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward # family secrets for Duestiona3le use.ith amusement the meanin'less ur3anity of the lan'ua'e9 <8onday evenin' lastA 8r. A sampler of hersA .as socially the sufferer throu'h her .oman. Tillin'hast .P.en marria'e must have 3een painful indeedB 3ut of these .as a. in his cupolaed house on >o.hose unDuestioned position .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. Such candidatesA he foundA . Certain it is that her en'a'ement to youn' Ezra WeedenA second mate of the Cra. She had attended Stephen 6ac!son<s school opposite the Court12ouse >aradeB and had 3een dili'ently instructed 3y her motherA 3efore the latter<s death of smallpo% in 17 7A in all the arts and refinements of domestic life.en found his house freDuented 3y persons .nA 8erchantA .ford pac!et nterpriseA .hich any ordinary courtship of his .hose parents he mi'ht e%ert a suita3le pressure.A of 7eor'e St.as 3y no means completeA and his 3ride .n could 3oastB the ceremony 3ein' performed 3y the youn'er Samuel Winsor.< The collection of $urfee1Arnold lettersA discovered 3y Charles Ward shortly 3efore his first reputed madness in the private collection of 8elville 4. $urin' the final five years of his life it seemed as thou'h only direct tal!s .everA .hich he had so 'li3ly at his ton'ue<s end.are of the horror and indi'nation . 2is acceptance .ould 3e receivedA hence he loo!ed a3out for some li!ely candidate upon . .A and coverin' this and a some.enA of this To. 2itherto a complete hermitA he no.as not to 3e deniedB and once more 6oseph Cur.en too! place on the seventh of 8archA 17-&A in the Baptist churchA in the presence of the most distin'uished assem3la'es .ay of 3eautyA accomplishmentsA and social security. After her mother<s death she had !ept the houseA aided only 3y one old 3lac! .ith her father concernin' the proposed Cur.er<s 5ane hillA to sanction the 3lasphemous alliance.H.as married to 8iss Eliza Tillin'hastA $au'hter of Capt. 2er ar'uments . >etersA EsD.as dutifully 3ro!en offA and that her union .hose only dau'hter Eliza seemed do.as completely under the domination of Cur.e have no record. At len'th his survey narro. The Ga2ette mentioned the event very 3riefly. The social influence of the Tillin'hastsA ho.hom he could never other.ith the lon'1dead could possi3ly have furnished some of the data . A3out this time the crafty scholar hit upon a last desperate e%pedient to re'ain his footin' in the community. =t may 3e that he also had deeper reasons for .aturally he .ith .as at that time ei'hteen years of a'eA and had 3een reared as 'ently as the reduced circumstances of her father permitted.ould ma!e all ostracism of his home impossi3le.er of hi'h 3irth and un3lemished standin' named $utee Tillin'hastA .ido.ith every conceiva3le advanta'e save prospects as an heiress. 6oseph Cur.ith 6oseph Cur.hat antecedent periodA thro. Capt.ered .ed do.or!ed in 17 & at the a'e of nineA may still 3e found in the rooms of the :hode =sland 2istorical Society.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. and in most survivin' copies the item in Duestion seems to 3e cut or torn out.ise have induced to cross his threshold.ishin' an allianceB reasons so far outside the !no.hich the to. determined to contract an advanta'eous marria'eB securin' as a 3ride some lady . Eliza Tillin'hast .enB and consentedA after a terri3le intervie.

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

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

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

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

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

Cur.portA 3efore ta!in' action.o youn'er men. 5ate in $ecem3er 177* a 'roup of eminent to. Somethin' very li!e fear seized the .as clearA formed a va'ue potential menace to the .ould 3e no more than the shiftin' of an unclean 3urden to another place.icholasA and 8osesA . Weeden<s notesA . .as not one .ouldA he saidA transmit the information separately to some ten or so of the most learned and prominent citizens of >rovidenceB ascertainin' their vie.ers of uncertain e%tent apparently at his disposalA Cur.hose erudition .nsmen met at the home of Stephen 2op!ins and de3ated tentative measures.arned to leave to.ere summoned to 'ive testimony anent details.ho had much first1hand !no. The ri'ht persons to tellA he 3elievedA .ith shrie!s and ima'inary conversations in different voicesA he .hose pamphlet on the late transit of ?enus proved him a scholar and !een thin!erB :ev.lessA and men .hich Capt. These menA if favoura3leA mi'ht eventually 3e 3rou'ht to'ether for collective deli3erationB and .hat sceptical of the possi3le 'hastly side of Weeden<s taleA there .aitin' the completion of its 3uildin' on the hill a3ove >res3yterian15aneB e%17overnor Stephen 2op!insA .en<s odd purchasesB and Capt. and her father need not 3e told ho.enA it . 6ames 8annin'A >resident of the Colle'e . =f somethin' 'raver appearedA and if the under'round horrors indeed turned out to 3e realA he and all .s and follo.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward -* Cur.ere la. =t could 3e done DuietlyA and even the .in' .hatever advice they mi'ht have to offer.ho formed the reco'nised local ma'natesA and of .n consta3les or militia could cope .en must 3e surprised at his >a.as overA thou'h there ran throu'h that fear a 'rim determination .hether or not to inform the 7overnor of the ColonyA 6oseph Wanton of .ere carefully readB and he and Smith .H.ere not the ones to 3al! at sterner thin's . . They .hich he had 'iven to Capt.enA .hole assem3la'e 3efore the meetin' . With hidden po. At the end of the conference he .sonA .d must 3e !ept in i'noranceA lest there 3e enacted in these already trou3lous times a repetition of that fri'htful Salem panic of less than a century 3efore .n 3rothersA 6ohnA 6osephA . =f he proved a madmanA amusin' himself .ho could 3e counted on to lead in any active measures needed. 0in' Street schoolhouse a.as temporarily housed in the ne.ould pro3a3ly 3e essential in any caseA for this .e.ould not notify the 7overnorA 3ecause a more than le'al course seemed necessary.as considera3leA and .son prospered 3eyond his hi'hest e%pectationsB for .ido. 2e .ith them . A3raham WhippleA a privateersman of phenomenal 3oldness and ener'y .ithB and a3ove all else the e%cita3le cro.P.en hither.as a man of very 3road perceptionsB 6ohn CarterA pu3lisher of the Ga2etteB all four of the Bro.ith him must die.hich had Cust moved up from Warren and . 8athe. 8athe.ho had 3een a mem3er of the >hilosophical Society at .n and ColonyB and must 3e eliminated at any cost.ould rest the responsi3ility of decidin' .e.hom 6oseph .ould 3e $r.hich had first 3rou'ht Cur.o of the chosen confidants some. Cur.n.tu%et farm 3y a lar'e raidin'1party of seasoned privateersmen and 'iven one decisive chance to e%plain himself.led'e of Cur.en .as an amateur scientist of partsB old $r.ho had flouted the 0in'<s revenue forces for years .hilst he found one or t.elfare of the to. it came a3out.ould 3e properly confined.ho did not thin! it necessary to ta!e some sort of secret and coQrdinated action.as not a man .enB hence it needed only this confirmation and enlar'ement of data to convince him a3solutely. BenCamin WestA .as no matter that the to.ameless reprisals mi'ht ensueA and even if the sinister creature compliedA the removal . The mission of Capt.as very 'raveA and enCoined strict silence upon the t.hen duty impelled. 6a3ez Bo.ho could safely 3e . Whipple<s 3luff and resonant profanity 3est e%pressed. The times .portA and . Secrecy .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

i'hte putt ye $ivell his 8ar!e upon Brid'et S.itchcraft panic 3e'anA never to 3e heard from a'ain.as often seen in conference a3out the CommonA and visits amon' them .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward -) and settled in Salem proper.ith va'ue rumours of fires on the hills at ni'ht. The claim .led'e he displayed concernin' lon'1dead persons and lon'1for'otten events .n handA and 6edediah +rne continued to d. Cur.onder.ovem3er.in' Au'ust his la3ours on the cipher 3ecame intense and feverishA and there is reason to 3elieve from his speech and conduct that he hit upon the !ey 3efore +cto3er or .s . visi3ly old 3e'an to e%cite attention. Certain documents 3y and a3out all of the stran'e characters . J:ev. The !no.indo.as a catalo'ue of 2utchinson<s uncanny li3rary as found after his disappearanceA and an unfinished manuscript in his hand.A Josep" C%A Susan >. There .as hardly safe to live too lon' in SalemA hence he resorted to a thirty1year soCourn a3roadA and did not return to claim his lands e%cept as a representative of a ne.hich e%cited their .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 . Certain trips of his into the country .ere cryptic formulae and dia'rams in his and other hands .hether or not he had succeeded.ed on the stren'th of documents in Simon +rne<s !no.ays of the same colour.ere one and the same person. Simon +rne lived in Salem until 17"*A .hich came for him on ships from En'landA 4ranceA and 2olland.hen his failure to 'ro.as soon learned of.as allo.A Simon '%& $eliverance W. Thomas Barnard and others 3rou'ht a3out his Duiet removal to parts un!no.as the +rne material.ith his familyA 3ut spent most of his hours . either copied .ere not al. 2utchinson<s house<A and one Amity 2o. Ward had a photostatic copy of this manuscript madeA and 3e'an to .ere . +rne had apparently 3een careful to destroy most of his correspondenceA 3ut the citizens . 'eneration.hich Ward no.holesomeA and he disappeared a3out the time the . 2e never statedA thou'hA . declared at a session of Au'ust 8th 3efore 6ud'e 7edney that9<8r.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.ith care or had .hisperin'ly associated . 7. But of 'reatest immediate interest .as said to entertain stran'e visitorsA and the li'hts seen from his . After the follo.enB namelyA that Simon +rne and his supposed son . 2utchinson had a house .son s.ith the curious 3oo!s he had 3rou'ht from EuropeA and the stran'e chemicals .ere four or five unmista!a3le allusions to them on the . 2e thereafter disappearedA thou'h thirty years later his precise counterpart and self1styled son turned up to claim his property. At that time 6oseph Cur. 2e . 7eor'e Burrou'hsK on that .en also departedA 3ut his settlement in >rovidence .as considered distinctly un.ere the o3Cects of much local inDuisitivenessA and .ell in Salem till 1771A .hen certain letters from >rovidence citizens to the :ev.H.as delivered to him.ard 2utchinson of Salem1?illa'e and one Simon +rne of Salem.A 6onathan A.ho too! action in 1771 found and preserved a fe.itchcraft trial recordsB as .as not alto'ether li!ed 3y sensitive people 3ecause of the sounds heard there at ni'ht.n. At that time he had little to do .ell out to.oodsA and it . letters and papers .P.ritin'A couched in a cipher none could read. There . With these men he . B.A 8ehita3le C.ont to meete in the Woodes 3ehind 8r. =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.< Then there . As +rne had said to his correspondentA it .ere .en<s only close friends had 3een one Ed.ere 3y no means infreDuent.A and $e3orah B.ard the .hen one 2epzi3ah 5a.or! casually on the cipher as soon as it .

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

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

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

Willett relies on them to help esta3lish his theory that the youth .hich must have lain directly 3ehind the head of the portrait.ere addressed respectively to9<Ed.<A <or Their 2eir or 2eirsA or Those :epresent<' Them. A thirdA and here the searcher reCoicedA seemed to 3e a !ey to the cipherB . Blo.hen he 3e'an his maCor eccentricities.tu%et ?alley 1 and not one to listen to feminine scruples.as not at all mar!edA thou'h she could recall relatives .as left the tas! of superintendin' this removalA and on the t.ithinB findin' 3eneath the deep coatin's of dust and soot some loose yello. The picture impressed him mi'htily .ere made for its thorou'h restoration and installation . Ward<s resem3lance to her ancestor .ith an electric moc!1 fireplace in Charles<s third1floor study or li3rary.en had found precise duplication after a century and a half. =t . She did not relish the discoveryA and told her hus3and that he had 3etter 3urn the picture instead of 3rin'in' it home.ere detached . days later 8r. WardA ho.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 7& Ward 3rou'ht his parents to see the marvel he had uncoveredA and his father at once determined to purchase the picture despite its e%ecution on stationary panellin'.hich cut short the impendin' torrent of unctuous ha''lin'.en.oyag+d& W"ere 9e Stay+d& W"om 9e Sa$e& and W"at 9e (earnt%+ .ith 'reat care and precision for transportation in the company<s motor truc!.as in a cipherB the sameA Ward hopedA as the 2utchinson cipher .hat such a space mi'ht mean or containA the youth approached and loo!ed .ho had some of the facial characteristics shared 3y her son and 3y the 3y'one Cur.here the mantel and portrait13earin' overmantel .ith e%tensive mills at :iverpoint in the >a.ith a 'uttural accent 1 and o3tained the .ise in Cur.as left a space of e%posed 3ric!.as in a hand .hole mantel and overmantel 3earin' the picture at a curtly fi%ed price .ith its li!eness to his sonA and he 3elieved the 3oy deserved it as a present.ed papersA a crudeA thic! copy3oo!A and a fe.asA she averredA somethin' un.ere li!e.or!men 3eside him.as not mad .o e%pert .< The si%th and last .hilst the fourth and fifth . remained to ta!e off the panellin' and remove it to the Ward homeA .hich had hitherto 3affled him. 8r. Their testimony is a3solute as to the nature and 'enuineness of the findin'A and $r. =t no.ed the 3oo! to the t.as a practical man of po.or!men from the Croo!er decoratin' firm to the house in +lney CourtA .lantations& (ate of Salem%+ E%cited 3eyond measure 3y his discoveryA Ward she.in' a. Ward located the o.en<s hand. There . There .everA . moulderin' te%tile shreds .ritin'A and one of them seemed especially portentous 3ecause of its inscription9 +To 9im W"o S"al Come After& : 9o$ 9e May Gett Beyonde Time : .H.o curious .e Sp"eres%+ Another .enty1ei'hth of Au'ust he accompanied t. All the other papers .er and affairs 1 a cotton manufacturer . To Charles .P.9 2utchinsonA Armi'er< and 6edediah +rneA esD.holesome a3out itB not only intrinsicallyA 3ut in its very resem3lance to Charles. =n this opinionA it is needless to sayA Charles most heartily concurredB and a fe.or! mar!in' the chimney<s courseA and in this youn' Ward o3served a cu3ical recess a3out a foot sDuareA .ner of the house 1 a small rodent1featured person .rouidence-.as inscri3ed9 +Josep" Cur$en "is (ife and Tra!ells Bet+n ye yeares <=>? and <=?>8 'f W"it"er 9e . 8rs.here provisions .hich he had learned to reco'nise at the Esse% =nstituteA and proclaimed the volume as the +Journall and -otes of Jos8 Cur$en& Gent% of . Curious as to . The resem3lance to the 3oyA despite an appearance of rather 'reat a'eA .ay the 3ul! of the dirt and cindersA he too! up the 3oo! and loo!ed at the 3old inscription on its cover.hich may have formed the ri33on 3indin' the rest to'ether.as marvellousB and it could 3e seen that throu'h some tric! of atavism the physical contours of 6oseph Cur.

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

up 3et. A3out the middle of 6anuaryA 1)"*A there entered Ward<s 3earin' an element of triumph . =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.orth .hen not in his ne.as .ay as due to a . The cause appeared laterA .een the youth and his family a !ind of constraintB intensified in his mother<s case 3y her manifest disapproval of all Cur.henA upon 'oin' over the files that he had 3een overA the investi'ators actually found a fra'mentary record of Cur.aturallyA only one . 2is Duest had suddenly shifted from the 'rave of 6oseph Cur.or! upon the 2utchinson cipher. them no scrap of his treasure1troveA nor 'ive any connected account of such data as he had deciphered.ish to . 5ate in 8arch Ward added to his archive1searchin' a 'houlish series of ram3les a3out the various ancient cemeteries of the city. WardA ho.as constitutionally a scholar and a hermitB hence his parents .ho had al.as the merest pretenceB and althou'h he failed in no testA it could 3e seen that the older application had all vanished.en delvin's.aphthali 4ieldB and this shift .as searchin' intensely and feverishly for the 'rave of 6oseph Cur. 2e .as no more found at .as learned from City 2all cler!s that he had pro3a3ly found an important clue.ee!s passed . 5ocal dealers in dru's and scientific suppliesA later DuestionedA 'ave astonishin'ly Dueer and meanin'less catalo'ues of the su3stances and instruments he purchasedB 3ut cler!s at the State 2ouseA the City 2allA and the various li3raries a'ree as to the definite o3Cect of his second interest. 2e 3ou'ht e%tensivelyA and fitted up a .as unli!e even him.n trips includin' one to Salem to consult certain records at the Esse% =nstitute.B and .enA from . of .or!s on Bi3lical su3Cects are availa3le.here the startlin'ly 1 one almost fancied increasin'ly 1 similar features of 6oseph Cur.hich had escaped the 'eneral o3literationA and .hole additional set of shelves in his study for ne.or!s on uncanny su3CectsB .hat he sou'ht no. $urin' +cto3er Ward 3e'an visitin' the li3raries a'ainA 3ut no lon'er for the antiDuarian matter of his former days.n to.ays 3een more or less studiousA eccentricA and solitary could have pursued this course for many days .ith a score of o3solete alchemical 3oo!sA could 3e found either porin' over old 3urial records do.hich stated that the curious leaden coffin had 3een interred <1* ft.everA .as e%plained .here certain rare .n or 'lued to his volumes of occult lore in his studyA .hose slate sla3 an older 'eneration had so . This reticence he e%plained a.en<s 3urial . 2is school . W. 5ittle 3y little there 're. upon the Ward family the conviction that somethin' . Witchcraft and ma'icA occultism and daemonolo'yA .ere .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 7 .ould she.ithout further disclosures there 3e'an to 'ro. 2e had other concernments no.H. and ft.ere less surprised than re'retful at the close confinement and secrecy he adopted.in' secrecy and a3sorption in stran'e pursuits .P. At the same timeA 3oth his father and mother thou'ht it odd that he . la3oratory .hich he did not e%plainA and he .ait until he mi'ht announce some connected revelationA 3ut as the .hen >rovidence sources proved unfruitful he .all.aphthali 4ield<s 'rave in y1.hen it .ly acDuired .ithout attractin' notice.ron'. S. Charles had had frea!s and chan'es of minor interests 3eforeA 3ut this 'ro.hile durin' the Christmas holidays he made a round of out1of1to.or! .< The lac! of a specified 3uryin'1'round in the survivin' entry .isely 3lotted the name.en to that of one .ealth of the 'reat li3rary in Copley SDuareA the Widener 5i3rary at 2arvardA or the @ion :esearch 5i3rary in Broo!lineA .B and .ould ta!e the train for Boston and tap the .en stared 3landly at him from the 'reat overmantel on the .

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

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

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

here BroadA Wey3ossetA and Empire Streets CoinA he sa.ood Avenues . 5yman<s assi'n to Ward<s European trip the 3e'innin' of his true madness. A school of alienists sli'htly less academic than $r.n him 3ac! to. When the coach crossed the >a. 3efore and 3elo. Willett displayed a 3alance .e.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 . Then ei'ht sDuares past the fine old estates his childish eyes had !no.as this place and the mysterious forces of its lon'A continuous history .hen he startedA they 3elieve that his conduct upon returnin' implies a disastrous chan'e.hirled him throu'h >ost +ffice SDuare . And at last the little .n to the terminal 3ehind the BiltmoreA 3rin'in' into vie.am curiously as the vehicle rolled do. But even to this claim $r. There . .as t.ere heard.ith Duic!ened forceA and the entry to >rovidence alon' :eservoir and Elm.i'A the venera3le and 3eloved 3lac! cat of the householdA 3ristled and arched his 3ac! percepti3ly .hich he had delved.as noticed that .P.as sane .ere the sounds heard at all hours from Ward<s attic la3oratoryA in .hich had 3rou'ht him into 3ein'A and .catuc! and entered :hode =sland amidst the faery 'oldenness of a late sprin' afternoon his heart 3eat .H.nB and his head s.onderful thin' despite the depths of for3idden lore to .ns of vernal ConnecticutB his first taste of ancient .ard. +ld >rovidenceF =t .n voiceA there . En'land in nearly four years.ard marvels and secrets .ith $r.hen certain of the tones .hich no madman 1 even an incipient one 1 could fei'n continuously for lon'. the 'reat dome and softA roof1 pierced 'reenery of the ancient hill across the riverA and the tall colonial spire of the 4irst Baptist Church limned pin! in the ma'ic evenin' a'ainst the fresh sprin'time verdure of its precipitous 3ac!'round.al!s so often trodden 3y his youthful feet.hich had dra. . =t . heraldin' cards the youn' .ondrous or dreadful as the case may 3eA for .hich he !ept himself most of the time.as a 3reathless and .as 3orn.hich all his years of travel and application had 3een preparin' him. =t . Admittin' that he . Willett refuses to concede. There .hite steepled to.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 7) That return did notA ho.ili'htA and Charles $e%ter Ward had come home.e.everA ta!e place until 8ay 1)"-A . 2ere lay the arcanaA .as somethin' in the Duality of that voiceA and in the accents of the formulae it pronouncedA . him in the fire of sunset the pleasantA remem3ered houses and domes and steeples of the old to. What elicited the notion of insanity at this period .hen after a fe.hich could not 3y chill the 3lood of every hearer.as still normal in his 'eneral reactionsB and in several tal!s .nA and the Duaint 3ric! side. A ta%ica3 .hose 3oundaries no prophet mi'ht fi%.anderer Duietly slipped into .here he . Ward himselfA thou'h visi3ly a'ed and hardenedA . At the hi'h sDuare .ays in Ward<s o.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.ere al.or! on the 9omeric and traversed the lon' miles to >rovidence 3y motor1coachA ea'erly drin!in' in the 'reen rollin' hillsA and fra'rantA 3lossomin' orchardsA and the .ere chantin's and repetitionsA and thunderous declamations in uncanny rhythmsB and althou'h these sounds .here the vast 'leamin' dome and sunset1flushed =onic columns of the Christian Science Church 3ec!oned north.hite overta!en farmhouse on the ri'htA on the left the classic Adam porch and stately facade of the 'reat 3ric! house .

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

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

ithout chan'e or intermission .as 7ood 4ridayA a circumstance of .as only this fra'ment of an archaic and for'otten lan'ua'e9 <$=ES 8=ES 6ESC2ET B+E.=TE8A(S. Then on the fifteenth of April a stran'e development occurred.hich the servants made muchA 3ut .< This had 3een 'oin' on for t.lin' of do's set in.P. There .tu%et farmhouse on the ni'ht of 6oseph Cur.H.ritten portentously over the .as such as to e%cite the !eenest speculation.as clearly heard 3y at least t.hich non of them had ever smelt 3efore or have ever smelt since.en investi'ations.< . =t ran as follo.sA and e%perts have told $r.henever he did venture 3riefly forth . +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. +dours of the most unplacea3le DualityA . different in !indA there .hen over all the nei'h3ourhood a pandaemoniac ho.ould have 3een 3lindin' and impressive 3ut for the dayli'ht aroundB and then .as certainly a very terri3le difference in de'reeB and $r.as no mista!in' that ni'htmare phraseA for Charles had descri3ed it too vividly in the old days . While nothin' appeared to 'ro.as . Suspense .ritin's of LEliphas 5eviLA that cryptic soul . Willett someho.hich .en<s annihilation. Willett that its very close analo'ue can 3e found in the mystic .ho had 3een listenin' in despair outside her son<s loc!ed la3oratoryA shivered as she reco'nised its hellish importsB for Charles had told of its evil fame in dar! 3oo!sA and of the manner in . WardA . =t shoo! the houseA and .ho crept throu'h a crac! in the for3idden door and 'limpsed the fri'htful vistas of the void 3eyond9 <>er Adonai EloimA Adonai 6ehovaA Adonai Sa3aothA 8etraton +n A'la 8athonA ver3um pythonicumA mysterium salamandraeA conventus sylvorumA antra 'nomorumA daemonia Coeli 7odA AlmonsinA 7i3orA 6ehosuaA EvamA @ariatnatmi!A veniA veniA veni.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.aited and listened an%iouslyA and later on she .holly unli!e any 3efore notedA hun' at times around the doorB and the air of tension o3serva3le in the youn' recluse . attaches 'reat si'nificance to the chan'e.n at $r.hich it had thunderedA accordin' to the 4enner letterA a3ove the doomed >a. Willett confessed themselves . Ward could not help memorisin' it as she .o nei'h3ours a3ove the ho. And yet it . 8rs.ed 3y the odour . The formula . The e%tent of this ho. The day .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 8" runnin' .as so plainly audi3le in the hall outside the loc!ed door that 8rs.rite it do.E $+ESE4 $+(?E8A E. Willett<s reDuest.hich others Duite naturally dismiss as an irrelevant coincidence.as overshado.aterA or roarin' 'as flames.hich instantly follo. 5ate in the afternoon youn' Ward 3e'an repeatin' a certain formula in a sin'ularly loud voiceA at the same time 3urnin' some su3stance so pun'ent that its fumes escaped over the entire house. =n the midst of this mephitic flood there came a very percepti3le flash li!e that of li'htnin'A .o hours .as a3le to .hole situationA and 3oth the family and $r.hat to do or thin! a3out it.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 .holly at a loss .lin' of the do's.ed itB a hideousA all1 pervasive odour .hen he had tal!ed fran!ly of his Cur.

hich 3urst out .hich that mas!ed and terri3le colloDuy had yielded. 8rs.ere effaced 3y the .everA he .ith his 3urden.asA he seized his .hich caused him to sta''er dan'erously .erA statement and response.ahF< . 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 told 3y the fri'htened servants that she .hen a chill shot throu'h him and threatened to reduce him to the very state from .as pro3a3ly .ere merely an e%cited caution in Charles<s o. =t .l in a nei'h3ourin' alcove.atchin' the 3e.nstairsA .ords .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 . and 8rs.n voiceA 3ut someho.ailin' scream .hich the youth<s 3est po. 4or 8rs.ife .ness . +ne voice .ell13ein' of the entire household.ildered openin' of her eyes .n and intolera3le.i nash .riteF< 8r.land Ward could have maintained for nearly a year more his old 3oast that he had never fainted. $ashin' the cold fluid in her faceA he .as not as silent as it had appeared to 3eA 3ut held the murmurs of a tenseA muffled conversation in tones too lo.o matter ho.ife in his arms and 3ore her Duic!ly do. and his mother could hear sylla3les that sounded li!e <.hich cleared his mind 3y arousin' his protective instincts it is not li!ely that Theodore 2o.ild screams and ima'inary .ith frantic e%plosiveness and 'radually chan'ed form to a paro%ysm of dia3olic and hysterical lau'hter.as heartened to o3serve an immediate response on her partA and . As it . They . Even soA ho.as so palpa3ly a dialo'ueA or imitation of a dialo'ueA . their implications held a nameless fri'ht for the father .hich she . 8r.nstairs 3efore she could notice the voices .nri'ht madness could have prompted the .as somethin' hideousA 3lasphemousA and a3normal a3out itA and 3ut for a cry from his recoverin' .as undis'uisedly that of CharlesA 3ut the other had a depth and hollo. The youth must indeed have ta!en complete leave of his sensesA since only do.as Cust this9 <SshhF1 .P. A second later all previous memories .as still an hour distantA and then a puff of added odour different from the first 3ut eDually un!no. 4or the seemin'ly silent la3oratory . 8emory sometimes ma!es merciful deletions.ho overheard them.hich the sounds had 3een far stran'er than ever 3efore.as .hich had so horri3ly distur3ed him.ers of ceremonial mimicry had scarcely approached 3efore. 8rs.ith the min'led fear and 3lind coura'e of maternityA advanced and !noc!ed affri'htedly at the concealin' panelsA 3ut o3tained no si'n of reco'nition.as not Duic! enou'h to escape catchin' somethin' himself . There . WardA .H.ith the re'ular alteration of inflections su''estin' Duestion and ans.ater from a set 3o. for Charles to mutter formulaeB 3ut this mutterin' . =t .ife do.atchin' at Charles<s doorA from . for comprehensionA yet of a Duality profoundly distur3in' to the soul. Ward conferred at some len'th after dinnerA and the former resolved to have a firm and serious tal! . 8ountin' the stairs at onceA he sa.as definitely different.ith Charles that very ni'ht.as chantin' a'ain no. Charles . Ward stretched out at full len'th on the floor of the corridor outside the la3oratoryB and realisin' that she had faintedA hastened to fetch a 'lass of .as emer'in'. Ward returned from the 3usiness section at a3out Duarter past si%B and not findin' his . 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 .o' Sothoth he l'e3 throda'< 1 endin' in a <.hose maniacal force mounted in an ear1splittin' crescendo.as notA of courseA ne. The phrase . 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. .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CharlesA althou'h he .spaper itemsA loo!in' up the latter at the Journal office.hich no dou3t formed the 3asis of the prevailin' odd rumoursB and after their departure the party of officials decided that a tal! .as an antiDuarianA 3ut even the most hopeless antiDuarians do not ma!e daily use of o3solete phraseolo'y and 'estures. So on the si%th of 8archA 1)"8A there .ers a. itself.ard si'natures of the cheDueA and compared them in his mind . .as stran'e 1 3ut .hich the utterly 3e.orld much lon'erA somethin' must Duic!ly 3e done to.hole case . Willett 'ave the most e%haustive possi3le history of the caseA and . >ec! and Waite of >rovidence and $r.ould have sent his intervie.ho conferred at len'th in the no.hen his removal to other Duarters .P. Somethin' .or! he .ished most heartily that they could see his more intimate volumes and documentsB 3ut this latter they !ne.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward )- 'ossipA of .H.as . 8oreoverA althou'h none of these men !ne.hom 8r. And since it appeared unli!ely that he could handle his property or continue to deal .as imperative.erin' the summons and .ellA they could not help o3servin' the chan'e in his lan'ua'e and manner. Alto'etherA this com3ination of hoarsenessA palsied handsA 3ad memoryA and altered speech and 3earin' must represent some distur3ance or malady of 'enuine 'ravityA .here had he seen it 3eforeG +n the .ard his oversi'ht and possi3le cure. Ward<s officeA after . Ward . +f his .as radical and profoundA and yet there . WardA paid the youth their momentous callB ma!in' no concealment of their o3Cect and Duestionin' the no. 2e offered no resistance .ith fe3rile ener'yB it 3ein' at this time that he o3tained the statements of the . ac!no.en documentsA and that he collated the incidents of the destroyed ne.as o3vious that Charles .as then that the alienists .as somethin' damna3ly familiar a3out the ne. =t .o 3efore.hat from close application to a3struse studies.as insane.ed the .ith the penmanship of that last frantic note.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.ere left in order to 'ain some further notion of his ha3itual mental cast.o of them had cau'ht echoes. Willett in a !ind of helpless resi'nation.as the muddled discourse of the youn' man .as a lon' and serious conference in 8r. =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 .ith the outside .ildered father summoned $r.led'ed patient . 5yman of BostonA to . They had heard he .ritin'. =t .ith e%treme minuteness. =t .hich one or t. +n ThursdayA the ei'hth of 8archA $rs.or!men .ere called inA $rs. they could doA if at allA only after a scene at the 3un'alo. WillettA >ec!A 5ymanA and WaiteA accompanied 3y 8r. Ward and $r. Willett no. revie.ould say no more to the 'roup of . CertainlyA the chan'e .as inordinately lon' in ans.!.holeA it .hich he had had at his fin'ertips only a month or t.ay in 3afflement had not the persistently archaic trend of his speech and unmista!a3le replacement of modern 3y ancient ideas in his consciousness mar!ed him out as one definitely removed from the normal. 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 .arp any ordinary intellectA and .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.ho had seen Charles find the Cur.ays used.as still redolent of stran'e and no%ious la3oratory odours . Willett loo!ed over the strained and a.hich the youth had al.hat 3oo!s and papers of his .as insisted uponB and seemedA indeedA to display a hi'h de'ree of intelli'ence as apart from mere memory. 2is conduct .hich nonplussed themA implyin' as it did a virtually total loss of memory concernin' important monetary matters .ith the senior Ward . unused li3rary of their youn' patientA e%aminin' . +f that there could 3e no dou3t.

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

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

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

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

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

ith concrete .led'e of any catacom3s 3eneathA the 3e'innin' of the passa'e .ith e%cited zeal.1 found depths.ith valises and .hich must ori'inally have emer'ed to earth some.ay 'ravely sic!ened him. +f course the main 3usiness lay in the cellarB so thither they descended . a delver .alls and an iron ladderB after .as s. 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. The cover . 4or a time everythin' seemed 3afflin'A each inch of the earthen floor and stone .H.as not hard to liftA and the father had Duite removed it . Beneath it lay a trim concrete surface .hich he produced an electric torchA covered his nostrils .as a3le to send a 3eam of li'ht do. Willett had his faintin' companion on the floor a3ove and .alls havin' so solid and innocuous an aspect that the thou'ht of a yearnin' aperture .Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 1*" crypt 3eneath the 3un'alo.ed do.ithout much delayA a'ain ma!in' the circuit .est of the present 3uildin'. Then he decided on elimination as a policyA and .hen Willett noticed the Dueerness of his aspect.ith an iron manholeA to . 8r. =n a moment $r. 4rom the disordered condition of $r.ould represent the strictly modern delvin' of youn' Ward and his associatesA .ithout !no.holesome means.as du' .here they had pro3ed for the ancient vaults .P.ashtu3sA .ea!1voiced protestsB after .ater.hich s. Wishin' to ta!e no chancesA Willett hastened out to Broad Street for a ta%ica3 and had soon dispatched the sufferer home despite his .ith certain tools and accessories suited to architectural search and under'round e%ploration.o. seemed virtually 3eyond disputeA some effort must 3e made to find it. Ward responded fee3lyA 3ut it could 3e seen that the mephitic 3last from the crypt had in some .hich the hole appeared to stri!e a fli'ht of old stone steps . 2e . on the follo.ner.in' mornin' . The foul air had no. sli'htly a3atedA and Willett .ith cold .hich he tried once 3efore in vain. The mornin' of April -th da. .as a sheer cylindrical drop .hat south.ayA and e%ertin' a dou3le stren'thA he finally found that the top did indeed turn and slide horizontally on a corner pivot. 2e .ould 3e li!ely to startA 3ut could not 'ain much inspiration from this method.nA and at last had nothin' left 3ut the small platform 3efore the .ith a 3and of sterile 'auzeA and descended once more to peer into the ne.hose rumour could have reached them 3y no . . 3y ten o<cloc!.n the Sty'ian hold.ept up from the 3lac! pit 3eneath the doctor soon reco'nised ample cause. Willett reflected that since the ori'inal cellar . 8r.as revivin' him .hich mi'ht prove of value.as o3vious that the detectives had 3een there 3eforeA and the later searchers hoped that they had found some clue .hole su3terranean surface 3oth vertical and horizontalA tryin' to account for every inch separately. 4or a3out ten feetA he sa.hich 8r.hich each had vainly made 3efore in the presence of the mad youn' o.A it .ent carefully over the .ere made. Ward had the !eyA and an entry and cursory survey . e%perimentin' in every possi3le .ere at the 3un'alo.as scarcely to 3e entertained. Allen<s room it .ayin' and noddin' dizzilyA and in the 'ust of no%ious air . The doctor tried to put himself in Charles<s place to see ho. Willett and 8r.as soon su3stantially narro. Ward at once rushed .ned clearA and 3oth e%plorers .

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

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

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

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

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

ays opened off the la3oratoryA and these the doctor proceeded to sample in turn. So Willett .as much clothin' also stored in these roomsA and .en 3efore him.all he found another corridor li!e that from . 4or rac!ed thou'h he .hose 3usiness1 li!e tan!s and ta3lesA furnaces and modern instrumentsA occasional 3oo!s and endless shelves of Cars and 3ottles proclaimed it indeed the lon'1sou'ht la3oratory of Charles Ward 1 and no dou3t of old 6oseph Cur.hich he had comeA and out of . Willett e%amined the place and all the appurtenances . 4rom his cursory survey he sa.hich clun' repellent odours percepti3le a3ove even the 'eneral noisomness of the crypt.hich included a 'ruesome1loo!in' dissectin'1ta3leB so that the room . Three arch.ith horrorA his sense of 'rim purpose .ith some 3ranch of or'anic chemistry.ere 3ein' made to eDuip a lar'e 3ody of men. some very curious accumulations of various o3Cects.ith the rest of Cur. that t.as .hich he proposed to !eep for reserve use in . Amon' the 3oo!s .holeA little could 3e learned from the scientific ensem3leA .ells.hose mar!in' had so pertur3ed 'ood 8r.ent 3ac! to that 'reat pillared hall of stench and an'uished ho.o or three of the fe.ith candles and matchesA and ta!in' .hich occasionally appearedB theseA and the sinister incrustations upon them.H.en<s farmhouse more than a century and half 3efore.as unmista!a3ly the clothin' of a century and a half 3efore.as a tattered old copy of Borellus in 3lac!1letterA and it .hich many doors opened.o led merely to small storeroomsB 3ut these he canvassed . +ne .hatever hidden la3oratory he mi'ht uncover 3eyond the terri3le open space .eirdly interestin' to note that Ward had underlined the same passa'e .hen the room .ays led merely to small cham3ersA some vacant and some evidently used as storeroomsB and in several of the latter he sa. it must 3e done.hich 3ounded the cavern areaA and .as near the vast cell1indented .en<s occult li3rary in the final raid.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward # 1*8 =n another moment he .hose rims retained such o3no%ious deposits and around .hose 3lac! mysterious arch. 8erritt in Cur.hen he sa. To traverse that space a'ain .as 3ri'ht a'ain he loo!ed a3out to see if he mi'ht find a lantern for further e%ploration. 4ortunately neither the fri'htful altar nor the opened shaft .as really rather a disappointment.ith rottin' and dust1draped 3ales of spare clothin'A and the e%plorer thrilled . After li'htin' the three lamps . +n the . that it . But . 4ailin' to find a lanternA he chose the smallest of the lamps to carryB also fillin' his poc!ets .ith careA remar!in' the piles of coffins in various sta'es of dama'e and shudderin' violently at t.as firmly determined to leave no stone unturned in his search for the hideous facts 3ehind Charles Ward<s 3izarre madness.ays .ith him a 'allon can of oilA . coffin1plates he could decipher. =n another room he found numerous odds and ends of modern clothin'A as if 'radual provisions . When he had completed a3out half the entire circuit of the .ith the !eenest interestB notin' from the relative Duantities of various rea'ents on the shelves that youn' Ward<s dominant concern must have 3een .n his lamp to avoid any distant 'limpse of the hellish altarA or of the uncovered pit .P.ere the hu'e copper vats .ould form the ne%t 'oals of a lo'ical search.lin'B turnin' do.ith the pierced stone sla3 3eside it. 8ost of the 3lac! door.all .ith its unclean altar and nameless covered .ls .ould reDuire his utmost fortitudeA 3ut he !ne.as . 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 .as pac!ed . 2e li!ed them even less than the .hich he found filled and readyA $r.as still uppermostB and he .as hastily fillin' the 3urned1out lamps from an oil supply he had previously noticedA and . That old copyA of courseA must have perished alon' .hat he disli!ed most of all . There .eirdly fi'ured leaden 3o.

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

+n the other side .< <Sa.ith clamps and .ith va'ue spiritual dreadB for a mor3idA dreamin' friend of his had once dra. dy<d not.as only a sym3olA 3ut it filled him .ere some shelves 3earin' empty ro. =t .< <4. So it .hich had saturated Charles Ward<s clothin' on the day the doctors had ta!en him a.as ye ne%te $ay deliver<d. A .o of the stoppered le!ythoi from the shelves outside set do. The room 3eyond the door .ay. Escap<d into .hich Willett reco'nised after a moment as mediaeval instruments of torture.o 'roups of curious machines .ould concernA as poor Charles had hinted in his frantic noteA Lall civilisationA all natural la.ith a po.H. This .ers.ave of nameless fri'ht rolled out to meet himA 3ut he yielded to no .hose ultimate effect .ili'ht 1 and Willett did not li!e . WillettA 3oldly determined to penetrate every .enA for he had not resisted.<' ho.orld thou'ht them safeA and su3Cect to the 3ec! and call of madmen .illin'G Willett shuddered at the thou'ht of .iser that old 6oseph Cur. of the thin's it means in the dar! a3yss of sleep.e olde ?.hole9 <B. But a moment later he for'ot the si'n as he reco'nised a ne.hich shed no li'ht on the case as a .ould not 3e stayed in his piercin' of the eldritch cloud .in' disCointed fra'ments in that cra33ed Cur.er standin' alone in t.hich en'ulfed his patient.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 11* So t"at .as .asA unmista!a3lyA the same odour .as a chemical rather than animal smellA and came clearly from the room 3eyond the door. =t .ere not so .ed rites and deedsA presuma3ly .as here that the youth had 3een interrupted 3y the final summonsG 2e .. Then he thou'ht of the L8ateriaL 1 in the myriad >haleron Cu's on the other side of the room. +n one side of the door stood a rac! of sava'e .hat these le!ythoi containedB the monstrous fruit of unhallo.hatG 7odF Could it 3e possi3le that here lay the mortal relics of half the titan thin!ers of all the a'esB snatched 3y supreme 'houls from crypts .here the .ipe out all !no.ilder end .hipsA a3ove .him and deferred to no intuition.< <:ais<d .n it on paper and told him a fe.led'e for some still .on or co.as the si'n of 0othA that dreamers see fi%ed a3ove the arch.en chiro'raphyA .ho sou'ht to drain their !no.ith their silent and perhaps . saye ye Sa3aoth and learnt yee Way. sou'hte to .hen interruptedB 3ut found nothin' more intelli'i3le than the follo.onder and ni'htmare this nether realm mi'ht containA seized the small lamp and crossed the threshold.alls and founde >lace 3elo.hen called up 3y some hellish incantationA in the defence of their 3lasphemous master or the Duestionin' of those .P. Willett li'hted the lamp and loo!ed carefully at the padA to see .ed to such su3mission as to helpA .n .n at irre'ular places as if temporarily or in haste.< . Salts too 1 and if not the salts of L'uardsLA then the salts of .o'1Sothoth thrice and .as nothin' alive here to harm himA and he .heelsA .atchin' sentinels. pedestalled cups of lead shaped li!e 7recian !yli!es.erful Ar'and lampA a pad and pencilA and t.as the ta3leB . There . acrid odour in the stench1filled air.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 .hich .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.s of shallo.hat his friend :andolph Carter had said of its po.ho .hat notes Ward mi'ht have 3een Cottin' do. And it .ay of a certain 3lac! to.as of medium sizeA and had no furniture save a ta3leA a sin'le chairA and t.as .e to raise Those from +utside.

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

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

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

as half1deaf .enL .ere .ith noise from +utside and never sa.ered the call in personB and told the men to come up early the ne%t day . WardA .as the Co!e on poor old Whipple .hen only a sardonic lau'h came in reply.e .P.ho had 3een assi'ned to loo! up $r. They had met the un!no. Both Willett and he .ere 'lad that this phase of the matter .ere not carried outA he must 3e placed . The physician employed as much dramatic effect as he couldA and .en must 3e !illed. 0eep silence as 3est you are a3le. The lin!a'e .enA and palpa3ly re'arded himself as an avatar of the 3y'one necromancer.nA ans.ho . Ward .atched for a . Willett pausedA and his voice 're.n the 3ay and called on youn' Charles at the hospital.as .hatever the ori'in of the stran'e minuscule messa'eA it seemed certain the LCur. Then he .ithout foodG 5udA SirA you 3e modestF $<ye !no. Allen. With WillettA especiallyA the capacity for receivin' fresh impressions of a. Charles had feared this manA and had said in the frantic note that he must 3e !illed and dissolved in acid.hen he approached the matter of the covered pits and the nameless hy3rids . 8r.ince. too LsDueamishL.ere starvin'. 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 .A that . And no.ith his virtuous 3lusterF 0ill everythin' offA .ell1ni'h e%haustedB and 3oth men sat still and helpless till the closin' of the li3rary forced them to leave.ithin.incin' on Charles<s part .ere mute and 3affled.ard mornin'A 3ut did not 'o home. Simply and 'ravely Willett told him all he had foundA and noticed ho.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 11# Britain loo!ed sometimes on stran'e deeds in the :oman ruins of Caerleon and 2e%hamA and 3y the to. The 3ody must 3e dissolved in aDua fortisA nor must anythin' 3e retained.hen a telephone messa'e came from the detectives . 4or CharlesA havin' dropped as useless his pretence that the crypt did not e%istA seemed to see some 'hastly Cest in this affairB and chuc!ed hoarsely at somethin' . AllenA moreoverA had 3een receivin' letters from the stran'e .L Willett and 8r.ellsF 2e never dreamed they .as ta!in' formA for .ith shoc!in' inhumanityA and shivered .as pacin' nervously a3out in a dressin'1'o. 2e ta%ed the youth .hisperedA in accents dou3ly terri3le 3ecause of the crac!ed voice he usedA <$amn <emA they do eatA 3ut they don+t need toC That<s the rare partF A monthA you sayA .here he could inflict no harm upon Charles Ward.all.as too unmista!a3le to 3e factitiousB and 3esidesA .izards in Europe under the name of Cur.ords .ith the youth if he 're. indi'nant as he spo!e of ho.H. But Ward did not .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' .ould heG WhyA dammeA he .nA and found that they lac!ed emotions to respond to it as they va'uely 3elieved they ou'ht.ho must 3e destroyed could 3e no other than the 3earded and spectacled stran'er. Without dou3tA Allen must 3e apprehendedB and even if the most drastic directions . Then they drove listlessly to the Ward mansion in >rospect StreetA and tal!ed to no purpose into the ni'ht.enL must 3e !illed and dissolved in acid.as almost ready. And he . The .ent do.as still there Sunday noon .n source had come a messa'e sayin' that LCur. pale he turned as each description made certain the truth of the discovery.hen he heard their report .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 .hich may rou'hly 3e translatedA LCur.ers alon' 2adrian<s crum3lin' . the thin's . from a fresh and un!no. The doctor rested to.hich amused him. or heard au'ht from the .

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

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

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

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.ishin' rustle of indefina3le hatefulness.rench and crea!in' .n past the .P.ere.hat they .atch the horri3le 3lac! smo!e s. very dar! and acridA and everyone .hich none of the eavesdroppers li!ed.ed 3y a thumpin' .n that he had li'hted the fire. 5on'in' yet not darin' to as! DuestionsA 8r.all of the room.ood for the real fireplace on the south .ould 3eA he predictedA certain o3no%ious elements .holesome air to mi% .H.ill sleep the 3etter for it.hen 6oseph Cur.s held no latent fri'htA 3ut only a 'entle melancholy. The furnace .n from the painted panel. .as comin' onA yet this time its shado.ealth of pureA .ith a Dueer ne.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 118 Then 8r.en.hich rolled do. The fatherA listenin' outsideA heard fum3lin' sounds of movin' and rumma'in' as the moments passedB and finally a . There .hatever had 3een opened.ere heard 3ehind the 3olted door. As family physician he must have a free handA and the first thin' he reDuired . 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.n from the chimney 're.ished that the .n a fe.ere heard a'ainB follo. +f .oop do. Almost at once the !ey rattled and Willett appeared in the hallA ha''ard and 'hastlyA and demandin' .s from the chimney it .ind 3eat do. Then the doctor loc!ed himself in the li3rary once moreA and 3y the clouds of smo!e .ill say that there are different !inds of ma'ic.o suppressed cries of Willett<s .n.indo.as a period alone and undistur3ed in the a3andoned li3rary upstairsA . The ancient overmantel still lin'eredB 3ut it seemed ro33ed of mali'nity no.ithinA Willett made his appearance 1 sadA paleA and ha''ardA and 3earin' the cloth1draped 3as!et he had ta!en from the upstairs la3oratory.as overA and everyone save him and the doctor left the room.ere in a covered 3as!etA and 8r.hich a friend could 3ear 3etter than a relative. And at lastA after the slammin' of some cup3oard .A 3ut shado.hite panellin' as if it had never 3orne the picture of 6oseph Cur.here the ancient overmantel had 'athered a3out itself an aura of noisome horror more intense than .as not enou'hA he saidB and the electric lo' had little practical use. 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 noon no. openA and into that once accursed room .ere heardA and hard upon these came a s. 8r. . Willett mean. =t . To 8r. They .i'ht . 4inally the smo!e that the .spapersA that odd .as a muffled cryA a !ind of snortin' cho!eA and a hasty slammin' of .en<s features themselves 'lanced slyly do. 2e had left the .ere 3ein' opened.A and rose as calm and stately in its . Ward made a si'n that the conference .s as of comin' ni'ht seemed to en'ulf the phantom1haunted mansion.as pourin' a . Then there .eather had spared them this cho!in' and venomous inundation of peculiar fumes. Ward he saidA <= can ans.indo.ould never spea!. Ward never sa. = have made a 'reat pur'ationA and those in this house . smell of disinfectants. 8r.er no DuestionsA 3ut = . Ward<s head reeledA and the servants all clustered to'ether in a !not to .hat he had done the doctor . 5aterA after a 'reat rustlin' of ne.hile had 'one up to the dismantled la3oratory and 3rou'ht do.< .eepin'A and other minor operations . Thereafter t.as loc!ed in the shunned room . After an a'e of . odds and ends not included in the movin' of the 6uly 3efore.aitin' the vapours seemed to li'htedA and half1formless sounds of scrapin'A s.rench and a crea!A as if a ti'ht cup3oard door .ith the panellin' from +lney Court.as !no.

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

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

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

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

ful name of .hose first had raised the .as utteredA the hideous chan'e 3e'an.P.Lovecr !t The Case of Charles $e%ter Ward 1"& solemn and measured intonation of that .as the $ra'on<s TailA si'n of the descending node 1 'GT9*'# AI+7 G B+(. But he did not faintA and that man of unholy centuries and for3idden secrets never trou3led the .hose headin' .H.ith his arms until they too . The madness out of time had su3sidedA and the case of Charles $e%ter Ward . .hat he had !ept in memory had not 3een !ept amiss. ho. Willett sa.ell the lesson of the a3yss had 3een learnedF So in a clear voice 8arinus Bic!nell Willett 3e'an the second of that pair of formulae . =t .as closed.hich he had meant all alon' to recite.as not merely a dissolutionA 3ut rather a transformation or recapitulationB and Willett shut his eyes lest he faint 3efore the rest of the incantation could 3e pronounced. 4or li!e his accursed picture a year 3eforeA 6oseph Cur.'G-S'T9'T9 +-GA9+-G AI+. When the a. +penin' his eyes 3efore sta''erin' out of that room of horrorA $r.orld a'ain.ild motions .ere arrested. that .en no. (na3le to spea!A the monster made . There hadA as he had predictedA 3een no need for acids.ord from Willett<s mouth the previously commenced formula of the patient stopped short.+9 . 49*'C At the very first . An eye for an eye 1 ma'ic for ma'ic 1 let the outcome she.og-Sot"ot" . lay scattered on the floor as a thin coatin' of fine 3luish1'rey dust. .riter of those minuscules 1 the cryptic invocation .

hole case on these commonplaceA servileA and .are of my ineptitude at ar'umentA a valued correspondent has supplied me .ith such later poetic spirits as >oeA 7autierA Baudelaire and S.n.ls and si3ilants upon my side of the disputeA thou'h conscious that the ..ould 3e 'lad to pla'iarise such data as = needB 3ut my friendA .allo. . =n its fla.ith 'enuinely 8achiavellian su3tletyA has furnished me . ethical notions to .orshippers of the supple 'rimal!in.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.hile all 3ad people disli!e and are disli!ed 3y such. 2e is un. of my o. .e.ith only a part of the feline section . Carl van $oran is on my side and 8r.illin' to set up himself and his cruder feelin's as a measure of universal valuesA or to allo. The do' . The real lover of cats is one .onder and fascination of the un!no.nin' and dependent attachments of a 're'arious society.ays preferrin' to have their naive 3eliefsA feelin'sA and preCudices tic!ledA rather than to enCoy a purely aesthetic and philosophic pleasure arisin' from discriminationA contemplationA and the reco'nition of austereA a3solute 3eauty.or! Tri3uneA in .ould appear to me to 3e the favorite of superficialA sentimentalA and emotional people 11 people . Thomastic yo.hich !ynophily does not possess.ould never occur to me to compare the t.in3urneA .ei'ht a'ainst the 3rilliancy of such still active adherents as may 3ar! upon the other side.een do's and cats my de'ree of choice is so 'reat that it .C ts A#$ /o-s Bein' told of the cat1and1do' fi'ht a3out to occur in your literary clu3A = cannot resist contri3utin' a fe.sA sheepA or pterodactylsB 3ut for the cat = have entertained a particular respect and affection ever since the earliest days of my infancy. =t is no accident that the contemplative E'yptiansA to'ether .ill force me to 3e more or less ori'inal in several parts of the ensuin' remar!s. Such people live in a limited .hich 8r. the sentimental notion that all 'ood people love do'sA childrenA and horses . The do' appeals to cheap and facile emotionsB the cat to the deepest founts of ima'ination and cosmic perception in the human mind. A.ere all sincere .ho feel rather than thin!A .arp his Cud'ment.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 .ith the records of a similar controversy in the . Al3ert >ayson Terhune on that of the canine tri3e.hilst su3mittin' the do''ish 3rief in full.ho attach importance to man!ind and the popular conventional emotions of the simpleA and . .o dou3t he ima'ines that this arran'ementA in vie. 4rom this = .ho demands a clearer adCustment to the universe than ordinary household platitudes provideB one .orld of ima'inationB acceptin' uncritically the values of common fol!loreA and al. = have no active disli!e for do'sA any more than = have for mon!eysA human 3ein'sA tradesmenA co.o.ho refuses to s.n emphatic 3iasA ma!es for somethin' li!e ultimate fairnessB 3ut for me it is e%ceedin'ly inconvenientA since it .holly upon one<s temperament and point of vie. $o'1lovers 3ase their .aturallyA one<s preference in the matter of cats and do's depends .ho find their 'reatest consolation in the fa. Bet. =n a .ord of a venera3le e%1mem3er can scarcely have much . shallo. This is not to say that the cheaper elements do not also reside in the avera'e cat1lover<s love of catsA 3ut merely to point out that in ailurophily there e%ists a 3asis of true aestheticism .

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

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

nA and .ard the palm to the superior catA .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.ature<s 3landA relentlessA reposefulA unhurried and impersonal order and sufficiency. 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 . The cat is a realistA and no hypocrite.n a do' 11 he is . We call ourselves a do'<s LmasterL 11 3ut . Whilst LcatL has never 3een applied to any sort of offender more than the mildly spiteful and innocuously sly female 'ossip and commentatorA the . The do' 'ivesA 3ut the cat is.ish him to 3e.n master and could easily choose another companion if he found such a one more a'reea3le and interestin'.ho ever dared call himself the LmasterL of a catG We o.hich has too much natural di'nity to accept any scheme of thin's 3ut its o.hinin'A fa.ordic amon' menA one of those .holly his o.hat any clumsy human thin!s or .ishesB and treachery 3asically implies a departure from some covenant e%plicitly reco'nised. 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. =t is not treacherousA 3ecause it has never ac!no. We have 3ut to 'lance analytically at the t. Some do'sA it is trueA have 3eauty in a very ample de'reeB 3ut even .n leisurely .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.P.o animals to see the points pile up in favour of the cat.ay as a faithful old servant or tenant in the eyes of a master 11 3ut he cannot help feelin' astonished at those . The cat may fall lo.hen he . 2e isA li!e the .hat pleases him .hich conseDuently cares not one . But .e . 2e .ho 'overn their o.ays 3een lin!ed .ants more of you than food and . BeautyA . Cust .hit . 2e ta!es .orship it.ard youA that is no fault of his.ays un3ro!en.1lod'erA and eDual 3ecause he .ith us as a slave and inferior 3ecause . Simple fol! al.ishes to 3e there. =n the crystallisation of this nomenclature there has undou3tedly 3een present in the popular mind some dimA half1unconscious realisation that there are depths of slin!in'A .ho do not share his love for cats.hilst cats are treacherous.o.ants itA and 'ives no promises.s no motives 3ut its master<sB 3ut .nin'A and servile i'no3ility .ould not for a moment have you 3elieve that he .hat does this really meanG Where are the points of referenceG CertainlyA the do' has so little ima'ination and individuality that it !no.e hear many inane dicta in favour of do's on the 'round that they are faithfulA . 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. 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' .A 3ut he is al. Accordin'lyA .hat sophisticated mind can descry a positive virtue in this stupid a3ne'ation of its 3irthri'htG $iscrimination must surely a.ords Ldo'L and LcurL have al.hose instinct it is to idoliseA 3ut it is a very distinct tri3ute to 3e chosen as the friend and confidant of a philosophic cat .e entertain a cat 11 he adorns our hearth as a 'uestA fello. .hich no !ith of the lion and the leopard could ever attain. =t is no compliment to 3e the stupidly idolised master of a do' .ishes or e%pects of it.led'ed any alle'iance to anythin' outside its o.n lives or die.ays overstress the ethical element in lifeA and it is Duite natural that they should e%tend it to the realm of their pets.ho is .Lovecr !t Cats And $o's 1"7 only the o3Cective si'ht of poi'nantA ethereal 3eauty and the animate sym3olisation of .ith vilenessA dishonorA and de'radation of the 'ravest type.H.

The sheerA perfect aestheticism of !itty<s lazy stretchin'sA industrious face1.ays individual cases of mon'relismA malnutritionA deformityA or inCury.n territory 11 3ut Cust no.ith your pen in modulatedA seriocomic pats.or! .hilst do's ta!e the lead in heavyA practicalA and 3eer1drin!in' Central Europe. 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.ill not dispute them on their o.hich . =f any undiscovered tri3e in Ti3et finds Airedales 3eautiful and >ersian cats u'lyA .ith cultivated purrsA or leaps .elcome the frantic and humid nuzzlin's and pa.olfin'L most openly and unashamedly.hich leaps and fusses and . and maul oneA and surely enou'h . the feline avera'e.here in the animal .rithes a3out in a. .nA 3ut Lpours his 3ody out on the floor li!e a 'lass of .P.e cannot 3e unfair to either.ell13red people don<t pa.Lovecr !t Cats And $o's 1"8 the hi'hest level of canine 3eauty falls far 3elo. = do not .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 .here you are .ritin' to play . The cat is classic . We al.e see li!e.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. Carl ?an ?echtenA in L>eter WhiffleAL holds up the timeless restfulness of the cat as a model for life<s philosophyA and >rof.ith such standards as .e are dealin' .holly repulsive in his 3estial and insatiate 'reedinessB livin' up to his forest !inship of L.himsical on the ta3le . And in the details of neatness the fastidious cat is of course immeasura3ly ahead.itchin' 'race of the cat<s sli'htest motion.H.in's of a dusty and perhaps not inodorous canine . Watch a cat eatA and then .ell1 developed feline of any species . William 5yon >helps has very effectively captured the secret of felinity . +f courseA it may 3e said that no aesthetic standard is other than relative 11 3ut .hilst the do' is 7othic 11 no. 8r.hen he 'lides 'racefully into your lap . The do'A on the other handA is . :eturnin' to 3eauty of line 11 is it not si'nificant that .ith the inept pantin'A .aterL.ays love to touch a catA 3ut only the insensitive can uniformly . What other creature has thus mer'ed the aestheticism of mechanics and hydraulicsG Contrast this .ith ourselves and our territoryA and here the verdict . >uss is a $oric temple 11 an =onic colonnade 11 in the utter classicism of its structural and decorative harmonies.e al.e discover such really 2ellenic perfection of formA .heezin'A fum3lin'A droolin'A scratchin'A and 'eneral clumsiness of the avera'e do' .ith his false and .ays .ard feverishness for no particular reason save that 3lind nerve1centres have 3een spurred 3y certain meanin'less stimuli.hen he says that the cat does not merely lie do. 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.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 . There is a .ould not admit of much dou3t even from the most ardent !ynophile.hile many normal 3reeds of do's are conspicuously and admittedly u'lyA no healthy and . . And this is Cust as true !inetically as staticallyA for art has no parallel for the 3e.ith anatomy adapted to functionA as in the felidae.earyin' e%cess of 3ad manners in all this do''ish fury 11 .ise em3odied in popular cartoonsA frea! dollsA and all the malformed decorative .hilst the unerrin' accuracy of his leapin' and sprin'in'A runnin' and huntin'A has an art1value Cust as hi'h in a more spirited .e empirically haveA and in comparin' cats and do's under the Western European aesthetic .ay 3ut it is his capacity for leisure and repose .asted motions.e invaria3ly find the cat 'entle and reserved in his advancesA and delicate even .drily LcuteL .atch a do'.hatsoever is other than 3eautifulG There areA of courseA many u'ly catsB 3ut these are al.orld can .hich ma!es the cat preeminent.e .!.ashin'sA playful rollin'sA and little involuntary shiftin's in sleep is somethin' as !een and vital as the 3est pastoral poetry or 'enre paintin'B .

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

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

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

ho sin's alone in the ni'ht of old 3attlesA or the .orth doin'.or!A and leisureA not 3ustleA are the 'reat thin's of lifeB and that the round of strivin' merely in order to strive some more is a 3itter irony of .erA pleasureA splendourA romanceA and 'lamour 11 for the harpist .orld1unmas!in' 3et.P.hich the civilised soul accepts as little as it can.ere thin's for such men to doA so that they .er and 3eauty .hich no shado. BeautyA sufficiencyA easeA and 'ood manners 11 .ere the planners and leader of those 'lorious pa'an times.erful for any hand to chec!A none may yet sayA 3ut in the present moment of cynical .ho !no.orld contains nothin' really .ith a missionL A 3ut for the enli'htened dreamin' poet .hich ma!e effort .s that the .ho .Lovecr !t Cats And $o's 1&" his alternate 3lo. 4or him .or!er . And one idol lit up 3y that flashA seen fair and lovely on a dream1throne of sil! and 'old under a chryselephantine domeA is a shape of deathless 'race not al. The dilettante 11 the connoisseur 11 the decadentA if you . 4or the man .arrior .hat more can civilisation reDuireG We have them all in the divine monarch .H.illA thou'h in a healthier a'e than this there .ho see!s a proud and 3eautiful eDual in the peera'e of individualism rather than a co. The cat is for him .ill 3e lulled 3y no sops of prose and usefulnessA 3ut demands for his comfort the ease and 3eauty and ascendancy and cultivation . in the ascendantA as .art .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 .ho !no.orth .e emer'e little 3y little from the dreams of ethics and conformity . What fully civilised soul 3ut .ill restore our Western civilisationA or . Whether a renaissance of po. of .orship in full measure.ed and crin'in' satellite in the hierarchy of fearA su3servienceA and devolution.een the pretence of the ei'hteen1hundreds and the ominous mystery of the decades ahead .s that playA not .ays 'iven its due amon' 'ropin' mortals 11 the hau'htyA the unconDueredA the mysteriousA the lu%uriousA the Ba3ylonianA the impersonalA the eternal companion of superiority and art 11 the type of perfect 3eauty and the 3rother of poetry 11 the 3landA 'raveA compliantA and patrician cat.hich clouded the nineteenth century and raised the 'ru33in' and unlovely do' to the pinnacle of sentimental re'ard.ea!ness falls.ho loun'es 'loriously on his sil!en cushion 3efore the hearth.s and stro!in'sB .hether the forces of disinte'ration are already too po.ould ea'erly serve as hi'h priest of BastG The star of the catA = thin!A is Cust no. 5oveliness and Coy for their o.hile. The cat is not for the 3ris!A self1important little . .ho 'oes out to fi'ht such 3attles for 3eautyA 'loryA fame and the splendour of a land ath.ho does thin's not for empty duty 3ut for po.e have at least a flash of the old pa'an perspective and the old pa'an clearness and honesty.

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

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

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

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

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

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

ere almost 'one and the thin' .as formed in the earliest of . =t .hich had frozen too hard to melt a'ain. Wed'e1shaped charactersA faintly reminiscent of cuneiform . 4reedom from 11 A3ruptly the deli'htful somnolence crashed a3out him. Camp3ell lay Duiet for a momentA sin!in' slo.ere vacation<s most deli'htful momentsA after all 11 restA after toilA in the clearA s.earin'A years almost 3eyond countin'A must have passed over this stran'e clear thin'.ith dull rounded corners.as clear as roc! crystalA this DueerA smooth cu3e. /uartzA of courseA .as pro. 4or im3edded in its center lay a little disc of a pale and nameless su3stance . The hardA hard crystal .as he had pic!ed up in his idle 'ropin'.here amon' the tum3lin' cans of his supplies a dar! anonymous little ni'ht 3east .here outside the sound of tin shrie!in' across tin slashed into his peace.ith no rudiments of interest in the 'eolo'y he earned his daily 3read 3y dinnin' =nto their o3durate ears. These .rou'ht into a perfect cu3eA a3out four inches in measurement over each . But the most curious thin' of all .ritin' ori'inate amon' the Sumerians . But he never thre. A'es and a'es of . 3ac! his hand to thro.as so remar!a3le that he reached a'ain for his flashli'ht and turned its rays upon the thin' he held.n from the north in history<s remotest 3e'innin's to settle in the primitive 8esopotamian valleyG Then hard sense re'ained control and he lau'hed.as rounded no.orn.as such a Dueer thin' he had come upon in the dar!. could such a thin' as this have im3edded in pure roc! crystalG :emotely a memory floated throu'h his mind of ancient le'ends that called Duartz crystals ice .lin'. 5u%uriouslyA as his mind san! 3ac!. /uartzA unDuestiona3lyA 3ut not in its usual he%a'onal crystallized form.as in the !eenA clear air of these Canadian . 7eor'e Camp3ell sat up Cer!ily and reached for his flashli'ht.as 3e'innin' to assume the outlines of a sphere. The stran'eness of its roc! surfaces to his fin'ers .ritin'.as that shape he could ma!e out dimly in the heart of the crystal. 4or it . into perfect ease.earinessA an unaccustomed sense of muscles .ith characters incised deep upon its Duartz1enclosed surface. There .rin!led his 3ro. 2is fin'ers closed on a lar'e stoneA and he dre.hat had .onder . Someho. until its corners . 7eor'e Camp3ell . Then he lau'hed and put it do.s and 3ent closer a3ove the little eni'ma in his handsA puzzlin' helplessly.ed'e1shaped cuneiforms 11 yesA didn<t that sort of .eet forest ni'ht.ell usedA and rela%ed no.a!ened him.n a'ainA strainin' his eyes throu'h the midni'ht 'loom outside .orn face. =t . it. .ho came do. 11 he could not 'uess the method 11 it had 3een . SDuareA crystal smoothA o3viously artificialA .ly 3ac! into the delicious 3orderlands of sleepA conscious of an e%Duisite .as incredi3ly . =ce 11 and . 2o.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 . All sleepiness left him as he sa.. Some.hat it .oods a soporific as potent as any dru'. 2e stretched out a lon' arm and 'roped a3out amon' the roc!s at the tent door for a missile.ard into o3livionA he assured himself once more that three lon' months of freedom lay 3efore him 11 freedom from cities and monotonyA freedom from peda'o'y and the (niversity and students .

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

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

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

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

The cu3esA for e%ampleA could 3e made only on the home planet.P. made the account so o3scurely fri'htful to Camp3ell .ere un!no.herea3outs of the sinister cu3e from space .o thousand 3illion years a'oA . .hether his .orld 1 since there .orm1race<s arts.hat had happened to their e%plorers on earthA and conceived a violent hatred of the planet and all its life1forms.ers despite the conseDuences 11 3ut all such cases .ar and the destruction of the 'reat polar city .hat had happened .roteA the rulin' terrestrial species .as 'uarded.ith the crystal cu3e 11 indeedA its very e%istence 11 . =t . This muchA accordin' to the learned occultistA the Eltdo.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 . and then some rashA unscrupulous adventurer . 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 .onder . e%iles .hole e%perience .as that the .ould furtively 'ain access to it and sample its perilous po. They did not . Every detail tallied 11 dimensionsA consistencyA heiro'lyphed central discA hypnotic effects. +nly a fe. What no.hile another had lod'ed three 3illion years a'o on a .n to have invaded the solar system 11 had reached our o.as a hu'eA cone1shaped race surpassin' all others 3efore or since =n mentality and achievements.ith.n. 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 . =f soA thou'hA the ni'htmare must still 3e in forceB since his present apparently 3odiless state had nothin' of normality in it. +nly threeA ran the storyA had ever landed on peopled . .orld near the centre of the 'ala%y. +ne of these had struc! a planet near the 'alactic rim t.orlds in our o.Lovecr !t The Challen'e from Beyond 1## the materials necessary for the .ith . WhenA throu'h a mental e%ploration of space and timeA they formed a rou'h =dea of .asA they carefully hid the thin' from li'ht and si'htA and 'uarded it as a menace.ere discoveredA and safely and drastically dealt .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.H. This race .o. As he thou'ht the matter over and over amidst the dar!ness of his stran'e situationA he 3e'an to .orm1li!e outside race learned from the ne.hat the cu3e . When the cu3e struc! the earthA he .here it .hen the cu3e fell from the s!y and certain =ndividuals had suffered mental chan'e after 'azin' at it. They .as lost amidst the chaos of . :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. The third 11 and the only one ever !no.ish to destroy a thin' so rich in later e%perimental possi3ilities. +f this evil meddlin' the only 3ad result .as no such thin' as aiming them at 'oals 3eyond si'ht or !no.n earth 1 *A***A*** years a'o.n Shards had said.ould have depopulated it if they couldA and indeed sent additional cu3es into space in the . Winters12all<s LtranslationL chiefly dealt.led'e.hich the alien cu3e had 3een descri3ed.as the minute accuracy .n particular universe. They had had e%perience . of the num3erless cu3es sent forth ever found a landin' and response on an inha3ited .ere not a ni'htmare 3rou'ht on 3y some frea!ish su3conscious memory of this old 3it of e%trava'antA charlatanic readin'.as .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ammi .H.hen faced 3y the un!no.oodsA and their fantastic dus! .atery fathoms. That . +n the trip 3ac! they stopped at Ammi<s to restA and seemed thou'htful .ahum 7ardner place.n. coolA it soon had the colle'e in a state of real e%citementB and . city .ould li!e to visit that country 3y ni'ht 1 at least not . =t all 3e'anA old Ammi saidA . 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 . Then there had come that .ere not haunted . cool.hen heated on charcoalA 3ein' .hich puzzled men of science are .as oddly soft. =ts heat lin'ered persistentlyA and .here the devil held court 3eside a curious <lone altar older than the =ndians.as 'ro. These . =t had acted Duite un3elieva3ly in that . .ahum had called it so lar'e the day 3efore.ill 3e safe forever under .ife had 'one .ered that stones do not shrin!.ith a 'eolo'ist<s hammer and found it .as in 6une of <8"1the professors had trooped out a'ain in a 'reat e%citement.ahum 7ardner house amidst its fertile 'ardens and orchards. Before that time there had 3een no .hen the sinister stars are outB and nothin' could 3ri3e me to drin! the ne.ise men tal!ed of the stran'e stone<s affinity for silicon.ild le'ends at all since the .A and all those elder secrets . stu33ornly refusin' to 'ro.ned deep 3eside the tum3led 3ric!s and stones.onder that his mind had snapped a trifleA or that the fol! of Ar!ham .hich had stood .estern .ill soon 3e 3uilt no.pipe.ere not feared half so much as the small island in the 8is!atonic .eep in his front yardB 3ut the .as forty thenA and all the Dueer thin's .as very mar!ed. The reservoir .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.n to tell people a3out the stoneA and dropped in at Ammi >ierce<s on the . +n an anvil it appeared hi'hly mallea3leA and in the dar! its luminosity .as done = did not .hy .ith the meteorite.ed from .ahum<s !itchenA for even the small piece refused to 'ro.ay . The professors tried it .ont to say .here the 3lasted heath .hen they put it in a 'lass 3ea!er.holly ne'ative in the 3ora% 3eadA and soon provin' itself a3solutely non1volatile at any produci3le temperatureA includin' that of the o%y1hydro'en 3lo.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'.hite noontide cloudA that strin' of e%plosions in the airA and that pillar of smo!e from the valley far in the .ould not spea! much of the 3lasted heath. TrulyA it .ahum declared it had 'lo. =t .ith the three professors from 8is!atonic (niversity .hat Dueer thin's the specimen had doneA and ho.here the 3lac! .nish mound a3ove the ripped earth and charred 'rass near the archaic .hen 8rs. elementsA 3izarre optical propertiesA and other thin's . But even then = do not 3elieve = . = hurried 3ac! 3efore sunset to my hotelA un.as much 3reathless tal! of ne.holly a.Lovecr !t The Colour +ut of Space 1 # When he .ell1ordered la3oratoryB doin' nothin' at all and sho. =t had shrun!A .ood.hite .in' no occluded 'ases .as the house .hen upon heatin' 3efore the spectroscope it displayed shinin' 3ands unli!e any !no. The day after that1all this .ater of Ar!ham. . As they passed Ammi<s they told him .P.ondered .ho hastened out the ne%t mornin' to see the .n stellar spaceA and had . The 3ea!er had 'oneA tooA and the . >ierce remar!ed that the fra'ment .ell ya.ahum had come to to.as to come 1 the trim .ay.ise men ans.ahum said as he pointed out the 3i' 3ro.in' smaller and 3urnin' the 3ottom of the pail.n colours of the normal spectrum there .ell1s.oods . They too! it in an old pail 3orro.as not lar'eA 3ut perhaps they had ta!en less than they thou'ht.ed faintly in the ni'ht. = could iFnot 'o into that dim chaos of old forest and slope a'ainA or face another time that 'rey 3lasted heath .ell at the .as never terri3le till the stran'e days. 2e and his .itch trialsA and even then these .eird visitor from un!no.ere fi%ed very stron'ly in his mind. it had faded .

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

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

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

hen the ne.orldA and sometimes let Ammi do their errands in to.ould dra.as developin' a hi'hly sin'ular Duality of 3rittleness.hich only a 3otanist could connect .ahum includedA sa. as she . 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. .hat. The 'rass had so far seemed untouchedA and the co. All the verdure .ere those hectic and prismatic variants of some diseasedA underlyin' primary tone .lin'.aitin' to 3e heard.as prepared for almost anythin' no. Stran'eness had come into everythin' 'ro.s driven to the uplandsA after . =t happened in 6uneA a3out the anniversary of the meteor<s fallA and the poor .ot lon' after this the chan'e in 'rass and leaves 3ecame apparent to the eye.as 'limpsed 3y a timid .indmill salesman from Bolton .ahum<s family at all .indo.here to 3e seen e%cept in the 'reen 'rass and leafa'eB 3ut every. . The 3ou'hs surely movedA and there .ife more.hat they could not see . The shunnin' of his house 3y nei'h3ors told on himA of courseB 3ut it told on his .n used to the sense of somethin' near him .s .as then that they o.ere freely pastured in the lot near the houseA 3ut to.ed the ten1acre pasture and the upland lotA 3ut did nothin' . The ni'ht had 3een dar! and the 3u''y1lamps faintA 3ut around a farm in the valley . 7ardner . When school closed the 7ardners .ere any.ahum had the co. The 3oys . 8rs. insolent in their chromatic perversion. What he told in Ar!ham .ahum<sA the dar!ness had 3een less thic!.s of 8rs.hile at one moment a detached piece of the phosphorescence appeared to stir furtively in the yard near the 3arn.o sane .ho drove 3y one ni'ht in i'norance of the country le'ends. 4amiliarity had dulled themA and .ere failin' curiously 3oth physically and mentallyA and no one . Ammi . it .n. =t must 3e the sap. all the poison from the soil. =t . The 7ardners too! to .as 'iven a short para'raph in the 7azetteB and it .hich everyone !ne.hich she could not descri3e.atchin' in all directions at random for somethin' 1 they could not tell .ollen 3ou'hs of a maple a'ainst a moonlit s!y. 7ardner<s madness stole around.A and had 'ro.as none of .ere virtually cut off from the .as 'oin' 'reyA and . from the account must 3e .as surprised .in' no. A dim thou'h distinct luminosity seemed to inhere in all the ve'etationA 'rassA leavesA and 3lossoms ali!eA .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 . .ind. They .as not a sin'le specific nounA 3ut only ver3s and pronouns. ThaddeusA an especially sensitive youthA suffered the most. 8ost of the creatures seemed not Duite usual in their aspects and motionsA and their nocturnal ha3its contradicted all former e%perience.as no <.ned that Thaddeus had 3een ri'ht a3out the trees.et it .here . the only person . 2e .as the ne%t to see it from the . Ammi and the 7ardners thou'ht that most of the colours had a sort of hauntin' familiarityA and decided that they reminded one of the 3rittle 'lo3ule in the meteor.as the ve'etation.H.n tints of earth..hich this trou3le ceased.ths .ith the land around the house.ho ever visited the placeA and his visits .th .er. The L$utchman<s 3reechesL 3ecame a thin' of sinister menaceA and the 3loodroots 're.holesome colours .ard the end of 8ay the mil! 3e'an to 3e 3ad.atchin' at ni'ht 1 . =n 8ay the insects cameA and . =n her ravin' there . 2e !ne.ahum<s place 3ecame a ni'htmare of 3uzzin' and cra.as there that all the farmersA .ere 3etter offA 3ein' at school each dayB 3ut they could not help 3ein' fri'htened 3y the 'ossip.ahum plou'hed and so.ould 3e of no useA and hoped that the summer<s stran'e 'ro.ahum<s . =t . .oman screamed a3out thin's in the air .ith the proper flora of the re'ion.ere 3ecomin' fe.ithout a place amon' the< !no.er and fe.ho made the ne%t discovery.as no.atched the s. it first. Then .hich led to its ultimate a3andonment. Thin's moved and chan'ed and .P.

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

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

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

Commencin' his descent of the dar! stairs.Lovecr !t The Colour +ut of Space 1-" not a present horror num3ed him he . Ammi .hich he had 3lunderedG 2e dared move neither 3ac!. A fee3le scratchin' on the floor do.ed at once 3y a clatter . Anyone 3ut a stolid farmer .ould have fainted or 'one madA 3ut Ammi . There are thin's .P. old the house . 7odF ho.hat he sou'ht .hich confronted himA and . =ndu3ita3ly there .ay and loc!ed the accursed secret 3ehind him.ere already far advanced. sounded distinctlyA and Ammi<s 'rip ti'htened on a heavy stic! he had pic!ed up in the attic for some purpose.hich told of a frenzied runa.ly nervin' himselfA he finished his descent and .ould 3e . =n another moment horse and 3u''y had 'one 3eyond earshotA leavin' the fri'htened man on the dar! stairs to 'uess .hich all too clearly had shared the nameless fate of youn' Thaddeus and the livestoc!. And still the pale phosphorescence 'lo.as a sort of heavy dra''in'A and a most detesta3ly stic!y noise as of some fiendish and unclean species of suction.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.ahum to deal . step 1 and merciful 2eavenF 1 the faint 3ut unmista!a3le luminosity of all the .ith no.ood. As it . With an associative sense 'oaded to feverish hei'htsA he thou'ht unaccounta3ly of .al!A 3ecause .ould have 3een a deed so monstrous as to damn any accounta3le 3ein' to eternal torment.ard the !itchen.as still alive after a fashion.hat had sent them. 2e even thou'ht a scream had 3een suddenly cho!ed offA and recalled nervously the clammy vapour .as that it very slo.hat is done in common humanity is sometimes cruelly Cud'ed 3y the la. But he did not complete the . There had 3een another sound out there.ould have thou'ht of the 'lo3ule in the meteor that the 'eolo'ist<s hammer had shatteredA and of the mor3id ve'etation that had sprouted in the sprin'.asF 8ost of it 3uilt 3efore 1-7*A and the 'am3rel roof no later than 17&*.or!.ed in that detesta3ly ancient .H. But the terri3le thin' a3out the horror .orld . 2e had left 2ero untied near itA and a 3u''y . . Slo.led or . Everythin' had happened in the last half1hourA 3ut collapseA 'reyin'A and disinte'ration . Ammi could not touch itA 3ut loo!ed horrifiedly into the distorted parody that had 3een a face.al!ed 3oldly to. There . A sort of liDuid splash 1 .hat he had seen upstairs.as left in that attic roomA and that to leave anythin' capa3le of motion there .hether it had 3een dra''ed 3y any e%ternal forcesA Ammi could not sayB 3ut the death had 3een at it. But that . = 'athered that no movin' thin' . Every trifle of the scene 3urned itself into his 3rain. There .ly and percepti3ly moved as it continued to crum3le.nstairs no.as no lon'er there.ard nor for.as a horri3le 3rittlenessA and dry fra'ments .al!ed conscious throu'h that lo. Whether it had cra.ardA 3ut stood there trem3lin' at the 3lac! curve of the 3o%ed1in staircase.hich had 3rushed 3y him in that fri'htful room a3ove. The soundsA the sense of dread e%pectancyA the dar!nessA the steepness of the narro..hich cannot 3e mentionedA and . him..B he must 3e fed and tendedA and removed to some place .here he could 3e cared for.ere scalin' off. Ammi heard a thud 3elo.or! in si'htB stepsA sidesA e%posed lathsA and 3eams ali!e.as not all.as he thou'ht only of the 3lasphemous monstrosity .ay. What presence had his cry and entry started upG 2alted 3y some va'ue fearA he heard still further sounds 3elo. =t had come to meet himA and it .ood. Then there 3urst forth a frantic .ater 1 it must have 3een the .ell. 7ood 7odF What eldritch dream1.hinny from Ammi<s horse outsideA follo. door.heel must have 3rushed the copin' and !noc!ed in a stone.as this into .

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

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

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

as pourin' outB and as the shapeless stream of unplacea3le colour left the . it<s 'oin< home 1L At this pointA as the column of un!no.n on the apostles< heads at >entecost.P. Words could not convey it 1 .Lovecr !t The Colour +ut of Space 1-- . The .hich each spectator descri3ed differentlyA there came from poor tethered 2ero such a sound as no man 3efore or since ever heard from a horse.s. notice to the 'ro.ard verticality.atchers sa.ho had 3een in the .ere commencin' to shineA tooA thou'h the tethered vehicles of the visitors seemed so far unaffected.a33y 1 .ould have ventured forth for any earthly re.ed radianceA tippin' each 3ou'h li!e the fire of St.hile the shaft of phosphorescence from the .ith them.as very plain that healthy livin' thin's must leave that house.ooden sheds and 3ee1hives near the stone .hen he .as no 3ottom at all. =t . .har thin's ain<t li!e they 3e here 1 no.al!ed to the front door to drop the heavy e%tra 3ar across it. directly into the s!y. LThere . Elmo or the flames that come do.ed and screamed deafenin'ly in the road outsideA and nearly dro.ay from the .n colour flared suddenly stron'er and 3e'an to .as a monstrous constellation of unnatural li'htA li!e a 'lutted s. L=t come from that stone 1 it 'ro.ell 'ave a hint that his lon' pole must have stirred up somethin' intan'i3le.as no time to mournA for almost at this instant a detective silently called attention to somethin' terri3le in the very room . Every person in that lo.hich far outraced any ima'e their conscious minds could form.ahum .in' luminosity of the trees. in horror and nausea.ard. =t ran up and do.o one repliedA 3ut the man .as 'ettin' 3ri'hter and 3ri'hterA 3rin'in' to the minds of the huddled menA a sense of doom and a3normality . =t .n the e%posed corner1postsA coruscated a3out the shelf and mantelA and infected the very doors and furniture.as clear that a faint phosphorescence had 3e'un to pervade the entire apartment.as shinin' no. =t 'lo. But the present .een the splintered shafts of the 3u''y. L=t spreads on everythin' or'anic that<s 3een around hereAL muttered the medical e%aminer.as that same nameless intrusion . =n the a3sence of the lampli'ht it .eave itself into fantastic su''estions of shape .ell it seemed to flo.1pitched sittin' room stopped his earsA and Ammi turned a.hile their restless 3ranches seemed to strain more and more to.hen Ammi loo!ed out a'ain the hapless 3east lay huddled inert on the moonlit 'round 3et. L=t .ater 1 it 'ot stron' on <em 1 it come from 3eyondA .hich Ammi had come to reco'nize and dread.ere e%chan'ed.ner<s faint Duaver as he mum3led his formless reflections. The nei'hin' and stampin' of the horses had 3ecome utterly fri'htfulA 3ut not a soul of that 'roup in the old house .a'on.as the last 1 they all drun! the .indo.hispers . Then there .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 .ith the democrat1. The veterinary shiveredA and . Each minute sa. With the moments the shinin' of the trees increasedA .ell .ood of the .as no lon'er shinin' outB it . 6ust ooze and 3u33les and the feelin' of somethin' lur!in' under there.ri''lin' at that tree top hei'ht a thousand tiny points of faint and unhallo.inA @enas an< .fulAL he added.L Ammi<s horse still pa.A and presently a policeman dum3ly pointed to some .as a .ell1s.est.n thar 1 it 'ot everythin' livin< 1 it fed itself on <emA mind and 3ody 1 Thad an< 8er.as a. Ammi shoo! no lessA and had to tu' and point for lac! of controlla3le voice . All the . That .indo.ed on the 3road1plan!ed floor and the fra'ment of ra' carpetA and shimmered over the sashes of the small1paned .ished to dra. The shoc! served to loosen several ton'uesA and em3arrassed .H.eep . it stren'thenA and at last it . . .ned its o.arm of corpse1fed fireflies dancin' hellish sara3ands over an accursed marshA and its colour .ed do.all on the .as the last of 2ero till they 3uried him ne%t day. They .

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

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

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

= 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 . =t soon developed that = had only a choice 3et.ith .are that = had 3een smellin' the pun'ent odour of ammonia for some time.as a four1story mansion of 3ro.een different evilsA 3ut after a time = came upon a house in West 4ourteenth Street .ou as! me to e%plain .nstoneA datin' apparently from the late fortiesA and fitted . =n the roomsA lar'e and loftyA and decorated . =t is a mista!e to fancy that horror is associated ine%trica3ly . he fee% a arm of the plum3er that 'et hurt of sudden.ard the street.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. The landladyA a slatternlyA almost 3earded Spanish .oman named 2erreroA did not annoy me .hen the chill of evenin' creeps throu'h the heat of a mild autumn day.or! as doctair.ith impossi3le paper and ridiculously ornate stucco cornicesA there lin'ered a depressin' mustiness and hint of o3scure coo!eryB 3ut the floors .arm.or!B and 3ein' una3le to pay any su3stantial rentA 3e'an driftin' from one cheap 3oardin' esta3lishment to another in search of a room .hy = am afraid of a drau'ht of cool airB . =n the sprin' of 1)"& = had secured some dreary and unprofita3le ma'azine .ood. 2e ees too seec! for doctair heemself11seec!er and seec!er all the time113ut he .as .ith dar!nessA silenceA and solitude. = had 3een there a3out three .hy = shiver more than others upon enterin' a cold roomA and seem nauseated and repelled . The place .art men 3y my side.or! in the city of .n house.or! he do11 hees leetle room are full of 3ottles and machinesA and he do not . There are those . +ne evenin' at a3out ei'ht = heard a spatterin' on the floor and 3ecame suddenly a. But he . 5oo!in' a3outA = sa.1lod'ers .ith 'ossip or .ith a prosaic landlady and t.ere as Duiet and uncommunicative as one mi'ht desireA 3ein' mostly Spaniards a little a3ove the coarsest and crudest 'rade. that the ceilin' .as 'reat once11my fathair in Barcelona have hear of heem11and only Coost no.hich mi'ht com3ine the Dualities of decent cleanlinessA endura3le furnishin'sA and very reasona3le price. An%ious to stop the matter at its sourceA = hastened to the 3asement to tell the landladyB and .ould Duic!ly 3e set ri'ht.o stal.Cool Air .hen the first odd incident occurred.hether or not this forms a suita3le e%planation of my peculiarity.ill do is to relate the most horri3le circumstance = ever encounteredA and leave it to you to Cud'e .as assured 3y her that the trou3le .ho say = respond to cold as others do to a 3ad odourA and = am the last to deny the impression.or! and mar3le . +nly the din of street cars in the thorou'hfare 3elo. 2e ees vairy Dueer in hees seec!ness11all day he ta!e funnee1smellin' 3athsA and he cannot 'et e%cite or . All hees o. 2e nevair 'o outA only on roofA and my 3oy Este3an .hich dis'usted me much less than the others = had sampled.ere cleanA the linen tolera3ly re'ularA and the hot .et and drippin'B the soa!in' apparently proceedin' from a corner on the side to. proved a serious annoyance.ith criticisms of the late13urnin' electric li'ht in my third1floor front hall roomB and my fello.e.ee!s .eel not have no othair for help. L$octair 8uVozAL she cried as she rushed upstairs ahead of meA Lhe have speel hees chemicals. What = . .hose stained and sullied splendour ar'ued a descent from hi'h levels of tasteful opulence.

ondered for a moment . 8uVoz had it not 3een for the heart attac! that suddenly seized me one forenoon as = sat .orld. .hose convenient alcoves and lar'e conti'uous 3athroom permitted him to hide all dressers and o3trusively utilitarian devices. = . The ammonia ceased to dripA and as = cleaned up .hat had spilled and opened the . A rush of cool air 'reeted meB and thou'h the day .hich 8rs.ell1trimmed hair that ar'ued the punctual calls of a 3ar3er .as no time to 3e lostB so remem3erin' .as short 3ut e%Duisitely proportionedA and clad in some. >hysicians had told me of the dan'er of those spellsA and = !ne. 2e clearly understood my needs at a 'lanceA and ministered to them .ith a master<s deftnessB the .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.hose rich and tasteful decoration surprised me in this nest of sDualor and seediness.n invalidism. But repu'nance . +nly his lividly inclined comple%ion and coldness of touch could have afforded a physical 3asis for this feelin'A and even these thin's should have 3een e%cusa3le considerin' the man<s !no. 8y !noc! . that the hall room a3ove mine11the Lleetle roomL of 3ottles and machines . 3oo!shelves all 3espo!e a 'entleman<s study rather than a 3oardin'1house 3edroom. and .or!manA = dra''ed myself upstairs and !noc!ed fee3ly at the door a3ove mine.as merely the la3oratory of the doctorB and that his main livin' Duarters lay in the spacious adCoinin' room . The fi'ure 3efore me .as ans. A hi'h13red face of masterful thou'h not arro'ant e%pression .ritin' in my room. = mi'ht never have !no.as one of stri!in' intelli'ence and superior 3lood and 3reedin'.n $r. $r.H.hat the stran'e affliction of this man mi'ht 3eA and .P.as soft and 'entle.ays e%cites aversionA distrustA and fear. 8y 7a.indo.hat the landlady had said a3out the invalid<s help of the inCured . 2errero had mentioned11. 8uVoz = had never heardA save for certain sounds as of some 'asoline1driven mechanismB since his step .as a man of 3irthA cultivationA and discrimination. Thic!A .ise dominantly Celti3erian.as a3normal on so hot a dayA and the a3normal al.Lovecr !t Cool Air 171 he 3reen' heem hees food and laundry and mediceens and chemicals. A foldin' couch no.hether his o3stinate refusal of outside aid . there .everthelessA as = sa.hat formal dress of perfect cut and fit.hich 'ave a 8oorish touch to a physio'nomy other. for airA = heard the landlady<s heavy footsteps a3ove me. 8uVoz in that 3last of cool airA = felt a repu'nance .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.dA the sal1 ammoniac that man use for !eep heem coolFL 8rs.hole picture .hile reassurin' me in a finely modulated thou'h oddly hollo. filled its diurnal role of sofaA and the maho'any furnitureA sumptuous han'in'sA old paintin'sA and mello.hich nothin' in his aspect could Custify. 8uVozA most certainlyA .n in the .ere not the result of a rather 3aseless eccentricity. 2errero disappeared up the staircase to the fourth floorA and = returned to my room.as one of the hottest of late 6uneA = shivered as = crossed the threshold into a lar'e apartment . =t mi'htA tooA have 3een the sin'ular cold that alienated meB for such chilliness . $r.ho has come do. $r. sa. There isA = reflected tritelyA an infinite deal of pathos in the state of an eminent person .as parted 'racefully a3ove a hi'h foreheadB and the . = no.as adorned 3y a short iron1'rey full 3eardA and an old1fashioned pince1nez shielded the fullA dar! eyes and surmounted an aDuiline nose .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

=n one delirious flash and 3urst it happenedB one 3lindin'A deafenin' holocaust of fireA smo!eA and thunder that dissolved the . And .P. denser and denser.hen the smo!e cleared a.ere lands.lin' Chaos 18* remem3eredB terri3le spires and monoliths of lands that men never !ne.an moon as it sped out. There . As the cloud of steam from the >lutonic 'ulf finally concealed the entire surface from my si'htA all the firmament shrie!ed at a sudden a'ony of mad rever3erations . Then very suddenly it endedA and = !ne. The smo!e of that rift had chan'ed to steamA and almost hid the .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.as not any poundin' no.a!ed upon a 3ed of convalescence.hich shoo! the trem3lin' aether.hen = loo!ed to see ho.A 3ut only the unearthly roarin' and hissin' of . it affected my companions = found they had all disappeared.Lovecr !t The Cra. . .ard to the void.H. no more till = a. =t seared my face and handsA and .aters tum3lin' into the rift.orld as it 're.

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

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

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

ere 3ad in Ar!ansasA . 2e too! the most e%traordinary precautions at each of the ni'htly campsA al. The $avises started out early in the yearA in the hope of 3ein' on their ne.ere not many sna!es in evidenceA so Wal!er did not suffer from his special temperamental . 4inally it . Travel . 4or thereA snu'ly nested in the .o.hile noticed a sin'ular sniffin' on the part of the fee3le old do'.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. Before lon' Wal!er<s fascination had developed into a 3ad case of fri'ht.hile in the Territory there .hom crude pleasantries and e%pressions of amia3le rivalry .ithout any roads .hile most of the settled =ndians seemed friendly and civil.ays clearin' a.ard the protectin' slopeA .Lovecr !t The Curse of .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 . . Every clump of stunted 3ushes and every cleft in the 'reatA sla31li!e roc!s seemed to him no. +n the t. Whatever the causeA the effect .ould have itA it .ed himself to 3e overruled this onceB leadin' the animals sullenly to. As they approached the 0ic!apoo country they found it harder and harder to avoid campin' near roc!s. +.as Wal!er<s almost epileptic fear of sna!esA .ho floc!ed into the ne. T.a'on to approach.hite man at +!mul'ee in the Cree! country .a'onA mean.B for the roads . land for the sprin' plou'hin'. Seizin' a rifleA she follo.hich rose uncommonly hi'h a3ove the dried 3ed of a former tri3utary of the Canadian :iver.ed his leadA and presently than!ed her stars that she had forestalled Wal!er in her discovery.ith .ea!ness.i' 3eliefsB a hint .i' 18# =n 'eneralA there . That thin' .ere no =ndian sna!e1le'ends to trou3le himB for the transplanted tri3es from the southeast do not share the . =n the earlier sta'es of the CourneyA tooA there .as a .in' to the seasonA there .ould cause him to 'ro.o or three times a sna!e .ilder 3eliefs of their .as mar!ed indeedB for despite his stron' 'eneral coura'e the very mention of a sna!e .ere 'reat stretches of rollin' hills and redA sandy 3arrens .hatever ve'etation he foundA and avoidin' stony places . 2e did not li!e the roc!y cast of the placeA 3ut allo.as no lon'er possi3leA and poor Wal!er .P. As the terrain 're.estern nei'h3ours. to hide malevolent serpentsA . had tried to scare him . country at that time. faint and paleA .as small.ith . AudreyA e%aminin' the roc!s near the . and then they encountered a fello.H.hich the nature of the 'round .ay .henever he could.hich an old =ndian sDua.as really 'limpsedA and these si'hts did not help the sufferer in his efforts to preserve composure.ould produce a shoc! sometimes 3orderin' on a convulsion seizure.ould not allo.ere 'enerally e%chan'ed. 4ortunately no trou3lesome encounters came at this sta'e to sha!e his nerves still further.enty1second evenin' of the Courney a sava'e .hile the si'ht of even a tiny specimen .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 .ho 'ave the $avises the first hint of . As fate . flatterA the chan'e from their native mountains depressed them moreA perhapsA than they realisedB 3ut they found the people at the =ndian a'encies very affa3leA .hich had a curiously fascinatin' effect on Wal!erA and caused him to as! Duestions very freely after that.as slo. the .hen he .1pioneerA .as reduced to the puerile e%pedient of dronin' some of the rustic anti1sna!e charms he had learned in his 3oyhood.hatever.hich some laid to prenatal causesA and some said came from a dar! prophecy a3out his end .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

n 0adath "&" and their unseen ro.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.hom they 3ou'ht 3y the pound.hen the cold .hereA 3ut no mine in all Barth<s dreamland .hile the dar! .aste .as no use Duestionin' him. 2e offered his . The stran'e merchant dran! heavilyA 3ut smir!ed unchan'ed 3y the drau'ht. +f these thin'sA ho.aste .ell in the cold .alls and silver fountains seen 3elo.hose evil fires are seen at ni'ht from afar. +f these thin's $ylath15een<s cosmopolitan fol! chiefly 'ossiped .P.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.hilst Carter .ed ru3yA 'rotesDuely carved in patterns too fa3ulous to 3e comprehended.as not chainedA 3ut three of the dar! sardonic merchants stood 'rinnin' .as not to 3e dou3tedA 3ut Carter soon found that it .ind drove into the to.ersB never anythin' from the 3utchers and 'rocersA 3ut only 'old and the fat 3lac! men of >ar' . that the 3ottle . Then he dre.ith the marvellous coasts of the Southern Sea flyin' 3y in unnatural s. (neasiness rustled throu'h the taverns alon' that . them drive the stout 3lac! men of >ar' up the 'an'plan! 'runtin' and s.hat lands 1 or if in any lands at all 1 those fat pathetic creatures mi'ht 3e destined to serve.o frontal puffs of that oran'e tur3an had 3ecome disarran'ed .as un3eara3ly hatefulA Carter felt that the lore of so far a traveller must not 3e overloo!ed.ide1mouthed merchants .hereon carven .nA and Carter sa.ot To Be $escri3edA . 2e . sil!en mas! over its face and d. And on the third evenin' of that 'alley<s stay one of the uncomforta3le merchants spo!e to himA smir!in' sinfully and hintin' of .ith such 3ein's as may conceiva3ly d.ith humped tur3ans and short feet clumped steathily ashore to see! the 3azaars of the Ce.hich no healthy fol! visit and . +nly 3y constantly smo!in' stron' tha'.ith a stran'e stench that the south .n to produce their li!e.ale and the tall li'hthouseA silent and alienA and .ellers. 2e appeared to have !no.everA he learned nothin'B thou'h he once thou'ht that a certain old slant1 eyed merchant loo!ed Dueerly intelli'ent .ells all alone in a prehistoric stone monastery.here one of the t.ith the sha!in's of that epileptic mirth. And the odours from those 'alleys . $ylath15een .ith evil lau'hter and somethin' Duite unspea!a3le . 8ean. Then he sa.ell have had ni33lin' traffic! .'rane! to. forth a curious 3ottle .ould never have tolerated the 3lac! 'alleys had such ru3ies 3een o3taina3le else.ith the horri3le stone villa'es on the icy desert plateau of 5en'A . 2e .as a sin'le hollo.eed could even the hardiest denizen of the old sea1taverns 3ear them.as reputed to trade .hich .ine of his o.ind 3le.as spo!en of.nin' on the dec! of a shipA .as !no.ears a yello.n.hich mi'ht 3ear him to the isle . Carter o3served them closelyA and disli!ed them more the lon'er he loo!ed at them.ith that 2i'h1>riest . This man .hat he had heard in the taverns of Carter<s Duest.hich the south .as even rumoured to have dealt .H.as that dar! odious face convulsed .ondered in .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 .ers lofty and 3arren. out the last of the @oo's< moon1. That such a person mi'ht . 2e 3ade him therefore 3e his 'uest in loc!ed cham3ers a3oveA and dre. terraces in the sunset.led'e too secret for pu3lic tellin'B and althou'h the sound of his voice .harves are not to 3e descri3ed.ine to loosen his ton'ue.aterfrontA and after a .ith .aited patiently for the ship from BaharnaA .iftness. Then the 3lac! 'alley slipped into the har3our past the 3asalt . . Carter ne%t had consciousness amidst horri3le odours 3eneath a tent1li!e a. in from the .aste or a marvellous city of mar3le .eatin' into that sin'ular 'alleyA and . All the .hile the 'uest had 3een smilin' more and more 3roadlyA and as Carter slipped into 3lan!ness the last thin' he sa.

ell !ne. And a'ain he thou'ht of those unseen ro.ard other .ished to hold him from his Duest.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. .as passed around.as ta!enA and Carter felt the terrors of ni'htmare as earth fell a. Then .as on him.ith a Dueer .as done Carter sa.P. And 3efore the day .as dar! .s hun'rily in chaos amid poundin' and pipin' and the hellish dancin' of the +ther 7odsA 3lindA voicelessA tene3rousA and mindlessA .herein the oceans of earth<s dreamland drop . =t is understood in the land of dream that the +ther 7ods have many a'ents movin' amon' menB and all these a'entsA .here the eidolon 5athi rei'nsB the charnel 'ardens of @uraA land of pleasures unattainedA and the t.ard.onders .hat shapeless 3lac! thin's lur! and caper .lin' chaos .ay and the 'reat 3oat shot silent and comet1li!e into planetary space.yarlathotep.holly to a3ysmal nothin'ness and shoot throu'h the empty spaces to.ful voids outside the ordered universe .hether .as derived. that they must 3e lea'ued . and returned from some hidden and offensive ca3in . >ast all these 'or'eous lands the malodourous ship fle.orlds and other stars and the a.ers 3elo.lin' chaos to 'ive him up and claim their re. But .hen the 'alley passed 3et.ell !no.ill of those 3lind and mindless thin's in return for the favour of their hideous soul and messen'erA the cra.ho .ide lips and 'lared hun'rily and one of them . At the set of sun the merchants lic!ed their e%cessively .hich their far too mechanical stren'th .hich 'uard the har3our of Sona1.ise dreamers .here the daemon sultan Azathoth 'na.yarlathotep for . 2e !ne.ith a pot and 3as!et of plates.ever 3efore had he !no. that the steersman could have no other 'oal than the Basalt >illars of the WestA 3eyond . =t .i%t the Basalt >illars of the West and the sound of the ultimate cataract s.1dreamer of earth 1 a li'hthouse1!eeper in ancient 0in'sport 1 had often discoursed in the old daysA and reco'nized the templed terraces of @a!A a3ode of for'otten dreamsB the spires of infamous ThalarionA that daemon1city of a thousand .hen 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 .yarlathotep. dampA and the vessel reeled in the sur'in' current of the 3rin!.hich .nin' and ate the smo!in' meat that .H.ylA 3lessed land of fancy.hat hellish trystin'1place they .hatever nameless 3ounty mi'ht 3e offered for such a prize. are the 'ates of a monstrous cataract .hich a fello. What mi'ht 3e the land of those merchants in our !no.ith their soul and messen'er .n universe or in the eldritch spaces outsideA Carter could not 'uessB nor could he ima'ine at . 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.or! the . And the spray of that cataract rose to o3scure the starsA and the dec! 're. slip past him the 'lorious lands and cities of .ith those .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. un. Then they sDuatted close to'ether 3eneath the a.hile the three sardonic merchants .holesomelyA ur'ed 3y the a3normal stro!es of those unseen ro.hich simple fol! say splendid Cathuria liesA 3ut .everA that no 3ein's as nearly human as these .ers 3eneathA and of the suspicious nourishment from .ord of their intentA thou'h Carter .ould 'ive no .ould meet the cra.in headlands of crystalA meetin' a3ove in a resplendent archA . 8ean.elled portentous from ahead.hen no eye . 2e sa.histle and plun'e the leap .ould dare approach the ultimate ni'hted throne of the daemon Azathoth in the formless central void..ent 3elo.ay and deliver him to .holly human or sli'htly less than humanA are ea'er to .A ho.n .

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

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

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

as 3ac! in his familiar room at the inn at $ylath15eenA and the stealthyA friendly cats .ere pourin' out of the .aited the cra. There . =f au'ht of evil ever 3efalls $ylath15een throu'h such traffic!A it .as a 3arDue of .ith their friend pac!ed securely in their midstB .ron' side of .ard +ria3A and durin' that time he said .ellers of 'reat ru3ies that none .ith the .holly promise to cease traffic!in' .ould .as the last to leaveA and as Carter shoo! his pa. When da.as told that very fe.n 0adath "&7 hill and reco'nized the prisoner as a s.ell the ni'ht1'aunts.as not even sure that any person no. 8ost of the to. lateen sails and a 'rey captain in sil!en ro3es.hen the rest spran' and land 'racefully .ays. =t .ed summit of the moon1mountains still vainly . And durin' his . Before he fully realised .ould have 3een a some. The old field1marshal advised Carter to let himself 3e 3orne alon' smoothly and passively in the massed ran!s of furry leapersA and told him ho.'rane!A and . livin' had 3eheld that carven faceA for the .ished to sail thence for +ria3 and the carven crest .'rane!A and also to . 2e also offered to deposit him in any spot he desiredA and Carter decided on the city of $ylath15een .herein d. ThenA upon a si'nalA the cats all leaped 'racefully .as very s.hence the 3lac! 'alley had set outB for he .aitin' he tal!ed much . 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.yarlathotep.ool of (lthar and the iridescent te%tiles of 2athe' and the ivory that the 3lac! men carve across the river in >ar'. The old leader from (lthar . 2er car'o .as one of the army<s outpostsA stationed on the hi'hest of the mountains to .as 'lad to see that she .n cameA Carter . The captain .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. But the captain . 4or this they .H.ee! had elapsed since his capture and leavin'.ill not 3e his fault. After a 3rief consultation of 'eneralsA the cats rose and assumed a closer formationA cro.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 . They are lea'ued 3y treaty .'rane!<s ancient lava. he said he .l no.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.hen the rest landed.ere the Ce.hat he could a'ainst the 3lac! 'alleys and their infamous .ee! of . Carter made arran'ements .indo.ould 3e a3le to 'et home 3y coc!cro. to sprin' .ith that captain of .ere paid in the .P.ith painted sides and yello.arn the people of the city to have no more traffic! .ith the evil toad1thin'sA and are notoriously hostile to our earthly catsB so that at this Cuncture a meetin' .ith 3lac! 'alleysA if indeed that traffic! could 3e tactfully and Cudiciously 3ro!en off.lin' chaos . in streams.hat had happened he .ard say in their far homes that they have indeed 3eheld it..hat 'rave matter.ent do. A yo.hich Earth<s cats fearB the very lar'e and peculiar cats from SaturnA .holesome menA .ide1mouthed merchants.ith the captain to 'o to Baharna and .ho for some reason have not 3een o3livious of the charm of our moon<s dar! side.'rane! is very difficult and 3arren and sinisterA and there are rumours of caves near the pea! .ould ta!e ten days.atch the one foe .ait for the ship 3ound to.nsfol! 3elieved himB yet so fond .as told that the voya'e . =n a3out a . came from the farther pea!A and the old leader paused a3ruptly in his conversation.hile in a 3lac! cave on an unhallo.nstairs and learned that a .as still nearly a fortni'ht to .ee! the desiderate ship put in 3y the 3lac! .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. The leap of the cats throu'h space .ale and tall li'hthouseA and Carter .orn friend of his !ind on earth and in the land of dream.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

as not ready for that hateful la.ere 3etter not to see! that city.al!ed out the eastern 'ate and across the daisied fields to. .ays 3e immuta3ly a part.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 .orld .hole of his po.hat li!e +ld En'land<s moss.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.ere old dreamers and . The violet 'as S<n'ac had told him terri3le thin's of the cra.orman A33ey .aysA settlin' therein such people as had the most En'lish facesA and see!in' ever to teach them the dear remem3ered accents of old Corn.here the daemon sultan Azathoth 'na.lin' chaos .as not . 2e had learned much of the +ther 7ods in distant parts of spaceA especially in that re'ion .yarlathotepA and had .aitin' and his mother nearly out of patience.ould 'ladly have resi'ned forever the .hose to.as a Sa%on from BostonA 8assachusettsA instead of from Corn. And in a valley not far off he had reared a 'reat .n1party at the vicar<sA .as presently ta!en to the li3rary .here thirteen 'enerations of his forefathers had first seen the li'ht. At len'th Carter 3rou'ht up the su3Cect of his DuestA and as!ed of his host those Duestions he had as!ed of so many others.ith the names of his ancestors carved thereonA and .n 0adath " - 7othic manor1house of stone loo!in' on the seaA and tried to thin! it .ho spo!e as 3est he could in the Duaint tones of far Corn.as ancient Trevor To. that the 7reat +nes .A placin' around it in the churchyard 'rey stones .as a monarch in the land of dreamA . At the doorA flan!ed 3y stone cats in the old .here he .here form does not e%istA and coloured 'ases study the innermost secrets. loo!in' on his little seacoast villa'e and .a!in' .all.ere very dan'erous creatures to see! outA and that the +ther 7ods had stran'e .ard a pea!ed 'a3le .as said to 3e the only one . So .ith a little 3ric! lod'eA and .hich he must al.ith the carria'e .hich had moulded his 3ein' and of .onders of incredi3le places.ould come in and scold him 3ecause he .asA or the marvellous sunset cityB 3ut he did !no. And on the coast near3y he had 3uilt a little Cornish fishin' villa'e .ith all ima'ined pomps and marvelsA splendours and 3eautiesA ecstasies and deli'htsA novelties and e%citements at his commandA he . 0uranes did not !no.ith steep co33led .indo.ell to meddle .as 3orn and .ays of protectin' them from impertinent curiosity.his!ered 3utler in suita3le liveryB and .ho had ever returned sane from such a voya'e.all.hich he 'limpsed throu'h the oa!s of a par! slopin' up to the sea1cliffs. Alto'etherA it .ith the Elder +nesB and if they persistently denied all access to the marvellous sunset cityA it .ersA . 4or thou'h 0uranes .ar'ai and the S!y around SerannianA sat pensive in a chair 3y the . 0uranesA indeedA had 3een out 3eyond the stars in the ultimate voidA and . 0uranesA clad in a dressin' 'o.all fishers. And in time he came to a 'reat hed'e and a 'ate . And for lon' they tal!ed of old timesA havin' much to say 3ecause 3oth .as met 3y a .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! .ell versed in the .al!ed up the shady path 3et.ith a moss some.as very dear to himA even if it .er he could see from his .here 0uranesA 5ord of +oth1.ishin' that his old nurse .s hun'rily in the dar!.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. And Carter . .here 0adath .H.hen Carter 3ade that old 'rey chief of the cats adieuA he did not see! the terraced palace of rose crystal 3ut .P.arned him never to approach the central void .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 .indo.ayA he .

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

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

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

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. And al. =t is said that su3terrene paths connect the lod'es .as all stepsA 3et.heel<s hu3.A all 3ut the 3road curvin' one .hich the 3o.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.hich a curious steam rises.ard the hill .er 3o.n 0adath "-* spea! to himA and sailors later said that he had come .n lon' and un3endin' streetsA or throu'h side alleys and over 3ul3ous domesA spiresA and ara3esDued roofsA .ith a ya! caravan from some point not .ith 3lac! pillarsA colonadesA and the statues of curious 3ein's 3oth human and fa3ulous. Some of the vistas do. When the last of them had vanished he left that 'ardenA notin' as he did so a spot on the pavement over .in' mornin' the ship1captain led Carter throu'h the ony% streets of =nDuano!A dar! under their t.ere .al!s that lead to the seven lod'esA .hich human priests do not often 'ive. The inlaid doors and fi'ured house1frontsA carven 3alconies and crystal1paned oriels all 'leamed .ordsB and nothin' .herein they disappear and do not appear a'ain.ers of ocean. But only a fe.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. 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.here the !in' and his companions ride on ya!s or in ya!1dra.ays openA and the people roam reverently at .as said to lie.alls and the lea'ues of pasture landA rose the 'aunt 'rey sides of those topless and impassa3le pea!s across .n chariots. The . Carter did not enter the templeA 3ecause none 3ut the ?eiled 0in' is permitted to do that. And do.as more splendid than the massive hei'hts of the 'reat central Temple of the Elder +nes . Even the ship1captain did not li!e that spotA and hurried him on to.ill do.n the seven 'reat .n to mysteries that are never told. When the deep clan' from the temple 3elfry shivers over the 'arden and the cityA and the ans. Carter and his 'uide clim3ed up an alley that .n far for.P.ls had passed.een inlaid .ould open out .hich hideous 5en' . The seven arched 'ates of that 'ardenA each havin' over it a carven face li!e those on the city<s 'atesA are al.hispered that deep fli'hts of ony% steps 'o do.ili'ht s!y.ayA 'ivin' to the traveller a fear .hence sometimes floated soft strains of music or 3reaths .hatever its fore'round.al!s stal!ed the lon' files of 3o.ith its . are those .ithout 3endin' the !neesA do.ith its si%teen carven sidesA its flattened domeA and its lofty pinnacled 3elfryA overtoppin' all elseA and maCestic .H.ailin' of the horns and viols and voices loud from the lod'es 3y the 'ates.ard .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!.ho hint that the priests in the mas!ed and hooded columns are not human 3ein's.n the .ls from . And all the seven columns strut peculiarly in sin'le fileA le's thro.hence the streets 'o as spo!es from a . and then a plaza .eird and 3eautiful 3eyond .ith a som3re and polished lovelinessB and no.hereon the ?eiled 0in'<s palace rises many1 domed and marvellous. +n the follo.alled 'arden in a 'reat round plaza . But 3efore he left the 'arden the hour of the 3ell cameA and he heard the shiverin' clan' deafenin' a3ove himA and the .l13earin' priests in their sin'ular .ays to the ony% palace are steep and narro.ays to the eastA far 3eyond the city .hich is set .n the tiled paths and throu'h the little lanes lined .alls hearin' stran'e si'ns in 'oldA and under 3alconies and oriels . The captain too! Carter to the mi'hty templeA .

That ni'ht Carter camped in a roadside meado.o other human presence .ili'ht s!yA .ned 3y lo.here traders rest and miners tell their talesA and paused in its taverns till noon.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. Beyond the 7ate of the Caravans the road lay strai'ht 3et.ere many men in that innA and the traveller .n 0adath "-1 of e%otic fra'rance.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. Al.ith miners a3out the north. domes. And ever the small 3irds and the fountains san'A .'rane!A that he felt certain he had come at last upon one of the 7reat +nes themselvesA or upon one . There .ays ahead loomed those titan .hich .here 5en' is said to lieA and of evil presences and nameless sentinels far north amon' the scattered roc!s.or! of the 'reat 3ronze 'atesA and the 3lossomin' vines trained alon' every inch of the polished . And thereA in a lo. And they .as 'lad it . They had fears of fa3led emissaries from around the mountains .ere timid and evasive a3out the cold desert to the north and the Duarry that no man visits.i%t tilled fieldsA .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.ell of the 'odsA and to praise all the 3lessin's they had ever accorded him.hat narro.allsA mi'hty 3uttressesA and clustered and 3ul3ous domes for .as not lon' in spea!in' to some of themB sayin' that he . =t is here that the 'reat caravan road turns . 3eforeA for the miners . And to that austere and reticent cotter he .here are the taverns of the ya!1merchants and the ony%1miners.erin' trees espaliered to 'olden latticesA the 3razen urns and tripods . some.nA near the 7ate of the CaravansA .as ea'er to tal! . At a3out ten o<cloc! he reached the small1domed villa'e of (r'A .as some. led .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.er than the 'reat hi'h.ayA and . 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 .1ceiled inn of DuarrymenA they said fare.hile the perfume of rare 3lossoms spread li!e a veil over that incredi3le 'arden.hat of =nDuano!<s Duarries.ellin' amon'st men.ith full nine1tenths of their 3loodA d.alls all Coined to form a si'ht . But all that he learned .as not much more than he !ne.hispered also that the rumoured Shanta!13irds are no .as 3eyond realityA and half1 fa3ulous even in the land of dreams.al!sA the 'ay porterres and delicate flo.ith luminous fishA the tiny temples of iridescent sin'in' 3irds atop carven columnsA the marvellous scroll.ard SelarnA 3ut Carter !ept on north 3y the Duarry road. 3eneath a 'reat ly'ath1tree to . There it shimmered li!e a vision under that 'rey t.H.ith many odd farmhouses cro. Then they turned and descended a'ain the ony% alley of stepsA for the palace itself no visitor may enterB and it is not .P. . 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.as careful to spea! very .ard pil'rima'e.as thereA and Carter .hich no.as so. All the afternoon he follo.est to.hose loveliness .as an old miner of ony%A and an%ious to !no.ished to loo! over all the various mines for himself and to visit the scattered farms and Duaint ony% villa'es of =nDuano!A Carter hired a ya! and stuffed 'reat leathern saddle13a's for a Courney.hich he tied his ya!A and in the mornin' resumed his north.hilst Carter . The ne%t dayA sayin' that he . After that the captain too! Carter to the north Duarter of the to.ed that risin' roadA . There Carter paused in faintness at so much 3eautyA for the ony% terraces and colonnaded .ith cunnin' 3as1reliefsA the pedestalled and almost 3reathin' statues of veined 3lac! mar3leA the 3asalt13ottomed la'oon<s tiled fountains .holesome thin'sB it 3ein'.ellB for 3usiness called the captain .

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

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

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

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

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

n to the hellish ?aults of @in . And in that hideous secondA star! fear drove him to somethin' his reason . sa.ic!edly stained altar1stones 3y the pitA and had moved for.i%t him and the cold ta3le1land outsideA and that even on that ta3le1land the no%ious Shante! still . .n 0adath "-7 The slant1eyed merchant had no.ished he had tried to follo.as in his mind only the instant need to 'et a.hat that a3horred 2i'h1 >riest mi'ht 3e.sA and Carter !ne. Then the fi'ured sil! slipped a trifle from one of the 'reyish1.as somethin' sic!enin'ly familiar in the sound of that flute and the stench of the malodorous place.ere carved in shoc!in' 3as1reliefsA and .ell .ent on for some timeA and to Carter there .hich no reason seemed to e%ist.as not follo.hen he . prodded Carter into a 'reat domed space . This colloDuy . 2e !ne.hat the noisome 2i'h1>riest .ild stren'th of fearA so that the victim toppled at once into that 'apin' .hose centre held a 'apin' circular pit surrounded 3y si% mali'nly stained stone altars in a rin'.as. After a fe. 2e !ne.Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no.ith red and havin' a yello.ent the damper it seemed to 3eA and .ay in.in' yello.hite pa. 3ac!.nA and once he stum3led over a step for .as not in the corridors leadin' outside.ith no means of si'ht or 'uidance. To this 3ein' the slant1eyed man made certain si'ns .ith all the .aitedB yet in spite of all this there .hich must 3e 'oin' on 3ac! there in li'htless corridors.s on the stones 3ehind himA or of the silent . The slant1eyed man had set the curious lamp upon one of the hi'h and . .edA and slac!ened his pace some.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.as . At times he felt the stone floor slopin' up or do.hen a ne.ere even more horri3le than those he had seen thenA and he !ne.ful clim3 throu'h lunar countryside 3eyondA 3efore the rescuin' rush of earth<s friendly cats.ithout dou3t the 2i'h1>riest .ill to escape from . that the creature on the dais .hich rumour holds to reach do. At the farther end .ould never have dared to attemptA for in all his sha!en consciousness there .hose . sil!en mas! over its face.ri''lin's and cra. CarterA hitherto . peril 3eset him.ould soon 3e in pitch 3lac!ness .alls . Those he no.in' certain loathsome sounds from 3eneath its flo. 'ave that man a terrific push . There .ished none the less he had made the attempt.hispers such fiendish and a3normal possi3ilitiesA 3ut he feared to thin! Cust .s and 3lo. 2is lamp .hat sDuatted on that 'olden throne.ith his hands. =n almost the same second he seized the lamp from the altar and darted out into the frescoed la3yrinthsA racin' this . that hopeless la3yrinths of stone lay 3et. mas!.hich le'end .ly in the dar!A and prayed to the 7reat +nes for such help as they mi'ht afford.ard the frescoes he had passed on the .as all 'one he 'roped slo. sil! fi'ured .holly passiveA no.as a3le to feel a Cunction or the mouth of a side .lin's . =t made him thin! of a fri'htful red1litten city and of the revoltin' procession that once filed throu'h itB of thatA and of an a.P.ri''lin'A sil!1ro3ed monstrosity. he .anin'A and he .H.hatB 3ut scarce had he 3reathed in half relief . TrueA they .as .hat to tal! to the 2i'h1>riest . moments he re'retted his thou'htless hasteA and .ay from that . =n time he 3ecame Duite sure he .here 7u's hunt 'hasts in the dar!. The farther he . When the li'ht .as no li'ht in this vast evil1smellin' cryptA and the small lamp of the sinister merchant shone so fee3ly that one could 'rasp details only little 3y little.ere so confused and duplicated that they could not have done him much 'oodA 3ut he .ay and that as chance determined and tryin' not to thin! of the stealthy paddin' of shapeless pa.as a hi'h stone dais reached 3y five stepsB and there on a 'olden throne sat a lumpish fi'ure ro3ed in yello.ard some.as room only for one frantic .ot To Be $escri3edA of .

it had 3een a 'reat street of 'ardens. 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. nothin' at allB nor could he 'ain much 3y descendin' to the 'rottoes of the 'houlsA since he !ne.o. 2e 3elievedA thou'hA that his 'eneral course .as stillA .een them.as not any . The three 'houls . They .ell .ith its Cyclopean steps leadin' to the enchanted . Carter<s first act .ere crum3lin' .as shootin' dizzily do.n.ard the least. +f ho.hich did not reassure the . he sa.ith fallen 3loc!s and odd de3ris that lay around. he .ere no 3etter informed than he.ith the phosphorescent clouds of a northern ni'ht shinin' sic!ly a3ove him.as pierced 3y stra''lin' 'rass and .ere the chan'eless 'uardians of the 7reat A3yssA and these dar! ruins . rose and fell fitfullyA flic!erin' . that no clouds could account forA and !ne. +ne moment he . .hich had helped him throu'h the city of 7u's to the outer .enty feet they reared their 'rotesDue and un3ro!en headsA and snarled derisive on the ruins around them.in'ed lions of diarite they .arnin' of the thin' .ith its 3lac! 3ro!en pillars and crum3lin' sphin%1cro.ays chose the .ith a 'reenish tin'e . to reach Sar!omand in their Courney 3ac!A 3ut had planned to as! old traders in $ylath15een. 3et. Then he realized he . =f he could 'et a 3oat he mi'ht sail 3ac! to =nDuano! past the Ca''ed and hideous roc! in the seaA for the primal frescoes in the monastery la3yrinth had she. The 'lo.arned him he .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 . +ver 5en'<s plateau past the lone monastery he dared not 'o unaidedB for the 2i'h1>riest<s emissaries must 3e manyA . Such .ly over the slippery floor of an almost level placeA and the ne%t he .ished no follo.nB and the vault1li!e smell and incrustations on the 'reasy .as to close and 3arricade the arch. And .hich came at lastB only the thin' itself .er from 5en'<s hateful monasteryA for alon' the .P.as 3urro.ere in truth primordial Sar!omand. of those luminous ni'ht clouds.ith.ay in the cliff . 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 .H.as no pro3a3le thin'A and it did not appear li!ely that he could ever ma!e one.ith 3lac!ness and shado. And Carter !ne.in' deep in 5en'<s un.ay he !ne. 2u'e .hile there had stretched 3efore him the 'reat corpse1li!e .ould no dou3t 3e the Shanta!s and perhaps other thin's to deal . 2e did not li!e to thin! of 'oin' a'ain to the su3terrene .n ho.ereA .holesome ta3le1 land.hile at the Courney<s end there .idth of fa3led Sar!omand .ned 'ates and titan stones and monstrous .in'ed lions a'ainst the sic!ly 'lo.n that this fri'htful place lies not far from Sar!omand<s 3asalt Duays.er of 0oth . 2e . All this . ri'ht .ere the thou'hts of :andolph Carter .orld had not !no.as do. . All around .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. far ahead and on the ri'ht a 'lo.hen he crept closerA do. But to find a 3oat in this aeon1deserted city .hich must have 3een .hich sloped do.oodA yet he felt he mi'ht have to try this course if all else failed.orld of 7u's and ris!in' once more that hellish to. But there .alls and 3ro!en columnsA and the pavement on .as 'ropin' slo.n .alls and floor ali!e .hich he had come.ith its terror and shoc! and 3reath1ta!in' chaos.n 0adath "-8 passa'e he al. Ahead stretched dou3le ro. they .ain. impression 3e'an 3eatin' upon his mind.hen a ne.ay ahead .ard in the dar! throu'h a 3urro.atcher.ould lur! enou'h of other dan'ers. to 'et from Sar!omand to the peopled parts of dreamland he !ne.hat they must 3eA for le'end tells of only one such t.hich he lay . 4ull t.as not alone in the silence of that dead city.n.ay .ell1ni'h vertical.renched asunder 3y freDuent shru3s and roots. +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.

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

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

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

railin's 'uardin' travelled hi'hroads. that only a ship for 5ela'15en' . 7rey day had no.H.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.ere .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 . There seemed to 3e no .ed fantastically at the dull s!y.ait for the da.hich proposal they ea'erly assented.ers< 3enches.een them.alls of Dueer . shoo! visi3lyB 3ut most of all trem3led the three rescued 'houls .hich the rescued trio descri3ed as 3ein' on the southern side . closer and closer to that Ca''ed roc! .everA the ni'ht1'aunts o3CectedB since the prospect of flyin' over .itnessed the nameless pastimes of the toadli!e resident 'arrison1such pastimes as 'ive rise to the ni'ht1ho.ers resumed their stro!esA and the 'alley dre.ide1mouthed ru3y merchants invited the 'houls to drin! . 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.as their tim3re that all the 'alley<s cre.ith them in a tavern.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.ait patiently for such a vessel. to follo. precisely . . 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 of a 'reyish day. 4uture plans .hich men fear.ays and faces had aroused much commentB 3ut they had persisted in as!in' the .ers steered not for the moon 3ut for antiDue Sar!omandB 3ent evidently on ta!in' their captives 3efore the 2i'h1>riest . Such . .lin's still the ro. To thisA ho.ithout the help of the .hose continuance the present rescue had prevented.P.hose 'ranite pinnacles cla.ould serve their purposeA and prepared to .n 0adath "7" closely as possi3le in the fashion of a man<s . But evil spies had dou3tless reported muchB for shortly a 3lac! 'alley put into portA and the .atchers on . ThenA the ro.lin's .in'ed ni'ht1'aunts.ere at a loss ho.lin's from the roc! .everA the unseen ro. The headlands .ere void of fear and !ept infle%i3ly onA roundin' the eastern face of the roc! and see!in' the . This timeA ho.as ample and the ho. it .ithin a har3our formed of steep headlands. +n the very first ni'ht the ho.ellin'sA and the lo.ot To Be $escri3ed. They had touched at the Ca''ed roc! in the northern sea .Lovecr !t The $ream /uest of (n!no. Then they !ne.ere heard.ater did not please them. 8ost of the 'houls favoured the desi'nA 3ut . After that had come the landin' at ruined Sar!omand and the 3e'innin' of the torturesA .indo.less d.ere very steepB 3ut on led'es here and there could 3e seen the 3ul'in' .ers trained and the ni'ht1'aunts safely sto.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.lin's meant. =n $ylath15een<s taverns their 'rotesDue .as a3le to tell them.as produced from one of those sinister 3ottles 'rotesDuely carven from a sin'le ru3yA and after that the 'houls found themselves prisoners on the 3lac! 'alley as Carter had found himself.ay to Sar!omand until at last an old travel