The Testimony of Abl-Al Hazred
This is the testimony of all that I have seen, and all that I have learned, in those thears that I have possesed the Three Seals of MASSHU. I have seen One Thousand and-One moons, and surely this is enough for the span of a mans life, though it is said the Prophets lived much longer. I am weak, and ill, and bear great tired- ness and exaustion, and a sigh hangs in my breast like a dark lantern, I am old. The wolves carry thier name in thier midnight speeches, and that quiet, subtle Voice is summoning me from afar. And a voice much closer will shout into my ear with unholy impatience. The weight of my soul will decide its final resting place. Before the time, I must put down here all that I can concerning the horrors that stalk Without, and which lie in wait at the door of every man, for this is the ancient arcana that has been handed down of old, but which has been forgotten by all but a few men, the worshippers of the Ancient Ones (may thier names be blotted out!) And if I do not finish this task, take what is here and discover the rest, for time is short and mankind does not know or understand the evil that awaits it, from every side, from every open Gate, from every broken barrier, from every mindless acolyte at the alters of madness. For this is the Book of the Dead, the Book of the Black Earth, that I have writ down at the peril of my life, exactly as I recieved it, on the planes of IGIGI, the cruel celestial spirits from beyond the Wanderers of the Wastes. Let all who read this book be warned thereby that the habitation of men are seen and surveyed by that Ancient Race of gods and demons from a time before time, and that they seek revenge for that forgotten battle that took place somewhere in the Cosmos and rent the Worlds in the days before the creation of Man, when the Elder Gods walked the Spaces, the race of MARDUK, as he is known to the Chaldeans, and of ENKI our master, the Lord of Magicians. Know, then, that I have trod all the Zones of the Gods, and also the places of Azonei, and have descended into the foul places of Death and Eternal Thirst, which may be reached through the Gate of GANZIR, which was built in UR in the days before Babylonian was. Know, too, that I have spoken with all manner of spirit and daemon, whose names are no


longer known in the societies of Man, or were never known. And the seals of these are writ herein ; yet others I must take with me when I leave you. ANU have mercy on my soul! I have seen the Unknown Lands, that no map has ever charted. I have lived in the deserts and the wastelands, and spoken with demons and the souls of slaughtered men, and of women who have died in childbirth, victims of the she-fiend LAMMASHTA.

I have traveled beneath the Seas, in search of the Palace of Our Master, and found the stone monuments of vanquished civilizations, and de- ciphered the writings of some of these; while still others remain mysteries to any man who lives. And these civilizations were destrothed because of the knoeledge contained in this book. I have traveled among the stars, and trembled before the gods. I have at last found the formula by which I passed the gate of ARZIR, and passed into the forbidden realms ofthe foul IGIGI. I have raised demons, and the dead.

I have summoned the ghosts of my ancestors to real and visible appearence on the tops of temples built to reach the stars, and built to touch the nethermost cavities of HADES. I have wrestled with the Black Magician, AZAG-THOTH, in vain, and fled to the Earth by calling upon INANNA and her brother MARDUK, Lord of the double-headed AXE. I have raised armiesagainst the Lands of the East, by summoning the hordes of fiends I have made subject unto me, and so doing found NGAA, the god of the heathens, who breathes flame and roares like a thousand thunders. I have found fear. I have found the Gate that leads to the Outside, by which the Ancient Ones, who ever seek the entrance to our world, keep eternal watch. I have smelled the vapors of that Ancient One, Queen of the Outside, whose name is writ in the MAGAN text, the testiment of some dead civilization whose priests, seeking power, swing open the dread, evil Gate for an hour past the time and were consumed. I came to possess this knowledge through circumstances quite peculiar, while still the unlet-


tered son of a shepherd in what is called Mesopotamia by the Greeks. When I was only a youth, traveling alone in the mountains to the East, called MASSHU by the people who live there, I came upon a grey rock carved with three strange symbols. It stood as high as a man, and as wide around as a bull. It was firmly in the ground, and I could not move it. Thinking no more of the carvings, save that they might be the work of a king to mark some Ancient victory over an enemy, I built a fire at its foot to protect me from the from the wolves that wander in that reigons and went to sleep, for it was night and I was far from my village, being Bet Durrabia. Bieng about three hours from dawn, in the nineteenth of Shabatu, I was awakened by the howl of a dog, or perhaps a wolf, uncommonly loud and close at hand. The fire had died to its embers, and these red, glowing coals cast a faint, dancing shadow across the stone monument with the three carvings. I began to make haste to build another fire when, at once, the grey rock began to rise slowly into the air, as if it were a dove. I could not move or speak for the fear that siezed upon my spine and wrapped cold fingers around my skull. The Dik of Azug-bel-ya was no stranger seemed to melt into my hands! Presently, I heard a voice, softly, some distance away and a more practical fear, that the possibility of robbers, took hold of me and I rolled behind weeds, trembling. Another voice joined the first, and soon several men in black robes of thieves came together over the place where I was, surroundin the floating rock, of which they did not exhibit in the least fright. I could see clearly now that the three carvings on the stone monument were glowing, a flame red color, as through the rock were on fire. The figures were murmuring together in prather or invocation, of which only a few words could be heard, and these in some unknown tongue; though, ANU have mercy on my soul!, these rituals are not unknown to me any longer. The figures, whose faces I could not see or recognize, began to make wild passes in the air with knives that glinted cold and sharp in the mountain night. From beneath the floating rock, out of the very ground where it had sat, came rising the tail of a serpent. This serpent was surely larger than any I had ever seen. The thinnest section thereof was fully that of the arms of two men, and as it rose from the earth it was followed by another, although the end of the first was not seen as it seemed to reach down into the very Pit itself. These were followed by still more, and the ground began to tremble under the pressure of so many of these enormous arms. The chanting of the priests, for I knew them now to be some the servents ofsome hidden Power, became much louder and nearly hysterical. IA! IA! ZI AZAG! IA!IA! ZI AZKAK! IA! IA! KUTULU ZI KUR! IA!

but very intricatly. Walking back up the slope that I had so fearfully run down only moments ago. picking up a long twig. being slightly downhill from the scene I was witnessing. but I had the feeling I coukd almost read the characters. with no seeming presance of life or bodies beneath them.4 The ground where I was hiding became wet with some substance. perhaps to finish the Rites. Then. I touched the wetness and found it to be blood. in identical condition to the first. now cold and black. although I now know that blood is the very food of these spirits. and the smell of a body lain long in the sun to rot. to see if the same fortune had also befallen them. not venturing to overturn them any longer. I turned to face whatever attackerhad come nearest me. and the priests came running after me. but I was resolute to find the others. The serpents. and a voice entered my head and told me the secrets of the scene I had witnessed in one word: KUTULU. but black robes fallen upon the grass and weeds. but could not. though I was unarmed. However. I picked it up and saw that it was also carved. and I saw with loathing that they had cut their chests with the daggers they had used to raise the stone. what I saw was no priest of ancient horror. In horror I screamed and gave my presence away to the priests. I finally came upon the grey stone monument that had risen unnaturally into the air at the command of the priests. . when a shaft of moonlight hit the metal amulet. passing more of the robes as I went. no necromancer of that forbidden Art. as the stone. They turned toward me. lifted the robe from the tangle of weeds and thorns. the manifestation of the spirits feeding thereon. Rising. after a fasion I could not understand. It did not bear the same markings as the stone. as I ran wildly down the slopes in the cold night. although some seemed to stay behind. Such a stench nearly overpowered me. May ANU protect us all! My scream had the effect of casting thier ritual into chaos and disorder. I raced through the mountain path by which I had come. had disappeared. I walked cautiously to the first and. but the carvings still glowed with supernatural light. I came across yet another of the black priests. All that remained of the priest was a pool of slime. It was now upon the ground once more. as though I once knew the tongue but had since long forgotten. which is why tha field after the battles of war glows with an unnatural light. was a shining metal plate. But in the dead embers of the fire. my heart gave rise in my chest and my head growing hot. or what I had then thought of as serpents. I kept walking. for some mystical purpose I could not then divine. To my surprise. the sound of splitting rocks and thunder came from behind me and shook the very ground I ran on. Mt head began to ache as though a devil was pounding my skull. for I know now what it was. like green oil. In fright and haste I fell to the earth.

They have sworn! Spirit of the Skies. It keeps vigil while one sleeps provided the appropriate rituals and sacrifice has been preformed. and alone. that is to say singly. the first is the Sign of our Race from beyond the Stars. carried to the Rock of Invocations. it will turn upon you. that was the gate to the Outside: The amulet that I held in my hand. else it will turn upon thee and slay thee and ravage thy town untill succour is to be had from the Elder Gods by the tears of thy people and the wailing of thy women. These were the signs carved upon the grey stone. it was UR. It is the Sigil of the Covenant of the Elder Gods. and hold to this very day. to be effective. KAKAMMU! . In the tongue of the eldest city of Babylon.5 In that moment. they who gave it to us. Or. must never be used alone. and is called AGGA. The third sign is the Sigil of the Watcher. Or. else. and is the Key whereby the Powers of the Elder Gods may be summoned. engraved upon the metal of ones God or Goddes and hung about the neck. around my neck as I write these words. Remember! The second sign is the Elder Sign. The Watcher is a Race sent by the Elder Ones. if called. the ARRA and the AGGA may be used seperatly. I understood. for the Watcher must needs to be reminded of the Covenant he has sworn with the Elder Gods and our Race. Or. is this: (after seeing the so-called picture of the symbols you can probably understand why I did not attempt to show you the amulet) Of the three symbols carved. an emissary of the Elder Ones. It has a Name. set upon the alter of offerings. they will not forget us. but with one or both of the others. The BANDAR however. must be graven on stoneand set in the ground. when used with the proper words and shapes. These seals. and is called ARRA in the tongue of the Scribe who taught it to me. but hidden from the view of the profane. and when they see it. Of these three. It is called BANDAR. as though whispered fiercly into my ear.

On occasion. I came to understand many things of which before I had no knowledge. and which caught the light of the moon. or in clouds. they willretreat from thee SAVE ONLY IF IT CATCH THE LIGHT OF THE MOON UPON ITS SURFACE for. and (some say) death of a most uncommon nature. being fed from town to town as the local people saw fit. I learned of the spells that cause men illness. ready to trap the unwary and devour the sacrifices set out at night and in deserted places. But verily. often in caves or in the deserts. I wandered about the countryside in search of the key to the secret knowledge that had been given me. These secrets I give to thee at the pain of my life. or the banished. But my bargining was with the Powers that reside in each of these countries. Peace be to thee! Henceforth. and I them. I was able to convince some learned man that I was a sincere scholar. in his jealousy. never to be revealed to the profane. no recourse is to be had untill the light of the moon shines upon the Earth. the amulet must be engraved upon pure silver in the full light of the moon. or the Worshippers of the Ancient Serpent. I learned that they had all died of thier own hand. is a potent seal against whatever may come in the Gate from the Outside for. And soon. who lie in wait about the boundaries of the world. thier flocks had later been slain as the victoms of some strange epidemic. and the prescribed rituals as given forth in this Book. during which time I took no wife. and was thereby permitted to read the Ancient Records in which the details of necromancy. Remember! Wherefore. In such case. it must be bathed in waters of camphor. for SHAMMASH called UDU. blindness. or be let in by thier servants upon the face of the Earth. I was thus able to arm myself against the dread Maskim. and the essence of the moon be drawn down and captured therein. but to keep within thine own heart. there can be little protection against the fiends from the Ancient Land should they break the barrier. Father of the Gods. called no house or village my home. . magick and alchemy are given. who is called Sword that Splits the Skull. will rob the seal of its power. and dwelt in variuos countries. it were better to engrave another. for the moon is the Eldest among the Zonei. to bargin with the tradespeople and learn of the news and customs. And the proper incantations must be performed. seeing it. the sight of whom causes horror and dismay. The friends of my youth deserted me.6 The fire amulet that I retrieved from the ashes of the fire. in the dark days of the moon. and is the starry symbol of our pact. and of the old legends concerning the Ancient Ones. for reasons no one was able to tell me. against the she-devil LAMMASHTA. the plague. And the amulet must NEVER be exposed to the light of the Sun. always silent upon these things. from that fateful night in the mountains of MASSHU. I wandered as a begger. except perhaps in dreams. lerning several tongues as a traveler. sorcery. And it was a painful and lonley journey. In such a case. NANNA. insanity and even death. When I was seven thears gone from my family. and the incantations and ritual performed once again. that the moon shine upon it at its working. I learned the various classes of demons and evil gods that exist. often being stoned instead of threatened with imprisonment.

the Gate of the Shodows and the Shells. lest it be rendered valueless. For indeed. who guard the entrance to the Temple of the Lost. of the frightful beings who dwell beyond the astral spirits. and fixes his stare upon me. The lines of my life have been obliterated by my wanderings in the Waste. in every empty moment. always. and on the tops of temples and pyramids. fiends and monsters listed herein. too. in this Book of the Black Earth. for I have broken the Chaldean Covenant by seeking power over the Zonei. I fear for my flesh. worshipping with fire and sword. and how to summon thier aid in times of need. the Maskim nip at my heels. of the Ancient Days the Ancient of the Ancient Ones. Remember. for they are forgetful and very far away. wherefore I must with haste write this Book lest my end come sooner than I had prepared. not so much as hair’s breadth. Recite the incantations as they are written here. for a broken star is the Gate of GANZIR. up through the Abyss. AZAG-THOTH gloats blindly at his throne. which provide the Priest with safe passage among the spheres wherein he may travel in search of the Wisdom. in Jerusalem (the gods remember and have mercy upon him!). In my solitary ceremonies in the hills. and vanquish the power to the Ancient Ones! . May the gods ever be merciful unto thee! May thou escape the jaws of the MASKIM. Lammashta opens her dread jaws. devils. as also into the hells. that grass that gives the mind great power to travel termendous distances into the heavens. it appears as though I have failed in some regard as to the order of the rites. for “gods” cannot save ones soul. I have set foot on the moon. But now. for now it appears as if the entire host of ERESSKIGAL lies waiting. whose Name I connot write here. and in the proper places and times render the sacrifices. I recieved the formulae for the amulets and talismans which follow. dreaming. with water and dagger. and the names of the Others. always. I pray the gods that I am saved (which he is not. KUTULU raises his head and stares up through the Veils of sunkun Varloorni. I learned of the powers in the astral Gods. the Rabishu pull at my hair. and they are calling my name. but I fear for my spirit more. I learned. in the manner thus prescribed. to call upon the gods not to forget thee. the Gate of Death. or to the formulae. Prepare the rituals without erring. Light thy fires high in the hills. My fate is no longer writ in the stars. or to the sacrifices. over the letters writ in the heavens by the gods. after One Thousand-and-One moons of the journey. and the moon no longer has power over me.7 In time I learned of the names and properties of all the demons. Remember. to copy each of the formulae as I have put it down and not to change it by one line or dot. And even now I can hear the wolves howling in the mountains as they did that fateful night. and with which I had unwittingly built my fire before the rock. and with the assistance of strange grass that grows wild in certain parts of the MASSHU. only GOD) and not perish as did the Priest. that they may see and remember. ABDUL BEN-MARTU. or worse: a broken line provides means of entrance for those Outside. drooling for my departure.


The Diary Of A Madman
None are innocent. There are only those weak enough to believe they are. And those strong enough to revel in the knowledge that they are not.
Jacob Strauss, Magus of the Shining Hill, London 1940

To be a black magician is perhaps the most dangerous thing one can attempt, for you risk not only your life and mind but your essence -- what simpler minds call the “soul” -- as well. You may beat the odds and become a god, but most likely you will go mad. Or -- and this may be worst of all -- you may do both. Oh thou who wrote of evil things remember : they always are inspired by the Evil Ones you shall meet after your passing, so turn your dark thoughts to repentment and prather since the road to Hell is much shorter than what you believe : do not let you wicked soul to become as dark as this page. We hunt a horror that feeds on human tears . . . After the western horizon’s blood turns black, and all through the dusky hours, I, in my solitude, roam the far flung realms of time. In ancient halls with brazen censers smoldering, strange shadows dance across vaulted ceilings and curtains of rich velvet. And those stone chambers ring with echoes of the twisted language of conjuration, lighted by the glow of otherworldly powers. The walls meet at impossible angles and there tread unearthly fiends that are deranged nightmares come to life. Frozen by fear, I remain unseen. And ere a tint of rose in the east heralds the coming dawn I am released from my nocturnal wanderings and am allowed to return from whence I came beyond the wall of sleep. Only then do all those things vanish and be gone with the morning mist until my awakening once again gives them life. While traveling from island to island, I heard many tales of ancient and forgotten lore. Although I dismissed many of these stories as nonsensical superstitions, I found the tale of Orobla singularly significant. It evoked half remembered feelings that I had not felt since I had slept in the ancient city of many pillared Irem. Hearken unto the incessant prattle that constantly spewed forth from the many mouths of Orobla, the Beast of the forgotten lies,


“Does the horrid face of Boac-Treth tolerate frail human cowardice? You know that it can not. Such is its nature. So why, I say again unto you, why do you not arise and strike down the blasphemers who would deny the ultimate truth? You know your cowardice will not be tolerated. the wrath of the Old Ones will surely fall upon you all! Do you not feel the dreams of the one who sleeps beneath the waves? Do you hope that he will be pleased by your payetic nature when his harsh gaze falls upon you? No. Surely, he shall devour you with all of the others who have forgotten the way! How can you continue to behave in such a frail and inconstant manner when all of you have seen the wondorus lens of the moon and the crucible of eternal vitae? You puny beings are as worthless as so much excrement. I will laugh with joy when Yog-Sothoth and his favored son appear. They together shall set aright all that has been mislaid. I shall dance upon many legs when the cloven feet of the Goat with a Thousand Young pounds the infidels back into the dust from which they arose. I will be as one with the dark minion himself, the one who walks abroad in the form of a man, but is not a man. I speak of he whose faces are as numerous as there are stars in the heavens. His vicous rage needs not be mentioned for his way is known to all men. You should fear evoking his wrath for he is the left hand of the center, the voice of the ultimate destruction.” Such was the way that Orobla would speak. It had expounded in this incessant manner for hours and days and thears unnumbered, always cursing the reticent nature of its many followers. Until that fortold day when the moon was as crimson and flaming steel fell from the stars. Upon that very day, when the ruddy sphere hung at its apex like a severed head, the Beast of forgotten lies was silent. Orobla has not uttered a sound since. His priests,who hide amongst the men and women of Crete, reverently proclaim that when Orobla speaks again the world shall be undone. They claim that R’leyh shall be hurled into the sky and Cthulhu and his kind shall be freed to rule once again. I know not if I should believe all of the strange tales they told me, but the previous legend was told with such conviction that I felt compelled to record it.




oh that I would never see the ocean again!!! Ia! Ia! Shib Niggurath save me! The goat with 1000 young have mercy. for I hear the cries.. to learn that which none should know. feel the vibrations. listen to the rhythm of the waves..waving tentacles deep down pound out an ancient rhythm. or Shub-Niggaroth. of the Things Within. evn as I grovel on the floor of this rented tenement..... Do not fail as the fate of the world rests in your hands and as such.. Humans are such foolish creatures. I feel the walls close in about me.. They know not of the Dark.11 Nay! Dead Cthulhu lies not dreaming. hordes of batrachian mouths gibber fiendishly. ... They will not be able to be seen for what they are by normal folk.... Cthulhu... when Cthulhu shall spew forth from dead R’lyeh to lead his minions on a rampage of slaughter throughout the unsuspecting world...the Hounds.the Hounds come and I am doomed.. To find the secrets of the Night. Mna ‘Fth’ngui Fgthan.... I can no longer tolerate the slap slapping of the sea. for they tell the fell story of a noisome day to come..... is it? could it be? I hear them.... Bolder. the human race is doomed..nay. rather. Choose to learn. if less sane than the rest.. if you fail... Few of the foolish creatures. of Nyarlathotep.... to understand. Only those amonst you with true faith will be able to detect their evil and be able to stop them. IA! IA! There will come a day when they will walk amongst you.


13 Of the Old Ones and their Spawn The Old Ones were. At the frozen Poles They raised mighty cities. the shaggoths Their slaves. They have walked amidst the stars and They have walked the Earth. and upon high places the temples of Those whome nature owns not and the Gods have cursed. In Their wrath They set their hand against the Old Ones. the Old Ones are and the Old Ones shall be. all creation bowed beneath Their might and knew Them for Their wickedness. . the Ghasts who dwelleth in Zin’s primordial vaults know Them as their Lords. And the Elder Lords set Their seal upon the Gateway and the power of the Old Ones prevailest not against its might. The Dholes do homage unto Them in the nighted vale of Pnoth and Gugs sing Their praises beneath the peaks of ancient Throk. staying Them in the midst of Their iniquity and casting Them forth from the Earth to the Void beyond the planes where chaos reigns and form abideth not. till seas gave up the land. Beneath the oceans They brooded while ages past. the timeless citadel upon the cloud-vieled heights of unknown Kadath beareth Their mark. unseen and loathsome They descended to primal earth. They have fathered the Na-Hag and the Gaunts that ride the Night. And the spawn of the Old Ones covered the Earth. The City of Irem in the great desert has known Them. From the dark stars They came ere man was born. whereupon They swarmed forth in Their multitudes and darkness ruled the Earth. Great Cthulhu is Their brother. Wantonly the Old Ones trod the ways of darkness and Their blasphemies were great upon the Earth. And the Elder Lords opened Their eyes and beheld the abominations of Those that ravaged the Earth. the shantaks of Leng are the work of Their hands. Leng in the Cold Waste has seen Their passing. and Their children endureth throughout the ages.

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for the Earth has known Them and shall know Them in time yet to come. And the Old Ones hold foul and formless Azathoth for Their Master abd Abide with Him in the black cavern at the centre of all infinity. where he gnaws ravenously in ultimate chaos amid the mad beating of hidden drums. Yog-sothoth knowest the mazes of of time. Outside Earth’s plane They linger and ever awaite the time of Their return. man’s day shall pass.15 Loathsome Cthulhu rose then from the deeps and raged with exceeding great fury against the Earth Guardians. . and They shall rule where They once ruled. for all time is one unto Him. And They bound his venomous claws with potent spells and sealed him up within the City of R’lyeh wherein beneath the waves he shall sleep death’s dream until the end of the Aeon. the tuneless piping of hideous flutes and the ceaseless bellowing of blind idiot gods that shamble and gesture aimlessly for ever. for Yog-sothoth is the Gate through which Those of the Void will re-enter. After day cometh night. He knowest where the Old Ones came forth in time along long past and where They shall come forth again when the cycle returneth. the Old Ones and Ancient Times will reveal the Reader more about the origins of the Old Ones and Their Foretold Future. Beyond the Gate dwell now the Old Ones. not in the spaces known unto men but in the angles betwixt them. The soul of Azathoth dwelleth in Yog-sothoth and He shall beckon unto the Old Ones when the stars mark the time of Their coming. As foulness you shall know them and Their accursedness shall stain the Earth.

first by the shadowy Valusians before the advent of man on this planet. and Cthugha abideth yet on Fomalhaut. Now it is also written of those of the Begotten of Azathoth who abide not within the secret places of the Earth. what time the Elder Gods came hither in Their wrath. and that the sorcerers and the wizards of this Terrene sphere are not deemed worthy by the Great Old Ones to be instructed in the secrets thereof. even the Little People of the Wood. He descende upon dying Mars in His might. and yet later by the dwellers in primal Mu. the place thereof was the unlitten and subterraneous gulf of N’kai. before emerging into the upper world. he descended to this Earth and dwelleth yet in his frozen realm. and Shub-Niggurath from nightmare. And it was through the Shining Trapezohedron. and the Deep Ones and the loathsome Yuggs who be Their minions. but as for Aphoom Zhah. it was the Deep Ones who carried to this world the awful likeness of serpent-bearded Byatis. it is said they were wrought by strange talimanic art. not all came down to this Earth. even Tsathoggua.16 OF THE COMING-DOWN OF THE OLD ONES Of the coming-down of the Great Old Ones from the stars. but by the dimensions that lie between them. Not through the starry spaces came Tsathoggua. who came hence from dim Cykranosh not long after the creation of life on this planet. For the Great Old Ones had forseen the day and the hour of Their need. when that They must summon to Their side those of Their awesome Brethren who had taken far worlds for the place of Their abiding. wherein whose gloomy depths He lingered for innumerable cycles. that is the very talisman of dread Nyarlathotep. and all His spawn from distant Xoth. . that the Great Old Ones summoned to Their aid the might of the Crawling Chaos in the hour of Their great need. Cthugha chose for His abode the star Fomalhaut. it was the Outer Ones that serve Hastur the Unspeakable. and it was His sons who descended hither in His place. and all they that serve Her. But of the Great Old Ones begotten by Azathoth in the prime. for Him Who Is Not To Be Named lurks ever on that dark world near Aldebaran in the Hyades. Likewise. brought down the Shining Trapezohedron from dark Yuggoth on the Rim. Now of these star-made eidolons. it is written in the Book of Eibon that the first who came hither was the black thing. that when the Great Old Ones came down from the stars in the misty prime They brought the image and likeness of Their Brethern with Them. and had brought hither these images for this very purpose. little there is that is known to men. whereupon He begat the dread Aphoom Zhah. whereby was He worshipped. Likewise. which world He chose for His dominion. that awful thing that be brother to black Tsathoggua.rumored Yaddith. whereupon had it been fashioned with curious art in the days ere Earth had yet brought forth its first life. and of His advent upon this planet. and the Fire-Vampires that serve Him. as Eibon saith. In this wise. son of Yig. And after this it was the Great Cthulhu came hither next. And terrible Vulthoom.

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but of this the must be wary. for such eidolons be uncanny. who found their own destruction. and that through them. the Elder Gods descended on this world in Their wrath. in the fullness of time.18 But it is whispered in certain old. you be not consumed and swallowed up. although the must beware lest in the conflict betwixt That which you evoke to destroy the likeness of That which slumbereth afar. but against such images from beyond the stars the Elder Sign hath very great power. or be yourself destrothed thereby. Neither is it wholly within the knowledge of men to destroy such images. and betimes are known to drink the lives of they that handle them unwisely. forbidden books an awesome power lurks within such images. or who seek through such images to summon to this sphere Those far off and better left undisturbed. and many there be that sought the destruction thereof. Those that dwell afar can sometimes be evoked and summoned hither. and that utterly. And there be those that worship the Great Old Ones through their image and likeness. as They were when that it came to pass. . as through strange windows in time and space. even unto your immortal soul.

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hear the mournful sigh of the vortex. but speak not His name aloud. but none shall know the hand that smiteth and the soul that destroys.the mad rushing of the Ultimate Wind that Swirls darkly amongst the silent stars. Hear then His Voice in the dark hours. His might teareth the forest and crusheth the city. Hear the Him that howls serpent-fanged amid the bowels of nether earth. His form to men unknown. answer His call with thine own. . He whose ceaseless roaring ever fills the timeless skies of hidden Leng. for faceless and foul walketh the Accursed One. bow the and pray at His passing.20 THE VOICE OF HASTUR Hear the the Voice of dread Hastur.

21 CONCERNING NYARLATHOTEP I hear the Crawling Chaos that calls beyond the stars And They created Nyarlathotep for Their messenger. Who shall know the mystery of Nyarlathotep? for He is the mask and will of Those that were when time was not. Gods dread His call. yet who knoweth His form? AND AT THE LAST FROM INNER EGYPT CAME THE STRANGE DARK ONE TO WHOM THE FELLAH BOWED . and They clothed Him with Chaos that His form might be ever hidden amidst the stars. AND WRAPPED IN FABRICS RED AS SUNSET FLAME. The waves freeze before Him. In men’s dreams He whispers. . He is the priest of the ether. SILENT AND LEAN AND CRYPTICALLY PROUD. the Dweller in Air and hath many faces that none shall recall.

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He may be called by the touching of his image by a living being. but a fate darkling and terrible beyond belief is reserved for they who unwittingly possess such idols from Beyond. For there is this about those images of the Great Old Ones brought down from the stars when all the Earth was young. and they that worship the Great Old Ones and who serve them on this plane may communicate with their Masters through such ideals. for them the Old Ones drain vitality through this psychic link. and from those upon whom he feasts he draws a part of their vitality.23 THE SERPENT BEARED BYATIS Yatis.son of Yig. the serpent-bearded. the god of forgetfulness. came with the Great Old Ones from the stars. He feasts upon those who stray to him. and it is told that those who look upon his eyes will be forced to walk into his clutches. and so grows vaster. and their dreams are made hideous with nightmare glimpses of the Ultimate Pit. called by obeisances made to his image which was brought by the Deep Ones to Earth. that a psychic link connects such as Byatis or Han to their images. His gaze brings darkness on the mind. .

they wait ever at the Gate. it is written. and the Gate is all places at all times. the City under the Desert. and the Shantaks which guard Kadath in the Cold Waste and the Plateau of Leng. leaving the Great Old Ones in possession of the Earth. they shall cause there a Gate to be established and shall wait upon Them Who Come through the Gate. and the Deep Ones. returning from Yith took up Their Abode forward in Time in Earth-Land not yet known to those who walk the Earth today. one with another. even as the Dhols. and both with the Elder Gods. and the Gugs. but the Great Race of Yith and the Great Old Ones failing to agree.24 Of The Old Ones and the Gates Concerning the Old Ones. the City of Pillars. but the first was that which I caused to be opened. and the Gaunts of the Night and the Shoggoths and the Voormis. namely in Irem. and there wait till there shall come again the winds and the Voices which drove Them forth before and That which Walketh on the Winds over the Earth and in the spaces that are among the Stars forever. for They know nothing of time or place but are in all time and in all place together without appearing to be. and the Tcho-Tcho people. and there are those amongst Them which can assume diverse Shapes and Features and any given Shape and any given Face and the Gates are for Them everywhere. . seperated. All are alike the Children of the Elder Gods. but wherever men sayeth the forbidden Words. and the Abominable Mi-Go. while the Great Race.

Zhar. satyrs. Cthugha shall encompass his dominion from Fomalhaut. For Ubbo-Sathla is the source and the end. the Tcho-Tcho.Sothoth or Cthulhu from the stars. . and whose agents are ‘Umr At-Tawil and the Ancient Ones. it is told.. and there are those who know the spells put upon the Great Old Ones by the Elder Gods.. Azathoth. formless efts of the prime and the grisly prototypes of terrene life. as there are those who shall learn how to break them. Before the coming of Tsathoggua or Yog. shall go back at last through the great circle of time to Ubbo-Sathla... . Shub-Niggurath shall spawn his thousand young. the Great Old Ones led by the blind idiot god. as already they know how to command the servants of those who wait beyond the door from Outside. Ubbo-Sathla dwelt in the steaming fens of the new. and the Elder Gods sleep.And all earthly life. those who warred upon the Elder Gods. and upon whom are no strictures of time or space. spawning the gray.25 CONCERNING UBBO-SATHLA Ubbo-Sathla is the source. and those who serve them. who is All-in-One and One-in-All.made Earth: a mass without head or members. and Tsathoggua shall come from N’kai. and Ithaqua shall ride the spaces among the stars. for the time draws near.. who dream forever of that time when once again they shall rule. Nyarlathotep the messenger of the Ancient Ones shall howl forever in the darkness where he abideth. Lloigor. Great Cthulhu shall rise from R’lyeh... They wait by the gates. and they shall spawn in turn and shall take dominion over all wood nymphs. to whom rightfully belong Earth and the entire universe of which it is a part. dreaming. the red eye of the bull.. Hastur the Unspeakable shall return from the dark star which is in the Hyades near Aldebaran. shall be ennobled.Sothoth. and Yog. the unbegotten beginning from whom came those who dared set themselves against the Elder Gods who ruled from Betelgueze. and the Little People. the hour is soon at hand.

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They had some innate correspondences to the four elements of earth. who thrust Azathoth beyond the physical universe into primal Chaos from which he can never return. was served by the Outer Ones. Hastur. the chief divinity. Indeed it was the very son of Him whom Dagon and the Deep Ones served. another. while the great airelemental. Hastur. was an air-elemental (and costantly at odds with Cthulhu).haunted and primal continent in prehistoric times. who dwelt on or near the “dim green double star. who either banished them to distant stars (as Cthugha to Fomalhaut and Hastur to Aldebaran). These beings were essentially malign and had ruled man through fear. beneath ancient Hyperborea. one of the 3 sons of Cthulhu who had been mighty gods in elder Mu before the cataclysm destrothed that shadow. named Cthugha.” Cthulhu had fathered 3 godlings on a female entity named Idhyaa. while UbboSathla they confined forever at the subterranean place referred to only as “gray-litten Y’qaa. rival pantheon called the Elder Gods. Early man had worshiped a pantheon of divinities that had come down from the stars when the Earth was young. under their leader N’gha-Kthun. or imprisoned them at various places upon the Earth.” whose leader Fthaggua. was imprisoned in a chasm in Yhe.” and they were not even remotely human-like. and subservient to them was a second group of minor entities called the Lesser Old Ones. As for the twin leaders of this rebellion. dwelt on a world called Ktynga. his half-brother. air. The wizards of the sea-god cult called him Zoth-Ommog. Cthulhu himself they locked away in a sunken stone city called R’lyeh beneath the Pacific. the most common term for them was “the Old Ones. comprised of beings who served the Great Old Ones as leaders of their minions or servants. Xoth. a Muvian province. octopus-headed monstrosity named Cthulhu. a winged. Azathoth the Demon-Sultan and Ubbo-Sathla. For example. they were reduced to idiocy by the Elder Gods. These were known as the Great Old Ones. was a fire-elemental.” in the aeons before his descent to this planet. while Zoth-Ommog lay chained beneath the ocean off the “Island of the Sacred Stone Cities. Thus the materials relating to Cthulhu and his sons is sometimes called the Xothic Legend-Cycle. Ythogtha. These beings were identified with the famous Abominable Mi-Go. was a sea-elemental. and so on. fire and water: for example. These Old Ones having warred against and been defeated by a superior. led by Father Dagon and Mother Hydra. being more demons than gods. his son Ghatanothoa they sealed within the mountain on Mu. the Dweller in the Deeps. .27 OF THE OLD ONES AND ELEMENTS Dagon was referred to as “Leader of the Deep Ones”. but he was not the primary Water -Being worshiped. the Unbegotten Source. the minions of Cthulhu were called the Deep Ones. and the minions of Cthugha were the so-called “FlameCreatures. and his second son.

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But Its shape was not real and constantly changed. which It didn’t know either. Time had no real meaning either. and the dark is yet clearer than light. Then there came sights of millenia of blue ice and then of fire-spitting volcanoes. None had the knowledge and the possibilities to search for other clues. where nothing is something. and later they wrote about It with trembling fingers on ancient scrolls. and It thought with Its whole being because It didn’t possess such primitive organs as brains either. those short periods of consciousness between eternally seeming periods of what could only be sleep or nonexistence. Of course they too were considered as insane. which was Cyäegha. something to which no artificial laws apply. fully awake. and still later on parchments. Some were more strongly protected and just felt the outer touches of Its dreams. It hated. as those who really had been driven mad by Its dreams.made prison and only by Its mind in contact with the outer reality. utterly unimportant to something such as Cyäegha. It had always been there. and it all seemed so utterly stupid and unimportant to Cyäegha that it revolted It. or a natural happening like a wood-fire or a tornado. Rather Cyäegha was something beyond the man-made laws of good and evil. Some authors wrote them down as stories. Its whole consciousness became that hate. so It went back to death and slumber. Through the aeons some of Its alien dreams touched men and drove them gibbering mad. or used them unconsciously in weird stories. which told It nothing about Itself except that It did exist. or maybe allowed Itself to think. It just was. . Then It tried to think of Itself. or other names which they thought was Its. or just plain death. still waiting to be opened. And at those times when It was awake. trapped in Its maybe self. and It heard with ears that were not ears. Because Its name had already been written down long ago. because that was the only thing It could do. or a storm. but neither could It touch other things. It saw with eyes that were no eyes. which it hadn’t. and all were burned when they were discovered. It couldn’t be touched in Its somewhere place which was nowhere. because It didn’t know if the sleep-death periods were or weren’t created by Itself. a natural force. and maybe It died each time and was reborn. as only something can hate which is beyond good and evil. knowing that the world would never accept such an utterly alien reality. Sometimes during those scarce moments when It was allowed to think. It tried to remember more than Its name. carved on limestone tablets. warts on the face of Earth. if evil would have had a rational meaning to Itys existence. and Its shape had been painted on the walls of subterreanian caves. It could be called evil. it was.33 Concerning Cyäegha Here the dark is blacker than black and a color of its own. if It could die at all. Silently It hated. it was just something which went by unnoticed. and tried to interpret then consciously in essays. and It knew It had a name. It thought at those times when it was able to think at all.

It didn’t hate then more or less for what they did. giving themselves direction by muscular movements of their bellies. the Winged Woman..34 And when some dared to print Its name.always hating.. some always stathed sane or at least partly.always waiting. offering It still warm. And It wondered where they were. crawling on their lumpy bellies. and pushing with the force of their hind legs.and they are called Vaeyen. Who keep and guard Him in His Darkness. Some prathed to It. And sometimes Cyäegha dreamed too. They moves crablike. But some always survived. and the Green Moon. the writers and printers were burned together with their books. In hiding. as ancient as Itself and as hidden as Itself. The Nagaäe that serve Cyäegha are earth creatures with toadlike bodies. beating hearts torn out of the bleeding chests of sacrificial victims. Their faces consist mainly of bulging eyes and an oversized mouth with two forked tongues. with pulsating innards covered only by a thin lather of leathery skin. dreamed of the others.. It hated then all with Its whole being. All four of each one’s forelegs are raised mantislike. and still others cursed It in many languages. and interpreted Its dreams. and yet so different. by aeons of nameless terror. and the forelegs of a man. They are The Black Light. They have the hind legs of a frog. Hating. the White Fire which is Blacker than Night.as Itself? Waiting.. And the Dark That Waits has 5 who guard the temple and the Dark. transparent. . but It couldn’t care less. the White Dark which is more red than the Fire. just like Itself. or chained.

and thereafter fathers died. were known and worshipped before men existed. But whether Mlandoth is a place. the dark stalker and seducer of all Earthly intelligence. and the slime became the worm and the worm the serpent. escaped birth. It is clear that the most ancient gods. And therefore She learned to devour the mortal and mutable creatures. and to be as all mortal things as She willed. sons were born. without death. She was born. life became mortal and mutable. birth came. and to live forever without birth. and from their seed to change Herself . or an inconceivable maelstrom of unknown forces and properties outside the perceptible cosmos is not known surely. and it is further clear that the most ancient gods all proceed from the one source.35 YIDHRA A hundred April winds disperse her fragrance. who was born of and with the life of Earth and who through the aeons intertwines endlessly with all Earthly life-forms. for all living things must change as the trees of the north must shed their leaves to live in winter and put them on to live in spring.” merely the arm of Ngyr-Khorath. and never was the son exactly as the father. But at last death came. life without birth. That source is sometimes called Mlandoth. yet Where Yidhra walks the hills do not forget. an organ created in the image of Earthly life and consciousness to corrupt that life and lead it to its own destruction? And does not even great Yidhra. . or a conscious entity. And is not fabled “Ymnar. life unchanging. teach reverence for Mlandoth? Before death was born. Certainaly Ngyr-Khorath. But She could not escape change. The ruthless thears assail the ancient memory of her presence. the mad and monstrous thing which haunted this region of space before the solar system was formed and haunts it still. and for untold ages there was life without death. is but a local eddy of the vastness that is Mlandoth. Of all living things only She escaped death. A thousand wet Octobers scour her footprints. the prototypes of all the gods of man. and all gods are but varied manifestations and extensions of the One. the serpent became the yeti of the mountain forests and the yeti became man.

yet her consciousness is a vast unity. she waits by all. combining bodily with her diverse followers. she devoured the bear and learned to cloth herself in fur against the creeping ice of the north. hidden in the jungles of the south. for in body she is many.36 Yidhra devoured the octopus and learned to put forth a tentacle. for she partakes of all foul creatures as well as fair. . For as the adepts can send their thoughts and visions to one another over great distances so can Yidhra send her thoughts to men and cause them to see only what she wills. Thus it is that though her temples are many. indeed can Yidhra take any shape known to living things. but only such visions as she wills them to see. Indeed it is by sending her thoughts that Yidhra remains in one soul. and the deserts beyoun the western sea. To her followers she appears in many fair and comely forms. the icy wastes of the north. but this is because they see not her true form. yet no shape can she take which is truly fair.


but fats and instructs the very worm that gnaws. till out of curruption horrid life springs. Great holes secretly are digged where earth’s pores ought to suffice. that happy is the tomb where no wizard hath lain. Wisely did Ibn Schacabao say. Cursed the ground where dead thoughts live new and oddly bodied. and happy the town at night whose wizards are all ashes. For it is of old rumour that the soul of the devil-bought hastes not from his charnal clay. . and evil the mind that is held by no head.38 OF THE WORM THAT GNAWS The nethermost caverns are not for the fathoming of eyes that see. for their marvels are strange and terrific. and the dull scavengers of earth wax crafty to vex it and swell monstrous to plague it. and things have learnt to walk that ought to crawl.

it is possible. Either madness or Death is the toll for such a journey. He is said by Ebn Khallikan (12th century biographer) to have been siezed by an invisible monster in broad daylight and devoured horribly before a large number of fright-frozen witnesses. he came from dim Cykranosh not long after the creation of life on this planet. [Translator’s note : Abdul Al-Hazred died in Damascus. as the following chapters will show. a place even Ancient Gods chose to rest peacefully. the ritual has a risk though.39 Book Of Places In Outer Space most of these places are. beyond the Silver Key Door. for the Old Ones or Their Minions may feel your gaze and track you down unmercifully. not all came on Earth. Of his final death or disappearance many terrible and conflicting things are told.D. Some call that holly place. Of the Old Ones. the Traveller shall be patient. However. Mankind unexpectedly created the most beautiful countries. Tsathoggua was the first. dwelt on a world called Ktynga. the Demon-Sultan Azathoth. to open Windows or Gates though which one may look upon the Dark Stars. lurks ever on that dark world near Aldebaran in the Hyades. It is probable one of these “Watchers” finally found him.] the reader must be aware that The Old Ones are not the only makers of cyclopean cities. with His Spawns. Cthugha chose for His abode the star Fomalhaut. the Deep Ones and the Goddess-Bitch Shub-Niggurath followed them soon after from nightmare-rumored Yaddith. for the Old Ones came from the Dark Stars. Fthaggua. the Lands of Dreams . Him Who Is Not To Be Named. Great Cthulhu came hither next from distant dim green double star Xoth. To visit such places. Only a few chosen are allowed to travel through time and space and see by themselves the very places where They were born. Likewise. circa 738 A. His brother Vulthoom descended upon dying Mars. Hastur the Unspeakable left dark Yuggoth to stain the soil of Earth in its prime.

Hidden as well in the furnace of a burning desert lies Irem Of Thousand Pillars.” Ubbo-Sathla. from where they could watch the Stars They Came From. Zoth-Ommog lay chained beneath the ocean off the “Island of the Sacred Stone Cities. raised by the Old Ones or destrothed by Them. Leng in the Cold Waste is one of those cities. These are not empty places however.40 Earthly Places The Old Ones came. the Traveller shall be prepared to face the Ones who still worship Them in the Dark. shiny domes and crystal windows. Most of them were Cyclopean cities. hidden halfway between this world and the realms of Dreams in the northernmost lands of Earth. the very path of the Outer Places. and they built their own places. Cthulhu is locked away in a sunken stone city called R’lyeh beneath the Eastern Ocean. they were built to the image of their Makers : huge alleys where They can Walk on Winds.. dreaming of the Times when they shall rule again.. His second son. a Muvian province. With much wisdom and mastery of the Art of Arcanes. countless pillars and towers rising to the skies like filthy claws. Made of black obsidian and ever strong basalt. In addition to the dangers of such journey. Servents and minions still lurk in the dark corners of titanic streets. dressed like a jewel behind a wall of sand. His son Ghatanothoa lays within the mountain of Mu. . close to the lost continent of Mu. the source and the end lay confined forever at the subterranean place referred to only as “gray-litten Y’qaa. beneath ancient Hyperborea. Ythogtha. was imprisoned in a chasm in Yhe. where the Old Ones came from and where some are still dreaming. the Traveller may find there artefacts and allies to start an even more dangerous journey . Others are places where one of Them has been banished and is waiting.

and by the grey stone temple beneath the Night Gaunts lair. . by the howling of the Na-hag who brood in nighted caverns and haunt men’s dreams with strange madness. for he that beholds Their mitred-heads shall know the claws of doom. But beware O Man. beware. of Those who tread in Darkness the ramparts of Kadath. Know the time-shunned Leng by the ever-burning evil-fires and the foul screeching of the scaly Shantak birds which ride the upper air. wherein is he who wears the yellow Mask and dwelleth all alone.41 Of Leng in the Cold Waste Who seeketh Northwards beyond the twilight land of Inquanok shall find amidst the frozen waste the dark and mighty plateau of thrice-forbidden Leng.

and is not this great desert. many levels of reality. Irem of the Pillars. the great city. this empty quarter connected to the void. I have spent ten thears in the heart of the “Roba al Khalitheh. Towers rising high. Some say it was built by giants.? Cannot a Muqarribun interact with its unseen denizens in the Crimson Desert? . releasing them to the knowing For there are many levels of existence for Irem. So Irem of the Old Ones still exists in some form. no more do the caravans of frankincense pass by.” mad and possessed of the Jinn. Many are the strange and unbelievable marvels that may be seen there.42 Of Irem of Thousand Pillars Irem Zhat al Imad.” crimson. alas no more! And there were places here of hidden knowledge and of power. the great southern desert colored “Dahma. Alas for the earth has swallowed up the City of Pillars. the great octagonal fort. some by the tribe of Ad. but do they dare comprehend the fabulous? Irem was an earthly paradise to the initiated. Many have called it a town of great wickedness.” the empty space. And I have seen the fabulous many pillars of Irem and I have been called “majnun. but Irem was here before men and though swallowed she will protect her secrets from the profane.

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under the burning suns. remotest Phenoth beyond space itself. . And the walls give way.angled apertures pour diverse solar colors in five distinct luminosities. and search on. waxed huge and strong beyond belief. unwholesome Dholes we never shall escape or long elude! Our far-fled brethren.the runes to keep the gruesome worm-things pent. I ponder cantrips to hold at bay the bleached and viscous swine-snouted worms. Through odd. And once again we float to dimmest Xoth. We ignore it.mages strive to pen below some monstrous peril scarcely glimpsed or named.44 Visions of Yaddith Each night the dream comes. On Nython and Mthura. but without finding that for which we seek. The ground shakes. and terrible Shaggai. There the Arch-Ancient One exhorts of us redoubled labors holding strong the force which walls away the squirming burrow-spawn. and. They voyaged far to Vhoorl in the remotest nebulae. the Mother remains indifferent as to which of the races of her minions triumph! For ages and ages beyond all reckoning have the great Dhole-things lurked beneath.. elaborate metallic structures tremble and sway to subterranean tremors from beneath.. amidst the teeming warren of a nightmare realm where insect. Untiringly. My nine claws trace inexplicable hieroglyphs acid-etched in perdurable metal. O. The fungoid intelligences of Nzoorl repulse our entreaties.. Through labyrinthine streets. we gather to the meeting-place of minds.. return from Yarnak and from ill-rumored Ymar. Now are their black and fetid nests below no longer large enough to any more contain such prodigious progeny. Nor can our cantrips any more suffice to hold at bay the loathed. and I sink submerged into another mind. They thrust and lurch against the walls of thought-projected force that held at bay for aeons interminable the Doom of Yaddith. my brethren barter for more potent ensorcellments. where rules the Crawling Chaos. we mages seek and search the pentacle. Mother... Crouched on my prism. which gnaweth ever the foundations of the world. ever the same dark dream! Perched on the giddy brink of vertiginous chasms. we drift to Kythamil or Kath. the snouted worms can track us through our dreams which call like beacons through the eldritch dark. in noisome burrows where they fed and grew. For lack of these must the Nug-Soth perish in the foundering of intricate metal cities? Alas.inscribed plates and scrolls fetched hither from far worlds and fabulous. an alien form which toils in metal chambers cold. They return fetching not hither that for which they sought -. and trans-galactic Stronti. bizarre... at last. Sheathed in bent light. to Zaoth and Ktynga. Mother. But in vain. empty of hand. Even should we migrate to a world remote from this.

fallen. I am among the very last to leave. the Nug-Soth no more may stroll the broad metallic esplanade.. the broken towers totter toward collapse.. her star-scattered brood.. No more are the departure-stages thronged. .. The Mighty Mother smiles over her fleeing. Now in their thousands are the Nug-Soth fled. Ever we toil on under the five-hued light. The metal pavement quavers underfoot. and little hope have we to long survive. For City Three is fallen. armoured in closed light against the bitter cold and utter blackness that yawns between the stars. knowing at last there is not any hope. where the Metal Brains in crystal caverns cogitate long ages by. The awful doom of Yaddith we evade will soon be snuffling at our heels again -. Under the shuddering aurorae of the north. No more the larvae in the breeding-pits shall mewl and slither. as night falls over Yaddith at the end. ever more potent runes.The snouted worms can track us through our dreams. fallen.. Inscrutable. nor mages ponder tomes of elder lore. We hurtle through the frigid gloom of space to Zaoth or Shaggai or Kythamil leaving behind the ruin of a world. For few remain to hold the Dhole-swarm back. they learned a fearful lore: the spells arcane for which we quest were known of old on Yith and Yith is perished untold eons past. and on cold Abbith.45 From world to world our brother-mages went for stronger spells.. the thought-waves bring to us a tale of doom for City Three is fallen. where glaciers crawl the meteor strewn waste.

wondering from the greatness of the labor how ever the stones were brought from afar. After many eons men came to the land of Mnar. which was old as the lake itself. It is written on the brick cylinders of Kadatheron that the beings of Ib were in hue as green as the lake and the mists that rise above it. pushed on to the border of the lake and built Sarnath at a spot where precious metals were found in the earth. and thereafter kindled flames on many ceremonial occasions. and peopled with beings not pleasing to behold. And it is written in the papyrus of Ilarnek. since there is naught like them in the land of Mnar or in the lands adjacent. both of waking and of dream. Ten thousand thears ago there stood by its shore the mighty city of Sarnath. the slingers and the spearmen and the bowmen. because they did not wish to touch them. pouting. they and the vast still lake and gray stone city of Ib.46 Of the Land of Mnar and the Doom That Came to Sarnath There is in the land of Mnar a vast still lake that is fed by no stream. before ever the men of Sarnath came to the land of Mnar. and at the beings of Ib they marveled greatly. And certain tribes. Ilarnek. pushing the queer bodies into the lake with long spears. It is also written that they descende one night from the moon in a mist. because they lived in very ancient times. and knows little of the very ancient living things. the great water-lizard. . as they must have been. Nor did they like the strange sculptures upon the gray monoliths of Ib. Very odd and ugly were these beings. and curipus ears. none can tell. as indeed are most beings of a world yet inchoate and rudely fashioned. even until the coming men. It is told that in the immemorial thears when the world was young. marched against Ib and slew all the inhabitants thereof. However this may be. So one day the young warriors. and Kadatheron on the winding river Ai. and were without voice. And because they did not like the gray sculptured monoliths of Ib they cast these also into the lake. flabby lips. As the men of Sarnath beheld more of the beings of Ib their hate grew. the gray stone city of Ib. more hardy than the rest. dark shepherd folk with their fleecy flocks. that they had bulging eyes. who built Thraa. and it was not less because they found the beings weak. unless it was because the land of Mnar is very still. Not far from the gray stone city of Ib did the wandering tribes lay the first stones of Sarnath. but Sarnath stands there no more. that they one day discovered fire. another city stood beside the lake. But not much is written of these beings. for those sculptures lingered so late in the world. and soft as jelly to the touch of stones and arrows. for they thought it not meet that beings of such aspect should walk about the world of men at dusk. and remote from most lands. and man is young. and out of which no stream flows. But with their marveling was mixed hate. it is certain that they worshipped a sea-green stone idol chiseled in the likeness of Bokrug. before which they danced horribly when the moon was gibbous.

On the ground were halls as vast and splendid as those of the palaces. . and here rested the altar of chrysolite which bore the doomscrawl of Taran-Ish. were derided by dancers and lutanists crowned with roses from the royal gardens. and as a sign of leadership in Mnar. for weird lights were seen over the lake. Within his banquet-hall reclined Nargis-Hei. This the young warriors took back with them as a symbol of conquest over the old gods and beings of Ib. and Kadatheron. and in time there sate upon the throne in Sarnath the king of all the land of Mnar and of many lands adjacent. song. wherein Sarnath prospered exceedingly. Taran-Ish had scrawled upon the altar of chrysolite with coarse shaky strokes the sign of DOOM. fashioned of a bright multi-colored stone not known elsewhere. and all the cities of Mnar and the lands beyond. Lofty and amazing were the seventeen tower-like temples of Sarnath. But on the night after it was set up in the temple. the king. But before he had died. at night. And at the lake. save the seagreen idol chiseled in the likeness of Bokrug. at which time wine. Ilarnek. a terrible thing must have happened. the chief gods of Sarnath. Each thear was celebrated in Sarnath the feast of the destroying of Ib. the water-lizard. Many centuries came and went. was done the very secret and ancient rite in detestation of Bokrug. As Sarnath waxed mighty and learned and beautiful. Gorgeous beyond thought was the feast of the thousandth thear of the destroying of Ib. as from some fear unspeakable. whose incense-enveloped shrines were as the thrones of monarchs.47 Thus of the very ancient city of Ib was nothing spared. drunken with ancient wine from the vaults of conquered Pnoth. where gathered throngs in worship of Zo-Kalar and Tamash and Lobon. and the memory of those beings and of their elder gods. and surrounded by feasting nobles and hurrying slaves. so that only priests and old women remembered what Taran-Ish had scrawled upon the altar. and as it drew nigh there came to Sarnath on horses and camels and elephants men of Thraa. Great honors were then paid to the shades of those who had annihilated the odd ancient beings. Before the marble walls on the appointed night were pitched the pavillions of princes and the tents of travellers. dancing and merriment of every kind abounded. and in the morning the people found the idol gone and the high-priest Taran-Ish lying dead. And the king would look out over the lake and curse the bones of the dead that lay beneath it. For a decade had it been talked of in the land of Mnar. the water-lizard. it sent forth conquering armies to subdue the neighboring cities.

when the tide is low. flourish yet and there will the Gods ever be worshipped. the great Water-Lizard God. Lh-yib. Across the world is the Sister City. was susequently worshipped beneath the gibbous moon throughout the land of Mnar. And it was the high-priest Gnai-Kah who first saw the shadows that descended from the gibbous moon into the lake. where through the windows were seen no longer the forms of Nargis-Hei and his nobles and slaves. but a horde of indescibable green voiceless things with bulging eyes. which was wont to rear high above it near the shore. and the gray rock Akurion which rears high above it near the shore. was almost submerged. priests held revels in the tower of the great temple. in the barbarous lands of Zimmeria. and on their tongues were words so terrible that no hearer paused for proof. And also. Men whose eyes were wild with fear shrieked aloud of the sight within the king’s banquet-hall. nuts and spices from Sydathrian groves. an exceedingly ancient idol chiseled in the likeness of Bokrug. now stretched only the marshy shore of the vast still lake itself. the Deep Ones. peacocks from the distant hills of Implan. Through all the land of Mnar and the land adjacent spread the tales of those who fled from Sarnath. For on the faces of this throng was writ a madness born of horror unendurable. Thereafter those in the towers.” . heels of camels from the Bnazic desert. and curious ears. and saw that the gray rock Akurion. And where once had risen walls of three hundred cubits and towers yet higher. in letters ancient. But half buried in the rushes was spied a curious green idol. pouting. and the damnable green mists that arose from the lake to meet the moon and to shroud in a sinister haze the towers and domes of fated Sarnath. enshrined in the high temple at Ilarnek. “Ib is gone but the Gods live on. Whilst the king and his nobles feasted within the palace. There the People. flabby lips. so that the princes of Ilarnek and of far Rokol took down and folded their pavilions and departed. bearing in their paws golden platters set with rubies and diamonds and containing uncouth flames. even unto the coming of Cthulhu. close to the hour of midnight. Then. and pearls from wave-washed Mtal dissolved in the vinegar of Thraa. DOOM had come to Sarnath. and caravans sought that accursed city no more. so that all the visiting princes and travellers fled away in fright.48 There were eaten many strange delicacies at that feast. things which danced horribly. can be seen an inscription on the gray rock Akurion which reads. hidden in the earth. And fear grew vaguely yet swiftly. and without the walls beheld strange lights on the water. all the bronze gates of Sarnath burst open and emptied forth a frenzied throng that blackened the plain. though they scarce knew the reason for their departing. That idol. And by now the great gray rock Akurion was quite submerged.

and woe to he that dare pass within those dreadful doors. Earth’s Gods revel where Others once walked in mystic timeless halls.49 Of Kadath the Unknown What man knoweth Kadath? For who shall know of that which ever abides in strange-time. today and the morrow. . dark clouds shroud the mighty peak that gleams ‘neath ancient stars where silent brood the titan towers and rear forbidden walls. twix thesterday. which some have glimpst in sleeps dim vault through strange and sightless eyes. Curse-runes guard the nighted gate carved by forgotten hands. U nknown amidst the Cold Waste lieth the mountain of Kadath where upon the hidden summit an Onyx Castle stands.

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51 Book Of Summoning The adventurous Reader has to remember always Who he will expose himself to when trying to summon One of Them. With care and devotion. Keep in mind They can rarely be banished easily. the Reader may use the Adjuration of Great Cthulhu or learn to Summon Shub-Niggurath the Black To be thaught about strange times or travel without moving. The Render may impart the the happenings of the past and future with greater accuracy than even that Cathay volume of good repute. . the Reader may want to Call Forth Yog-Sothoth. For it is a highly hazardeous thing to trouble the Dream of The Old Ones. There is a different Ritual for summoning Yog-Sothoth and opening the Gate for troubled times. Other Higher Beings may teach the Reader about past or future events. The patient and clever Reader will learn of the Times and the Seasons to be Observed and to Raise up the Stones before starting to practice. Their wills are strange and strange is Their logic. places and rules to respect. This is the procedure for the invocation of He Who Lies Beyond the Veil and Who Shall Tear It Asunder at the time of the Great Dying. There are times.

the movements of the planets. when Sol is in Aquarius and Mercury in trine. at Lammas (on the first day of the eighth month). Supplicate Great Cthulhu only at Hallowmas Eve when the Sun abides within the House of the Scorpion and Orion riseth. When All Hallows falls within the cycle of the new Moon the power shall be the strongest. Conjure Shub-Niggurath when the Beltane fires glow upon the hills and the Sun is in the Second House.52 Of the Times and the Seasons to be Observed Whenever thou would’st call forth Those from Outside. thou must mark well the seasons and times in which the spheres do intersect and the influences flow from the Void Thou must observe the cycle of the Moon. the Lion. the Sun’s course through the Zodiac and the rising of the constellations. Evoke the terrible Hastur on Candlemas Night. at Roodmas (on the fourteenth day of the ninth month). . at Beltane (on the Eve of May). Mighty Yog-sothoth shall rise to the incantations when Sol has entered the fiery house of Leo and the hour of Lammas be upon the. or the Archer. the Moon decreasing and Mars and Saturn conjoin. repeating the Rites of Roodmas when the Black One appeareth. the Ultimate Rites shall be performed only in the seasons proper to them. these be: at Candlemas (on the second day of the second month). and at Hallowmas (on November Eve). Call out to dread Azathoth when the Sun is in the sign of the Ram.

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Blazon the stone with the character of the Scorpion whose tail reacheth unto the stars: . through which the summer winds bloweth and make upon the stone the mark of the Lion-serpent thus: The stone of whirling-air shall be set in the East where the first equinox riseth and shall be graven with the sign of he that beareth the waters. To the North set the the stone of Great Coldness that shall form the Gate of the winter-wind engraving thereupon the sigil of the Earth-Bull thus: In the South (at a space of five paces from the stone of the North).54 OF RAISE UP THE STONES To form the Gate through which They from the Outer Void might manifest thou must set up the stones in the elevenfold configuration. thou shalt raise a stone of fierce-heat. First thou shalt raise up the four cardinal stones and these shall mark the direction of the four winds as they howleth through their seasons. thus: The Gate of Rushing Torrents thou cause to beat the west most inner point (at a space of five paces from the stone of the East) where the sun dieth in the evening and the cycle of night returns.

Venus. Entreat the of the stones by night and when the Moon decreasetth in her light. . turning thy face to the direction of Their coming. Sul and Luna marking each with their rightful sign. This being done proceed thou widdershins placing at like distances apart the stones of Jupiter. without the inner four and through their diverse influences shall the focus of power be established. speaking the words and making the gestures that bringeth forth the Old Ones and causeth Them to walk once more the Earth. Mars. Mercury.55 Set thou the seven stones of Those that wander the heavens. Hastur. Cthulhu. Shub-Niggurath and Nyarlathotep. At the center of the so completed configuration set the the Alter of the Great Old Ones and seal it with the symbol of Yog-Sothoth and the mighty Names of Azathoth. In the North beyond the stone of Great Coldness set the first the stone of Saturn at a space of three paces. And the stones shall be the Gates through which thou shalt call Them forth from Outside man’s time and space.

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In the day and hour of the moon with sun in scorpio prepare thou a waxen tablet and enscribe thereon the seals of Cthulhu and Dagon. A supplication to great Cthulhu for those who would have power over his minions. Take up the tablet in thy right hand and make of the sign of Kish with thy left.57 THE ADJURATION OF GREAT CTHULHU Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh Wgah’nagl fhtan. Grant me the power to still the waves. . Give forth Thy sign that I may know Thy will upon the Earth. Thy servant calleth Thee. Hear me O mighty Cthulhu! ‘ Hear me Lord of Dreams ! In Thy tower at R’ lyeh They have sealed the. suffumigate with the incense of Zkauba and set aside. Recite the incantation thrice and when the final word of the third utterance dieth in the air cast thou the tablet into the waves saying: ‘In His House at R’lyeh Dead Cthulhu waits dreaming. When death dies. The Deep Ones knoweth Thy secret Name. yet He shall rise and His kingdom shall cover the Earth.’ And He shall come unto you in sleep and show His sign with which the shall unlock the secrets of the deep. but Dagon shall break Thy accursed bonds. that I may hear Thy Call. and Thy Kingdom shall rise once more. On Hallowmas eve thou must travel to some lonely place where high ground overlooks the ocean. Thy time shall be. (At the third repeating of the incantation cast forth the Tablet into the waves saying): In His House at R’lyeh Dead Cthulhu waits dreaming. The Hydra knoweth Thy lair. the Incantation O Thou that lieth dead but ever dreameth. and Thou shalt sleep no more. Hear. yet He shall rise and His kingdom shall cover the Earth.

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and seal with the sign of Koth. FABELLERON.59 TO SUMMON SHUB-NIGGURATH THE BLACK There the stones have been set up thou shalt call out to Shub. Now ! walk the Earth once more ! Cast the perfumes upon the coals. VARF-SHUB-NIGGURATH ! GABOTS MEMBROT ! And then the Black one shall come forth unto thee and the thousand Horned Ones who howl shall rise up from the Earth. NISA. ETITNAMUS.Niggurath. When the sun entereth the Sign of the Ram and the time of night is upon the turn thy face to the North wind and read the verse aloud: Iah ! SHUB-NIGGURATH ! Great Black Goat of the. XEWEFARAM Which closeth the Gate. I Call Thee forth ! (Kneel) Answer the cry of thy servant who knoweth the words of power! (make the Voorish sign) Rise up I say from thy slumbers and come forth with a thousand more! (make the sign of Kish) I make the signs. When thou would banish those that you have called forth intone the words: IMAS. I speak the words that openeth the door! Come forth I say. trace the sigil of Blaesu and pronounce the words of power: ZARIATNATMIX. and unto he that knoweth the signs and uttereth the words all earthly pleasures shall be granted. WEGHAYMNKO.Woods. BRAZO. And thou shalt hold before them the talisman of Yhe upon which they shall bow to thy power and answer thy demands. QUAHERS. FUBENTRONTY. TABRASOL. . I turn the Key. JANNA. HAYRAS.

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wecato. Then enter within the stones and draw about thee the Circle of evocation tracing the figurines with the mystic scimitar of Barzai. Xunewe-rurom Xeverator. He knoweth where the Old Ones came forth in times past and where They came forth again when the cycle returneth When thou would call forth Yog-Sothoth thou must waite until the Sun is in the Fifth House with Saturn in trine. come forth unto the Earth once more I entreat thee. (Make the sign of Caput Draconis) O Thou who art the Gate and the Way come forth come forth Thy servant calleth Thee. O Thou who abideth beyond the Spheres of Time. keoso. (Make the Sign of Kish) BENATIR! CARARKAU! DEDOS! YOG-SOTHOTH! come forth! come forth! I speak the words. Zywethorosto zuy. hear my supplication.61 TO CALL FORTH YOG-SOTHOT For Yog-Sothoth is the Gate. the seal is cast aside. I Break Thy bonds. Circumambulate thrice widdershins and turning thy face to the South intone the conjuration that openeth the Gate: The Conjuration O Thou that dwelleth in the darkness of the Outer Void. Menhatoy. Zururogos . pass through the Gate and enter the World I maketh Thy mighty Sign! (Make the Sign of the Voor) Trace the pentagram of Fire and say the incantation that causeth the Great One to manifest before the Gate: the Incantation Zyweso.

homor athanatos nywe zumquros. Key of Solomon (see Additional Ms. zuy rumoy quano duzy Xeuerator.674. and they be the powers of the Parasite-hoard which are His servitors and doeth His bidding in the world. xosoy Vzewoth! (Make the sign of Cauda Draconis) TALUBSI! ADULA! ULU! BAACHUR! Come forth Yog-Sothoth! come forth! *** And then he will come unto thee and bring His Globes and He will give true answer to all you desire to know. His Globes have diverse names and appeareth in many forms. {Editor’s Note: Included on this page are a number of sigils and a magic circle. THYYM. . Zuwezet. He commandeth twenty-six legions of infernal spirits and giveth the knowledge of all magical jewels and talismans. And He shall reveal unto you the secret of His seal by which you may gain favour in the sight of the Old Ones when They once more walk the Earth. but not limited to.62 Yog-Sothoth! Orary Ysgewot. YSHETO. They are therefor not included in this version. *** And when His hour be past the curse of the Elder Lords shall be upon Him and draw Him forth beyond the Gate where He shall abide until He be summoned. Hastur! Hagathowos yachyros Gaba Sub-Niggurath! meweth.Cornelius Agrippa. including. Quyhet kesos ysgeboth Nyarlathotep!. 36. Call them forth whenever thou shall have need of anything and they shall grant their powers unto the when the shall call them with the incantations and make their sign. Ysechyroroseth Xoneozebethoos Azathoth! Xono. British Museum Library) and Three Books of Occult Philosophy. The first is GOMORY. These illustrations are not in the Manuscript but were referenced from other texts. who appeareth like a camel with a crown of gold upon his head.} To Conjure of the Globes Know the that the Globes of Yog-Sothoth be thirteen in number. quaowe xeuerator phoe nagoo.

Thirty-three legions bow before him and he teacheth the mysteries of the sea. he can drive away any devil that would hinder the and tell of strange and hidden things. The sixth is VUAL his form is of a dark cloud and he teacheth all manner of ancient tongues. or a King terrible in aspect. he appeareth like a red man with a crown of iron upon his head. He hath sixty legions and telleth the secrets of time yet to come. ALGOR is the eighth spirit. The thirteenth spirit is ANABOTH who taketh the form of a yellow toad. He commandeth likewise sixty legions and giveth the knowledge of victory in war. He can tell of all secret things and granteth the favours of great Princes and Kings. He hath the power to make thee marvellous cunning in nigromancy.63 The second splrit is ZAGAN. make the invisible and restore sight which is lost. ELIGOR is the fourth spirit. He appeareth like a man with a green face and hath the power to show where treasure is hidden. and can tell the the vertues of herbs. He can reveal all occult secrets and tell of past times. who taketh the form of a great Prince. He appeareth like a giant. he bringeth money at your command. he appeareth in the likeness of a fly. The fifth spirit is called DURSON and hath with him twenty-two familiar demons and appeareth like a raven. The seventh is SCOR. who appeareth like a white snake. The ninth is SEFON. The eleventh spirit is GAMOR. and telleth of strife to come. he can convey money from place to place if thou bid him and bestow the love of any woman that thou desirest. who appeareth like a great bull. Twelfth is UMBRA. stones. and when he appeareth like a man can marvellously enform the of how to win favours of great persons and can drive away any spirit that guardeth over treasure. He hath the form of a great vulture. The Third is called SYTRY. When thou wouldst call up the Globes thou must first make upon the earth this sign: . Tenth is PARTAS.

When thou wouldst banish what the have called up eraze thou their sign with the scimitar of Barzai and utter the words: CALDULECH ! DALMALEY ! CADAT ! (and seal with the sign of Koth).. ERYONA. I do most powerfulIy summon and call the up O. MOZIM! By these words and in the name of YOG-SOTHOTH who is thy master..N... OREA. ORASYM. .. blow the dust of Ibn Ghazi and he will immediately take his proper form. That thou mathest aid me in my hour of need. IRION-ESYTION.64 And evoke of them thus: EZPHARES. Nota: If on their appearance the spirits obstinately refuse to speak cleave the air thrice with the scimitar and say: ADRICANOROM DUMASO! And their tongue shall be loosened and they will be compelled to give true answer.. But if he remaineth invisible to thine eye. OLYARAM. Come forth I command the by the sign of Power! (Make the sign of Voor) And then the spirit shall appear unto thee and grant thy requests.

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