Notes Towards a Short Story Inspired by Lovecraft

Malevolent forms.

The dark ichor of shapeless shadows.

Fiendish pulsating polyps.

Mean beasts with myriad eyes and twisted, horn-like fangs. Hellspawn that befouled the earth before time itself.

Giddy with forbidden knowledge, of names too horrible to speak aloud, of dark designs and glyphs recalling rites of monstrous immoral bestial doom and the shapes of things best not know by men.

Venomous and dripping, possessed with a menacing hunger, these forms were carried by their mind-mad masters across the stars, from galaxies still unknown, to the caves beneath the still bubbling seas of eons past. And there they grew…

Beings of incomprehensible size and shape, unburdened by the known laws of life, the mere sight of which would surely guarantee instant and irreversible gibbering madness — insanity without cure.

Black Book of the Skull. Greek; only known surviving copy at Dwayne University in Amoston, Kansas. Latin; incomplete. English copy by Crowley published by Starry Wisdom press in the 1920s.

Black Tome of Alsophocus. Written by wizard Alsophocus of Erongill. Latin extant? Miskatonic.

Book of Iod. Discusses Iod, the Shining Hunter, Vervados, and a being, Zuchequon. Gnostic influence?

L’Histoire des Planetes. Tome written in 1792 by Laurent de Longnez. May be a translation of a 17th century work, Die Geschichte des Planeten by Eberhard Ketzer. Describes the cacophonous “music of the spheres”.

Necrolatry. “Worship of the Dead”. Book written by Ivor Gorstadt, published in 1702 in Leipzig. Extant copy at Miskatonic?

11 Responses to “Notes Towards a Short Story Inspired by Lovecraft”

  1. Dennis the Vizsla Says:

    Oh, I always love me some Lovecraftian horror. I just recently finished a book of M.R. James stories too. Eldritch abominations? Check!

  2. The Necromancer Says:

    @DtV: Indeed. Good to “hear” from you. I wonder whether I’ll ever get this story written in and among all my academic scribbling. Every time I browse around on Amazon I get demoralized — there is so much Lovecraftian stuff out there it could, well, drive you mad!

  3. The Necromancer Says:

    Indeed. Not only that, but someone (something?) like Hastur the Unspeakable probably doesn’t worry about doing laundry…

  4. LC Aggie Sith Says:

    Ahhhh….you’re back. ;)

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