Descend into the nerve-shattering realm of America's master of horror, H. P. Lovecraft-to a dank place where gloomy maelstroms await the unwary, where the unnatural is surpassed only by the unspeakable, and where all pleasure is perverse. Take a chance. . . . All you can lose is your sanity.The Doom That Came to Sarnath-The magnificent city had wealth beyond measure, but no riches could save it from a ghastly day of reckoning.The Shunned House-He vowed to rid the odious structure of the brooding horror that clung to it, but evil would not go gently.The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath-Desperate to understand his tormenting vision, one man begins a forbidden and nightmarish journey.The Tomb-The old Hyde family crypt held a gruesome attraction for a boy, until he communed with the dead and learned their secrets.The Shadow Out of Time-The quest to understand the devouring force that once possessed a scholar leads a man to the other side of the world, where all will be revealed in one hideous, unholy night.PLUS ELEVEN OTHER MACABRE TALES OF PURE TERROR
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October 24, 2005
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Excerpt from Shadows of Death by H.P. Lovecraft
After twenty-two years of nightmare and terror, saved only by a desperate conviction of the mythical source of certain impressions, I am unwilling to vouch for the truth of that which I think I found in Western Australia on the night of July 17 ' 18, 1935. There is reason to hope that my experience was wholly or partly an hallucination ' for which, indeed, abundant causes existed. And yet, its realism was so hideous that I sometimes find hope impossible.
If the thing did happen, then man must be prepared to accept notions of the cosmos, and of his own place in the seething vortex of time, whose merest mention is paralyzing. He must, too, be placed on guard against a specific, lurking peril which, though it will never engulf the whole race, may impose monstrous and unguessable horrors upon certain venturesome members of it.
It is for this latter reason that I urge, with all the force of my being, a final abandonment of all the attempts at unearthing those fragments of unknown, primordial masonry which my expedition set out to investigate.
Assuming that I was sane and awake, my experience on that night was such as has befallen no man before. It was, moreover, a frightful confirmation of all I had sought to dismiss as myth and dream. Mercifully there is no proof, for in my fright I lost the awesome object which would ' if real and brought out of that noxious abyss ' have formed irrefutable evidence.
When I came upon the horror I was alone ' and I have up to now told no one about it. I could not stop the others from digging in its direction, but chance and the shifting sand have so far saved them from finding it. Now I must formulate some definite statement ' not only for the sake of my own mental balance, but to warn such others as may read it seriously.
These pages ' much in whose earlier parts will be familiar to close readers of the general and scientific press ' are written in the cabin of the ship that is bringing me home. I shall give them to my son, Professor Wingate Peaslee of Miskatonic University ' the only member of my family who stuck to me after my queer amnesia of long ago, and the man best informed on the inner facts of my case. Of all living persons, he is least likely to ridicule what I shall tell of that fateful night.