November 30, 2022

The Masque of the Red Death (1842) by Edgar Allan Poe

The story follows Prince Prospero's attempts to avoid a dangerous plague known as the Red Death by hiding in his abbey. He, along with many other wealthy nobles, has a masquerade ball within seven rooms of his abbey, each decorated with a different color.
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November 4, 2022

At the Mountains of Madness: Part VII (1931) by H. P. Lovecraft

Part VII The full story, so far as deciphered, will eventually appear in an official bulletin of Miskatonic University. Here I shall sketch only the salient highlights in a formless, rambling way. Myth or otherwise, the sculptures told of the coming of those star-headed things…
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October 15, 2022

At the Mountains of Madness: Part VI (1931) by H. P. Lovecraft

Part VI It would be cumbrous to give a detailed, consecutive account of our wanderings inside that cavernous, aeon-dead honeycomb of primal masonry—that monstrous lair of elder secrets which now echoed for the first time, after uncounted epochs, to the tread of human feet. This…
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October 3, 2022

The Pit and the Pendulum (1842) by Edgar Allan Poe

Impia tortorum longos hic turba furoresSanguinis innocui, non satiata, aluit.Sospite nunc patria, fracto nunc funeris antro,Mors ubi dira fuit vita salusque patent. [Quatrain composed for the gates of a market to be erected upon the site of the Jacobin Club House at Paris.] I WAS…
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October 1, 2022

At the Mountains of Madness: Part V (1931) by H. P. Lovecraft

Part V I think that both of us simultaneously cried out in mixed awe, wonder, terror, and disbelief in our own senses as we finally cleared the pass and saw what lay beyond. Of course, we must have had some natural theory in the back…
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September 24, 2022

At the Mountains of Madness: Part IV (1931) by H. P. Lovecraft

Part IV It is only with vast hesitancy and repugnance that I let my mind go back to Lake’s camp and what we really found there – and to that other thing beyond the mountains of madness. I am constantly tempted to shirk the details,…
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September 18, 2022

At the Mountains of Madness: Part III (1931) by H. P. Lovecraft

Part III None of us, I imagine, slept very heavily or continuously that morning. Both the excitement of Lake’s discovery and the mounting fury of the wind were against such a thing. So savage was the blast, even where we were, that we could not…
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September 13, 2022

At the Mountains of Madness: Part II (1931) by H. P. Lovecraft

Part II Popular imagination, I judge, responded actively to our wireless bulletins of Lake’s start northwestward into regions never trodden by human foot or penetrated by human imagination, though we did not mention his wild hopes of revolutionizing the entire sciences of biology and geology.…
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September 9, 2022

At the Mountains of Madness: Part I (1931) by H. P. Lovecraft

Part I I am forced into speech because men of science have refused to follow my advice without knowing why. It is altogether against my will that I tell my reasons for opposing this contemplated invasion of the antarctic – with its vast fossil hunt…
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September 4, 2022

Dagon (1919) by H. P. Lovecraft

I am writing this under an appreciable mental strain, since by tonight I shall be no more. Penniless, and at the end of my supply of the drug which alone makes life endurable, I can bear the torture no longer; and shall cast myself from…
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