from The Call of Cthulhu and Other Dark Tales
by H.P. Lovecraft
This is the first Lovecraft story I have read and I LOVED IT. Okay - I know there's a lot of bad background stuff on Lovecraft. I don't know much about that and I'm sure I'll learn more about it as I keep reading his stories. I need to be able to separate the lives of authors from their creation sometimes.
Moving on - this short story was awesome and eerie. I don't usually get spooked out by books, but this short story...wow. Much of the reason is because of the way it is written. The protagonist is Francis Wayland Thurston who is talking to the reader about information he has unearthed among his great uncle's possessions. Apparently his uncle was doing some research concerning a bas-relief made by a talented sculptor. Upon looking more into it, he finds that the artist had gone through a delirium in which he had visions and bad dreams until he all of a sudden got better one day. In doing more research, great-uncle finds out other poets and artists experienced similar dreams during the time the main artist was going through his delirium. Thurston's own research leads him to find out about Cthulhu, the monster-like creature who is the idol of a cult. Members of the cult believe that, one day, Cthulhu will return to Earth to rule as he once did.
I won't say anything else because I love the ending. I can't wait to read more of Lovecraft's stories!