Lovecraft 's cycle of interconnected works often known as the Cthulhu Mythos.
The main literary purpose of these works is to explain how characters within the tales come by occult or esoterica knowledge that is unknown to the general populace. However, in some cases the works themselves serve as an important plot device. Thus, in Robert Bloch's tale " The Shambler from the Stars ", a weird fiction writer seals his doom by casting a spell from the arcane book De Vermis Mysteriis. Another purpose of these tomes was to give members of the Lovecraft Circle a means to pay homage to one another.
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Howard's Nameless Cults in his tale "Out of the Aeons". Thereafter, these texts and others appear in the works of numerous other Mythos authors some of whom have added their own grimoires to the literary arcana , including August Derleth , Lin Carter , Brian Lumley , Jonathan L. Howard , and Ramsey Campbell. He must meet the Black Man, and go with them all to the throne of Azathoth at the centre of ultimate Chaos.
That was what she said. He must sign in his own blood the book of Azathoth and take a new secret name now that his independent delvings had gone so far. Lovecraft, " The Dreams in the Witch House ". The Book of Azathoth is a creation of Lovecraft's. The protagonist, Walter Gilman, is forced to sign the book in his blood, pledging his soul to the Other Gods. The idea of the book is likely based on classical descriptions of witch-cults, Satanic rites, and the signing away of souls. Other authors have expanded on the Book.
Studios that the signer attracts the attention of the Other Gods by writing their name in the book. The Book of Eibon , that strangest and rarest of occult forgotten volumes The book is supposed to have been written by Eibon , a wizard in the land of Hyperborea. It was an immense text of arcane knowledge that contained, among other things, a detailed account of Eibon's exploits, including his journeys to the Vale of Pnath and the planet Shaggai , his veneration rituals of Zhothaqquah Eibon's patron deity , and his magical formulae—such as for the slaying of certain otherworldly horrors.
Unfortunately, only one complete fragment of the original is known to exist, scattered in different places of our world, though there are translations in English , French , and Latin — Liber Ivonis is the title of the Latin translation. The original Book of Iod , of which only one copy exists, is written in the "Ancient Tongue," possibly a combination of Greek and Coptic. Although its origin is unknown, the book may have been written by the mysterious author "Khut-Nah," which sounds remarkably like Kuttner.
The Celaeno Fragments is credited to August Derleth. In his novel The Trail of Cthulhu , " Celaeno " refers to a distant planet that contains a huge library of alien literature. Professor Laban Shrewsbury and his companions traveled to Celaeno several times to escape Cthulhu's minions. Shrewsbury later wrote the Celaeno Fragments, a transcript of what he remembered of his translations of the books in the Great Library of Celaeno.
He submitted the transcript, which consisted of about fifty pages, to the Miskatonic University's library in This text, by an unknown author, deals with Cthulhu and other sea-horrors, such as Inpesca. It also contains many so-called Sathlattae , rituals and spells related to Ubbo-Sathla. It is first mentioned as appearing in northern Germany around AD.
A Latin version was apparently written between the 11th and 12th century, as was an English translation that appeared sometime in the 14th century. Cultes des Goules , or Cults of Ghouls , was created by Robert Bloch August Derleth claimed to have invented the fictional text, but this was denied by both Lovecraft and Bloch himself. It was first published in France , and later denounced by the church.
Only a handful of copies are in existence. One of the known copies was kept for 91 years in an arcane library of the Church of Starry Wisdom in Providence, Rhode Island. Cultes des Goules is mentioned numerous times in the works of Caitlin R. Kiernan and plays an especially important role in her novel Low Red Moon. The book "Cultes des Goules" is also mentioned in passing as being part of a collection that was discovered in the titular castle in the novel The Keep , but does not appear in the movie based on the book.
They are alluded to in passing as a semi-mythical collection of chants attributed to the almost-human people of Leng. The chants themselves are never described, nor do they appear in any other of Lovecraft's works. Richard F. The story was actually published in that issue without the headnote. Lovecraft later quoted the unpublished headnote in a letter to Clark Ashton Smith, "leading some to believe that he wrote it". The Eltdown Shards are mentioned in numerous mythos stories. They are mysterious pottery fragments found in and named after the place where they were discovered, Eltdown in southern England.
The shards date to the Triassic period and are covered with strange symbols thought to be untranslatable. Nonetheless, several authors have penned their own interpretations of the markings, including Gordon Whitney and his The Eltdown Shards: A Partial Translation. Many of these works, as well as a number of non-academic versions, have circulated among secretive cults. Whitney's translation is remarkably similar to the Pnakotic Manuscripts , a text produced by the Great Race of Yith.
The translation describes Yith , the planet from which the Great Race came, and the Great Race's fateful encounter with the Yekubians. A magical formula from the nineteenth shard is for the summoning of the "Warder of Knowledge"; unfortunately, the dismissal portion of the ritual is garbled, so the summoning of this being could prove calamitous.
Despite its connections to the Great Race, the Eltdown Shards were most likely inscribed by the Elder Things , who probably buried the ceramics in England when it was part of the great supercontinent Pangaea. The G'harne Fragments first appeared in the works of Brian Lumley. They are described as a set of miraculously preserved shards of obsidian or some other black stone that record the history of the pre-human African city of G'harne. The lost city is located somewhere in the southern Sahara Desert , and is currently a frequent haunt of the chthonians.
The King in Yellow is a widely censored play. Its author is unknown, and is believed to have committed suicide after publishing it in The play is named after a mysterious supernatural figure featured in it, who is connected to a peculiar alien symbol, usually wrought in gold, called the Yellow Sign. Though the first act is said to be "innocent", all who read the play's second act either go mad or suffer another terrible fate. Its setting and events include mysterious places and entities such as Carcosa , Hastur , and the Lake of Hali , names that Chambers borrowed from the writings of Ambrose Bierce.
The play was first imagined in a collection of short stories by Robert W. Chambers also named The King in Yellow , published in and set in a hypothetical year Lovecraft was a fan of the book and included references to the Lake of Hali and the Yellow Sign in his short story " The Whisperer in Darkness " August Derleth later expanded on this connection in his own stories, rendering Hastur as an evil deity related to Cthulhu and the King In Yellow as one of his incarnations.
Karl Edward Wagner and Joseph S. Pulver returned Chambers creations to their original cosmic horror roots. Both are great advocates of Chambers' work and have written many stories that utilize Chambers creations. Pulver also edited an anthology of Chambers inspired stories called A Season in Carcosa. The Haunter of the Dark.
The Necronomicon is arguably the most famous or infamous of Lovecraft's grimoires. It appears in a number of Lovecraft's stories, as well as in the writings of other authors. It is an eight-page pamphlet on astral projection. The pamphlet appeared in Salem, Massachusetts in and circulated among occult groups. Most copies were destroyed in the wake of a series of grisly murders.
The first seven pages of the pamphlet contain vague mystic writing; however, the eighth page details a formula for effecting astral travel. Among the required ingredients are a brazier and the drug Cannabis indica. The formula is always successful but has an unforeseen side effect: it invokes the horrid Outer God the Hydra.
The Parchments of Pnom is a manuscript written by Hyperborea 's leading genealogist and soothsayer. It is written in the "Elder Script" of that land and contains a detailed account of the lineage of the Hyperborean gods, most notably Tsathoggua.
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The Pnakotic Manuscripts is named after the place where it was kept, the city of Pnakotus, a primordial metropolis built by the Great Race of Yith. The Great Race is credited with authoring the Manuscripts, though other scribes would add to it over the ages. Paul Wilson is among the authors who have referred to this collection in their own work; a collated version of the Manuscripts appears in Wilson's novel The Keep.
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Lovecraft's ghost writing " The Horror in the Museum ". The book showed signs of great age—its pages were made of palm leaves and its binding was of an ancient, now-extinct cycadean wood. It was written in Naacal the language of Mu and appears to have been authored by Imash-Mo, high priest of Ghatanothoa , and his successors.
The book contains details of Mu and of Zanthu , high priest of Ythogtha. With the help of his servant Yogash hinted to be a Deep One hybrid  , Hoag managed to write a translation of the manuscript. But when he tried to have it published, his efforts were thwarted by religious leaders who strongly objected to the book's references to Dagon. Nonetheless, copies of the Scripture have circulated among secretive cults such as the Esoteric Order of Dagon and other occult groups.
After Hoag's death, his granddaughter, Beverly Hoag Adams, published an expurgated version of the book. In contemporary times, other versions of the Ponape Scripture have seen print.
Harold Hadley Copeland , a leading authority on the Scripture , produced a translation of the book, published in by Miskatonic University Press. The original version of the manuscript remains at the Kester Library in Salem, Massachusetts. Pulver 's novel Nightmare's Disciple. It is a tome written by Philip of Navarre in , a Spanish friar of the 16th century.
The book also foretells of the coming of a messiah of destruction, who would be born in the western land of the red savage across the great ocean in Columbus' New World, a man that shall set the Great Old One free from her stellar prison. Livia Llewellyn elaborated on this, describing the violent sexual acts committed by Kassogtha worshipers. It was written by the undead cult worshipping the Great Old One Gla'aki. Whenever Gla'aki slept, the members of his cult had periods of free will, and, since they were part of Gla'aki and shared his memories, they wrote down what they remembered of their master's thoughts.
The cult's handwritten manuscripts later came to be known as the Revelations of Gla'aki. The text originally contained eleven volumes, nine in the carefully abridged published edition, but it may have had more at different times in the past. In both stories, the books are mentioned in conjunction with the Pnakotic Manuscripts. They are kept in the temple of the Elder Ones in the city of Ulthar ; no other existing copies are mentioned in Lovecraft's works.
Barzai the Wise studied the books before his journey to see the gods dancing on Mount Hatheg-Kla, while Randolph Carter consulted them during his quest to reach Kadath. Other than that, little is known about them. The collection can be considered to be an analogue to the I Ching , a Chinese text of cosmology and divination.
Back in Lowtown the player should talk to Filo again, choose "Sure, let's go" with Filo for some events to get the last fragment, the Grimy Fragment.
Back in Old Dalan's place the player should to give all the fragments to Roh'kenmou and he will disappear. After giving the first two medallions to the nu mou, the player must travel to the Muted Scarp in the Nabreus Deadlands and talk to Ma'Kleou, then head northeast and search for a hidden path. One can find it by going south from the Gate Crystal , following the upper wall west, and searching the northwest area of The Slumbermead for the path. This is also the place where Roblon is fought, if the hunt was accepted. If the mark appears, the player must defeat it and re-enter the area to continue the medallion quest.
At the end of the path there is a monument with the nu mou, and the player gets the Medallion of Bravery , Medallion of Love , and the Lustreless Medallion. After obtaining the medallions, the player must head to the Cloister of Distant Song in the Necrohol of Nabudis, and use the Medallion of Bravery to open the Door of Horrors, and defeat the Humbaba Mistant. Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki. Shrine at Nabreus Deadlands. Contents [ show ]. Categories :. Cancel Save. Arcane Labyrinth - Soul of Rebirth.