Akeley, George G.
Akeley, Henry W.
Aklo
Al Azif 
Alert

Alhazred, Abdul
Allen, Zadok
American Archaeological Society
 
Amulet of the Hound

Angell, George Gammell 

Angstrom

Ape-princess, The
Ardois-Bonnot
Arkham, The

Arkham Advertiser
 
Arkham Reservoir
Armington
Attic Window, The
Ashley, Ferndinand C.
Atwood, Professor
Azathoth
Azathoth and Other Horrors


Akeley, George Goodenough. Son of Henry W. Akeley. Last know address is 176 Pleasant Street, San Diego, California.

The Whisperer In Darkness, H.P. Lovecraft

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Akeley, Henry W. Henry Akeley owned a farm in Vermont which was situated on the midpoint of the slope of Dark Mountain north of Townshend. Akeley began a correspondence with Albert N. Wilmarth during 1928 after reading his article in the Brattleboro Reformer concerning historical and mythological folklore. In his first and subsequent letters, Akeley revealed to Wilmarth his knowledge of the existence of the Mi-Go, an extra-terrestrial race of winged creatures manning outposts on earth to mine ore. One such outpost existed a mile and a half to the east of Akeley's farm, though Akeley never knew of its exact location. Akeley's knowledge of the Mi-Go brought with it a great deal of danger. During the summer of 1928, numerous shots were fired at Akeley, his house, and his car; many of the police dogs he kept on his land were killed; and his telephone lines were often cut. His plight reached a crescendo the first week of September, 1928, when the Mi-Go and their human allies attacked his farm almost nightly. Then, on September 6, Akeley wrote Wilmarth and revealed to him a new found alliance between him and the Mi-Go. Only after studying facts of the following week and a half can one surmise that on the evening of September the 5th, the Mi-Go—either by convincing him peacefully (not likely) or by force—removed Akeley's brain from his body and placed it in a silver cylinder for transportation to other planets and dimensions. The letter asked Wilmarth to visit Akeley's farm and to bring all correspondence with him, along with a phonograph of a religious ceremony and some photographs. This Wilmarth did and all material was subsequently stolen. Henry Akeley disappeared from the face of the earth the evening of September 12, 1928.

The Whisperer In Darkness, H.P. Lovecraft

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Aklo. A dark and almost forgotten language used by certain ancient evil cults and sects. The notebook found in the Free-Will Church which described, in detail, the use of the Shining Trapezohedron to call up and use the powers of the Haunter of the Dark.

The Haunter of the Dark, H.P. Lovecraft.

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Al Azif. Original title to the Necronomicon, which translates to Book of the Dead.

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Alert. A heavily armed steam yacht ported from somewhere in the south Pacific that menaced the high seas there in 1925. On March 22nd of that year, the Alert encountered the Emma, a two-masted schooner captained by Captain Collins, at S. Lat 49 51’, W. Lon. 128, 34’. The crew ordered the Emma back, but Captain Collins refused. The Alert began to fire a devastating barrage from its brass cannons, but was not able to sink the Emma before her crew boarded the Alert and killed the crew. Subsequently, the Alert, guided by Gustaf Johansen at the event of his captain’s death, encountered the dread city of R’lyeh. After Johansen’s and the remaining crew’s escape, the Alert cleaved the jellied skull of Cthulhu before escaping for good.
    The crew of the Alert had “some peculiarly abominable quality abut them which made their destruction seem almost a duty” to Johansen and his men. They were queer and evil-looking Kanakas and half-cast men who fought with a vicious, albeit abhorrent and desperate, and rather clumsy mode of fighting. The ship was known as an island trader, and had set sail in a hurry after the great storms and earth tremors that portended the rise of R’lyeh on March 1st of 1925.
    At last report, the Alert was sold into commercial use at the Circular Quay in Sydney Cove.

The Call of Cthulhu, H.P. Lovecraft.

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Alhazred, Abdul. A half mad Arab often referred to in the many tales of the Cthulhu Mythos. Most noted for his work titled The Necronomicon, a tome of the blackest evil that details the rites that will someday return the Elder Ones to their rightful place as rulers of the universe. Abdul Alhazred was rumored to be a member of the tribe of Ad, one of the four mysterious, little-known tribes of Arabia.
    Using the modern Arab language as a guide, Abdul Alhazred's name should probably be Abd al-Azrad instead of the accepted spelling and pronunciation. For simplicity's sake, though, his name given by Lovecraft will be used in this work.
    It is reported that Alhazred was born sometime around 700 A.D. in the area of Yemen. He traveled extensively throughout Babylon and Arabia before penning the Necronomicon. Alhazred was a student of magic, an astronomer, poet, philosopher and scientist.
    Around 730 A.D., Alhazred wrote the Necronomicon, known then as Al Azif (or Book of the Dead). In 738 A.D., Alhazred was killed in Damascus, devoured in broad daylight by an invisible demon, probably as punishment for writing the secrets of the Elder Ones within the Necronomicon.

(The Lamp of Alhazred, H.P. Lovecraft and August Dereleth).

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Allen, Zadok. Citizen of Innsmouth, Massachusetts and one of the few, remaining human natives of that town until 1927. Allen was born in 1831 and was able to recount the entire history of how Captain Obed Marsh brought the Esoteric Order Of Dagon to Innsmouth, the decay of that town, and what exactly the Innsmouth look indicated. A drunkard, Allen would talk to anyone who’d listen, given that the individual would provide an ample supply of whiskey. Allen was often found hanging around the firehouse, though he was given to ramblings throughout the neighborhood. Allen disappeared the evening of July 15, 1927, after he was spied telling too much about Innsmouth to an outsider by the local population.

The Shadow Over Innsmouth, H.P. Lovecraft

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American Archaeological Society. National society of Archaeologists. During its annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1908, a New Orleans policeman named Inspector Legrasse approached Professor Angell with the now infamous Cthulhu Statue to question it possible origin. At this meeting, Angell was driven into the darkest of secrets about the world of the Cthulhu mythos, and was ultimately killed for what he knew.

The Call of Cthulhu, H.P. Lovecraft.

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Amulet of the Hound (actual name unknown). The amulet was found in the five hundred year old grave of a grave robber in Holland by St. John and his colleague. Described as being of curious and exotic design, the green jade amulet was adorned with the oddly conventionalized figure of a crouching winged hound, or sphinx with a semi-canine face, and was exquisitely carved in antique Oriental fashion from a small piece of green jade. The expression on the creature’s face was repellent in the extreme, savoring at once of death, bestiality, and malevolence. Around the base of the amulet was an inscription of unidentifiable characters and on the bottom, like a maker’s seal, was graven a grotesque and formidable skull.
    He who took the amulet as his own was destined to die at the hands of the creature carved into its face. The hunted will immediately begin to notice the distant baying of some unseen gigantic hound, and the baying closes as each day passes. The hound’s presence is felt as doors in the house constantly rattle and unexplainable footprints appear in the dirt around the domain. Finally, the hound kills its victim in its immense jaws, tearing the poor soul to shreds.

The Hound, H.P. Lovecraft

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Angell, George Gammell. (Professor Emeritus of Semitic Languages in Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.) A widely know authority of ancient inscriptions. Lived for 92 years before suddenly dying after being jostled by a "nautical-looking Negro who had come from one of the queer dark courts on the precipitous hillside which formed a short cut from the waterfront." Professor Angell lived on Williams Street in Providence until his death. Conduct the initial study of the bas-relief clay image of Cthulhu, along with a rash of dream visions during March, 1925. These visions and the bas-relief figured prominently in the attempted resurrection of R'lyeh and Cthulhu.

The Call of Cthulhu, H.P. Lovecraft.

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Angstrom, Mr.. A member of the crew of the ill-fated Emma. On March 22nd, the Emma was sunk for trying to move into the area of R’lyeh by the ship Alert. The crew of the Emma was able to board and kill the Alert’s crew and then went on to find R’lyeh. Angstrom was one of eight crewmembers to survive the attack by the Alert. Unfortunately, Cthulhu killed Angstrom with a sweep of its flabby claw upon its release from its dark chamber.

The Call of Cthulhu, H.P. Lovecraft.

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Ape-princess. A member of the mysterious race of white apes which populated the gray city of the Congo and consort of the great white god (Sir Wade Jermyn). She reigned with her mate over the city and gave her god a son. The three went to America for a while, where Sir Wade explained the strange habits and appearance of his wife by saying she was the daughter of a Portuguese trader whom he met in Africa. During her stay in England, she occupied a solitary wing of the Jermyn house and was waited on solely by Sir Wade.
    Upon their return to the gray city (the son, Philip, was left in England), the princess died and Sir Wade had her mummified. The stuffed body became a highly sought after prize, a symbol of supremacy for whatever tribe owned it.
    Sir Arthur Jermyn, not aware of his lineage, sought after and tracked down the ape-princess. Upon receiving it at the Jermyn house and seeing it, though, Sir Arthur ran out into the bogs and set fire to himself. Though descriptions are scarce (the mummy was burned after Arthur’s suicide), one account described the thing as withered, eaten away (no doubt the jungle air having something to do with it). What drove Sir Arthur to suicide were two things: a golden locket around the mummy’s neck which bore the Jermyn coat of arms, and ghastly resemblance of the shriveled face to Sir Arthur, himself.

Arthur Jermyn, H.P. Lovecraft

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Ardois-Bonnot.  French painter affected by the surfacing of R’lyeh and the mental calls of Cthulhu in 1925. So deep was the affect that he created a painting titled Dream Landscapes which depicted R’lyeh. The painting was hung in a spring salon in Paris in 1926.

The Call of Cthulhu, H.P. Lovecraft.

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Arkham, The. A brig sailing ship under the command of Captain J.B. Douglas. The Arkham originally sailed as a wooden whaling ship, but was since reinforced to move through the ice fields of the Antarctic and given auxiliary steam engines.

At the Mountains of Madness, H.P. Lovecraft

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Arkham Advertiser. Newspaper in Arkham, Massachusetts.


Arkham Reservoir. (The actual name of the reservoir was never given in the story. It is assumed that, due to the location of the reservoir, it is named either the Arkham or Miskatonic Reservoir.) Reservoir built west of Arkham, Massachusetts in the Miskatonic River Valley. The reservoir was built over the gray Blasted Heath, though it isn't known whether the fresh water of the Miskatonic washed the poison from the land.

The Colour Out Of Space, H.P. Lovecraft.

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Armington. The Peck Valley Cemetery lodge-keeper. Armington worked at the cemetery in the late 1800s. Early the morning of April 16th, 1881, Armington was roused by the frantic knocking of a wounded George Birch on his door. When he saw the horrible wounds covering Birch’s lower legs and ankles, he fetched Dr. Davis from town to tend the wounds.

In The Vault, H.P. Lovecraft.

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Ashley, Ferndinand C.. Member of the Department of Ancient History at Miskatonic University and participant of the Miskatonic expedition into the western Australian outback in search of the city of the Great Race of Yith. With the others, the group discovered over 1250 blocks of varying stages of wear and disintegration, proving the existence of the city over fifty millions into the past.

The Shadow Out Of Time, H.P. Lovecraft.

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Attic Window, The. Short story written by Randolph Carter. The story was published in the January, 1922 issue of Whispers. The story is based on the six book of Cotton Mather and his account of a creature so hideous it was truly unnamable.

The Unnamable, H.P. Lovecraft.

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Atwood, Professor. Professor of Physics at Miskatonic University in the 1920-30s and a member of the ill-fated Miskatonic University Expedition to Antarctica in 1930-31. During the expedition, Atwood accompanied Professor Lake on a subexpedition to the northwest from the main base camp which ultimately led to the discovery of the Mountains of Madness and the Old Ones. Atwood was killed during a horrific storm which erupted soon after by the Old Ones.

At the Mountains of Madness, H.P. Lovecraft

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Azathoth. One of the Outer Gods and considered the center of all the universe. Azathoth is described by Lovecraft as "that last amorphous blight of nethermost confusion which blasphemies and bubbles at the center of all infinity—the boundless daemon sultan Azathoth, whose name no lips dare speak aloud, and who gnaws hungrily in inconceivable, unlighted chambers beyond time amidst the muffled, maddening beating of vile drums and the thin monotonous whine of accursed flutes."
    Azathoth is the ruler of all Outer Gods and is considered timeless, having existed since before the creation of all the universe. None have seen Azathoth and told the tale, the mindless fluting of Azathoth's servitors as they orbit the idiot god driving simple man to his death. It is whispered that Nyarlathotep stands at Azathoth's beck and call, though what missions a mass of chaos would desire is beyond comprehension.
    Though never directly mentioned, it can be speculated that Azathoth is the center of creation from whence all things come, the ultimate chaos at the center of the universe which gives life and death at its fancy.

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The Dreams In The Witch-House, H.P. Lovecraft.

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Azathoth and Other Horrors. A collection of lyrics by Edward Pickman Derby published when the author was but eighteen years old.

The Thing On The Doorstep, H.P. Lovecraft.

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