The S's

620 East Knapp Street 
Salem Gaol
Saltonstall Street
Sargent, Joe
Sargent, Moses & Abigail
Sawyer, Asaph
Schmidt, Seaman
Schneider, Engineer
Seaton, Samuel
Sefton Asylum
Shaggai
Shang
Shining Trapezohedron, The
Shoggoth
Shub-Niggurath

Sign of the Old Ones
Silva, Manuel
Silver Cylinder
Soapstone of Leng

Spirito Santo Church
St. John
St. Mary's Hospital
St. Stanislaus' Church
Stairs in the Crypt, The
Starkweather-Moore Expedition
Starry Wisdom Cult
Stowacki, Pete
Subway Accident 
Sydney Bulletin


620 East Knapp Street. Location in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where Robert Blake lived prior to his return to Providence, Rhode Island in 1934.

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

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Salem Gaol. Jail in Salem, Massachusetts, during the infamous witch hunts of the 1600s. It was in this jail in 1692 that Keziah Mason was held prior to her trial and then disappearance. The gaoler went mad, babbling insanely of some small white-fanged furry thing (Brown Jenkin) he witnessed scuttling from her cell moments prior to her disappearing. Cotton Mather, puritan and chief in the hunt that first brought her to justice, inspected the empty cell, but could not explain the strange curves and angles smeared on the walls in a strange reddish liquid.
    What probably occurred was Brown Jenkin, Keziah's familiar, smuggled in the liquid (most likely blood from an infant) for Keziah to use in her incantation. Once complete, Keziah escaped through the angles to an alternate dimension, thus explaining her complete disappearance from the face of the Earth.

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

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Saltonstall Street. Street in Arkham where the more affluent and rich reside. Even then, these folk are not immune to the darkness that is Arkham.

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

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Sargent, Joe. Native of Innsmouth, Massachusetts who ran a bus service from Newburyport to Innsmouth to Arkham up until the government raids in Innsmouth in February, 1928.

The Shadow Over Innsmouth, H.P. Lovecraft

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Sargent, Moses and Abigail. Two of three servants from Innsmouth, Massachusetts who attended Edward and Asenath Derby during their three year marriage. Upon Asenath's disappearance, Edward sent the servants away amidst accusations and protests. Until Edward's death three months later, a check was sent to them in Innsmouth to guarantee their silence.

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

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Sawyer, Asaph. A member of the Peck Valley community in the late 1800s who died the winter of 1880-1881. Asaph was vindictive and cruel, and was known to wait a long time to get revenge, even over the period of years. A man named Raymond sued him over a boundary dispute, and it took thirty years for Sawyer to exact his revenge. Upon his death, George Birch buried Sawyer in a cast aside coffin originally intended for Matthew Fenner. Unfortunately, Sawyer measured too tall for the coffin. To fix the problem, George cut Sawyer’s feet off at the ankles. Early the morning of April 16th, 1881 while trying to escape the receiving crypt he was trapped in, George’s feet crashed through the lid of Asaph’s coffin, where the man’s spirit ripped and shredded George’s lower legs and ankles in cruel revenge.

In The Vault, H.P. Lovecraft.

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Schmidt, Seaman. Sailor of the Imperial German Navy and crewman aboard the U-29 submarine during World War I. On June 18, 1917, the U-29 sunk the British ship Victory. After destroying the ship and killing the crew, the U-29 submerged and resurfaced at sunset. Clinging to the rail of the ship was a corpse of a sailor, assumed to be a member of the Victory’s crew. Schmidt, along with a sailor named Zimmer, threw the corpse overboard, but not before a bump caused the dead man’s eyes to open and stare mockingly at them.
    On June 19th, Seaman Schmidt became violently ill. On the 20th, Schmidt went insane. In order to quiet his ravings, Lt. Cdr. Heinrich, the ship’s captain, killed him.

The Temple, H.P. Lovecraft.

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Schneider, Engineer. Engineer aboard the German submarine U-29 during June, 1917. Engineer Schneider died at 2 a.m. on June 19, 1917 when a violent explosion ripped through the U-29’s engine room, crippling the ship.

The Temple, H.P. Lovecraft.

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Seaton, Samuel. Explorer of the Congo region of Africa during the mid-1800s and colleague of Sir Robert Jermyn. Knowing of Sir Robert’s studies into the legends of the Onga tribe, Samuel visited Robert on October 19, 1852. He brought with him a manuscript of notes collected from the Ongas. Among the notes was the legend and information of the gray city populated by white apes and ruled by a white god. This information most likely provided conclusive evidence of Robert’s lineage. Whatever the reason, the information drove Sir Robert into a murderous rage. Before leaving the study, Sir Robert killed Samuel by strangulation.

Arthur Jermyn, H.P. Lovecraft

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Sefton Asylum. Insane asylum located in Sefton, Massachusetts. From August, 1905 until 1921, the reanimated corpse of Dr. Allan Halsey was interred in a padded cell on the grounds of the asylum. In 1921, a group of silent men, led by a menacing military figure with a waxen face and glass eyes, aided in Dr. Halsey's escape.

Herbert West–Reanimator, H.P. Lovecraft.

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Shaggai. Short story written by Robert Black in Providence during 1935.

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

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Shang. A former blacksmith of Ulthar. He was present when the folks of Ulthar discovered the devoured bodies of the old man and woman who killed cats there. This grisly find resulted in the enactment of the law prohibiting the killing of cats within the city.

The Cats of Ulthar, H.P. Lovecraft.

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Shining Trapezohedron, The. One of the most powerful artifacts known to the religions that revolves around the Cthulhu Mythos. The Shining Trapezohedron is directly related to a creature named the Haunter of the Dark, and is also linked to Nyarlathotep. This association comes from the fact that the Haunter of the Dark is an avatar of Nyarlathotep, along with the fact that the Black Pharaoh, Nephren-Ka, once owned the artifact and built a dark temple around it.
    The Shining Trapezohedron is described as "egg-shaped or irregularly spherical object some four inches through…nearly black, red-striated polyhedron with many irregular flat surfaces; either a very remarkable crystal of some sort, or an artificial object of carved and highly polished mineral matter…transparent, with half-formed worlds of wonder within." When stared at, the onlooker begins to imagine alternate realities of forgotten worlds of wonder and horror. After being stared at, the stone begin to glow slightly. The stone is kept in a yellowish "metal box of peculiarly asymmetrical form" covered with "odd bas-reliefs…figurines (which) were of a monstrous and utterly alien kind; depicting entities which, though seemingly alive, resembled no known life-form ever evolved on this planet."
    By staring into the Shining Trapezohedron, the onlooker summons the Haunter of the Dark from across the black gulfs of chaos. It is not know whether or not the stone can be used to keep the creature at bay, though it is logical to assume this. Edwin Lillibridge had summoned the Haunter in 1893. The Haunter killed Lillibridge, but didn’t leave the tower of the church because the box lid was kept open and the artifact remained exposed. Robert Blake also summoned the Haunter of the Dark by staring into the crystal, but he closed the box lid. Subsequently, the creature was able to traverse the church in the darkness and ultimately escaped.
    The Shining Trapezohedron was fashioned on dark Yuggoth by the Old Ones, who subsequently brought it to earth. Lost from the Old Ones, the crinoid thing of Antarctica placed the crystal in the yellow metal box and kept it with them until the death of their civilization. The serpent-men of Valusia salvaged it from the ruins where it was again lost to history. Aeons later, the first human beings of Lemuria peered into its depths. It ended up in Atlantis where it sank beneath the waves before being found by a Minoan fisherman who sold it to merchants from Khem. The Black Pharaoh, Nephren-Ka, acquired it and built a windowless crypt around it, using it for unnamable rites which ultimately led to his death and the banishment of his name from all records and monuments. It lay buried beneath the sands of Egypt until a Professor Enoch Bowen unearthed it and brought it to the Free-Will Church in Providence, Rhode Island. After Robert Blake’s death, a Doctor Dexter discovered it and threw it in the channels of the Narragansett Bay.

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

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Shoggoth. Great protoplasmic masses created by the star-headed Old Ones as the first organic life forms of earth. Shoggoths were created as beasts of burden under the ocean. The Shoggoth are multi-cellular creatures, able to mold their tissues into all sorts of temporary organs under hypnotic suggestion by the Old Ones. This ability made the things the perfect workhorses for building the vase Old Ones' empire. Later, the Shoggoth acquired the ability to mimic the sounds of the Old Ones and developed the ability to think for itself.
    This ability to think led to the War of Resubjugation, which occurred about one-hundred and fifty million years ago, when the Shoggoths rebelled against their marine masters. Their favorite attack on the Old Ones was to devour the latter's head, leaving the carcass headless in a pool of its blood. The Old Ones reestablished their control after attack the Shoggoths with energy weapons.
    The only recorded encounter between a Shoggoth and a human occurred beneath the lost city of the Old Ones on the Plateau of Leng. Professor Dyer of the Miskatonic University Expedition. Professor Dyer describes the Shoggoth as "vaster than a subway train—a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and unforming as pustules of greenish light all over the tunnel-filling front…crying "Tekeli-li! Tekeli-li!" and at last we remembered that the demoniac Shoggoths—given life, thought, and plastic organ patterns by the Old Ones, and having no language save that which the dot groups expressed—had likewise no voice save the imitated accents of their bygone masters."

At the Mountains of Madness, H.P. Lovecraft

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Shub-Niggurath. One of the Outer Gods, also known as the Goat with a Thousand Young. It is assumed that Shub-Niggurath is female and is, in some way, connected with the rites of fertility. Never actually encountered, Shub-Niggurath is described as an huge, clouded mass with horrific appendages—black tentacles described as rope and short legs ending in hooves.

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Sign of the Old Ones. Sign described as being able to keep the Deep Ones away from a person, place, or item. Though no specific description is given, it was stated that it did resemble the modern day swastika. The Deep Ones are repelled by the sign, and anyone or anything that bears the sign is safe from attack.

The Shadow Over Innsmouth, H.P. Lovecraft

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Silva, Manuel. A thief from Kingsport, Massachusetts, who worked with Joe Czanek and Angelo Ricci. The three believed the Terrible Old Man was hiding gold in his house and paid him a visit one night to collect it. Later, three unidentifiable bodies were found, horribly slashed and mangled as if by cutlasses and trampling feet.

The Terrible Old Man, H.P. Lovecraft.

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Silver Cylinder. Cylinders made of a silverish metal in which the Mi-Go can place the transplanted brains of different species throughout the known and unknown universe. Wires attached to the cylinder and subsequently the brain inside can be hooked to seeing, hearing, and speaking devices. While in the cylinder, the brain is virtually immortal, while the body of the donor can be held indefinitely in suspended animation. The cylinders allow the brains within to be transported through the void of space.

The Whisperer In Darkness, H.P. Lovecraft

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Soapstone of Leng. Peculiar soapstone fragments discovered by Professor Lake of the ill-fated Miskatonic University Expedition in a cave beneath the Mountains of Madness. The fragments measure about six inches across and are approximately an inch and a half thick. The soapstones are greenish in color, made of an unidentifiable material. These stones are shaped like a five-pointed star with the tips broken off. In the center of each is a smooth, small depression. The surface, upon closer inspection, reveals a series of dots in a peculiar pattern. Murals in the lost city of the Old Ones on the Plateau of Leng indicate the soapstones were used by the Old Ones as currency.

At the Mountains of Madness, H.P. Lovecraft

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Spirito Santo Church. Catholic church located on Federal Hill in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1935, a Father Merluzzo presided over the church and its parish and was present when the Haunter of the Dark burst from its prison in the Free-Will Church to attack Robert Blake on the other side of town.

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

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St. John, Mr. Name of one of the characters in H.P. Lovecraft’s short story, The Hound. No first name is given. St. John and his colleague (the narrator of the story who remains unnamed) sought to further their human experience by degenerating further and further in the most horrific of practices. Ultimately, this practice led to grave robbing. In Holland, St. John and his friend unearthed a grave of a grave digger who had died unexplainably, torn to shreds by some mysterious beast. In the grave the pair found a green jade amulet and took it as a trophy back to their chamber of horrors in England. Upon touching the amulet, the pair imagined they heard the faint distant baying of some gigantic hound in the background.
    Within a week of their return, St. John and his friend began to experience strange occurrences and ultimately, St. John was killed by some frightful carnivorous thing and was torn to ribbons. The last thing St. John uttered to his friend was "The amulet—that damned thing—."
    The friend tried to appease himself in the eyes of the hound by returning the amulet to the grave they stole it from, but this had little effect on the creature. Instead of dying in the mouth of the creature, the friend committed suicide by shooting himself.

The Hound, H.P. Lovecraft

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St. Mary's Hospital. Hospital in Arkham, Massachusetts.

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St. Stanislaus' Church. Catholic church in Arkham.

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

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Stairs in the Crypt, The. Short story written by Robert Black in Providence during 1935.

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

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Starkweather-Moore Expedition. A secondary expedition launched into the Antarctic after the abrupt return of the ill-fated Miskatonic University Expedition of 1930-31. The Starkweather-Moore Expedition sought to expand the discoveries made by Professor Lake concerning the Old Ones. It was feared by Professor Dyer that the expedition would also discover the truth of the Plateau of Leng and the lost city of the Old Ones, along with the existence of the still living Shoggoths. What discoveries the expedition made are not discussed.

At the Mountains of Madness, H.P. Lovecraft

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Starry Wisdom Cult. Religious order devoted to Nyarlathotep and the Haunter of the Dark founded by Professor Enoch Bowen in 1844 in Providence, Rhode Island. Upon his return from Egypt, Enoch purchased the Free-Will Church atop Federal Hill and began the cult. The cult made contact with the Haunter of the Dark, an avatar of Nyarlathotep, through use of the Shining Trapezohedron. The Haunter demanded horrific sacrifices, and returned the favors with limitless knowledge of the universe to those who would sate its appetite.
    Soon after its founding, other churches in the area began warning their flocks about the evil of Starry Wisdom, both through whispers and in sermons. By the end of 1845, the sect had grown to 97 members. Then, in 1846, 3 people disappeared from the surrounding neighborhood, and the first public mention was made of the Shining Trapezohedron. Seven more disappearance occurs in 1848, and the first whispers of blood sacrifices within the walls of the Free-Will Church surface. The Starry Wisdom is often related to disappearances in the surrounding area, though these rumors did not keep the sect from growing. By 1863, the sect had a standing membership of over 200.
    In 1869, though, things started to turn dark for the sect. After the disappearance of a neighborhood boy named Patrick Regan, a group of Irish boys mobbed the church. After 6 more disappearances in 1876, a secret committee called on the mayor to do something about the sect. In February 1877, the church officially closed. Later, a gang of Federal Hill boys had a run in with the remainder of the sect and, by the end of the year, over 181 persons left Providence for points unknown.

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

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Stowacki, Pete. Male friend of Anastasia Wolejko. When Anastasia's son Ladislas was kidnapped by Keziah Mason, Walter Gilman, and Nyarlathotep, he refused to help her find the infant because he wanted the child out of the way.

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

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Subway Accident. Painting by Richard Upton Pickman. Depicts a flock of ghouls clambering up from the catacombs through a crack in the floor of the Boylston Street subway and attacking a crowd of people on the platform. Private collection, only one other person other than Pickman is known to have seen it, a confidant by the name of Thurber.

Pickman’s Model, H.P. Lovecraft.

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Sydney Bulletin. Newspaper published in Sydney, Australia in 1925. The newspaper carried the article titled Mystery Derelict Found At Sea, along with a picture of a Cthulhu Statue on April 18, 1925. It was this article that led Professor Angell’s grandnephew to discovery of the emergence of R’lyeh in the south Pacific. The article described the attack and sinking of the Emma by the Alert and how the Emma’s crew was able to kill the latter’s crew, but didn’t mention anything about R’lyeh more than the men had landed the Alert there and all but two had died mysteriously. Still, the photograph of the statue was enough to verify to Angell that the place had existed.

The Call of Cthulhu, H.P. Lovecraft.

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