Click the link for an illustrated PDF of “The Festival” by H.P. Lovecraft — plus, a great audio recording of that story! “It was the Yuletide, that men call Christmas, though they know in their hearts it is older than Bethlehem and Babylon, older than Memphis and mankind…”
via Happy Holidays! Here’s an illustrated PDF of “The Festival” by H.P. Lovecraft — Lovecraft eZine
Robert M. Price described, in his essay “H. P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos,” two stages in the development of the Cthulhu Mythos. The first stage, termed the “Cthulhu Mythos proper” by Price, was formulated during Lovecraft’s lifetime and was subject to his guidance. The second stage was guided by August Derleth who, in addition to publishing Lovecraft’s stories after his death, attempted to categorize and expand the Mythos
“The Cats of Ulthar” is a short story written by American fantasy author H. P. Lovecraft in June 1920. In the tale, an unnamed narrator relates the story of how a law forbidding the killing of cats came to be in a town called Ulthar. As the narrative goes, the city is home to an old couple who enjoy capturing and killing the townspeople’s cats. When a caravan of wanderers passes through the city, the kitten of an orphan (Menes) traveling with the band disappears. Upon hearing of the couple’s violent acts towards cats, Menes invokes a prayer before leaving town that causes the local felines to swarm the cat-killers’ house and devour them. Upon witnessing the result, the local politicians pass a law forbidding the killing of cats.
It is said that in Ulthar, which lies beyond the river Skai, no man may kill a cat; and this I can verily believe as I gaze upon him who sitteth purring before the fire. For the cat is cryptic, and close to strange things which men cannot see. He is the soul of antique Aegyptus, and bearer of tales from forgotten cities in Meroe and Ophir. He is the kin of the jungle’s lords, and heir to the secrets of hoary and sinister Africa. The Sphinx is his cousin, and he speaks her language; but he is more ancient than the Sphinx, and remembers that which she hath forgotten.
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