“Night-Gaunts” by H. P. Lovecraft

Scary Creepy Photo Halloween Horror

Out of what crypt they crawl, I cannot tell,
But every night I see the rubbery things,
Black, horned, and slender, with membranous wings,
They come in legions on the north wind’s swell
With obscene clutch that titillates and stings,
Snatching me off on monstrous voyagings
To grey worlds hidden deep in nightmare’s well.

Over the jagged peaks of Thok they sweep,
Heedless of all the cries I try to make,
And down the nether pits to that foul lake
Where the puffed shoggoths splash in doubtful sleep.
But ho! If only they would make some sound,
Or wear a face where faces should be found!

H. P. Lovecraft, Night-Gaunts (Fungi from Yuggoth), 1929-30

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21 thoughts on ““Night-Gaunts” by H. P. Lovecraft

  1. That is one…. creepy….damn…..photo…. Enjoyed the Lovecraft poem. I hope to take a road trip to Rhode Island this summer to see his burial site and the Providence Athenaeum Library, Hope they have the bronze statue of Howard in place by then.

  2. I enjoyed everything about this poem except for the fact that I didn’t finish it because my eyes were pulled away repeatedly to gaze in horror at that unspeakable image.

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