WEFOUNDThe Lurking Fear and Other Stories


Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s original stories. Today we’re looking at “The Lurking Fear,” written in November 1922 and first published in the January-April 1923 issues of Home Brew . You can read the story here . Spoilers ahead.

Summary: Unnamed narrator of the week seems to be an independently wealthy bachelor with an obsessive taste for the weird. Today he’d have a ghost-hunting reality show. In 1921, he must settle for motoring to the Catskills to investigate a massacre near Tempest Mountain.

A local village has been reduced overnight to “human debris.” Locals connect the slaughter to the ruined Martense mansion which crowns Tempest Mountain. State troopers disregard this theory: not so our narrator. He’ll root out the culprit of the inexplicable attack (one of many over the years), be it supernatural or material. Establishing himself among reporters covering the story from Lefferts Corners, he waits for excitement to ebb so he can launch an unobserved investigation.

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s original stories. Today we’re looking at “The Lurking Fear,” written in November 1922 and first published in the January-April 1923 issues of Home Brew . You can read the story here . Spoilers ahead.

Summary: Unnamed narrator of the week seems to be an independently wealthy bachelor with an obsessive taste for the weird. Today he’d have a ghost-hunting reality show. In 1921, he must settle for motoring to the Catskills to investigate a massacre near Tempest Mountain.

A local village has been reduced overnight to “human debris.” Locals connect the slaughter to the ruined Martense mansion which crowns Tempest Mountain. State troopers disregard this theory: not so our narrator. He’ll root out the culprit of the inexplicable attack (one of many over the years), be it supernatural or material. Establishing himself among reporters covering the story from Lefferts Corners, he waits for excitement to ebb so he can launch an unobserved investigation.

my first time watching this i was like OH SHIT, then my second time watching it i was like wait but the other goblin can understand Steve and Eli, but my third time i’m back to OH SHIT and here’s why

unlike Steve and Eli, Jim understands what this goblin is saying back to him. The goblin Steve and Eli find seems to understand them, but it can’t speak back in a language they understand. It has to rely on other means of communication to translate English, like the alphabet toddler toy. Jim and this blood goblin are having a two-way speaking conversation in what we can assume is the same language. This thing is talking to him and he can understand it perfectly.

Not only that, it’s  doing what he wants . It stops when he says stop and answers when he wants an answer. I don’t know if its significant that its from the Darklands or not, but it definitely makes the situation more eerie.


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