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“In the Walls of Eryx” is a short story by H.P. Lovecraft, written in January and first published in Weird Tales magazine in October It is unusual among . In addition to the Journal we are also offering a chapbook on the ecosystem of Lovecraft’s Venus in “In the Walls of Eryx.” Shown below is an. Probably not. The only thing that seems to suggest it is: There is something damnable—something uncanny—about this labyrinth. I could swear.

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The crystal he clutched was certainly a prize—the largest single specimen I had ever seen. Stretching out my arms and pressing close to the barrier, I began to edge gradually to the left—keeping very careful track of the way I faced. I wish they’d get a new religion, for they have no use for the crystals except to pray to.

The terrain sloped upward, ending in ov definite crest. I reached the top about 5: At the third step I was brought up short by the impact of the knife-point on an apparently solid surface—a solid surface where my eyes saw nothing. Mar 20, Sohail rated it really liked it.

As soon as I get back to the central chamber—which ought to be fairly easy—I shall try the extreme left-hand opening.

Email required Address never made public. Nor does human knowledge include any perfectly transparent, non-refractive solid such as the substance of this building. We at yhe studied the record scroll in the left hand, and prepared to take certain steps based on its data.

My thirst and weakness and suffocation were fast gaining on wallss, and with my last bit of strength I put a new cube in the electrolyser—recklessly, and without i for the needs of my journey to Terra Nova. Based on Lovecraft Venus was a wet world covered in jungles, harboring leathery and tough vines as well as soft and rubbery vegetation.


After several steps I concluded that the wall was not straight, but that I was following part of some vast circle or ellipse. More than this I could never learn from a direct investigation. I doubt if they even have a real language—all the talk about psychological communication through those tentacles kn their chests strikes me as bunk. I am now only a few yards from the skeleton, and am pausing to make this entry before emerging and breaking through the noxious band of entities.

Lovecraft and Kenneth J. Published first published The other two were average seven-footers. The narrator’s testimony, along with his body, are soon recovered by a search party, who discover an additional exit just behind the ground where Stanfield died, which the prospector missed when attempting to map out the maze. I thought now would be a good time to discuss this tale.

In this open space I was not very likely to be waylaid. An altercation between humans and Venusians by Mark W. I merely lay dazed in the mud for a long period, while the greenish things outside leaped and laughed and gestured. There must have been another race aeons ago, of which this is perhaps the last relique. Our planet does not truly need them, and I believe we have violated some obscure and mysterious law — some law buried deep in the arcane of the cosmos — in our attempts to take them.

I have none too many chlorate cubes either, and must try to cut down my oxygen consumption as much as I can. It was also a collaborative effort where he took over an existing script so we probably don’t know where one author stopped and the other started.


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They are wlals laughing and leaping around the doorway, and have started those hellish glow-torches. If one is not aware or highly mobile the flowering heads of these plants still attempt to feed on any organic material it is in contact with.

Possibly they think we are just as foolish for coming to Venus to hunt the stuff as we think they are for grovelling in the mud whenever they see a piece of it, or for keeping that great mass on a pedestal in their temple. I would, then, have to return to the central chamber and steer my course anew. Again, thank you to everyone who has contributed!

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It is now that I must begin to be careful in making my report, since what I shall henceforward have to say involves unprecedented—though fortunately verifiable—matters. Sign up using Facebook.

So, feeling my way back through the doorway and edging ni the body, I began to advance along the corridor toward those interior regions whence the dead man had presumably come. This would mean that the dead man lay near the wall at a point almost opposite the region where I had started. The result is a fascinating story, that is very different from any other Lovecraft’s story, yet it has clearly some of his touch.