Friday, February 24, 2012


"In an instant every moving entity was electrified; and forming at once into a ceremonial procession, the nightmare horde slithered away in quest of the sound—goat, satyr, and aegipan, incubus, succuba, and lemur, twisted toad and shapeless elemental, dog-faced howler and silent strutter in darkness—all led by the abominable naked phosphorescent thing that had squatted on the carved golden throne, and that now strode insolently bearing in its arms the glassy-eyed corpse of the corpulent old man."
H.P. Lovecraft, The Horror At Red Hook

"Some writers describe lemurs as the common name for all spirits of the dead, and divide them into two classes, the Lares, or souls of good men, and Larvae, or souls of wicked men. But the common idea was that Lemures and Larvae were the same. They were said to wander about as specters and to torment and frighten the living."
Sir William Smith, Dictionary Of Greek and Roman Biography, Mythology, and Geology

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