From the fictitious land of Carcosa that encouraged the HBO convey True Detective to H. P. Lovecraft’s accursed New England hills, this assortment gains one of the most mythical landscapes of the cosmic horror style. The assortment contains the subsequent twelve stories:
Edgar Allan Poe, "MS. present in a Bottle"
Bram Stoker, "The Squaw"
Ambrose Bierce, "Moxon's Master"
Ambrose Bierce, "The Damned Thing"
Ambrose Bierce, "An Inhabitant of Carcosa"
R. W. Chambers, "The Repairer of Reputations"
M. P. Shiel, "The apartment of Sounds"
Arthur Machen, "The White People"
Algernon Blackwood, "The Willows"
Henry James, "The Jolly Corner"
Walter de l. a. Mare, "Seaton's Aunt"
H. P. Lovecraft, "The color Out of Space"
“The real bizarre story has whatever greater than a mystery homicide, bloody bones, or a sheeted shape clanking chains. an environment of breathless and unexplainable dread of outer, unknown forces needs to be current; a touch of that almost all poor perception of the human brain—a malign and specific suspension or defeat of these mounted legislation of Nature that are our in basic terms defend opposed to the attacks of chaos and the daemons of unplumbed space.”—H. P. Lovecraft
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We touched the frontier of a quarter the place our presence was once resented. For a night’s accommodation we would maybe be tolerated; yet for a protracted and inquisitive stay—No! via the entire gods of the timber and the desert, no! We have been the 1st human impacts upon this island, and we weren't sought after. The willows have been opposed to us. unusual suggestions like those, extraordinary fancies, borne i do know now not whence, chanced on lodgment in my brain as I stood listening. What, i presumed, if, in spite of everything, those crouching willows proved to be alive; if unexpectedly they need to stand up, like a swarm of dwelling creatures, marshalled by means of the gods whose territory we had invaded, sweep in the direction of us off the colossal swamps, booming overhead within the night—and then calm down! As I appeared it was once really easy to visualize they really moved, crept closer, retreated a bit, huddled jointly in plenty, adverse, watching for the nice wind that are supposed to eventually commence them a-running. i may have sworn their point replaced a bit, and their ranks deepened and pressed extra heavily jointly. The depression shrill cry of a night-bird sounded overhead, and unexpectedly I approximately misplaced my stability because the piece of financial institution I stood upon fell with a very good splash into the river, undermined via the flood. I stepped again simply in time, and went on attempting to find firewood back, part guffawing on the bizarre fancies that crowded so thickly into my brain and forged their spell upon me. I recalled the Swede’s comment approximately relocating on subsequent day, and that i used to be simply considering that I absolutely agreed with him, whilst I became with a commence and observed the topic of my suggestions status instantly in entrance of me. He was once particularly shut. The roar of the weather had lined his procedure. “You’ve been long past so long,” he shouted above the wind, “I concept whatever should have occurred to you. ” yet there has been that during his tone, and a undeniable glance in his face in addition, that conveyed to me greater than his genuine phrases, and in a flash I understood the genuine cause of his coming. It used to be as the spell of where had entered his soul too, and he didn't like being on my own. “River nonetheless rising,” he cried, pointing to the flood within the moonlight, “and the wind’s easily lousy. ” He constantly acknowledged an analogous issues, however it was once the cry for companionship that gave the genuine value to his phrases. “Lucky,” I cried again, “our tent’s within the hole. i feel it’ll carry okay. ” I extra whatever in regards to the hassle of discovering wooden, to be able to clarify my absence, however the wind stuck my phrases and flung them around the river, in order that he didn't pay attention, yet simply checked out me during the branches, nodding his head. “Lucky if we break out with out catastrophe! ” he shouted, or phrases to that impact; and that i be mindful feeling part indignant with him for placing the concept into phrases, for it used to be precisely what I felt myself. there has been catastrophe coming near near someplace, and the experience of presentiment lay unpleasantly upon me. We went again to the fireplace and made a last blaze, poking it up with our ft. We took a final glance around. yet for the wind the warmth could were disagreeable.