Ужас Данвича

Chapter 5

‘GreatGod,whatsimpletons!ShowthemArthurMachen’sGreatGodPanandthey’llthinkitacommonDunwichscandal!Butwhatthingwhatcursedshapelessinfluenceonoroffthisthree-dimensionalearthwasWilburWhateley’sfather?BornonCandlemasninemonthsafterMayEveof1912,whenthetalkaboutthequeerearthnoisesreachedcleartoArkhamwhatwalkedonthemountainsthatMaynight?WhatRoodmashorrorfasteneditselfontheworldinhalf-humanfleshandblood?’

DuringtheensuingweeksDrArmitagesetabouttocollectallpossibledataonWilburWhateleyandtheformlesspresencesaroundDunwich.HegotincommunicationwithDrHoughtonofAylesbury,whohadattendedOldWhateleyinhislastillness,andfoundmuchtoponderoverinthegrandfather’slastwordsasquotedbythephysician.AvisittoDunwichVillagefailedtobringoutmuchthatwasnew;butaclosesurveyoftheNecronomicon,inthosepartswhichWilburhadsoughtsoavidly,seemedtosupplynewandterriblecluestothenature,methods,anddesiresofthestrangeevilsovaguelythreateningthisplanet.TalkswithseveralstudentsofarchaicloreinBoston,andletterstomanyotherselsewhere,gavehimagrowingamazementwhichpassedslowlythroughvarieddegreesofalarmtoastateofreallyacutespiritualfear.AsthesummerdrewonhefeltdimlythatsomethingoughttobedoneaboutthelurkingterrorsoftheupperMiskatonicvalley,andaboutthemonstrousbeingknowntothehumanworldasWilburWhateley.

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