Chapter 6

TheDunwichhorroritselfcamebetweenLammasandtheequinoxin1928,andDrArmitagewasamongthosewhowitnesseditsmonstrousprologue.Hehadheard,meanwhile,ofWhateley’sgrotesquetriptoCambridge,andofhisfranticeffortstoborroworcopyfromtheNecronomiconattheWidenerLibrary.Thoseeffortshadbeeninvain,sinceArmitagehadissuedwarningsofthekeenestintensitytoalllibrarianshavingchargeofthedreadedvolume.WilburhadbeenshockinglynervousatCambridge;anxiousforthebook,yetalmostequallyanxioustogethomeagain,asifhefearedtheresultsofbeingawaylong.

EarlyinAugustthehalf-expectedoutcomedeveloped,andinthesmallhoursofthethirdDrArmitagewasawakenedsuddenlybythewild,fiercecriesofthesavagewatchdogonthecollegecampus.Deepandterrible,thesnarling,half-madgrowlsandbarkscontinued;alwaysinmountingvolume,butwithhideouslysignificantpauses.ThenthererangoutascreamfromawhollydifferentthroatsuchascreamasrousedhalfthesleepersofArkhamandhauntedtheirdreamseverafterwardssuchascreamascouldcomefromnobeingbornofearth,orwhollyofearth.

Armitage,hasteningintosomeclothingandrushingacrossthestreetandlawntothecollegebuildings,sawthatotherswereaheadofhim;andheardtheechoesofaburglar-alarmstillshrillingfromthelibrary.Anopenwindowshowedblackandgapinginthemoonlight.

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