The Man Who Collected Machen and Other Weird Tales

By Mark Samuels

Cryptic and effective languages, extraordinary cults, mysteries that span the gulf among lifestyles and dying, occult impacts that reverberate via historical past like a loss of life echo, impossible to resist cosmic decay, forces of nightmare that distort truth itself, gateways to worlds the place esoteric wisdom rots the longer term. the following, from Mark Samuels, the writer of Glyphotech and different Macabre methods and sleek exemplar of mystical horror, is a suite of stories that varieties a veritable Rosetta Stone for students of cosmic ask yourself and terror.

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Historical they're, yet in basic terms in opposite, for they've got come backwards in time from the final word destiny. For them the tune of time is from finish to starting, and evolution is a technique of go back to the slime. Gods they have been as soon as, yet fiends are they now. They compliment naught however the joys of discomfort, of dragging down the universe with them of their personal terrible dying agonies. males they adore, for they're game, and their pride is in torturing them, and lowering their minds and our bodies to travesties. All compliment the Voolans! For they shall lay waste the illusions: all good looks, all desire and all love! in their shape enable me inform. Voolans are reminiscent of squid, they usually own 8 tentacles. They move slowly on all surfaces, flooring, partitions and ceilings. Their oily dermis is black or coal-grey. Of eyes they own 4, all yellow, with out students, equidistant round the diameter in their heads. Their mouths are huge and their the teeth are lengthy and sharp, fang-like. Upon human flesh they banquet, as soon as the sufferer is mutilated via weeks of drawn-out torture. Their global catacombs the planet, so tremendous and depthless, as to represent a hole earth. And of technological know-how they've got forgotten greater than we have now ever learnt, and now their technology is equivalent to sorcery, for his or her brains are diseased. they might occupy the physique of fellows as they'll it, through ability telepathic, they usually name them down into their lairs less than flooring, while the feasting time is come. And here's the reality: there's no wide awake considered males. All is Voola. The methods of guys are as a video game to them, and we dance like puppets to their whims. we're their leisure. • In 1914, Martz joined the workers of the Mexico urban insane asylum. He took up his place having theorised that yes sufferers being affected by “delusions” had entry to different kinds of cognizance. Martz believed that his touch with the Voolan entities put him past strong and evil. Morality, for Martz, was once a query of expediency and advancing human improvement, that's, getting ready the best way for the reign of the Voolans at the floor global. He started experimenting on these inmates who have been with out households or affiliates who may take an curiosity of their situation, allowing him to behave unfastened from outdoor scrutiny. Orderlies and different medical professionals have been bribed as essential to retain a conspiracy of silence. instead of looking to ameliorate psychoses or manias, it was once Martz’s project to accentuate them. This he could try to do through actual and psychological torture, together with using psychotropic medicinal drugs, electrical shocks, sleep deprivation or even sexual abuse. He took notes of his sufferers’ reactions, subjecting them to violent interrogation from that point onwards. so much of his efforts have been thoroughly valueless, and his activities in simple terms served to hasten dying in those that got here less than his regulate. although there has been one example within which he accomplished a few startling effects, with an aged American inmate, an ex-officer within the Yankee military throughout the U. S. Civil conflict. He was once said in Martz’s notes merely as “Major X”.

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