Naacal Language

HPL Aeons old tablets in Naacal tongue speak of Mu 271, hieratic Naacal of T'yog's order 273; Gates 422, 425, 452.

AWD Curwen 19; Lurker 134.

Nadek, Joseph

Alias of Simon Orne in Prague. HPL Case 223.


Syllable on tomb of Obediah Carter; possib. reference to Shub-Niggurath. JVS Dead 30.


HPL Aeons has custody of the true scroll 278 & 286.


Secret name of Keziah Mason. HPL WitchHouse 264, 290, 293.

Nahua Indians

Mexico. HPL Electric Nahuan-Aztec mythology 74.

AWD Island 181.


HPL Electric 68.


Of Kenya. HPL Winged includes Dr. Lincoln 246.

Nameless City

Arabia Deserta. HPL Descendant 362; Mountains 47; Nameless 98-110, description of race 104-5, chronology 103, Paleozoic 105.

AWD Keeper 148, 150, 153, 155, 157, made for short creatures (158), domain of Hastur 160, history and humans 161, 168, wind leads back to oasis? 169, 170, once a sea city 170, 171; Lamp =Irem? 249, 252.

Nameless City denizens

AWD Keeper 154-156, 158, 159, sacred reptiles 161, 167, 169, saurian and reptile followers of Cthulhu 170, 171.

Nameless Cults

A volume of esoteric lore by von Junzt, also known as Unaussprechlichen Kulten and the Black Book .

Publication History

Originally published as Unaussprechlichen Kulten in Dusseldorf in 1839. This edition had heavy leather covers and iron hasps. Not many copies were printed in the first edition. No more than a half-dozen copies of this edition are likely to survive, for many owners burned their copies in panic after learning the manner of the author's demise. This edition was nicknamed the Black Book , not because of its binding, but because of its dark contents [REH Black 56; Hoofed 156; Roof 3-4; HPL Aeons 269, 271]

A London Printer named Bridewell pirated the work and issued a cheap translation for sensational effect in 1845. This edition was full of grotesque wood-cuts, misspellings, and faulty translations. [REH Black 56; Roof 3-4; HPL Aeons 269, 271].

Both editions were suppressed, and copies were exceedingly rare until the publication of the carefully expurgated reprint by the Golden Goblin Press of New York in 1909. Fully a fourth of the original material was omitted from this edition. The book was handsomely bound and exquisitely illustrated by Diego Vasquez. This edition was too expensive for popular consumption. [REH Black 56; Roof 4; HPL Aeons 269]

Writing Style

The contents range from startling clarity of exposition to murky ambiguity, and there are statements and hints to freeze the blood of a thinking man. [REH Black 57] Von Junzt may have written vaguely at times because he was afraid to reveal too much, and deliberately gave dark and mysterious hints, that would have meaning only to those who know. [REH Children 151].

The extreme ambiguity and the incredible subject matter have long caused the book to be regarded as the ravings of a maniac, but much of his assertions are unanswerable [REH Roof 3].

General Contents

The bulk of the work concerns cults and objects of dark worship which Von Junzt claimed existed in his own day. [REH Black 57]

One of the cult survivals that Von Junzt spoke of was the Bran cult, which he alleged persists to modern times [REH Children 152-153].

Mysterious Keys

At many points Von Junzt speaks of keys, whose nature is not explained. [REH Black 57]. The Black Stone narrator inferred that these keys are Keys to Outer Doors, links with an abhorrent past, and perhaps with abhorrent spheres of the present. [73]

One of the keys that von Junzt mentions is the Black Stone, a monolith that broods among the mountains of Hungary. [REH Black 57] See: Black Stone.

Another key is to be found in an old temple in a Honduras jungle. There a strange god was worshipped by a tribe that became extinct before the coming of the Spaniards. The mummy of the last high priest is to be found in this temple, and on a copper chain around his neck is a red, toad-shaped jewel. This jewel is the key to the treasure of the temple, which lies hidden in a subterranean crypt beneath the temple altar. The Golden Goblin edition includes text describing the temple, but barely mentions the mummy. The Bridewell translation mistakenly gives the temple location as Guatamala. The Bridewell text says that the jewel is a key, but does not say what it is a key to. It is the Dusseldorf edition which states that the jewel is the key to hidden treasure beneath the temple, and later reveals that the "treasure" of the temple is the very god that was worshipped there. [REH Roof 5-11]

Unseen Worlds

One chapter deals with the summoning of daemons out of the Void. The book maintains that unseen worlds of unholy dimensions press on our universe, and that their inhabitants sometimes burst through the veil to our world at the bidding of evil sorcerors. [REH Hoofed 156]

T'yog and Ancient Mu

Some of the hieroglyphs in the scroll of T'yog also appear in Nameless Cults . Etienne-Laurent de Marigny wrote an article for the Occult Review about resemblances between the T'yog scroll and portions of Nameless Cults , which included the same hieroglyphs and a story centering on a similar cylinder and scroll. This information was copied and embroidered on by many articles appearing in the popular press in 1931-32. [HPL Aeons 268-271]

As related in Nameless Cults , T'yog was a High-Priest of Shub-Niggurath in ancient Mu. He dared to oppose the cult of Ghatanothoa, which sacrificed twelve young warriors and twelve maidens to Ghatanothoa each year. T'yog wrote a protective spell on a scroll before climbing Yaddith-Gho to confront Ghatanothoa; but before he left, the protective scroll was stolen and a worthless one substituted for it by Ghatanothoa's priests. As a result, when T'yog saw Ghatanothoa, his body was immediately petrified, though his brain remained eternally alive. [Aeons 271-277]

Elements of von Junzt's story turned up in new accounts of cult activities in the spring of 1932 [Aeons 278]. A swarthy Hawaiian cultist possessed many sheets of hieroglyphs like those in the T'yog scroll and the Black Book [280]. When Richard H. Johnson saw the image of Ghatanothoa on the retina of the T'yog mummy, his description reminded listeners of lore in the Black Book [286].

The Hyborian Age

Nameless Cults also tells of an age that Von Junzt said he had discovered, called the Hyborian age, which preceded recorded history. The book tells of the destruction of Atlantis and Lemuria; of the flight of a tribe of savages to the Arctic Circle, where they evolved into the Hyborians; of how the Hyborians were never able to conquer Stygia, in the area now known as Egypt; and of how a different barbarian Nordic race eventually overthrew the Hyborians and also the Stygians. [REH Untitled 37]


Von Junzt, in Unassprechlichen Kulten , describes Nyarlathotep as "adorned with tentacles," much like another of the Great Old Ones (presumably Cthulhu). [AWD Lurker 125].

Surviving Copies and Modern Readers

Nathaniel Wingate Peaslee consulted the Unaussprechlichen Kulten while possessed by a mind of the Great Race. He wrote corrections in the book in German, and also wrote something in the curvilinear hieroglyphs of the Great Race. [HPL Time 374, 384] Similarly, Amos Piper consulted a copy of the Unaussprechlichen Kulten while possessed by a member of the Great Race [AWD Space 234].

Among John Conrad's circle, at least Conrad himself, John Kirowan, Clemants, and Taverel had all read the book. According to John O'Donnel, Conrad and Kirowan had delved into the "Latin version." [REH Children 151-152] However, this is probably a mistaken reference to the Dusseldorf edition, which was likely in German; for it had a German title, and as mentioned above, Peaslee's corrections to the text were written in German.

The Thing on the Roof narrator obtained a copy of the Dusseldorf edition from Prof. James Clement of Richmond, VA. The narrator shared the book with Tussman, who had previously consulted the Bridewell and Golden Goblin editions. [REH Roof 3-6].

When John Conrad explored the house in the oaks near Old Dutchtown, N.Y., he found a copy of the Unaussprechlichen Kulten [REH House 126].

Michael Strang read from a copy of the Dusseldorf edition [REH Hoofed 156].

Richard H. Johnson read the Golden Goblin edition, and was left dizzy and nauseated, but thankful that he had not seen the original unexpurgated text. [HPL Aeons 271]

Robert Blake found a copy of the Unaussprechlichen Kulten in the abandoned church of the Starry Wisdom sect. Blake previously had access to a different copy, for he had already read the book. [HPL Haunter 100].

Some figures in Rogers' Museum were drawn from the Unaussprechlichen Kulten [HPL Museum 216].

Edward Pickman Derby read the Unaussprechlichen Kulten in the Miskatonic University library [HPL Doorstep 279]. Walter Gilman also consulted a copy of the Unaussprechlichen Kulten in the Miskatonic University library [HPL WitchHouse 263, 290].

Doctor Wycherly had a copy of the "criminally expurgated" Golden Goblin edition [HH Guardian 288].

Laban Shrewsbury told Horvath Blayne that the Cthulhu Mythos sprang from old manuscripts including the Unaussprechlichen Kulten [AWD Island 180]. Shrewsbury also spoke to Andrew Phelan and Nayland Colum of various esoteric texts, including the Unaussprechlichen Kulten [AWD Curwen 20; Keeper 141].

Winfield Phillips borrowed either an original copy or a photostat of Unaussprechlichen Kulten from Prof. Seneca Lapham. It probably was borrowed or copied from the Miskatonic University library. [AWD Lurker 134].

The book shows up with disconcerting regularity in the collections of deceased occultists. Thus, Dan Harrop found a copy in the collection of his late cousin, Abel Harrop [AWD Whippoorwills 44]. Marius Phillips found a copy that had been hidden by his late uncle, Sylvan Phillips [AWD Seal 160]. The Gable Window narrator found a copy in the house of his late cousin, Wilbur Akeley [AWD Gable 206]. Alijah Atwood found one among Dr. Jean-FrancoisCharriere's books and papers [AWD Survivor 160]. Haddon found a copy among the books of Amos Tuttle [AWD Hastur 2].

Soames Hemery found an esoteric book by a German doctor; possibly this was Von Junzt [AWD OutThere].

In the forger Alastair White's spurious catalog of esoteric books for sale, he offered a copy of Unaussprechlichen Kulten. The catalog also quoted Von Junzt as stating that the Necronomicon is the basis of Occult literature. However, the private detective Solar Pons dismissed both books as non-existent except in the imagination of some minor American horror writers [AWD Six 124]

nameless monastery

HPL Kadath 370, 375, (390).

HK Salem black tower of Leng (261/262).

nameless rock

Cerenarian sea. HPL Kadath 358-359, 371, 375, 380-382,...387, 390, (397).

Nameless Thing

Squid-like deity. HPL Diary 317, Nameless One 318.

Namquit Point

HPL Case 130, 133.

Nan-Matal, Nan Matol

Pacific. HPL Aeons megalithic masonry is possible vestige of Mu 267.

FL Terror2 286.

Nansen, Mt

HPL Mountains 10.

Nanset indians

AWD Lurker 16.


RWC Repairer 37.


100 carven gates and domes of chalcedony. HPL Silver 409.


A stream or river. HPL Celephais 87; Kadath 352.

Narg, River

HPL White 40.


King of Sarnath. HPL Doom 48-49.


Isles of, in Middle Ocean, in time of Sarnath. HPL Doom 48.


HPL Case N. indians 119, dairymen and horsebreeders 123, county 124, bay 129; Haunter bay 114.

RB Steeple Bay 215, 219, 221, 225, 229.

AWD Lurker N. indians 9 & 16 & 34 & 112.

FL Terror2 Narragansett Bay 300.

Note: May be referenced in HPL Mist.


In harbor outside Mulligan's beach, near Partridgeville. FBL Eaters 106-107.

Narthos, valley of

HPL Iranon 114.


Priest of Dreamworld. HPL Kadath 307-308, 345.


Africa. HPL Winged 244.

Incl: Durban.


Mississippi. AWD Gorge 118-119.

Nathaniel Derby Pickman Foundation

HPL Mountains 6.


A ceremony in ancient K'naa. HPL Aeons Imash-Mo precedes King Thabon at Nath-feast 273.


One of the Great Ones; a god worshipped by human beings in the dreamlands. In Celephais there is a turquoise temple to Nath-Horthath, where there are eighty priests wreathed with orchids. Nath-Horthath is the primary god worshipped in Celephais, though the priests there also honor the other Great Ones. [HPL Celephais 86; Kadath 352-353.]

National Geographic

AWD Seal 163.

National Museum

Lima, Peru. AWD Curwen 10.

Navissa Camp

Manitoba. AWD Ithaqua 106; Wind Robert Norris wrote his last report from there, and his body was found four miles north after his disappearance. John Dalhousie flew there to investigate and write his report.

Incl: Navissa Daily; Jamison, Dr..

Navissa Daily

Of Navissa Camp; newspaper. AWD Wind reported the disappearance of all the inhabitants of Stillwater.


African tribe. HPL Medusa 190.

Neb, rock tombs of

HPL Outsider 52.

Neck, the

Providence. HPL Case 120.


Ruler of the undines, or water elementals [RB Hell 61].


HK Eater 13.


View the full article on the Necronomicon.

Aka: Al-Azif.

Negus, Johann

Translator, Book of Iod. HK Bells 86.


Manitoba, a town. AWD Beyond2 172; Wind thirty miles south of Stillwater, connected by the Olassie Trail. Allison Wentworth and James Macdonald left from there for Stillwater.

Incl: Macdonald, James; Wentworth, Allison.


A poet? HPL Haunter 92.

Nemesis of Flame

HPL Test 47, 58.


Rhode Island; hill near Providence. AWD Lamp 249, 253, 256.


HPL Diary 303; Gates 452; Whisperer 214.


Egyptian pharaoh. HPL Case 197; Haunter 106; Outsider catacombs of, in valley of Hadoth by the Nile 52.

RB Fane 132-137, 139-146; Steeple 213.

Aka: Black Pharaoh.

Neptune (1)

A god of the sea in Roman mythology. Neptune visited the Strange High House in the Mist, in company with Nodens [HPL Mist 283].

AWD Island 178.

Neptune (2)

A planet. Spotted with white fungi. HPL Gates 451; Whisperer 223, body type 258.


In Greek mythology, blue-haired sea-nymphs, said to be fifty in number, the daughters of Nereus and Doris. The nereids are often helpful to sailors in storms. Nereids visited the Strange High House in the Mist, in the company of Nodens [HPL Mist followers of Nodens 283].

RB Kiss 49.


A place in Russia. AWD Lurker 136.


HK Invaders 76.

Compare with: K'n-yan.


HPL Diary 306.

Neustadt, the

Prague. HPL Case 164.

Newbury College

RB Grinning 51.

Newbury, Massachusetts

RB Satan 6.


Massachusetts. Enroute Portland to Arkham. HPL Innsmouth 305, public library 309-310, YMCA 310, Innsmouth bus 313, "same side of bus" implies north of Innsmouth 314, north of coast road/main road fork 315, 334-335, 341-343, 361; Doorstep 291.

AWD Curwen 30; Clay 377; Shuttered 272; Sky 61, 73, 85, 87.


Tilton, Anna;

Hammond's Drug Store; High Street; Ideal Lunch; Lower Green; Market Square; Newburyport Historical Society; Parker River; State St.

Newburyport Correspondent

AWD Curwen 15.

Newburyport Historical Society

HPL Innsmouth specimens of Innsmouth jewelry 310, curator 311.

Incl: Tilton, Anna.

Newbury Street

Boston. HPL Pickman 15, 17-18.

New Caledonia

AWD Gorge 100.


Oklahoma. HPL Yig 86.

New Church Green

Innsmouth. HPL Innsmouth 313, 320, 325, 336.

AWD Sky 72.

Incl: Order of Dagon Hall.

New Coffee-House

Providence. HPL Case 123.

New Dunnich

Synonym for Dunwich. AWD Lurker 14, 16, 18, 26, 48/49, 50, 141.

New England

HPL Diary 306; Gates 451.

RB Satan 8, 11-12, 16-19; RB Shambler 179; Steeple 213, 224.

AWD Island 201; Sandwin 88; Survivor 149; Witches 294.

JVS Snouted 26.

Incl: Aylesbury; Dedham; Edgewood; Maine; Massachusetts; New York; Newport, Maine; Newport, Rhode Island; Partridgeville; Patucket Falls; Pawtuxet; Rhode Island; Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet; Riverpoint; Salem-Village; Salem; Vermont; Warren; Wrentham.


Vermont. Enroute Brattleboro to Townshend. HPL Whisperer 219, 224, 247.

New France

HPL Case 123.

New Guinea

AWD Island 185-186; Gorge 100-101, 104-105, 110.

Incl: Sepik River.

New Hampshire

HPL Whisperer 210, 212-213, 245.

AWD Sky 62.

New Hebrides

AWD Island 179; Gorge 100.

Incl: Ambrym.

New Jersey

FL Terror2 295.

Includes: Hunterdon County.

New Lands

By Charles Fort. AWD Lurker 136.

New London

HPL Case 143, 154.

New Mexico

HPL Mound 155.


HPL Diary 316.

Synonym for?: New York.

New Orleans

Lousiana. HPL Aeons famed New Orleans mystic Etienne-Laurent de Marigny 270; Call 128, 133, 144; Gates 421, 424, 450, 457; Medusa 169-170, 174.

RB Mummy 284-285; Sebek 115, 117.

AWD Gorge 97, 115-116, 118-120, 128; Survivor 149.

FL Terror2 296.

Incl: Coffin Club; Creoles; Delvin, Doctor; de Marigny, Etienne-Laurent; Royce, Richard; Vanning, Henricus; Weildan, Professor.

New Paltz

HPL Man 209.

Incl: Hasbrouck, Squire.

New Plymouth

New England--what state? Mass.? AWD Lurker 52.

Newport, Rhode Island

HPL Case 120, candle-makers 123, 127-128, 133, 135, 139.

Incl: Vice-Admiralty Court; Wanton, Joseph.

Newport, Maine

RB Satan 8

Newport Boat

HPL Call 126.


Chemical supply house; also name of the owner. RB Bargain 69-70, 72, 74, 76.

New Spain

HPL Mound 115, 119, 137.

New World

HPL Mound 115.

New York

City and state. HPL Call 132; Case 117, 154, 165, 181; Diary 303; Man 211; Medusa 180, 182; Mound 116; Test 17, 20; Time 404; Winged friends of Slauenwite and Moore 251 & 254.

RB Brood 100; Creeper 108; Hell New York City 22, 43; Steeple city 220.

HC Death 362; Isle 152.

AWD Curwen 44; Clay 372, 379; Lair 117; Middle 353; Peabody 179; Watchers 383-384; Wood 82.

REH Black city 56; House 117; Roof 4.

HK Frog 106; Hydra 127.

State incl: Albany; Arnold, Dorothy; Attica; Batavia; Buffalo; Catskills; Chorazin; Kingston; Old Dutchtown.

City incl: Brooklyn; Chalmers, Halpin; Columbia University; Hartley, Norman; Keith, Prof. Phillips; Ludwig, Robert; Moore, Henry Sargent; Ross, Dr. Lily; Slauenwite, Dr. Thomas.

Rocklynn Institute

New York Times

AWD Curwen 15, 29, 32.

New Zealand

HPL Aeons Eridanus bound from New Zealand to Chile when risen island of Mu is sighted 265; Call 145.

AWD Island 185; Curwen 35; Gorge Maoris 100, Auckland 103.

Incl: Maoris.


HPL Electric 69.


A deity or place? HPL Whisperer 267.

AWD Hastur 22.

JVS Dead 34.


Wood of... AWD Dweller 137-138; Lurker 134.

Ngranek, Mt.

On Oriab in Southern Sea of dreamlands. HPL Other gods of earth left carven image on 127; Kadath 312-313, 315-316, 324-325, 327-330, 332, 335, 345, 351, 357, 359, 364, 368, 372, 397;

AWD Lurker 134.


A formula? or place. HPL Dunwich 184.

AWD Lurker a place beyond Kadath? 49; Middle 359.


See: Tablets of Nhing.

Nichols, Dale

Contemporary artist. AWD Seal 156.

Nicholson, Brent

AWD Valley 116-118.


A black cat. HPL Case 166, 173.


A cat belonging to Delapore. Of Bolton, Mass. and later Exham Priory. HPL Rats 32-40, 43, (44), 45.


By Edgar Gordon. RB Demon 64.


Of the dream-world. Thin, black, winged beings that dwell in caves near the peak of Mt. Ngranek. [HPL Kadath 325] The night-gaunts sometimes kidnap the lava-gatherers on Mt. Ngranek's lower slopes, and those that were taken are never seen again. [329] The people of Oriab are unsure that night-gaunts are altogether fabulous [327]. The night-gaunts are most prone to haunt the dreams of those who think too often of them [325].

The night-gaunts have cold, damp, slippery, rubbery black skin. They have only a blank surface where a face should be. Lacking eyes, they see with the whole surface of their bodies. On their heads are two horns that curve inward toward each other. They have prehensile claws and two-pronged tails. Their membraneous bat-wings make no sound, neither do they ever speak or laugh. While carrying their kidnapped victims through the air, the night-gaunts tickle them with subtlety and deliberation. [Kadath 334-335, 392; Fungi XX]

The duty of the night-gaunts is to capture any who venture too near the peak of Ngranek, and bear the interloper through the caves near the summit, to a dark inner realm. There they pass the fabled Peaks of Throk, and finally deposit their victim in the Vale of Pnath. [Kadath 334-336]

The night-gaunts also dwell in caves near the top of the peaks that divide Inganok from the plateau of Leng, where they cause great fear among the shantak-birds [372, 388].

Even the Great Ones fear the night-gaunts, for the latter own not Nyarlathotep but only hoary Nodens as their lord [372, 388, 389, 396]. Nevertheless, the Other Gods are able to control the night-gaunts when they must [397].

The night-gaunts are bound by solemn treaties with the ghouls [376]. The night-gaunts and ghouls communicate by means of ugly gestures [391].

The night-gaunts do not care to fly over water, [381] but are able to overcome their fear when necessary [383].

Randolph Carter wondered if the night-gaunts were responsible for killing his zebra, whose blood was drained from a wound in its throat during the night. The beings responsible also stole Carter's shiny knick-knacks and left great webbed footprints [328].

Randolph Carter was kidnapped by the night-gaunts and left in the Vale of Pnath [334-336]. Later, the ghoul Richard Upton Pickman taught Carter a password that would be recognized by the night-gaunts [376]. The night-gaunts helped Carter to rescue three ghouls from the moon-beasts, then participated in an attack on the moon-beasts [378-384]. They accompanied Carter to Kadath to confront the Great Ones, but vanished from Kadath due to the intervention of the Other Gods [388-397].

Rogers' Museum had a figure of a lean, rubbery night-gaunt [Museum 230].

RB Grinning 53.

Aka: Gaunts.

Nightingale, Mr

Providence. HPL Case 162.

Nightingale-Talbot letters

HPL Case 154.

Night of the Black Lord

Synonym for Halloween. RB Satan 17.


HPL Electric 74.

Compare with: Shub-Niggurath; Yig.

Nile river and valley

Egypt. HPL Outsider near Valley of Hadoth 52; Pyramids 218, cryptic 220, 221, 223, 226, elder Nile sorcery 230.

RB Faceless Upper 36, secret caverns beneath 41; Opener Upper Nile 156; Sebek 124.

REH Untitled 38.

Niles, David

RB Sorceror 149-155, plump 156, 157, (158), 159-163.


Assyrian city. REH Fire 38, 40.

AWD Island 181.

Incl: library of Asshurbanipal.

Ninth Pyramid

Egypt. RB Faceless 41; Opener 158.

Ninth Verse

AWD Whippoorwills 46.


A village, of dreamlands. HPL Cats travelers in Nir tell of the the law in Ulthar against killing cats 58; Other men of Nir climb Hatheg-Kla by day to look for Barzai 131, people of fear eclipses since Barzai disappeared on Hatheg-Kla132; Kadath 310-311, 334-335, 346, 380.


RB Grinning demon-haunted Nis 54.


Of Ulthar. HPL Cats lean notary of Ulthar, declares cotter & wife likely suspects in disappearance of cats 57, remarks that cotter & wife have not been seen since the night the cats were missing 58.

Nith, plain of

HPL Mound 147, 151.


A planet. HPL Fungi XIV.


A river? in dreamlands. HPL Iranon 112, 115-117.


Egyptian queen.  HPL Outsider has unnamed feasts beneath the Great Pyramid 52; Pyramids, 226, ghost queen who lives underground with Khephren, ruling over composite man/beat mummies 235, 240, beautiful but one half of her face eaten away 241.

Niza, Marcos de

HPL Mound 115-116.


Subterranean realm of Tsathoggua, beneath Yoth. HPL Mound 140-142, 148-149; Whisperer 254.

AWD Curwen 21-22; Dweller 138; Gorge 126; Keeper 141; Lurker 133-134.

FL Terror2 301, 311.


RB Grinning lightless N'ken 54.

N'kini jungle belt

Africa. HPL Winged visited by Thomas Slauenwite 254.

N'Kuru, Old

HPL Winged of M'gonga, one of the Galla boys at the post 245.

Noatak (river?)

Alaska. HPL Museum 221.


A being of great antiquity, described variously as hoary, immemorial, archaic, and primal. Nodens visited the Strange High House in the Mist, traveling in a great sea shell on dolphins' backs, in company with Neptune, nereids, and tritons. Nodens himself is described as of "grey and awful form" with wizened hand. Nodens might be dangerous to consort with too closely, for after he took Olney and his host for a ride, it was said that Olney was never the same and seemed to have lost his spirit [HPL Mist 283-284]. In the dreamworld, Nodens is the lord of the night-gaunts, who own not Nyarlathotep but hoary Nodens as their lord [HPL Kadath 372, 388, 389 & 396]. This is noteworthy since Nyarlathatotep appears in other respects to be the most powerful being in the dreamworld, as the soul and messenger of the Other Gods, who "protect" the meek gods of Earth. Thus Nodens may be a being of power comparable to Nyarlathotep, but not associated with the Other Gods. 

Nodens might even be more powerful than the Other Gods, for "even were unexpected things to come from the Other Gods, who are prone to oversee the affairs of earth's milder gods, the night-gaunts need not fear; for the outer hells are indifferent matters to such silent and slippery flyers as own not Nyarlathotep for their master, but bow only to potent and archaic Nodens" [389]. When Randolph Carter narrowly escapes being transported to the realm of Azathoth, "archaic Nodens was bellowing his guidance from unhinted deeps" [406]. It is not clear why Nodens was interested in Carter's fate, but it is noteworthy that He did not offer active assistance, only (seemingly rather belated) guidance.

In his title Lord of the Great Abyss [Mist283, Kadath388], Nodens seems a bit reminiscent of Azathoth who dwells outside the ordered universe. Unlike Azathoth, however, Nodens is not described as mindless, and it seems that he might aid or befriend humans on some occasions. It is possible that Noden's influence is limited to dream realms, since (1) it is there that his night-gaunts are active, and (2) it seems that he took Olney's soul to some transcendent, dreamlike realm. On this theory, the Strange High House would have to be regarded as a rare gateway between our realm and that of Nodens.

In Celtic mythology, Nodens (or Nodons) was a god of healing. Accounts of Noden's shrine at Lydney in Gloucesterhire may have inspired Arthur Machen to include Nodens in the inscription at the end of his story "The Great God Pan." (See "The Great God Nodens" at http://www.cafes.net/ditch/nodens.htm ). In that story, Nodens/Pan's mating with a mortal woman leads to the birth of a daughter of strongly evil powers. 

AWD Gable 207.

RB DarkIsle primal Nodens 97; Hell primal Nodens 37.

Aka: Lord of the Great Abyss; Primal One.


Alaska. HPL Museum 221-222.

AWD Gorge 98.

Norby, Gustav

DW Fire2 75-88.

Norden, Graf

Of Darwich University. RAL Abyss 284-290.

Norman-French language

HPL Diary 313.

Norris, Constable Robert

Of Royal Northwest Mounted Police. Visited Stillwater. AWD Beyond2 a constable (172); Wind While staying with Dr. Jamison at Navissa Camp, witnessed Allison Wentworth, James Macdonald, and the body of Irene Masitte fall from the sky. Listened to Wentworth's delerious ravings and spoke to him during his brief interval of consciousness. Learned thus of the deity Ithaqua and the truth behind the Stillwater mystery. Later disappeared for seven months. When his body was recovered at Navissa Camp, the ancient plaque in his pocket showed that he had spent that time in travel as a prisoner of Ithaqua.


Family. HPL Rats 26.

Norrys, (Capt.) Edward

HPL Rats 28-29, 31-33, 35-37, 45.


REH Gods 187, 189, 192, 195.

North America

Incl: Indians.

North Burying Ground, North Burial Ground

HPL Case 137, 169, 176, 228, 230.

North End, Boston

HPL Pickman 13, 15-16.

North End, Providence

Providence. HPL Case 177.


Town enroute Greenfield to Brattleboro. (Page and story ref lost; presumably HPL Whisperer.)

Northam, first baron of

HPL Descendant 361.

Northam, Lord

HPL Descendant (358), 359-361.

Northam Keep

HPL Descendant 361.

North Pacific

AWD Island 178-179.

North Point

HPL White 36.

North Providence

HPL Case 128.

North Sea

HPL Descendant 359.

North Station

Boston. HPL Time 375.

North Swamp

Monk's Hollow. HK Frog 106-107, 109, 118, 120, 122.

Northwest Coast

AWD Seal 151, 163.

Incl: Northwest Coast Indians; Quatsino Sound.

Northwest Coast Indians

Of Northwest Coast. AWD Space 246; Survivor 159.

Incl: Kwakiutl Indians; Tlingit Indians.

Northwestern (University?)

AWD Depths 229.

Norton, Joe

HPL Mound 103.


HPL Call 144, 146, 148.

AWD Spawn 19, 26.

See also: Lofoten Islands; Oslo.


Connecticut. See Stamford-Norwalk area.


AWD Curwen 20.


HPL Museum "spawn of" an epithet of disgust 234.

Noton, Mt

HPL Polaris 21-23.

Notre Dame

HPL Pickman 14.

JVS Snouted 25.

Not-to-be-Named One

A god. HPL Mound husband of Shub-Niggurath 144.

Compare with: Hastur.

Nova Persei

A new star that appeared near Algol in 1901. Apparently it marked Joe Slater's attempt to wreak vengeance on the "oppressor," whose beacon is the star Algol. Nova Persei faded over the course of a few months, perhaps marking the failure of Slater to achieve his desired vengeance [HPL Sleep 35].

Noyes, Mr

Cultivated male human voice. HPL Whisperer 225-227, named 245, 246, 250-251, 260-261, 263, 266-267, 269-270.

Nueva California

HK Bells 81.

Nug and Yeb

In ancient Mu, T'yog believed that Nug and Yeb were among of the gods friendly to man, ready to side with man against Ghatanothoa [HPL Aeons 273]. T'yog hoped that Shub-Niggurath and her sons would side with him; from the context, it is possible that these sons include Nug and Yeb [274].

The Old Ones of K'n-yan had temples to Nug and Yeb, where the subtle and orgiastic rites sickened Zamacona [Mound 144].

There are underground shrines to Nug and Yeb, possibly in the region of the Crimson desert of Arabia [Test 47].


16,000 A.D. HPL Time 395.

Runes of Nug-Soth [FL Terror2 284].


Being spoken of in the Song of Yste. Two of its priests fell prey to the adumbrali. RAL Abyss 291.


Congo. HPL Winged 248.

Incl. Vandervelde, Dr.


Nyarlathotep is known as the Crawling Chaos [HPL Nyarlathotep 1, Test 46, Kadath 308, 321, 324, 338, 353, 356, 370, 391, 403]. He is a horror with infinite shapes [397]. He is the soul and messenger of the Other Gods [Kadath 308, 318, 321, 353, 397]. Since the Other Gods are protectors of the Great Ones, Nyarlathotep often comes to the aid of the Great Ones at the crucial moment [396]. Yet the nature of this "protection" seems far from benevolent; thus, when it suits him, Nyarlathotep abruptly snatches the Great Ones back from their revels in the sunset city, and taunts them insolently [407].

The violet gas S'ngac told Kuranes terrible things of the crawling chaos Nyarlathotep [Kadath 356].

Egyptian Connections

Robert Blake wrote that Nyarlathotep took the form of man in antique and shadowy Khem (that is, Egypt) [Haunter 114]. And Khephnes, an Egyptian of the 14th Dynasty, told Nathaniel Wingate Peaslee the hideous secret of Nyarlathotep [Time 395].

The name "Nyarlathotep" may be partly Egyptian in origin. The suffix "-hotep" was used in some Ancient Egyptian names and meant "is satisfied," as in "Amenhotep," meaning "Amen is satisfied." If "Nyarlathotep" follows a similar pattern, then perhaps "Nyarlat" is the name of some deity of whom Nyarlathotep was taken to be an avatar. I have found no references to Egyptian deities with names like "Nyarlat"; it may be of non-human origin, or perhaps its shocking implications led later dynasties to efface the name from all Egyptian records and monuments.

Further Egyptian elements are discussed under Prophecies, below.

Black Man of the Witch Cult

After one of his dreams of Brown Jenkin, Walter Gilman remembers that it had mentioned the name Nyarlathotep [WitchHouse 273]. Walter Gilman and Frank Elwood compare the Black Man of the witch cult with the Nyarlathotep of the Necronomicon , as each signifies the deputy or messenger of hidden and terrible powers [WitchHouse 286]. See: Black Man.

Haunter of the Dark

Robert Blake identifies the Haunter of the Dark as an avatar of Nyarlathotep [Haunter 114]. See: Haunter of the Dark.


Nyarlathotep is one of the deities revered by the Outer Ones. Thus, During a May-Eve rite in a Vermont cave, an Outer One and a human recite a liturgy with references to Nyarlathotep, who is referred to as the Mighty Messenger, Great Messenger, Father of the Million Favored Ones, and fragmentarily as "Stalker among..." [Whisperer 226]. The complete phrase is given elsewhere as Stalker Among the Stars [RB Faceless 40]. Nyarlathotep is referred to as "bringer of strange joy to Yuggoth through the void," a phrase which confirms the alliance between Nyarlathotep and the Outer Ones, who had colonized Yuggoth [HPL Whisperer 226]. An Outer One, masquerading as Henry Akeley, speaks of Nyarlathotep and other primal deities [Whisperer 223]. The Outer Ones refer briefly to Nyarlathotep again while discussing plans in Akeley's house [267].

Capt. George Lawton mentions Nyarlathotep in his ravings after visiting K'n-yan [Mound 103]. This seems to imply that the Old Ones of K'n-yan are devotees of Nyarlathotep.

The gugs make strange sacrifices to the Other Gods and the crawling chaos Nyarlathotep [Kadath 338].

The high priest not to be described prays to the Other Gods and Nyarlathotep [Kadath 370].

It is Nyarlathotep that the fungous moon-beasts serve [397]. See: moon things.

Nemesis of Randolph Carter

Nyarlathotep arranges for Randolph Carter's capture and transport to the moon's dark side; and following Carter's rescue by the cats, fruitlessly waits in a black cave on a far unhallowed summit of the moon-mountains [324]. Later, Carter is kidnapped again and taken to the monastery of the high priest not to be described in Leng, for the purpose of some dread rendezvous with monstrous Nyarlathotep [Kadath 370]. When Carter reaches Kadath, he feels that his visit had been expected, and wonders how close a watch had all along been kept upon him by the crawling chaos Nyarlathotep [397].

Nyarlathotep tells Carter that it is not lawful for men to see the Great Ones. He says that the Great Ones had left Kadath to live in the fabulous sunset-city of Carter's dreams. Nyarlathotep asks Carter to go to the sunset city and pursuade the Great Ones to return. But this is all a ruse, for the shantak provided by Nyarlathotep takes Carter instead toward infinity's center where dwells the mindless daemon-sultan Azathoth. In this incident, Nyarlathotep appears as a suave, flattering and devious trickster. Strangely, he also provides Randolph Carter with a nugget of true insight, by revealing that Carter's dream city is the sum of New England scenes that Carter had seen and loved in his youth. [398-404]

Rivals and Dissenters

The night-gaunts own not Nyarlathotep but hoary Nodens as their lord [Kadath 372, 388, 389, 396], and the ghouls have no masters [396]. Yet the Other Gods can control the ghouls and night-gaunts when they must [396].

Nodens himself may be beyond the power of Nyarlathotep. After Nyarlathotep tries to send Carter to his doom in the chaos of Azathoth, Nodens bellows guidance to Carter, and raises a howl of triumph when Carter escapes [406].


The liturgy overheard by Akeley in Vermon includes a prophecy that Nyarlathotep will come down to our world and put on "the semblance of men, the waxen mask and the robe that hides" [Whisperer 226].

The sonnet Nyarlathotep and the prose poem Nyarlathotep both read like a prophecies or visions of Nyarlathotep's future coming to Earth.

The sonnet Nyarlathotep begins "And at last from inner Egypt came / The strange dark One to whom the fellahs bowed" [Fungi XXI]. In this context, fellahs appears to be a reference to the native population of Egypt (as opposed to the later Islamic Arab conquerors). The phrase "inner Egypt" is probably also a racial reference rather than a geographic one. Similarly, the prose poem Nyarlathotep says "And it was then that Nyarlathotep came out of Egypt. Who he was, none could tell, but he was of the old native blood and looked like a Pharoah" [Nyarlathotep 1].

Similarly, in Randolph Carter's dream-quest, Nyarlathotep appeared in form of a tall, slim figure with dark skin and the youthful face of an antique Pharoah [Kadath 398]. He sports colorful garb; the sonnet has him "wrapped in fabrics red as sunset flame" while to Carter he appears "gay with prismatic robes and crown with a golden pshent that glowed with inherent light" [398].The pshent was the double crown that symbolized the unity of Upper and Lower Egypt in ancient times.

After establishing Nyarlathotep's Egyptian origin, the sonnet and prose poem diverge somewhat, though they could be referring to different portions of the same sequence of events. In the prose poem, Nyarlathotep gives science lectures and electrical displays which send the spectators away speechless. Thereafter, the people are haunted by nightmares. Audience members feel compelled to march in columns to various underground destinations, and the narrator is overwhelmed by the sound of drumming and flutes that accompany the ultimate gods—"the blind, voiceless, mindless gargoyles whose soul is Nyarlathotep" [Nyarlathotep 3].

In the sonnet, Nyarlathotep also becomes famous and develops a cult-like following: "Throngs pressed around, frantic for his commands, / But leaving, could not tell what they had heard." There is no reference to the science demonstrations or the nightmares. Nyarlathotep's advent is soon followed by the uplifting of lost cities from the sea (perhaps R'lyeh?) and "mad auroras" that destroy mankind's cities. At last, Earth itself is destroyed: "Then, crushing what he chanced to mould in play, The idiot Chaos blew Earth's dust away" [Fungi XXI]. Note that the phrase "idiot Chaos" is probably not a reference to Nyarlathotep; for, although known as the Crawling Chaos, he is never portrayed as an idiot. Rather, the phrase is likely a reference to the mindless daemon-sultan, Azathoth, and the mindless Other Gods of whom Nyarlathotep is the soul and messenger.


According to the liturgy overheard by Akeley, Nyarlathotep will come from the world of Seven Suns [Whisperer 226].

Delapore refers to "those grinning caverns of the earth's centre where Nyarlathotep, the mad faceless god, howls blindly in the darkness to the piping of two amorphous idiot flute players" [Rats 44]. This is an odd passage, which seems to assign Nyarlathotep the qualities otherwise attributed to Azathoth, but locates him at the earth's core rather than the center of Ultimate Chaos where Azathoth dwells. The prose poem Nyarlathotep also associates him with subterranean places, for one of the columns of hypnotized people files into a subway entrance, and another descends into a gulf in a snowy landscape [Nyarlathotep 3] where the narrator has his epiphany of Nyarlathotep.

It is possible that underground places are significant only because they are dark, since Nyarlathotep's avatar the Haunter of the Dark could manifest only in darkness.

In Leng's northward reaches are certain white hemispherical buildings on curious knolls, which folklore associates with the Other Gods and Nyarlathotep [Kadath 391].

RB Demon 64, 68; Faceless 39-40, prophecied return 41, 42-48; Fane 134-137, 140-141, 144; Grinning 54; Mannikin 79; Sebek 115, 125; Steeple 215, 228, 229.

HC Death 365, rules midnight forests by the shores of Halil 366, ruler of the darkest dwelling places of the far departed 368, suckles legless children of vast lake of Hali 368; Isle 157.

AWD Island 179; Curwen 13, 20-21, 31; Dweller 127, 132-133, 137-139, description (136, 140-142), 142, (145), 151; Gable 207; Gorge 126; Keeper messenger of Ancient Ones 141, red eye of the bull 150; Lamp 255; Lurker Narlato or Narlotep 37, (50), winged creatures of (51), 59, 61, 69, 71, 84, 96, 124-126, 128, 133, 139; Hastur 12, 22; Sky 59, Earth Creature 68; Space 239; Survivor 162; Valley 134; Whippoorwills 50.

HH Guardian 299.

FL Terror2 clavicle of Nyarlathotep 284-285.

JVS Dead 34.

Aka: Black Man; Black Messenger of Karneter; Black One; Blind Ape of Truth; Blind, Faceless One; Dark God; Dark One; Dark Demon; Demon Messenger; Dweller in Darkness; Earth Creature; Elder One; Faceless God; Faceless One; God of Ressurection; God of the Desert; Haunter of the Dark; Howler in the Night; Lord of the Desert; Master of Evil; Mighty Messenger; Old God; Prince of Darkest Dark; Secret One; Stalker Among the Stars.


AWD Lurker 133.

See also: wood nymphs.


A god. HK Salem worm-eating, crescent-horned image 250, 255, 261, black thing 263, (264-265).

Nython, the triple star

Visited by Zkauba. HPL Gates 450.

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