“The Nameless City”


The Lovecraft series continues.

Raw Feed (2005): “The Nameless City”, H. P. Lovecraft, 1921.Dagon and Other Macabre Tales

This story stands as an interesting example of how Lovecraft probably approached most projects from the standpoint of what mood he wanted to create.

In its imagery both this and At the Mountains of Madness” are similar despite the thermal contrasts.

This story is set in the desert. “At the Mountains of Madness” is set in the polar waste.

The plots are similar with the action of both largely taking place underground and both involve the discovery of a horrible, ancient alien civilization via the ruins of one of its cities (and after examining some improbably informative carvings).

The later story is more celebrated because of the details of Antarctica exploration, geography, and the Old Ones; however, both feel much the same.

This also seems to be the first story to mention the mad Arab Abdul Alhazred though his most famous work, the Necronomicon, is not mentioned.


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