“Two Black Bottles”

The Lovecraft series continues with another of ghostwriter Lovecraft’s clients.

Raw Feed (2005): “Two Black Bottles”, Wilfred Blanch Talman [and H. P. Lovecraft], 1926.hm

The main point of interest in this story about a church that falls under the sway of a devil worshipping cleric who stole and bottled the soul of the sexton who learned his secret — and the sexton in turns steals the soul of the following cleric — is that the corrupted church reminded me of those in Lovecraft’s own “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” and “The Haunter of the Dark”.

S. T. Joshi says the evidence from correspondence says Lovecraft wrote the middle of the story, but he doesn’t say who plotted it.

 

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