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“In the Walls of Eryx” is a short story by H.P. Lovecraft, written in January and first published in Weird Tales magazine in October It is unusual among . In addition to the Journal we are also offering a chapbook on the ecosystem of Lovecraft’s Venus in “In the Walls of Eryx.” Shown below is an. Probably not. The only thing that seems to suggest it is: There is something damnable—something uncanny—about this labyrinth. I could swear.

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In the Walls of Eryx by Orm Z. Gradually the dancing lights began to disappear, and the shimmering spectral scenery began to assume the aspect of solidity.

There must be a great deposit of crystals within a thousand miles, though I suppose those damnable man-lizards always watch and guard it. I could watch them as they came, and jot down their approximate route if they failed to form a continuous line. I shall take care to send it toward the left, where it will not hit the leaping band of mocking beleaguerers. Exactly where I had made my mistake I could not tell. Bending to examine the corpse, I discovered that it bore no wounds.

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Aug 10, Dagny rated it really liked it Shelves: Those near the corpse looked briefly at it but made no move to disturb it. I had seen nothing which could have caused the shock, and I saw nothing now. For a moment I lay supine, too utterly startled to think. Tree-ferns were also noted on the broad mossy plateau called the Erycinian Highland.


Clearly, the plan tye the building was even more complicated than I had thought. I shall lie very still in the mud and save all the strength I can.

jn Lovecraft and Kenneth J. There must have been another race aeons ago, of which this is perhaps the last relique. If one is not aware or highly mobile the flowering heads of these plants still attempt to feed on any organic material it is in contact with. Thus, the closely related thing these semi-anthropoid like beings represent are reptiles. I am now only a few yards from the skeleton, and am pausing to make this entry before emerging and breaking through the noxious band of entities.

“In the Walls of Eryx” by H. P. Lovecraft

In this open space I was not very likely to be waylaid. Within the Walls of Eryx takes place on Venus, the characters are members of a mining expedition, mining for crystals. Possibly they think we are just as foolish for coming to Venus to hunt the stuff as we think they are for groveling in the mud whenever they see a piece of walls, or for keeping that great mass on a pedestal in their temple. Nikola Korbuc rated it really liked it Jun 17, Perhaps it will be lost forever in the thin mud—but perhaps it will land in some widespread clump of weeds and ij reach the hands of men.


Clearly, this was a crystal of walos very finest quality, and my elation grew with every spattering step. Sificligh by Spearhafoc www. Or will other ruins of kindred origin be found by future expeditions? Hope now soared high, but I did not attempt to rise to my feet.

Consulting the notes and sketches I had jotted down, I was impressed by the complexity of the hallways, and by the possibility that I had made a fundamental error.

In the Walls of Eryx

This site uses cookies. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Knocking sharply on the barrier with the hilt of my knife, and kicking at it with my heavy boots, I tried to interpret the sounds thus made. Even with my flame pistol I would have a bad time getting away—though boldness and quickness would doubtless see me through in the long run.

Venusian (In the Walls of Eryx)

The terrain sloped upward, ending in a definite crest. Second, the lower light levels means the resident vegetation more than likely uses the reds and possibly infrareds for their version of photosynthesis.

Despite their elaborately built cities, it seemed hard to credit the pseudo-reptiles with anything of this kind.