The Face of Nyarlathotep

And when he saw that crag he gasped and cried out aloud, and clutched at the jagged rock in awe; for the titan bulge had not stayed as earth’s dawn had shaped it, but gleamed red and stupendous in the sunset with the carved and polished features of a god.

Stern and terrible shone that face that the sunset lit with fire. How vast it was no mind can ever measure, but Carter knew at once that man could never have fashioned it. It was a god chiselled by the hands of the gods, and it looked down haughty and majestic upon the seeker. Rumour had said it was strange and not to be mistaken, and Carter saw that it was indeed so; for those long narrow eyes and long-lobed ears, and that thin nose and pointed chin, all spoke of a race that is not of men but of gods.

So writes Lovecraft in his novel Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath. Given his interest in both Easter Island and ancient Egypt, I suspect he had in mind both the mo’ai of the former and the visage of Akhenaten from the latter.

Akhenaten and mo'ai

Akhenaten and mo'ai


2 Responses to The Face of Nyarlathotep

  1. Brad Spangler January 3, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    Hey, wait a minute…

    Yeah, I went there.

  2. W.E. Hinds IV January 3, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    Sorry Brad, you are not the first.

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