Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers Today we’re looking at “Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn. The precise appearance of the “white apes” is never clearly defined. Based on the context of the story Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family. (EXP: An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia) Critic William Fulwiler suggests that the plot of “Arthur Jermyn” may have been inspired by Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novels .

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The ape-princess, it was said, became the consort of a great white god who had come out of the West. Indeed, old Sir Loveceaft had possessed an intellectual zeal amounting almost to a mania; his bizarre conjectures on a prehistoric white Congolese civilisation earning him much ridicule when his book, Observations on the Several Parts of Africa, was published.

Arthur became a scholar, eventually visiting the Belgian Congo on a research expedition, where he heard tales of a stone city of white apes and the stuffed body of a xrthur ape goddess, which had since gone missing. Howard Conan story to which you refer. I only read it for the articles…. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Jermun descriptions of each generation’s madness are actually lovecrwft gripping and terrifying.

The line put lovdcraft no branches, and Arthur was the last of it. It’s difficult to give Lovecraft the benefit of the doubt, given his persistent racism throughout other stories. Oral accounts of the mysterious and secluded wife had been numerous, but no tangible relic of her stay at Jermyn House remained. Lovecraft, letter to Edwin Baird, c. If we knew what we are, we should do as Sir Arthur Jermyn did; and Arthur Jermyn soaked himself in oil and set fire to his clothing one night.


Two letters represent the tale title. I had to give his story three stars rather than the more deserved two because, even now, the story creeps up on the reader building from his jerjyn that “Life is a hideous thing” and dragging the reader inch by inch through the ravaged lineage of Jer This isn’t Lovecraft’s finest work.

Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family

Later the god and the princess had returned, and upon the death of the princess her divine husband had mummified the body and enshrined it in a vast house of stone, where it was worshipped. Email required Address never made public.

The classic Lovecraft view of existence! We come now to a point in the story of AJ that deserves special care. Philip Jermyn saw the light in the Congo, probably among the ruins discovered by his Portuguese grandfather. Eventually Jermyn asked and obtained permission to train the animal, lobecraft audiences and fellow-performers alike with his success.

Facts Concerning The Late Arthur Jermyn and his Family by H.P. Lovecraft

His fear of the species mixing and so on. This is a weird little story, with lots of historical information on the Jermyn family. Until Arthur Jermyn himself finally wraps things up.

Science, already oppressive with its shocking revelations, will perhaps be jdrmyn ultimate exterminator of our human species—if separate species we be—for its reserve of unguessed horrors could never be borne by mortal brains if loosed upon the world. The story is a little dry and reads like you’re actually pouring through the historical records of a family line, which for me gave it a sense of realism that I loved, like a found footage horror film, but in short story format.

Tall and fairly handsome, with a sort of weird Eastern grace despite certain slight oddities of proportion, Robert Jermyn began life as a scholar and investigator. Dec 10, Oleksandr adthur it liked it. Surely the imaginative blacks had made the most of whatever events might lie behind the extravagant legendry.


Lovecraft Historical Society Necronomicon Lovecraft: Choi; 10 August The lineage of the Jermyn family continues with Sir Lovecrsft, Nevil who did not inherit the title of baronet for having died before his fatherSir Alfred and Sir Arthur see the Appendix for details on the lineage.

Though he did not inherit the madness which was feared by some, he was densely stupid and given to brief periods of uncontrollable violence.

“Facts concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family” by H. P. Lovecraft

We know that after his birth, the child and his parents returned to England. The boxed object was delivered at Jermyn Afthur on the afternoon of August 3,being conveyed immediately to the large chamber which housed the collection of African specimens as arranged by Sir Robert and Arthur. They did not expect to hear Sir Alfred Jermyn emit a shrill, inhuman scream, or to see him seize his clumsy antagonist with both hands, dash it to the floor of the cage, and bite fiendishly at its hairy throat.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. May 25, Brian rated it really liked it Shelves: Sir Robert himself, after repeated attempts at suicide lovecgaft a stubborn refusal to utter any articulate sound, died of apoplexy in the second year of his confinement.

Three years later he died. Lovecraft Encyclopedia Howard Phillips Lovecraft: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. He includes archaeology and ancient gods and cultures in this story, another aspect of his writings I find intriguing.