Black Man with a Horn

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Black Man with a Horn, by T. E. D. Klein, is a Cthulhu Mythos novella originally published in New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos. Critic S. T. Joshi notes that the story demonstrates a 'deftness of style, a subtley in the build-up of a horrific climax, and a deep understanding of the psychological effects of horror.'[1]

Plot[edit]

In the story, an author—whose literary career has been in the shadow of H. P. Lovecraft and modeled after Lovecraft Circle member Frank Belknap Long[1]--becomes involved in a mystery after a chance encounter with a missionary while traveling. The missionary, traveling in disguise, is fleeing something he encountered while in Malaysia, and refers to the Chaucha. Later, while visiting a museum, the author comes across a reference to the Chaucha. The narrator realizes that the Chaucha are actually the Tcho-Tcho, which he had previously thought to be fictional construct of Lovecraft. Slowly, the narrator becomes threatened by a being the Tcho-Tcho worship: a black, fishlike humanoid demon—the Shogoran—with an appendage that resembles a horn attached to its face.

Publication history[edit]

  • New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos Arkham House, 1980
  • Dark Gods
  • Cthulhu 2000: A Lovecraftian Anthology Arkham House, 1995
  • The Book of Cthulhu Night Shade Books, 2011
  1. ^ a b Icons of Horror and the Supernatural editor S. T. Joshi, Greenwood Press, 2006. p. 123