Black Man with a Horn
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.'
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--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.
- 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
- Icons of Horror and the Supernatural editor S. T. Joshi, Greenwood Press, 2006. p. 123