“What do we know,” he had said, “of the world and the universe about us?
Our means of receiving impressions are absurdly few, and our notions of surrounding objects infinitely narrow. We see things only as we are constructed to see them, and can gain no idea of their absolute nature. With five feeble senses we pretend to comprehend the boundlessly complex cosmos, yet other beings with wider, stronger, or different range of sens might not only see very differently the things we see, but might see and study whole worlds of matter, energy, and life which lie close at hand yet can never be detected with the senses we have.
I have always believed that such strange, inaccessible wordls exist at our very elbows, and now i believe i have found a way to break dawn the barriers. I am not joking. Within twenty-four hours that machine near the table will generate waves actiong on unrecognised sense organs that exist in us as atrophied or rudimentary vestiges. Those waves will open
up to us many vistas unknown to man and several unknown to anything we consider organic life. We shall see that at which dogs howl in the dark, and that at which cats prick up their ears after midnight. We shall see these things, and other things which no breathing creature has yet seen. We shall overleap time, space and dimensions, and without bodily motion
peer to the bottom of creation”
When Tillinghast said these things i remonstrated, for i knew him well enough to be frightened rather than amuses; but he was a fanatic, and drove me from te house. Now he was no less a fanatic, but his desire to speak ha conquered his resentment, and he had written me imperatively in a hand i could scarcely recognize. As I entered the abode of the firend so suddenly metamorphosed to a shivering gargoyle, i became infected with the terror which seemed stalking in all the shadows.
From: The Complete Fiction Collection, Volume 2, page 15
Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American writer who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. He was virtually unknown and published only in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, but he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre.
Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life. Among his most celebrated tales are “The Rats in the Walls”, “The Call of Cthulhu”, At the Mountains of Madness and The Shadow Out of Time, all canonical to the Cthulhu Mythos. Lovecraft was never able to support himself from earnings as author and editor. He saw commercial success increasingly elude him in this latter period, partly because he lacked the confidence and drive to promote himself. He subsisted in progressively strained circumstances in his last years; an inheritance was completely spent by the time he died, at age 46.