Cthulhu & Friends Reads: The Nameless City by H.P. Lovecraft

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Title: The Nameless City

Author: H.P. Lovecraft

Published: January 1921

Air Date: 3/9/17

Length: 00:41

Read by: M. Hiroshi Sutherland


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We’re a podiobook again!! We’re excited to present The Nameless City by H.P. Lovecraft! Performed, edited, and produced by the sexy and sultry M. Hiroshi Sutherland!

The Nameless City was written by H.P. Lovecraft in January 1921 and first published in the November 1921 issue of the amateur press journal The Wolverine. Many consider this to be the first story in the Cthulhu Mythos.

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Story Synopsis

The Nameless City, of the story's title, is an ancient ruin located somewhere in the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula, and is older than any human civilization. In ancient times, the Nameless City was built and inhabited by an unnamed race of reptiles with a body shaped like a cross between a crocodile and a seal with a strange head common to neither, involving a protruding forehead, horns, lack of a nose, and an alligator-like jaw. These beings moved by crawling; thus, the architecture of the city has very low ceilings and some places are too low for a human being to stand upright. Their city was originally coastal, but, when the seas receded, it was left in the depths of a desert. This resulted in the decline and eventual ruin of the city.

However, the reptilians still maintain some form of life in a vast luminous paradise located within a cavern beneath the Nameless City, preserved and placed along the walls in a subterranean chamber. Also within this chamber are hieroglyphs and reliefs that tell to the protagonist the story of the city's heyday of prosperity and its fall, as well as their eventual hatred of humanity. (from wikipedia page)

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