"The Whisperer in Darkness
" is a short story
by H. P. Lovecraft
. Written February–September 1930
, it was first published in Weird Tales
, August 1931
. Similar to "The Colour Out of Space
), it is a blend of horror
and science fiction
. Although it makes numerous references to the Cthulhu Mythos
, the story is not a central part of the mythos, but reflects a shift in Lovecraft's writing at this time towards science fiction. The story also introduces the Mi-Go
, an extraterrestrial
race of fungoid creatures.
In "The Whisperer in Darkness", narrator Albert Wilmarth
initially dismisses those who believe that nonhuman creatures inhabit the Vermont
hills as "merely romanticists
who insisted on trying to transfer to real life the fantastic lore of lurking "little people
" made popular by the magnificent horror-fiction of Arthur Machen
."H. P. Lovecraft, The Dunwich Horror and Others
. This line, Lovecraft scholar Robert M. Price
argues, is an acknowledgement of the debt Lovecraft's story owes to Machen's "The Novel of the Black Seal
"I would go so far as to make essentially a rewriting, a new version of Machen's," Price writes.
- In both cases we have a professor, an antiquarian, following his avocational interests in what most would dismiss as superstition on a dangerous expedition into a strange region of ominous domed hills. He is lured by a......