(set in 1930?, written in 1930, published in 1939)
Reason deserted me altogether, and before I knew what I was doing I drew my automatic and sent a shower of twelve steel-jacketed bullets through the shocking canvas. The whole thing at once fell to pieces, even the frame toppling from the easel and clattering to the dust-covered floor. But though this horror was shattered, another had risen before me in the form of de Russy himself, whose maddened shrieks as he saw the picture vanish were almost as terrible as the picture itself had been.
This description of the narrator’s pistol is rather more technical and specific about the type of gun than is usual for H.P. Lovecraft, who ghost-wrote this story for Zealia Bishop. Continue reading “Lovecraft’s “Medusa’s Coil””