Lovecraft’s “The Call of Cthulhu”

Part of Lovecraft’s Investigators and Their Guns.

(set partly in 1907, written in 1926, published in 1928)

Duty came first; and although there must have been nearly a hundred mongrel celebrants in the throng, the police relied on their firearms and plunged determinedly into the nauseous rout. For five minutes the resultant din and chaos were beyond description. Wild blows were struck, shots were fired, and escapes were made; but in the end Legrasse was able to count some forty-seven sullen prisoners, whom he forced to dress in haste and fall into line between two rows of policemen. Five of the worshippers lay dead, and two severely wounded ones were carried away on improvised stretchers by their fellow-prisoners.


The service sidearm of the New Orleans Police Department in 1907 was the Colt New Police double-action revolver with 10-cm (4”) barrel, chambered for the .32 S&W Long (7.9×23mmR) cartridge. This was carried by the men led by Inspector John Legrasse. Considering its wimpy calibre, the 20 officers probably also brought some sawn-off shotguns (Investigator Weapons 1: The 1920s and 1930s, p. 76) and/or Winchester lever-action repeating carbines (Investigator Weapons 1, p. 75) to reinforce their argument. Both types were widely used by American police forces at the time.

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