Azathoth and Other Horrors

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Out of what crypt they crawl, I cannot tell,
But every night I see the rubbery things,
Black, horned, and slender, with membraneous wings,
And tails that bear the bifid barb of hell.
— Edward Pickman Derby, “Dreamtime”, 1919.


This slim book contains a collection of poems “nightmare-lyrics” by the talented, oversensitive Arkham poet, Edward Derby. The first edition of 50 copies was put out by a firm in Cambridge in 1916, and a later printing of 1400 copies was printed in 1919 by the author’s imprint, Onyx Sphinx Press. A small, 3-1/2 by 5-1/2 inch volume bound in black letter, it occasionally is found on the shelves of new or used bookstores. In the 1920s, new copies can be purchased directly from the author in Arkham. The book is republished in 1945 by Vartan Bagdasarian’s Azathoth House, and becomes a collector’s item worth up to $500. It contains no spells, nor does it provide any other benefits. Aside from the title poem, the collection includes: “Nemesis Rising”, “Charnel House”, “To Asenath”, “Dead But Not Gone”, “Medusa’s Kiss”, and others. Eight line drawings, executed by Arkham artist Jackson Eckhardt, grace its pages.

Role Playing Game Stats

First Edition


Sixth Edition

Sanity Loss 1/1D4; Cthulhu Mythos +4 percent