Origin: “The Gable Window” by August Derleth and H.P. Lovecraft
"For a while I saw only the familiar southwestern American landscape, at the hour of evening—bats, owls, night-prowling kangaroo rats and wildcats. Then out of one of the caves, came a Sand-Dweller—rough-skinned, large-eyed, large-eared, with a horrible, distorted resemblance to the Koala bear facially, though his body had an appearance of emaciation. He shambled toward the foreground, manifestly eager.... When I saw that he was heading straight for me, I destroyed the star. All vanished, as usual...."
"...Something more made its appearance—a kind of human being, rough of skin, as if the desert's sand had been encrusted upon the surface of his body, with abnormally large eyes and ears. He seemed to be emaciated, with ribs showing through his skin, but what was particularly repellent was the look of his face—for he resembled an Australian toy bear called the Koala. And at this, I remembered what my cousin had called these people—for there were others following that first, some of them female. Sand-Dwellers! They came from the cavern, blinking their great eyes, but soon they came in greater haste, and scattered to both sides, crouching behind the bushes—then, little by little, an incredible monster made its appearance—at first a probing tentacle, then another, and presently half a dozen cautiously exploring the cave's mouth...."
— August Derleth and H.P. Lovecraft, "The Gable Window"
Sand-Dwellers resemble thin, sand-encrusted humans with unusually large eyes and ears, and faces that look somewhat like those of koala bears. They dwell in caves during the daylight hours, and emerge at night in groups to hunt. Their dietary habits are unknown, but investigators should be cautious when dealing with them. In at least one case they were associated with a very large tentacled creature of unknown nature and habits.
Heresies and Controversies
It is unclear whether Sand-Dwellers live on this world or another, since the journals of Wilbur Akeley, which provide most of what is known about Sand-Dwellers, are based on observation through the Glass from Leng. Their habitat was described by Akeley as resembling the deserts of the American Southwest.
Associated Mythos Elements
Artifact: Glass from Leng
August Derleth and H.P. Lovecraft, "The Gable Window"