An ancient evil was about to be unleashed
Ambrose Dewart was the last lineal descendant of the Billington family. So it was natural that he should come to the legend-shrouded town of Arkham, Massachusetts, to take up residence in the old family mansion in Billington’s Wood — even though the house had stood empty and shunned for over a hundred years.
Dewart found a rich legacy of disturbing features awaiting him: an ancient tower surrounded by a ring of stones in the forest, a strangely disquieting window of coloured glass which offered glimpses into some weird dimension of horror, a library of dark and secret lore — and family legends involving mysterious rites, ghastly deaths and disappearances, and the conjuration of vile, age-old Powers from beyond space and time.
Most frightening of all, Dewart found his arrival had brought these horrors to life again. And the Lurker was once more preparing to cross the Threshold…
H. P. LOVECRAFT and August Derleth, two of this century’s foremost masters of the macabre, have created a chilling novel of ultimate evil that is sure to grip the reader’s soul in a fist of ice.
August William Derleth (1909–1971) was an American writer and anthologist. Though best remembered as the first publisher of the writings of H. P. Lovecraft, and for his own contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos genre of horror, Derleth was a prolific writer in several genres, including regional writings, historical fiction, poetry, detective fiction,science fiction, and biography.
August Derleth, a Guggenheim Fellow in 1938, considered his most serious work to be his ambitious Sac Prairie Saga, a series of fiction, historical fiction, poetry, and non-fiction naturalist works designed to memorialize life in the Wisconsin he knew. Derleth was a pioneering naturalist and conservationist in his writing.
August Derleth. Wikipedia.