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What strange, splendid yet terrible experiences came to the poor mountaineer in the hours of sleep?—a story of a supernal being from Algol, the Demon-Star
~ HPL , "Beyond the Wall of Sleep"

This subject contains information from the "Lovecraft Circle" Myth Cycles, and while guided by HPL are not based on his work alone. Algol, the Daemon-Star is a double (and possibly quintary) star mentioned by H.P. Lovecraft as the sidereal home of a demonic shining entity made of light.

Behind the Mythos

The name Algol is derived from an Arabic phrase meaning "the demon's head" (Ra's al Ghul) and concordantly occupies a place in the constellation of Perseus often assigned to the head of Medusa.

Although believed to have been a binary star at the time of Lovecraft's writings, recent research suggests that it may in fact be a cluster system of as many as seven separate stars.