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This subject is written on a topic in the real world and reflects factual information. This subject contains information from the Expanded Cthulhu Mythos, and not based on H.P. Lovecraft's works directly. "Blacked Out" is a Cthulhu Mythos short story by British horror writer Ramsey Campbell.

Synopsis[]

A man named Lamb travelling across the German countryside takes a room in a picture-perfect village with one small quirk: all of the lights are on, even though it’s daytime. As night begins to descend, the villagers stage a honey trap to lure Lamb out into the street before locking all of their doors to prevent him from going inside. Soon Lamb sees a blanket of darkness extinguishing the lights, and travelling in his direction. He has no choice but to risk a long dash through the pitch-black fields in the hope that the light of the moon, shining on a nearby ridge, will be his salvation.

Characters[]

  • Lamb, an English-speaking tourist on a road trip through Germany.
  • The girl, a pretty young villager who uses her charms to lure Lamb outside.

Publication History[]

"Blacked Out" was first published in Ramsey Campbell's Mythos collection Cold Print in 1985.

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