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Drawn from Life is a short story by prolific British author John Glasby which is set in H. P. Lovecraft's fictional Cthulhu Mythos. It bears similarities to both Lovecraft's The Music of Erich Zann and Pickman's Model.

Synopsis Edit

The unnamed narrator is writing a book concerning obscure contemporary artists, and to this effect is trolling London's art shops to gather material for his work. In a small shop off the beaten track, he discovers a piece by acclaimed violinist Antonio Valliecchi which depicts an alien landscape in incredible detail. He purchases the painting and searches for others, finding another two, both of which are of bizarre worlds and painted with such an eye for detail that they seems to the narrator to almost have a life of their own.

The man then contrives to meet Valliecchi after one of his concerts in order to discuss the pieces with him, but Valliecchi simply tells him to come to his home later that night.

When the narrator visits Valliecchi - who lives in an area of London which seems to have been unchanged for hundreds of years - he finds that the man has created many other paintings in the same vein as the ones he bought. Valliecchi then whips back a large curtain from the wall, revealing what appears to be a window before beginning to play his haunting melodies on the violin; as he does so, the window begins to display scenes from the paintings, although what is seen appears to be actual visions of these places. Finally, a blackness descends on the window, and an amorphous creature extends a tentacle through the glass and drags the screaming Valliecchi through, never to be seen again.

Characters Edit

  • The Narrator, a writer and connoisseur of fine art.
  • Antonio Valliecchi, a violin supremo whose music connects him to malevolent otherworldly entities.

Behind the Mythos Edit

First published in the Michaelmas edition of Crypt of Cthulhu magazine in 1989, Drawn from Life received an eBook release with the Wildside Press publication of The Cthulhu Mythos Megapack in 2012.

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