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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. "Echo of a Distant Scream" is a short story by American author Lee Clark Zumpe.


Tisha Hewitt agrees to dinner with private eye Frank Nardi as part of a consultancy, and their conversation awakens old emotions about the unexplained disappearance of her brother many years ago. After re-examining the evidence, she uncovers a pattern of similar occurrences stretching back many years, which the locals seem to have swept under the rug.

A final investigation of the area where her brother and several of the other vanished townsfolk were last seen grants Tisha a glimpse of the ultimate fate of the missing and, perhaps, an element of closure.


  • Tisha Hewitt, a former reporter for a major Chicago newspaper turned ghost-tour guide and writer.
  • Frank Nardi, a private investigator.
  • Winston Moss, a childhood friend of Tisha and her brother.

Publication History[]

Written by request from Brian M. Sammons as a piece involving C. J. Henderson's fictional character Frank Nardi, "Echo of a Distant Scream" was published in the 2017 collection Arkham Detective Agency.