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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. "Family Tradition" is a short Mythos story by American author Edward Morris.


Denny Whateley visits Frank Nardi and relates the story of how his family raised his younger brother, a creature created through an unholy union with a dark god. Unfortunately, Junior has escaped and Whateley asks for the assistance of the Arkham Detective Agency. The story ends with the investigators preparing to put a stop to Junior's dark magic.


  • Mark Berkenwald, a former NYPD detective-turned-private investigator.
  • Dennis W. "Denny" Whateley, a Dunwich resident who has had prior contact with Frank Nardi.
  • Frank Nardi, one of Berkenwald's business partners, also a PI.
  • Johnny Thunstone, an Arkham Detective Agency employee.
  • Galtoni, another partner in the Agency.

Behind the Mythos[]

"Family Tradition" was written by Edward Morris after a request by Brian M. Sammons for pieces centred around C. J. Henderson's Arkham Detective Agency. It was published in the collection Arkham Detective Agency by Dark Regions Press in November 2017.

Mythos Connections[]


  • The story which Denny Whateley relates is a partial rewrite of Lovecraft's "The Dunwich Horror."
  • The story mentions Tony Balnco and Madame Renee, a deceased partner in the Agency and its psychic consultant, respectively.