|“||Gorgons and Hydras, and Chimaeras—dire stories of Celaeno and the Harpies—may reproduce themselves in the brain of superstition—but they were there before. They are transcripts, types—the archetypes are in us, and eternal. How else should the recital of that which we know in a waking sense to be false come to affect us at all? Is it that we naturally conceive terror from such objects, considered in their capacity of being able to inflict upon us bodily injury? O, least of all! These terrors are of older standing. They date beyond body—or without the body, they would have been the same… That the kind of fear here treated is purely spiritual—that it is strong in proportion as it is objectless on earth, that it predominates in the period of our sinless infancy—are difficulties the solution of which might afford some probable insight into our ante-mundane condition, and a peep at least into the shadowland of pre-existence.||„|
|~ ADJ: Charles Lamb: Witches and Other Night-Fears , HPL: "The Dunwich Horror"|
The Gorgons are a trio of sisters in Greek mythology: the two immortals Stheno and Euryale and the mortal Medusa. Who had living venomous snakes for their hair, turning those who viewed their visage into stone.
The Gorgons are a mystical race that descends from the Elder God Set. Sired by Set's son Phorcys who mated with the sea monster Ceto. They have green-skinned serpentine bodies, a feminine humanoid face, two mammary glands (breasts), snakes for hair, and fangs. Some of them have a green-skinned humanoid body with snakes for hair.
- The Witches and Other Night-Fears excerpt about Gorgons is the preface in "The Dunwich Horror" (HPL).