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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. "Seduced" is a short Cthulhu Mythos story by American author Ron Shiflet.

Synopsis[]

A down-on-his-luck man vacationing with relatives in the West Virginia backwoods is seduced by an alluring young woman while hiking deep in Shub's Woods, the local name for the thick forest behind his family's property. He does not realise until it is too late that she is actually a witch in the service of Shub-Niggurath, and is intent on devouring both his body and soul.

Characters[]

  • Michael Simmons, a Texan enjoying a much needed vacation.
  • Dora McCain, a beautiful but amoral girl who is in actuality a cultist of Shub-Niggurath.

Publication History[]

"Seduced" was first published in mythos-dedicated fanzine Al-Azif #2 in March 1998. It has since appeared in Cthulhu Cultus #17 (2000), and the anthologies Eldritch Blue: Love & Sex in the Cthulhu Mythos (2004) and They Thrive in Darkness: Mythos and Madness (2018).

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