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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. "The Church in High Street" is a short story by noted British author and Mythos contributor Ramsey Campbell.

Synopsis[]

A man named Dodd travels to the dilapidated rural town of Temphill to take up employment with an old friend. After discovering his friend to be missing, Dodd comes across journal entries and the testimony of a presumably-crazed neighbour which indicate that some dark presence dwelling beneath the church in High Street may be responsible. Investigating the tunnels which lead below the church, Dodd encounters a terrifying entity, and escapes Temphill by the luckiest of flukes. Despite this, he subsequently feels a strange desire to return to the old church, before mysteriously disappearing.

Characters[]

  • Richard Dodd, a down-on-his-luck man looking for gainful employment.
  • John Clothier, an elderly resident of Temphill with knowledge of the supernatural.
  • Albert Young, Dodd's missing friend, known only by his writings and the accounts of Clothier.

Behind the Mythos[]

"The Church in High Street" was first published in the anthology Dark Mind, Dark Heart, by August Derleth through Arkham House in 1962. It was later included in Campbell's own anthology The Inhabitant of the Lake and Less Welcome Tenants in 1964, and appeared in the 1994 collection Shadows over Innsmouth.

Mythos Connections[]

Trivia[]

  • "The Church in High Street" was Ramsey Campbell's first published Mythos work.
  • Campbell's original title for the story was "The Tomb-Herd."
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