The story follows a soon-to-be teacher who rents an outbuilding at the Poroth family farm somewhere in New England for the duration of the summer. He unwittingly opens a tiny tear in the fabric of space-time which lets through a malevolent entity. This entity at first takes the form of a bizarre little creature the size of a large shrew, then inhabits one of the farm owner's cats before moving on to the owners themselves, killing the wife and attempting to then murder their lodger.
The story concludes with the narrator stating his belief that the entity remains loose, and may in fact be coming for him.
- Jeremy, the narrator, a man in his late twenties who is to teach English Literature at Trenton State College the following semester. To this effect, he rents lodgings on the Poroth farm with the intention of using the peaceful environment to read the many books which he will be using in his upcoming lesson plan.
- Sarr Poroth, one of the farm's owners. In his early thirties, Sarr is described as a shy and gentle soul, although he can come across as somewhat dour and morose because of his shyness. Both Sarr and his wife are members of a highly-orthodox religious group, but are nevertheless considered to be young liberals by their sect. Earned a bachelors degree at Rutgers University when younger.
- Deborah Poroth, Sarr's wife, also in her early thirties. Stated to have been the polar opposite of her husband, Deborah is outgoing and bubbly, traits which are somewhat frowned upon in their faith. She is still however, considered an upstanding member of their small community. Attended two years of community college when younger.
Behind the Mythos
Originally published in From Beyond the Dark Gateway #2 in December 1972, The Events at Poroth Farm received an eBook release in The Cthulhu Mythos Megapack by Wildside Press LLC in 2012. In this version, the original received something of a revision.
- One of the books read by Jeremy is Robert W. Chambers' The King in Yellow.
- H. P. Lovecraft is himself mentioned in the story, but only when telling of Jeremy's reading. The essay referred to is Supernatural Horror in Literature.
- A passing comment by Jeremy on the nature of small communities, "the New England harbor town where fishermen feign ignorance and cast “furtive glances” at the traveller" is a possible nod to Lovecraft's short story The Shadow Over Innsmouth.