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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 House in the Woods" is a short Mythos story by American author Ran Cartwright writing as R. S. Cartwright.


A reporter is on the run from a horror which he cannot remember. Picking up a young female hitchhiker on the road, he unwittingly travels back to the location of his prior trauma. As his memory begins to return, he realises that he has been tricked by an otherworldly entity, before his mind once again descends into darkness.


  • Eric Cantrell, a reporter who uncovers a sinister cult during his pursuit of a story.
  • Anna "Anne" Circola, a fun-loving young hitchhiker with a fondness for illicit substances.
  • Nyarlathotep, an Outer God.

Publication History

First published in the December 1997 edition of Nightscapes, then again in the May 1999 issue of Dark Legacy "The House in the Woods" was later included in a collection of Cartwright's own works titled Gretchen's Wood: and Other Lovecraftian Tales of Terror in Columbiana County, Ohio in 2005.