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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 Kiss of Bugg-Shash"  is a Cthulhu Mythos story by Brian Lumley that first appeared in a pamphlet called Cthulhu 3: Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos, published by Spectre Press in 1978. It is a sequel to the short horror story "Demoniacal," by David Sutton.


Two dabblers in the occult implicate a black magician in the curse they are under, in hopes that he can find a solution. He does--but his counterspell includes conditions that turn out to doom them all.

Publication History[]

Lumley saw Sutton's "Demoniacal" in an anthology titled New Writings in Horror and the Supernatural, Vol 2 (Sphere Books, 1972). "This story seemed to me so very much a Mythos-story that I obtained David’s permission to write a sequel," Lumley later recalled.[1] Sutton's and Lumley's stories were published together in Cthulhu 3, and were later reprinted in the Candlemas 1984 issue of Crypt of Cthulhu (#19), as well as in the anthology The New Lovecraft Circle (Fedogan & Bremer, 1995). The story appeared on its own for the first time in Lumley's collection Haggopian and Other Stories (Subterranean Press, 2008).[2]


  1. Haggopian and Other Stories, "The Kiss of Bugg-Shash" (introduction), by Brian Lumley (Subterranean Press, 2008).
  2. "The Kiss of Bugg-Shash" at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database