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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 "Lovecraft Circle" Myth Cycles, and while guided by HPL are not based on his work alone. 𝓦𝐓 "The Secret of Sebek" is a short story by Robert Bloch that first appeared in the November 1937 issue of Weird Tales.


A writer of horror fiction visiting New Orleans is invited to a special costume party for Mardi Gras and encounters an all-too-real incarnation of the crocodile-headed Egyptian god Sebek.


  • The Narrator: A fiction writer who appears to resemble Robert Bloch. Like Bloch, he writes a great deal about Ancient Egypt. He is a stranger in New Orleans, and as the story begins he is lonely and bent on getting drunk.
  • Henricus Vanning: A New Orleans "gentleman of means and leisure", and a student of black magic. He is the organizer of the Coffin Club, whose members include:
  • Doctor Delvin: "one of this country's foremost ethnologists".
  • de Marigny: "a well-known occultist" whose "connection with the Randolph Carter case" is mentioned.
  • Royce: Vanning's personal assistant.
  • Weildan: A famous Egyptologist.
  • Sebek: The incarnate crocodile-headed Egyptian god.



Sebek by Hrairoo

The character de Marigny is H. P. Lovecraft and E. Hoffman Price's creation, Etienne-Laurent de Marigny, who is involved with the "Randolph Carter case" in "Through the Gates of the Silver Key", also set in New Orleans. Bloch's version seems more feckless than the character in the original story.

Writing about Egypt, the narrator says he gives his mind over to "images of Nyarlathotep, Bubastis, and Anubis".

The narrator and Weildan show up again in "The Eyes of the Mummy", which appeared in the July 1938 issue of Weird Tales.