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The shadow from the steeple

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 Shadow from the Steeple" is a short story by Robert Bloch that first appeared in the September 1950 issue of Weird Tales.

It is the third and final story in a trilogy by Bloch and H. P. Lovecraft started by Bloch in 1935 with The Shambler from the Stars, and continued by H. P. Lovecraft in 1936 with The Haunter of the Dark. The trilogy concluding in this short story is also the final exploration of the mystery surrounding the "Shining Trapezohedron" in the works of the Lovecraft Circle.

The plot of "The Shadow from the Steeple" follows Edmund Fiske, a friend of Robert Blake's, who spends years searching for Ambrose Dexter, the doctor who disposed of the Shining Trapezohedron, in hopes of explaining Blake's disappearance. Dexter turns out to have been turned by the weird crystal into an avatar of Nyarlathotep--and to have aided humanity's development of nuclear weapons.

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"The Shadow from the Steeple" has been frequently anthologized, including in August Derleth's Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos (1969). It has been translated into French, German, Dutch and Portuguese.[1]


  1. Internet Speculative Fiction Database, "Title: The Shadow from the Steeple".