1: Out to Sea. John Clayton, Lord Greystoke, and his wife Alice are being sent to Africa. On the ship the crew is planning to mutiny against the harsh captain. The Claytons vow to stay neutral and increase their chances of survival.
2: The Savage Home. The crew mutinies and the Clayton are put ashore by the ie leader. They build shelter and sleep poorly as they hear a panther beneath.
3: Life and Death. They build a house and he is attacked by a great ape but she shoots it.. She is traumatized but later gives birth. A year later she dies.
4: The Apes. Clayton is killed by Kerchak the ape leader and his infant son is taken by Kala whose baby has died. The cabin locks as the apes leave with the rifle which fires and is dropped by Kerchak.
5: The White Ape. Tarzan, as he is called, is raised by Kala as her own. He survives a lion attack by swimming and learns to torment Tublat, Kala’s mate, with a noose.
6: Jungle Battles. He finds the cabin and inside looks through a book and finds a knife. Outside he is attacked by a gorilla and kills him with the knife but is severely wounded in the process. Kala cares for him.
7: The Light of Knowledge. He recovers and continues his education. One night the tribe gathers and Kala is threatened by Tublat. Tarzan kills him with his knife.
8. The Tree-Top Hunter He decides he wants to kill Sabor the lioness for her coat and the glory. He tries to snare her with his noose but she breaks free.
9: Man and Man. Natives move into the jungle and make camp. One of them, Kulonga, kills Kala. Tarzan follows him and kills him, taking his bow and arrows.
10: The Fear-Phantom. Tarzan loots the camp for poisoned arrows. Kulonga’s father, chief Mbonga, is upset when the tribe discovers his son’s remains.
11: “King of the Apes”. He returns to the camp for more arrows and causes an alarm. On the way back he fights and kills the lioness and takes her hide. At home he is challenged by Kerchak and kills him in a duel, becoming the new ruler.
12: Man’s Reason. Tarzan is challenged by Terkoz, defeats him but spares his life. He realizes he doesn’t belong with apes anymore and announces he is leaving.
13: His Own Kind. At the cabin Tarzan finds a group of people: Jane Porter, Clayton, the Professor and several crew from the ship. They are fighting and Tarzan secretly throws a spear and injures one of the crew when he tries to shoot Clayton in the back. Tarzan has left a note on the cabin door announcing himself.
14: At the Mercy of the Jungle. Tarzan rescues his cousin Clayton from lions and leads him back to the camp. Meanwhile, Jane and her servant Esmerelda are in the cabin trying to fight off a lioness intent on breaking in to eat them.
15: The Forest God. Tarzan kills the lion trying to enter the cabin to attack Jane. He leaves and they are mystified.
16: “Most Remarkable”. Tarzan rescues Professor Porter and Mr. Philander who had wandered off and were in danger of being eaten by a lion. He escorts them back to the rest of their group at the cabin.
17: Burials. The mutineers leave in their ship, stranding Clayton and his group. Tarzan follows the ship and sees them bury a chest before being captured by another ship. He digs it up, buries it elsewhere and returns to the cabin where he is fascinated by Jane.
18: The Jungle Toll. Tarzan reads Jane’s letter to her friend. He provides meat for them and communicates with them through writing. Tarzan loves Jane but she is captured by an ape and the Clayton group vows to find her.
19: The Call of the Primitive. Tarzan kills Terkoz, kisses Jane and takes her away. Meanwhile the ship Arrow ran out of food and water, became cannibals and were overtaken by a French ship. The French crew offer to help Clayton track down Jane.
20: Heredity. Tarzan and Jane have lovey-dovey moments in the jungle. He brings her back to the cabin and leaves when he hears gunfire from the ships in the harbor.
21: The Village of Torture. D’Arnot, a member of the French search party, is captured by the cannibals but is rescued by Tarzan.
22: The Search Party. Clayton is jealous of Tarzan and says cruel things to Jane. He and Charpentier take a search party to find D’Arnot but he is not in the village after they attack it.
23: Brother Men. Tarzan nurses D’Arnot back to health and returns him to the cabin. The Clayton party have left and Tarzan first runs away then returns for D’Arnot.
24: Lost Treasure. The crew dig for the treasure but it is gone. Jane convinces them to remain for several days but neither Tarzan or D’Arnot show up and she leaves with the boat.
25: The Outpost of the World. Tarzan and D’Arnot travel to the nearest civilization as Tarzan wants to take a boat to visit Jane in America. During the trip Tarzan learns about his true parents.
26: The Height of Civilization. They reach town and Tarzan has now mastered French. He wins a sum of money in a bet by bringing back a dead lion. D’Arnot has Tarzan’s fingerprints made to compare to the infant prints from the cabin.
27: The Giant Again. Time passes and Jane is engaged to the rich Mr. Canler. There is a wildfire and Jane is out walking. She is rescued by Tarzan who wants to marry her.
28: Conclusion. Canler prepares to marry Jane but Tarzan runs him off. He receives confirmation that he is the true Lord Greystoke. Jane’s has promised to marry Clayton and Tarzan stands aside and hides his secret.

1 Angus Thermopyle and Morn Hyland walk into a bar and are seen by Nick Succorso. Two weeks later Angus gets arrested and Morn and Nick leave together. But that’s not the real story.
2 Angus is suspected to have used a zone implant on Morn but none was found. He was arrested with contraband supplies but the supply ship was untouched.
3 Angus flees the station when he sees a Hyland ship. Low on air, he is pursued by the ship through asteroids and disabled.
4 The Hyland ship crashes mysteriously and Angus boards it killing the remaining crew but takes Morn onto his ship and restrains her.
5 Angus gives Morn an implant and beats her
6 Angus rapes her twice. She remembers her mother who died by a ship called Gutbuster which made her decide to be a cop
7 He continues to brutalize her and tells her about his own history of betraying someone and being raped. He promises he won’t stop.
8 Morn tries to poison herself but he stops her and gets poisoned in the process and has the ship give him the antidote.
9 Angus questions Morn and finds out she did not tell anyone they were out on patrol trying to lure pirates.
10 He takes her to DelSec and he talks his way past security. She doesn’t reveal his abuse. They are seen by Nick Succorso and Angus feels helpless.
11 Nick and Morn share a glance. Nick is a false name he took after the real Nick was killed. He loved the woman who did this but she scarred him and left him for dead.
12 Angus hacks into Nick’s ship and discovers he has an ally inside Security.
13 Angus and Nick have a confrontation at Mallorys. A supply ship in distress makes contact and Angus plans to use it as part of a plan to kill Nick.
14 Nick beats him to the location and ambushes Angus instead. Angus’ ship is damaged and Nick leaves him after taunting him.
15 Morn offers to testify for him, to prevent him from the death penalty. Angus strikes her instead.
16 Angus realizes he has been set up by Morn and Nick. She opened his hatch and Nick placed stolen supplies on Bright Beauty. They leave his ship.
17 Security comes to arrest Angus. Before they do, he gives the zone implant control to Morn and accepts her deal and reminds her he could have killed her at any time.
18 The end. Angus in jail, Nick has Morn and she has the control to her own zone implant.

This is a fun story about medieval knights who manage to board a starship and journey to an alien world.  There they begin to take over and start spreading throughout the galaxy.
It started to lose me toward the end with the subplot about Owain and Roger but generally I found it enjoyable. The thought of knights in spaaaace brings a smile to my face.

This is a short but sweet little story. It tells us of three shady men who are planning to rip off the titular Terrible Old Man. Little is known about him other than that he is rumored to be an eccentric former ship captain who is very wealthy. Dogs also do not like him and bark when they see him. Our three criminals decide they are going to go to his creepy house and steal his fortune once they get him to tell them where it is located.

His house has a collection of strange idols in front which usually scares off the local children. Inside his house people have seen a table with many bottles that appear to move when the old man talks to them, calling them by many names as though they were his former sailors.

But business is business, and to a robber whose soul is in his profession, there is a lure and a challenge about a very old and very feeble man who has no account at the bank, and who pays for his few necessities at the village store with Spanish gold and silver minted two centuries ago.

Two of the robbers go to the house wearing masks to “interview” the old man and the third waits by his car to drive them away. The wheelman waits a long time and becomes more nervous as the moments pass. He “did not like the hideous screams he had heard in the ancient house just after the hour appointed for the deed.”

Assuming his partners have murdered the old man, he is surprised when a lone figure approaches from the house. It was, of course, the Terrible Old Man.

The story ends with a remark that the townspeople were disturbed when they found the abandoned car and “three unidentifiable bodies, horribly slashed as with many cutlasses”.

There’s really not much to this story. It is actually kind of humorous as we know the three robbers are going to meet a horrible fate. I’m looking forward to future tales that are a bit longer and have a more involved and interesting plot.

I remember reading The Statement of Randolph Carter when I was a teenager and loving it but had forgotten the story’s name. I thought it was The Tomb so when I reviewed that story I was pretty confused. I’m glad I figured out the correct name to go with the creepy story I remembered.

The story was written in 1919 and published in 1920. It features, obviously, Randolph Carter who apparently shows up in later Lovecraft tales. I don’t remember him so it will be intriguing to see how the character gets used later on.

Everything that I can remember, I have told with perfect candour. Nothing has been distorted or concealed, and if anything remains vague, it is only because of the dark cloud which has come over my mind – that cloud and the nebulous nature of the horrors which brought it upon me.

As we begin, Carter is being questioned about his role in the disappearance of a man named Harley Warren, a friend of his for five years. Carter helped him research the “unknown”. Together they journeyed to a swamp, apparently to prove Warren’s theory that certain corpses do not decompose, even after centuries. In the swamp they found a cemetery, seemingly untouched by human hands for ages.

They find an old mausoleum and together they pry the door open. Inside they find stone steps leading down into blackness. Warren tells Carter he must remain on the surface while Warren enters the tomb.

You can’t imagine, even from what you have read and from what I’ve told you, the things I shall have to see and do. It’s fiendish work, Carter…

Fortunately, Warren has brought with him a portable telephone which he plans to take with him. There is enough wire to reach “to the centre of the earth and back” so they can remain in contact. Carter watches as Warren takes a light with him and disappears down the stairs into the darkness of the tomb.

Time passes and Carter is left alone in the dark cemetery. After awhile he hears a clicking sound from the telephone and then hears Warren tell him that he is seeing something. He never specifies what he sees and we are left to speculate. We only know that it is “terrible – monstrous – unbelievable!” Carter asks for clarification and is told little.

“I can’t tell you, Carter! It’s too utterly beyond thought – I dare not tell you – no man could know it and live – Great God! I never dreamed of THIS!”

Cue the Lovecraft Drinking Game: every time he has someone say they have seen something or know something but it is “too horrible for words” or “it must not be told”, you take a drink.

Warren then frantically tells Carter to seal the tomb and run for his life. Carter hesitates and decides to stay with him. He then hears Warren state that it’s “nearly over now” and then “Curse these hellish things – legions…” Carter screams for him and hears a voice reply that Warren is dead.

Shall I say that the voice was deep; hollow; gelatinous; remote; unearthly; inhuman; disembodied?

Gelatinous? What the hell was down in that tomb? And how does it know how to use a telephone?

There is a continuum in horror between showing too much and showing too little. On the one side are slasher films which shower the viewer in gore and leave nothing to the imagination. On the other side is Lovecraft. Something was down in the tomb. Actually many somethings. What were they? We don’t know but we can speculate it has to do with Warren’s theory that there are certain corpses that don’t decay. A horde of the undead maybe?

The thing about Lovecraft is he gives you a framework and lets you imagine your worst fears within it. In my mind I’m picturing a mass of shambling zombie creatures closing in on Warren. Someone else may imagine something entirely different and horrifying. And gelatinous.

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