“Cats of Ulthar, The“
   Short story (1,350 words); written on June 15, 1920. First published in Tryout(November 1920); rpt. WT(February 1926) and WT(February 1933); published as separate booklet (Cassia, FL: Dragon-Fly Press, 1935); first collected in O; corrected text in D.
   The narrator proposes to explain how the town of Ulthar passed its “remarkable law” that no man may kill a cat. There was once a very evil couple who hated cats and who brutally murdered any that strayed on their property. One day a caravan of “dark wanderers” comes to Ulthar, among which is the little boy Menes, owner of a tiny black kitten. When the kitten disappears, the heart-broken boy, learning of the propensities of the cat-hating couple, “prayed in a tongue no villager could understand.” That night all the cats in the town vanish, and when they return in the morning they refuse for two entire days to touch any food or drink. Later it is noticed that the couple has not been seen for days; when at last the villagers enter their house, they find two clean-picked skeletons. There are several superficial borrowings from Dunsany: the name of the boy Menes (possibly derived from King Argimenes of the play King Argimenes and the Unknown Warrior,in Five Plays [1914]); the “dark wanderers” (perhaps an echo of the “Wanderers…a weird, dark tribe” mentioned toward the end of “Idle Days on the Yann,” in A Dreamer’s Tales [1910]). The entire scenario is probably inspired by the many similar tales of elementary revenge in The Book of Wonder (1912).
   See Jason C.Eckhardt, “Something about the Cats of Ulthar,” Crypt No. 15 (Lammas 1983): 28–29.

An H.P.Lovecraft encyclopedia. .

Look at other dictionaries:

  • The Cats of Ulthar — Infobox short story name = The Cats of Ulthar author = H. P. Lovecraft country = United States language = English genre = fantasy published in = Tryout publication type = Literary journal publisher = media type = Print pub date = November 1920… …   Wikipedia

  • The Outsider and Others — Infobox Book name = The Outsider and Others title orig = translator = image caption = Dust jacket illustration by Virgil Finlay for The Outsider and Others author = H. P. Lovecraft illustrator = cover artist = Virgil Finlay country = United… …   Wikipedia

  • The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath — The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadeth   Author(s) H. P. Lovecraft Country …   Wikipedia

  • Ulthar — is both a fictional town and a fictional deity. The town of Ulthar is part of H. P. Lovecraft s Dream Cycle, appearing in such stories as The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath (1926), The Cats of Ulthar (1920) and The Other Gods (1933).TownUlthar is… …   Wikipedia

  • The Other Gods — is a short story written by American horror writer H. P. Lovecraft on August 14, 1921. [ [http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/fiction/ Lovecraft s Fiction ] , The H. P. Lovecraft Archive.] It was first published in the November 1933 issue of The… …   Wikipedia

  • The White Ship (story) — The White Ship is a short story written by science fiction and horror writer H. P. Lovecraft. It was first published in The United Amateur (Volume 19) #2, November 1919.Unlike many of Lovecraft’s other tales, The White Ship does not directly tie… …   Wikipedia

  • The Colour Out of Space — For the fictional being related to this article, see Colour out of space (species). The Colour Out of Space Author H. P. Lovecraft …   Wikipedia

  • The Doom that Came to Sarnath and Other Stories — Infobox Book | name = The Doom That Came to Sarnath and Other Stories title orig = translator = image caption = Cover of The Doom That Came to Sarnath and Other Stories author = H. P. Lovecraft cover artist = Gervasio Gallardo country = United… …   Wikipedia

  • The Young Magicians — Infobox Book | name = The Young Magicians title orig = translator = image caption = Cover of The Young Magicians author = edited by Lin Carter cover artist = Sheryl Slavitt country = United States language = English series = Ballantine Adult… …   Wikipedia

  • Los gatos de Ulthar — Autor Howard Phillips Lovecraft Género …   Wikipedia Español

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”