H.P. Lovecraft, "Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and his Family"

Tracing the Jermyn lineage to find out why Arthur set himself on fire.

(from The Call of Cthulhu and Other Dark Tales)
Life is a hideous thing, and from the background behind what we know of it peer daemoniacal hints of truth which make it sometimes a thousandfold more hideous. Science, already oppressive with its shocking revelations, will perhaps be the ultimate exterminator of our human species—if separate species we be—for its reserve of unguessed horrors could never be borne by mortal brains if loosed upon the world.
Well, I sorta saw the big reveal coming, but that’s okay. This was a fun little story, with lots of death and antiquated charm. You can read it here. My horror kick continues.

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