An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia

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Daas, Edward F. (1879–1962). Amateur journalist in Milwaukee, Wis., who read HPL’s letters and poems in the letter column of the Argosy and, in early 1914, invited HPL to join the UAPA. Daas was then Official Editor of the UAPA; he held the office again in 1915–16, but resigned before completing his term; in 1919–20 he was First Vice-President On June 21–22, 1920, he visited HPL in Providence.

Daemon of the Valley. In “Memory,” a supernatural entity who, as “Memory, …wise in lore of the past,” informs a Genie of the former existence and current extinction of the human race.

“Dagon.” Short story (2,240 words); written July 1917. First published in Vagrant (November 1919); rpt. WT (October 1923); rpt. WT (January 1936); first collected in O; corrected text in D; annotated version in CC.

The unnamed narrator is about to kill himself after writing his account because he has no more money for the morphine that prevents him from thinking of what he has experienced. A supercargo on a vessel during the Great War, this individual is captured by a German sea-raider but manages to escape five days later in a boat. He drifts in the sea, encountering no land or other ship. One night he falls asleep, awaking to find himself half-sucked in “a slimy expanse of hellish black mire which extended about me in monotonous undulations as far as I could see”; evidently there had been an upheaval of some subterranean land mass while he slept. In a few days the mud dries, permitting the narrator to walk along its vast expanse. He aims for a hummock far in the distance, and when finally attaining it finds himself looking down into “an immeasurable pit or canyon.” Descending the side of the canyon, he notices a “vast and singular object” in the distance: it is a gigantic monolith “whose massive bulk had known the workmanship and perhaps the worship of living and thinking creatures.”

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