Arthur Delapore
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Joined 08-14-05, id: 877460
Author has written 13 stories for Re-Animator, Batman Begins/Dark Knight, From Hell, Red Eye, Pirates of the Caribbean, Dracula, Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew, Corpse Bride, A Clockwork Orange, Gone with the Wind, and Twilight Zone.

Fear is a tool, horror is a delicacy, terror is a dream.

"...I decided long ago that one must paint terror as well as beauty from life..." --from H.P. LOVECRAFT'S "Pickman's Model"

This is my creed and if I succeed in it, I have achieved what I desire.

I am a writer of weird tales, and these are some of them. May you have unpleasant dreams.

Several sonnets from Lovecraft's Fungi From Yuggoth sonnet cycle:

IV. Recognition

The day had come again, when as a child
I saw - just once - that hollow of old oaks,
Grey with a ground-mist that enfolds and chokes
The slinking shapes which madness has defiled.
It was the same - an herbage rank and wild
Clings round an altar whose carved sign invokes
That Nameless One to whom a thousand smokes
Rose, aeons gone, from unclean towers up-piled.

I saw the body spread on that dank stone,
And knew those things which feasted were not men;
I knew this strange, grey world was not my own,
But Yuggoth, past the starry voids - and then
The body shrieked at me with a dead cry,
And all too late I knew that it was I!

VIII. The Port

Ten miles from Arkham I had struck the trail
That rides the cliff-edge over Boynton Beach,
And hoped that just at sunset I could reach
The crest that looks on Innsmouth in the vale.
Far out at sea was a retreating sail,
White as hard years of ancient winds could bleach,
But evil with some portent beyond speech,
So that I did not wave my hand or hail.

Sails out of lnnsmouth! echoing old renown
Of long-dead times. But now a too-swift night
Is closing in, and I have reached the height
Whence I so often scan the distant town.
The spires and roofs are there - but look! The gloom
Sinks on dark lanes, as lightless as the tomb!

XIII. Hesperia

The winter sunset, flaming beyond spires
And chimneys half-detached from this dull sphere,
Opens great gates to some forgotten year
Of elder splendours and divine desires.
Expectant wonders burn in those rich fires,
Adventure-fraught, and not untinged with fear;
A row of sphinxes where the way leads clear
Toward walls and turrets quivering to far lyres.

It is the land where beauty's meaning flowers;
Where every unplaced memory has a source;
Where the great river Time begins its course
Down the vast void in starlit streams of hours.
Dreams bring us close - but ancient lore repeats
That human tread has never soiled these streets.

XIV. Star-Winds

It is a certain hour of twilight glooms,
Mostly in autumn, when the star-wind pours
Down hilltop streets, deserted out-of-doors,
But shewing early lamplight from snug rooms.
The dead leaves rush in strange, fantastic twists,
And chimney-smoke whirls round with alien grace,
Heeding geometries of outer space,
While Fomalhaut peers in through southward mists.

This is the hour when moonstruck poets know
What fungi sprout in Yuggoth, and what scents
And tints of flowers fill Nithon's continents,
Such as in no poor earthly garden blow.
Yet for each dream these winds to us convey,
A dozen more of ours they sweep away!

XVI. The Window

The house was old, with tangled wings outthrown,
Of which no one could ever half keep track,
And in a small room somewhat near the back
Was an odd window sealed with ancient stone.
There, in a dream-plagued childhood, quite alone
I used to go, where night reigned vague and black;
Parting the cobwebs with a curious lack
Of fear, and with a wonder each time grown.

One later day I brought the masons there
To find what view my dim forbears had shunned,
But as they pierced the stone, a rush of air
Burst from the alien voids that yawned beyond.
They fled - but I peered through and found unrolled
All the wild worlds of which my dreams had told.

XVII. A Memory

There were great steppes, and rocky table-lands
Stretching half-limitless in starlit night,
With alien campfires shedding feeble light
On beasts with tinkling bells, in shaggy bands.
Far to the south the plain sloped low and wide
To a dark zigzag line of wall that lay
Like a huge python of some primal day
Which endless time had chilled and petrified.

I shivered oddly in the cold, thin air,
And wondered where I was and how I came,
When a cloaked form against a campfire's glare
Rose and approached, and called me by my name.
Staring at that dead face beneath the hood,
I ceased to hope - because I understood.

XXIII. Mirage

I do not know if ever it existed -
That lost world floating dimly on Time's stream -
And yet I see it often, violet-misted,
And shimmering at the back of some vague dream.
There were strange towers and curious lapping rivers,
Labyrinths of wonder, and low vaults of light,
And bough-crossed skies of flame, like that which quivers
Wistfully just before a winter's night.

Great moors led off to sedgy shores unpeopled,
Where vast birds wheeled, while on a windswept hill
There was a village, ancient and white-steepled,
With evening chimes for which I listen still.
I do not know what land it is - or dare
Ask when or why I was, or will be, there.

XXV. St. Toad's

"Beware St. Toad's cracked chimes!" I heard him scream
As I plunged into those mad lanes that wind
In labyrinths obscure and undefined
South of the river where old centuries dream.
He was a furtive figure, bent and ragged,
And in a flash had staggered out of sight,
So still I burrowed onward in the night
Toward where more roof-lines rose, malign and jagged.

No guide-book told of what was lurking here -
But now I heard another old man shriek:
"Beware St.Toad's cracked chimes!" And growing weak,
I paused, when a third greybeard croaked in fear:
"Beware St. Toad's cracked chimes!" Aghast, I fled -
Till suddenly that black spire loomed ahead.

XXVIII. Expectancy

I cannot tell why some things hold for me
A sense of unplumbed marvels to befall,
Or of a rift in the horizon's wall
Opening to worlds where only gods can be.
There is a breathless, vague expectancy,
As of vast ancient pomps I half recall,
Or wild adventures, uncorporeal,
Ecstasy-fraught, and as a day-dream free.

It is in sunsets and strange city spires,
Old villages and woods and misty downs,
South winds, the sea, low hills, and lighted towns,
Old gardens, half-heard songs, and the moon's fires.
But though its lure alone makes life worth living,
None gains or guesses what it hints at giving.

XXX. Background

I never can be tied to raw, new things,
For I first saw the light in an old town,
Where from my window huddled roofs sloped down
To a quaint harbour rich with visionings.
Streets with carved doorways where the sunset beams
Flooded old fanlights and small window-panes,
And Georgian steeples topped with gilded vanes -
These were the sights that shaped my childhood dreams.

Such treasures, left from times of cautious leaven,
Cannot but loose the hold of flimsier wraiths
That flit with shifting ways and muddled faiths
Across the changeless walls of earth and heaven.
They cut the moment's thongs and leave me free
To stand alone before eternity.

XXXIII. Harbour Whistles

Over old roofs and past decaying spires
The harbour whistles chant all through the night;
Throats from strange ports, and beaches far and white,
And fabulous oceans, ranged in motley choirs.
Each to the other alien and unknown,
Yet all, by some obscurely focussed force
From brooding gulfs beyond the Zodiac's course,
Fused into one mysterious cosmic drone.

Through shadowy dreams they send a marching line
Of still more shadowy shapes and hints and views;
Echoes from outer voids, and subtle clues
To things which they themselves cannot define.
And always in that chorus, faintly blent,
We catch some notes no earth-ship ever sent.

XXXVI. Continuity

There is in certain ancient things a trace
Of some dim essence - more than form or weight;
A tenuous aether, indeterminate,
Yet linked with all the laws of time and space.
A faint, veiled sign of continuities
That outward eyes can never quite descry;
Of locked dimensions harbouring years gone by,
And out of reach except for hidden keys.

It moves me most when slanting sunbeams glow
On old farm buildings set against a hill,
And paint with life the shapes which linger still
From centuries less a dream than this we know.
In that strange light I feel I am not far
From the fixed mass whose sides the ages are.

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What Not To Do In Lovecraft by GuesssWho reviews
A list of rules for dealing with cosmic horror
Misc. Books - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 653 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 3 - Published: 10/4/2007 - Complete
Lovecraftian Family Reunion by GuesssWho reviews
A family reunion from the pages of H. P. Lovecraft . . . oh dear!
Misc. Books - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,472 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/29/2007 - Complete
The Lovecraftian Monster Convention by GuesssWho reviews
Just a oneshot. All the monsters from, or based on, Lovecraft and his Cthulhu Mythos have a convention.
Misc. Books - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 534 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 11/7/2006 - Complete
Elvis in R'lyeh by GuesssWho reviews
Just something silly I thought of a while ago. The plot bunnies of Cthulhu return!
Misc. Books - Rated: T - English - Humor/Horror - Chapters: 1 - Words: 749 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 11/3/2006 - Complete
The Adventures of Henry Bemis! by Santuh Klozzy reviews
The first ever Henry Bemis fanfiction!
Twilight Zone - Rated: T - English - Humor/Spiritual - Chapters: 14 - Words: 17,107 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 5/28/2006 - Published: 1/15/2006
Evil Comes for Thee by Daniel Benson reviews
Barkis is back...with a few friends! FINISHED AND UPDATED
Corpse Bride - Rated: K+ - English - Horror/Adventure - Chapters: 14 - Words: 12,655 - Reviews: 23 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 2/17/2006 - Published: 12/16/2005 - Complete
Solomon Kane's arrival by guardian of the light reviews
Nergal teleports to the wrong place, the puritan swordsman goes to Elibe, violence ensues
Fire Emblem - Rated: T - English - Adventure - Chapters: 11 - Words: 12,828 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 12/6/2005 - Published: 5/28/2005
Lucid Dreamer by Not Human reviews
Dr. Crane, Jonathan Crane. His new patient, seventeen year old Jane, is in a place she doesn't belong...Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane. A tale of life under the microscope of madness, as seen from the inside. My first fan fic. COMPLETE.
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: T - English - Drama/Suspense - Chapters: 20 - Words: 21,687 - Reviews: 80 - Favs: 42 - Follows: 14 - Updated: 11/8/2005 - Published: 9/15/2005 - Complete
The Fall of the House of Eaton by Soulyou reviews
Nathaniel disappears and the only person who knows what happened to him is Katherine. Unfortunately she has gone mad. Follow the trail of a certain Harold P. Lovecraft as he investigates these strange happenings. The story is now finished.
Witch of Blackbird Pond - Rated: T - English - Horror/Mystery - Chapters: 5 - Words: 2,538 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 8/15/2005 - Published: 1/6/2005
Reanimatrix by Evelyn Tremble reviews
MatrixRe-Animator crossover. Dr. Herbert West seeks to comprehend the nature of life and death, but his dabblings in cell reanimation cause a slew of problems in the Matrix mainframe, which Agent Smith must investigate... Part 1 of many.
Matrix - Rated: T - English - Horror/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,124 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 2 - Published: 10/20/2003 - Smith, A.
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From Gotham to Dunwich reviews
Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Batman meets Lovecraftian terrors outside of Gotham when he learns that Dr. Jonathan Crane and Wilbur Whateley have joined up to call down dark forces from other worlds. CHAPTER NINETEEN IS NOW UP
Batman Begins/Dark Knight - Rated: T - English - Horror/Supernatural - Chapters: 19 - Words: 15,311 - Reviews: 34 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 2/22/2008 - Published: 9/14/2005
World Enough and Time reviews
[Time Enough At Last] One ironic twist deserves another. A oneshot sequel to one of Twilight Zone's most memorable episodes.
Twilight Zone - Rated: K - English - Romance/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 975 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 2 - Published: 6/14/2007 - Complete
That Touch of Puritan reviews
What happens when Elizabeth Swann falls in love with a mysterious Puritan? TWENTIETH CHAPTER IS UP What eldritch horrors await Jack and Will in legendhaunted Innsmouth?
Pirates of the Caribbean - Rated: T - English - Romance/Horror - Chapters: 20 - Words: 19,823 - Reviews: 49 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 1/30/2007 - Published: 9/23/2005
Clockwork Gotham reviews
Being the further adventures of a young man whose principal interests are rape, ultraviolence and Beethoven. A Clockwork Orange, Batman, and Sin City fanfic. EPISODE EIGHT: A LOATHSOME DAY AT SKOLLIWOLL
A Clockwork Orange - Rated: T - English - Suspense/Adventure - Chapters: 8 - Words: 12,288 - Reviews: 36 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 15 - Updated: 6/25/2006 - Published: 2/9/2006
Return of the Ripper reviews
Based extremely loosely on Stay Tuned For Danger. A much darker, more sinister retelling. Once again featuring the acclaimed artist of the macabre Richard Upton Pickman. FOURTH CHAPTER: WEST, HERBERT WEST
Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew - Rated: K+ - English - Horror/Mystery - Chapters: 4 - Words: 4,835 - Reviews: 6 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 3/12/2006 - Published: 11/19/2005
Tomorrow Is Another Horrorshow Day reviews
Scarlett falls in love with a young man at the State Prison. A Clockwork Orange and Gone With the Winds Crossover. This is a oneshot story, unless enough people review it favourably.
Gone with the Wind - Rated: K - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,341 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 1 - Published: 3/10/2006 - Complete
A Match Made in Hell reviews
Emily finds herself attracted to a murdered ghost in the Land of the Dead and Victor goes in search of a missing friend named Harley Warren in London.
Corpse Bride - Rated: K+ - English - Horror/Romance - Chapters: 2 - Words: 1,723 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 3 - Updated: 12/15/2005 - Published: 12/3/2005
The Fungoid Horror in Blackmoor Manor reviews
Based on The Curse of Blackmoor Manor. A different, darker retelling, featuring the celebrated Arkham painter Richard Upton Pickman. THE CHILLING CONCLUSION: THE ANIMATE FUNGI OF YUGGOTH. This tale is finished.
Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew - Rated: K+ - English - Horror/Mystery - Chapters: 7 - Words: 7,083 - Reviews: 13 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 11/17/2005 - Published: 11/11/2005 - Complete
ReAnimator2: The Return of the ReAnimator reviews
Dr. Herbert West and Dr. James Harkness return from their exile in Africa back to Arkham. The experiments continue as West and Harkness continue to develop the reagent and prevent Dr. Hill from using it for his own unsavory ends. CHAPTER FOUR IS UP
Re-Animator - Rated: T - English - Horror/Humor - Chapters: 5 - Words: 3,123 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 11/10/2005 - Published: 9/21/2005
I'll Make A Stab At It reviews
A young student meets a kindly middleaged doctor with a propensity for exploring Whitechapel...and Frederick Abberline discovers in a quiet, faintly sinister young man a chance to discover who Jack the Ripper is once and for all. EPISODE FOUR IS UP
From Hell - Rated: T - English - Suspense/Humor - Chapters: 4 - Words: 2,096 - Reviews: 7 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 10/21/2005 - Published: 9/21/2005
The Blood is the Life reviews
Jonathan Harker, Dr. Seward, and Quincey Morris journey back to Transylvania in search of Mina's missing sister. On the way, they meet a mysterious stranger who may or may not know the secret of her fate...Read and Review
Dracula - Rated: T - English - Horror/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,339 - Reviews: 3 - Follows: 2 - Published: 10/14/2005
Jackson Rippner and Mister Sardonicus reviews
When Lisa and her father take a trip to the Carpathian Mountains of Romania, they meet the gently sinister Thomas, the cryptic Mr. Sardonicus, and Jackson Rippner. A Gothic Romance sequel to Red Eye. CHAPTER SIX IS NOW UP
Red Eye - Rated: T - English - Horror/Romance - Chapters: 6 - Words: 3,019 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 10/10/2005 - Published: 9/21/2005
ReAnimator: The Beginning of the End
Herbert West and James Harkness embark on the first of their adventures in Arkham, Massachusetts, fighting valiantly against such evil forces as Dr. Hill and raging legions of the dead. This tale is finished.
Re-Animator - Rated: T - English - Horror/Humor - Chapters: 8 - Words: 10,362 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 9/12/2005 - Published: 8/17/2005 - Complete