I cannot reckon the number of hours I spent in gazing at the sunken city with its buildings, arches, statues, and bridges, and the colossal temple with its beauty and mystery. Though I knew that death was near, my curiosity was consuming; and I threw the searchlight’s beam about in eager quest.
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“The Temple” is a short story written by H. P. Lovecraft in 1920, and first published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales #24 in September 1925.
The dissociative story, in much the same vein as Arthur Machen or Algernon Blackwood, is narrated as a “found manuscript” penned by Karl Heinrich, Graf von Altberg-Ehrenstein, a lieutenant-commander in the Imperial German Navy during the days of World War I. It documents strange events the narrator encounters trapped at the bottom of the ocean.
With the menace ever-palpable in a claustrophobic, underwater setting, this one should stay with you a while after its read. We truly find this one terrifying.
What is the secret of the temple? Will our narrator survive to tell what he knows?