The Horror In Clay

Written By: H.P. Lovecraft

As my great-uncle's heir and executor, for he died a childless widower, I was expected to go over his papers with some thoroughness; and for that purpose moved his entire set of files and boxes to my quarters in Boston.

Much of the material which I correlated will be later published by the American Archaeological Society, but there was one box which I found exceedingly puzzling, and which I felt much averse from showing to other eyes.

It had been locked, and I did not find the key till it occurred to me to examine the personal ring which the professor carried always in his pocket.