[Tour de Lovecraft] The Hound
Plus, the only attempt ever put to paper to wring italicized horror from the words "in the Dutch language."
But I like "The Hound" far above its merits. Not only does it introduce the Necronomicon, and give that lovely shout-out to the "corpse-eating cult of inaccessible Leng, in Central Asia," when I read it as a 13-year-old, it actually worked for me. The titular hound is also just a really cool-ass monster, the astral projection (literally, "the ghastly soul-symbol") of the Dutch ghoul-lich who somehow learned the secrets of Leng way back in the 15th century. Indeed, the lich may have stolen the hound-amulet, and yet somehow escaped its judgement.
Judgement, need I remind you, that arrives "astride a Bacchanale of bats from night-black ruins of buried temples of Belial." Astride ... a Bacchanale ... of bats ... chittering in the Dutch language!
NEXT: "The Rats in the Walls"