Your Inquisition Is Fruitless

I repeat to you, gentlemen, that your inquisition is fruitless. Detain me here forever if you will; confine or execute me if you must have a victim to propitiate the illusion you call justice; but I can say no more than I have said already. Everything that I can remember, I have told with perfect candour. Nothing has been distorted or concealed, and if anything remains vague, it is only because of the dark cloud which has come over my mind—that cloud and the nebulous nature of the horrors which brought it upon me.


DESCRIPTION: In this passage from the short story “The Statement of Randolph Carter” (1919), Randolph Carter claims that, as fantastic as his account of Harley Warren’s disappearance may sound, it is true.

CITATION: Lovecraft, H. P. “The Statement of Randolph Carter.” The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories. Edited by S. T. Joshi, Penguin Books, 1999, pp. 7-13.

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