The Horror from the Hills

The Horror from the Hills is a horror novel by American writer Frank Belknap Long. It was published by Arkham House in 1963 in an edition of 1,997 copies; the novel is part of the Cthulhu Mythos. The novel was serialized in Weird Tales magazine, it appeared in the February -- March, 1931 issues. Long incorporated a dream of H. P. Lovecraft into the novel, using Lovecraft's description nearly verbatim and with his permission; the novel concerns the elephantine Great Old One Chaugnar Faugn. Algernon Harris was the curator of Archaeology at the Manhattan Museum of Fine Arts, he sent his field workers to the most dangerous parts of the world for artifacts. Not all came back unscathed, two returned inexplicably mutilated. A third, Clark Ulman, returned with a stone idol, of hideous appearance, with his face concealed with a scarf; the idol resembled an elephant more than anything else. The pedestal was of an ugly unidentifiable stone. Richardson had spoken of it in an account of the tortures he endured at the hands of its subhuman worshippers.

Ulman was made to take the idol back to civilization to fulfill an ancient prophecy. Ulman said that Chaugnar Faugn was not just an idol, but the god himself and that he attacked Ulman in the night, fed on his blood. Chaugnar Faugn's high priest and spokesman explained to Ulman that Chaugnar -and his 5 brothers- once lived in an inaccessible cave in the Pyrenees, served by humanoids that Chaugnar created, the Miri Nigri, they received human sacrifices from the people of Pompelo -. Chaugnar Faugn and his brothers destroyed Pompelo and the former moved to Asia to await the "white acolyte": Ulman. Ulman was bidden to convey the idol to civilization and warned that Chaugnar had put a "sacrament" on him that, if he made to destroy or dispose of the idol, he would rot away in moments. Ulman rambled on about theories of alien life prior to the organic life that now inhabits earth, to convince Algernon, unveiled his mutilated face. In the midst of arguing about whether his now inhuman face was the work of Chaugnar Faugn or that of an acolyte, Ulman collapsed and died.

Ulman's face now had an elephantine trunk and huge ears, hardly explainable by disease or plastic surgery, his body was beginning to decay. After the inquest, the idol was put on display in the museum. Algernon and museum president Scollard soon afterwards had to investigate the murder of Mr. Cinney, a guard; the man had been found, drained of blood, his face mutilated beyond recognition, the idol's proboscis was dripping with blood. They interviewed a Chinese laundry boss, guided by a dream to come to the museum and be eaten by Chaugnar; when they examined the idol, they found. After some discussion, they consult a certain Roger Little. At the same time papers reported a massacre in the Pyrenees, with gigantic footprints ranged around the 14 dead, headless peasants. Roger Little a criminal investigator and now a mystic recluse, who had see mythos phenomena, he relates a dream about Pompelo's destruction. The trio now get a phone call from the museum that Chaugnar Faugn had left the museum, is now roaming the streets of Manhattan.

It was that Roger Little, seeing the time has come to act, reveals his anti-entropy ray. The machine is indescribably complex and so are its motions. Algernon swore he saw a face appear in the whirling parts, just before a ray shot out and bathed the wall. Little shuts the ray off. Little explains that the ray reverses entropy, sends anything it hits "back through time" and he hopes that Chaugnar, bathed in the ray, will return to its original form and go back to where he came from, before entropy over earth's eons shaped him the way he is now; the machine is portable and so they intend to pursue Chaugnar. Chaugnar Faugn had attacked and mangled 5 people, Imhert thinks the machine is just an hypnotizer, Algernon plays the ray on the wall until it dissolves to convince him otherwise. Apologizing to Little for damaging his apartment, the three set out to stop Chaugnar's rampage. Police reports of murders guide the trio to where Chaugnar Faugn had gone, to the New Jersey sea-coast. Chaugnar would have stood his ground and attacked them, but the ray proved painful and forced him to turn and run.

A bathhouse, a turtle and sea shells vanished in the ray, Chaugnar's geological ancientness alone enabled it to survive. They figure. Chaugnar is unable to move fast enough, when his feet get caught in the shore mire, the ray is played on him and the three endure its awful bellowing. Before their eyes, Chaugnar de-evolves and horribly disincarnates. Chaugnar, after many transformations, reverts to a mantle of glowing slime, fades away. Chaugnar, now an expanding force in the sky and tries to grab the three who hurt it so, but vanishes, The dawn comes. At the same time, Chaugnar's 5 brothers have vanished in the Pyrenees before they could do any further havoc, leaving but 5 pools of rotten slime; this meant that Chaugnar and his brothers were connected hyper-dimensionally. Though Chaugnar is now gone, Little ponders the possibility that he may someday, after ages, return to ravage again. Jaffery, Sheldon; the Collector's Index to Weird Tales. Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green State University Popular Press.

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Teun Kloek

Teunis Kloek is a Dutch economist and Emeritus Professor of Econometrics at the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. His research interests centered on econometric methods and their applications nonparametric and robust methods in econometrics. Kloek received his PhD in 1966 from the Erasmus University Rotterdam for the thesis "Indexcijfers: enige methodologische aspecten" under supervision of Henri Theil. Kloek was appointed Professor of Econometrics at the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam in 1967. With Alexander Rinnooy Kan and Harm Bart, he was co-director of the Econometric Institute from 1982 to 1992 as successor of Willem Somermeyer and was succeeded by Ton Vorst. Since his retirement in 1997 Kloek has been affiliated with the Tinbergen Institute; some of Kloek's most notable doctoral students were Anton Leendert Hempenius, Rinse Harkema, Fred B. Lempers, Marinus Hendrik Slagmolen, Herman K. van Dijk, Peter Kooiman, Peter C. Schotman Philip Hans Franses, Marius Ooms, Erno Kuiper, Berend Roorda, A. Lucas and Reindert G.

J. den Hertog. Ronaldo van Dijk Kloek was elected fellow of the Econometric Society in 1978 and of the Journal of Econometrics, honorary fellow of the Tinbergen Institute. Books, a selection: Kloek, T. Henri Theil and John C. G. Boot. Operations Research and Quantitative Economics: an elementary introduction. With McGraw-Hill, 1965. Heij, C. De Boer, P. Franses, P. H. Kloek, T. & Van Dijk, H. K.. Econometric methods with applications in business and economics. Oxford University Press, 2004. Articles, a selection: Kloek, T.. "The operational implications of imperfect models", in Arrow, Kenneth J.. Kloek, T.. B. M. "Simultaneous equations estimation based on principal components of predetermined variables." Econometrica: Journal of the Econometric Society 28: 45-61. Kloek, T.. "International comparison of prices and quantities consumed." Econometrica: Journal of the Econometric Society 33: 535-556. Kloek, T.. P.. B. M. "A note on a class of utility and production functions yielding everywhere differentiable demand functions."

The Review of Economic Studies. 36: 109-111. Kloek, T.. Kloek, T.. "Further experience in Bayesian analysis using Monte Carlo integration." Journal of Econometrics 14.3: 307-328. Kloek, Teun. "OLS estimation in a model where a microvariable is explained by aggregates and contemporaneous disturbances are equicorrelated." Econometrica: Journal of the Econometric Society: 205-207. Kloek, T.. Applied Stochastic Models and Data Analysis 2.3: 99-119. Kloek, T.. Journal of Econometrics 8.1: 61-74. Teun Kloek at Tinbergen Institute