English photographer Tony Mills shot these standing stones using IR film and has produced images highly suggestive of the Cthulhu Mythos and Occult ceremony
He was soon disliked even more decidedly than his mother and grandsire, and all conjectures about him were spiced with references to the bygone magic of Old Whateley, and how the hills once shook when he shrieked the dreadful name of Yog-Sothoth in the midst of a circle of stones with a great book open in his arms before him.
– The Dunwich Horror, H.P.Lovecraft
I’ve come to know Tony Mills over the last year or so through frequenting a cafe in the heart of the ancient Roman spa town of Bath. An interesting chap. Somebody already entwined in the exploration and understanding of the energies that influence us, as human beings, within this Earthly plane. He showed me these photographs full-res on his computer and I was blown away.
Avebury has always resonated with mystery and holds onto its secrets like so many of the Henges that date back to the Neolithic era. These fantastic photographs by Mills underline their aura of arcane rites and occult ceremony. They’ve been dated to around 2,600 BCE and their true purpose remains unknown.
If you’ve played Yellow Dawn – The Age of Hastur or read any of H.P.Lovecraft’s incredible tales of cosmic terror, in particular The Dunwich Horror, then you’ll hopefully nod in agreement with me when I say these images capture the essence of the Cthulhu Mythos: unholy rites and diabolical conjurations involving places, objects or creatures that overlap realities – the sense that something isn’t right about a location, an unnerving, disquieting awareness that comes creeping through the primordial parts of the brain.
The Old Ones were, the Old Ones are, and the Old Ones shall be. Not in the spaces we know, but between them, they walk serene and primal, undimensioned and to us unseen. Yog-Sothoth knows the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the key and guardian of the gate. Past, present, future, all are one in Yog-Sothoth. He knows where the Old Ones broke through of old, and where They shall break through again.
– The Dunwich Horror, H.P.Lovecraft
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Tony Mills has been taking photographs for 30 years. He lives on a narrowboat in SW England and can be contacted through David J Rodger (contact form here). Other work can be viewed at the Flickr photostream for Tonyrambler at https://www.flickr.com/photos/38976494@N03
The Dunwich Horror
THE DUNWICH HORROR stands alongside The Haunter of the Dark as one of my all-time favourite stories by H.P.Lovecraft. In the isolated and decaying village of Dunwich, the deformed albino Lavinia Whateley gives birth to a hideous son, Wilbur Whateley, with an unknown father: alluded to by mad Old Whateley as “Yog-Sothoth”. Wilbur matures at an abnormal rate, his precocious development underscored by numerous strange events. Locals shun him and his family, and animals despise him. All the while, his grandfather Old Whateley indoctrinates him into certain dark rituals and the study of sorcery. Various locals grow suspicious after Old Whateley buys more and more cattle, yet the number of his herd never increases, and the cattle in his field become mysteriously afflicted with severe open wounds. But nobody could have foreseen the shocking consequences that were to follow, and the horror that came to sweep through Dunwich.
NEW STORIES OF THE CTHULHU MYTHOS
Five of my novels tie directly into the sanity shredding mystery of the Cthulhu Mythos. Here are links to spotlight articles on each of them. Take a look. You should find one or more are very much to your taste.
- God Seed – involves Nyarlathotep
- EDGE – introduces a new Great Old One
- Living in Flames – introduces a new Great Old One (Jy’kalud and the gruesome cult that worship it)
- Dog Eat Dog – a subtle Mythos presence that surges up within the story to introduce a horrific new Mythos entity.
- The Black Lake – a pure, distilled and refined dose of the Cthulhu Mythos. Encounter the Influence of Hastur in this post-apocalyptic tale of scientific discovery and terror
CREDIT: Featured Hero Image – Wilbur Whateley portrait by Sorrowking