The Dunwich Horror (Lavinia and one of the twins) by Viant-T (www.wilburwhateley.tumblr.com)
Lavinia Whateley may or may not have been the result of inbreeding among the Whateley’s, since albinism is not solely the outcome of inbreeding; more than likely such deviant activities were involved in the birth of the Whateley twins. More specifically, there is evidence to suggest that Old Wizard Whateley “contributed” toward the conception of the twins. This evidence is the fact that when the appearance of Wilbur’s brother is revealed, it is noted that it has “a half-shaped man’s face on top of it, an’ it looked like Wizard Whateley’s, only it was yards an’ yards acrost…” (Lovecraft’s “The Dunwich Horror”). Indeed, even before this revelation, it was suggested that Wilbur was the product of inbreeding (Sex and the Cthulhu Mythos by Bobby Derie).
Based on how the twins differed in appearance Wilbur and his brother were more than likely fraternal twins, meaning that they were from two different eggs, each fertilized by separate sperm cells (and something else; more on that in a future article). This is in contrast to identical (also known as maternal) twins where the zygote (fertilized egg) will split and form two embryos. Thus, Wilbur was more of a product of his human genes, while his twin was more of a product of the non-human traits of Yog-Sothoth. This article focuses more on Wilbur.
Dunwich Portraits: Wilbur Whateley by Sorrow King (www.deviantart.com)
From his birth Wilbur was an unusual looking being. First off, Wilbur’s rate of growth was phenomenal when compared to that of a human. He was walking on his own by seven months old and after eleven months he began to talk with an unusual accent. His voice and the sounds he made had an alien quality as well. As Wilbur continued to grow he was quite ugly; hairy with a goatish, even satyr-like appearance. He had thick lips, yellowish skin, dark crinkly hair and long-pointed ears. By ten Wilbur had the mind, voice and body of a fully grown man, continuing to grow in height. At twelve years old Wilbur was six and three quarter feet tall. In 1928, when Wilbur was 15 years old and attempted to steal the Olaus Wormius’ Latin translation of the Necronomicon from the Library of Miskatonic University, he was estimated to be almost nine feet tall. Imagine what Wilbur’s final, mature height would have been if he lived beyond 15 years old.
When Wilbur was caught in the library by the University guard dog, he was attacked and eventually died from the injuries. The dog tore off all of his clothes and some of his skin. This is the first time we are exposed to the extra-dimensional, alien morphology of Wilbur Whateley. The first unusual thing that was noticed was that Wilbur was in a pool of awful smelling, greenish-yellow ichor. More than likely this fluid was Wilbur’s “blood.” However, this blood was more analogous to haemolymph, which is the fluid that circulates through the body of an arthropod. Arthropods are invertebrate animals that have exoskeletons, segmented bodies and jointed appendages. Unlike vertebrates, which have a closed circulation system that pumps blood composed of red-colored hemoglobin, arthropods have greenish-yellow haemolymph that circulates throughout the interior of arthropod, washing over the organs in an open circulatory system. Thus, Wilbur’s circulation system appears to be similar to that of a Terran arthropod.
Comparison of an open and close circulatory system. Wilbur’s circulation system is similar to an open system (www.studyblue.com)
According to Dr. Henry Armitage something from outside of our space-time fastened itself onto the developing zygotes of Lavinia’s and created beings only half composed of human flesh. The following descriptions certainly appear to support this idea. While above the torso Wilbur had a satyr-like but essentially human appearance, below the torso Wilbur had little resemblance to a human. Above Wilbur’s waist his skin was reptilian in appearance colored yellow and black. Below his waist his skin was covered with a thick fur and his abdomen was circled with a series of long, greenish-grey tentacles with red sucking mouthparts. Over the years the people of Dunwich noticed strange markings on both Old Wizard Whateley and Lavinia. Apparently these markings were similar in shape to the markings on Wilbur’s sucking mouthparts, which means that Wilbur was feeding of the blood of his grandfather and mother.
Wilbur Whateley by King Ov Rats (www.deviantart.com)
Large rudimentary eyes were found on each of his hips, each circled by a series of pink cilia. Wilbur also had a large tail with annular markings with a large undeveloped mouth. His legs terminated in ridged and veined pads similar to what would be found on herbivorous dinosaurs. As Wilbur struggled to breath as he died, his tentacles and tail rhythmically changed color similar to that of a squid or octopus. Again, while separate, individual components of Wilbur’s morphology may have resembled certain Terran species, collectively his general appearance was unlike anything observed on Earth.
Death of Wilbur Whateley by Paul Mudie (www.paulmudie.com)
Once Wilbur died, his body immediately started to shrink and dissolved in some type of hyper-dimensional decomposition. As with many beings from outside of our space-time, the matter that composed Wilbur was not entirely from our reality and must have needed an extensive amount of energy to maintain. Once Wilbur died the stream of extra-dimensional energy that maintained his form in our space-time ceased and his hyper-dimensional matter immediately started to dissipate. Other Lovecraftian entities from outside of our space-time have exhibited such reactions. For example, the bodies of dead Mi-Go go through the same type of hyper-accelerated decomposition, leaving little to no trace of biological material. More than likely this extra-dimensional matter is not antimatter but is instead matter from another dimension or universe.
The creation of Wilbur must have been Yog-Sothoth’s way of attempting to create a stable form of life made of its own native energy and matter. In turn, Wilbur and his twin were supposed to prepare the Earth for the Old Ones, making it stable for their unique physical properties and cosmological constants. Yog-Sothoth is the gate and the key but Wilbur and his twin were the designed custodians who were responsible for getting the house in order prior to the arrival of the new masters. Part of these preparations involved clearing out the vermin, which included humanity. However, what exactly was Wilbur’s twin role in this process? This will be the discussion for the next article. Thank you – Fred.
Wilbur Whateley by Sam Tremain