Haunter of the Dark by Jb Lee
For centuries, the Shining Trapezohedron was buried in the ancient tomb of Nephren-Ka. However, more than likely the tomb and the stone were discovered by Professor Enoch Bowen, a well-known archaeologist and occultist, who returned home to Providence, Rhode Island in 1844. Once back in Providence, Professor Bowen bought an old Free-Will Church and formed the Church of Starry Wisdom. By 1845 the Church had 97 members and was growing. However, religious tolerance for the Church eventually ended when residence started to disappear.
The Haunter of the Dark by Faeriesoph
From the late 1840s and into the 1850s locals reported hearing strange sounds coming from the church in the dead of night and stories of the Shining Trapezohedron started to surface. These stories stated that “…Shining Trapezohedron shows them heaven & other worlds, & that the Haunter of the Dark tells them secrets in some way.” Again, more evidence that the stone is a window or “viewing scope” into other universes and Space-Times. Also, the secrets the Haunter tells may also refer to the ability to see into the future. From the notebook Robert Blake found in the Church tower, it is also stated that the Haunter can’t exist in light and that it flees from a little light and it banished by strong light but can be summoned again through the Shining Trapezohedron. This explains why the windows in the Church steeple were painted black, to minimize the amount of light so the Haunter could be summoned.
As the size of the Church’s congregation grew from the 1850s to the 1870s so did the number of disappearances. Again, similar to Nephren-Ka, it is hypothesized that these victims were used as blood sacrifices, providing the residential biological material needed for the Haunter and/or Nyarlathotep to remind in our Space-Time and increase in strength / power. In exchange, the power of prophecy may be one of the gifts provided to the worshippers. As I have previously stated, this is not a “fair exchange.” The Old Ones such as Nyarlathotep do not care at all about humanity; however, this relationship provided them with the opportunity to enter our Space-Time for extended periods of time and possibly to find a way to remain permanently. The Old Ones were simply using humanity out of convenience.
The Haunter of the Dark by Gianmac (www.deivantart.com)
By 1877 the Church of the Starry Wisdom was run out of town. While no evidence was found to connect the Church to the disappearances, the City was convinced they were to blame. Thus, before the end of 1877 approximately 181 members of the Church left Providence and the church was boarded up until Edwin M. Lillibridge, a reported with the Providence Telegram, decided to explore the Church in 1893. In turn, Blake found the remains of Mr. Lillibridge in his exploration of the Church.
To conclude this discussion of the Shining Trapezohedron in Providence, it is interesting to note that while the congregation left the Church toward the end of 1877 fairly quickly never to return, they left the Shining Trapezohedron behind. Why? Did the Haunter tell the congregation in “…a secret language of their own…” to leave the stone behind for someone else to discover? Were the members of the Church provided with a vision of the future based on the need to leave the Shining Trapezohedron in the Church to be discovered by someone else? Unless a member of the congregation who left Providence in 1877 documented the reason why they left the Shining Trapezohedron behind we may never know the reason.
Church of Starry Wisdom by Will Hart
However, in addition to leaving the Shining Trapezohedron, members of the congregation did leave a small library of forbidden texts and books, which have been catalogued by Nate Pedersen and Johnathan Kearns in The Starry Wisdom Library: The Catalogue of the Greatest Occult Book Auction of All Time (2014). The Catalogue reviews all of the books found in the Starry Wisdom collection, some well-known such as the Necronomicon, others more obscure such as The Black Book of the Skull. The Catalogue provides a history of each tome as well as a description of its condition and summary of its contents. I highly recommend this book, which can be purchased on Amazon. Who knows if it will eventually lead you to actually acquiring one of these forbidden and rare books?
Next time we will complete our discussion of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Haunter of the Dark” by reviewing what we know about the biology of this unique entity. Thank you – Fred.