“Christopher Reynaga’s ‘I Only Am Escaped Alone to Tell Thee’ so perfectly conflates Lovecraft’s “The Call of Cthulhu” with Moby-Dick (albiet with a bit of Coleridge and Yeats thrown in for good measure) that it comes as a surprise that no writer had thought to do this before.”
“I Only Am Escaped Alone to Tell Thee” is one of four original stories in The Book of Cthulhu 2, edited by Ross Lockhart.
Additionally, the publisher has hosted my live narration of the story on the anthology website. You can visit it here, or use the embedded player below to hear me read this story for the anthology.
This story has also been re-published by The Drabblecast, which did their own fantastic reading of the story in episode 268. You can find more information on it here.
Whatever you do, don’t call me Ishmael.
Don’t call me anything at all. Give me my pint of piss-poor ale and leave me be in this yellowed corner where men relieve themselves when they are too lazy to make three extra stumbling steps to the streets of Nantucket. I am done. Finished. Come to this hole to die—and if you insist on speaking to me, I’ll find a deeper hole than this dying excuse of a whaling town can offer…
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