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Volume I

Page 119



The Abject and Grotesque

Lovecraft's description of the Innsmouth
bus driver

“Fabulous creatures... half ichthyic and
half batrachian in suggestion"

The protagonist responds to the driver
and his “Innsmouth look" with “a wave
of spontaneous aversion which could be
neither checked nor explaind[sic."

Wilbur Whateley, too, is “semi-
anthropomorphic" above the worst and
“teratologically fabulous" below, furred and
tailed, with saurian limbs and a
“rudimentary eye" on each hip.

Lovecraft's bizarre creatures are first of