"It was a great grey cat, with soft abundant fur, which turned its yellow eyes upon him lazily, purred, and licked his hand."
"Then the priest was aware of a strange and horrible thing' there sprang softly on the bed the form of the great grey cat, very lean and angry, which stood there, as though ready to spring upon the bird. Then the priest signed the cross and said 'In Nominae'; and as the holy words fell on the air, the cat looked fiercely on the bird, but seemed to shrink into itself."
AVAILABLE THIS FRIDAY IN THE YOG-BLOGSOTH STORE! (11AM EST) Just in time for Christmas, my follow up to the M.R. James themed Yuletide Compendium 1! Volume 2 is full of monsters inspired by fellow Chit Chat Society member E.F. Benson and his two brothers A.C. & R. H.! These will be limited to 25!
"'You've seen 'em yourself. Plenty. Wide stiff brim, high crown, cut out of a sheet of Tandy cowhide and laced together like a Boy's Life project. Get the picture?"
"Those hats? Kind of Waylon Jennings cum L.A. pimp culture hats? Well, I can't say I've seen one lately, man."
"Right! And it's too cold for the motherfuckers, up there, that's why! Add that to the evidence!"
"What evidence, Merv? What motherfuckers?" "PARASITES," he whispers, "Alien fucking parasites..."
"PARASITES," he whispers, "Alien fucking parasites..." "Listen. This is crucial, man. You think those things are just, like, some stupid kind of hat, right? Maybe THE stupid kind of hat, and that's fucking brilliant. Last thing YOU'D be caught wearing, right? And it's people like you who pose the greatest threat, people with open minds, people who read my books. But I've finally SEEN one, man and I KNOW."
Legs. You said legs?" "Maybe a dozen, more. Kinda browny transparent. Ever see a scorpion that's gotten too big? They get kind of pale and waxy.
No eyes. I saw where the hat had had it's claws in, kinda puppet trip...'"
THE MONOLITH AND THE LADY OF DOVES II (NYARLATHOTEP)
"She saw nothing but a flat tar-black thing dominating the middle of the space. The dark was rendered a bluish brown around it with the heavy stench of vegetation. She held her thumb to her phone, then swiped open the flashlight. The lens flared on but the light was swallowed at once—she saw it pulled out in an oblong smear and it was gone into the black slab."
"Soon the black mass eased out of its gloom and she saw it was a monolith, reaching close to the mossy ceiling. A 2001ish thing, but malformed at its edges. Carol leaned around its side and there was Shanice, on her knees and elbows in the dirt, folded over in supplication with her hands covering her face."
THE MONOLITH AND THE LADY OF DOVES I (NYARLATHOTEP)"The light strengthened through the hole and Carol realized Shan was on top of something coming out of the earth. A blank white figure lifting its arms wide, strips of pale flesh unfurling from them like cerements. Long legs bent along dozens of segments, knees popping, cartilage groaning. Shan’s lower body sloped down around the figure’s shoulders."
“'Shan!' she screamed, but still her wife kept her hands clapped over her eyes. Carol knew it wasn’t her, not anymore. It had been, so recently, but she was now nothing more than the living hair of this thing. A stole. A trophy. The figure’s flat round face opened like petals to reveal nothing until the wiry black ropes of the monolith began to flow into it. The creature bulged. Finally Shanice’s hands fell away, dangling beside the opening above the thing’s neck, and Carol saw the face they had been hiding. It was the face of the old woman back in the hallway. It was Shanice’s face. It was Carol’s. In the end it was dozens of gray hatched birds, stretching their mouths open, pining to be fed."
It was described as a huge creature about five feet in length and breadth with a huge head having eyes one on top of the other, with ears and two mouths under a protruding snout. It had holes for breathing on it's throat and had vast wings on its body above an enormously long tail that also had wings."
Carol Rose, Giants Monsters and Dragons
There are still 10 copies of the Mappaemundi Compendium full of sea monsters (including this guy!) inspired by Medieval & Renaissance maps
"It is portrayed as a type of talbot or hunting dog, but with scales covering its entire body; instead of paws it has webbed, three-toed feet; its scaly tail has a thick rounded end, and behind is webbed ears it has a long dorsal fin from its head to tail."