The Black Stone: Temesvar

Robert E. Howard’s “The Black Stone” is regarded by some as one of the finest mythos stories not written by HPL himself. The full text is available online here. This story introduces REH’s fictional book “Nameless Cults,” it’s author, Friedrich Wilhelm von Junzt (German, 1795-1840), and the mad poet Justin Geoffrey (American, 1898-1926):

“They say foul things of Old Times still lurk
In dark forgotten corners of the world.
And Gates still gape to loose, on certain nights
Shapes pent in Hell.”

It also mentions Otto Dostmann and his book, “Remnants of Lost Empires,” (Berlin, 1809, “Der Drachenhaus” Press).

The titular Black Stone is located outside the village of Stregoicavar in Hungary. This town is said to be 3 days’ coach ride from Temesvar. Stregoicavar is fictional, but Temesvar is real. Today, it is inside Romania, near the Hungarian border, and is known as Timisoara. Here is its location:

Here is the same map with a 60 mile radius drawn around Temesvar. This is my guess at the range of a 3-day coach ride in rough, hilly country. Stregoicavar should lie within a few miles of the edge of the blue circle:

Temesvar w 59 mi Radius

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One Response to “The Black Stone: Temesvar”

  1. The writer and investigator (in the story) must have been well versed enough to read the manuscript, which may have been written Osmanli but just as possibly in Persian, which was the court language of the Ottomans. The scribe, Selim Bahadur is fictional, but it adds to the narrative to have a sophisticated observer write down the events. That region of Europe is one rich in history, not just in the struggles of the Otttomans but with the Romans, and the earlier Bronze Age, so pickings are pretty interesting.

    An interesting PDF giving leads to some documented finds from the Neolithic era as well as the better known, Hallstatt culture and the Vince culture http://www.banatica.ro/media/b24-1/I.summary.pdf

    The House of the Deer http://www.prehistory.it/ftp/parta_archaeological_excavations2006_01.html

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