The Hounds of Tindalos: Reconstructed Timeline of Events

This is my attempt at a chronological list of events mentioned in Frank Belknap Long’s short story, “The Hounds of Tindalos.” I am including the events of the ‘present’ only – not those mentioned as being in the distant past.

Here be spoilers:

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Carcosa Poster, ver. 2

A mock period travel poster / ad for the ancient and famous city of Carcosa:



For Sale at RedBubble

For Sale at TeePublic

Royal Cypher of Hildred Castaigne, King and Emperor of America

Royal cypher of Hildred Castaigne, by Right of Hastur King and Emperor of America. Designed by me, and inspired by Robert W. Chambers’ “The King in Yellow.”


At TeePublic

At RedBubble

At Zazzle

Have You Found The Yellow Sign?

…For some time I tossed about the bed trying to get the sound of his voice out of my ears, but could not. It filled my head, that muttering sound, like thick oily smoke from a fat-rendering vat or an odour of noisome decay. And as I lay and tossed about, the voice in my ears seemed more distinct, and I began to understand the words he had muttered. They came to me slowly as if I had forgotten them, and at last I could make some sense out of the sounds. It was this:

“Have you found the Yellow Sign?”

I was furious. What did he mean by that? Then with a curse upon him and his I rolled over and went to sleep, but when I awoke later I looked pale and haggard, for I had dreamed the dream of the night before, and it troubled me more than I cared to think.

Inspired by Robert W. Chambers’ “The King in Yellow,” I’ve created a couple of my own interpretations of the infamous Yellow Sign:

Arabesque tile style

Yellow Sign ‘Tile’ at TeePublic

Yellow Sign ‘Tile’ at RedBubble

Yellow Sign Tile Multiple Stickers Only

This is a simpler version (below), more in keeping with Chambers’ description of the clasp:

…inside lay a clasp of black onyx, on which was inlaid a curious symbol or letter in gold. It was neither Arabic nor Chinese, nor, as I found afterwards, did it belong to any human script.

Onyx clasp with inlay (simple style)

Yellow Sign Simple at TeePublic

Yellow Sign Simple at RedBubble

Yellow Sign Simple Small Multiple Stickers Only

The Monkey’s Paw: Free PDF

I’ve been messing around with typesetting short stories in InDesign. I’ve set The Call of Cthulhu, The Nameless City and Arthur Jermyn by HPL, but those are all heavily annotated, and I’m not keen to give them away for free.

This one, however, I have not annotated at all. Just the minimum of formatting to resemble a tasteful book, in PDF format. Plus, an old illustration of a small monkey’s paw.


The Monkey’s Paw, by W. W. Jacobs. Typeset by Mike Jenkins.

Classics Scholar Rises From the Dead!

At TeePublic:

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And, yes, I ditched the Phantom. LMK if you want him back. Available in a few dark colors.

Now for the Good News: Classic Monster Movies Stuff!

Now, you can proudly state that you are a bona fide “Classics Scholar.”

By the which I mean, classic monster movies, of course:


Har har har. I made two versions, with and without The Phantom, in case we disagree on what constitutes ‘the classics.’ It seemed like an outlier, and it’s silent as well. All the others are talkies. I deliberately omitted The Creature from The Black Lagoon, as that seemed like an outlier as well (1954? 3D?) and a little more 50’s Monster Movie than ‘classic monster movie.’

This art is available in blue on white, and in white on dark colors. Mugs & shirts only. Just in time for Halloween, though I cannot promise delivery by then.