Once again Zealia Bishop supplied the story idea and some notes, paying H.P. Lovecraft to flesh it out in 1929. Bishop published this short horror novelette under her own name in Weird Tales magazine in January 1939, two years after Lovecraft's death and a year before The Mound was published in 1940. The story begins with our unnamed narrator driving a roadster down a lonely country road. He is trying to find Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Our narrator finds an old run down home and goes into it to ask for directions, but the directions that the old man in the house gives him are complex and it is getting dark so he asks instead if he can stay there. The old man is surprised because no one would want to stay there, but agrees and begins to tell him the story of his son, who married a woman who among other odd things had coiled strange hair that seemed to move on its own when you were not looking at it.
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