The Hunting Horrors

The Hunting Horrors

The Hunting Horrors are fictional monsters in the Cthulhu Mythos of H. P. Lovecraft. The creatures were first mentioned in Lovecraft's novella The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath (1926).


And in the air about him were great viperine creatures, which had curiously distorted heads, and grotesquely great clawed appendages, supporting themselves with ease by the aid of black rubbery wings of singularly monstrous dimensions.

~ August Derleth (about the Hunting Horrors), The Lurker at the Threshold.

Hunting Horrors resemble enormous ropy, black serpents or worms with bat-like or umbrella-like wings. It's very difficult to taking a closer look on these creatures due to their body continually shift and change, twitching and writhing. Some may have only a single large wing rather than two.

These beings are dispelled by daylight, though a strong enough burst of light could sear one to dust. Hunting Horrors move swiftly and serve as harriers for the god Nyarlathotep. One of Nyarlathotep's avatars, the Haunter of the Dark, shares similar traits with the Hunting Horrors.