The Vaults of Yoh-Vombis (fiction)
- title: The Vaults of Yoh-Vombis
- author: Clark Ashton Smith
- publication: 1932
- pages: ~18
- setting: Mars, Old Solar System, Near Future
A team of human explorers on Mars are driven into a long-abandoned ancient Martian mausoleum to escape from one monster, only to discover an even greater horror buried in the tombs.
Comments / Trivia
- Compare to the basic plot of Alien (1979 film).
- An earlier version was called "The Vaults of Abomi", following much the same plot, but omitting some of the details of the finished story. The motive for descending into the vaults in this version appears to have been that the explorers were chased by an early version of the "Vortlup" in the form of a mat of creeping, carnivorous black moss.
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A team of human explorers on Mars are driven into a long-abandoned ancient Martian mausoleum to escape from one monster, only to discover an even greater horror buried in the tombs: the brain-eating leeches of Yoh-Vombis!
Associated Mythos Elements
- Ignarh, a modern Martian city and Earth colony
- Yoh-Vombis, ancient Martian (Yorhi) ruin, southwest of Ignarh, far from life-giving canals; the city is built of a distinct, terraced and towered architecture
- Octave Expedition, an archaeological expedition from Earth
- Allan Octave (leader)
- Rodney Severn
- William Harper
- Jonas Halgren
- The Jaar is an icy desert wind that blows from the east before dawn
- Bassa-cloth, a warm, grey cloth made from native materials by the Martian (Aiai).
- a blackish-green corrosion-resistant material suggestive of some bizarre alloy of metal and porcelain, from which Martian technology is sometimes constructed
Keeper Comments, Heresies and Controversies
- "And I have seen the frozen, giant-builded battlements of Uogam on the glacial tundras of the nightward hemisphere of Venus...." - Clark Ashton Smith
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