Tillinghast Report

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The "Tillinghast Report", a tome inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's "From Beyond (fiction)".

Description

Untitled Manuscript Notebooks

Language: English manuscript, ca. 1920

Physical Description: A set of 5 rough, dog-eared notebooks full of hand-written notes written by Crawford Tillinghast.

General Content: The notebooks begin as a log of notes detailing Crawford Tillinghast's attempts to develop devices that would allow him to see an "unseen world" that Tillinghast had developed an elaborate delusion about from a young age, with the delusion leading in time to obsession, and culminating in a murderous mania. The contest of his earliest three notebooks detail a long series of failures, interspersed with guarded hints at the details of the delusion that had been the source of much inarticulate fear, and shame at every failed attempt to convince his family, tutor, closest friends and other confidants of the world he somehow sensed close around him at all times, but could not prove the existence of. This early series of failures is marked by a clear sense of mounting frustration at Tillinghast's failures. The fourth notebook is marked by evidence that Crawford Tillinghast had begun to expand his investigation beyond the scientific, into the esoteric, with references to Garder's Lectures and Harzan's Monograph, with Tillinghast's own tone revealing a mounting and secret paranoia and megalomania directed towards his estranged friends and family, whom he felt he could no longer trust or rely upon for support. The fifth notebook reveals a breakthrough discovery, along with most of the key details about his invention of a device that has since come to be known as the "Tillinghast Resonator"; besides the startling details of Tillinghast's invention and subsequent shocking discoveries, this fifth and final notebook is notable for its incorporation of outlandish revenge fantasies and paranoid, ravings against the scientific world and all those around Tillinghast whom Tillinghast, without exception, seemed to have come to regard as dangerous enemies to be stopped and punished by the most gruesome means his now expanded imagination could conjure.

Number of known copies (if rare): Only one original copy exists.

Last known location of surviving copies (if rare): The so-called original Tillinghast Report appears to have fallen into the hands of a Dr. Aston Hawkes at some point between 1920 and 1924, contributing to Hawkes' invention of a variant device, before making its way into the hands of the "Midas Circle", who privately published a handful of copies of a condensed version of the text for sale to the highest bidder. This group appears to have dispersed and vanished by the 1930s, and the original notebooks appear to have disappeared with them.

Mythos Content

Spells: probably none, though the notebooks do contain detailed instructions for the construction of a Tillinghast Resonator.

  • Sanity Loss: minor
  • Mythos Knowledge: minor
  • Occult Knowledge: negligible


The Tillinghast Report (1930)

Language: English, 1930; subtitled "The Invisible World Revealed"

Physical Description: A modern octavo with the simple title "The Tillinghast Report: The Invisible World Revealed",

General Content: Begins with a short forward describing in general the contents of the original notebooks with some indication of what has been omitted from the first four notebooks (details of failed experiments and much of Tillinghasts's paranoid raving, leaving mainly the hints about Tillinghast's development of his childhood fancies about an "invisible world" into an adulthood obsession with the unseen), followed by an edited version of the fifth notebook, detailing the construction of the Tillinghast Resonator and Tillinghast's discoveries. Some key details of the construction of the device were deliberately omitted by the publishers, who intended to sell the vital components needed to complete the device separately, so that the complete secret of the device's manufacture would be held by the so-called "Midas Circle" alone, but enough hints at the missing secrets could be obtained from source materials in Garder's Lectures and Harzan's Monograph for luckless researchers to have reverse-engineered the device and complete it on their own on at least three occasions.

Number of known copies (if rare): fewer than a dozen copies of this edition were privately produced by the "Midas Circle" during the Great Depression, for sale to the highest bidder.

Last known location of surviving copies (if rare): At least one surviving copy is believed to currently be held by the secret Delta Green organization, and one heavily annotated copy appears to have fallen into the hands of the Torgerson Sleep Research Clinic before vanishing in the 1990s.

Mythos Content

Spells: probably none, though the notebooks do contain detailed instructions for the construction of a Tillinghast Resonator.

  • Sanity Loss: minor
  • Mythos Knowledge: minor
  • Occult Knowledge: negligible


Quotes

What do we know of the world and the universe about us?

Our means of receiving impressions are absurdly few, and our notions of surrounding objects infinitely narrow. We see things only as we are constructed to see them, and can gain no idea of their absolute nature. With five feeble senses we pretend to comprehend the boundlessly complex cosmos, yet other beings with a wider, stronger, or different range of senses might not only see very differently the things we see, but might see and study whole worlds of matter, energy, and life which lie close at hand yet can never be detected with the senses we have.

I have always believed that such strange, inaccessible worlds exist at our very elbows, and now I believe I have found a way to break down the barriers. Within twenty-four hours the machine near the table will generate waves acting on unrecognised sense-organs that exist in us as atrophied or rudimentary vestiges. Those waves will open up to me many vistas unknown to man, and several unknown to anything we consider organic life.

Then, I shall see that at which dogs howl in the dark, and that at which cats prick up their ears after midnight. We shall see these things, and other things which no breathing creature has yet seen. We shall overleap time, space, and dimensions, and without bodily motion peer to the bottom of creation. The waves from that machine shall wake a thousand sleeping senses in me; senses which we inherit from aeons of evolution from the state of detached electrons to the state of organic humanity.

Our existing sense-organs - ears first, I think - will pick up many of the impressions, for they are closely connected with the dormant organs. Then there will be others. You have heard of the pineal gland - the great sense-organ of organs, as I have found out! It is like sight in the end, and transmits visual pictures to the brain, and that is the way I ought to get most of it: I mean get most of the evidence from beyond....

At last, I see them! I see the things that float and flop about us and through us every moment of our lives! I see the creatures that form what men call 'the pure air' and 'the blue sky'! I have succeeded in breaking down the barrier; I have seen worlds that no other living men have seen! I have seen truth, and I intend to show it to them. They tried to stop me; tried to discourage me when I needed every drop of encouragement I could get; they were afraid of the cosmic truth, damned cowards!

Do they suppose there are really any such things as time and magnitude? Do they fancy there are such things as form or matter? I have struck depths that their little brain can't picture! I have seen beyond the bounds of infinity and drawn down daemons from the stars; I have harnessed the shadows that stride from world to world to sow death and madness! Space belongs to me!

Things are hunting me now - things that devour and dissolve - but I have learned how to elude them. It is my enemies they will get, as they got the servants, and it was seeing that made the poor devils scream so! My pets are not pretty, for they come out of places where aesthetic standards are very different. I wanted to see them, and I almost saw them, but I knew how to stop....


H.P. Lovecraft, "From Beyond (fiction)" (paraphrased)

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