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Origin: “The Gable Window” by August Derleth and H.P. Lovecraft


...a kind of human being, rough of skin, as if the desert's sand had been encrusted upon the surface of his body, with abnormally large eyes and ears. He seemed to be emaciated, with ribs showing through his skin, but what was particularly repellent was the look of his face -- for he resembled an Australian toy bear called the Koala.
— August Derleth and H.P. Lovecraft, "The Gable Window"

Sand-Dwellers resemble thin, sand-encrusted humans with unusually large eyes and ears, and faces that look somewhat like those of koala bears. They dwell in caves during the daylight hours, and emerge at night in groups to hunt. Their dietary habits are unknown, but investigators should be cautious when dealing with them. In at least one case they were associated with a very large tentacled creature of unknown nature and habits.

Heresies and Controversies

It is unclear whether Sand-Dwellers live on this world or another, since the journals of Wilbur Akeley, which provide most of what is known about Sand-Dwellers, are based on observation through the Glass from Leng. Their habitat was described by Akeley as resembling the deserts of the American Southwest.

Associated Mythos Elements

Artifact: Glass from Leng


August Derleth and H.P. Lovecraft, "The Gable Window"