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Black Man with a Horn, by T. E. D. Klein, is a Cthulhu Mythos novella originally published in the 1980 anthology New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos, edited by Ramsey Campbell. Critic S. T. Joshi notes that the story demonstrates a 'deftness of style, a subtley in the build-up of a horrific climax, and a deep understanding of the psychological effects of horror.' It was published again in the 1995 anthology Cthulhu 2000, edited by Jim Turner.

Plot[]

In the story, an author—whose literary career has been in the shadow of H. P. Lovecraft and modeled after Lovecraft Circle member Frank Belknap Long--becomes involved in a mystery after a chance encounter with a missionary while traveling. The missionary, traveling in disguise, is fleeing something he encountered while in Malaysia, and refers to the Chaucha. Later, while visiting a museum, the author comes across a reference to the Chaucha. The narrator realizes that the Chaucha are actually the Tcho-Tcho, which he had previously thought to be fictional construct of Lovecraft. Slowly, the narrator becomes threatened by a being the Tcho-Tcho worship: a black, fishlike humanoid demon—the Shogoran—with an appendage that resembles a horn attached to its face.

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