A question asked by a client is really nagging at me. I know I have read the story that he’s looking for, and I think it may have been written by one of H.P. Lovecraft’s cronies or disciples, but I can’t nail this down. I am thinking Clark Ashton Smith, Frank Belknap Long, one of those guys with three names.
Here’s the client’s description of the story:
The story is told from the perspective of a blind English man whose friend has happened upon an ancient Egyptian tomb. In doing so the friend unleashed a creature which is tracking him. The friend must keep relocating as this “thing” searches for him. It does so to a great degree by a sense of smell. The friend has advised him that if he, the blind man, should ever encounter this “thing” coming after the friend that he should remain very still since the “thing” is only after him. In the final scene, the man is sitting in the friend’s apartment in a city where the friend has gone out to get groceries after a fresh rain. When the friend returns he is panicked since he has heard the “thing” coming. The blind man heards this thing coming up the stairs and into the room sniffing and dragging what sounds like a club foot. The man hears the friend crash through the upper story window to try and avoid the “thing” and hears him hit the pavement far below. Making his way down to the street, the blind man feels around until he finds his friend’s body lying on the pavement where it fell and then lifts his head to listen. Then he hears his friend running with this “thing” chasing him. With the curse, this thing chases him even after death.
Can anyone help me with this? It’s one of those questions that hangs in my mind because I think I ought to know the answer.