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Eyes of the God:
Selected Writings of R. H. Barlow

By R. H. Barlow
Edited by S. T. Joshi, David E. Schultz, and Douglas A. Anderson

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In 2002, Hippocampus Press published Eyes of the God, a selection of R. H. Barlow’s fiction and poetry. Barlow’s ascending reputation during the past two decades, as one of the most brilliant members of the Lovecraft Circle, has necessitated this radically expanded edition, which includes many more works of fiction, among them several additions to Barlow’s intriguing “Garoth cycle” of fantasy tales. In addition, Barlow’s vibrant writings during his years in Mexico led to some striking narratives about Mexican and Native life in his adopted country.

Additional poems by Barlow have also been found, including those that display his increasing devotion to the Activist school led by Rosalie Moore, Lawrence Hart, and others.

But the most significant additions in this volume are Barlow’s two dozen essays, ranging from memoirs of Lovecraft (including his lively reports of Lovecraft’s stay at his Florida home in 1934); essays on H. G. Wells, Henry S. Whitehead, and other weird writers; his moving and insightful autobiography; and a vivid account of his witnessing a bullfight in Mexico.

All told, this definitive compilation of the totality of R. H. Barlow’s writings reveal a dynamic mind that saw both beauty and wonder in the people and environment he experienced in his short thirty-two years of life.


  • Introduction by S. T. Joshi and Douglas A. Anderson
  • Fiction
    • The Slaying of the Monster with H. P. Lovecraft
    • Eyes of the God
    • Annals of the Jinns
      1. The Black Tower
      2. The Shadow from Above
      3. The Flagon of Beauty
      4. The Sacred Bird
      5. The Tomb of the God
      6. The Flower God
      7. The Little Box
      8. The Fall of the Three Cities
      9. The Mirror
      10. The Theft of the Hsothian Manuscripts
      11. An Episode in the Jungle
    • The Hoard of the Wizard-Beast with H. P. Lovecraft
    • The Deplorable Voyage
    • An Immorality
    • The Battle That Ended the Century with H. P. Lovecraft
    • The Fidelity of Ghu
    • Loneliness
    • The City in the Desert
    • The Cavern of Fear
    • Chant
    • The Inhospitable Tavern
    • The Misfortunes of Butter-Churning
    • Till A’ the Seas” with H. P. Lovecraft
    • The Temple
    • From the Book of Garoth
    • The Experiment
    • The Herbivorous God
    • The Bright Valley
    • The Priest and the Heretic
    • The Summons
    • A Dream
    • A Legend
    • A Memory
    • Pursuit of the Moth
    • At Night
    • The Root-Gatherers
    • A Dim-Remembered Story
    • The Night Ocean with H. P. Lovecraft
    • Birthday
    • Nightfall
    • Origin Undetermined
    • The Swearing of an Oath
    • The Questioner
    • The Artizan’s Reward
    • My First Cacomixtli
    • The Excursion
    • A Glimpse of Euterpe
    • Return by Sunset
    • The Hat
    • Cousin Anna
    • Fine Bindings
    • The Sombreron
  • Fragmentary Stories
    • Collapsing Cosmoses with H. P. Lovecraft
    • The Last Prophecy
    • [Untitled Story]
    • [Incomplete Story]
    • Hunter’s Trophy
    • The Fugitives
    • The Burrow
    • The Daughters of Darkness
  • Poetry
    • Poems 1934–1939
      • Strife
      • To W———
      • Bouts Rimés with H. P. Lovecraft
        • Beyond Zimbabwe
        • The White Elephant
      • Dream-Battle
      • [Untitled] [Into the clear and jewelled heart of day]
      • [Untitled] [The crucibles of war; and pomp and might]
      • [Untitled] [The morning ocean, glimmering with mist]
      • Dark Echo
      • [Untitled] [A lover I had in the starry night]
      • The Papyrus of Nyarlathotep
      • Sonnet [White flakes drifting in the night concealed land]
      • Sonnet IV
      • Sonnet V
      • Sonnet VI
      • Sonnet VII
      • VIII
      • Song
      • [Untitled] [Well I know the starless night awaiting]
      • Sonnet [Forbidden the languid rapture of your lips,]
      • [Untitled] [I would weave my happiness into a song]
      • [Untitled] [Love came, and abode his time]
      • R. E. H.
      • St. John’s Churchyard
      • Dirge for the Artist
      • Alcestis
      • N. Y.
      • [Untitled] [In aimless whirl two thousand million years]
      • [Untitled] [Like figures scattered on a noiseless clock]
      • Altamira
      • Cycle from a Dead Year
      • H. P. L.
        • March 1937
        • March 1938
        • [Untitled] [The ocean vast from myriad darts of rain,]
        • [Untitled] [The night of iron, the day of foam is made,]
        • H. P. L.
        • H. P. L. (March 15, 1940)
      • March
      • [Untitled] [From a soft bank I looked into the sky,]
      • [Untitled] [That night the birds had ceased their painful cries[
      • [Untitled] [I shall be gay this night as any fly]
      • Reproach
      • The Unresisting
      • Shub-Ad
      • Who Will Not Know
      • To Bacchus
      • [Untitled] [She sought the hut wherein the gods abode,]
      • [Untitled] [Our regal city, which for one long day glows fair]
      • Winter Mood
      • Burlesque
      • Frustration
      • To a Companion
      • Dawn Delayed
      • To a Wayfarer
      • [Untitled] [To what avail were path and garden cleared,]
      • Fragments
      • To Alta, on Her Original American Sonnet
      • Sonnet [The sunlit fields wherethrough I walked all day,]
      • [Untitled] [Curse you that are beautiful]
      • [Untitled] [Oh golden beach and blue-enamelled sea]
      • Fragments
      • [Untitled] [Walkers in the meadow, walkers in the grass,]
      • [Untitled] [Over me courses the mist, and the stars are obscured,]
      • [Untitled] [Mute though my mouth has been, yet have I heard]
      • Quetzalcoatl
      • Out of the Dark
      • Prophecy
      • A Gull from a Cliff
      • [Untitled] [Here sun and scarlet flower declare]
      • [Untitled] [“We caught him prowling in the dark,”]
      • [Untitled] [Underneath this velvet floor]
      • To Sleep
      • [Untitled] [Yet ever my gaze returns]
      • Isolde
      • Springtime
    • Poems for a Competition (1942)
      • Date Uncertain
      • Nostalgia
      • For D.
      • Lines to Diana
      • The Gods in the Patio
      • The School Where Nobody Learns What
      • For Leon Trotzky and Huitzilopochtli
      • Sacre du Printemps
      • In Black and White
      • Explanation to M.
    • View from a Hill (1947)
      1. For D.
        • From This Tree
        • Air for Variations
        • New Directions
        • To a Friend on Sailing
        • To One Rescued
      2. Fresco of Priests and Beans
        • On a Feather Poncho
        • The Chichimecs
        • Stela of a Mayan Penitent
        • Tepuzteca, Tepehua
        • The Conquered
      3. For Rosalie
        • blotted a beetle
        • Table Set for Sea-Slime
      4. Five Years
        • First Year: Sebastian
        • Second Year: Dream While Paris Was Threatened
        • Third Year: About a Mythical Factory-Area
        • Fourth Year: Letter to My Brother
        • Fifth Year: Viktoria
      5. For E. and For W.
        • “¿Que Quieres? ¿Mis Costillas?” (For E.)
        • Chili Sin Carne (For W.)
      6. View from a Hill
        • To the Builders of a Dam
        • View from a Hill
        • Recantation
        • On the Lights of San Francisco
        • A Escoger
        • In Order to Clarify
        • We Kept on Reading “Tuesday”
      7. For Barbara Mayer
        • On Leaving Some Friends at an Early Hour
    • A Stone for Sisiphus (1949)
      • Sonnet to Siva
      • Anniversary
      • Invocation
      • Evening
      • The Coming Fructification by Night of Our Cyrus
      • Of the Names of the Zapotec Kings
      • Framed Portent
      • Orientation to the West
    • Miscellaneous Poems
      • Mourning Song
      • Admittance
      • The City
      • A Tapestry
      • Warning to Snake Killers
      • Respect Not the Leaf
      • Mythological Episode
      • Rainy-Day Pastime
      • The Heart
      • Mozart’s G Minor
      • [Miscellaneous Lines]
      • Letter for Last Christmas
      • [Untitled] [Of course it is abominable]
      • Colors
      • [Untitled] [Let us swell the peace with warmth,]
      • [Untitled] [These are the leaves]
      • [Untitled] [The copper sherry, rippling flame]
      • [Untitled]
      • Poema de Salida
      • Intimations of Mortality
  • Nonfiction
    • Published Letters
    • The Time Machine
    • About H. G. Wells
    • [Memories of Lovecraft]
    • Obiter Dictum
    • Blake and “The Songs of Innocence”
    • A Seditious Book
    • Obiter Scriptum
    • Note
    • The Children of Axayacatl
    • Origin of “Guarache”
    • The Burro in America
    • Three Letters on H. P. Lovecraft
    • Pseudonyms of Lovecraft
    • A Hitherto Unknown Map of the Pensacola Coastal Region, 1762
    • Autobiography
    • The Wind That Is in the Grass: A Memoir of H. P. Lovecraft in Florida
    • Henry S. Whitehead
    • Restoration of Santiago de Tlaltelolco
    • Fragment of a Letter to a Young Poet
    • [Statement about Poetry]
    • Angel Hernandez, Artist
    • The Malinche of Acacingo
    • Journey to the Place of the Fish-Masters
    • Parícutin
  • Appendix
    • Fragments
    • A Memory & a Dream
    • National Defense by H. P. Lovecraft and R. H. Barlow
    • National Defense by E. D. Barlow
    • The Last Days of H. P. Lovecraft: Four Documents
    • [R. H. Barlow: A Biographical Sketch] by George T. Smisor
    • R. H. Barlow and Tlalocan by George T. Smisor
    • Robert Barlow by Rosalie Moore
    • Robert Barlow and the Mexicans by Rosalie Moore
    • A Note on Robert Barlow by Lawrence Hart
    • A Study of Robert Barlow: The T. E. Lawrence of Mexico by Clare Mooser
  • Bibliography
  • Index of Poetry Titles
  • Index of First Lines

Bibliographic Information

Eyes of the God: Selected Writings of R. H. Barlow. Edited by S. T. Joshi, David E. Schultz, and Douglas A. Anderson. New York, NY: Hippocampus Press; 2023; ISBN 978-1-61498-385-9; softcover, 596 pages.

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