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Shrewsbury, Laban. Laban Shrewsbury was created by August Derleth (Hercules Dousman, Judge Peck, Solar Pons) and appeared in five stories in Weird Tales from 1944 to 1952, beginning with “The Trail of Cthulhu” (Weird Tales, Mar. 1944).

Laban Shrewsbury is a kind of occult adventurer and seeker after the secrets of the Cthulhu mythos. He is “a student of mysticism, a lecturer in occult sciences, a teacher of philosophy, an authority of myth and religious patterns of ancient peoples” at Miskatonic University. He is elderly, forbidding, and has empty sockets for eyes. In one story he drinks “the golden mead of the Elder Gods” and travels mentally in space and time.

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