Nyarlathotep came out of Egypt. People would go to see him. He was a tall, thin man. He would prophesy and use illusions. When he came, there were nightmares. Things around seemed to disappear and not be as they were. There was always destruction, or seeming destruction left in his wake.
This is one of the first introductions to Nyarlathotep in the world of H.P. Lovecraft. Nyarlathotep comes into play elsewhere in the Lovecraft mythology and is even considered a godlike being in the whole deal.
I’m not sure what was going on in this story, but it didn’t sound good. It seems that Nyarlathotep is a presence, godlike, that causes bad things to happen, gives people nightmares, that sort of thing. The idea of something existing purely to do bad to other people is not something that most of us would like to think about. We hope something like that doesn’t exist, but there’s always Nyarlathotep, so who knows.
What in the world is this story about?
Would you go out and meet Nyarlathotep if he came to town?