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I'm looking for a short story that I believe is only a couple of pages long in which the narrator describes his friend who does not speak English falling into a sort of trance and writing down (in English) a cry to help of a man who is trapped in a dream or something of the sort. The story ends with the narrator remarking that he is afraid to seek out the address at which that man is located for fear of what he might find.

Details may vary, I thought that I read this in a Lovecraft anthology but I couldn't find it among his collected works (maybe I'm just bad at Google).

I think I read this in an unofficial ebook collection of Lovecraft's complete works which contained all of his well known stories too. So maybe this is one by another author that slipped in? Or I'm confusing it with another weird fiction anthology I have read at some point.

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    Do you recall anything about what the cover might have looked like? Note that there's a lot more fiction written in Lovecraft's world by others than he himself wrote. In fact a lot of things we associate with Lovecraft were actually formulated by Derleth and others.
    – DavidW
    Nov 26 '20 at 15:01
  • @DavidW: I read this in an ebook collection of stories I think, I don't think it had a cover. But I don't have the file anymore.
    – Peter
    Nov 26 '20 at 15:07
  • Hi, and welcome to Sci-fi and Fantasy stackexchange. This is an excellent first question, but please feel free to take the tour and edit in any more details you remember. This sounds like either Polaris or Hypnos but without furst details it's hard to be certain.
    – AncientSwordRage
    Nov 26 '20 at 15:24
  • @AncientSwordRage: It's neither of those, but I will take the tour, thanks for the hint.
    – Peter
    Nov 26 '20 at 15:25
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The Thing in the Moonlight by Lovecraft. It starts:

Morgan is not a literary man; in fact he cannot speak English with any degree of coherency. That is what makes me wonder about the words he wrote, though others have laughed.

He was alone the evening it happened. Suddenly an unconquerable urge to write came over him, and taking pen in hand he wrote the following:

My name is Howard Phillips. I live at 66 College Street, in Providence, Rhode Island. On November 24, 1927– for I know not even what the year may be now—, I fell asleep and dreamed, since when I have been unable to awaken.

And ends:

That is what Morgan wrote. I would go to 66 College Street in Providence, but I fear for what I might find there.

I read it in the collection Eldritch Tales, though it has appeared in lots of anthologies. It is also available on hplovecraft.com.

Although the story is credited to Lovecraft it is a little more complicated than that. Lovecraft wrote a letter to a friend describing a dream, and the story The Thing in the Moonlight was created by J. Chapman Miske who took the text from Lovecraft's letter and turned it into the short story. You'll note the dreamer describes himself as Howard Phillips and 66 College Street is the address of Lovecraft's house. There is more on this in the Wikipedia article on the story.

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  • Yes, that's it!, I must have overlooked this before, thanks a lot.
    – Peter
    Nov 26 '20 at 16:40
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    In case anyone wonder about the significance of the name Howard Phillips: That's what the H.P. in H.P. Lovecraft stands for.
    – Philipp
    Nov 27 '20 at 13:03

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