When age fell upon the world, and wonder went out of the minds of men; when grey cities reared to smoky skies tall towers grim and ugly, in whose shadow none might dream of the sun or of Spring's flowering meads; when learning stripped the Earth of her mantle of beauty and poets sang no more of twisted phantoms seen with bleared and inward looking eyes; when these things had come to pass, and childish hopes had gone forev'er, there was a man who traveled out of life on a quest into spaces whither the world's dreams had fled.Synopsis:
A man living in a grey, urban, modern world leans out of his window to stare at the stars. Eventually the dreamlike forces of the heavens take him away to more interesting shores.From Dr. Armitage's Notes:
Despite the story title, Azathoth himself (itself?) never actually appears. His next reference in "The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath" seems to be essentially unrelated to this story.Essential Saltes/The Horrible Conclusion:
There came to that room wild streams of violet midnight glittering with dust of gold, vortices of dust and fire, swirling out of the ultimate spaces and heavy perfumes from beyond the worlds. Opiate oceans poured there, litten by suns that the eye may never behold and having in their whirlpools strange dolphins and sea-nymphs of unrememberable depths. Noiseless infinity eddied around the dreamer and wafted him away without touching the body that leaned stiffly from the lonely window; and for days not counted in men's calendars the tides of far spheres that bore him gently to join the course of other cycles that tenderly left him sleeping on a green sunrise shore, a green shore fragrant with lotus blossoms and starred by red camalotes...Read it here.
Follow'd by "The Hound".