September 11, 2007

What Horrors Lurk Within 339 W. 44th?

Christ almighty, this place gives me the creeps! I've walked past it dozens of times. Is it a store? Is it a residence? In the span of 3 years, I've never seen the gate drawn back. I've never seen a light or another human being within. The window dressing accumulates more and more filth. Given the location, the real estate is worth a mint (w. 44th near 8th avenue, set among theaters). It's like the setting of a Lovecraft story: having pieced together the arcane clues, the investigator tracks the cabal of cannibal cultists to this location where, in a hidden chamber, unspeakable acts are performed in worship of the crawling chaos, Nyarlathotep. Let's risk a closer inspection. Is that Giuliani in the upper left? And what's with the skull? Everything is wrong. Horribly, horribly wrong. Wait! Look at Harpo's eyes! JESUS CHRIST! Harpo has REAL human eyes! And they're aglow with the power of evil! AHYEEEEEEEEEE! THIS FOE IS BEYOND US! RUN!!!

4 comments:

stexe said...

Part of me feels like it isn't in the spirit of the post to ruin the mystery, but I will anyway: that place was open for business not too long ago. Don't remember if there was ever a sign out front, but I stopped in and looked around, specifically to find an autographed photo of vincent price. It was very dark, musty, and a total mess. Nothing too exciting: mostly lobby cards, 8x10 photos, and some posters. Boxes were stacked from floor to ceiling on all sides, in danger of crashing down any moment to inter the shopkeeper and visitors in a mountain of memorbilia.

Lance said...

Did they have the autographed Vincent Price photo?

stexe said...

no, but I ended up finding the perfect one here in hollywood.

SpaceMan5000 said...

Being a Marx Brothers fan, I'd like to have that Harpo statue....