Re: The Statement of Randolph Carter
Another point here. The "thing" that Warren encountered was something that he was preparing to encounter prior to entering the underground chamber, but he was not able to overcome it, and it killed him. It never mentions just what work that he was conducting. It does indicate that he was planning to make his way back to the surface. He believed that it was a matter of constitution that he should return, and that he knew something, knew some secret as a means of dealing with the "thing".
The story is a mystery. I do remember reading a small piece of information about how in one mythology the soul had to travel through the underworld and it needed to know secrets in order to turn away demons who intended to devour the soul. I can't relate this plot to anything more familiar than that myth and it is not from India, which is where the book came from.
Just the theory that Warren came up with based on why he believed that some corpses stay preserved for thousands of years while others do not, than that must be somehow part of his so called difficult fiendish work. Yet there is no information about what he found, other than in his surprise is underestimated legions that might or might not be the same "thing" that answers a distraught Carter.
Well, there just is not much information in this story, whereas a story like "The Festival" is much better developed. This is perhaps a draft of the same idea or conceptual story was later realized. There were some nice descriptions that brought about the scene of the grave yard near or at the swamp. I'm not sure why Carter would try that hard to stay in contact other than that since he did not know what Warren knew, he did not believe in the danger, or else that he needed to verify the loss of communication, and yet he simply wakes up in the hospital.
No wonder I extrapolated this short as an outdoor house scary story. I'm forced to believe it again, but this time since I have read "The Festival" than this here serves to hi light just how much detail that "The Festival" actually contains, and I do not understand portions of the festival, but the story is based on the witch cult book that I had difficulty with since it is simply an evil book beyond my ability to read. At least I discovered that witches do ride mounts.