A writer, Franz Westen, falls prey to a curse put upon another - Clark Ashton Smith - by the long dead founder of Megapolisomancy, Thibaut de Castries. This is the consequence of three chance happenings: (1) Buying a second-hand book inside of which Thibaut de Castries has secreted a text between lightly gummed together pages. (2) Residing at 607 Rhodes, a room in an apartment building that had been lived in by Thibaut de Castries and frequented by Clark Ashton Smith. And concealed within the walls of which is hidden another text, ‘The Fifty Cipher'. (3) The viewing of a brown robed figure on the peak of Corona heights - a hilltop directly in front of Franz Westen's living room window. For Franz Westen this episode will prove to be even more weird than the ‘Weird Underground' TV episodes he converts into short stories.
This report prepared by Charles Smyth