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* EvilIsAngular: The Hounds take this to a logical extreme, they literally evolved from the angles of time.

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* BizarreAlienBiology: The Hounds themselves are never described, but the strange blue secretion they left behind on Chalmers' corpse consists of some sort of living matter that, weirdly, contains no trace of recognizable enzymes.


The narrator recounts how a friend of his, Halpin Chalmers, took to experimenting with consciousness-expanding drugs and MentalTimeTravel. After taking an exotic drug, Chalmers claims to have pushed beyond curved space-time into ''angular'' time, where he saw horrifying and incomprehensible entities -- and was in turn seen by them. Fearing that the entities, which he refers to as "the Hounds of Tindalos", mean to pursue him back into the mundane world, Chalmers attempts to foil them by clearing out a room and plastering over the corners and edges to make a space containing only curves, no angles through which the Hounds can manifest. However, an earthquake shatters the plaster, and Chalmers is found dead the following morning.

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The narrator recounts how a friend of his, Halpin Chalmers, took to experimenting with consciousness-expanding drugs and MentalTimeTravel. After taking an exotic drug, Chalmers claims to have pushed beyond curved space-time into ''angular'' time, where he saw horrifying and incomprehensible entities -- and was in turn seen by them. Fearing that the entities, which he refers to as "the Hounds of Tindalos", mean to [[ClockRoaches pursue him back into the mundane world, world]], Chalmers attempts to foil them by clearing out a room and plastering over the corners and edges to make a space containing only curves, no angles through which the Hounds can manifest. However, an earthquake shatters the plaster, and Chalmers is found dead the following morning.

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* ClockRoaches: The hounds are chasing Chalmers because he traveled back in time too much.

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-->'''Chalmers' notes:''' They are breaking through! Smoke is pouring from the coiners of the wall. Their ''tongues''--ahhhhh--

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-->'''Chalmers' notes:''' They are breaking through! Smoke is pouring from the coiners corners of the wall. Their ''tongues''--ahhhhh--

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* CallASmeerpARabbit: The Hounds of Tindalos are named mainly for their persistence in tracking down anyone whose "scent" they have picked up. Otherwise they're vaguely-described abominations that apparently hunt their victims through ''time'', can materialize from any nearby corner they find, and presumably don't bear much if any family resemblance to canines as we know them at all.

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"The Hounds of Tindalos" is a horror story by Creator/FrankBelknapLong, first published in ''Magazine/WeirdTales'' in 1929. It is regarded as part of the Franchise/CthulhuMythos.

The narrator recounts how a friend of his, Halpin Chalmers, took to experimenting with consciousness-expanding drugs and MentalTimeTravel. After taking an exotic drug, Chalmers claims to have pushed beyond curved space-time into ''angular'' time, where he saw horrifying and incomprehensible entities -- and was in turn seen by them. Fearing that the entities, which he refers to as "the Hounds of Tindalos", mean to pursue him back into the mundane world, Chalmers attempts to foil them by clearing out a room and plastering over the corners and edges to make a space containing only curves, no angles through which the Hounds can manifest. However, an earthquake shatters the plaster, and Chalmers is found dead the following morning.
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!!This story contains examples of:

* AgentScully: The narrator spends most of the story disbelieving what Chalmers says, thinking he's just had a bizarre drug-induced hallucination.
* AlienGeometries: The Hounds are ravenous creatures of weird geometry who travel through time and space, and the only way to avoid them once they're on your trail is to completely avoid sharp angles (such as in a completely circular room).
* ApocalypticLog: A police officer investigating Chalmers' sudden death finds a few scraps of paper he had written on, the last of which was apparently scribbled as he was attacked and killed by the titular monsters. Amusingly, the doomed writer literally transcribes his dying scream:
-->'''Chalmers' notes:''' They are breaking through! Smoke is pouring from the coiners of the wall. Their ''tongues''--ahhhhh--
* BizarreAlienLocomotion: The Hounds are strange, angular creatures who existed long before single-celled organisms first evolved. They are normally invisible as they inhabit the "angles of time" as opposed to the "curves of time" that humans and other life-forms do. Thus, they can freely travel through time as well as materialize through any corner of a wall or object if it's sharp enough. Thus, the only way to avoid getting hunted and eaten by one is to stay in a room with no angles.
* CrypticBackgroundReference: In his ApocalypticLog, Chalmers mentions a bunch of unexplained stuff that's presumably connected to his researches.
-->'''Chalmers' notes:''' I do not believe they can reach me, but I must beware of the Doels. Perhaps ''they'' can help them break through. The satyrs will help, and they can advance through the scarlet circles.
* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: Chalmers' friend who witnesses his fateful drug trip and subsequent deterioration. Chalmers addresses him as "Frank", suggesting that it is Long himself.
* HellHound: The Hounds of Tindalos are Hellhounds mixed with EldritchAbomination. Their existence predates multicellular life on Earth, they are immortal, and they can travel freely through time and space. Since they can exist in the "angles" of time (everything else lives in the "curves"), they can manifest through any corner anywhere. The Hounds aren't named as such for their appearance, but for their relentlessness. The Hounds hunger for something other living creatures possess that they lack; once they become aware of something or someone they will ''never'' stop hunting them. An easy way to gain their attention is to travel through time.
* HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs: The story centers on a man who tries to use an obscure drug as a form of MentalTimeTravel. At first it works brilliantly, until he goes a little ''too'' far into the past...
* HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace: While not hyperspace per se, the dimension dwelt in by the Hounds of Tindalos is a pretty nasty place to be, as if you travel through it, you set the Hounds on you. And as they can enter the world through any angle, and will never stop; this is bad to say the least.
* PokeInTheThirdEye: The story depicts an experiment in mental time travel that goes horribly wrong when the traveler is spotted by the eponymous beings, spectral creatures from another plane of existence who follow him back through time and eventually kill him.
* TimeAbyss: The Hounds of Tindalos are from an age "before space and time". They can move casually through the angles of time, to hunt those humans who have travelled in time and devour them.
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