Randolph Carter
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Randolph Carter is one of the most frequently appearing characters in the Cthulhu Mythos. The character is semi-autobiographical, sharing several of Lovecraft's biographical aspects as well as his antiquarian tastes and mild nature.


Randolph is the descendant of the Elizabethan magician Sir Randolph Carter, as well as another ancestor who fought in the crusades, and was captured by Muslims and learned their magical secrets.

At the age of ten, he underwent a mysterious experience at his great-uncle Christopher's farm and thereafter exhibited a gift of prophecy.

Randolph Carter graduated from Miskatonic University.

Like Lovecraft, he is an under-appreciated horror writer and published the story "The Attic Window" in the January 1922 issue of the fictional magazine Whispers.