The Dunwich Horror Characters

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Wilbur Whateley

Wilbur Whateley, son of Lavinia Whatley, and the Old One Yog-Sothoth, is the main focus of the short story. Wilbur ages incredibly quickly, reaching adulthood in a little over ten years. He also is described as goat-like. His grandfather, Old Whateley, helps WIlbur understand occult subjects and the nature of his true parentage; together, they hide the Dunwich Horror in their barn.

After his grandfather's death, Wilbur wants to expand his knowledge regarding the occult. He becomes obsessed with a rare grimoire known as the Necronomicon. After a librarian will not let Wilbur borrow a copy, he decides to trespass. Due to this, Wilbur is attacked and killed by a guard dog. His body is discovered to have tentacles and many un-human characteristics. His body then evaporates.

Old Whateley

Old Whateley, also known as the Wizard Whateley, was WIlbur's grandfather. Whateley is shunned by the town due...

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