Birds That Fill Me with a Vague but Persistent Dread: Ayam Cemani

A chicken after mine own heart

Welcome to Birds That Fill Me with a Vague but Persistent Dread.

This week’s bird is a rare kind of Indonesian chicken called the ayam cemani. Because of a genetic mutation, the birds are entirely black, from feathers to internal organs.

That’s it. That’s all you get.

To help you grapple with the madness welling deep inside you as you gaze at the ayam cemani, here is a series of H.P. Lovecraft quotes in which select words have been replaced with “chicken.”

(Author’s Note: The below does not constitute an endorsement of Lovecraft’s extraordinary racism.)

“That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even [CHICKEN] may die.”

“The oldest and strongest emotion of [CHICKEN] is fear. And the oldest and strongest kind of [CHICKEN] is [CHICKEN] of the unknown.”

“Searchers after horror haunt strange, far [CHICKENS].”

“Blue, green, grey, white, or black; smooth, ruffled, or mountainous; that [CHICKEN] is not silent.”

“[CHICKEN] is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time.”

“The process of delving into the black abyss is to me the keenest form of [CHICKEN].”

“There be those who say that things and places have souls, and there be those who say they have not; I dare not say, myself, but I will tell of The [CHICKEN].”

“We shall see that at which dogs howl in the dark, and that at which [CHICKENS] prick up their ears after midnight.”

“From even the greatest of horrors [CHICKEN] is seldom absent.”

“I couldn’t live a week without a private [CHICKEN] – indeed, I’d part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I’d let go of the 1500 or so [CHICKENS] I possess.”

“I have seen the dark [CHICKENS] yawning
Where the black planets roll without aim,
Where they roll in their horror unheeded,
Without knowledge, or lustre, or name.”

“Ph’nglui mglw’nafh [CHICKEN] R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.”

This has been Birds That Fill Me with a Vague but Persistent Dread.

Thank you.

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