The Arkham Irregulars:
- Aldus Huxtable, Professor Flannigan’s house-sitting grad-student.
- Earl Franklin Morgan, jazz accordionist & Ethan’s new roommate.
- Ethan Froam, dilettante student artist on hard times.
- Rufus Ellison, guilt-ridden Paleontology student.
- Ripley Cliffe, confused Psychology grad-student.
- ’Just’ Justin Churchill, Biology major and bird-enthusiast outdoorsman.
- Gerald M. Mayer, troubled F.O.C. Geologist.
The gang having split up for the evening, the undergrads return to their dorms before curfew and the Grad students join Mr. Meyer in continuing their investigations further into the night. Just’s rest in Hell’s East is plagued by nightmares of Octavia being menaced by Lazlow in the Vermont forest, but in the dream she is a fly caught in a web, and Lazlow is a spider. Ripley sits with Aldus, reading him the diary of Daphne Devine. Rufus and Meyer return to Prof. Harrold’s home, finding him in residence and just getting ready for bed (sporting bathrobe and fez, and with lit pipe in hand). They bring to his attention Blaine’s “suicide,” as well as Bernard’s purchase of explosives and accelerants, and Harrold promises to bring it to the attention of the Dean of Students first thing in the morning. He also persuades Meyer to meet with him for dinner at the dorm Cafeteria the following evening to further discuss matters. They return to stake out the Library where they are joined by Earl (who’d snuck out of his dorm), but their evening goes uneventfully. Not so for Ethan, who is woken up to take a call from Rod, who begs him to meet at Hangman’s Hill in half-an-hour, alone, or “the blood will be on your hands.” Ethan makes it in time (after sneaking out and sprinting across Arkham), and Rod reveals the truth, that he and the others are not whom they seem (his true name being Keith Cliff), revealing the Mi-Go conspiracy to send agents who’ve brains have been switched out (including his own), as well as the reason for his rebellion (the murder of his family). Just as Keith finishes naming the true names of his fellow agents and gives an overview of the plan for Friday night (to steal books from, and set fire to, the library, and to abduct/steal the brain of Dr. Learmonth), Lazlow/Jarvis appears from thin air with a strange contraption in his hand. Keith fires at Jarvis and the two attempt to flee in the confusion, but Keith is shot in the leg with Jarvis’s “Electricity Gun,” and commits suicide rather than be taken back to face his inhuman masters. Ethan gets back to his room just after Earl, and fills him in. In the morning the gang meet up after breakfast at the hospital to meet Aldus as he’s released, and Ethan again shares the story of his harrowing evening with Rod.
Quote (Aldus , in response to the suggestion that they attempt to warn the Library): “What should we tell them? That aliens are attempting an interdepartmental loan?”
After discussing some rudimentary plans, the gang separates. Mr. Meyer, Earl and Just head out to purchase firearms (Meyer takes the time to make his shotgun a sawed-off, while Earl and Just manage to get their hands on some .38s). Earl also takes the time to get a corsage for his date with Cecily. Meanwhile Aldus, Rufus and Ripley approach Prof. Wilmarth to fill him in on new developments and get his help in persuading Armitage of the coming danger.