Friedrich Wilhelm von Junzt Library of Forgotten Worlds

About the Von Junzt Library:


The FRIEDRICH WILHELM von JUNZT LIBRARY of FORGOTTEN WORLDS is the world’s leading extra-temporal institution of higher learning. Every member of our staff of world-class eldritch scholars and readers is dedicated to the highest standards of occult scholarship and theosophical inquiry, and each member seeks, through goal-oriented and team-spirited action and out-of-the-box thinking, to develop actionable and impactful solutions for all our clients’ occult and eldritch needs.


The FRIEDRICH WILHELM von JUNZT LIBRARY of FORGOTTEN WORLDS is guided by a Council of Thirteen Prefects, none of whom has seen fit to disclose his or her personal identity. Beneath the authority of the Prefects, each Branch of the Library is governed by a Cryptical Rector:  Rector Stephen Costigan at the main Dusseldorf Branch; Rector Francis Xavier Gordon at the Stregoicavar Branch; and Rector Finn J.D. John at the Corvallis, Oregon, branch. Under the authority of each Rector is a force of Cryptical Scholars. The standard salutation for Cryptical Scholars of all ranks at the Library is “Lektor”; those of the rank of vice-rector or above are addressed as “Prester.”


The FRIEDRICH WILHELM von JUNZT LIBRARY of FORGOTTEN WORLDS has its roots in a tragic laboratory accident that befell our namesake, Herr Doktor Professor von Junzt, in the year 1840. What today is the Library of Forgotten Worlds was, at that time, the good Professor’s personal study. Due to a series of unfortunate events too complicated to relate here, twelve friends of Dr. von Junzt found themselves called upon to cache his study away beyond the reach of time, and uniting their theosophical forces for a great Herculean effort, the twelve managed to do so, just in time, before the good Professor’s out-of-control experiment destroyed much of his collection.

(Dr. von Junzt’s experiment claimed one more victim, alas, in the person of the gifted theosophist and scholar-adventurer Dr. Alexis Landau — who, stumbling upon the scene later on, attempted to piece together the manuscript Dr. von Junzt had been working on at the time. Overcome by the horror of what the manuscript relayed, Dr. Landau burned it and then cut his own throat.)

Since that day in 1840, the FRIEDRICH WILHELM von JUNZT LIBRARY of FORGOTTEN WORLDS has been maintained as a research resource for the theosophical community. However, because certain of the books in its collection cannot safely be exposed to sunlight (even reflected from the face of the moon) the Library is only able to synchronize into the stream of time on clear, moonless nights, and can only be accessed from the stone steps that lead up to the Library from the depths of the Rhine River just north of Dusseldorf.


The Library has established two branches, and a third has been under consideration for some time. The first branch outside of Dusseldorf was the Stregoicavar branch, established under the direction of Rector Martin Leonard in the late 1920s; Lr. Leonard subsequently lost his mind and became a poet, and was replaced by Lr. Costigan. The Stregoicavar branch was established to provide on-location study of a particularly interesting occult phenomenon that took place every year on Midsummer Night at an octagonal black monolith near the town.

The Corvallis, Ore., branch was established in 2014 after cryptical scholars discovered that the Missoula Floods, which inundated the Columbia Gorge and Willamette Valley in what is now Oregon and Washington in the United States of America, covered with hundreds of feet of silt and loam a great shining civilization. Several cryptical scholars are currently working on establishing whether this civilization was one that has survived in legend, such as Atlantis or Lemuria, or if this is an utterly new and unknown one; but very recently it has been learned that the civilization is still active, and the buildings deep beneath the ground near what is today known as Independence, Oregon, are still occupied by the pale snakelike descendants of that lost civilization, for it was, as we have learned, a nonhuman race that peopled it.


The full details of the FRIEDRICH WILHELM von JUNZT LIBRARY of FORGOTTEN WORLDS are best gleaned by reading the Constitutive Rules, drafted in fresh blood by the Twelfth Prefect on the day the Library first opened for visitors in 1841. Those rules are posted in a series of five great documents in the antechamber of the Charles Dexter Ward Reading Room at the Library. However, former Corvallis Rector Wouter Meithaus arranged to have them photographed and prepared for viewing on the Internet. Prester Meithaus did this just a day before he suddenly resigned and subsequently vanished, after having been observed exchanging sharp words with the Second Prefect:

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Arranging for a visit to the FRIEDRICH WILHELM von JUNZT LIBRARY of FORGOTTEN WORLDS is very simple. Simply travel to Dusseldorf on a clear, moonless night; rent or purchase a small skiff, small enough to be paddled in absolute silence; and travel silently north on the Rhine River, hugging the eastern shore and staying in the shadows at all times, until you see the Great Stone Tower rising from its eastern banks. Make your skiff fast to the stone steps that rise from the stygian depths of the Rhine and follow the steps to the front entrance of the Library. A word of warning: A civilization of very martial creatures, with whom we are entirely unfamiliar, lives at the bottom of the stone stairs. If, while ascending the stone steps, you suddenly feel them tremble beneath you, as to the tramping of a thousand marching feet, we recommend that you run as fast as you can to either the entrance of the Library or to your boat, whichever is closer.

Goodnight, cryptical scholars.