"Then suddenly I saw it. With only a slight churning to mark its rise to the surface, the thing slid into view above the dark waters. Vast, Polyphemus-like, and loathsome, it darted like a stupendous monster of nightmares to the monolith, about which it flung its gigantic scaly arms, the while it bowed its hideous head and gave vent to certain measured sounds. I think I went mad then."
Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born on this day in 1890, marking this as the 119th anniversary of the birth of the master of cosmic horror.
A great online resource, containing everything written by the man, is The H. P. Lovecraft Archive.