- Author: Howard Phillips Lovecraft
- Copyright: Public domain
- Published in: 1921
- Word count: 3,003 words (≈ 12 minutes)
Note: The story begins with the narrator describing the effects of opium and the fantastical vistas it can inspire. The narrator then tells of his sole experience with opium in which he was accidentally administered an overdose by a doctor during the "year of the plague".