Masks of Nyarlathotep
Dr. Robert Huston
Alienist to the rich and famous
No police record; no military service.
The youngest of three sons, his father was a Chicago M.D.
Robert Huston graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins. After three years he threw over his circulatory-ailments practice (and his wife), and went to Vienna to study first under Freud and then under Jung. Huston was among the first Americans to undertake this esoteric and controversial study of the mind, which dealt so much with sexual behavior that no respectable person could talk about it. Huston’s seemingly salacious and dangerous past, along with his elegant manners and sardonic wit, made him much in demand when he returned to New York City. There he established a practice in psychoanalysis catering to the very wealthy.
Huston enjoyed fame and notoriety. His fees were whispered to be $50-$60 dollars per visit, this at a time when a college professor might make $4000 a year. Women found him suave, handsome, sensitive, perceptive, and sexy. Among his patients were Roger Carlyle, and his sealed medical records were stolen from the Medical Board office in New York.
Though Huston reportedly went on the Carlyle expedition in order to continue Roger’s treatment, Huston had just broken off an affair with Miss Imelda Bosch, who had then committed suicide. The scandal had been hushed up, and there were also rumors that Carlyle did not want Huston at large while Carlyle was far away in Egypt. Carlyle may have believed that Huston’s ethics were not strong enough to resist revealing explosive material about his young patient.
Huston was lost in Nairobi along with the rest of the Carlyle expedition.