The Heart in the Abyss is a book found in Death of the Outsider.
[Excerpt from a work of theatre, banned by the Abbey on heretical grounds.]
THE STRANGER (smirking insidiously)
My dear Corvid. I’ve been watching you for a long time. When you fight, when you sleep. When you… bathe. And now you’ve lost it all.
CORVID (shocked and confused)
Who are you? What is this cold and shadowy place? Have I penetrated the Stranger’s Void?
THE STRANGER (with a flourish)
There are forces in this world, forces some men call magic. Now you can bend them to your will. I am the Stranger, and this is my mark.
CORVID (studying the back of his hand)
Ah—It burns! What is this supernatural gift?
THE STRANGER (moving closer)
Oh, but I have many more gifts to give. What will you do with them, I wonder?
CORVID (admiring the young man)
Oh! What pale skin, what piercing gaze! You look more youthful than the legends say.
THE STRANGER (caressing his cheek)
Let me show you which legends are true.