Derweze, also known as "the door to hell," is a 70 meter wide hole in the middle of the Karakum desert in Turkmenistan. The hole was formed in 1971 when a team of soviet geologists had their drilling rig collapse when they hit a cavern filled with natural gas. In an attempt to avoid poisonous discharge, they decided to burn it off, thinking that the gas would be depleted in only a few days. Derweze is still burning today.
Lucian fell for high society intellectual, Caroline Blackwood. Caroline's money bought him an upper class lifestyle; horses, dogs, trips to Paris. In 1954, he went with her to see Picasso again and 'Picasso painted her fingernails with little faces and sun shapes' 'She was in that flat alone with him for half an hour. When I asked... what had happen she said, 'I can never, ever tell you', so I never ever asked.' The Romantic, erotic dream, turned into nightmare.