Call of Cthulhu

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Imagine a vast universe where monstrous entities lurked in every corner bringing with them darkness, destruction, and absolute horror. Around every planet, every star, every galaxy resides an indescribable mass of writhing bodies of all monstrous shapes and sizes, each one more terrifying than the next. Now imagine mankind as a part of such a universe, taking a small role in such a massive and awesome spectacle of cosmic fear with small clans and cults worshiping such monsters, attracting their essence and bringing it to haunt the world. Even earth itself hides secrets from an age where such monstrosities walked its soil, shaping it into the image of ancient cyclopean civilizations long before we marked it with ours. Around every corner lies darkness, underneath every rock there are secrets, and inside every crevice lays danger and horror. This is the universe H.P. Lovecraft describes in his Cthulhu Mythos. The cosmic entity Cthulhu has become the flagship monster for the H.P. Lovecraft universe and is among the most horrible of all entities that occupies it. As a source of infinite evil and destruction that has existed through the eons, the 100 meter tall, half octopus half dragon, Cthulhu and his spawn have seen the rise and fall of civilizations on planets not even known to science. However Cthulhu has been imprisoned on earth for many millennia but from within his binds Cthulhu still commits evil acts while he awaits the day which he will break out of his prison and once again rule this world. By reaching out into the dreams of numerous cults, madmen, and even those who are particularly in tune with the sciences or arts, Cthulhu bids them to commit atrocities against their fellow man in his worship or make attempts to free him. All horrible deeds aside, arguably the most monstrous part of Cthulhu and the universe he lives in is the fact that human science could not possibly comprehend the immensity and the sheer chaotic horror that confronts it.

Bibliography:
  • Joshi,S.T. H.P. Lovecraft and Lovecraft Criticism, an Annotated Bibliography.  Holicong: Wildside Press, 1981.
  • Burleson, Donald R. Lovecraft, Disturbing the Universe. Kentucky: University of Kentucky Press, 1990.
  • Lévy, Maurice. Lovecraft, a Study in the Fantastic. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1985
  • Bilstad, T. Allan. The Lovecraft Necronomicon Primer, a Guide to the Cthulhu Mythos.  Woodbury: Llewellyn Publications, 2009.
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One response to “Call of Cthulhu

  1. This post is really fascinating to me because I’m a huge Lovecraft fan and it’s cool to see his work through someone else’s perspective. You sum up the incomprehensible and alien horror the universe he creates with grace and eloquence. Awesome post!

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