The final of my 31 Days of Halloween. I have saved Cthulhu (traditionally pronounced Ka-Thoo-Loo) for last. First appearing in 1928 in The Call of Cthulhu, a short story by H.P. Lovecraft Cthulhu is an elder god within a mythos that created by many writers through decades. Cthulhu lies sleeping somewhere in the South Pacific, in a sunken city known as R’lyeh. It is said that if the god were to awaken, the mere sight of him would cause a person to go insane.
It is amazing how much Cthulhu has permeated pop culture in recent years: Board games, card games, video games, comics, toys, movies, tv shows, and even clothing. Despite all the of the depictions, he merely sleeps. Lovecraft is not about giant monster, Godzilla stories; Lovecraft is about stories of mankind and the limits of the mind. Common themes are sanity, isolation, unanswered questions, and helplessness.
Did you know: All of Lovecraft’s stories written before 1923 are now in the public domain. However, it’s not clear who owns or owned the copyright to many of his works, and the status of stories written after 1923 is disputed.