I've recently been listening to classic H.P. Lovecraft horror with audio books.
It's quite enjoyable to drive home during a stormy night and listen to classic horror tales.
One thing in most of the stories has struck me as being odd.
The other-worldly beings are often very easily dealt with.
Needless to say, spoilers ahead
In The Call of Cthulhu
Cthulhu is rammed by a ship, and decides to go to sleep.
In The Whisperer in Darkness
a single old farmer holds back the hordes of darkness by himself for weeks.
In The Dunwich Horror
the spawn of man and Yog-Sothoth, Wilbur, is killed by a dog who seems completely unharmed by the encounter. And the other-worldly horror is vanquished by
a stern talking toan incantation, and doesn't seem to attempt to resist its banishment.
In The Haunter of the Dark
the being is so vulnerable to light, direct contact with even a flash-light banishes it.
Is there any explanation as to why most of these beings were so easily banished, yet so frightful and hard to summon?
Why would these beings come / want to be summoned to earth, while showing little to no interest in its inhabitants or its riches. Meanwhile being clearly weakened by their very existence in our realm.
The only thing I could come up with was truly alien things can't be explained.
But that seems more like a plot device than an actual explanation.