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The Cthulhu Mythos is a shared fictional universe, based on the work of American horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, dealing with the cosmic horrors, the "Great Old Ones", that exist in this universe.

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Is there an intentional pun in this quote from the Necronomicon?

The Necronomicon is a fictional book mentioned in a number of Lovecraft's short stories and novellas. And we know a few quotes from it. In "The Nameless City" (1921), a rhyming couplet that appears ...
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How many wings did the Elder Things Have?

When I first read At the Mountains of Madness, I thought that the the description of the Elder Things (known in that story as "Old Ones") must have had almost perfect fivefold radial symmetry, like ...
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How big is Miskatonic University?

In H. P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness, the narrator explains, It is an unfortunate fact that relatively obscure men like myself and my associates, connected only with a small university.....
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How difficult is it to get access to the Necronomicon?

It seems to me that whenever an H. P. Lovecraft story features a student/professor/any other employee of the Miskatonic University, that person has read the Necronomicon. It's almost as if pretty much ...
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Is there a standard afterlife in the Cthulhu Mythos?

H. P. Lovecraft's stories include several different, apparently independent ways that a person can become an undead creature after their own natural death (being raised from saltes, being reanimated ...
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Why did the Laundry allow Lovecraft to publish the truth about Cthulu, etc?

In Stross's Laundry Files world, occult government agencies are serious about suppressing the truth regarding eldritch tentacled horrors from another universe. So why did the USA equivalent of The ...
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Why did this character surrender so easily?

One of the things that has always bothered me about The Case of Charles Dexter Ward is how allows himself to be taken to the psychiatric hospital by Dr. Willett, several of his medical colleagues, ...
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Seeking Name of Lovecraftian Short Story About Ancient City In The North

I'm trying to remember the name of this story: Some gold panners? are in Alaska? (I remember it was cold, and or the pacific northwest) near a huge hand-shaped mountain, and see an eerie blue light in ...
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Story about/mentioning the Cult of Cthulhu in Roman times

The scene I'm looking for involves a Roman government official on a tour of the frontier when the hill tribes have a sabbat dedicated to the Cult of Cthulhu or similar. From memory the official and a ...
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Who is sample No. 118 in The Case of Charles Dexter Ward?

In H. P. Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, Dr. Willett Dr. Willett is told by that " 'twas Number 118, and I conceive you would have shook had you looked it up in my list in t'other ...
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Is Thog Tsathoggua?

In "The Slithering Shadow," Conan fights Thog, the monster-god of the city of Xuthal. Both the thing's name and description are suggestive of Clark Ashton Smith's creation Tsathoggua. Something ...
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Why are reactions to Old Ones and other horrors so different in Lovecraft's works?

I've read through several of Lovecraft's works, and characters seem to react quite differently from one another in response to witnessing beings not of this world: In The Dunwich Horror, one of the ...
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Why does Lily's name (and gender) change?

In Providence (by Moore and Burrow), the name of Black's lover changes, in the final pages of his diary, from Lilly to Lily and he refers to them as a she rather than a he. I read these in Italian so ...
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What and Why is Collier uncovered during “The Will of Stanley Brooke”?

The Will of Stanley Brooke is a Cthulhu Mythos short story by Ramsey Campbell. In it: The rest of this question contains spoilers for both that story and H.P. Lovecraft's The Festival which I won't ...
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Where did the belief originate that Cthulhu cultists will be devoured first?

In this excellent answer, user tobiasvl remarks (...) had your question been "Where did the belief that Cthulhu cultists will be devoured first when he awakens originate?", I'd not have answered (.....
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How do Kaiju and Lovecraftian stories relate?

We know that the kaiju and Lovecraftian genres are kinda similar regarding the use of gigantic monsters and so, but Lovecraftian stories seem to cover larger spaces (dealing with stellar-sized ...
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The chronology and genealogy of Erich Zann

What can we say about the chronology and genealogy of Erich Zann? Here are the facts I have gathered as being potentially relevant: The Music of Erich Zann [Music] was written in 1921 by Lovecraft ...
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What works did Lovecraft and his “Cthulhu Mythos” draw from?

H. P. Lovecraft frequently referenced, drew inspiration from, or outright borrowed elements from others' works. In order to fully appreciate the references and allusions in Lovecraft's stories, what ...
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Why do people refer to “cultists” in the Lovecraftian mythos, if Lovecraft himself never used the word?

I've search around the complete works of Lovecraft, and he never had used the word cultist, only worshipper or follower. Today this is the word used to refer to the member of cults in the Mythos ...
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What is happening in “The Crawling Chaos”? [closed]

I read the short story from H. P. Lovecraft "The Crawling Chaos" https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Crawling_Chaos At first it's kind of understandable, a guy takes Opiates and gets high, but after ...
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What star constellation awakens Cthulhu?

When reading descriptions of Cthulhu I came across the information that he will awaken from his deathlike sleep when the stars are in the right constellation. What is the most specific description ...
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Did Lovecraft Ever Explicitly Mention Any Enemies of the Cthulhu?

Does the Cthulhu (see: "The Call of Cthulhu", Lovecraft; cthulhu.org; Wikipedia; The H.P. Lovecraft Wikia), have any enemies in the official H.P. Lovecraft canon? Different internet resources suggest ...
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Please help identify late 1970's Cthulhu Mythos Sci Fi comic

I'm trying to find some info on a story which was part of a comic that I bought in the late 1970's. I cannot remember the title of the comic, the story or anything about the artist. But I vividly ...
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What titles does Cthulhu have?

Various deities have titles associated with them - 'The chosen one', 'Messiah', 'Son of God' etc. What titles are associated with Cthulhu? I'm looking for titles like 'Destroyer of Worlds', 'The ...
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Was Arkham Asylum inspired by Lovecraft's favourite town?

The Arkham City is one of the most recurring locations in the HPL prose - this is the location of Miskatonic university which hosts the deadly Necronomicon. It is also "famous" for the Arkham ...
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Where did the phrase “Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn!” first appear?

There is a phrase that is pretty commonly known to fans of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos (whether or not they've actually read the stories or not): Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn! Sometimes a longer ...
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What was the Elder Things' alignment? Good or evil?

What was the alignment of the Elder Things?
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Cthulhu Mythos: How does the cult recruit people, if at all?

In The Call of Cthulhu there is a worldwide cult that worships Cthulhu (and possibly other great old ones). I'm wondering: how do cult members actually make their way into the cult? A few thoughts I ...
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Who or what is the Great Intelligence?

In chat, the question came up who the Great Intelligence is. As it turns out, there is a deep connection between Dr. Who and the Cthulhu mythos. To preserve that conversation and possibly expand on ...
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Illusions within the Cthulhu Mythos

could anyone please advise me of any beings, within the Cthulhu Mythos, that use any form of illusionary spells. Specifically I'm trying to determine if any are known to use their magic, almost like a ...
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Why do Hastur & Cthulhu hate each other?

Everything's in the title. Hastur & Cthulhu are both Great Old Ones, yet the former lives on Aldebaran whereas the latter lives in R'lyeh. And both of them hate the other, taking it to the point ...
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Why can't Hastur be named?

While re-reading a Lovecraft's anthology, I found out some things that bothered me. First of all, Hastur is referred as "Him who Is not to be Named", right ? But why this name in particular ? Is it ...
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Did Lovecraft ever describe his fiction as 'cosmic horror'?

H.P Lovecraft wrote extensively about what we now call 'cosmic horror', a mix of elder beings, forgotten gods, and alien beings. All these beings have one thing in common : their chaotic nature. ...
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Which entity of the Cthulhu Mythos does Mary meet

In the web novel of Shikkoku no Sharnoth -What a Beautiful Tomorrow-, Mary Clarissa Christie encounters an entity in Serranian which seems to have been apart of the plot of the 《Illuminati》, ...
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How closely does our current image of Cthulhu match HP Lovecraft's description?

So we all recognize the squamous dude below as Cthulhu. As far as I know, the only place HPL described the Big C was in the story "The Call of Cthulhu." (Please correct me if I'm wrong.) How closely ...
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Help Identify a Cthulhu Mythos story about a house with a painting

I don't recall the author or the title but the plot revolves around a bank-built house in a mountainous forest discovered by a lone traveler. In the house is a painted portrait of the same house ...
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Does the TMNT episode 'The Darkness Within' reference a specific H.P. Lovecraft story?

There's no mistaking that the TMNT episode The Darkness Within pays homage to H.P. Lovecraft. Is there any specific story the writers are trying to reference? Or is it just the themes?
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In what order should I read the 'extended' Cthulhu Mythos?

The Cthulhu Mythos is a pretty huge topic. It spans multiple authors and decades. I'm not after a complete list, in fact I'm most interested in the first phase, the one directed by HPL, not the ...
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How did the Mi-Go fly through space?

The Mi-Go were supposedly able to survive a hard vacuum, which I can believe due to their alien physiology. However I'm wondering how they managed to propel themselves, with those stubby wings of ...
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Did HPL ever draw his creatures, or see drawings in his lifetime?

Howard Lovecraft had a pretty vivid imagination, but did he ever draw out or see others drawings of his creatures from his Cthulhu mythos? If so is there some authoritive, or widely accepted set of ...
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Is John Carpenter's The Thing influenced by At the Mountains of Madness?

The plot of both stories, a group of scientists uncover an alien being which ends up wreaking havoc on their encampment. In At the Mountains of Madness, we don't see the devastation caused by the ...
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Was the film Dark City (1998) influenced by H.P.Lovecraft?

Wikipedia cites a number of influences for the film Dark City (1998), but I was quite surprised to not see H.P.Lovecraft amongst them, since from the very introduction at the start of the film I was ...
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Why did Randolph Carter struggle to overwhelm Zkauba?

Through the gates of the silver key features out hero Randolph Carter discovering as a result of this he ends up in the body of Zkauba, who is in essence, So why does he struggle to overwhelm that ...
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What form does Nyarlathotep take in Infestation?

In the recent TMNT Infestation mini-arc we are treated to one of the brain-shattering visages of Nyarlathotep. Is this form one of the ones taken previously? The form is mainly comprised of mouths ...
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What is the relationship between A Colder War and the Laundry Series?

The novella A Colder War by Charles Stross seems thematically quite similar to his Laundry series (cold war + Cthulhu and Lovecraftian spy thriller, respectively). Are they supposed to belong to the ...
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How close does the Call of Cthulhu (2005 movie) stick to the novel?

There has recently been a highly acclaimed adaptation of HP Lovecraft's novel, The Call of Cthulhu. I'm very interested in this movie as I've loved the novel, but I wondered how closely this movie ...
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Could Aquaman control Cthulhu?

Aquaman has control over all creatures of the ocean. Cthulhu is a creature of the sea (arguably). Can aquaman control Cthulhu? If not is it because Aquaman is not powerful enough or because Cthulhu ...
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What happens to the black stone in Whisperer in the Darkness?

In the HPL story Whisperer in the Darkness a black stone (presumably a Tablet of some sort) is sought after by the Mi-Go. As one of my favourite stories, I was wondering, did anything happen after the ...
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How could Dr. Willett unsummon this creature in The Case of Charles Dexter Ward?

In Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, the phrase "do not call up any that you can not put down" is oft repeated. ... doe not call up Any that you can not put downe; by the Which I meane, ...
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Has anyone finished Lovecraft's Azathoth?

Lovecraft only wrote a short fragment of Azathoth. Has anyone (fairly well-known) tried to write the whole story in Lovecraft's style?