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It comes from his story "The Shadow Over Innsmouth", where a character named Zadok says: "Yield up enough sacrifices an' savage knick-knacks an' harbourage in the taown when they wanted it, an' they'd let well enough alone. Wudn't bother no strangers as might bear tales aoutside—that is, withaout they got pryin'. All in the band of the faithful—Order o' ...


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Are you paraphrasing, or do you remember any sources that specifically refer to "constellations"? Doing a text search (control-F, or command-F if you're using a Mac) of "The Call of Cthulhu" online shows no instances of the word "constellation", but there are several parts that predicted Cthulhu would come back "when the stars were right". Here's the section ...


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The word "cultist" wasn't common at the time. Lovecraft's productive period was 1908~1936. In the Google book corpus, the word “cultist” only pops up around the 1920s, and then again only gets popular considerably later; see here. It must have felt like a neologism back then, and we all know how Lovecraft was fond of archaisms rather than novelties. ...


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Alrighty, in the absence of more informed answers: I think you’re right that Lovecraft only described Cthulhu in The Call of Cthulhu. The description there reads: A monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow ...


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That depends largely on which stories you're talking about. The Elder Things, like most of the other extra-terrestrial creatures in Lovecraft's original stories, can't really be described as "good" or "evil" in the traditional sense. They were alien, so ascribing human motivations to them is somewhat pointless. For the most part, they simply existed on ...


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By reading your spoilers I think you should give the novel another read. The "plot end" is totally not the one you wrote and the morale should change the first "can" with "cannot". Keep in mind that a lot of work around the Mythos was made from other authors. For istance, Shub-Niggurrath appears only in one novel, Hastur is only ...


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I'm going to post the results of my own reading and research here, although honestly I was hoping someone already had a list from Lovecraft scholarship that they could share! This list is subject to revision, expansion, deletion, and rearrangement as I find out more. Authors whose works Lovecraft drew elements from Robert W. Chambers The King in Yellow (...


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Zadock Allen's story in The Shadow Over Innsmouth is the best example in HP's works of people (a whole town) turning to the worship of the Old Ones. As with any IRL cult, it's a combination of accident, active recruiting and a "calling". Even before meeting the islanders that gave him the instructions to contact the Old Ones, Obed Marsh was inclined to look ...


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Yes, he used the exact phrase "cosmic horror." But not to describe the beings of which he wrote! So far as I can make out, when he mentions cosmic horror --whether in his stories or his essays-- it is the ideas, not the monsters, to which he refers. In his essay Supernatural Horror in Literature, Lovecraft describes his philosophy of cosmic indifference: ...


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Piggybacking off the quote provided in Hypnosifl's answer, it is likely that it is related to our solar system orbiting around the galaxy, which takes 225-250 million years. This is the only explanation that plausibly allows "uncounted millions of years rolled by." to make sense, but also allows a repeated and predictable "star's aligning". http://earthsky....


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No Lovecraft never really created a strict pantheon of gods, so there was never any mention of "X being enemy/brother of Y" - for HPL his monsters were just background for the story itself: According to David E. Schultz, Lovecraft never meant to create a canonical Mythos but rather intended his imaginary pantheon to serve merely as a background element. ...


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The King in Yellow, by Robert W Chambers, is one known influence to Lovecraft. HP Lovecraft himself included references to "the King in Yellow" in some of his works, although mainly as a written play that people found and sometimes read. One of many occult texts Lovecraft referred to, such as the Necronomicon. Lovecraft also associated Hastur with the ...


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I am one of the developers and saw your post recently. We used many references from H.P. Lovecraft's works but there is no, one specific book we aimed to predominate the story.


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In The Call of Cthulhu, Lovecraft doesn't give measurements, but there are a few hints: The tomb had "an immense carved door", "the men wondered how any door in the universe could be so vast". Cthulhu "lumbered slobberingly into sight and gropingly squeezed Its gelatinous green immensity through the black doorway". Also, "a ...


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They come, independently, from two different cultures but have a the same root. That root is helplessness. The commonality is that there are things that are bigger than you are and that you are insignificant in their eyes. Giant monsters have been a staple of most cultures: dragons (western and eastern), giants, hydra, giant dogs/wolves, etc. They often ...


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Not all Great Old Ones induce madness. Looking upon Cthulu will drive all humans insane, but viewing Yig, the "Father of Serpents", does not. Yig is described as "shapen like a man, except ye look at him clost." This description strongly indicates that he can be looked at without going insane. Yig's description is in "The Curse of Yig" (collaboration ...


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Because Lovecraft (in Laundry-verse) was a fraud whose work was, by and large, not very close to the Truth. Even so, the Laundry and its counterparts in other countries did censor some of his works which, by pure chance, came a little too close to the actual truth. Stross goes into some detail on the topic in his short story Equoid (fair warning, this story ...


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Let me shed a little light on this discussion thread. Technically, Lovecraft only wrote one novel: The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. At The Mountains of Madness, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, A Shadow Out of Time, etc., all of them are technically novellas. If you want to thoroughly enjoy Lovecraft's writing, in my opinion, you should purchase two books: ...


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First of all, Hastur is referred as "Him who Is not to be Named", right ? But why this name in particular ? Is it explained somewhere, maybe by another author ? If by "another author" you mean another author besides Lovecraft, note that Lovecraft himself never identified "Him Who is not to be Named" with Hastur. In The Whisperer in Darkness, Lovecraft has ...


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No relationship between Cthulhu and Hastur was mentioned in any of Lovecraft's original stories (I think Lovecraft only once mentioned Hastur in a list of names of powerful entities in The Whisperer in Darkness, see the quote here), this rivalry was created by August Derleth in his own "Cthulhu Mythos" stories written after Lovecraft's death. This entry at a ...


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It is completely unknown. There are no clues in the story that suggest a particular individual. Based on his use of Dark Ages Latin, the skilled wizard whose salts were number 118 would seem to be somebody who was not otherwise alluded to in the story. None of the possibilities raised in the original narrative or the current question (Ezra Weeden, Charles ...


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The People of the Pit by A. Merritt. You're description is spot on. I'm not sure we're ever told exactly where the story is set, but it starts with the blue light from beyond the mountain shaped lie a hand: North of us a shaft of light shot half way to the zenith. It came from behind the five peaks. The beam drove up through a column of blue haze whose ...


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A normal "cthulhu mythos" creature (like a deep one) is much less scary than a god monstrous avatar (probably the worst thing in the universe). But not all the avatars are the same, not even from the same god. Some gods in Lovecraft books create "avatars" of themselves to serve some purpose. Some of these avatars may exist in different planets, have ...


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Why do different characters react differently when seeing the same monster? In this, you suggest your own answer. Psychological trauma is a result of the individual who perceives the phenomenon, and not the phenomenon itself. Let's consider Danforth. Danforth sees some dead pieces of Elder Thing. He's one of the few grad students who has read any elder ...


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At least one of the Gods in the Lovecraft Mythos, Azathoth, exists outside of time, making the question of its age meaningless. ...that last amorphous blight of nethermost confusion which blasphemes and bubbles at the centre of all infinity—the boundless daemon-sultan Azathoth, whose name no lips dare speak aloud, and who gnaws hungrily in ...


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People of a certain aesthetic sort: (successful dreamers) can continue in the dreamlands [The Quest for Unknown Kadath] even after their bodies are dead on Earth. The dreamlands seem to be an aspect of the total human unconsciousness stretching back to prehistory (which is why Lomar etc are both in the dreamlands as still existing countries and long ...


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I don't believe that HPL ever addressed that, but we can speculate: The Necronomicon had several editions: Original written some time before 738 Translated to Greek in 950 Translated from Greek to Latin by Olaus Wormius * in 1228 Published in Latin in the XV century in Germany and in the XVII century in Spain Published in Greek in the XVI century in Italy ...


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A pun is more than just a word that has multiple meanings; it's a word with multiple meanings that both/all make sense in context. I'm a big fan of whiteboards. I find them re-markable. Since "remarkable" here can mean both "interesting/astounding" and "able to be marked on multiple times" (especially since you literally "mark" a whiteboard with a marker)...


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The Great Intelligence is a member of a race of beings, known as the Great Old Ones, that existed in the Universe prior to our own. It's originally known as Yog-Sothoth, and they escaped the destruction of their own universe by going to a parallel universe that ended a second after theirs, and then shifted once more into the new universe (ours). It had no ...


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According to the TARDIS wikia on the Great Intelligence: The Great Intelligence, which usually referred to itself simply as the Intelligence and was originally known as Yog-Sothoth, was a disembodied sentience who attempted to find a body and physical existence. [..] The Great Intelligence's exact nature was a mystery. The Second Doctor ...


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