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The Call of Cthulhu

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This is one of the best stories by Lovecraft. Cthulhu is an extraterrestrial entity that makes a major appearance. The story is presented as a manuscript "found among the papers of the late Francis Wayland Thurston, of New York."
Paperback, 54 pages
Published June 14th 2009 by Iap - Information Age Pub. Inc. (first published February 1928)
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This here, folks, is the most impressive image of Cthulhu that I’ve come across:
He just looks so damn regal, this eldritch, malevolent entity that appears part octopus kraken, part dragon, part human caricature…the so called "mountain who walks."

Yes, I admit that I’m a Lovecraft/Cthulhu mythos junkie. I can’t help it. I think his stories are just amazing.

Depending on which HPL story I’ve most recently consumed, I vacillate regarding what is my absolute favorite HPL tale, The Call of Cthulhu,
Feb 12, 2016 Lyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps no story more defines H.P. Lovecraft’s eldritch hold on speculative fiction than The Call of Cthulhu.

Pronounced: Cthulhu.

First published in 1928, in Weird Tales magazine, this launched what is now known as the Cthulhu Mythos. It was here, as much as his earlier unspeakable horrors like Dagon and The Tomb and The Nameless City, that formed what is today known as Lovecraftian; but it was great Cthulhu that gave this sub-genre it’s definition and a face from which to leer down upon poor, lo
Jan 29, 2015 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
What’s great about a Lovecraftian horror story, besides the fact that his writing is eerily similar to that of Jason Morais, is that it can afford such a welcome reprieve from a weekend otherwise consumed by madness and violence, the kind of violence that disturbs the soul to its core.

“The Call of Cthulhu” is the story of a man who uncovers evidence of otherworldly beings residing in a state of hibernation deep beneath the surface of the Earth’s oceans. Though the image of Cthulhu is by no means
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Very creepy and atmospheric, in an old-fashioned way. Not really my thing, but it kept my interest well enough. 3 1/2 stars.

Disclaimer: I'm not into the horror genre and I've never been a Lovecraft fan, although I did read The Dunwich Horror once upon a time. But I was reading and trying to understand Neil Gaiman's A Study in Emerald yesterday, and in the course of researching the Cthulhu aspects of that story I found this one online at It's worth readin
J.L.   Sutton
Chicken mole tamales wrapped in corn husks, like H.P. Lovecraft's Call of Cthulhu, burst with flavor. You experience the authenticity and the complex and dark, rich tastes in every bite you take. Every bite, or rather Lovecraft's narrative, takes you back to ancient rites alien to the ways of the modern world (now read as 2015). Makes me wonder, just for an instant, what a really good homemade tamale has in common with the modern world. Tamales are anachronistic, aren't they? Sort of like the Ct ...more
The main character of this first person narrative investigates recent incidents. He discovers twelve-inch statues of a strange creature he describes as part dragon and part cephalopod with features of a human face. People have dreams, and they live far from each other. In these dreams, they see strange buildings and a city with an inhuman aura. The dreamers hear a monotonous chant, deep, vibrating, from a depth of unknown fathoms. The voice chants two audible words: “Cthulhu,” and “R’lyeh.” We ...more
Mar 18, 2016 Lau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«Si el cielo decidiese algún día acordarme un insigne favor, borraría totalmente de mi memoria el descubrimiento que hice.»

Cthulhu me tenía intrigada hace años, y tengo que decir que no me decepcionó ni un poquito. Durante años también pronuncié mal el nombre del monstruo (llegué hasta a decirle 'Chuchu' en broma) pero según parece se pronuncia 'Ctulu' o incluso 'Tulu'. Igual me gusta ese nombre de escritura más complicada, de algún modo lo vuelve más atemorizante y menos terrícola.

Este es un
Jul 26, 2010 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fantasy, ebook, horror, gothic
First rule of Cthulhu: No one knows about Cthulhu.

Except, of course, all fans of SF/F should read the original Cthulu short story that is still inspiring storytellers today.

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"Johansen and his men were awed by the cosmic majesty of this dripping Babylon of elder daemons, and must have guessed without guidance that it was nothing of this or of any sane planet."

"The Thing cannot be described - there is no language for such abysms of shrieking and immemorial lunacy, such eldritch cont
Dec 09, 2015 Mimi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
For those who enjoy rifling through old research notes, piecing together missing data, making sense of the big picture, and then being left hanging at the end.

I'm kidding, of course. The best part of any horror story is that it leaves you hanging. No explanation, no resolution, no sense of closure.

This story is told in a series of personal accounts in which the narrator pieces together what he thinks was the cause of his granduncle's mysterious sudden death, speculating that the late uncle's mys
This was an audio re-read of The Call of Cthulhu for me. This audio came through the AudioBlast newsletter and I requested it right away.

I enjoyed listening to this performance. It had a full dramatization going on with sounds effects, screams and whatnot in the background. However, at times the main narrator went a little flat for me.

Overall, I enjoyed this performance and would recommend it to fans of cosmic horror and Lovecraft.

*Thanks to Audioblast for the opportunity to listen to this stor
Jun 24, 2014 Cathryn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lovecraft's writing style is just not my cuppa and that's why I thought this was only OK. Even though this was a short story it felt like it took me forever to get through. I'm all for purple prose but Lovecraft describes things in 2 pages when he really only needed 2 sentences. Verbose is putting it mildly.

I always wanted to read this so that I would better understand what people were talking about when they mention Cthulhu. Now I do. Cthulhu is an interesting concept and I wanted to know more
Apr 05, 2015 Amar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Sigurno je jedna od najpoznatijih Lovecraftovih priča.Maštovita , inspirsana i jako dobra priča priča i mislim da je ovo odličan uvod da se krene sa njegovom literaturom.
Nažalost (ali stvarno nažalost , jer je priča svarno dobra )sam morao oduzeti jedan bod jer sam se u drugom dijelu jednostavno više puta izgubio i nisam razumio kako i šta.

Uglavnom je obavezna preporuka za ljubitelje horor literature !

I ova slika je stvarno odlična !
Chrissa Vasileiou
3,5 αστεράκια για ένα από τα ωραιότερα -υποθέτω- έργα του Lovecraft και σίγουρα για τον νούμερο 1 ήρωα του τερατοφανταστικού του κόσμου -τον Μέγα Κθούλου.

Δεν είμαι φαν του Lovecraft και δεν έχω διαβάσει άλλο βιβλίο του. Το όνομα "Κθούλου" βέβαια το ήξερα,και από τους φίλους μου που είναι καραφαν του συγγραφέα και από κάθε είδους ποστ που αφορά το συγκεκριμένο είδος. Γι' αυτό κι όταν έπεσε στα χέρια μου,και είδα επιπλέον το πόσο μικρό είναι,είπα να το διαβάσω για να γνωρίσω λίγο καλύτερα τη συγκε
Feb 21, 2016 Shii rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2

Hurry! I need more stories about Cthulhu. Please tell me there is more...
Feb 27, 2015 Dahlia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Who knows the end? What has risen may sink, and what has sunk may rise. "

Let me just leave this here.
Evan Leach
This superb short story is justly famous. The Call of Cthulhu is presented as a series of journal entries from the late Francis Thurston. Poor Franny, as the executor of his uncle’s estate, stumbles across some disturbing papers that lead him on a worldwide hunt for answers as to just what the hell this is:

squishy cthulhu

Hmmm perhaps this isn’t properly conveying the terror this story instills…let me try again:

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That’s better! This story is pretty short so I don’t want to go much further into the pl
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
They had come from the stars, and had brought Their images with Them.


The Call of Cthulhu is truly a horror story without the need of any graphic violence. Just the idea of the cult of Cthulhu (how it came to be and what its purpose is) gives me shivers down my spine.

This is my first experience with H.P. Lovecraft. But it will not be my last because I like his style very much.
Jan 04, 2016 Leonel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es una locura, Lovecraft es un enfermo, me pongo en contexto de 1920 y es realmente una locura. Transmite perfectamente las sensaciones mas oscuras y describe exquisitamente los ambientes más perturbadores. Tuve que googlear muchas palabras. No suelo leer libros de terror pero se que esto es un estilo particular, alejado de lo clásico. Es cortito y al pié, fluido, se termina en un rato. Lo leí arriba de un colectivo y fue increíble, supongo que en un entorno de noche + lluvia + viernes-loser te ...more
No soy muy fanática de este tipo de literatura, pero sé reconocer un clásico cuando lo leo. Estoy segura de que, en su momento, fue un libro que revolucionó el terror con una mitología completamente nueva y una cosmología sobrenatural. Me encantó.

In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.
Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 19, 2013 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror
Some years ago (like in the early '70s) I went on a binge reading everything I could get my hands on by Lovecraft. His unique brand of Horror (Cthulhu and otherwise) can really creep one out.

If you let Lovecraft into your head you may be in as much trouble as some of his protagonists.

I found the stories as good as ever though not as "invasive" to the head as they once were. If you haven't read Lovecraft (especially if you like psychological horror) he's not to be missed. Grab his collections up
⊱ Irena ⊰
May 22, 2015 ⊱ Irena ⊰ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Just as great as the first time I read it. That didn't change.
Can someone please tell me how to pronounce this?!?
What is it that empowers writers with prose that penetrates the deepest mysteries to bring forth a bone-chilling story that plays on your mind? It can't be pure imagination, or is it? How is it that the author can write such intense, engaging, awe-inducing log of a mountainous monster-priest, which ironically makes you eagerly wait for the Thing to make an appearance?

"The Thing cannot be described, there is no language for such abysms of shrieking and immemorial lunacy, such eldritch contradicti
1. Siempre me había llamado la atención el nombre de este cuento, todavía no sé cómo se pronuncia Chtulhu, me sale Cutulu (?), y la verdad que al ser narrado por alguien que no se su nombre y no se presenta, ha sido extraño.
2. La imagen que propone el narrador del monstruo es escalofriante, siendo sincera, te va electrificando la piel a la medida que nombra sus características y te llegás a imaginar qué pasaría si el monstruo existiese de verdad.
3. A medida que avanzaba, me detuve en aspectos qu
Oct 18, 2014 Estelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, classics
Not quite as good as I remembered... and definitely not my favorite Lovecraft story. Still, it was worth rereading!
Carrie Vaughn
I was not impressed. For all the talk this particular book has gotten in my circles, it really wasn't very interesting a read. The description was interesting but I didn't find the book as anything monumental save for it being one of the first of its kind. The book was a quick read and allowed a glimpse into the world Lovecraft was trying to build, but taken on its own, it left me curious why it was so impressive to most of the genre. Perhaps taken with the other studies in the mythos I would be ...more
My expectations were high since a lot of media has spawned from HP Lovecraft's writing and particularly The Call of Cthulhu. It was interesting how the story was pieced through notes from a deceased professor, events in the past and a newspaper article uncovers the existence of the horrible creature known as the Cthulhu and a cult surrounding it. There was an atmosphere of doom but despite the short length of the book, I felt the story-telling was a little slow. Overall though, not amazingly sca ...more
Beth Flint
I felt disappointed in this story. I had heard so much about it, and many of my friends rave about Lovecraft. I just felt that the story would have been more fear-involking if it had been told from a first person account rather than from sources pieced together. It felt too inpersonal for me. Some of the descriptions were fantasic hense my overall disappointment
Sidharth Vardhan
Death would be a boon if only it could blot out the
Dec 24, 2014 Sookie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, horror, 2014
"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents"

This quote from early pages in the book summarizes the all the genres this story imbibes. Its an immensely enjoyable story with the way the mythos is dived into in the very first paragraph and everything else is an exploration of that idea. There is no direct fear inducing factor but it is implied through out the story. The fear of the creature exists in all of us the way the society
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Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.

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“Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.

In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.
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