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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.
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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,
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

Lectura conjunta "buddyread" en el grupo Libromanos Malditos

En su morada de R’lyeh,
el difunto Cthulhu espera soñando

Existe un acuerdo tácito en la humanidad sobre las historias de terror, estas deben contarse de siempre en la noche, cubiertos de oscuridad, porque la oscuridad es capaz de despertar los mayores temores en la personas más aun si es en la medianoche o sus cercanías. Partiendo de esta premisa, que simplemente es una manera floreada de justificar que mi internet no esta funcionando
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
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
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
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
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

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 !
“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
Sidharth Vardhan
Death would be a boon if only it could blot out the
Mike (the Paladin)
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 ⊰
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
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
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
"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
Robo Pete

My second experience of Lovecraft (after At The Mountains of Madness) and equally enjoyable. So far I'm liking the fact that Lovecraft frames his stories in interesting ways - this in the form of pieces of a manuscript and ATMOM in a clipped journalistic style.

Easy to read through in an hour or so this gave some interesting insights into the Cthulhu Cult and I really enjoyed the way pieces of the mythology keyed into things I'd read in ATMOM. There's definitely a continuity and a coherent univer
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
Unfortunately, my first (and probably last) foray into Lovecraft was a disappointment to say the least. Perhaps it has simply failed to withstand the test of time. All I know is that I never once felt the sense of dread, suspense, or tension the author intended to create at any point throughout the story. I think it's because Lovecraft attempted to create this creepy atmosphere through telling the reader, rather than showing. Simply describing something as evil, sinister, malign, or some other s ...more
Harsh Kumar
A book like this , increases the human curiosity , especially of those people who are interested in reading about the Occult. It brings a question to your mind that whether or not such grotesque and morbid creatures exist. H.P Lovecraft is no doubt one of the best writers ever. I always had the interest to find and study more about the Occult since I was a teenager. After reading this book , I became more intrigued and curious about such stuff. For me this book truly is excellent. Revealing the ...more
Hmm... I dunno what to make of this story, it just seemed like Lovecraft was saying, "hey, so at least one person (not to say I've limited it to just one person) goes insane and that madness, indubitably, leads to his death... there's a cult and murder and unholy visions... oh and an unspeakably terrifying monster, all shrouded by mystery... yes I've effectively created horror".

I liked that in the end it left me doubting as to whether it was all hearsay and contrived or legitimate, kind of like
Casi me había olvidado de lo perturbador que podía llegar a ser Lovecraft y estoy segura de que todavía me falta llegar a ese límite. La llamada de Cthulhu tal vez no me haya sorprendido del todo, pero me encantó y creo que tiene su fama de clásico del horror bien ganada. Es curioso (¿o alarmante?) lo vívido que parece algo irreal cuando está narrado de una forma tan minuciosa y directa al mismo tiempo.

El protagonista del cuento es interesantísimo porque oscila entre ser un investigador que se
Un relato muy corto, apenas poco mas de 100 paginas; debo admitir que durante su lectura no me dio miedo, sin embargo después de terminarlo, llevo varios días soñando con Cthulhu y vaya que no han sido sueños agradables (T__T); es increíble lo que me ha sugestionado esta historia, ahora entiendo porque Cthulhu es uno de esos seres de culto.

La historia esta narrada en tercera persona, por el sobrino de un profesor que acaba de fallecer, revisando todos los papeles que dejo su tío descubre informa
An interesting read; I understand how it has amassed its thoroughgoing reputation. In terms of narrative perspective, it is very much a snapshot in time, recounted largely by prewar anthropologists who, at the height of imperialist domination over the globe, were fully confident in their mastery of world culture and their epistemological suzerainty over what Kipling called “new-caught, sullen peoples, half devil and half child.” By my reckoning, Cthulhu is the embodiment of the primordial power ...more
Elliot Schott
The works of Lovecraft are spectacular. You can see the influence they have on the great masters of horror in our time (Stephen King's short stories, John Carpenter's "The Thing"). I have great affinity for what he did, which was basically attempting to think of the kind of horror that comes from what humans do not know or fathom. Obviously, there is his Cthulhu Mythos, but for an example of his creative mental exercises at work, read "The Colour Out of Space," which essentially was an explorati ...more
Duffy Pratt
Not as great, or disturbing, as I might have expected. But Lovecraft is great at setting mood, and he has a wonderful knack for the purplest of prose. In many ways, this story reminded me of Dracula -- the telling of it was so mediated -- a story within a story within another story. And I liked this aspect of it. And I liked that there was some description of this alternate cosmology, but no real attempt at an explanation.

As for the story itself, I would have liked more story. That may just be
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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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In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.
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