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The Call of Cthulhu (Prohyptikon Value Classics)

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The Call of Cthulhu is a short story by American writer H. P. Lovecraft. Written in the summer of 1926, it was first published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales, in February 1928.
In the text, narrator Francis Wayland Thurston, of Boston, recounts his discovery of notes left behind by his granduncle, George Gammell Angell, a prominent Professor of Semitic languages at Brown
Paperback, 46 pages
Published July 7th 2010 by Prohyptikon Publishing Inc (first published February 1928)
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Mario There is an edition of "The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories" (Penguin, 1999, 420 pages). It has an "Explanatory notes" section, in the note 9…moreThere is an edition of "The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories" (Penguin, 1999, 420 pages). It has an "Explanatory notes" section, in the note 9 can be read:
"On the pronunciation of Cthulu Lovecraft has left several accounts, all slightly differing; his associates have also supplied contradictory testimonies. The most definitive statement by Lovecraft occurs in a letter of 1934: '...the word is supposed to represent a fumbling human attempt to catch the phonetics of an absolutely non-human word. The name of the hellish entity was invented by beings whose vocal organs were not like man's, hence it has no relation to the human speech equipment. The syllables were determined by a physiological equipment wholly unlike ours, hence could never be uttered perfectly by human throats ... The actual sound -- as nearly as any human organs could imitate it or human letters record it -- may be taken as something like Khlûl'-hloo, with the first syllable pronounced gutturally and very thickly. The u is about like that in full; and the first syllable is not unlike klul in sound, hence the h represents the guttural thickness.' (SL V.10-11)".

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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,
Jan 10, 2015 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
Dec 11, 2012 Jason rated it liked it
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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
Jason Koivu
Nov 01, 2016 Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi, fantasy
What better time to read The Call of Cthulhu than on Halloween?! Probably should've read this one by now, but I've been holding off for a while, waiting for that special occasion.

I do that with some books, usually classics. There's a Steinbeck or two I'm keeping in my proverbial back pocket for when I'm in the right mood or need to get out of a reading funk.

The Call of Cthulhu is pure horror. It's terrifying. If I'd been wearing boots, I'd be quaking in them. Reading this reminded me of reading
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
Dec 13, 2015 Lau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: muy-bueno
«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
Aug 29, 2013 Mimi rated it did not like it
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
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
Jun 22, 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
Jan 29, 2016 Anuradha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who're into being scared out of their wits by the maladies of the human mind. I think.
Recommended to Anuradha by: Neil Gaiman
We need to start this off with Metallica's The Call of Ktulu, because of the obvious.

A few months back, I saw this interview of Neil Gaiman, where he raved on and on about H.P. Lovecraft. Now, I'd heard of the latter, but I hadn't really read any book of his, and so on hearing this, I did some more research into said author, and discovered that his books delved into morbid, macabre themes; themes I'm rather fond of, to be honest. A few weeks after that, I read Fabian's review of A Study in Emer
Jul 24, 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
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 !
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
Feb 24, 2015 Дарья 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.
I feel like I've completed a rite of passage by reading this. Now I finally know where the term Cthulhu comes from! (Yes, yes, I know, I'm an uncultured swine.)

This book was satisfyingly creepy. Since I didn't know much about Cthulhu going in, I had no idea what to expect. The imagery was brilliant: castles dripping with green goo... an alien world unaffected by Earth's laws of physics... and of course, the monster Cthulhu himself. That awesomely odd creature that brought to mind the kraken, God
Feb 20, 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...
Chrissa Vasileiou
Mar 30, 2016 Chrissa Vasileiou rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller-horror
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
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
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
Luis Zamarro Fraile
The Call of Cthulhu es una excelente opción para introducirse al mundo de Lovecraft. Es oscuro, abrumador, lleno de tensión y suspenso, profundamente místico, y en una palabra, netamente Lovecraftiano.
La idea general sobre la cual se construye el relato es verdaderamente aterradora por lo plausible de la propuesta: Los seres humanos somos nada ante el poder del universo, un mero parpadeo en la historia del cosmos ¿por qué habríamos de creer que somos la única raza inteligente?...Los cultos oscu
Jun 13, 2016 Tilly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely my favorite story of H.P. Lovecraft so far. The atmosphere he created was so captivating and creepy, especially because I listened to the soundtrack "Call of Cthulhu" while reading. Even though it is a supernatural kind of story, the way in which it was told and how this young man enlightened the mysteries about his deceased uncle made it feel very realistic to me, what is even more frightening. I know probably no other author who is better in creating nightmares than Lovecraf ...more
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.
Oct 06, 2015 Leonel rated it it was amazing  ·  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. Tuve que googlear muchas palabras. No suelo leer libros de terror pero se que esto es un estilo particular, alejado quizás del terror 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 + viernesloser te vuela los pelos aún más.
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 17, 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
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
Can someone please tell me how to pronounce this?!?
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
Jun 30, 2014 ᴥ Irena ᴥ 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.
Mar 04, 2012 Kedar rated it it was amazing
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
Karina Vargas
La Llamada de Cthulhu : 4 estrellas.

Nadie tenía dudas acerca de la muerte del profesor Angell. Aunque todos estaban apenados, coincidían en que su muerte había sido por causas naturales. Así también lo creía su nieto, pero al indagar en sus pertenencias halló una caja, cuyo contenido le sembró una gran incertidumbre. Entonces, desde el profundo escepticismo de su mente racional, el joven inicia una recolección de datos e investigaciones para averiguar qué ocurrió en realidad. Lo que él no sabía
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Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.

Lovecraft's major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a
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“Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.

In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.
“We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.” 138 likes
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