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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  13,369 ratings  ·  521 reviews
H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu in all its glory, with supplementary illustrations by Emilio Rodriguez.
Kindle Edition, 54 pages
Published (first published 1926)
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Stephen
This here, folks, is the most impressive image of Cthulhu that I’ve come across:
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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,
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Jason
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
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Tadiana ♕Part-Time Dictator♕
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 http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Cal.... It's worth readin
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Antonio

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
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Lyn
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
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Cindy
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
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Mimi
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
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Cathryn
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
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Amar
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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 !
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Dahlia
“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
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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
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⊱ Irena ⊰
Just as great as the first time I read it. That didn't change.
smetchie
Can someone please tell me how to pronounce this?!?
Kedar
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
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Estelle
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
Sookie
"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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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
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Yaya
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
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Yani
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
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Jessica
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
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Stu
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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Gabriel ( Um Papo Entre Páginas )
AMAZING!

The writting... i'm speechless. Its perfect, spooky and incredible. Lovecraft has a fame and its not a joke. Everytime i heard a noise when i was reading this i shivered.

He grab your attention like nobody, its impossible to stop reading it. So magical, so disturbing and amazing. The descriptions of the city... the creatures... the cult... for the last time, amazing.

Go read it, now!
Katherine Sas
"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. 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. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad f ...more
Cornelia
“In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.”

As a nephew looks thorough his grand uncle's things upon his death, a story begins to unfold. In a box he discovers an odd clay bas-relief, cut out articles, and a manuscript titled CTHULHU CULT.This is how this classic tale of horror begins.

The nephew follows the trail of his uncle's notes and interviews a few other people who have had some contact with Cthulhu, a skid faced monster, with the scaly body of a dragon that lived before humans i
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Nazish
4.5 stars.

The Thing cannot be described—there is no language for such abysms of shrieking and immemorial lunacy, such eldritch contradictions of all matter, force, and cosmic order.
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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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“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents... some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new Dark Age.” 328 likes
“Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.

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