Cthulhu Lives – No really!
For those of you, who do not know who this Cthulhu-person is I am talking about – Cthulhu is a mythical and fictional creature who was brought into existence by H. P. Lovecraft. Cthulhu is one of the Great Old Ones, one of the ancient gods who walked this earth aeons ago, and who sleeps now in R’lyeh, the sunken city, where he sleeps and waits for the stars to align correctly to wake and rise again.
Lovecraft himself is the creator of amazing horror stories, which have influenced the genre greatly. I would even go as far as to say that he re-invented the horror genre and created impressions and figures that have still great value in both literature and games. His fans and followers worship his works, his ideas and visions. Nonetheless, they all agree that his stories are fictional when it comes to the mythical creatures and strange occurrences. The statues available all look great at the fireplace but are not holy items that need to be worshiped.
Until a meteorite hit a Peruvian village and the villagers and investigating policemen were struck by a mysterious illness. This incident reminded me of Lovecraft’s story The Color Out of Space, in which a meteorite hits the ground close to Arkham. The inhabitants living close to the impact become mysteriously ill. Coincidence? I think not.
Only recently I stumbled over the phenomenon called The Bloop, which describes an ultra-low frequency underwater sound that supposedly comes from an underwater creature, which must be much larger than the blue whale, the biggest living animal on this planet (which we know of).
Again, I ask – coincidence? Or is Cthulhu further away from a fictional creature and mythos than we would like to think? Was Lovecraft a seer? A prophet? Did he know more than he could speak of? Was his way of telling us about the Great Old Ones through his numerous horror stories, which are, in fact, not stories but records of incidents and warnings?
Well, we will find out. One day.
Good night for now.
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