Cthulhu Lives – No really!

20Jan09

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.

To roleplayers the Call of Cthulhu, as well as Delta Green, is a well-known and widely admired roleplaying system of the horror genre, that has fans all over the world.

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.

Sleep well.

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6 Responses to “Cthulhu Lives – No really!”

  1. Why did Lovecraft die so young?…

  2. The actual reason why he died is abdominal cancer. He refused to see a doctor, ate less and less due to the evergrowing pain and when it was too late he finally admitted that there must be something wrong with his health. He died of cancer because of fear of going to see a doctor (in time).

  3. What about this loud Outer Space Boom that has recently been discovered? (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28548425/) – A Great Old One coming to check why his brethren on Earth have been quiet for so long? The meteorite a message? Who knows… Film at eleven.

  4. 4 tryphina

    omygod, the stars are right again! great cthulhu will rise from r’lyeh and SWALLOW OUR SOULS! * gnihihi*

    really, the meteorite thing is … disturbing.

  5. This piece of highly valuable information slipped my radar!
    It does sound like the cousins of Cthulhu are checking on the horrible silence down here. And maybe Cthulhu is replying but just not awake enough yet. Would explain the Bloop.

  6. 6 Sathom

    The funny thing being that the location where the bloop was recorded seems to be close to where Lovecraft in ‘The Call of Cthulhu’ said R’Lyeh was… (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloop).


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