‚Tis the season of joy and happiness, I guess. You know, gift-giving and stuff. Well, you can also find joy and happiness in insanity, which brings me to this wonderful Mythos Carol, please enjoy!
Every cult evolves over time. Teachings are dropped, others are incorporated. Just look at the different manuscripts of the Bible that are available (and extant).
The Cthulhu Cult is no different. Currently, there are two main branches extant on the internet and beyond: The purist who continue spreading cosmic, unrelenting horror and the other ones. The other ones have taken it upon themselves to show a lighter, cuter side of the Mythos. They are responsible for the Plushies, the wonderful The Unspeakable Vault (of Doom) and other such manifestations.
Along the same vein comes the wonderful Cthulhu Mythos picture book The Things That Should Not Squee, by Peter Andrews and published by Lunar Press Publishing.
As the name suggests, it presents a number of depictions of Cthulhu Mythos entities that are likely to go „Squee“ but should not. Peter Andrews is clearly not only a very gifted artist, but also shows a deep knowledge of the Cthulhu Mythos, since the book includes some more obscure creatures and deities such as Lloigor and Rhan-Tegoth (who is one of my favourites).
The hobbies, general behaviours and moods Peter depicts are worth several chuckles and laughs and the ideas behind them can only come from a mind that has been thoroughly twisted.
Such as this one, a Dhole going to the car wash:
Or the Colour Out of Space enjoying some modern art:
A truely delightful piece of Cthulhu Mythos art and something every fan should have in their library. The only downside: It is woefully short. Only 32 illustrations are contained in the booklet.
Still, it is well worth eight out of ten screaming phobias.
All artwork in this article © Luna Press Publishing, all rights reserved. Used with kind permission.
Have you ever wondered, what it would look like if Great Cthulhu gives something the thumbs up? Or have you ever been in desperate need of an image depicting Great Cthulhu giving something the thumbs up?
Well, thanks to the insane Talent of Xanathon you have to wonder no more and your search is over.
Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on „Cthulhu Approves“:
The images is CC-BY, you are free to use it as long as you give a link to Xanathon.com (see above) or the Xanathon Facebook Page. But as long as you do either, feel free to spread the image, the word and the madness. Iäh everybody!
Well, USA, today you have a choice:
You can either vote for an insanely qualified woman who has served your nation in one capacity or another for years and years, has weathered any storm the batshit crazy party has thrown at it, who has also VERY close ties to Wallstreet and only won the nomination because the game was rigged against Bernie Sanders…
Or you can vote for the avatar of every single bad stereotype the rest of the world has of white US citizens.
I suggest: Vote Cthulhu, at least you know, what kind of apocalypse you get…
Well, actually, he does not. As you can see here, he is rather enjoying bathing in the beam of the lighthouse and not guiding at all:
I guess Cthulhu would like to have a chat with the nice people in the lighthouse. He probably feels lonely in this dark and stormy night after having slept for several eons.
The assumption he just wants to chat is based on the fact that this is another cute incarnation of everybody’s favorite Great Old One, so any sort of harm is highly unlikely.
So remember, children: When a cute Great Old One comes knocking on your door, let them in and offer tea and biscuits, you could well gain a friend for literally all eternity.
It has become a tradition on this blog to note H.P. Lovecrafts birthday every year. So, another year has passed and today would be the master of the macabre’s 116th birthday.
The cult he invented is still alive and well and shows no sign of decay.
I am forced into speech because men of science have refused to follow my advice without knowing why. It is altogether against my will that I tell my reasons for opposing this contemplated invasion of the antarctic—with its vast fossil-hunt and its wholesale boring and melting of the ancient ice-cap—and I am the more reluctant because my warning may be in vain. Doubt of the real facts, as I must reveal them, is inevitable; yet if I suppressed what will seem extravagant and incredible there would be nothing left.
Delightful news for all the cultist gamers out there, if you have not heard about it before! The indy horror game At the Mountains of Madness is now available on Steam! This is the early-access version, so you also get the chance to participate in the final steps of the game’s development. Come on cultists, get involved in this game world and for a very moderate price in deed.
This is the game trailer:
And this is a gameplay video:
To sum up: An awesome looking indy horror game, based on the longest, and one of the most popular, story written by H.P. Lovecraft and the chance to contribute to this game as well. What a package of non-euclidean proportions (does that actually work, this adjective in this sentence, I hereby declare it does, so there!).
Check it out, I know I will.
Oh yes, it is that time of the year again when the Gothic community of the world goes on its annual pilgrimage to Leipzig. The Wave Gotik Treffen is 25 this year and thus has outlived the Loveparade and other festivals of other subcultures by a wide margin.
Yesterday, while thinking about the Wave Gotik Treffen, one of my favourite songs back when I first had contact with the Goth scene and then I realized, it can be turned into a Cthulhu hymn with little effort:
Fhtagn is just a four sigil word
What has changed me into something I don’t know?
Not-dead ancestors like I never know
Fish eyes bouncing in a room of blinded me
Careful of feelings I thought I knew me
A shape is waiting at the corner screaming at me
There is loathing for myself: the hidden me
A closet of unspeakable things no sight to put them in
Hateful sea so deep with no one to swim within
An ancient tale, eons old is just today
Once tomorrow, maybe never, changing me
I am clothed in a shell of scaly sin
Soon I swim to my ancestors, they will let me in
Half-breed offspring is only second-grade
I hate to discuss what this cult has made
Webbing on my hands I know it all too well
Staring at the glass I know myself too well
Fhtagn is just a four sigil word,
Fhtagn is just a four sigil word.
And this is the original song with lyrics:
It has been more than 20 years now since I became a Cthulhu devotee, well, a fan anyway, but there is something that has been missing from my possessions that a cultist should have: Dedicated Cthulhu Jewelry.
To rectify this abhorrent situation, I delved into the deepest, darkes, Nightgaunt- and Hunting Horror-haunted abysses of the Internet in search of something which would serve the purpose and please both me and the Great Old One Cthulhu.
What I found (via a simple Google image search) was the Gudbrand Jewelry shop on Etsy. One thing: Check it out, apart from the Cthulhu Amulet/Pendant I got, it also stocks some great Norse/Viking jewelry, other ethnic and just general jewelry. Really beautiful stuff!
But now for the Cthulhu amulet, this is what it looks like:
The one I got is made of brass, but there is also a sterling silver version available, and I am delighted. This pendant is worthy to be worn at any occasion. It is beautifully detailed,solid, heavy but not too heavy and the chain is slim but sturdy. When I say „heavy but not too heavy“ what I mean is: It has enough weight not to feel flimsy and cheap but is not so heavy as to feel uncomfortable around your neck.
Added bonus: Gudbrand is based in Estonia, so for European customers like me, there is little postage and the overall price tag is really low if you compare it to German, British or French prices. So: Money for value in this beautiful piece is excellent.
All in all, the Cthulhu pendant by Gudbrand gets 10 out of 10 carved idols!
You are a devoted cultist of the Great Old Ones? You want to introduce your own spawn to the Mythos in a gentle and age-appropriate way?
Look no further, here comes Recall of Cthulhu, a wonderful game for 2-4 players, ages 4 to several vigintillion of years, with the cutest Mythos Horrors you will ever see.
And if you like cats, this is for you, too. There is an entire cat army combat squad from Ulthar included within, check it out:
PS: My own spawn is already rather proficient, both at playing Memory and naming the creatures on the cards. That’s my spawn in deed. Iäh!