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They have this appearance that we cannot comprehend. If we were to look upon it, as you say, we would go crazy. It actually takes a lot of pressure off because you can name things whatever you like. You can put as many consonants and little apostrophes in there. You can call it whatever you like. When people say, "How do you pronounce it? The way I've always said it, and the way most of the fans that I've talked to have always said it is K-thool-ooh.
Wasn't there a rumor early on that the "Cloverfield" movie, the monster was the Cthulhu? Yeah, that was very early on what that preview first hit and there was not even a title for the movie yet. In fact, there was no title internally for the movie. People could only get little glimpses of what was going on, and a lot of people said, "Hey, maybe this is the Cthulhu movie we've all been waiting for, and this is actually the monster.
There have been several movies that have tried to tap into the Lovecraft universe, and only a few have been really successful. I think part of the problem is how do you portray a monster that is so horrible that you'd go crazy looking at it? That's what I was thinking. It's probably pretty intimidating for a filmmaker to try to tackle this. Just by looking at this, yeah. Do you think feminine when you hear this? Wings, huge leathery wings, part octopus, part dragon. We will call Cthulhu he. So Cthulhu, and the whole reason we're talking about him, is he figures at the center of the Cthulhu mythos that Lovecraft created during the course of his writing.
Dan W Estes
Strickland, when was he most prolific? Was it during the 20s? We're talking about just right around that era, late 20s pretty much. What's interesting to me is that Cthulhu was central to this, the central figure to this mythos, but it's not the creature that Lovecraft wrote about the most. Cthulhu really only factors into a couple of stories, and in fact, is described in some as being a priest kind of figure for the Old Ones, which is this race of creatures Lovecraft created.
Yeah, but he never said whether he was a priest who led the worship if the Old Ones or whether he was the priest to the Old Ones. The point I'm trying to make here is that it's really the fans of Lovecraft that kind of latched onto Cthulhu and made it the central figure of his mythology.
If you were to read all the stories, it is a very striking kind of image, but why this over any other particular - like why not a shoggeth? I think it's because when you do read the descriptions, they are very compelling. I think it's also probably one of the ones that's easier to imagine than some of the other ones. Some of the other ones end up being shapeless. That's kind of hard to imagine. Or mindless cosmic being who rules at the center of chaos. That's kind of difficult to conceive of.
I think the other reason Cthulhu has become such a prominent figure in Lovecraftian lore is that he's still here on Earth. He was one of the rulers of Earth along with the Great Old Ones, right?
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That's correct. Then he had a city that was called R'yleh, actually still is, that sunk under the waters. What's interesting is that depending on which story you're reading, you can kind of locate where R'yleh is. It's off the coast of South America. There've been some interesting weird things that have gone on in that general area that people jokingly contribute to Cthulhu, saying, "Hey, it's Cthulhu snoring. Like in , and you put a little sidebar.
That was pretty interesting. They detected with underwater microphones what a very loud, low repeating sound somewhere out in the middle of the ocean somewhere, and they said, "That's just a whale song. It was such a loud and prolonged sound that it would have to be made by a creature larger than anything we currently know of. Right, so hey, Cthulhu. It's got to be him. If you listen to the sounds unaltered, it's just this really low rumble, and it goes on for ages, but if you speed it up really fast, it goes, "Bloop.
Which is also why people thought the "Cloverfield" monster was Cthulhu, because apparently on the official website, there was a bloop. They tied it into a fictional slushy maker, Japanese company. That had something to do with it as well. Once people started seeing the supplemental material, they started to draw their own conclusions. Of course, they turned out to be wrong, but it just shows how imaginative and passionate the Lovecraft fan base is. Let's talk a little more about the Necronomicon.
The text is often considered a book of spells. Most people who get their hands on the Necronomicon in Lovecraft's stories end up using it to conjure some of the Great Old Ones. Remember, Cthulhu is the priest of the Great Old Ones. Terrible, terrible things happen. The skies open up. People tend to disappear under terrible circumstances. The author, let's talk about the author of the Necronomicon. He himself, the mad Arab, Abdul Alhazred! Supposedly a poet who at some point gets this - I suppose he gets some strange inspiration, possibly fueled by drugs.
So we have this text that's supposed to be very rambling, crazy, and the interesting thing is Lovecraft never wrote the full Necronomicon. He actually wanted to create it. He wrote a couple of passages from an abridged version. There are a few passages that are fairly famous in Lovecraft lore, but he wanted to create this mythology where scholars in his world would have certain books they would refer to whenever they needed to study these creatures.
Some of those books were real books that have a historical background. Most of them were just figments of his imagination, Lovecraft's imagination, I should say. No, not the mad Arab.
It's interesting. You're talking about an author, Lovecraft, who creates this fictional author, the mad Arab, who in turn creates a fictional book called the Necronomicon, parts of which Lovecraft actually wrote out. That is the spoiler for those of you who weren't familiar with this at all. Necronomicon, completely fictional!
Mad Arab, completely fictional! Strickland, in the article, you make the point that the Necronomicon has not only survived Lovecraft's death, it has thrived. You can find versions of it on Amazon. There's actual cults, whether they realize the Necronomicon or accept that the Necronomicon is fictitious, this philosophy of the Necronomicon still figures very much into their outlook.
Then there's maybe - I got the impression - slightly nuttier cults that actually don't believe the Necronomicon is fictional, but it's pervaded into reality. All of that is right. It is fascinating. Since Lovecraft left such huge gaps with the Necronomicon, he only wrote little bits and pieces, it's allowed other people to swoop in and fill in those gaps. And make money. I'll never forget. I was in a book store. I think it was South Carolina. This is when I was a teenager. I'm looking through the books. I'm just trying to find something to read, and I come across a copy of the Necronomicon.
I had to stop and look again because I thought, "Wait a minute. Why would I finda fictional book in a bookstore? It was filled with lots of tortured prose. It was a terrible book. It was a terrible attempt at trying to make a book sounds really dangerous and spooky, but it was transparent. It was obvious that it was someone trying to do this.
Necronomicon and the complete works of H. P. Lovecraft PDF
This reality part is boring. Let's go back into the fictional world of Lovecraft and the Necronomicon. Actually, we're in no particular place. We're just in this version of reality that Lovecraft created. How about that? Within this world, you have various creatures. You have various books, all of which were bad. There are people who think they can take advantage of them and gain either power or knowledge or some combination thereof, but it always turns out badly for them. In fact, you kind of wonder why people keep bothering.
That's really what weird fiction is all about. When you use the word "weird," you don't just mean unusual. You mean incomprehensive to the human mind. I think Josh told me off mic that a lot of other authors kind of have said that's a bit of a copout on Lovecraft's part because a lot of times he doesn't have to end up being really creative on his descriptions of things. He can just say, "Trust me.
Look upon it, and you shall go insane. There's definitely an argument on either side. You could argue that the human imagination is so powerful that if you leave it up to the individual reader, that person is going to make his or her own most horrifying creature. There's nothing you, as the writer, could describe, because you don't know that person. You don't know what would horrify that person.
By leaving it up to the reader's imagination, suddenly you've made a much more effective monster. Which is kind of what they did with "Cloverfield," actually. They did kind of tap into that because they didn't show the monster very much at all. I thought it was effective. I liked the move. It's Godzilla. Another thing I thought was cool was that Lovecraft at one point said there are several official copies of the Necronomicon located in; I think you listed, five different libraries.
Two of them don't even exist. He dabbled so much between reality and fiction that I think it worked. It ended up being that you don't know what's real and what isn't.
So, Strickland, the Necronomicon was written by Alhazred, right? I believe he died fairly horribly. Either he was swallowed up after conjuring somebody using the Necronomicon. I think I remember another story where Lovecraft writes about how he was beheaded, but his head was still able to speak. There are several different ways that he supposedly died. Either way, he died, but his book survived and it stayed in Arabic. Actually, I believe that none of the Arabic original copies exist today.
In , somebody else found it, and it was translated into Greek, right? That's right. Just joking not really. Okay, okay, here we go. That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with this verse even death may die. It was kind of like a subterranean groan. There it is again! Somebody should call a plumber. Oh well, I guess it can wait until after the filibuster. Is that Welsh? It looks like sheep speak. There is definitely something wrong with the plumbing. It smells like a bog in here. Somebody open a window. It looks pretty blustery outside.
By the way, has that stained glass pentagram always been there? The way it pulses is really distracting. That on the other side It now awaits, a way to pierce the astral gate. Senator Reid, can we take a recess?
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I think the thermostat is broken. Speaking of which, Senator Reid, are you feeling all right?