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The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft
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The Call of Cthulhu

by H.P. Lovecraft

135 ratings, 30 reviews

"The Call of Cthulhu" is a short story written by H. P. Lovecraft during the summer of 1926, which was published in Weird Tales in 1928. Written in documentary style, it contains three narratives that are discovered as notes left by a deceased relative. While Cthulhu is a character, it's only hinted at: it is the lord of R'lyeh, an ancient being from the depths of space that came hundreds of millions of years ago to destroy the elder beings of our world. It is described as "a monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind."

The main plot of the story follows several characters as they try to uncover the cryptic nature of the Cthulhu cult, which is discovered amidst a frenzy of worldwide hysteria. Several adventurous characters travel the globe searching out the cult in an attempt to stop them from releasing the dreaded monster from the stars. Lovecraft's story has inspired a whole milieu of work, which includes dozens of Cthulhu spinoff stories that make up a whole mythos. "Cthulhu" has also become a term among sci-fi and fantasy lovers as shorthand for something ultra horrific or evil.

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Manuel Lopez

February 25, 2014

Not gonna bother reading it cuz i know it will suck monkey balls


Ian Blackmer

February 19, 2014

Cthulhu is anazing


Rose Roberson

February 09, 2014

Cthulhu for the win!!!'


Christy Meyer

December 04, 2013

Facsinating and to put simply, a very nice story indeed. Extremely Well-Written, its just breathtaking.


Dakota Hartman

September 24, 2013

Ugg! Does it have to end! I loved every word of this beautiful book! I have been obsessed with Cthulhu for a long time and this just made it better!


Steve Bailey

August 31, 2013

The benchmark in horror


Jeff Dallas

July 19, 2013

Lovecraft's every word echos with the hideously resounding thud of a tomb door. Amazing!


Helen Warner

May 26, 2013

A great short story bearing a monolithic horror.


Samstravels Abroad

April 17, 2013

This book is a reminder of all the horrible things that lurk in the darkness. It is creepy to think of things as old as our sun can be waiting for us in the dark......


Smellby Incriminator

April 02, 2013

Based on true events


Sam Ward

March 27, 2013

The call of cthulhu is brilliant in the sense that if fiction wasnt tied to the title, a chilling embrace would follow suit even more than the tale itself creates.


Amanda Moore

February 25, 2013

Elegant and haunting. The images tug at your mind like a half remembered dream that you now wish you could forget.


Kermit McKenzie

February 23, 2013

Short but sweet story. The narrators anxiety quickly builds. The long fluid senteces and word choices are great. I might read again and give it more stars.


Ignacio Gonzalez

February 09, 2013

Very interesting and short, 43 pages. It manages to create a sense of upcoming doom.


Alexander Semenyuk

February 01, 2013

I am a writer myself and it's always great to find something different and original, I surely recommend this story, I enjoyed the writing style and the descriptions a lot.


Adam Forrest

December 24, 2012

Well written and a very good read.


Jr. Ibbs

October 14, 2012

Interesting story


Jonathan Shreves

October 14, 2012

One of my favorite books!



September 05, 2012

Takes about 30 minutes to read, very interesting. A little Slow in the beginning but great ending


Steve Childress

August 25, 2012

This book is beautifully written, and it masterful in its mysterious recount of horror. It is a must read for all who fancy the genres of mystery, horror, and the paranormal or unknown.


Damien Houck

August 08, 2012

Great book I'm enjoying it I like the author. I found out about Cthulhu from a indie video game on Xbox lol then I saw him in south park the cartoon show . I knew it was a piece of literature and I saw it on here it's a must download you won't regret it


Narain Thadani

June 17, 2012

I read Lovecraft as a student many years ago & posses his collection of short stories but this was missing. Hea master craftsman of horror


Jay Bearce

May 29, 2012

A must read for horror aficionados. H.P. Lovecraft's diction is superb and unmatched! Great book to read in one sitting.


Jory Helmes

May 04, 2012

Far too short! Great writing though.


Lee Story

May 03, 2012

Fantastic use of the English language. A must read for horror fans!


Lee Krienke

April 05, 2012

Amazing. Horrifying.


Corey Squire

March 24, 2012

I read this 24 years ago & have been trying to find a flaw ever since. You won't either.


Derek Beltran

February 21, 2012

fantastic writing. first thing ive read by HP. I really liked it, i now know why he is held in so high regard as a horror writer.


Timothy Saint-Pierre

December 09, 2011

It's been a favorite since I was eight. If you're not in your right mind, give it a read. It only takes about an hour to read.


Jericho Smith

June 22, 2011

I found that this book gave me chills, thoughts and dreams that couldn't be described in words other than disturbing.