The Call of Cthulhu
"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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December 04, 2013
Facsinating and to put simply, a very nice story indeed. Extremely Well-Written, its just breathtaking.
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!
August 31, 2013
The benchmark in horror
July 19, 2013
Lovecraft's every word echos with the hideously resounding thud of a tomb door. Amazing!
May 26, 2013
A great short story bearing a monolithic horror.
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......
April 02, 2013
Based on true events
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.
February 25, 2013
Elegant and haunting. The images tug at your mind like a half remembered dream that you now wish you could forget.
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.
February 09, 2013
Very interesting and short, 43 pages. It manages to create a sense of upcoming doom.
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.
December 24, 2012
Well written and a very good read.
October 14, 2012
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
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.
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
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
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.
May 04, 2012
Far too short! Great writing though.
May 03, 2012
Fantastic use of the English language. A must read for horror fans!
April 05, 2012
March 24, 2012
I read this 24 years ago & have been trying to find a flaw ever since. You won't either.
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.
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.
June 22, 2011
I found that this book gave me chills, thoughts and dreams that couldn't be described in words other than disturbing.