Today is the 123rd birthday of one of the quintessential horror novelists of the 20th century, Howard Phillips Lovecraft! In honor of H.P. Lovecraft’s birthday, we present this illustrated video of Eben Brook’s popular fannish anthem to C’thulhu (pronounced k’THOO-loo). Eben was featured in the first Krypton Radio Big Damn Concert, and near the end of September he’s coming back for a solo concert!
(You can buy the MP3 of this song here.)
Lovecraft’s guiding aesthetic and philosophical principle was what he termed “cosmicism” or “cosmic horror”, the idea that life is incomprehensible to human minds and that the universe is fundamentally inimical to the interests of humankind. As such, his stories express a profound indifference to human beliefs and affairs. Lovecraft is the originator of the Cthulhu Mythos story cycle and the Necronomicon, a fictional magical textbook of rites and forbidden lore.
He wasn’t widely read during his own lifetime, but his reputation has grown over the decades. He’s now regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th century. Science fiction and fantasy author Stephen King called Lovecraft “the twentieth century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.” King drew much of his inspiration from Lovecraft, who was the single largest figure to influence his fiction writing. Lovecraft’s stories have been adapted into plays, films and games, such as Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth and id Software’s Quake.
And of course, there are the C’thulu plushies.
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