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Dedicated to the works of H.P. Lovecraft, this is your stop for all of his outstanding works and weird fiction in general!

Dedicated to the works of H.P. Lovecraft, this is your stop for all of his outstanding works and weird fiction in general!

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!


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New to Lovecraft?

Where do I start?

HP Lovecraft wrote short and unconnected stories. Technically speaking you can read them at random. However for the best experience it's recommended that you read them in chronological order by date written or in most cases, just pick up a book and read left to right.

If you really just want to read the 'greatest hits' then you can browse the subreddit's top picks.

Where can I read Lovecraft?

With very few exceptions, Lovecraft's entire body of work is in the public domain and can be read online for free from numerous sources. We suggest the HP Lovecraft Archive.

What book do I buy?

Please consult the spreadsheet for an overview of a large number of physical books. The most popular collections are generally the Knickerbocker edition and Barnes and Noble varieties.


Resources

The HP Lovecraft Archive

All Lovecraft's stories can be found here

Reading Club Archive

The subreddit's favorite picks

Brown University's HPL Collection (manuscripts, letters, etc)

Complete archive of Weird Tales magazine by /u/legofan94

Spreadsheet for help determining which physical collection to purchase.

Deep Cuts in a Lovecraftian Vein

On an Underwood No. 5

Tentaclii : H.P. Lovecraft blog

The Complete Works in various eformats here.

Reviews of Lovecraftian games by /u/Avatar-of-Chaos


S.T. Joshi answers reddit's questions:

Part 1, Part 2


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/r/CallOfCthulhuTheGame

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/r/Bloodborne


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Recommendations for Lovecraft books

I've watched Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom, and enjoyed it a lot.

Based on that, what books would you guys recommend me read first?

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2024/05/19
12:25 UTC

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Best source for reference material when building a Lovecraft-inspired world?

Hello! I've been a Lovecraftian fan for quite a while now. Read quite some stories and some of my favourites were Call of Cthulhu, Shadow over Innsmouth, Haunter and The Hound.

I've been playing an old SNES classic, Earthbound, where they fight this cosmic horror thing called Giygas... and I cannot stop thinking about writing a little story inspired by Lovecrafts myths, Great Elders and supernatural events. But before I get lost in various Google searches, Wikipedia aside.... which has the best source for "official" artwork? I'm aware theres no such thing as the one definitive design. But I don't want to copy/paste a design of an artist either.

And are there explanations why Lovecraft chose certain names for places he mentioned in his stories? Like Dunwich or Innsmouth? I suck at geography and couldn't get behind the meaning. English isn't my first language, so please apologise my weird syntax.

Thank you in advance!

10 Comments
2024/05/19
03:35 UTC

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Books/stories from the perspective of Lovecraftian entities

Curious to know if there are any stories or books that are from the perspective of Lovecraftian entities? I know that kinda goes against the point of those entities to begin with, but I think it could be interesting if handled right. Pretty sure Lovecraft himself never did it, but have other authors?

28 Comments
2024/05/19
03:04 UTC

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Composer would like to share a piece inspired by Lovecraft [Arkham Sanitarium]

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2024/05/18
18:18 UTC

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This might give you an idea of what the seamen in The Call of Cthulhu experienced.

6 Comments
2024/05/18
08:47 UTC

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I've made a small video game which was inspired by Lovecraft's work.

I am a beginner hobbyist game dev. (I wouldn't even call myself that at this point.)

Recently I got one of the Gou Tanabe Lovecraft mangas as a gift, and the imagery of The Temple really stuck with me. It inspired my first try at a game jam.

The game is still subject to changes and tweaking, and I might build on it in the future.

But you can play it for free. I hope you'll enjoy it.

Disclaimer: it is meant to be a bit difficult. Perishing and starting over is very much possible. I wouldn't call it a rage-game, but it can take a few tries.

You can play it here.

9 Comments
2024/05/18
01:06 UTC

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How much sanity should an NPC lose when learning magic?

So I'm going to be trying my hand at GMing a Call of Cthulhu game and there is an NPC the player(s) will be coming into contact with. The NPC will have been studying magic for a number of years and the thought occurred to me on just how much sanity someone will lose after studying magic for even one year? Is there a passive amount they can lose in a year or is it just up to the GM?

On a related note is it ever explained just how much sanity a cultist loses over time for passively (for lack of a better word) learning the crazy things that they learn?

12 Comments
2024/05/17
16:25 UTC

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Watch my film adaptation of "The Picture In The House" now on Youtube

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Link: Dissociation Short Horror FIlm | Screamfest (youtube.com)

In 2020, I directed "Dissociation," an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's "The Picture in the House." Following an extended post-production phase and a series of festival showings, including the 2023 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, the film is now free to watch on YouTube through Screamfest.

Our adaptation tries to stay to the original while also introducing new elements for a modern twist. I'd love to know your thoughts! 🙂

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2024/05/17
16:53 UTC

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[Art] Attempted to do a sculpt of a hound of Tindalos, as I imagine it.

https://imgur.com/a/kldicDO

Got zbrush recently and figured I'd try my hand at it. I kinda was just winging it, but the idea was a hound of Tindalos. I want to try out doing a few others as well so suggestions are welcome.

8 Comments
2024/05/17
11:31 UTC

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Literature about Lovecraft's cinema adaptations

Hello everyone.
I'm currently making a research about the Lovecraftian horror and it's adaptations in different media and now I'm looking for scientific and critical literature. Specifically I'm searching for books and articles about Lovecraft and Lovecraftian horror adaptations in the cinema world.
I'd really appreciate if you people would be kind enough to link me any useful sources.
Thank you very much in advance!

4 Comments
2024/05/17
01:07 UTC

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What exactly were the rats in the walls?

!!! SPOILER !!!

Just finished the story. So I understand that he has been a part of a cannibalistic family that has been breeding, killing and eating humans in their ancient chamber.

But what were the actual rats for? I was kind of confused, because I thought the story would be about some flesh eating monster rats, but were they just in the protagonist's head? Or what was their purpose in the story? Did those rats actually do anything?

40 Comments
2024/05/16
20:35 UTC

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Sucker for Love: Date to Die For — Lust & Desire

Introduction

Sucker for Love: Date to Die For is a Parody Romance Visual Novel game developed by Akabaka and published by DreadXP. It was released on the 23^(rd) of April, 2024, on Steam, and as of the 1^(st) of May, 2024: version 1.24. It is the second entry of the Sucker for Love series.

I previously reviewed Sucker for Love: First Date.

Made in GameMaker.

Presentation

Date to Die For pays homage to 90s-style Anime with altitude and other mannerisms, depicting a mix of purples and greens for the backdrops—displayed through a television of the same period. The reception lightly snows and glitches once in a while. The soundtrack is great, much the same as First Date nothing wrong with that.

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The story follows Stardust, returning to her hometown of Sacramen-Cho after receiving a letter from her father looking after his wife at Gram's house, guilting Stardust to visit her. However, Stardust is sharp, she knows her parents are gone. Yet, she is curious for other reasons... Reports of missing people. The Sacramen-Cho Stare. Spirits. And the odd Dreams she has... The plot continues through fulfilling objectives. Stardust's reason does change for each chapter, as a next time segment.

The writing is witty and an improvement over the predecessor, I rarely see an odd spacing. Checkpoint hopping still breaks the game.

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Date to Die For gameplay is an expansion of First Date. For the most part, Date to Die For is a Visual Novel with sprites to move the story, now including an option to use a spray bottle, punishing... bad (and horny) behaviour and making fun of itself.

The other half is exploration, unlike First Date with few rooms. Date to Die For is a two-storey traditional Japanese house with a basement, collecting ingredients for Rhok'zan's rituals, but it won't be easy. The Thousand set up ambushes behind some doors. You can slowly open doors to peek, as long it doesn't pass the threshold to trigger them. Some of the Rhok'zan rituals are dangerous, you'd need to escape as well. These dangers increase, per chapter. Later threats have roaming patterns as if the 2D environment was 3D.

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Exploration does hold your hand too much. The map has star markers to indicate where the ingredients are located or where to go, some are obvious as Rhok'zan's book does give clues.

Compared to the First Date it has fewer branching paths and more focus on survival. The True Ending path shows that Date to Die For precedes the First Date.

The core of the Cosmic Horror is unchanged from First Date, though expanded. The Eldritch Entity of the Date is the luscious Outer God, Rhok'zen, The Black Goat of the Woods. Shub-Niggurath inspired her. Rhok'zen's behaviour is based on Out of the Aeons by Lovecraft and Hazel Heald (1935), who are friendly towards humanity and offer gifts that would benefit them. Prolonged life. Physical enhancement. Even immortality. Sounds like a sweet deal. However, powers like these can lead to corruption.

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The Thousand has abused Rhok-zen's gifts becoming a murderous mob that would attack anyone without the Sacramen-Cho Stare—surrounding the small town of Sacramen-Cho with a dense Forest known as the Black Woods. The Black Woods is a horrible spell that warps the behaviours and memories of those who entered. The Sacarmen-Cho Stare is a side-effect of Black Woods, amplifying an individual's desire by a thousand—ignoring essential needs. Stardust's lust or desire doesn't receive any amplification cause she doesn't experience any sexual retraction towards Rhok'zen. The Sacarmen-Cho Stare was inspired by The Innsmouth Look from The Shadow over Innsmouth (1936) by Lovecraft.

The Dunwich Horror (1929) is another inspiration, it's not as blatant as the Stare. Shub-Niggurath is a fertility God, described as a sophisticated Astarte from The Mound (1940) by Lovecraft and Zealia Bishop. Astarté or Ashtoreth is an Ancient Middle Eastern goddess of fertility and sexual love. Shub-Niggurath is called upon in incantations among hereditary cults as a blessing. Rhok'zen wants the biggest family she can get from her followers; she ploys it has continuing your legacy.

Nyanlathotep returns with a new look, spectating the affair and keeping an eye on her niece. The series remains faithful to the family tree.

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Dreams also remain a part of the series. In this Cthulhu Mythos interpretation, every God of the Pantheon creates realities and life while dreaming and female. Rhok'zen endures a constant nightmare of her ferocious cult and dreams of someone to rescue her. That would be Stardust, like D from First Date. Stardust becomes a permanent part of the Dream as long Rhok'zen remembers her, something like reincarnation.

Date to Die For does reveal the bookmaker of these Dating Ritual Books. Muu is a Shoggoth with a peculiar interest in writing smutty dĹŤjin about Humans and the Cthulhu Mythos Pantheon having romantic and sexual relationships. The idea isn't new by any stretch. Lovecraftian Erotica has been around for decades, with notable titles like Cthulhurotica (2010), Lustcraftian Horrors (2021), Possession (1981), Call Girl of Cthulhu (2014), and Saya no Uta (2013, 2020). The Books are just a guide to taking these Cosmic Entities on the perfect date.

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Collapsing Cosmoses

Pucker up! Sucker for Love: Date to Die For ups the ante with new improvements—building on the dating hot Cosmic Horrors premise for more romantic shenanigans and dangers, and making one big happy family.

Sucker for Love: Date to Die For gets a strong recommendation.

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2024/05/16
12:29 UTC

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BBC Lovecraft Investigations: Whisperer In Darkness Episode 1 missing?

Hi everyone--I've been enjoying the BBC's Lovecraft Investigations podcast, but I'm a bit flummoxed. I can't find episode 1 of Whisperer in Darkness anywhere. Is this because I'm in the States? Is there a rights issue? It's only that one episode that's missing, and while I could read the transcript, I'd really rather have the audio experience.

Thanks!

25 Comments
2024/05/16
09:37 UTC

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The best analogy to visualize when you are trying to write cosmic/lovecraftian horror

This will be relatively short because there are so many elements that go into cosmic horror and especially lovecraftian horror. However, for anyone trying to write lovecraftian or cosmic horror the best analogy I think to get you into the right frame of mind is this:

Imagine you are an ant living in an ant farm. All you know is the simple ordered structure of the tunnels, the glass holding your "world" together and your nestmates. From your perspective that's reality and even the fact that you can sometimes see strange things from beyond the glass is something you can live with because none of the strange things you've seen have affected you in anyway so you assume they are things you needn't be worried about. Then one of those strange things, perhaps a large dog, rushes into the room chasing a mouse. It barrels towards the antfarm and knocks it over, breaking it. Suddenly your world is shattered, you've found yourself in a new reality that was actually there all along but had up until this point not affected you or your world. Nothing is the same anymore and things will never go back to how they were.

This perfectly encapsulates the situation from the protagonist's point of view when it comes to cosmic horror. In the beginning up to that point there seemed to be a barrier protecting the "normal" world from the reality outside of the glass. Scientists and scholars would take note of the strange phenomenon occurring outside of the mundane but none of those phenomenon significantly affected or harmed the mundane world. Then something without care or notice, pursuing its own ends, smashed the "barrier" separating the protagonist's "normal" world with the reality beyond. From that point the protagonist on a personal level or the world on a literal level will never be the same because of how small they actually were and how little the greater forces in existence care.

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2024/05/16
01:09 UTC

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Azathoth, in historical context

I've never read the books, but, I have heard of the Blind Idiot God and wanted to share some historical context, driven by other thoughts about God, in different forms and the world itself. The name is so powerful, the idea that even everything dreamed up in his imaginary realms was just a thought in the head of a "blind idiot" in some new even greater realm.

Lovecraft seems to have first mentioned the name in 1919. This date is very significant for two reasons:

  1. WWI had just drawn to a close and it was a truly horrific affair, beyond anything seen previously due to technology developing faster than the ethics needed to keep it off the battlefield. Huge death tolls, tales of average life-spans for certain actions measured in seconds, gasses that created almost zombified, dying men, delivered by balloons with the evil characteristics of Pennywise of It, shell-shock, desertion, men destroyed by the million, even if they survived, and I could go on. But ...
  2. "Idiot" was a medical term back then. By 1919 both the theory of mental age and IQ testing had been explored and an idiot was specifically someone with mental age less than 2, or IQ less than 25-30, so badly mentally damaged that they were incapable of protecting themselves from dangers like fire. Imbecile, moron and retard were all also medical terms at this time, though only retard seems to have developed any ableist connotations in modern times.

[EDIT] Clarificiation: I refer in a comment below to "him" being "human". I am talking exclusively from the human perspective of the author, not his literary creation's perspective. The comment has -9 votes which makes sense due to the ambiguity and as a reply to one that refered to the deity, not the author. This is now edited.

Also thanks for the recommendations!

Could the idea from Lovecraft be a comment on our world, as he saw all that horror first-hand? Or has this idea been expressed already and I'm unaware?

Finally, for those questioning the fact I've not read the books, ask yourself, "do you understand the concepts of gravity, evolution, Turing machines and/or relativity?"; then, ask yourself "have you read Newton's original theory, On the Origin of Species, Turing's papers or Einstein's?". I bet all here, me included, talk confidently of many things without having read all the original texts.

34 Comments
2024/05/15
22:56 UTC

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Was the creature in “The Unnameable” an early attempt at a Shoggoth?

Hey guys,

I’ve been pondering over “The Unnameable”, the second story about Randolph Carter.

It struck me that the creature described might have been Lovecraft’s first stab at what later became known as a Shoggoth. The similarities are quite intriguing—amorphous form, indescribable horror, and the general vibe of ancient malevolence.

What do you all think?

9 Comments
2024/05/15
19:21 UTC

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Which god(s) were probably worshiped in “The Temple”?

What do you suspect was worshiped in the temple that was discovered at the bottom of the sea by the U29 in 1917? Couldn't it be that the statue of the god with the head of a young man represents an older deity?

25 Comments
2024/05/15
17:15 UTC

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Few Lovecraftian inspirations from real life and beliefs (mainly for RPG)

The article is intended primarily for Game Masters who play games in systems inspired by Lovecraft’s works, such as Call of Cthulhu or Delta Green. However, I hope that other fans of cosmic horror will also find something for themselves here. The interesting facts presented here may also be entertaining for people who do not know the work of The Loner of Providence, but some of the references may be unclear to them.
The article contains several anecdotes – either from real history or from beliefs that exist in the real world, and suggestions on how they can be related to the Cthulhu mythology.
So read about:

  • Sea Peoples, bane of ancient civilizations,
  • a forgotten Eldritch abomination from Greek mythology,
  • Jan Twardowski, the first man on the Moon,
  • mathematicians and physicists who wanted to know the structure of reality and lost their minds,
  • one of the most mysterious characters from the Bible and a dark, occult ritual that underlies monotheism.

Invasion of the Sea Peoples

Ancient, super-advanced, fallen civilizations are one of the favorite motifs of fantasy. And truth be told, something similar happened in real history. Of course, in reality, the fallen civilizations did not have sci-fi supertechnology at their disposal, but their collapse still led to great destabilization. We are talking about the invasion of the so-called Sea Peoples, which took place at the turn of the 13th and 12th centuries BC. The Sea Peoples are mobile and warlike groups of people of unknown origin. They caused the collapse of several advanced cultures, including: Mycenaean and Hittite. Only the Egyptians managed to defeat them in a great battle. Well, the material for Lovecraftian inspiration is obvious. A mysterious army, coming out of nowhere, called the „Sea Peoples”, leading to the fall of the most powerful human civilizations at that time? Let us add that, according to some historians, the descendants of the Sea Peoples destroyed by the Egyptians were the Philistines. Yes, the same Philistines, one of whose main deities was the well-known Dagon to Lovecraftomaniacs… Deep Ones say hello. Let us also add that, according to Egyptian records, the tribes of the Sea Peoples had names such as Ekvesh, Teresh, Lucki, Sherden, Shekelesh, Tekel and Peleset. Sounds suitably dark, blasphemous and filthy? If we want to dig deeper, one of the pharaohs who ruled Egypt was Akhenaten – yes, that heretic who tried to replace the worship of traditional Egyptian gods with the religion of the Aten and who is very much liked by conspiracy theorists.
Let’s add to the mix that Middle Eastern cultures had quite a negative attitude towards the sea as such. Babylonian Marduk had to defeat the giant monsters of Chaos – Apsu and Tiamat, personifications of fresh and salt waters, respectively. The Bible also contains traces of the myth about the fight between Yahweh and Leviathan, and the Book of Revelation, describing the new, ideal world, emphasizes that „I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.”
Let’s assume that the players are researchers of an antiquity – historians, archaeologists, etc. They conduct research on the Sea Peoples. Of course, as common sense dictates, they assume that these were human warriors. However, as time goes on, more and more evidence appears that they were not completely human again, and the evidence of their monstrosity becomes increasingly difficult to put down to the demonization that Egyptian chroniclers used against their enemies… It becomes clear that an onslaught of inhuman and semi-human monsters came from the sea. , trying to conquer the world of that time. Moreover, after their defeat at the hands of the Egyptians, this species did not become extinct, but instead of open conquest it switched to cautious infiltration. Perhaps the Deep Ones have spies in academia who are tasked with eliminating historians who find the trail of truth…

Oh, one more interesting fact connecting the history of the Sea Peoples with Lovecraft. Well, as we know, HPL liked to use the term „Cyclopean” for huge, monumental buildings. At least he didn’t come up with it himself. Well, when the later (and at first more primitive) inhabitants, the Dorians, saw the ruins of destroyed castles left by the Mycenaean culture, they came to the conclusion that such huge buildings could not have been built by human hands, so they were probably the work of mythical giants – cyclopes.

Typhon – a classic but forgotten abomination

Modern works drawing on Greek mythology usually make Hades (completely senseless) or Kronos (a little more) the Big Bad, but they forget about Zeus’s greatest enemy – Typhon. After defeating the titans and then the gigants, the Olympian gods had to face the main boss on the way to dominating the world – Typhon. Here is an example of its description: It was larger than the largest mountains, its head touched the stars. When he stretched out his hands, one reached the eastern ends of the world and the other reached the western ends. Instead of fingers, he had a hundred dragon heads. From the waist down he had a tangle of vipers (yay, tentacles!) and wings at his shoulders. His eyes were shooting out flames. In other versions of the myth, Typhon was a flying, hundred-headed dragon. In any case – appearance and stature worthy of the Great Old One. Typhon attacked Olympus, and all the gods except Zeus fled in panic. The supreme god took up the fight… and lost it. Only in the second duel did he manage to defeat Typhon, but not kill him – he only imprisoned him, hitting him with Etna. In the sense of a mountain. A volcano – and volcanic activity is the result of Typhon’s anger, trying to break free.
Typhon equaled the lord of heaven not only in strength, but in fertility. His wife was Echidna, about whom Hesiod wrote: „She also gave birth to another creature, invincible, huge, unlike neither men nor immortal gods, in a hollow cave – the divine violent Echidna, half a sharp-eyed young girl, with beautiful cheeks, half a huge snake, a great and powerful, spotted, cruel – in the depths of the holy land. This pair spawned many, if not most, of the monsters found in Greek mythology. Their offspring were very diverse and strange, as befits the spawn of enemies of the divine order, including:
– Ladon, the hundred-headed dragon who never slept and guarded the apples that gave immortality,
– Cerberus – we all know the dog guarding the gates of hell… but not all of us know that, according to some accounts, it had not three heads, but as many as 50, it was also covered with scales, and it had a snake by its tail… so what does this have to do with a dog?
– Scylla – this lady inherited the most from the human, beautiful part of Echidna… at least initially, but eventually, as a result of various perturbations, she turned from a beautiful nymph to her siblings, becoming a six-headed sea beast, so hideous, according to Homer, that even the gods could not stand sight of her – she dwelt in a cave, from where she opened her mouth to devour the crews of ships,
– Gorgons – I mean, those ladies with snake hair, not monstrous bulls. Medusa was one of them – the story that Athena turned her priestess into a monster as punishment for being raped by Poseidon is an invention of later poets,
– Lernaean Hydra – a multi-headed monster with many reptilian or human heads. In place of each severed head, two others grew, and in addition, the main head was completely immortal – therefore, after chopping off the mortal heads, Heracles had to burn the stumps and bury the immortal, still hissing head underground. Hydra’s breath was poisonous.
– various other creatures, such as the Sphinx, the dog Ortus, the Nemean Lion or the Chimera.
Each of these descendants has the potential to be portrayed as an Eldritch abomination in its own right. To be precise – according to some accounts, the father of these creatures (and Echidna herself) was Typhon, but a monstrous, ancient (older than Poseidon) sea god, Phorcys.
How to use Typhon? Well, Typhon clearly has the potential to be a Great Old One, imprisoned by… Nodens? Some other Elder God? Weak gods of humanity? Maybe his cult is trying to free him from Etna? What if he succeeds? What might distinguish Typhon from many other Great Old Ones? I would recommend focusing on his monster progenitor aspect – if he manages to reunite with Echidna, they will immediately start spawning various blasphemous beasts in series.

Jan Twardowski – the first man on the Moon

Jan (John) Twardowski, the hero of the legend, a Polish nobleman who allegedly sold his soul to the devil and became a sorcerer. Probably a historical figure, according to legend he lived in the 16th century and became famous for summoning the spirit of the deceased queen for King Sigismund Augustus. The ghost allegedly appeared in the mirror. This mirror is still kept in the church in Węgrów. According to legend, when the terms of the pact were fulfilled, devils came to kidnap Twardowski to hell. Interestingly, instead of taking the sorcerer’s soul after death, the most material demons appeared and grabbed Twardowski in order to kidnap him bodily, alive… and instead of heading towards the underground, which in legends is considered the traditional place of residence of demons and damned souls, they began to carry away up with him. At some point, Twardowski started singing religious songs, which caused the demons to escape, leaving him on the Moon, where he is said to have stayed ever since. Could the “demons” actually be extraterrestrials? Maybe mi-go? Maybe Twardowski was their agent and obtained secret knowledge and technology from them that gave him the fame of a sorcerer? As part of his studies, did he acquire knowledge of a system of sounds („religious songs”) that was able to drive away his masters when they decided that his usefulness on Earth had ended and it was time to transport him to a space base where he would be transformed into a brain in jar? Or was transportation to the Moon part of the deal from the beginning? Oh, one more interesting fact – according to legends, Twardowski used to use a rooster as a horse, which he enlarged with his magic. It’s easy to imagine an abomination that, in the eyes of laymen, might have resembled a large rooster…
Examples of scenario hooks:
– Twardowski’s secret mirror is still in the church in Węgrów. The local priest thinks it is just other „pagan” superstitions, but in fact it is a tool enabling contact with cosmic beings and higher realities. It may prove useful to players if they convince the priest to give it back or simply steal it.
– Players are looking for Twardowski’s notes to gain knowledge about the „song” thanks to which he drove away mi-go (or other creatures that became the prototype of the „devils” from the legend). The so-called Twardowski’s „School” or „Cathedral” was located in a quarry near Kraków. In fact, at the end of the 19th century, during the construction of the church of St. Józef, a cave showing traces of alchemical experiments was discovered… And it was destroyed. But perhaps there is a second, secret laboratory under the cave that escaped destruction? And there lie Twardowski’s secrets… And again, potential obstacles may be placed by the local parish priest. But not only him. Maybe Twardowski’s legendary „rooster” lies dormant in the laboratory and was left by the sorcerer as a guard?
– players are astronauts on the Moon. However, it turns out that someone lives here, someone who was not detected by previous expeditions and probes. Will Twardowski prove to be an ally in the fight against cosmic horrors? Or maybe their agent, or an independent villain? If he survived this long on the Moon thanks to blasphemous secrets, it’s possible that he had little humanity left…

The rest of the text is avalaible (of course, for free) here: https://adeptusrpg.wordpress.com/2024/05/13/some-lovecraftian-inspiration-form-real-life-and-beliefs/

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2024/05/15
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Shoggoth's Old Peculiar; in which a lost backpacker runs into two cultists in a pub. Written, and read aloud to a live audience, by Neil Gaiman

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2024/05/15
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Question about "the festival"

Hi fellow acolytes! English is not my first language and I am kinda new to this fandom (I started reading Lovecraft's works 2 months ago, and I am far from done) so maybe this question could seem stupid to someone that read all the stories, but i'm going to ask anyway. Who do you think is the deity being worshipped in "the festival"? It is said that this cult was passed on in generations, like the De La Poer cult in "the rats in the walls" that probably honored Shub-Niggurath, but the rituals of this cults are obviously very different. What happens in "the festival" does not resemble the practices used to worship Cthulhu either. What is your opinion?

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2024/05/15
07:18 UTC

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Medieval metaphysics

I recently found out about the Munich Manual of Demonic Magic (Liber incantationum, exorcismorum et fascinationum variorum), CLM 849 at the Bavarian State Museum, Munich.

It's a fifteenth century goetic grimoire, concerning demonology and necromancy. There's exactly one manuscript copy known to exist. Richard Kieckhefer wrote about it in "Forbidden Rites" (1998).

An actual ancient book of dark magic!

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2024/05/14
22:41 UTC

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NOCTRANS Ep 180 - Scion of the Strange Dark House on the Hill

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2024/05/14
18:55 UTC

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Batman: The doom that came to Gotham, Wasted potential?

Anyone else see this film? Film seems to not know what it wants to do, this feels more like a hunt for the League of shadows than an actual lovecraftian horror show, the beginning was good and it has a few moments here or there but overall it was extremely boring for me for some odd reason, what do y’all think of it? I felt the movie used HP lovecraft more as an attention grabber here and threw it in backseat halfway through only to remember it and grab it back up lol

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2024/05/14
06:33 UTC

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Providence Convention 2024

Has anyone seen kids and teens in the events at NecronomiCon? I have a 12 year old super fan—just wondering if it’s adults only.

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2024/05/14
00:39 UTC

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Im a college student who made a Lovecraftian Noir short film

Im a 20 year old college student who made this short film outside of class with my friends. Id love any constructive criticism! When a student affairs officer investigates a reclusive art professor at Arkham University, he uncovers a horrific secret that blurs the lines between artistic genius and madness.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEjxT4KjXbA&t=325s

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2024/05/13
18:00 UTC

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