Elder things. Ghasts. Night-gaunts. Meet the creatures of the Cthulhu Mythos, denizens of the dark but brilliant imagination of H. P. Lovecraft. The collection of occult horror and fantasy he penned during his short lifetime is a legacy that has terrified and inspired generations of fans. Lovecraft's tales reveal the horror of seeing what has been hidden from humanity for good reason.
Written for those curious about Lovecraft and his work, this illustrated guide presents detailed descriptions of twenty-nine of the monsters, creatures, and gods that inhabit Lovecraft's macabre fictional universe, without any spoilers that could ruin a future read of his stories. It also includes an introduction to the man regarded as the father of American horror.
Who was H.P. Lovecraft? What is exactly is the Necronomicon, and why has it left such an indelible impression on magicians and occultists of today? Donald Tyson, author of The 13 Gates of the Necronomicon, describes just exactly what Lovecraft had in mind—and why our usage of the Necronomicon today would be blasphemy to him.
Those of you who may have heard the term Cthulhu Mythos (also simply shortened to Mythos) prior to reading this, I tip
my hat to you. As Lovecraft’s influence and inspiration grows,
I would expect more people to have a germ of this knowledge,
whether this term be read in print or overheard in passing conversation. This term has been in use for the past few decades
among the fans and...
The spawn of Cthulhu—or as I like to call them, the Little C—are the brethren to Cthulhu, the difference being that their stature and powers are smaller when compared with the Big C. From Lovecraft’s writing it is not clear if they are the actual offspring of Cthulhu, but the word spawn communicates to the reader the watery existence of their world (for now, that is, but when the stars are...
According to Lovecraft, at the center of the universe there is a god. This deity, seemingly at the most important place in all of existence, would at first appear to be its raison d’être: the universe’s materialization from thought into reality.Now imagine a corpulent mass of swirling, chaotic forms and shapes, eerily piping a thin-reeded tune without any melody or rhythm. Around this deity, like...
With its focus on fun and frivolity, it's no wonder Beltane is one of the most festive Sabbats of the year for many modern Pagans. Held each year on or around May 1st, Beltane is a celebration of vitality, fertility, strength, and growth reflecting a blending of many traditions. It gets its name from the pre-Christian Celtic Bealtaine, which... read this article