Howard Lovecraft

The Call of Cthulhu

“The Call of Cthulhu” is one of H. P. Lovecraft's best-known short stories. Written in the summer of 1926, it was first published in Weird Tales, February 1928. It is the only story written by Lovecraft in which the extraterrestrial entity Cthulhu himself makes a major appearance.It is written in a documentary style, with three independent narratives linked together by the device of a narrator discovering notes left by a deceased relative. The narrator pieces together the whole truth and disturbing significance of the information he possesses, illustrating the story's first line: “The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity; and it was not meant that we should voyage far.”
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    Cooper Kelleyshared an impression4 years ago
    👍Worth reading
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    Not sorry that I picked this one up. My body will hate me for a general lack of rest these next couple of days, but my mind is pleased. Lovecraft is brilliant and horrific. I expected a story of a monster, but instead found a mystery of the deep, of the stars and of man's ability to test the waters of madness.

    cgpppnsp01shared an impressionlast year
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    🚀Unputdownable

    So great this mystic tale can really bring chluthl to life

    Ibtisam Bhattishared an impressionlast year
    👍Worth reading

    It's easy to see how Stephen King got his inspiration from this book in some aspects. The Call of Cthulhu, a short story by H.P. Lovecraft often published today as a novella in various formats, is a bizarre mixture of unsettling science fiction and occult intrigue.

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    sneakYMfhas quoted2 years ago
    The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.
    Omar Palmahas quoted2 months ago
    The time would be easy to know, for then mankind would have become as the Great Old Ones; free and wild and beyond good and evil, with laws and morals thrown aside and all men shouting and killing and revelling in joy.
    samairaveerabhadrahas quoted10 months ago
    I am inclined to wonder - and more than wonder

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