Quotes from ‘The Call of Cthulhu’ by H. P. Lovecraft

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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.

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.

This is how he begins the story. Absolutely amazing.

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. Then the liberated Old Ones would teach them new ways to shout and kill and revel and enjoy themselves, and all the earth would flame with a holocaust of ecstasy and freedom.

A rather grim idea of freedom.

That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die.

A mad poet writes about the Old Ones.

Who knows the end? What has risen may sink, and what has sunk may rise. Loathsomeness waits and dreams in the deep, and decay spreads over the tottering cities of men.

Indeed.

The Thing of the idols, the green, sticky spawn of the stars, had awaked to claim his own. The stars were right again, and what an age-old cult had failed to do by design, a band of innocent sailors had done by accident. After vigintillions of years great Cthulhu was loose again, and ravening for delight.

Vigintillion = 1 followed by 63 zeroes. Yes, they are that old.

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2 comments

  1. He’s actually a rather depressing read. Extremely vivid, but best in small doses.

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  2. Nah, Lovecraft is only depressing if you somehow believe that humanity is supposed to be the center of the universe. If you know better than that, he’s just full of cosmic wonder. Like Jack Kirby’s with a sense of overpowering dread (Kirby’s stuff was very Lovecraftian, stripped of the horror and cosmic dread.) Stuff like the Fourth World and the New Gods, and the Eternals.

    In fact, late ’60s through ’70s Marvel was full of Lovecraftian ideas. Even Galactus himself fits, but Lovecraft’s work was directly quoted in many of Marvel’s horror titles, and fairly frequently in Dr. Strange.

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