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Cthulhu Mythos in popular culture

A sketch of the Cthulhu statue found in The Call of Cthulhu. The sketch was done by H. P. Lovecraft in 1934

This article provides a list of cultural references to the work of author H. P. Lovecraft. These references are collectively known as the Cthulhu Mythos. For works that are stylistically Lovecraftian, including comics and film adaptations influenced by Lovecraft, see Lovecraftian horror.

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FilmEdit

Title Year Writer Notes
The Call of Cthulhu 2005 Sean Branney A silent film adaptation of the Lovecraft short story of the same name.
Cthulhu 2007 Daniel Gildark Loosely based on "The Shadow Over Innsmouth".
The Haunted Palace 1963 Charles Beaumont Based on "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward".
Dagon 2001 Dennis Paoli An adaptation of the Lovecraft short story "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" (1936), set in Spain.
Die Farbe (a.k.a. The Colour Out Of Space) 2010 Huan Vu A German film adaptation of the Lovecraft short story of the same name. A young man goes searching for his lost father and finds something unexpected.
From Beyond 1986 Dennis Paoli, Stuart Gordon and Brian Yuzna An American science fiction body-horror film directed by Stuart Gordon, loosely based on the Lovecraft short story of the same name.
The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu 2009 Devin McGinn A comedy-horror film about the last of Lovecraft's relatives.
Re-Animator 1985 Stuart Gordon, William J. Norris and Dennis Paoli An American science fiction horror film based on the Lovecraft story "Herbert West–Reanimator."
Bride of Re-Animator 1990 Brian Yuzna, Rick Fry and Woody Keith An American science fiction horror film sequel to Re-Animator.
The Whisperer in Darkness 2011 Sean Branney A film adaptation of the Lovecraft short story of the same name.

See also listing for Films based on works by H. P. Lovecraft.

Tabletop gamesEdit

Game Title Publisher/Developer Year Notes
Arkham Horror Chaosium
Fantasy Flight Games
1987
2005
A board game originally published by Chaosium. The license was later acquired by Fantasy Flight Games, with a revised and expanded version of the game re-released in 2005.[1]
Call of Cthulhu Chaosium 1981 Award-winning role-playing game based on the Mythos.[2]
Call of Cthulhu Collectible Card Game Fantasy Flight Games 2004 Collectible card game based on the Mythos.[3]
Chaos of Cthulhu Imp House Game Company 2016 A dice game based on the Cthulhu Mythos.[4]
Chez Cthulhu A Chez Geek (by Steve Jackson Games) variant where slackers may descend into Lovecraftian madness.[5]
Cthulhu Fluxx Looney Labs 2012 An H. P. Lovecraft-themed variant of the original Fluxx game, including cards based on some of the characters, objects and events in the Cthulhu Mythos.[6]
Cthulhu Gloom A spin-off of the card game Gloom, wherein players are given a family of Lovecraftian characters. The goal of the game is for the players to kill their own characters in horribly terrifying deaths for negative points, while keeping their opponents' families healthy and happy. All of the cards in the game contain references to Lovecraftian themes, places and characters.
Cthulhu Dice Steve Jackson Games 2010 A dice game with a custom 12-sided die, embossed with tentacles, Elder Signs and more. Players roll the dice in an attempt to destroy their opponent's "sanity".[7]
Dungeons & Dragons TSR, Inc. 1980 Games company TSR included an entire chapter on the Cthulhu Mythos (including statistics for the character) in the first printing of Dungeons & Dragons sourcebook Deities & Demigods (1980). TSR, however, were unaware that Arkham House - copyright holder on almost all Lovecraft literature - had already licensed the Cthulhu property to the game company Chaosium. Although Chaosium stipulated that TSR could continue to use the material if each future edition featured a published credit to Chaosium, TSR refused and the material was removed from all subsequent editions.[8]
Elder Sign Fantasy Flight Games 2011 A dice game involving a team of investigators attempting to prevent the "Ancient Ones" from awakening. Also, a mobile App Game with the same goal.[9]
Eldritch Horror Fantasy Flight Games 2013 A board game published by Fantasy Flight Games and inspired by the Arkham Horror board game.[10]
Illuminati A card game with an expansion supplement, "Servants of Cthulhu".[11]
Magic: The Gathering Wizards of the Coast In the set Rise of the Eldrazi, the size and descriptions of the Eldrazi are partially based on the Cthulhu Mythos.[12]
Mansions of Madness Fantasy Flight Games Board game involving one player in the service of malevolent deities and other players attempting to stop them.[13]
Monsterpocalypse Privateer Press 2008 - A tactical board game pitting giant monsters against each other. One of the factions is the Lords of Cthul, a Lovecraft-inspired Fiends faction from another dimension.
Munchkin Steve Jackson Games 2001 A card game that features a series of parody expansion sets based on the Mythos.[14]
Mythos Chaosium 1996 - 1997 Collectible card game based in the Lovecraft mythos setting and spanning the 1920s era, dreamlands and modern times via expansions. Players were investigators attempting to complete adventures and not drop to zero sanity.
Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Paizo Publishing 2009 A spin-off of the 3.5 Edition of Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder includes several of the Outer Gods and Great Old Ones as deities that can be served by player or non-player characters.
Smash Up Alderac Entertainment Group 2013 This card game features a "Smash Up: The Obligatory Cthulhu Set" expansion which adds Cthulhu cultists, Innsmouth locals, Elder Things, Miskatonic University members and "Madness" cards that each of these groups can use to various effects.[15]
A Study in Emerald Treefrog Games 2013 A 2-5 player board game based on the short story by Neil Gaiman.[16]
A Study in Emerald (second edition) Treefrog Games 2015 Second edition of "A Study in Emerald" with shorter play time and streamlined rules.[17]
Trail of Cthulhu Pelgrane Press 2008 An investigative role-playing game.[18]

Video gamesEdit

Game Title Publisher/Developer Year Notes
Arcane Mystery Serial Sarbakan, PC 2002 Online serial game pitting human investigators against the creatures of the Mythos.[19]
Alone in the Dark Infogrames, PC 1992 Adventure game based on the works of H. P. Lovecraft.
Ayumi: Enhanced Edition Lord Rutsah 2016 The whole game is heavily based on the Yellow Mythos of Hastur, with multiple references to other Great Old Ones. Byakhees, Nagas, Mi-Gos and other Mythos entities make frequent appearances, while the player is tormented by the voice of the King in Yellow.
Bloodborne From Software 2015 An Action role-playing game on the PlayStation 4 that is heavily influenced by the Cthulhu mythos featuring characters and supernatural beings directly based on those found in the works of H. P. Lovecraft[20]
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth Bethesda Softworks/2K Games, Xbox/Microsoft Windows 2005 Loosely based on The Shadow Over Innsmouth, with references to other Mythos works.[21]
Call of Duty: Black Ops III Treyarch 2015 The Shadow Man, a character in the Shadows of Evil campaign, is revealed to be a manifestation of Cthulhu. The setting and gameplay itself is inspired by the mythos.[citation needed]
Civilization VI Firaxis Games 2016 One of the achievements in Civilization VI is called "Armies of Cthulhu". It is achieved by levying the military of the city-state Nan Madol.
Crusader Kings II Paradox Interactive 2012 A chain of events in Crusader Kings II describes the player's character helping to summon Cthulhu. The player can choose to either sacrifice their character, or slay Cthulhu after summoning it.
Darkest Dungeon Red Hook Studios 2015 A Roguelike dungeon crawler where the player manages a group of heroes reclaiming an estate where a heavily Cthulhu themed Old One has awakened and drove the residents mad. The player must not only make sure his group survives but also take care of their sanity and stress levels.
Cthulhu Saves the World Zeboyd Games 2010 A 2D role-playing video game where Cthulhu must become a hero to recover his dark powers.
Destiny: The Taken King Bungie 2015 Two of the raid bosses, Golgoroth and Oryx, are loosely based upon the Mythos characters Gol-Goroth and Orryx, respectively.
The Elder Scrolls series Bethesda 1994 - Current Hermaeus Mora has some lovecraftian elements to him and can be argued that he shares similar appearance to "Yog-Sothoth"
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem Silicon Knights 2002 A Nintendo Gamecube game inspired by Lovecraft's writings. The game is set in Rhode Island where the main character finds a tome with stories of Cthulhu-like 'ancients'. The game won the honorary "Day of the Tentacle (Cthulhu) Award" at GameSpy's Game of the Year Awards.
Fallen London Failbetter Games 2009 A browser based role playing game set in a subterranean world influenced by Lovecraftian themes.
Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City Atlus 2010 A dungeon-crawler role-playing game that draws heavily on Lovecraftian mythos. The optional final boss, the Abyssal God, bears heavy resemblance to Cthulhu, and its minions are known as the Deep Ones.
Flappy Monsters of Lovecraft Serial MMF Software 2016 Game based on Flappy style games. The main character is Cthulhu and it is available for Android.
Hearthstone/ Whispers Of The Old Gods Blizzard 2016 Blizzard released an expansion on the 31st of May 2016, Whispers of The Old Gods. This expansion's theme is largely inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos.
Fallout 3/"Point Lookout" Bethesda 2008 Bethesda's take on Interplay's "Post-Apocalyptic Role Playing Game" features a minor location in the Capitol Wasteland, the Dunwich Building, which references loosely the short-story of the same name. Included in the "Point Lookout" DLC is a quest inspired by the Mythos through a mysterious man's attempts to recover a doomed book.
Knights and Dragons Gree 2013 Multiple quests are based upon Cthulhu, with Cthulhu appearing as a limited Epic Boss.
Lost Souls 1990 Online game with direct references to the Mythos.[22]
Magicka Paradox Interactive 2011 An action-adventure video game, featuring Cthulhu-themed expansion "The Stars are Left". Also there are several mythos themed enemies and bosses in the vanilla game.[23]
Magrunner: Dark Pulse Frogwares 2013 A puzzle video game involving magnetism, leading to a world with Lovecraftian inspired monsters, including Cthulhu.
Megami Tensei Atlus 1987 - A series of Japanese role-playing games featuring creatures and figures from various mythologies, including beings from the Mythos. They serve varying roles throughout the games, sometimes as enemies, sometimes as recruitable allies. In particular, Nyarlathotep served as the chief antagonist for Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, Persona 2: Innocent Sin and Persona 2: Eternal Punishment.
Paradigm Jacob Janerka 2017 In the game, a Cthulhu flavored cupcake can be acquired from the cupcake salesperson in the hallway.[24]
Payday 2 OVERKILL / Starbreeze Studios 2013 A four-player cooperative shooter in which players attempt to rob a bank. Cthulhu's face is available as a cosmetic item.
Phoenix Point Snapshot Games 2018 A turn-based tactics game in which Earth is infested with a strange mist mutating fauna into Lovecraftian horrors. A background story, "The Tomb of the Phoenix", identifies the planet Yuggoth as the source of an identical infestation from millions of years ago. However, as stated by one of the writers, the exact connection is yet to be determined, and it is possible knowledge of the infestation was actually Lovecraft's inspiration in-universe, since his books are mentioned.[25]
Prisoner of Ice Infogrames 1995 An adventure game based on H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, particularly At the Mountains of Madness
Quake id Software 1996 A first-person shooter computer game whose final boss was an entity named Shub-Niggurath.[26]
RuneScape Jagex 2014 A Quest-based off "The Shadow over Innsmouth". In the Quest, called A Shadow over Ashdale, the player must save the Isle-town of Ashedale from an ancient, aquatic race called Crassians - based themselves on common images of the Deep Ones.
Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse Telltale Games 2010 A five-episode Point-and-click adventure game from the Sam & Max series. The story features a Cthulhu-like race of elder gods, the most notable of them named "Yog-Soggoth".
Scribblenauts, Super Scribblenauts, Scribblenauts Remix, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Scribblenauts Unmasked 5th Cell 2009, 2010 (Nintendo DS), 2011 (iOS), 2013 Cthulhu and Shoggoth can be summoned during gameplay.[27]
Sunless Sea Failbetter Games 2016 A game set in the same universe as Fallen London, with a greater emphasis on exploration and lovecraftian themes.
The Secret World Funcom 2012 An action-adventure MMO. Parts of the game were described by the project lead as being inspired by Lovecraft; there are locations and creatures named after Lovecraft/the Cthulhu Mythos and quests referencing/re-acting elements of it.[28]
Shadow of the Comet Infogrames 1993 An adventure game based on The Shadow Over Innsmouth.
Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened Frogwares, Windows 2006 Features an investigation into a number of disappearances believed to be the work of a Cthulhu cult.[29]
SMITE Hi-Rez Studios 2014 A third person MOBA with gods from different pantheons as playable characters. Ah-Muzen-Cab has a purchasable skin inspired by Cthulhu, named "The Dark Whisperer".
South Park: The Fractured but Whole Ubisoft 2017 A role-playing game which features Shub-Niggurath as a boss.
Terraria Re-Logic 2011 Eye of Cthulhu and Brain of Cthulhu are two prominent boss characters. The final boss, the Moon Lord, bears very close resemblance to Cthulhu, as well as having True Eyes of Cthulhu. It has been confirmed that he is Cthulhu's brother, despite him not having a brother in any of Lovecraft's stories.
Warcraft series Blizzard Entertainment 2003 In the ancient past of the Warcraft universe, a host of Lovecraftian Old Gods—C'Thun, Yogg-saron, N'Zoth, and Y'Shaarj—ruled over the world of Azeroth as the Black Empire, enslaving its primitive species and warring with each other. First hinted at in Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne, these beings have become increasingly important to the ongoing story of World of Warcraft and its expansions. Responsible for the corruption of many of the series' chief villains, the Old Gods and their servants have also appeared to directly confront players as bosses and enemies throughout the game.
X-COM: Terror from the Deep MicroProse 1995 Features multiple aliens that bear a close resemblance to creatures from the Cthulhu Mythos, including Cthulhu himself as "The Great Dreamer". Most names have been altered. A hidden underwater city is called "T'leth" instead of Lovecraft's R'lyeh. However, some of the original names, such as Deep One, were adopted unchanged.[30]
Nightmare On Azathoth Divergent Game Studio, Modesto Rabena, PC 2015 Described as a "Base Management Survival Horror Game".[31]
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter The Austronauts 2014 An open world horror adventure video game featuring a story plot reminiscing of H.P. Lovecraft's and August Derleth's works. Several Cthulhu Mythos elements also exist, including references to the Sleeper below the Sea (Cthulhu), the sunkern city (R'lyeh), the Necronomicon, the One-who-shall-not-be-named (Hastur) etc.
Life is Strange Dontnod Entertainment 2015 An episodic graphic adventure. Although the plot is not directly connected to the Cthulhu Mythos, the game features a number of pop culture references and easter eggs. Episode Four contains a reference to a H. West Miskatonic University in Bolton, alluding both to the fictional Miskatonic University and to the short story "Herbert West: Re-animator" by H.P. Lovecraft.
Necronomicon: The Dawning of Darkness Wanadoo Edition 2001 A horror adventure game. The game's plot is a re-telling of the "The Case of Charles Dexter-Ward" short story by H.P. Lovecraft.
The Witcher game series CDProjekt 2007-2015 All three games of the series feature a number of references to the Cthulhu Mythos. The Witcher includes the Vodyanoi, creatures resembling the Deep Ones that serve the sea-god Dagon, as well as human cultists worshiping and dealing with them, as a major part of its storyline. In The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, the book De Vermis Mysteriis appears. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt also features a number of documents with Lovecraftian themes, including a copy of the Necronomicon as well as notes written by members of the Cult of Cthulhu.

MusicEdit

Band Album Song Notes
1349 Hellfire (2005) "From The Deeps"
The Acacia Strain Continent (2008) "Cthulhu" Inspired by Lovecraft.[32]
Antipeewee Madness Unleashed (2015) "Rise of Cthulhu" Inspired by Cthulhu Mythos-
Adagio Dominate (2005) "R'lyeh the Dead" Inspired by R'lyeh
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath (1970) "Behind the Wall of Sleep" The song's title and lyrics are inspired by a short story with a similar name.
Blind Idiot God Various Various Name inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's description of Azathoth
Blue Öyster Cult Curse of the Hidden Mirror (2001) "The Old Gods Return" "[...] Of a six eyed god whose wings beat; In a time so odd, so very odd; And we're all lost, all of us blessedly lost [...]"
Bong of Cthulhu Various Various Named after
Caravan For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night (1973) "C'thlu Thlu" "[...] Something seemed nearly dead making me feel so cold; Even the trees seemed to fear there was something unreal"
Christian Muenzner Beyond the Wall of Sleep (2014) "Shadow Over Innsmouth", "Mountains of Madness", "Beyond the Wall of Sleep"
Cradle of Filth Midian (2000) "Cthulhu Dawn"
Cradle of Filth Lovecraft & Witch Hearts (2002) Compilation album. While aside from a mention or two, few of the included tracks seem to have any central reference to the Cthulhu Mythos, the album's intricate artwork was executed by graphic artist John Coulthard, who penned a graphic-arts version of Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu" for 1995's The Starry Wisdom: Fiction Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft (Ed. D. M. Mitchell & Ramsay Campbell, Creation Books).
Dark Moor Beyond the Sea (2005) "The Silver Key" This song is based in the Dreamland of H.P. Lovecraft and the Randolf Carter’s adventure.[33]
The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets Various Various Many of the band's songs reference Lovecraft's work.[34]
Deadmau5 4x4=12 (2010) "Cthulhu Sleeps" An eponymous instrumental.[35]
Deadmau5 While 1<2 "Rlyehs Lament"
Deicide Legion "Dead but Dreaming" Describing implicitly Cthulhu's latent state, as well as the Elder Ones'
Adam Beyer Ida Engberg Drumcode "Lovecraft"
Adam Beyer Drumcode "The Color Out Of Space"
Despondent Awakening The Elder Gods (2015) "I. Awakening The Elder Gods" "II. The Madness From The Sea" "III. Succumbing To Insanity" "IV. Horrific Revelation" Inspired by Lovecraft, particular his short story "The Call of Cthulhu"
Dread Sovereign All Hell's Martyrs (2014) "Cthulhu Opiate Haze"
Dream Theater Systematic Chaos (2007) "Dark Eternal Night"
Electric Wizard Supercoven (1998) "Supercoven" "[...] Yog Sothoth is the gate [...]"
Entombed Clandestine (1991) Stranger Aeons Lyrics mention "dreamquest,” “lurking at the threshold, and “stranger things that eternal lie"
The Fall Dragnet (1979) "Spectre Vs. Rector" "Yog Sothoth rape me lord"
Flint Glass Nyarlathotep "Various"
The Gothic Archies The Tragic Treasury: Songs from A Series of Unfortunate Events (2006) "We Are the Gothic Archies" "[...] Though gothic we are Archie, though Archie we are goth; No Satan-worshipers we, we worship Yog-Sothoth!"
Gwar Scumdogs of the Universe (1990) "Horror of Yig"
Fields of the Nephilim The Nephilim (1988) "Last Exit for the Lost" "[...] Between the spaces, along the wall; Appearing faces, that disappear at dawn; We're getting closer. I can see the door; Closer and closer; Kthulhu calls; Forever remain (x4)"
H. P. Lovecraft (band) H. P. Lovecraft (1967); "H. P. Lovecraft II" (1968) Various A 1960s band named for the author, with song content reflecting Lovecraft's works.[36]
Iced Earth Plagues of Babylon (2014) "Cthulhu"
Legion of the Damned Cult of the Dead "Black Wings of Yog-Sothoth"
Manilla Road Spiral Castle (2002) "Spiral Castle" [...]Yog Sothoth has come; And the ancient ones
Mercyful Fate Into the Unknown (1996) "Kutulu (The Mad Arab, Part 2)"
Metallica Ride the Lightning (1984) "The Call of Ktulu" An instrumental inspired by "The Call of Cthulhu".[37]
Metallica Master of Puppets (1986) "The Thing That Should Not Be" Lovecraft-inspired, alludes to "The Shadow over Innsmouth"--"hybrid children watch the sea, pray for father roaming free"—and the rhyming couplet "The Nameless City"--"not dead which eternal lie, in stranger eons death might die". "[38][39][40]
Metallica Death Magnetic (2008) "All Nightmare Long" Described by vocalist James Hetfield as being about the Hounds of Tindalos.[41]
Metallica Hardwired... to Self-Destruct (2016) "Dream No More" "[...]Cthulhu, awaken[...]"
Morbid Angel Altars of Madness (1989) Lord of all Fevers and Plague Mentions 'Cthulhu' among other non-Lovecraftian entities.
Morbid Angel Covenant(1993) "Angel of Disease"
Nile Various Various Nile have written several songs about the Cthulhu mythos. Vocalist and guitarist Karl Sanders claimed Lovecraft's works were in harmony with the essence of death metal .[42]
Nox Arcana Necronomicon(2004) (all songs) An album entirely about the Cthulhu Mythos.[43]
Opeth Heritage (2011) "Pyre" The lyrics contain references to the short story "Beyond the Wall of Sleep"
Portal Various Various This obscure Australian Black/Death band is heavily inspired by Lovecraft's works lyrically, visually, and musically.[44]
Rudimentary Peni Cacophony (1988) (all 30 songs) An album consisting entirely of songs that reference (either directly or indirectly) both Lovecraft's personal life and his literary works (mainly the Cthulhu Mythos).[45]
Saille Ritu "Fhtagn" A slow ritualistic song based on "The Call of Cthulhu" from a cultists perspective.[46]
Septicflesh Mystic Places of Dawn (1994) "Mystic Places of Dawn" The city of Sarnath from the short story "The Doom that Came to Sarnath" is referenced among Atlantis, Lemuria and other mythical sunken or destroyed cities.
Septicflesh Communion (2008) "Lovecraft's Death" The song's lyrics are an amalgam of various Cthulhu Mythos story titles, including "The Call of Cthulhu", "The Whisperer in Darkness", "The Music of Erich Zann" and others.
Septicflesh Codex Omega (2017) "Our Church, Below the Sea" Inspired by the Cult of Cthulhu and its beliefs, referenced in "The Call of Cthulhu", as well as the cult of the Deep Ones from "The Shadow Over Innsmouth"
Shub-Niggurath Le Morts Vont Vite and other albums "Yog Sothoth" and other tracks Avant-rock/zeuhl band from France which received acclaim for its development of Magma's sound. Several tracks are explicitly Cthulhu Mythos-inspired, and the name of the band is a Cthulhu Mythos deity.[47]
Thergothon "Stream from the Heavens" (1994) and Fhtagn-Nagh Yog Sothoth demo (1991) Various songs Thergothon's entire catalog is rife with Lovecraftian lyrical reference and atmospheric inspiration.[48]
The Vision Bleak Carpathia - A Dramatic Poem (2005) "Kutulu!" Many of the band's songs are inspired by classic horror novels and films, including H.P. Lovecraft's work.[49]
Therion Beyond Sanctorum (1992) "Cthulhu" Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's work.[50]
Zardonic Lovecraft Machine "Cthulhu" The first track of this release is named after Cthulhu.[51]
John Zorn Magick (2004) Tracks 1-5: Conjurations, The Magus, Thought Forms, Incunabula, and Asmodeus These 5 tracks combine to form a work called 'Necronomicon'
The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing This May Be The Reason Why The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing Cannot Be Killed By Conventional Weapons "Margate Fhtagn" A story of a Victorian family going on a seaside holiday to Margate, which gets interrupted by Cthulhu's rising from the sea.[52]
Sulphur Aeon Various Various Both their albums Swallowed By the Ocean's Tide and Gateway To the Antishphere are about the Cthulhu Mythos
Arzachel Arzachel (1969) "Azathoth"
Code: Pandorum "The Lovecraftian Horrors" "Cthulhu"

PrintEdit

Title Author Year Notes
14 Peter Clines 2012 A speculative fiction novel which explores the Cthulhu Mythos in a contemporary setting[53]
The Adventures of Samurai Cat Mark E. Rogers 1984 The character Samurai Cat traverses time and space on a mission of revenge, and at one point wreaks havoc in H. P. Lovecraft's "The Shadow Over Innsmouth".[54]
Afterlife with Archie Archie Horror 2014 A comic series in which Sacthubrina ends up at an otherworldly asylum run by "Dr. Lovecraft" after setting off the zombie apocalypse in the series. Due to her use of the Necronomicon she has inadvertently awakened Cthulhu, who intends for her to serve as his bride.
All-Consuming Fire Andy Lane 1994 This Doctor Who Virgin New Adventures novel is set on a planet called Ry'leh and features an alien claiming to be Azathoth. It also equates several pre-existing Doctor Who monsters with Mythos creatures, claiming Fenric (from The Curse of Fenric) is Hastur, the Great Intelligence is Yog-Sothoth, and the Animus (from The Web Planet) is Lloigor.[55]
And Another Thing... Eoin Colfer 2009 The final installment in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, and, in a humorous vignette, features Cthulhu interviewing for the position of god of the planet "Nano".[56]
Awoken Serra Elinsen 2013 A young adult paranormal romance about a girl who falls in love with Cthulhu who appears at her high school in the guise of a teenage boy. The novel was created by internet film critic Lindsay Ellis and her friends Nella Inserra and Elisa Hansen, along with their fanbase as a parody of Twilight and subsequent novels of the young adult paranormal romance genre.[57]
The Book of the SubGenius and other SubGenius literature J.R. "Bob" Dobbs and The SubGenius Foundation 1983 Contains many references and allusions to the Cthulhu Mythos, such as identifying J.R. "Bob" Dobbs' real identity as Nyarlathotep and numerous mentions of the Elder Gods and Great Old Ones, who include SubGenius deities such as Jehovah 1 and the Discordian/SubGenius deity Eris Discordia, and mentioning Cthulhu as one of the common choices for a ShorDurPerSav (short-duration personal savior).[58]
The Call of C'rruso Mark Shaw, Laura Shaw and Flemming Andersen 2016 In Donald Duck #16, this Disney comics adventure story is a loose parody of the Cthulhu Mythos. Wannabe star singer Donald Duck is taken to the lost city of "Sp'too," where the many-eyed monster-god "Pf'legmwad" lies sleeping—with all of our world existing only as a part of his dream. "Mr. C'rruso," a humanlike manifestation of Pf'legmwad's mind, thinks that Donald's quacky singing voice will wake the monster up, as it eventually does.[59]
A Colder War Charles Stross 1997 A novella that blends the political fiction and technothriller genres with the Mythos.[60]
The Crawlin' Chaos Blues Edward Michael Erdelac 2010 A blues singer in 1964 who makes a deal with Nyarlathotep for fame and fortune.[61]
Crouch End Stephen King 1980 A short story concerning a young couple lost in the London suburb, featuring several references to the Mythos.[62]
Darkwing Duck A story arc of the comic series involves the criminal organization F.O.W.L. unleashing "Duckthulu", an obvious parody of Cthulhu.
Destiny: The Sacred City Andrew Lawrenson 2016 The conclusion in the Brotherhood of the Star trilogy, in which the protagonists must face a final battle against the dark cult and their plans to raise an ancient evil.[63]
Discworld (series) Terry Pratchett 1983 - Numerous allusions exist throughout the series; the most explicit of these is the Necrotelecomnicon, after Lovecraft's iconic Necronomicon grimoire.[64]
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe Kij Johnson 2016 A novella set in the dreamlands and featuring an appearance by Raymond Carter, a former lover of the protagonist, in a subtle feminist re-imagining of Lovecraft's The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath.[65]
Famous Monsters of Filmland A variant cover for #281 featured Cthulhu locked in battle with Godzilla.
Green Lama Unbound Adam Lance Garcia 2010 The Green Lama, a pulp hero from the 1940s, battles Nazis as they attempt to raise Cthulhu. Features strong elements from the Mythos.[66]
I, Cthulhu Neil Gaiman 1986 A short story on Gaiman's website featuring Cthulhu dictating an autobiography to a human slave.[67]
The Illuminatus! Trilogy Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea 1975 Features several Mythos references.
Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute Jonathan L. Howard 2011 The third novel in the Johannes Cabal series is set primarily in Lovecraft's Dreamlands and features many Lovecraftian references, locations, and elder gods.[68]
The Laundry Files Charles Stross 2004 - 2016 Influenced by Lovecraft's visions of the future, and set in a world where a computer and the right mathematical equations is just as useful a toolset for calling up horrors from other dimensions as a spellbook and a pentagram on the floor.
Legacy: Shadow Watch Andrew Lawrenson 2015 A mystery/thriller set against a backdrop of the Cthulhu Mythos, where the protagonists must face a dark cult who worship the Great Old Ones.[69]
The Long War A.J. Smith (author) 2013 (launched) A series of dark fantasy novels described as "Martin meets Lovecraft".[70] Shub-Nillurath, or "the Black God of the forests with a thousand young", is a primary antagonist as are the Dark Young. The first novel "The Black Guard" contains several references to the Cthulhu Mythos.[71]
The Midnight Eye Files: The Amulet William Meikle 2008 Set in modern-day Glasgow, the worshippers of Cthulhu attempt to revive the god.[72]
Move Under Ground Nick Mamatas, Nightshade Books 2004 A pastiche of the work of Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Neil Cassady and other luminaries of the Beat Generation milieu, juxtaposed with the Cthulhu Mythos transposed into the late fifties/early sixties within California.[73]
The Philosopher's Stone Colin Wilson 1969 Two scientists, now possessing heightened consciousness, discover mankind is the creation of Lovecraft's Old Ones.[74]
Practical Demonkeeping
The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove
The Stupidest Angel
Christopher Moore 1992
1999
2004
Eggs Sothoth are a popular breakfast at HP's Cafe in Pine Cove, the setting of these and other Moore novels. The owner of HP has been driven to drink by his encounters with supernatural creatures and other monsters.
Prophecy: The Dreamlands Andrew Lawrenson 2016 The sequel to Legacy, continuing the protagonist's struggle against a dark cult who worship the Great Old Ones.[75]
Resume With Monsters William Browning Spencer 1996 A humorous novel about a worker who battles a series of bad jobs and Lovecraft's Elder Gods.[76]
Shoggoth's Old Peculiar Neil Gaiman 1998 A short story, in Smoke and Mirrors (story collection), where an American tourist happens upon Innsmouth, an English seaside town, and its elderly Cthulhu followers who explain about their master, whilst getting drunk on an odd local beer.[77]
Some Notes Concerning a Green Box Alan Dean Foster 1971 A short story, in "With Friends Like These..." A book of short stories published in 1977. Story documents an expedition somehow related to H.P. Lovecraft and Cthulhu.[78]
Soul Eater (manga) Atsushi Ōkubo 2004 The Black Mass that resides within The Book of Eibon is most likely a nod to H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu.[79]
The Stand Stephen King 1978 An evil sorcerer named Randall Flagg who has many aliases, including "Nyarlathotep".
A Study in Emerald Neil Gaiman 2003 A Sherlock Holmes/Lovecraft cross-pastiche.[80]
Tales of the Plush Cthulhu: Time Wasted[81] Jon Hansen[82] accessed 2014 Online photo story, featuring plush animals and household objects.
That Which Should Not Be Brett J. Talley 2011 Set in the early 20th century, concerning a quest for an ancient book that can restore the Lovecraft deities to power.[83]
Unspeakable Vault (of Doom) François Launet 2003 (launched) A humorous web-comic strip featuring the Lovecraft deities and monsters. Anders Sandberg noted this comic as an example of the trend of poking fun at formerly horrifying concepts.[84]
The Unthinkable[85] Bruce Sterling 1994 Discusses the consequences of the US developing the "Azathoth Bomb" during World War II.
The Secret Memoir of the Missionary Hirofumi Tanaka 2002 (Japanese) 2006 (English) A retelling of the arrival of St. Francis Xavier in Japan as influenced by the Cthulhu Mythos.[86]
Winter Tide Ruthanna Emrys 2017 The Mythos from the other side, told from the viewpoint of one of the survivors of Innsmouth's "disappearance."[87]

TelevisionEdit

Title Notes
A.N.T. Farm In "performANTS" Sunshine, an employee at a store where Chyna and her friends to go, tells Cameron that she meditates to "Cthulhu, Dark Lord of the Underworld". She later mistakes Angus, dressed as OctoPanda, for Cthulhu. Angus tricks her in believing he is and demands macarons, which he did not get in the green room of the store.
Bungo Stray Dogs A character in the organization The Guild is named H. P. Lovecraft and holds an ability called "The Old One."
Cast a Deadly Spell (1991) TV Movie. The movie is very much an homage to the works of H. P. Lovecraft. Though not based on any one particular story by Lovecraft, the film features many Lovecraftian tropes, and can be considered to take place against the unified backdrop which has come to be known as the Cthulhu Mythos. The nightclub is called Harry Bordon's Dunwich Room. Frequent references are made to the Necronomicon, the Great Old Ones, Cthulhu and Yog Sothoth throughout the film.
Dark Shadows Episodes 885 to 980 of the gothic soap-opera, a storyline commonly known as 'The Leviathans', was inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos.[88]
Digimon At the end of Episode 13 of Adventure 02, "The Call of Dagomon, the silhouette of Dagomon appears rising from the sea, bearing a striking resemblance to Cthulhu. In the same episode, Digimoji (a fictional alphabet featured in the Digimon franchise) translating to Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn and Innsmouth appears. The title of this episode, ダゴモンの呼び声 ("Dagomon no Yobigoe"), a reference to "The Call of Cthulhu".
Doctor Who At the episode "The Snowmen", an evil being known as "The Great Intelligence" (also known as "Yog-Sothoth" and voiced by Ian McKellen) possessing since childhood a 19th-century Londonian doctor named Walter Simeon (played by Richard E. Grant) even after his death.
Fate/Zero Caster can summon monsters with the chant Cthulhu fhtagn, and in Episode 13, Caster summons a giant sea monster by chanting Ph'nglui mglw'nafh wgah'nagl fhtagn.
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy The season 1 episode "Big Trouble in Billy's Basement" and the season 5 episode "Prank Call of Cthulhu" feature Yog-Sothoth and Cthulhu respectively.
Haiyore! Nyaruko-san The entire light novel series was based on the Cthulhu Mythos, for it features many of Lovecraft's characters such as Nyarlathotep (depicted in girl form under the name of Nyaruko). Despite the series has been based on the Mythos, it is a humor/parody series that makes references to a lot of different media.
House Season 6, Episode 18 "Knight Fall" features the Necronomicon, predominantly as a plot piece.
Justice League The double episode "The Terror Beyond" (Season 2, episodes 15-16) has as the main antagonist a creature inspired by Cthulhu, called Icthultu. The episode itself draws heavily from the Mythos.
The Librarians The episode "And the Cost of Higher Education" takes place at Wexler University, a fictional college that Lovecraft used as the inspiration for Miskatonic University. A student named Lucy accidentally summons an entity referred to as the Hydra-Stat, which appears as a large octopus and devours people engaged in displays of hubris or ego.
The Real Ghostbusters The episode "The Collect Call of Cathulhu" references the Necronomicon and an attempt to revive the so-called "Cathulhu," described as one of the "Great Old Ones". Lovecraft is also mentioned by name.[89] The Old Ones were again mentioned in the episode "Russian About".
Rick and Morty The show's opening title sequence features the Lovecraft Elder God Cthulhu chasing the titular characters underwater.
Rod Serling's Night Gallery The season 2 episodes "Pickman's Model"[90][91] and "Cool Air"[90][92] are based on the original 1926 Lovecraft short stories of the same name, while "Professor Peabody's Last Lecture" heavily references the Mythos.[90]
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated The episodes "The Shrieking Madness" and "Pawn of Shadows" guest-star Professor H.P. Hatecraft, author of otherworldly horror stories, whose name is a play on Lovecraft's. Mythos symbolism abounds, and Hatecraft's character Char Gar Gothakon closely resembles Cthulhu.[93]
South Park Features Cthulhu as a character in the 2010 season 14 3-episode saga "Coon 2: Hindsight", "Mysterion Rises", and "Coon vs. Coon and Friends", along with the sunken city of R'lyeh, with many mentions of the Cthulhu Mythos, the Goth kids at South Park being revealed to be members of the Cult of Cthulhu and the reason for Kenny McCormick's constant death and resurrection being a ritual Kenny's parents did when Kenny's mom was first pregnant with Kenny and they joined the Cult of Cthulhu.[94]
Supernatural In season 6, episode 21 "Let it Bleed", Lovecraft and six others performed a ritual to pierce the veil between worlds, opening a door into Purgatory on March 10, 1937. A creature of Purgatory came through and killed Lovecraft a few days later on March 15.[95] In season 7, it would become clear that the 'Old Ones' of the Cthulhu Mythos are Leviathans, which were the first beings created by God before being locked into Purgatory so that they would not be a threat to later creations.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles In the Season 3 episode The Darkness Within the Turtles confront a Cthulhu-like alien monster underneath Manhattan.
True Detective Hastur is vaguely mentioned as the "Yellow King", Carcosa is also featured.
Musaigen no Phantom World In episode 8 of the series, Haruhiko summons Cthulhu using a spell called Abramelin's Finger in order to defeat an evil primate.

Audio dramaEdit

Title Year Notes
Thrilling Adventure Hour 2014 The 153rd episode of the podcast features an episode titled "When Cthulu Cthalls," which was recorded on September 7, 2013 and released on February 17, 2014. The episode is part of the "Beyond Belief" series and features stars Frank and Sadie Doyle protecting their friend's baby from chipper cultists and an entity only referred to as "The Old One." The Old One/Cthulu is voiced by Parks and Recreation star Jim O'Heir.

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