I am filled with nameless, proboscidian, squamous, fungoid and rugose pride

Luke the Nordic Giant has a special greeting for H.P. Lovecraft:

Happy Birthday, Cthulhu!
Happy Birthday, Cthulhu!
Happy Birthday, Eldritch Horror!
Happy Birthday, Cthulhu!

  • Nick R

    Well drawn Luke!

  • http://www.SwanseaAcupuncture.net Dr. Eric

    I still don’t get the fascination with H.P. Lovecraft that some people have. De gustibus and all that, I guess.

  • Rachel

    O Cthulhu, O Don’t you rise for me :)

  • http://www.lukeshea.com/ Luke Shea

    Dr. Eric: He’s just trying SO HARD to be the darkest, maddest, and most eldrich. It’s endearing. But I’m not a die-hard fan, either. He wrote a few legitimately great things, a few enjoyably silly things, and a lot of overwhelming melodrama peppered with racism. I enjoy the Greatest Hits, but I’m by no means an apologist. There’s lots of other great things to read if he’s not your style.

    • http://www.SaintLouisAcupuncture.com Dr. Eric

      Melodrama peppered with racism? Sounds like some people I know in my neck of the woods. :-/

  • The Next to Last Samurai

    The birthday party was held in the insane shadow of a tomb under the vile gleam of a gibbous moon. Music was provided by nameless things piping madly as the primordial booze flowed. Ia! Shub-Niggurath! And many happy returns.

  • MikeTheGeek

    I hate to say it, but that Cthulhu looks like he’s shot up way too much crank.

    Save a prayer for old H.P.; he didn’t have a real good life, had a rotten death, and wasn’t exactly a Jesus Freak. But there are a lot of people who’d love to buy him a drink in a heavenly pub – preferably one with gambrels and oddly-cornered rooms on the waterfront.

  • Meggan

    I’ve never read any Lovecraft, but I’d like to. Any suggestions on what I should read first?

    • Ghosty

      Most of his work comes in “Best of” compilations, as he wrote short stories for the most part. My personal favorite story, and one of the only pieces of fiction I actively re-read every year, is “At the Mountains of Madness”, which is included in many compilations. It’s a slow build-up, but it has a gradual sense of discovery and tension that can’t be beat. It’s one of his longer stories, weighing in at about 120 pages or so, but it’s his best work IMO. Another longer one that is very good is “Shadow Out of Time”, which has a neat twist in it. It’s actually fairly similar to “At the Mountains of Madness” in a lot of ways, but has its own character.

      For short stories it’s hard to beat “Call of Cthulu”, which takes the form of a man tracking down disparate bits of information from across the globe to piece together a reality-shattering revelation about the nature of our world (and what sleeps beneath it). Although it’s not his best work the “villain” from it is the most easily recognized and associated with Lovecraft. There’s also a very well done silent-film treatment of “Call of Cthulu” that was made in the last few years made by some devoted fans; the film was even reviewed by Jimmy Akin.

      Peace and God bless!

      • http://www.SaintLouisAcupuncture.com Dr. Eric

        There’s also a Metallica song called “Call of Ktulu”. Although, I’ve never heard the song.

    • Dan

      “Pickman’s Model” is a short story that’s often anthologized. It is one of the best non-stereotypical Lovecraft stories, and is relatively free of racism (there are some throwaway comments about greasy wops). It also happens to be one of my favorites; I prefer it to “Call of Cthulhu” and like it as well as “Mountains of Madness.”

      You might also look into “Herbert West, Re-animator.” The title doesn’t sound like much, but the ending is wonderfully horrific.

  • Timbot2000
  • http://platytera.blogspot.com/ Christian

    More sebaceous than squamous.

  • http://www.lukeshea.com/ Luke Shea

    Meggan: I’m rather fond of The Colour of Outer Space.

    • Jason

      I second that. I read it in my younger days then re-read it recently and it’s only gotten creepier.

    • Ghosty

      Oooooh, good call! That one didn’t touch me the way “Mountains” did, but it’s definitely one of his better ones and may be more to others’ liking.

    • Dan

      That’s “The Color Out of Space.”

      • http://www.lukeshea.com/ Luke Shea

        Whoops! Well, at least I spelled “colour” his way. I’m on the right track.

  • JB
  • The Next to Last Samurai

    H. P. was really a much nicer guy than his reputation suggests. He never met an adjective he didn’t like!

    He wrote one really scary story, “The Colour Out of Space,” and some pretty good science fiction.