Read the call of cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft Online

the-call-of-cthulhu

alternate cover edition. ISBN10: 9756902566 Korku ve hayretin kol gezdiği bu öykülerde H.P. Lovecraft, Poe'dan bu yana okuyucuyu en çok şaşırtan yazar olarak, gotik edebiyatın klasik temalarından, kendi hayal gücünün ürünü bir dizi temaya irkilten bir elle dokunuyor."İnsanoğlunun en eski ve en güçlü duygusu korkudur. En eski ve en güçlü korku da bilinmeyenin korkusudur."...

Title : the call of cthulhu
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 15730101
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 43 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

the call of cthulhu Reviews

  • Stephen
    2019-01-08 14:41

    This here, folks, is the most impressive image of Cthulhu that I’ve come across: He just looks so damn regal, this eldritch, malevolent entity that appears part octopus kraken, part dragon, part human caricature…the so called "mountain who walks." Yes, I admit that I’m a Lovecraft/Cthulhu mythos junkie. I can’t help it. I think his stories are just amazing. Depending on which HPL story I’ve most recently consumed, I vacillate regarding what is my absolute favorite HPL tale, The Call of Cthulhu, the Dunwich Horror or At the Mountains of Madness. Well this one has again rocketed itself to top billing on the HPL chart…for now at least. The story covers so much ground and touches on so many aspects of what would become central “mythos” lore that it’s easy to see why people hold this up as HPL’s best work. I certainly wouldn’t disagree having just read it for the fourth time. Regardless of where you come out on the issue of Lovecraft’s best work, let me postulate that HPL never wrote a better passage describing the fundamental philosophical underpinnings of his work than the opening paragraph of The Call of Cthulhu: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 deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age Those few sentences say so much. They touch on the insignificance of man…the substantial ignorance of humanity regarding the universe…the concept of things so vast, unknowable and unable to be comprehended…and the soul-chilling coldness of what lay beyond our tiny sphere of knowledge. Okay, so it’s not the rosiest, most upbeat of pictures, but hey…this is horror after all and when it comes to creating atmosphere and imagery to tantalize and terrify, these stories are gold. PLOT SUMMARY:Told in epistolary format as a transcript of the papers of our narrator, the Late Francis Wayland Thurston, the story recounts Thurston’s piecing together of a series of strange incidents all connected to a mysterious Cthulhu Cult and the dread being that the members of the cult worship. The tale is only 35 pages long and so I don’t want to give away plot details as that slow build of terror is central to the joy of this slice of scary. Let me just say that narrative stretches around the globe, from Boston to New Orleans to Greenland to China to the uncharted waters between Antarctica and New Zealand and involves shared nightmares, bizarre rituals, the dread Necronomicon, a failed expedition to hell on Earth and the sick, twisted devotees of a religion as old as man itself."Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn"**Translation: - "In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming. "Squeeeeeee. THOUGHTS:Well, I just emasculated myself and squeeeeed so that should tell you that I love this stuff. I have always been a huge fan of Lovecraft’s prose with its abundant melodrama, the dread-filled angst and the over the top references to “nameless horrors” and “eldritch, cyclopean buildings” and “dark, ancient vistas” that can stop the heart and send uncontrollable fear into all that see them. The man can make walking down a dark staircase feel like the scariest moment in history. If you find that kind of atmosphere-manipulating prose to be off-putting, than HPL is likely not your cuppa. It is certainly mine and I have been drinking the kool-aid for a while now. In my opinion, this is about as good as classic horror gets and I can feel gush welling up even as I type this. Still, even as a complete fanboy of Lovecraft I try not to read too much of his work at one time because I find the stories have a tendency to blur together and lose a bit of their emotional power. I’ll usually restrict myself to handfuls of 2 to 4 at a time and this allows me to savor the details of each tale and keep the entertainment level set on high. 5.0 stars. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!

  • Lyn
    2018-12-24 12:41

    Perhaps no story more defines H.P. Lovecraft’s eldritch hold on speculative fiction than The Call of Cthulhu.Pronounced: Cthulhu.First published in 1928, in Weird Tales magazine, this launched what is now known as the Cthulhu Mythos. It was here, as much as his earlier unspeakable horrors like Dagon and The Tomb and The Nameless City, that formed what is today known as Lovecraftian; but it was great Cthulhu that gave this sub-genre it’s definition and a face from which to leer down upon poor, lost humanity.Told as many of Lovecraft’s stories, as a lost manuscript found again, this highlights many ubiquitous Lovecraft themes such as forbidden knowledge, unspeakable horrors, pre-human civilizations, occultism and secret societies. Readers will also enjoy another mention of the un-mentionable Necronomicon, written by the "Mad Arab" Abdul Alhazred. We are also introduced to the Old Gods and humans who are initiated into this unknowable and blasphemous sect.Cthulhu is also the origin of many of Lovecraft’s best know quotes such as:“In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming”and “That is not dead which can eternal lie, / And with strange aeons, even death may die”Cthulhu’s influence on literature and the arts since has been legion, and while I read the two films that jumped out to me was Close Encounters of the Third Kind and, of course, Ghostbusters; but Lovecraft’s stamp on all sorts of fictional media since has been prodigious.A classic and a MUST read for fans of speculative fiction.

  • Bookdragon Sean
    2018-12-31 17:23

    Lovecraft does not waste a single word. Every expression, every phrase, is masterfully selected to evoke a sense of the macabre. Like a masterful surgeon, Lovecraft’s meticulous prose is methodical and scrupulous. Such expertise is carried across the body of his writing, thoughThe Call of Cthulhu is undoubtedly the best example. This story captures so much of Lovecraft’s twisted imagination; it is the pinnacle of his writing, the best of his form. The brilliance of it resides in the way it can be mysterious, ethereal and untouchable yet so real and physically haunting. Cthulhu is an ancient entity, shrouded and forgotten, yet he is very real in the minds of those he touches and those that worship him. Hidden away, buried, in a dark underground city deep under the ocean, Cthulhu is older than the sun and the stars. Like nothing that has ever walked the earth, he is part man, part dragon and part octopus; he is a being of unimaginable cosmic proportions: beholding his form is enough to drive the sanest man into the lowest pits of hysteria and despair. Although he is near impossible to find, even for the most devout and deranged of his followers, he has the power to find you: he has the power to invade your dreams and unhinge your thoughts forevermore. Cthulhu is one of my favourite creations within fiction, period. I find the scope of such an entity magnificent and the open-endedness of this story spectacular. Will Cthulhu ever rise? Could anything stop him mastering the earth? Will he finally call his followers to his side? "This was that cult, and the prisoners said it had always existed and always would exist, hidden in distant wastes and dark places all over the world until the time came when the great priest Cthulhu, from his dark house in the might city of R’lyeh under the waters, should rise and bring the earth again beneath his sway. Some day he would call, when the stars were ready, and the secret cult would always be ready to liberate him."

  • Orient
    2019-01-16 17:39

    A BR with a faithful member of Cthulhu Cult, Craig.Quite a nice ride to sunset with Cthulhu. I liked the spooky atmosphere, the info about the Cthulhu Cult and Old Ones,and the tickles that it gave to unbelievers! :) It would have been really cool to get more limbs flying from the main Thing, but the ending was quite nice :)

  • Foad
    2019-01-08 12:12

    از آن نیروها و موجودات عظیم، ممکن است هنوز بازمانده ای باشد... بازمانده ای از گذشته های بسیار دور، زمانی که آگاهی تازه پدید آمده بود، در اشکال و گونه هایی که مدت ها پیش از ظهور انسان فعلی از بین رفته اند. اشکال و گونه هایی که تنها اشعار و افسانه ها خاطراتی گذرا از آن ها را ثبت کرده اند، و آن ها را خدایان، هیولاها یا موجودات اساطیری نامیده اند.آلجرنون بلکوود۱.یافته های اخیر محققان نشان می دهد که اختاپوس ها هیچ شباهتی با باقی موجودات زندۀ زمین ندارند. با آن که اختاپوس ها گونه ای از نرم تنان به شمار می روند، اما در دی ان ای خود ژن های فراوانی دارند که کمترین شباهتی با باقی نرم تنان ندارد. تا جایی که این ناهمگونی باعث خللی در توضیح روند پیدایش تکاملی این جاندار شده، و یکی از محققان را بر آن داشته که در شوخی گروتسکی بگوید: «انگار داریم به موجودی فضایی نگاه می کنیم.»۲.وقتی خردسال بودم، تصورم از خدا موجودی شبیه به اختاپوسی در آسمان بود. هر بار می خواستم به خدا فکر کنم، بی آن که بخواهم تصویر این هشت پا، با چشم هایی مانند چشم های انسان در ذهنم شکل می گرفت، هر چند می دانستم خدا نباید شکلی داشته باشد، اما نمی توانستم جلوی این تصور را بگیرم. نمی دانم این تصور از کجا در ذهنم شکل گرفته بود، و فکر نمی کنم فایده ای داشته باشد که بخواهم به دنبال منشأ شکل گیری تصوری کودکانه بگردم. ۳.فرعون آخناتون، اولین یکتاپرست شناخته شدۀ تاریخ در نقش برجسته های معابدی که برای آتون، خدای واحد، ساخته بود، آتون را به شکل موجودی دایره ای شکل در آسمان، با بازوهای فراوان تصویر کرده بود. نخستین تصویر شناخته شدۀ جهان از خدای واحد، شبه-اختاپوسی آسمانی بود، با بازوهایی شبیه به انسان که تا زمین پایین آمده بودند تا از زمینیان نگهداری کنند.۴.در اساطیر هاوایی، در جایی در زیر زمین یا زیر دریا، خدایی غول پیکر نهفته است، خدایی که علیه باقی خدایان شورید، در نتیجه به زیر زمین تبعید شد. این خدا که کانالوآ نام دارد، اختاپوسی عظیم الجثه است.۵.خدایان هندو، همگی شمایلی انسانی دارند، حتی ایزد-میمون، هانومان، با چهره و بدنی انسانی تصویر می شود. به نظر می رسد غیر انسانی کشیدن خدایان نوعی توهین محسوب می شده است. در نتیجه برای درک کیفیت حقیقی این خدایان در ذهن نخستین هندوها باید راه را برعکس طی کرد، و این خدایان را از تصویر انسانی تهی کرد. ایزد برهما، ایزد ویشنو، ایزد شیوا، و ایزدان بسیار دیگر، وقتی از شمایل انسانی تهی شوند، پیش از هر چیز به موجوداتی با بازوهای فراوان شبیه می شوند. بازوهای فراوان خصوصیت مشترک تمام خدایان هندو است: اختاپوس هایی در شکل و شمایل انسانی.۶.ستایش کثولهوی بزرگ راستبزرگ ترین اختاپوساختاپوس واحد متعالمرده در مأوایش در ریلایخواب می بیندو انتظار می کشدتا روزی بیدار شود و بازگردداز سروده ای باستانی

  • Jason Koivu
    2019-01-12 13:21

    What better time to read The Call of Cthulhu than on Halloween?! Probably should've read this one by now, but I've been holding off for a while, waiting for that special occasion.I do that with some books, usually classics. There's a Steinbeck or two I'm keeping in my proverbial back pocket for when I'm in the right mood or need to get out of a reading funk.The Call of Cthulhu is pure horror. It's terrifying. If I'd been wearing boots, I'd be quaking in them. Reading this reminded me of reading Poe as a kid. The chills they were palpable. Lovecraft's elevated language is akin to Faulkner. Perhaps this is best described as Poe-stylings layered over Absalom Absalom. The darkness, the despair reaches out of the primeval swamp and sucks you in. Unlike some classic horror, you actually get physical manifestations of the terror lurking in the shadows. This is no mere ghost story. This is a fucking monster. Yes, it's veiled, it's mysterious, but it's coming for you and it will have you.

  • BillKerwin
    2018-12-22 16:24

    As a Lovecraft fan, I can easily demonstrate why this story is significant, but explaining exactly why it is so terrifying is a much more difficult thing to do.So, easy things first. The Call of Cthulhu is significant—at least to Lovecraft fans—because it is: 1) the first story in which we encounter Cthulhu himself, 2) the story which includes the first explicit rationale for the Cthulhu mythos 3) the only H.P. Lovecraft story in which a human actually sees a god, and 4) it is the first production of an extraordinary spurt of creativity which began in the summer of 1926, shortly after H.P. returned to Providence (following the end of his unfortunate marriage and his traumatic time in New York City), and lasted for a period of ten months, during which time Lovecraft completed The Call of Cthulhu, Pickman’s Model, The Silver Key, The Strange High House in the Mist, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward, and The Colour Out of Space. Not bad for not quite a year’s work.Okay, so that is why the story is important. But why is it so scary?I’ll get to that. But first I'll tell you why it isn’t scary. First, it isn’t the mythos. The mythos may be a great way of connecting stories and making them even scarier together, but there’s little about the mythos that is scary all by itself. Second, it’s not Cthulhu himself that’s so scary. A big gelatinous octopus with a tentacle mustache and tiny wings is creepy, but I’ve seen worse. I’ve seen worse even in bad movies.So what is it that makes The Call of Cthulhu so terrifying? Mostly, I think the terror arises from the profound disorientation the reader experiences, a disorientation which comes from the shattering of our expectations of space and time. Lovecraft does this by toying with our assumptions about geometric relationships, the integrity of form, the size and hierarchy of objects, and the relationship of proximity and immediacy to temporal sequence and significance.The altering of geometries is probably the least disconcerting of the disorienting things I have listed here, for it is commonly hinted at in Lovecraft stories; indeed, it is almost a Lovecraft cliché. But in The Call of Cthulhu, although Lovecraft introduces the concept in typical fashion (the dream-haunted sculptor speaks of “the damp Cyclopean city...—whose geometry, he oddly said, was all wrong”), later applies the concept boldly and specifically: Parker slipped as the other three were plunging frenziedly over endless vistas of green-crusted rock to the boat, and Johansen swears he was swallowed up by an angle of masonry which shouldn’t have been there; an angle which was acute, but behaved as if it were obtuse. Perhaps more disconcerting is that Cthulhu does not obey the physical laws about the integrity of form:...as the steam mounted higher and higher the brave Norwegian drove his vessel head on against the pursuing jelly... There was a bursting as of an exploding bladder, a slushy nastiness as of a cloven sunfish, a stench as of a thousand opened graves, and a sound that the chronicler would not put on paper. For an instant the ship was befouled by an acrid and blinding green cloud, and then there was only a venomous seething astern; where—God in heaven!—the scattered plasticity of that nameless sky-spawn was nebulously recombining in its hateful original form.More subtle, but even more discomfiting, is the size of the Cthulhu statues. Every reader of Haggard and Burroughs (or every watcher of Indiana Jones, for that matter) knows what size sinister idols are supposed to be: huge. Yet the first idol we see—the dream-haunted sculptor’s carving--is a bas-relief “less than an inch thick and about five by six inches in area”, the second—the exhibit brought to the Historical Society by New Orleans’ Inspector Legrasse—is “between seven and eight inches in height”. Legrasse’s narrative indicate that Cthulhu’s dancing devotees attempt to compensate for this deficiency in size, for he describes their sinister place of worship: in the centre of which, revealed by occasional rifts in the curtain of flame, stood a great granite monolith some eight feet in height; on top of which, incongruous with its diminutiveness, rested the noxious carven statuette. I find this all very disconcerting. It implies that the Old Ones are so alien, so other in their origins, that they disdain the significance of size. Even the statue later grasped by Johansen, though slightly larger than the others, is only “about a foot in height.” But of course, soon after that, Cthulhu shows up, in all his jellied magnificence, confounding expectations.The last important element in the production of terror is the way Lovecraft plays with proximity and immediacy—two qualities we tend to associate. Again, the usual adventure tale involving ancient gods begins with the hero perusing a succession of manuscripts—from modern to medieval to ancient—the oldest of which reveals a secret. But in order to make that secret thing immediate and achievable, the hero must journey to a particular destination. Then, when he is proximate to the secret, the tale becomes vivid and immediate, and the adventure is brought to a climax.In The Call of Cthulhu, the relationship between proximity and immediacy is deliberately skewed. There are a wealth of locations and small interlocking narratives, but the most proximate—the meeting with the local sculptor Wilcox—is the furthest removed from immediate experience. Our narrator—I suppose, the closest thing we come to a hero--journeys to various places (New Orleans, San Francisco, New Zealand, Norway) but the immediacy of a quest adventure is (mercifully) denied him. Instead it is revealed to him remotely, through the obscure diary of a deceased Norwegian sailor. The reader, who experiences vicariously the immediacy of the sailor's quest, is disoriented when he realizes that the narrative has now come full circle, and that the full horror of Cthulhu which Johansen witnesses happened on the very same night that sculptor Wilcox was dreaming his dreams. However, though the narrative has come full circle, the reader remains disoriented, scattered like great Cthulhu upon the waves. But, unlike the Great Old One, the reader may never "nebulously recombine". The artistry of Lovecraft has permanently changed him; it is doubtful whether he can ever return to the reader may never return to his "original form" again.

  • Jason
    2019-01-04 16:32

    What’s great about a Lovecraftian horror story, besides the fact that his writing is eerily similar to that of Jason Morais, is that it can afford such a welcome reprieve from a weekend otherwise consumed by madness and violence, the kind of violence that disturbs the soul to its core.“The Call of Cthulhu” is the story of a man who uncovers evidence of otherworldly beings residing in a state of hibernation deep beneath the surface of the Earth’s oceans. Though the image of Cthulhu¹ is by no means original, as it is heavily borrowed from Scandinavian lore among other sources, Lovecraft’s descriptions—in this case of a bas-relief carved in its likeness—are still nothing short of chilling:It represented a monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind. This thing, which seemed instinct with a fearsome and unnatural malignancy, was of a somewhat bloated corpulence, and squatted evilly on a rectangular block or pedestal covered with undecipherable characters.And it is always a testament to good writing when a Google Image Search of that which is being described cannot turn up anything nearly as hair-raising as the text itself. On the other hand, this one is not half bad:Cthulhu emerging from his ancient portal.The only thing that detracts from the story in my opinion is the fact that the narrator is too far removed from it. Assembling manuscripts left by his late uncle with pieces of testimony from those who had purportedly fallen under the spell of Cthulhu during his attempts to resurface, the narrator slowly pieces together an understanding of who or what Cthulhu is, a revelation that induces a profound sense of fear and anxiety in those who discover it, but which leaves the reader feeling a bit miffed at not having been taken on a more intimate journey. Even eyewitness accounts of those who had encountered Cthulhu personally are learned through diary readings rather than by interview. Nonetheless, it is a story worth reading, especially for those who are intrigued by the concept of the Island in Lost as something that protects the world from a source of evil. In many ways, the Smoke Monster is like Cthulhu in that both entities are responsible for baseline levels of dread in people everywhere, driving some of them to madness occasionally. I’d like to think the madness of the events of this weekend could be attributed to a resurfacing of the monster Cthulhu, but unfortunately for us we do not live in an H. P. Lovecraft story.I don’t know. I might read another Lovecraft, I might not. You people know I’m not crazy about the short story and short stories are pretty much all he has written. But he is from Rhode Island, the tiny state with the gargantuan ego, and that is pretty cool. He is like their Poe. And since Seth MacFarlane is one of their only other claims to fame (in the authorial/screenwriting context), maybe I should read more of him.¹Cthulhu is pronounced Khlûl’·hloo, gutturally, in a way that calls attention to the otherworldliness of the being, as even its name is beyond the ability of human linguistics to phonologize.

  • Leonard Gaya
    2018-12-22 19:40

    The Call of Cthulhu is, to all appearances, a rather short and negligible story (little more than 30 pages long). And yet, it’s undoubtedly one of the most iconic novellas by H.P. Lovecraft, and one of his significant early achievements (with, perhaps, The Rats in the Walls). A novella which has spurred the imagination of countless fans, artists, writers, game designers and triggered many imitations.In this story, we find the first mentions (to my knowledge) of nightmarish cyclopean corpse-cities, resurfacing like non-Euclidean mammoth monoliths from the unfathomable depths of time; the invention of strange and evil tongues (the repeated sentence: "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.”); the description of horrific squid-like entities; the mention of the mysterious Necronomicon of the mad Arab Abdul Alhazred.The story is in the form of an archaeological enquiry, piecing sinister clues together: from the discovery of a series of disturbing statuettes, an investigation around a sort of depraved voodoo cult, to a shipwreck in the South Pacific, finally to uncover an endless dark horror of apocalyptic proportions. Perhaps one of the major achievement of this short story is the blend of realistic background (narrated in first-person without any dialogue) with demonic details which, for the most part, are characterised as indescribable, and left to the reader’s weirdest imaginings.Lovecraft drew his inspiration from the Greek myths of Atlantis, of the Gorgon, of Polyphemus (The Odyssey) and the Scandinavian legend of the Kraken, possibly also from Poe’s Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, Melville’s Moby-Dick and Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. The Cthulhu story has had a significant influence on late 20th-century sci-fi and horror genres, especially in the visual arts, from Druillet and Mœbius graphic novels to movie franchises such as Alien, Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean.

  • Karl
    2019-01-15 18:11

    Lovecraft Illustrated volume 7Contents:ix - Introduction by S. T. Joshi (2015)003 - "The Call of Cthulhu" by H. P. Lovecraft051 - "Making Some Calls" by Pete Von Sholly (2015)057 - "On the Emergence of "Cthulhu" "by Steven J. Mariconda (2015)067 - "The Other Name of Azathoth" by Robert M. Price (2015)079 - "Cthulhu Elsewhere in Lovecraft" by Robert M. Price (1982)085 - "Heeding "The Call of Cthulhu" " by W. H. Pugmire (2015)091 - "On Making "The Call of Cthulhu" " by Sean Branney (2015)097 - "Adapting "The Call of Cthulhu" as a Silent Movie" by Andrew Leman (2015)107 - "The Dreamer in the House" by Pete Von Sholly (2015)Cover and Interior Illustrations - by Pete Von Sholly (2015)

  • Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
    2018-12-25 19:12

    They had come from the stars, and had brought Their images with Them. The Call of Cthulhu is truly a horror story without the need of any graphic violence. Just the idea of the cult of Cthulhu (how it came to be and what its purpose is) gives me shivers down my spine.This is my first experience with H.P. Lovecraft. But it will not be my last because I like his style very much.

  • StoryTellerShannon
    2018-12-28 20:22

    A nice change from reading the story. The narrative choice for this tale was well done with a nice twist at the end. I've listened to this twice in one day!

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2019-01-08 13:22

    Very creepy and atmospheric, in an old-fashioned way. Not really my thing, but it kept my interest well enough. 3 1/2 stars.Disclaimer: I'm not into the horror genre and I've never been a Lovecraft fan, although I did read The Dunwich Horror once upon a time. But I was reading and trying to understand Neil Gaiman's A Study in Emerald yesterday, and in the course of researching the Cthulhu aspects of that story I found this one online at http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Cal.... It's worth reading if you like this kind of thing.

  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    2019-01-19 14:40

    I'm beginning to think this is one of those books I'll never write a review of; one of the books simply for me to enjoy.***I may be able to write a good review of this sometime. This time I'll just say I need more stars. ***Just as great as the first time I read it. That didn't change.

  • Khashayar Mohammadi
    2019-01-02 14:39

    In high school, my best friend was utterly obsessed with Lovecraft, which meant I was constantly force-fed numerous short stories of his which I never really enjoyed or remembered fondly. After a decade or so I decided to go back and revisit Lovecraft, and I gotta admit I was pleasantly surprised. The Horror he depicts is a metaphysical horror that very few writers have been able to replicate, but his prose, though often overstimulating, is engrossing and poetic. Xenophobia aside, I enjoyed this short story very much

  • José
    2019-01-10 12:19

    Lectura del mes del #Clubdelectura.uy.«Lo que ha emergido puede hundirse y lo que se ha hundido puede emerger otra vez. La mayor de las blasfemias espera y sueña en las profundidades, y la decadencia circula entre las débiles ciudades de los hombres». Buen cuento, ideal para introducirse en el terror cósmico de Lovecraft y el concepto de los dioses primigenios.

  • Cathryn
    2019-01-03 12:29

    Lovecraft's writing style is just not my cuppa and that's why I thought this was only OK. Even though this was a short story it felt like it took me forever to get through. I'm all for purple prose but Lovecraft describes things in 2 pages when he really only needed 2 sentences. Verbose is putting it mildly.I always wanted to read this so that I would better understand what people were talking about when they mention Cthulhu. Now I do. Cthulhu is an interesting concept and I wanted to know more about it. I can understand the fascination around the creature.

  • Mimi
    2019-01-17 20:23

    For those who enjoy rifling through old research notes, piecing together missing data, making sense of the big picture, and then being left hanging at the end.I'm kidding, of course. The best part of any horror story is that it leaves you hanging. No explanation, no resolution, no sense of closure.This story is told in a series of personal accounts in which the narrator pieces together what he thinks was the cause of his granduncle's mysterious sudden death, speculating that the late uncle's mysterious anthropological work most likely had something to do with it. He also speculates that the death is part of a larger ongoing mystery that has to do with a legendary mythical creature. (view spoiler)[Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean with wings... is how I picture the Cthulhu. (hide spoiler)]It was a slow read for me due to too much telling and not enough showing. Much of the mystery's pull is placed on the fear of the unknown, which in this case is "the fear of foreigners and their foreign-ness."What this story boils down to is a paranoid account of ethnocentric anxieties and xenophobic psychosis.

  • Char
    2019-01-14 12:34

    This was an audio re-read of The Call of Cthulhu for me. This audio came through the AudioBlast newsletter and I requested it right away.I enjoyed listening to this performance. It had a full dramatization going on with sounds effects, screams and whatnot in the background. However, at times the main narrator went a little flat for me.Overall, I enjoyed this performance and would recommend it to fans of cosmic horror and Lovecraft. *Thanks to Audioblast for the opportunity to listen to this story in exchange for an honest review. This is it.*

  • Paula W
    2019-01-12 13:19

    If you like to read boring stories with no characterization, no dialogue, lazy descriptions, and rampant racism, this is for you. As for me, one star is a bit too generous.

  • Joey Woolfardis
    2019-01-14 16:20

    One can easily see why "Lovecraftian" is a thing from this, and why only people who are true devotees can really write anything in-depth about his stuff.His writing style is utterly sublime. I got vagaries of Fitzgerald-in terms of writing style and their ability to put every single word to good use, with no spare sentences put adrift on the page-but unlike F. Scott, the story was as riveting as the prose. You can feel the tension seeping from the page as you read on.It's hard to say much else without delving in to the whole Lovecraftian or even just the Cthulhu Mythos, and I certainly am not qualified to do so. This was the beginning of all of that and it's the best place to start. There are certain annoyances that I think are commonly Lovecraftian. The first person adventurer; the lost-and-found-again manuscripts; the horrors that cannot be (conveniently) conveyed in any written language known to us. But when you have writing as good as this, and a wonderful sense of imagination, those are little annoyances that can be ignored or at least put aside for a while.It is not horror in the strictest sense, nor is it part of the gothic scene that sprung up in the mid-to-late Victorian period, but it certainly contains elements of all that. It is mostly a combination of the dread of human existence in regards to the vastness of the universe and the inability for humans to comprehend such vastness, mixed with a dash of weird and a very large dollop of that thing that makes you look at a car crash when you drive past, even though you shouldn't really. Some kind of intrigue; the necessity to know.

  • Lau
    2019-01-07 15:34

    «Si el cielo decidiese algún día acordarme un insigne favor, borraría totalmente de mi memoria el descubrimiento que hice.»Cthulhu me tenía intrigada hace años, y tengo que decir que no me decepcionó ni un poquito. Durante años también pronuncié mal el nombre del monstruo (llegué hasta a decirle 'Chuchu' en broma) pero según parece se pronuncia 'Ctulu' o incluso 'Tulu'. Igual me gusta ese nombre de escritura más complicada, de algún modo lo vuelve más atemorizante y menos terrícola.Este es un libro breve, casi podríamos decir que es un cuento largo. Está dividido en tres partes, aunque el narrador siempre es el mismo: un hombre que nunca se presenta, pero que encuentra una enorme cantidad de documentación reunida por su difunto tío abuelo (que murió en circunstancias cuestionables), y que todas conciernen al mito de Cthulhu.El protagonista irá reuniendo información alarmante y perturbadora sobre Cthulhu, el monstruo legendario y grotesco que es un extraño híbrido de figura humanoide, con dragón y pulpo. Desde un artista excéntrico que sufre repentinas alucinaciones, esculturas grotescas hechas en materiales y estilos desconocidos, hasta tribus sanguinarias y bestiales que veneran a seres tétricos y crueles, cada paso que da lo acerca más a la verdad.Pero el mayor horror es que sus seguidores esperan con ansias el día que el gran Cthulhu vuelva y el mundo se suma en el caos, y que parece que todo aquel que se entera de su existencia (y no lo venera) tiene los días contados. Eso obviamente incluye de forma cómplice al lector, cosa que me encantó. Casi le falta decirnos "Tic-tac".Es genial cómo durante todo el libro genera inquietud y transmite oscuridad aún sin que veamos al monstruo gigantesco (al mejor estilo 'Drácula'), y que con sólo pensar que algo así pueda existir o haya existido en el mundo sea suficiente. Y ni hablemos de la posibilidad de que vuelva.Richard Luong - http://luongart.hostoi.com/Lo que había leído de Lovecraft no me voló la cabeza en su momento (ahora pienso que debería releerlo) pero la verdad que este libro en particular me gustó mucho, tiene un estilo atrapante que hace que no quieras dejar de leer.Es muy diferente a otros clásicos de horror que he leído previos a 1928, si bien por momentos me recordó a 'La narración de Arthur Gordon Pym' (Poe) y a 'La isla del Dr. Moreau', por el estilo del relato y ciertos pequeños elementos comunes a las historias que transcurren en parte en el mar.Me hubiera gustado que fuera más extenso, o mejor dicho, si lo hubiese hecho más largo hubiese estado muy bien también. Por suerte no es el único relato sobre Cthulhu que existe, y eso incluye tanto a Lovecraft como a muchos otros autores que se colgaron de los tentáculos y siguieron haciendo que el mito "viva". Eso es ser visionario, eh.Me encantó, realmente.Reseña de Fantasía Mágica

  • J.L. Sutton
    2018-12-31 13:35

    Chicken mole tamales wrapped in corn husks, like H.P. Lovecraft's Call of Cthulhu, burst with flavor. You experience the authenticity and the complex and dark, rich tastes in every bite you take. Every bite, or rather Lovecraft's narrative, takes you back to ancient rites alien to the ways of the modern world (now read as 2015). Makes me wonder, just for an instant, what a really good homemade tamale has in common with the modern world. Tamales are anachronistic, aren't they? Sort of like the Cthulhu mythos. Can we really wrap our heads around ancient evil or authentic homemade tamales? I don't think so! And Lovecraft doesn't mean for us to understand the Elder Ones. Unfortunately, there's not much story to go with this experience. But I was intrigued. On to the Mountains of Madness!

  • Leonel
    2018-12-23 14:18

    Es una locura, Lovecraft es un enfermo. Transmite perfectamente las sensaciones mas oscuras. Tuve que googlear muchas palabras. No suelo leer libros de terror pero se que esto es un estilo particular, alejado quizás del terror clásico. Es cortito y al pié, fluido, se termina en un rato. Lo leí arriba de un colectivo y fue increíble.

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-01-04 16:21

    I'm still not entirely sure that I understand the hype, but it was an interesting story nonetheless, and Lovecraft, pretentious has he is, has a talent for crafting horror with deep psychological undertones.

  • Anuradha
    2019-01-04 15:22

    We need to start this off with Metallica's The Call of Ktulu, because of the obvious. A few months back, I saw this interview of Neil Gaiman, where he raved on and on about H.P. Lovecraft. Now, I'd heard of the latter, but I hadn't really read any book of his, and so on hearing this, I did some more research into said author, and discovered that his books delved into morbid, macabre themes; themes I'm rather fond of, to be honest. A few weeks after that, I read Fabian's review of A Study in Emerald and also Tadiana's review of the same. So Tadiana's review of Gaiman's Hugo award winning masterpiece linked me to a free version of Lovecraft's short horror, which has inspired many, many artists, including Metallica. Anyway, I can hear everyone screaming at me to shut my trap and just proceed with the actual review already, so here goes.The Call of the Cthulhu is significant as it initiates the now famous Cthulu Mythos, a fictional universe that has wowed young and old readers alike, with its insane, and yet stunningly eloquent descriptions of old deities and their terrifying followers. I have read many a story with wonderful beginnings, and now, I take it all back, because with this incredible, almost orgasmic first paragraph, Lovecraft has all my votes. "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 deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age."The Call of Cthulhu is a terrifying tale of madness and of the unknown, and yet, in such terror lies immense and tremendous beauty. Beauty not just in the language, which is as profound as it is captivating, but also in the story itself, because there is something incredibly fascinating about that which we are unaware of. The Cthulhu is an impressive monstrosity, of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind. This thing, which seemed instinct with a fearsome and unnatural malignancy, was of a somewhat bloated corpulence, and squatted evilly on a rectangular block or pedestal covered with undecipherable characters. The tips of the wings touched the back edge of the block, the seat occupied the centre, whilst the long, curved claws of the doubled-up, crouching hind legs gripped the front edge and extended a quarter of the way down towards the bottom of the pedestal. The cephalopod head was bent forward, so that the ends of the facial feelers brushed the backs of huge fore-paws which clasped the croucher's elevated knees. The mere image of which causes delirium, the mere sight of which causes death. Death induced by fear. It is a Great Old One, a god. Yet a god so fearful it is only worshipped by a cult of misfits and invalids, who, through their constant chanting aim to someday "wake" this fearsome, yet impressive creature to rule the world again. "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn." "In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming." Thus they chant, as they perform a ceremony of magic, which makes even the fiercest of voodoo practitioners shudder.And yet, the Cthulhu awakens, not because of such an ardent celebration of its form, but because of chance. And such chance, leaves the fate of everyone unknown. I now felt gnawing at my vitals that dark terror which will never leave me till I, too, am at rest; "accidentally" or otherwise.

  • Yani
    2019-01-16 20:37

    Casi me había olvidado de lo perturbador que podía llegar a ser Lovecraft y estoy segura de que todavía me falta llegar a ese límite.La llamada de Cthulhutal vez no me haya sorprendido del todo, pero me encantó y creo que tiene su fama de clásico del horror bien ganada. Es curioso (¿o alarmante?) lo vívido que parece algo irreal cuando está narrado de una forma tan minuciosa y directa al mismo tiempo.El protagonista del cuento es interesantísimo porque oscila entre ser un investigador que se limita a leer documentos y una posible víctima de su propia curiosidad. No tiene nombre, pero los demás involucrados sí. Su tío abuelo George Angell muere en circunstancias misteriosas y él, único heredero de sus pertenencias, comienza a revisar unos archivos y un bajorrelieve con una figura monstruosa. Todo eso lo conduce a conocer el culto a un dios tan grotesco como fascinante.El horror latente en los datos, los sueños, los testimonios y las descripciones es palpable. A esto se suma la inclusión de nombres de libros reales y precisiones geográficas que, mezcladas con la ficción, generan un efecto de incomodidad, ya que no se sabe cuánto hay de invención y cuánto de realidad (hasta que se comprueba, claro). En el caso de este cuento, eso se vuelve un poquito inquietante durante la lectura. Y así es como uno debería sentirse al leer libros de este género, al menos desde mi punto de vista y mi gusto personal.Me hubiera encantado que el cuento fuera más extenso. El final es perfecto, sí, y da la sensación de querer esconderse debajo de la cama durante un par de días. O no salir de casa, directamente, salvo que uno quiera encontrarse con una especie de Davy Jones dePirates of the Caribbean(se me hacía parecido…) gigante. Pero tal vez estaba esperando un poco más de actividad del protagonista.En conclusión,La llamada de Cthulhues un cuento imperdible para cualquiera que ame el género de terror y, si ya son fanáticos de Lovecraft, es obligatorio, aunque imagino que es el primero en leerse. Además, tiene una temática muy original y atrapante. Recomendable. Reseña en Clásico desorden

  • Cindy
    2019-01-05 18:19

    First rule of Cthulhu: No one knows about Cthulhu.Except, of course, all fans of SF/F should read the original Cthulu short story that is still inspiring storytellers today.________________"Johansen and his men were awed by the cosmic majesty of this dripping Babylon of elder daemons, and must have guessed without guidance that it was nothing of this or of any sane planet.""The Thing cannot be described - there is no language for such abysms of shrieking and immemorial lunacy, such eldritch contradictions of all matter, force, and cosmic order. A mountain walked or stumbled.""I shall never sleep calmly again when I think of the horrors that lurk ceaselessly behind life in time and in space, and of those unhallowed blasphemies from elder stars which dream beneath the sea, known and favoured by a nightmare cult ready and eager to loose them upon the world whenever another earthquake shall heave their monstrous stone city again to the sun and air.""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."

  • Amar
    2019-01-13 17:37

    Sigurno je jedna od najpoznatijih Lovecraftovih priča.Maštovita , inspirsana i jako dobra priča priča i mislim da je ovo odličan uvod da se krene sa njegovom literaturom. Nažalost (ali stvarno nažalost , jer je priča svarno dobra )sam morao oduzeti jedan bod jer sam se u drugom dijelu jednostavno više puta izgubio i nisam razumio kako i šta. Uglavnom je obavezna preporuka za ljubitelje horor literature !I ova slika je stvarno odlična !

  • Carrie Vaughn
    2019-01-18 18:41

    I was not impressed. For all the talk this particular book has gotten in my circles, it really wasn't very interesting a read. The description was interesting but I didn't find the book as anything monumental save for it being one of the first of its kind. The book was a quick read and allowed a glimpse into the world Lovecraft was trying to build, but taken on its own, it left me curious why it was so impressive to most of the genre. Perhaps taken with the other studies in the mythos I would be more impressed. As a stand alone, however, I wouldn't recommend it.