The H.P. Lovecraft Wiki

Hrairoo Hrairoo 19 June 2023

What's a Novella?

I'm wondering--do we have a rule for what counts as a novella vs. a short story? The question mainly matters for whether we italicize or put the title in quotation marks--I think that's our rule, anyway.

Mostly I see novellas described as being between 17,500 and 40,000 words, though sometimes you see 20,000 as the lower bound, and sometimes it's 10,000. In round numbers, that's like 60, 70 or 35 pages as the minimum.

It might be worth taking a look at our page on Lovecraft's word counts:

Lovecraft's Word Counts

These are the stories that would be novellas with the shorter count:

The Dunwich Horror is the only story between 17,500 and 20,000 words.

These are the Lovecraft stories that are pretty clearly novellas--between 20,000 and 40,000 words…

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ManBearSmoog ManBearSmoog 18 May 2023

Arkham House

So today I decided to have a look at the Arkham House website only to discover that it is currently down. Looking into it, the site appears to have been down for nearly a year. I also checked their Facebook page, and there have been no new posts from them for over 2 years. According to ISFDB, they haven’t produced any new material for 13 years; Wikipedia states that a handful of titles have been reprinted.

I’ve checked every way I can think of to try and find out if they are still active, but at the moment it looks like we may have lost Arkham House.

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Hrairoo Hrairoo 28 April 2023

Incorporating Other Wiki Material (When Appropriate)

I wanted to raise the topic of slightly relaxing our rule about incorporating material from other wikis into the HPLW.

I think there are two main objections to such incorporation--the ethical and the practical--which I'll address in turn.

The ethical objection is that copying and pasting material from other wikis is either plagiarism or too close to plagiarism. To that I would say, at least with Wikipedia and I believe with other wikis, part of the initial conception was that it was creating content for not just readers, but for other creators as well to use. That's why everything has a Creative Commons license -- it's this one, here: It specifically authorizes one to "copy and redistribute the…

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BlueFrackle BlueFrackle 25 March 2023

On the Origin of the Great Old Ones

There are many unanswered questions in the Cthulhu Mythos.

For example, what is that white polypous thing in the bayou?

Who left that note in Dr. Willett's pocket?

What's the relationship between the Fishers from Outside and the devil-flies?

Did life on Earth start with the Elder Things' experiments, or with Ubbo-Sathla?

And of course, what exactly are the Great Old Ones, and how did they originate?

Needless to say, the truest answer to all these questions is: "you decide". Different authors have provided their own diverging answers, and as readers, we're absolutely free to choose the ones we prefer, or to invent our own.

The theory that I'll discuss here, concerning how the Great Old Ones are created, is one of many possibilities. I don't claim …

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ManBearSmoog ManBearSmoog 14 December 2022

New Logo

Hi guys, one of the Fandom members who is looking after us has kindly designed a proposed new logo to replace the one in the top-left of the screen. Before we do anything, I’d like to get any opinions you all may have.

You can view the new design .

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RingoRoadagain RingoRoadagain 30 September 2021

deleted pages

here is a selection of deleted pages, most seemingly imported from old wikipedia pages or dubious translations from other wiki languages.

  • Kthaw'keth (was on wikipedia with the "MC" source; apparently from deviantart
  • X'chll'at-aa.jpg (was on wikipedia)
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ManBearSmoog ManBearSmoog 26 July 2021

Category Overhaul 2.0

Hey there folks, I hope you’re all doing well.

As you’re probably aware, we’ve been streamlining the category system recently, beginning with the Real World side of things. Now, we’re ready to start on the in-universe aspect.

Below is the proposed layout for the Fictional category system. I’d like to invite everyone to comment on what’s missing, what’s unnecessary and what’s in the wrong place. Any input is welcome, and I’d love to hear from you all.



  • Fictional
    • Lifeforms & Entities
      • Species
        • Species Originating From Lovecraft Circle Works
        • Species Originating From Expanded Mythos Works
        • Species Originating From Mythos-Adjacent Works
        • Species Originating From Mythos-Inspired Works
        • Species Incorporated From Folklore, Myth & Religion
        • Extinct Species
        • Earth…

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Bigeggs Bigeggs 24 June 2021

The Beyonder

I got my page in FB that dedicate traditional art of Lovecraft lore, feel free to check it out.

Bigeggs | Facebook

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Zombienomicon Zombienomicon 18 June 2021

It ain't easy being mean

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ManBearSmoog ManBearSmoog 15 June 2021

Category Overhaul 1.2

Hi again folks, here is the proposed final draft for the "Real World" side of our category makeover. Unless someone points out anything major that needs to be reworked, then we’ll be starting to implement this on Friday 18 June. Anybody who’d like to help out is more than welcome to, please message me to arrange work areas so that we can avoid getting tangled up with each other. I’d appreciate it if everyone could refrain from starting the changeover before I give the go-ahead.

Once again, thanks to everyone who has taken the time to give input,


  • Real World
    • Real World People
      • Content Creators
        • Lovecraft Circle Authors
          • Kalem Club
          • Lovecraft's Correspondents
          • Lovecraft's Co-authors
        • Expanded Mythos Authors
        • Mythos-Adjacent Authors
        • Mythos-Inspired Authors
        • Lo…

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Zombienomicon Zombienomicon 10 June 2021

They Can See The Dead

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ManBearSmoog ManBearSmoog 7 June 2021

Category Overhaul 1.1

Hi there everyone, this blog is to update the progress of the category overhaul after the first week. Now that I’ve spoken to some of you, I’ve adjusted the the proposed new layout per suggestions, and have included it below for everyone to have a look at and put forward any more opinions. The categories which have been added since the previous post are in bold, those removed are indicated by a strikethrough.

Please note that some pages may be categorised under more than one of these tags; this is inevitable, and is just the nature of the beast.

Something I’d like to make absolutely clear is that these categories will not be the only ones on the Real World side of this wiki; these will be the bases to which all others are subsidiary. For exa…

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ManBearSmoog ManBearSmoog 31 May 2021

Category Overhaul

Hi there everyone, in this blog I’ll be launching the first phase of out Category overhaul.

As some of you may be aware, we are planning on re-organising the entire category system, beginning with the "real world" side. Over the last few days, I have worked up a first draft of how I would envision the new layout, but this obviously needs more input and discussion before we can go forward.

I've included the draft below, please feel free to comment with any additions, deletions or changes you feel need to be made so that we can come to a community consensus.

Thank you for taking the time to read this,


  • Realworld
    • Content Creators
      • Lovecraft Circle Authors
      • Expanded Mythos Authors
      • Mythos-Adjacent Authors
      • Mythos-Inspired Authors
      • Lovecraft's Inspirations …

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DaringAttitude4 DaringAttitude4 10 May 2021

Lovecraft Cosmology and Misconceptions

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Zombienomicon Zombienomicon 29 April 2021


I am not a "Necronomicon is real" guy but I am a "Lovecraft read an awful lot of Fortean reports" guy.

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Zombienomicon Zombienomicon 25 April 2021

Lovecraft Aeternae

It's fascinating to have lived through the period where Lovecraft has gone from "who?" to "oh yeah him". :)

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Undoniel Undoniel 28 October 2020

Cthulhu's aliases (trivia)


I'm again in the process of completing pages related to the , and I was looking to know if the exact spellings "Kthl" or "Ktuhl" were ever used for Cthulhu in the Cthulhu Mythos (based on the little I have, I assume that would Ramsey Cambell, Lin Carter, or Brian Lumley, in the case the spelling is indeed ever used)?

Those two spellings are used among many "ftaghn" invocations (including "ftaghn Nyerlathortech", "... Yot-Soter", "...Yoggor", "... Llhek", "... S'geht", "...Shuma-Gorath".

By the way, if any of the above names, or the name "Shoggor", rings any bell, I'm listening. So far, Nyerlathorthech=ref or alternate to Nyarlathotep, Yot-Soter=ref or alternate to Yog-Sothoth.

Thanks in advance,

Have a great day.

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Wilson The Chair Wilson The Chair 24 July 2020

Is there a place to put non-canon entities/events/objects?

I mean, its a Wiki, there should be place like that, and I can think of a plenty ideas in a span of seconds.

Our stance is that there is no canon. As long as it's a professional release, it's good. The only thing we consider "non-canon" would be fan fiction, to keep it sensible. If the fanfiction is significant, I guess you culd put it in the "behind the mythos" or "trivia" sections.
I hope it answers your question.RingoRoadagain (talk) 22:29, July 24, 2020 (UTC)
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Blekhimmel Blekhimmel 17 May 2020

Idk how to follow wikis so I'm just gonna write them here

The H.P. Lovecraft Wiki

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Tiberius II Tiberius II 9 April 2020


From looking at what we've got I think this be a pretty straightforward system. (half an hour in and I know how foolish I was)

  • Browse
    • Administration of this site [Unchanged]
    • Articles including information from the Greater Cthulhu Mythos‏‎
      • Articles including information from the "Lovecraft Circle" Myth Cycles
      • Articles including information from the Derleth Cthulhu Mythos‏‎
      • Articles including information from the Expanded Cthulhu Mythos‏‎
      • Articles including information from the Mythos Adjacent Works‏‎
      • Articles including information from the Mythos Influenced Works‏‎
      • Creatures
        • Characters
        • Deceased (In Mythos)
        • Deities
          • Dark Giants [New]
          • Elder Gods
          • Great Old Ones
          • Great Ones
          • Many-Angled Ones [New]
          • Outer Gods
        • Families
        • Magic practitioners
        • Other Supernatural Beings
      • DC (Ct…
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RebelTheAnomaly RebelTheAnomaly 5 January 2020

Community Project

I need ideas for my pantheon of entities called "The Beyonders", based on various concepts such as Endings, Beginnings, and Fate, inspired by the various gods of lovecraftian lore.

Yvriolketl, The eternal darkness: Ruler of all dark, literal or metaphorical. All evil, sin, terror, madness, and all negative things come from him in some way. He himself often interacts with humanity, claiming they amuse him. In 1900, he scared one H.P. Lovecraft, changing him forever. His true form is indescribable by finite language, but he regularly changes into a monochrome human dressed in half-grungy half-formal clothing.

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ManBearSmoog ManBearSmoog 21 November 2019

Mythos Connections

I’ve been writing articles for this wiki for a couple of months now, and one thing I always like to do is state how these characters/books/storylines fit in with the Mythos. Whilst I understand that not every article is a part of Lovecraft's world directly, I believe that every page should at least have an explanation of its position/connection to the Mythos, rather than an assumption that the reader knows exactly how it feeds in. I feel that so many pages on this wiki are comic book stubs whose connection to the Mythos can only be gleaned through clicking on multiple links. I don’t mind trying to fix those pages so that there’s something to connect them to the Mythos, but I think that my past history might make my actions seem like harass…

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Saylikapow Saylikapow 8 November 2019

Does Cthulhu ever awaken?

I may be new to the mythos, but I can't find a canon story where Cthulhu awakens from his slumber and destroys earth (or something along those lines). I know what will happen, but I don't know if it happened in the mythos yet. Can someone please answer this.

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YvriolketlTheShroudedKing YvriolketlTheShroudedKing 12 September 2019

I have a question...

Does the Lovecraftian Universe embrace the theory of a Multiverse?

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Tiberius II Tiberius II 28 June 2018


  • 1 Images
  • 2 Stories to expand
  • 3 To do
  • 4 Prefixes
    • 4.1 Old
    • 4.2 New
  • 5 My Canon Circle
    • 5.1 Generally accepted:
    • 5.2 Friends and correspondents:
    • 5.3 Not counting the 26 short stories and the novel written after Lovecraft's death by August Derleth.
  • 6 Canon test for published Lovecraftian media
    • 6.1 Does it contain direct references to the mythos?
    • 6.2 If so was it published under Lovecraft's name during his lifetime?
    • 6.3 If not, was it published by August Derleth?
    • 6.4 If not, was it published by a member of the Lovecraft Circle?
    • 6.5 If not, does it exist within a separate story cycle?
    • 6.6 If not, it belongs under .

  • Lovecraft circle Seal.jpg
  • Extended universe sigil.jpg

  • The Electric Executioner
  • Winged Death
  • The Night Ocean
  • The Horror in the Museum
  • The Man of Stone
  • The Trap
  • Medusa's Coil
  • The La…

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Tiberius II Tiberius II 27 June 2018


What follows is the preserved work of and SergioCamppo ( Sergio Roberto Sbeghen Campos) for any obscure fanfiction enthusiasts out there. As far as I know "The Yerg'le Lake" has never been published and all of the information about it came from this now deleted wikia entry (While Szarëgg also had her own page it likely wasn't created by Sergio and said nothing that isn't included here) Also if you came from the image of David Kaye's Hammerhead Alien  that was also added later by someone who acknoledged that "No representation of this character is yet available.".

Bärkatlànm is a Great Old One. But different from many other Great Old Ones, he doesn't seek the destruction of mankind; he needs mankind's faith to be able to move hi…

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Tiberius II Tiberius II 21 June 2018

Fungi from Yuggoth

When I started to write up the plot for Fungi from Yuggoth one sonnet at a time I assumed that it was one long story. The first 4 were about someone stealing a book to explain their unusual visions. By the fifth the first possible link to Randolph Carter appears as a daemon offers to take them back to a magnificent city they once called home "When they had sight". Struggling to fit in "VI The Lamp" and "VII Zaman's Hill" I hoped that reading on would help me figure them out . Instead the narrator contines from Arkham (which I assumed to be the city from the first sonnet) to Innsmouth where they find it to be a cult riddled maze where dancing corpses drag them  through the streets to drumbeats ("IX The Courtyard" and "X The Pigeon-Flyers"). …

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Tiberius II Tiberius II 15 June 2018

Headbutting a wall

Just spent the day writing up a plot summary for The Man of Stone only for it to disappear like Wheeler himself. Not best pleased.

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Tiberius II Tiberius II 14 June 2018

A start

I normally don't make blog posts but dangle an achievement under my nose and I'll do pretty much anything. That being said now that I'm here I may as well say that although I'm still learning the ropes I'm hoping to flesh out some of the smaller details bits of the nearly infinite Lovecraft Library. Admittedly as a bit of a purist I'm trying not to get lost in the extended canon but I'm sure I'll get my head around it eventually.

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CambellStreetCollective CambellStreetCollective 11 June 2018

The Curse of Yig Narration + Score

I've just finished up work on a recording featuring a narration of "The Curse of Yig" with an original score by the doom folk group Freight Train Rabbit Killer. It's kind of a cross between an audiobook and a movie soundtrack. Check out a preview clip here:

If you're into it, help us press the whole 43min recording to green/grey vinyl by visiting our Kickstarter:

Also, check out the thumbnail sketch of the album cover... a portrait of the victim of Yig's curse, Audrey Walker by Amy Abshier. She is finishing the painting now.

Thanks for the Support!

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BigButteryBiscuit BigButteryBiscuit 31 May 2018

Help With Necronomicon

Hello, I have noticed that most(actually all) have been pretty much dismissed by Lovecraft fans for being too non-canonical or mostly unrelated to the mythos *ahem* simon necronomicon *ahem*. So, I have decided to write a version of the Necronomicon that is as canonical and accurate as possible. This is going to be a huge undertaking, and I am going to need a TON of help. For more info, here is my post on Reddit about this:

Also, here is the text from my Reddit post, copied here:

So, I am a writer and a huge fan of Lovecraft. I have decided to write an accurate(accurate as possible) and truly Lovecraftian (as in at least 80% canonical with Lovecraft's original…

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Лорд Мерлин Лорд Мерлин 13 June 2017

Daggoth. russian version story

Later will be translate to English

Панин Никита aka Witcher_Merlin
Посвящается памяти
Говарда Филипса Лавкрафта

У берегов Канады в Беринговом Проливе находился омываемый холодными и безжалостными ледяными водами остров, носящий труднопроизносимое название – Кхататоте.
На самом острове возведен город, полный скрытных и необщительных людей, людей самодостаточных и отчужденных от мира. Казалось, все то время что существует Тшамбоэ, его жители старались отгородиться от окружающего мира, полностью погрузившись в свой собственный быт.
Не тревожимый долгие годы город десять лет назад попал под внимание внешнего мира,  причиной стала та самая странность, что кружила вокруг острова.

На каменистых пляжах западного побережья Северной Америки ж…

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Rafe Adler Rafe Adler 3 April 2017

At the Mountains of Madness film

I am mostly new to the Cthulhu Mythos/Lovecraft works and have only read a few so far. I have recently started At the Mountains of Madness and I heard that Guillermo Del Toro was working on a film version, but that it has been in development hell. I just wanted to ask if anybody knows any news or updates on if he is still working on the film or is the project cancelled?

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Discord Channel

Today I have created a Discord channel called Cthulhu's Little Edgelords. It's in early developement but it works. If you want in on the channel just message me on my wall and I'll happily invite you. Just make sure you READ THE RULES so that my job as admin is just a little bit easier.

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BeyonderGodOmnipotent BeyonderGodOmnipotent 26 December 2015

Who's your favorite character?

So comment your favorite characters within the series.

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Mastersonmcvoidson Mastersonmcvoidson 11 December 2015

The best characters

I realy want to know (If anyone sees this)  who are the best characters from the lovecraft works.

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Mastersonmcvoidson Mastersonmcvoidson 11 December 2015

Lack of pages

I was on this wiki for a while now and i noticed that there is a lot of stub articles and non-existing pages.

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Hastur the God Damn Unspeakable Hastur the God Damn Unspeakable 16 September 2015

subnautica banned me

got banned on the subnautic wiki because my name has a curse word in it. i'm probably going to change that. now you maybe asking why in the name azathoth is this waste of wiki space here? well because 1. I'm stupid and shouldn't be allowed to blog 2. because I don't know how to delete it. I'm sorry

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LoreDudeRoth LoreDudeRoth 3 September 2015

Development Call to Action!

Wikis have become the primary repository for knowledge on just about every topic imaginable. But the H.P. Lovecraft Wiki has been largely unused.

Consider the following statistics: The Marvel Comics wiki has 146,928 pages, The Star Wars wiki has 121,472 pages, The Dr. Who wiki has 47,544 pages, The Game of Thrones wiki has 2,961 pages. The Lovecraft wiki has 387 pages. Is it possible there are so few H.P. Lovecraft fans? Certainly not! There are more fans of the Cthulhu Mythos now than ever in history. With new board games, t-shirts, hats, and even plush dolls released every year, Lovecraft fandom is at an all time high.

So how can you help? Tell your podcast listeners, your blog followers, your twitter followers, and anyone who will listen …

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LoreDudeRoth LoreDudeRoth 22 June 2015

Cthulhu sandbox

Cthulhu is a fictional deity in the Cthulhu Mythos. He is described as an ancient entity of immense power that manipulates the minds of human beings from his sunken island of R'lyeh. He first appears in H.P. Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu", but remains a recurring presence and force throughout the stories in the titular mythos.

  • 1 Description
  • 2 References
    • 2.1 Roleplaying Game Material
    • 2.2 Notes
    • 2.3 External Links

The most detailed descriptions of Cthulhu in "The Call of Cthulhu" are based on statues of the creature. One, constructed by an artist after a series of baleful dreams, is said to have "yielded simultaneous pictures of an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature [...] A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque and scaly body with rudim…

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LoreDudeRoth LoreDudeRoth 21 June 2015

Categories, categories, categories

I'm struggling to figure out the best way to categorize the various relationships of articles to the Mythos.

There are the following basic conceptual categories that remain to be implemented/ironed out:

  • --IN UNIVERSE--Fictional people, places, and things that appear in the various "canonical" Mythos stories/novels/etc.
  • --OUT OF UNIVERSE--Writers and authors of works in the "canon" of the Mythos
  • --OUT OF UNIVERSE--People, places, and stories that have been influenced by the Mythos
  • --OUT OF UNIVERSE--Writers, authors, and stories that have shaped and influenced the Mythos, but are not considered Mythos works
  • --META-UNIVERSAL--There is the problem of certain writers and stories themselves. The meta-universe that is the Mythos sometimes has included…
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LoreDudeRoth LoreDudeRoth 14 June 2015

Development continues 2

I've created a short "to do" list at H.P. Lovecraft Development "To Do" list. Feel free to add to it and let me know if there is anything you want to work on.

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LoreDudeRoth LoreDudeRoth 8 June 2015

Development Continues

Still working to develop a unified style guide for the articles.

I've created a base template for Characters, Gods and Entities that I'm pretty pleased with: Manual of Style/Character or Entity.

I still need to create one for Authors, Races, Locations, Objects, and Stories/Books.

I've created a development template with the template tag to denote migrated content that needs unlinking and correction.

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Seraph of Flame Seraph of Flame 5 June 2015

Mythos References in Johannes Cabal

Hello, all! I was first brought to attention about the Cthulhu Mythos through a book series known as Johannes Cabal. And now, I bring that series to your attention. The series is by Jonathan L. Howard, and is filled with dark humor and references to Lovecraft everywhere (especially in the third book Johannes Cabal: The Fear Institute, which actually takes place in Lovecraft's Dreamlands). I'm severely recommending it to you all, as it's a brilliant series, with amazing characters. The first book, Johannes Cabal: The Necromancer, can probably be found at your local library, or on Amazon here.

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LoreDudeRoth LoreDudeRoth 4 May 2015

More Mythos in True Detective: Season 2?

Tony Sokol at fills us in with everything leaked so far on the upcoming season of True Detective.

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Lord Dalek Lord Dalek 1 March 2014

H.P. Lovecraft based Role-Play wiki

Hey guys, I'm just leaving this here, just in case anyone wants to take a peek. It's a HPL based Role-Play wiki. Role-playing is a scoial activity in which multiple people create false personas for themselves and act as if they were that persona.

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Lord Dalek Lord Dalek 6 November 2013


In finding this wiki, I have made it my personal promise to do my best with what knowledge of Lovecraft I have to improve and maintain this wiki. I will attempt to bring others with me on this quest, and my goal is to make this wiki the #1 best Lovecraft and Lovecraft-related online site we can make it. I don't care about adminship or power here, I just want to see this site cleaned up and come back to life. 

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Of Doom! Productions Of Doom! Productions 13 June 2012

Pickman's Model seeking support and funding!!

Hello There! Are you or your readers fan of the dark or macabre? Do you enjoy geeky stuff as much as we do? Or maybe you just really like spooky, cool stuff!?

Well, Have I got an announcement for you!

We at ...Of Doom! Productions have the honor and privilege to present "Pickman's Model". This dark story, written by the literary genius H.P. Lovecraft, is a chilling tale about how things may not always be as they seem. To the millions of readers who enjoy his works, Pickman's Model is considered one of his greatest. Lovecraft deftly portrays the characters of Pickman (an artist with a demented sense of style, and a dark secret.), and Thurber (one of his greatest appreciators, whom soon finds himself in an horrifying situation.), allowing the …

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Rpgcasey Rpgcasey 29 January 2012

The Lies of Truth

This night is a night few will remember, nevertheless it is a crucial evening. Tonight I die. No longer do the thumps of passion save me. No longer will the taste of grand foods sustain me. Money, money is useless now. All my years I collected and hoarded it, uselessly for this moment. For what? To barter with Death herself? No.

What are the words? 'Once upon a midnight dreary,' what a phrase. How true it rings now. By all circumstances this is a perfect night to die. There is a soft chill wind at my window. Out into that dark void there is no happenstance of thunder and lightning, only snow, only stars, isn't that odd.

This house, this grandiose place is filled with too many memories, a ghost of a ghost. Long ago my name was Daniel Walter, …

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