Castro is a fictional character created by H. P. Lovecraft, who makes his first appearance in the 1928 short story "The Call of Cthulhu".

Description[edit | edit source]

He is an "immensely aged mestizo [...] who claimed to have sailed to strange ports and talked with undying leaders of the Cthulhu Cult in the mountains of China." Castro was arrested on November 1, 1907 during a New Orleans police raid on a cult ceremony in Louisiana.

Behind the Mythos[edit | edit source]

  • Robert M. Price believes that Castro's name is based on that of Adolphe de Castro–born Adolph Danziger–an author of "unbelievably bad fiction" who hired Lovecraft as a ghostwriter.[1] Joshi and Schultz, however, report that Lovecraft did not become acquainted with DeCastro until late 1927, whereas "The Call of Cthulhu" was completed in 1926.[2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Price, The Cthulhu Cycle, p. 24.
  2. Joshi and Schultz, "Call of Cthulhu, The", p. 29.
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