Who Cares About the Cthulhu Mythos?

May 5, 2008 at 6:48 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Here’s another article on the H.P. Lovecraft and the Cthulu Mythos, enjoy!

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Who cares about the Mythos?  That’s the Cthulhu Mythos I’m talking about… invented by H.P. Lovecraft and adored by many horror nerds and chaos magicians from the 20th century.  The Mythos is old stuff from an old time.  This is the age of Blu-Ray, Texas Hold’em, and the possibility of an African American man or Caucasian woman as the next U.S. President.  So how important can the Mythos be in these enlightened times?

Well, it’s like anything, I guess.  It’s only as important as the individual believes it to be.  And for some, Lovecraft’s Gods, monsters, and secrets are everything.  The Mythos is a framework based on extra-dimensional horrors that man was not meant to know.  Its concepts reach into the unknown, as well as into all the myths and legends of human civilization.  Cthulhuism and Yog-Sothothery tap the most primal elements – namely, that an ancient and alien race of beings exist beyond our knowledge and has influenced mankind to some degree.  These Old Ones practice black magic. Is that why they lost their purchase on this world?  Their reality is disturbing to us. Is that why their forbidden lore drives us insane?  Such beasts are not to be worshiped because they are hideous, fiendish monstrosities too foul and unwholesome to even look upon!

We don’t know!  Even the Mythos’ creator himself never fully explained.  It is the frightful, inhuman quality of the Mythos that gives it that edge, that mystique, that power.  It is a religion linked closer to the unknowable void than to our green and pleasant land.  This is also why it doesn’t matter if the Cthulhu Mythos was made up two seconds ago or two millennia ago!  It is a paradigm apart from the world we know or think we know.  Where else can the Left Hand Path lie in wait?  Scheming?  Dreaming?  Where else can the sinister forces crystallize and take shape?  Hunting?  Devouring?  And what can madmen believe in if not the elder blasphemies that lurk in the blackness itself?

The Mythos is ill-defined. It is nebulous, hungry, expanding.  It is a road that may have a distinct origin; however, there are definite pathways that stretch farther back to the very beginning of time and space – before our ignorant species mutated from amphibian life –  and this road sprawls this way and that – non-linear and occasionally subterranean.   It is a dark road.  Other religions have a beginning and will have an end.  Is that because virtually all faiths are based on man and kept alive because of their mass appeal?

Can the individualistic misanthrope have his own religion?  Yes, of course, there is Satanism; however, there are times when I wonder how long this reactionary religion can endure?  If Satanism is a reaction against conventional religions, then the Cthulhu Mythos is truly the anti-religion.  It goes deeper.  Lovecraft’s paradigm is the end of all religions as we known them, as we are used to them.  The Mythos is the opposite of what every decent and reasonable doctrine should be:  finally and truly beyond good and evil, where there are no moral codes, only plans for evolution.  We wish to escape.

H.P. Lovecraft was just the beginning.  He gave the Mythos life, but it was the eldritch entities themselves that latched onto the collective imagination of mankind.  Writers and artists have influenced this paradigm just as this paradigm has influenced them.  We are together in this… the Mythos and the stranger.  While painters, sculptors, and poets expand this religion, it’s the cultist who elucidates it.  Who cares about the Mythos?  Me. Just me and a few others.  In time, that will make all the difference.

If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences.

— H.P. Lovecraft

Venger Satanis, 33, is the Cult of Cthulhu High Priest. Sagittarius. He lives in Wisconsin and regrets it almost constantly this time of year. Met his girlfriend of four and a half years on Lovecraft’s birthday, August 20th. Not obsessive compulsive enough to overwhelmingly succeed at anything, which is probably why he dabbles. His favorite player character occupation for the Call of Cthulhu Roleplaying game is dilettante. Now you know why. Favorite color: probably green. A rarely seen shade which only exits in theory. Yes, probably green. That was supposed to have been a joke. Oh well.

by Venger As’Nas Satanis on 2008-02-28 07:57:05

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2 Comments

  1. It’s the Image stupid. « Divining the News said,

  2. Wilum Pugmire said,

    The Cthulhu Mythos is an Eternal Entity that will never die. It continues to grow and evolve as more and more writers dip their wither’d brains into the murky pool that is Cthulhu Mythos fiction. As a professional Cthulhu Mythos writer, I care deeply for it — as a Literary form of expression. I have no interest in the Mythos as a game or religion. My approach to it and appreciation for it is strictly Literary. However, I LOVE that it can be appreciated on non-literary terms. There is nothing like it — it was inspired by genius. YOG-SOTHOTH!

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