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Birth of Cthulhu
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Published: August 16, 2007
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The Birth of Cthulhu

Do you know how sometimes you get strange ideas by looking at your surroundings and by associating things that have seemingly nothing in common? somehow, your creative Muse manages to invent something new with a bric-a-brac of objects, sounds, smells, colors or words.

I was trying to imagine how H.P.Lovecraft ever managed to invent such a massive universe and instead of deep and intensive researches in Libraries and Museums, why wouldn't he just put things together at the dinner table? Now imagine a scene where Howard is at home, eating some sea-food spaghetti while reading some encyclopedia on fish, bats and other magazines. Suddenly, a light bulb pops at about 100 watts and he puts it all together:

Squidhead + tentacles + batwings + fishbody = Cthulhu

The Magazines spell: Miss + Cat + ...tonic and he creates Miskatonic University. (He did have a cat called Felis)

He looks at the flowers he bought week and invents the sign of the Elders.

With Cthulhu in mind, he just had to take a look at that wonderful Greek beer called "Mythos" and there you have it, The Cthulhu Mythos.

His glass, for some reason, show the liquid at an angle, which is enough to spawn the "weird angle and extra dimensions" part of the universe.

On the bat book, to his right is written the following: (too small here, take my word for it):

"Dr. Pickman 555-1970"

An idea for a story: "the bats of Ulthar?" (it's written on a bat book, remember?)

There's a scribble le about Yog.hurt Sothoth

Then, "Alhaz" and a red stain (Alhazred)

And on the book to his left, behind the flowers are written the word DrAGON, with the R almost invisible and we all know that will turn into DAGON one day.

In addition, the aficionados might recognize a few things on the wall:

On the top left is H.P. as a kid, to the right his wife, Sonia Greene (aka Sonia H. Davis in her memoirs). Below is a famous painting of Goya's "Saturn eating his son" which is perfect for the strangeness and horror aspect. The building to the left is Butler Hospital, where it seems H.P.'s mother spent some time. It is in Providence, RI.

Under that is either a painting or a mirror (you decide) that shows the back of H.P. and a reflection of a strange Cthulhu-like character looking at him.
On the other side is a personal wink, as it is a small version of my The Giant Cthulhu painting.

If you look well on both side, in the drapery, you can see the eyes and scales of a couple of monsters. On the bottom left corner of Sonia Greene's frame, there's also a monster to be seen. The inside of the drapery, the white part, is also turning into tentacles. The piece of paper on the left-hand book (entitled R'lyeh, by the way) and the other piece of paper behind the bottle of beer are both original drawings and sketches from H.P.Lovecraft.

The clock has also a role to play: First, the date under the clock is June 18, 1925 or Summer 1925, which seems to be the time H.P. started working on the Cthulhu Mythos.

On HPL's tomb, one can read "I am Providence". On the clock, on can read 1 O'clock, or "1 am", and under is "Providence, RI"

Now, if you write down "1 am Providence", you get something very close to the line on the tombstone.

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Miam! =P
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Happy birthday H.P. Lovecraft by MrZarono Lovecraft by MrtnLjmn
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Love by JosefVonDoom Tribute to H. P. Lovecraft by Devius17 H.P. Lovecraft Tribute by Karl-Russell H.P. Lovecraft by the-ow
Uncle Howard Phillips by sangmeister HPL by qrowdad H.P. Lovecraft by MisterSali H.P. Lovecraft Profile by WilliamPenny
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H.P. Lovecraft by muzski HPL by ArkhamFreshFish Howard Phillips Lovecraft by CorvenIcenail
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The Lonely Man Of Providence by Orion-Zangara Lovecraft by Jagoba H.P. Lovecraft by Dubisch Howard Philips Lovecraft 2.0 by artwarriors
Costume of Cthulu by tat2pooch Portrait of H. P. Lovecraft by thren0dy HPL by Brainwronged Howard by artwarriors
H.P. by ViaEstelar 257. H.P. Lovecraft by Christopher-Manuel Mr. Lovecraft by nightserpent H. P. Lovecraft by juhoham
For the love of Lovecraft by Hullingen The man of words by Blakes8th lovecraft orb by Blakes8th Howard Phillips Lovecraft by GeorgieGanarf
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HP Lovecraft - vector by ShaneGallagher belated birthday wishes by publicinsomniac Stars Came Right by lady-oceansoul Spooks Obit Portrait: Zombie Lovecraft by Ito-Saith-Webb
Love by JosefVonDoom Tribute to H. P. Lovecraft by Devius17 H.P. Lovecraft Tribute by Karl-Russell H.P. Lovecraft by the-ow
Uncle Howard Phillips by sangmeister HPL by qrowdad H.P. Lovecraft by MisterSali H.P. Lovecraft Profile by WilliamPenny
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H.P. Lovecraft by muzski HPL by ArkhamFreshFish Howard Phillips Lovecraft by CorvenIcenail
Mr.Room (ink) by BiggieBang HPL by williamsquid In Memory of H. P. Lovecraft by selfregion I am Cthulhu by Acrylicdreams
Birth of Cthulhu by tegehel Lovecraft by skullberries Lovecraft in Salem by FatherStone H.P. Lovecraft by deadhead16mb
The Lonely Man Of Providence by Orion-Zangara Lovecraft by Jagoba H.P. Lovecraft by Dubisch Howard Philips Lovecraft 2.0 by artwarriors
Costume of Cthulu by tat2pooch Portrait of H. P. Lovecraft by thren0dy HPL by Brainwronged Howard by artwarriors
H.P. by ViaEstelar 257. H.P. Lovecraft by Christopher-Manuel Mr. Lovecraft by nightserpent H. P. Lovecraft by juhoham
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Lovecraft, King of Nightmares by Disezno Happy birthday H.P. Lovecraft by MrZarono Lovecraft by MrtnLjmn
HP Lovecraft - vector by ShaneGallagher belated birthday wishes by publicinsomniac Stars Came Right by lady-oceansoul Spooks Obit Portrait: Zombie Lovecraft by Ito-Saith-Webb
Love by JosefVonDoom Tribute to H. P. Lovecraft by Devius17 H.P. Lovecraft Tribute by Karl-Russell H.P. Lovecraft by the-ow
Uncle Howard Phillips by sangmeister HPL by qrowdad H.P. Lovecraft by MisterSali H.P. Lovecraft Profile by WilliamPenny
untitled. by ZeroHourNineAM
H.P. Lovecraft by muzski HPL by ArkhamFreshFish Howard Phillips Lovecraft by CorvenIcenail
Mr.Room (ink) by BiggieBang HPL by williamsquid In Memory of H. P. Lovecraft by selfregion I am Cthulhu by Acrylicdreams
Birth of Cthulhu by tegehel Lovecraft by skullberries Lovecraft in Salem by FatherStone H.P. Lovecraft by deadhead16mb
The Lonely Man Of Providence by Orion-Zangara Lovecraft by Jagoba H.P. Lovecraft by Dubisch Howard Philips Lovecraft 2.0 by artwarriors
Costume of Cthulu by tat2pooch Portrait of H. P. Lovecraft by thren0dy HPL by Brainwronged Howard by artwarriors
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EmmitS's avatar
This is awesome. Such detail! And I love your style ... nicely done!
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I would love to use this as the cover for Lovecrafts complete works on my kindle, but unfortunately the watermark ruins it.

Amazing image either way!
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After I defeat the Eldritch thing, well this gave me the idea to eat the dropped items.
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This is also all on a boat I figure, since all the liquid and his shoulders are on odd slants.
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do you have a working link? I'd like to buy a print
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I've heard his horror stories are somewhat based on his own nightmares...
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hmm.. the pages spell out "Miss cat-tonic" I'm guessing that was intentional?
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AriochIVProfessional Digital Artist
Clearly it was the watermark that turned him into a being of pure evil.
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WHY IS HE SOO SUPRISED, LOOKS LIKE THAT'S HIS FAV FOOD :)
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nooooo u can't eat Cthulu lol
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The moment I saw the tiny octopus on the fork I thought Lovecraft.
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I've heard from somewhere that Lovecraft's mythology partly stems from his repulse of seafood and the sea itself.
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I for some reason find this cute...
amazon211's avatar
Now we celebrate Lovecraft's birthday with calamari.
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This is an awesome image and story line.  WOW!
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I love his expression on this! 

"Holy shit, I have an idea!"
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The story of how Cthulhu was created! And he had read "The Kraken" by Tennyson earlier that day, got a mini octopus in his spaghetti, had a nightmare about it that night, and thus Cthulhu was born! (Seriously, Lovecraft was a big seafood-phobe)
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