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Birth of Cthulhu by tegehel Birth of Cthulhu by tegehel
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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EmmitS Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2018
This is awesome. Such detail! And I love your style ... nicely done!
CaSquall Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017
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!
Tnynfox Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2017  Student General Artist
After I defeat the Eldritch thing, well this gave me the idea to eat the dropped items.
Zimmm Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017
This is also all on a boat I figure, since all the liquid and his shoulders are on odd slants.
juxtaposefantasy Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017   Photographer
do you have a working link? I'd like to buy a print
SoulcideJourney Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I've heard his horror stories are somewhat based on his own nightmares...
BoxyCthulhu Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hmm.. the pages spell out "Miss cat-tonic" I'm guessing that was intentional?
tavuntu Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016
AriochIV Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Clearly it was the watermark that turned him into a being of pure evil.
plugaruseby Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
LadyOfManyArtForms Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
nooooo u can't eat Cthulu lol
urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016
Little-Beasty Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
The moment I saw the tiny octopus on the fork I thought Lovecraft.
Ururuty Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016
nice mood
GrimmtisGrimm Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2016
Very very awesome !
CapnDeek373 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2016  Professional General Artist
Featured… from beyond :cthulula: by Helen-Baq
nyarIy Featured By Owner Edited Apr 16, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I've heard from somewhere that Lovecraft's mythology partly stems from his repulse of seafood and the sea itself.
MorganaLustitia Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I for some reason find this cute...
amazon211 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015
Now we celebrate Lovecraft's birthday with calamari.
wethops Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015
This is an awesome image and story line.  WOW!
MrSandwichMan Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
I love his expression on this! 

"Holy shit, I have an idea!"
vitaminanime Featured By Owner Edited May 23, 2015
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)
vickyval Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
I'm very happy to see this not a lot of people like or know H.P Lovecraft
Andracus Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
Hahaha that made me laugh! The way he looks at it...
Anyway - it's just wonderful, every last bit of it. Colors, setting, the whole atmosphere... and everything looks so real. It's awesome. I'd rape the fave button for that.
AppleSara Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
This picture is... amazing ! I like the concept ! What a pity that this great author can see all the merits and fanart on him ...
Machesse Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If only the genius himself could see this masterpiece!
GodsofWarAndRock Featured By Owner Edited Mar 20, 2015
i was really expecting the creature's origin and not the story's origin
damla-deviantart Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
good work!
Traeumeer Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
I love his facial expression. Very cool!
Yesmouse Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist
you have put an amazing amount of thought and detail into this!
WellManneredMoth Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Clauds-C Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG! Great!
niekie40 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
BrilliantWow! I love deviantART! 
Rusalka-817 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
This really made my day. Wonderful Idea :)
DARTHTURDER12 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
I bet he thinking that he hates  humanity
AllesSehendeAuge Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
clap, clap, clap.......
Dawley Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
This is the best thing I've seen all day.
SurrealGrotesque77 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Artist
Hi. I run a magazine called Surreal Grotesque and for October we are doing a tribute to Lovecraft issue. I love your art and I was wondering if you would let us use some of your pictures for that issue. All credit would remain with you and I could run a small bio. You can see the magazine here: We are legit and also have a book on Amazon called: Aliens, Sex and Sociopaths. Unfortunately I can’t pay for art right now, all I can offer is exposure, we do have over 1000 fans on Facebook. Thank you for your time. Let me know what you think or email me at

I am doing a Lovecraft creature specific gallery with creatures like Cthulhu, Dagon, etc. 
jdheard22 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
@.@ Love.....The true magic of this piece imo is hidden in the little pieces in the background. The hidden words, the homage to your past works, the onlookers eye creating something out of a wrinkle in the curtain. Perfection my friend perfection.
Petit-Anyell Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
deusmilitus Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
If I remember correctly, Lovecraft came up with the Mythos while having night terrors. Though, I must say, this is excellent and a wonderful piece of whimsy and pop culture references. Good Job!
th3punk1n4t0r Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
one of my favorite authors. also, I like these little easter eggs; sure, it could be innocent coincidences that sparked his imagination. or perhaps sinister forces have used him as a conduit.
CatOfShroedinger Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
To my faves. I simply love that face expression - this eyebrow! It makes me smile everytime I see it.
TrippoMuppo Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student
Hahaha XD
KateThulhu Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Can I tell you something funny? Lovecraft hated to eat all kinds of seafood.
WellManneredMoth Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
You sir, just made my day.
jacksprat1 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
This is amazing, top-to-bottom. Major kudos!
CosmicCabby Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've often thought what inspired Lovecraft to choose the form of Cthulhu. You captured a monumental moment in cosmic horror and the facial expression is quite humorous as well.
Hellraiser-89 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can tell you put A LOT of thought into this amazing drawing! Very well done!
Therazan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
May I use your picture as to illustrate a presentation about Lovecraft? I would like it to show it after some actual photography of him, mostly because of all the subtle references about his work in the same picture.
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