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Cthulhu Week and Contest at! Ia, Ia!

Posted on August 16, 2010 by Flames

Did you know that H.P. Lovecraft was born on August 20th in 1890? We did! In honor of H.P. Lovecraft’s birthday, we’re having a week filled with Cthulhu! Whether you’re a gamer or a horror aficionado, we will have something for everyone.

Cthulhu Week at is special in a lot of ways because of Lovecraft’s influence on the horror genre. Over the years, we’ve covered books, movies, games and music that were either directly or indirectly related to the Cthulhu Mythos. Hands down, Cthulhu is definitely your favorite elder god. Previously published articles have included interviews with Kenneth Hite, Joseph Vargo and A. Scott Glancy, as well as our coverage of the Trail of Cthulhu RPG, Unspeakable Words board game and the Beyond the Wall of Sleep review. This week, we have a lot of fun reviews and other goodies in the pipeline, including a wonderful contribution from Robin D. Laws, who provided the rules design for TRAIL OF CTHULHU!!!

If you don’t want to lose your mind, be sure to stay tuned this week as we travel to the underwater city of Ry’leh to embrace all things Cthulhu! “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!”

Atomic Overmind Press and Team Up for Cthulhu Week Give-A-Way

Cthulhu With Laptop by Drew PoczaWe are pleased to announce that Atomic Overmind Press is a proud sponsor of Cthulhu Week. Artist Drew Pocza and Atomic Overmind lent us their graphic design talents for the week and we’re thrilled to worship this elder god through these great images.

In honor of Lovecraft’s birthday, Atomic Overmind Press is also giving away several copies of the award-winning book CTHULHU 101 through our site. This pocket-sized book is the perfect introduction to Cthulhu and we think will make a fun addition to your digital or physical library.

Want to win? Read the rules below and comment to enter. How easy is that?

Contest runs through midnight, August 20th so be sure to enter today! We have several books we can give away, so don’t be afraid to tell a friend, too!

Contest Details

Atomic Overmind Press will be giving away a handful of both print and eBook editions of CTHULHU 101. Please read the fine print below to find out how you can win!

1. One Entry Per Person – We ask that you post one entry per person, so that your fellow horror fans can have an equal chance of winning a copy of CTHULHU 101.
2. Entries That Will/Won’t Be Considered – By keeping these simple guidelines in mind, you will increase your chance of winning.

What Will Be Considered – Post a Lovecraft or Cthulhu-related comment below this article. Please note that any contest winners that live outside of the U.S. will receive a digital edition of CTHULHU 101. Only entries posted by midnight, August 20th will be eligible to win.
What Won’t Be Considered – Entries that are full of harsh or foul language, overly graphic/sexual depictions or discriminatory/slang comments will not be posted.

3. Valid Email Address Required – When you post your comment, there’s a field to enter your email address. In order for us to notify winners, we ask that you please include a valid email address. This email address will not be posted publicly, and we will not use your email address for any other reason other than to notify you if you’ve won.
4. Valid U.S. Postal Address Required – Once we notify you, we will need you to provide us with a valid U.S. mailing address so we can mail you your prize. As we stated above, if you are selected as a contest winner and live outside of the U.S., you will receive a digital edition of CTHULHU 101.

Contest winners will be notified via email within one week after the contest ends. Good luck!

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32 Responses to “Cthulhu Week and Contest at! Ia, Ia!”

  1. Wiredwizard says:

    Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!

  2. Faith Moore says:

    I love HP Lovecraft!

  3. Sean McConkey says:

    when do I have to make my sanity roll?

  4. Denis Mc Carthy says:

    That is not dead
    which can eternal lie
    when with strange eons
    even death may die.

  5. Jon says:

    “The Call of Cthulhu in Under 2 Minutes”:

  6. Some Mel says:

    Did you know you could make Cthulhus in a Blanket by slicing the end of a hot dog four ways and wrapping it in dough-from-a-tube?

  7. Steven Dawes says:

    What part of “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn” do you not understand?

  8. EtherealWatcher says:

    What country are you from?


    “R’lyeh” ain’t no country I’ve ever heard of. They speak English in R’lyeh?

    fhtagn ?

    English, motherfucker, do you speak it?

  9. What I wanna know is, when’s AO Press publishing the Cthulhu-authored #KennethHite 101?

    Oh wait, this isn’t Twitter. That hashtag won’t help bring Ken onto the twitters.

    Still, that’s the book I want to read after Cthulhu 101.

  10. Cthulhu was Lovecraft’s love bunny.

  11. Hector says:

    In Texas there is this dish called “migas” which everyone loves. I know better than that! The dish is the female version of the mi-go! Conquest via consumption

  12. Jim Taylor says:

    The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.

  13. Brett Myers says:

    This would certainly get me started on research for a Cthulhu boardgame..

  14. Scottt says:

    Creative minds are uneven, and the best of fabrics have their dull spots. -H.P.L.

  15. FuzzyCthulhu says:

    I wear my fuzzy Cthulhu slippers every chance that I get. Even in the summer time!!

  16. Pôl Jackson says:

    That’s so eldritch. Squamous, even.

  17. Kevin Roche says:

    So, you are saying that in contrast to a certain notorious Lovecraftian-themed game

    You *can* win, so don’t mope ‘n’ be dour?

  18. Colin Gagnon says:

    You know what t-shirt I’ve always wanted to see? “I dreamed of sunken R’lyeh, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.”

  19. “I am Providence,” he wrote, as he stroked the cat’s soft black fur on his lap, “and Providence is me.”

    Then he leaned back and sipped his warm, sweet coffee as he looked out the window upon the sunset-ridden roofs of distant Federal Hill.

    And all was good.

  20. Sam Friedman says:

    When I was a teen, I loved Metallica. My uncle saw the track title “Call of Ktulu” and asked if I’d read any Lovecraft. I hadn’t, so I went out and bought some.

    I haven’t seen my sanity since.

  21. UTSquishy says:

    Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn

  22. Kris Hurst says:

    “Tekeli-li! Tekeli-li!”

  23. Simon says:

    The sanity, I have too much.
    Cthulhu fhtagn

  24. Amy says:

    I love Lovecraft! Thanks for the giveaway. Here’s a link: “The New Shoggoth Chic: Why H.P. Lovecraft Now?”

  25. Adrian says:

    “More people enter Red Hook than leave it — or at least, than leave it by the landward side — and those who are not loquacious are the likeliest to leave.”

  26. Eric Nail says:

    Most of you probably already know this, but just in case some of you don’t:

    Many of H.P. Lovecraft’s works now fall within the Public Domain, and may be freely downloaded – in your choice of formats – from any number of reputable eBook websites, such as Project Gutenberg,, and . also offers several of the works of William Hope Hodgson, an excellent writer in his own regard whose works were influential upon Lovecraft’s.

  27. Dr. Pinky says:

    If we knew what we are, we should do as Sir Arthur Jermyn did; and Arthur Jermyn soaked himself in oil and set fire to his clothing one night.

  28. Deniz Kaftan says:

    Happy birthday old fella..:)

  29. Eric says:

    “The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.”

    – H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu

  30. Chris Nail says:


    Head over to the Toy Vault ( and check out the awesome Cthulhu plushies! No geek’s desk is complete without Cthulhu rising from behind your monitor.

  31. Will Hart says:

    Great 120th Birthday Presents to/from H. P. Lovecraft!

    Happy 120th. Birthday H.P.L.!

    Freebies released in celebration of H. P. Lovecraft’s 120th. birthday on 20-August-2010, and to stir up excitement for the possible making of the Universal Studios 3D version of “At the Mountains of Madness” by Guillermo del Toro and James Cameron; and as a celebration by Will Hart of the 20th. anniversary of his being at Lovecraft’s grave-side on his 100th. birthday.

    Released during the last few hours in MP3 Format on:
    (The audio companion to the CthulhuWho1 Flickr collections.)

    “Fungi from Yuggoth”
    H. P. Lovecraft’s complete 36 sonnet set; in an all-new recording by William (Will) Hart; in single file, and multiple file versions. A dark poetry reading if there ever was one…

    “What If H. P. Lovecraft Had Lived Into The 1960’s?”
    A 163 minute panel recording in six parts, of Professor Dirk W. Mosig, Professor Donald R. Burleson, J. Vernon Shea, Fritz Leiber, Jr., and S.T. Joshi at the 36th World Science Fiction Convention in Phoenix in 1978. A must-have for Lovecraftians!

    Plus, behind the scenes recordings including a live reading by Don Burleson of his darkly funny, “The Last Supper.”

    And more audio goodies too!

    And there are now over 1200 Lovecraft, Cthulhu, and Providence related images for the taking at the CthulhuWho1 Flickr page at:
    (The image companion site to the audio site.)

    All of the above items (and more to come) were created in honor of H. P. Lovecraft; but since he’s not here with us, it’s up to you, and everyone you can share them with to enjoy them!

    Will Hart
    aka CthulhuWho1
    aka California Cthulhu

  32. Steve says:

    The Cthulhu Cult is MUCH more laid-back than the Esoteric Order of Dagon. Also, I prefer boating retreats over swimming marathons to Devil Reef.

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