Robert M. Price described, in his essay “H. P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos,” two stages in the development of the Cthulhu Mythos. The first stage, termed the “Cthulhu Mythos proper” by Price, was formulated during Lovecraft’s lifetime and was subject to his guidance. The second stage was guided by August Derleth who, in addition to publishing Lovecraft’s stories after his death, attempted to categorize and expand the Mythos

Bitten by the Call of Cthulhu Bug

Rolling Boxcars

Yesterday, while killing time waiting for a doctors appointment to start and I finally got a chance to read the Call of Cthulhu 7th edition quick start rules. While I have owned the 6th edition core rulebook for a long time, I never actually sat down to read it (nor played CoC). I think that was mainly because by the time I got it, I learned 7th edition was on the horizon and decided to wait, but I digress. I devoured the quick start rules and found the mechanics super easy to read and understand, albeit in a hyper-stripped down version. It has spurred my interest in wanting the full-blown rules. What spurred me in this direction? I decided the other day that since I had spent quite a bit of money to purchase the new Horror on the Orient Express box set that I needed to run it instead…

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Silent night,

Blasphemous night,

 People quake At the sight

Monsters rising from deep R’lyeh

People screaming ‘please go away’

Great Cthulhu has come!
Great Cthulhu has come!

Silent night,

Blasphemous night,

Great ones reign,

Death in sight

Horrid beasties enslaving mankind

Cosmic terror destroying Your Mind

We’re all going to die!

We are all going to die!