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Re: Lovecraft Inspiration
« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2011, 07:13:10 am »
Yes, some of the themes in CT (especially Lavos) were undoubtedly inspired by Lovecraft.


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Re: Lovecraft Inspiration
« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2011, 10:40:48 pm »
Hehe, inspired by ___ assumption sometimes goes too far.
You know as a writer he must have read a lot of things, and ideas always have their similarities if you think too much.

Lavos seems quite a bit different in nature than the Lovecraft's Elder Gods... where Lavos directly impacted human evolution, the Elder Gods more or less distance themselves from human-kind and only interact with them if contacted in some way

In At the Mountains of Madness, the creatures on the earth were said to be actually created by "The Old Ones", before Cthulhu  arrived earth.

Quote from: At the Mountains of Madness
  It was under the sea, at first for food and later for other purposes, that
   they first created earth life - using available substances according to
   long-known methods. The more elaborate experiments came after the
   annihilation of various cosmic enemies. They had done the same thing on
   other planets, having manufactured not only necessary foods, but certain
   multicellular protoplasmic masses capable of molding their tissues into
   all sorts of temporary organs under hypnotic influence and thereby forming
   ideal slaves to perform the heavy work of the community. These viscous
   masses were without doubt what Abdul Alhazred whispered about as the
   "Shoggoths" in his frightful Necronomicon, though even that mad Arab had
   not hinted that any existed on earth except in the dreams of those who had
   chewed a certain alkaloidal herb. When the star-headed Old Ones on this
   planet had synthesized their simple food forms and bred a good supply of
   Shoggoths, they allowed other cell groups to develop into other forms of
   animal and vegetable life for sundry purposes, extirpating any whose
   presence became troublesome.

BTW, I guess Ed were referring to The Call of Cthulhu (also many other works which I'm less familiar with), about the dream world.

Quote from: COC
    "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn."
     "In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming."

Quote from: COC
    That is not dead which can eternal lie,
     And with strange aeons even death may die.

Quote from: COC
  ...............................................................the nightmare corpse-city
   of R'lyeh, that was built in measureless aeons behind history by the vast,
   loathsome shapes that seeped down from the dark stars. There lay great
   Cthulhu and his hordes, hidden in green slimy vaults and sending out at
   last, after cycles incalculable, the thoughts that spread fear to the
   dreams of the sensitive and called imperiously to the faithfull to come on
   a pilgrimage of liberation and restoration.

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