H.P. Lovecraft is an American horror writer whose stories deal with an Ancient shadowy conspiracy by Alien beings to conquer the Earth. His fictional stories influenced much of growth of late 20th century paranoia that gave rise to conspiracies and conspiracy theory.
Cthulhu is a cosmic entity authored by writer H. P. Lovecraft and first introduced in the short story "The Call of Cthulhu", published in the American pulp magazine Weird Tales in 1928. Considered a Great Old One within the pantheon of Lovecraftian cosmic entities, the creature has since been featured in numerous popular culture references. Cthulhu's appearance is described as having the face of an octopus, with a humanoid dragon form. Cthulhu is said to have come from another star system, settled Earth, and built the great green stone city of R'lyeh on the continent of Mu.
The Cthulhu Mythos has grown considerably with the numerous contributions of other writers. By the mid-70's at least one author (Berglund) had published a comprehensive bibliography, now rare, of Cthulhu stories by authors other than Lovecraft.
Lovecraft's most read work is his short novel "At The Mountains of Madness". Aside from numerous popular paperback editions, a small press publisher, Arkham House, published Lovecraft's collected works in five volumes as well as numerous volumes of his letters. Other notable short stories are "The Rats in the Walls" and "Pickman's Models". Other works include, Lovecraft's essay, "Supernatural Horror in Literature".
- Lovecraft, H. P. (1967). Selected Letters of H. P. Lovecraft IV (1932–1934). Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House. "Letter 617". ISBN 0-87054-035-1.
- Callaghan, Gavin (2013). H. P. Lovecraft's Dark Arcadia: The Satire, Symbology and Contradiction. McFarland. p. 192. ISBN 1476602395.
- Cthulhu on Wikipedia