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"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." - H.P. Lovecraft

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Film AdaptationsEdit

  • Dagon (2001) Innsmouth is relocated from New England to Spain in this retelling of The Shadow over Innsmouth.


  • Babylon 5:
    • Its creator, J. Michael Straczynski, is fan of Lovecraft (and wrote one of the Lovecraft inspired Ghostbusters episodes)
    • The show is littered with references to the "first ones", ancient and awesomely powerful aliens far beyond humanitie's understanding.
    • He also introduced a Cthulhu like race called Pak'ma'ra
    • He used the name Charles Dexter for a character who has both a good and evil side (the good side being called Charles)
  • The Justice League animated series had an episode called "The Terror Beyond" involving tentacled sea monsters breaching our dimension and the team must cross over to attack the other worldly beings where they live.

Comic BooksEdit

  • Macabre Massachusetts by comic artist Victor Laube contains many references to H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos.
  • The town wherein the events of the comic book series Locke & Key by Joe Hill take place is named "Lovecraft, Massachusetts."
  • The "Ogdru Jahad", antagonists from Mike Mignola's Hellboy comic book series, are partially inspired by Lovecraft's "Great Old Ones."
  • The comic book series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill, set in a universe where many characters from popular fiction co-exist, Cthulhu has been referenced, although his name has been spelled "Kutulu", and a character has misheard his name as "cool Lulu".


  • The Great Old Ones: Al Azif (2012)

Computer GamesEdit

  • Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
    • An Xbox/PC game placing the player in the role of a police man investigating the strange occurrences involving Old Ones cults and mostly notable placing the player inside the Lovecraft short story the Shadow over Innsmouth.
  • The Lurking Horror (Infocom)
    • Interactive fiction in which the player investigates weird happenings at G.U.E. University.
  • Alone in the Dark (I Motion) The first game of this classic horror series is strongly based on Lovecraft.  Several tomes mention Cthulhoid beings and places, as well as appearances by the Deep Ones.
  • Shadow of the Comet (Interplay)
    • The first of what was supposed to be a series of "Call of Cthulhu" games, the player investigates the influence a fallen comet has on a town.
  • Prisoner of Ice (I Motion)
    • The player is a government agennt during WWII, thrawting a Nazi plan to raise Cthulhu as their weapon.
  • Dr Floyd's Desktop Games (Micropose)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
    • The Zombies map "Shadows of Evil" is large based on Lovecraft's world.
  • Demonbane - a Japanese eroge based on the Cthulhu mythos
  • Quake
    • Featured Shub-Niggurath as the final boss, and levels such as the Vaults of Zin and The Nameless City. Sandy Peterson was a level designer.

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