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March 06 , 2009

The Call of Cthulhu


"The Call of Cthulhu" is a story by American writer H. P. Lovecraft. The story is presented as a manuscript "found among the papers of the late Francis Wayland Thurston, of Boston". In the text, Thurston recounts his discovery of notes left behind by his granduncle, a prominent Professor of Semitic languages at Brown University who died suddenly. A small bas-relief sculpture found among the papers, which the narrator describes: "My somewhat extravagant imagination yielded simultaneous pictures of an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature.... A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque and scaly body with rudimentary wings." The sculpture is the work of Henry Anthony Wilcox. At a meeting of the American Archaeological Society, a New Orleans police official named Legrasse asks the antiquarians to identify a statuette composed of an unidentifiable greenish-black stone, that "had been captured near New Orleans during a raid on a supposed voodoo meeting." The idol resembles the Wilcox sculpture.

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