Posts Tagged ‘Cthulhu’

It’s not really something paranormal but it’s certainly interesting. Detected in 1997 by US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The Bloop is an ultra-low frequency and powerful underwater noise. The sound seems consistent with the types of noises generated by icequakes, or large icebergs scraping the bottom of the ocean floor.

NOAA’s Dr Christopher Fox did  not feel that this was man-made, like a submarine, but there was speculation about how it could sound like a living creature. It was however louder than any living creature recorded and has now pretty much been identified as the icequake/scraping noise on the floor.

The Bloop has been used in popular culture too, in The Loch by Steve Allen the Bloop is used to describe the presence of the Loch Ness Monster.

One of the writers favourite suggestions is that it’s rough point of origin is that around the area suggested by H P Lovecraft as to where R’lyeh is situation. Cthulhu may have turned over in his sleep.

“Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn” In his house at R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.

I have a love for Lovecraft, I admit it, despite the hammy writing style which can be hard going the concepts for what he produces are, in a nutshell, awesome! Of course without Lovecraft there would be little chance of films like Hellboy and I adore those too.

“The Call of Cthulhu” was published in Weird Tales in 1928 and was the story about the entity being trapped underwater in a city called R’lyeh in the South Pacific. And what a description he brings to us for this creature… “…an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature…. A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque scaly body with rudimentary wings”

The creature is portrayed to be the subject of man’s anxiety on a subconscious level. Cthulhu might well be trapped in the watery city but there is a belief that he will one day return. His worshippers chant the phrase Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.

Cthulhu does not solely appear in the one story. The Dunwich Horror (1928) references him, and The Whisperer in the Darkness (1930) hints at one of his characters knowing his origin. The fantastic novella “At The Mountains of Madness” is due to be made into a feature film and in this Cthulhu is referenced because the Star-spawn of Cthulhu went to war with a race known as The Elder Things before man was even around. Lovecraft’s complex bestiary and mythical hierarchy have become for some a wonderfully intricate study and passion that spawns (get it?) a whole host of fictions inspired by the man’s work and Cthulhu really does make for a big part of that.