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Who is Cthulhu? More like what is Cthulhu. Many scholars argue to this date over the interpretations of Howard Phillip Lovecraft (1890-1937) and those of his understudy, August Derleth (1909-1971). What is clear through is that Lovecraft is generally credited with bringing together myth and fiction and created a pseudo-connected group of creatures from Earth's dark beginnings. Derleth is credited pointedly for bringing Lovecraft's work from obscurity to mass print. This includes stories that HPL did while ghost writing, editting the work of others, as well giving us poems and fragments years after his death.

The influence of both of these authors as well as the efforts of many others have spawned what we now call the Cthulhu Mythos, including not only the Old One Cthulhu himself, but also horrors such as Asathoth, Shub-Niggurath and Nyarlathotep. As reference material, many fictitious books were often used in these tales. The most famous was the Necronomicon. This book is such a deep element in these stories, that many readers have gone seeking high and low for a copy of this dark tome, perhaps even an original bound in material seemingly of human skin. Several authors have taken stabs at fleshing out such a book by taking pieces of Lovecraft's and Derleth's passages, but the end result always falls short of what the reader's imagination can conjure must really lie within the cover of the Mad Arab's script.

As a first step to flesh out this topic, look at the lists I have compiled. They are no means complete, but will be added to as information comes. New material is added annually, but various sources, most notably Chaosium Fiction.

Another great product from Chaosium, is a collectable card game, called Mythos that brings together several elements of Lovecraft, Derleth and many other writers from the genre. Chaosium also has a line of Cthulhu role playing games.

H. P. Lovecraft Books & Stories

August Derleth Books & Stories

Chaosium Mythos Anthologies

Miscellaneous Cthulhu Mythos Tales

Mythos Collector Card Game