So… Here’s something you need to understand about Cthulhu: Everyone’s favourite Great Old One was a personification of everything H. P. Lovecraft hated and feared.
Now, I love Lovecraftian Weird fiction as much as anyone… possibly a bit more than most. I own a dead tree copy of every story and poem the man wrote and I’ve read them all. I wouldn’t say I’m an expert, but I’ve got an MA in English and I’ve done some pretty darn extensive hitting of the books on this.
So I’m speaking from an educated position when I tell you: Lovecraft was an artist of the written word and he made some cool art. You might find it a little purple, but hey, I can appreciate purple. Lovecraft was also a human and had human failings, one of the more egregious of which was that he was a racist asshat. And not just mildly racist. Really racist. We’re talking wildly unacceptable foaming-at-the-mouth racist. I direct any incredulous confused individuals to his extensive collected letters if they need any proof of this historical fact.Thematically, in his writing, Lovecraft was especially obsessed with the concept of biological and cultural contagion: of the dreaded mingling of races. His horror is based on pure unadulterated xenophobia. Lovecraft was repulsed by the idea of people of different racial and cultural backgrounds living peacefully together. Diversity, inclusion, respect for all people, and especially, immigration, refugees, and the idea of helping people who need it, welcoming them for the simple fact that they need somewhere to stay and we have room… these were things Lovecraft felt were a threat to everything that was good and right (and white) in the world.
And the cosmic horror he imagined to embody the stuff he felt threatened by:
So yeah, I’m pretty fond of Cthulhu. I dig me some Lovecraftian narratives. I even write me some Lovecraftian stories from time to time. Damn right I do.
No seriously. I mean it.
I want to summon Cthulhu all over the earth.
If inclusion and human rights and helping people is the bad guy, then put me in line to be eaten first.
Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fthagn!
Here’s some links I found where you can donate to help summon His Squidliness, if, like me, the recent news has made you feel like the world needs more assistance:
In addition, I did some web-digging and this is the website for the mosque that was attacked tonight in Quebec: http://www.cciq.org/
Yes, the website is in French. (Two official languages, yo!) All you need to know is “Faites un Don” means “Make a donation” and if you’re wanting to do so with your credit card, “Faites un don et recevez votre réçu d’impôt.” is what you need to click on. If you put a note that you want your gift to go to those who were harmed, I am certain that, whatever language you use, they will be able to figure it out.
If you find any other links which provide concrete ways of helping humans currently affected by the current political shittiness going on in the world, please feel free to stick them in the comments.
Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!