Monday, September 24, 2007
“That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die.” So said the famous verse of Abdul Alhazred’s Necronomicon. And when death dies, does it reincarnate as light-hearted humor? This seems to be what has happened with the most famous creation of Lovecraft’s: the slumbering, near-omnipotent High Priest in R’lyeh, Cthulhu. It would be difficult to date the rise of the cuteness craze washing over Cthulhu and other eldritch offspring of the mythos, especially before the development of the internet. Suffice it to say, however, that Cutethulhu has been a force on the internet since at least the late ‘90s.