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 Post subject: The Squid and Cthulhu
PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 5:31 am 
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I was wondering if people more well-read than I on the board saw the alien squid as an allusion to HP Lovecrafts' horror stories? Not just it's appearance ("a monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind"), but also the accompanying sense of abject psychological terror which surrounds it, much like the dreams and images coded into it's accomanying psychic wave. Is Moore telling us how much of a Lovecraft fan he is? (I haven't read Lovecraft so feel free to fill me in)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cthulhu

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2009 11:27 am 
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I did read somewhere that one of Alan Moore's influences to become a writer was H.P. Lovecraft.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 5:22 pm 
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Having never read Lovecraft, I can't offer much on this subject. That cthulu does look an awful lot like the squid though. Kind of like the Kraken.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2009 4:51 am 
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without resorting to an essay on the subject, i always thought the squid was a direct reference to cthulhu. after all, there are so many details connecting them aside from the appearence - i.e. cthulhu being the basis of doomsday cults, he's supposedly from another planet although the "audience" never discovers how he gets to earth and the effect of stirring up primitive notions of fear in man with the unknown.

the effect in the film is the same - accept it is transferred from one "god" to another.

the second point would be that the league of extraordinary gentlement vol. 1 and the black dossier both directly mention the lovecraftian fictional planet "yuggoth", and obviously so does his other book "yuggoth cultures and other growths". also, in some of his future shocks, moore adopted a lovecraftian style.

so he's obviously a fan.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 8:18 pm 
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Moore is a hardore HP Lovecraft fan. Anyone who disagrees is invited to read The Courtyard. ;)

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