"My somewhat extravagant imagination yielded simultaneous pictures of an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature.... A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque and scaly body with rudimentary wings." The Call of Cthulhu, HP Lovecraft, 1928
The February 1928 issue of Weird Tales magazine was published with no idea that it was going to change horror as we know it. But it contained a short story by Howard Phillips Lovecraft, titled The Call of Cthulhu, the first piece in what would later become known as the "Cthulhu Mythos." The influence of this story can be felt across genre fiction, games, toys, and media today. The central character, an ancient apocalyptic god called Cthulhu has appeared on everything from video games to plush toys. He has been celebrated by authors, artists, musicians, become a pop culture phenomenon in his own right.
And of course he has his own apparel collection here at Design by Humans. Some of our favorites are below, but you can check out the whole collection here.
R'lyeh Whiskey by PigBoom In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming and bottling whiskey.
Innsmouth Fishing by ScumBugg Innsmouth fishmen are also exceptional fishermen.
R'lyeh Sashimi by Lopesco I wonder if Cthulhu sushi is poisonous, or delicious? Possibly, most likely, both.
Miskatonic Historical Society by Mj00 Miskatonic University plays a huge role in the spread of knowledge in the Cthulhu Mythos. Show your appreciation for the hard work they do with this shirt.
My Lil Cthulhu by DinoMike Horrors from the deep make great pets.
Mountain of Madness by AgainstBound At the mountains of madness lie the Shoggoths and their cities.
The Call of Cthulhu and the creatures that it created have been a major influence on science fiction, fantasy and horror since it was published 88 years ago, and our collection celebrates all that it has become, from the funny to the horrific to the straight up weird. So embrace the madness and get yours here.