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The Butthurt of Cthulhu

_The Butthurt of the Dark I recently had the joy of making a new friend on tumblr. I don’t know if he’s just worried about Yahoo buying his favorite blogging tool, or maybe he’s got one of the things tattooed on himself, but he certainly did not like my saying that using the Elder Sign from the Simon Necronomicon isn’t correct.

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Cthulhu and Aquaman would not be friends

Cthulhu would hate Aquaman

Seconds later, Aquaman was devoured…

One thing that Aquaman forgot when he decided it was a good idea to start bossing around a Great Old One, is that Cthulhu is not an ocean creature.

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The King in Yellow

The King in Yellow I normally attribute Hastur, The King in Yellow, and the Yellow Sign with Derleth, and I’ve said before what I think of him, but really, I should look more kindly on the yellow garbed one.

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The Elder Sign

This is an Elder SignThe Elder Sign is something that every fan of H.P. Lovecraft knows about. To us, it’s right up there next to Cthulhu himself as one of his most recognizable things. The problem however, is that most of you don’t actually recognize the right thing. Drunken Zadok, from The Shadow Over Innsmouth, is the only person in all love Lovecraft’s writings to ever talk about the sign. In fact, it’s the only time that it’s ever talked about in any of his stories. He does mention the symbol in letters that he wrote to Clark Ashton Smith, and even drew it once. His drawing was that of one long line, with five smaller lines branching off of it, resembling a branch of a pine tree. The same one that is pictured to the left here.

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