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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The 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.