The Call of Cthulhu

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The Call of Cthulhu
by H.P. Lovecraft

"The Call of Cthulhu" is one of H. P. Lovecraft's best-known short stories. Written in the summer of 1926, it was first published in Weird Tales, February 1928. It is the only story written by Lovecraft in which the extraterrestrial entity Cthulhu himself makes a major appearance'

Versions of The Call of Cthulhu include:
  • "The Call of Cthulhu" published in Beware After Dark!: The Worlds Most Stupendous Tales of Mystery, Horror, Thrills and Terror, (1929). The Macaulay Company
  • "The Call of Cthulhu" published in The Outsider and Others, (1939). Arkham House


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