The Cthulhu Mythos (sometimes referred to as the Lovecraft Mythos) is a shared universe that was originally created by the horror writer H.P. Lovecraft.
Lovecraft created this loose framework so that himself and others could create stories within the same world. Many of these tales are loosely connected and not all are consistent, writers including Lovecraft himself have been known to chance canon to fit a story. There are essentially two stages to the Mythos, the first stage are considered works that were created during Lovecrafts lifetime and the second stage where August Derleth (who actually coined the term Cthulhu Mythos) expanded upon the original vision.
The Mythos stories tend to refer to ancient and powerful deities known as the "Great Ones" who arrived from deep space to rule over the Earth. The currently lie in a dormant state awaiting a time when the stars are right to rise up from beneath the Earth and wreak havoc on mankind. Cthulhu is the most widely known of the old ones, currently sleeping in the submerged city of R'lyeh somewhere at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
Since the two stages the Cthulhu Mythos has grown to encompass a role-playing game, computer games, graphic novels and most notably a 6 book series by Brian Lumley.
I have attempted to compile a list of known Cthulhu works over on the left, however this is probably incomplete, if any of you know of short stories, novellette's or even novels that are considered part of the Cthulhu Mythos then please do let me know and I will see them included.
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