My Favourite Lovecraftian Things…

Top 13 Things Inspired by HP Lovecraft

  1. Metallica – For the instrumental ‘Call of Ktulu’ off ‘Ride the Lightning’ and also ‘The Thing That Should Not Be’ from ‘Master of Puppets.’ The latter contains a lyric which paraphrases the famous quote ‘That is not dead which can eternal lie / And with strange aeons even death may die.’

  2. Iron Maiden – That same quote can be found on the cover art for the ‘Live After Death’ album (on the gravestone).

  3. The Evil Dead – Features a book called ‘The Necronomicon ex Mortis’ clearly inspired by Lovecraft’s ‘Necronomicon.’

  4. The Fall – The song ‘Spectre vs Rector’ references Yog Sothoth in the lyrics and Mark E Smith is a fan of Lovecraft’s work. 

  5. The Real Ghostbusters Cartoon – Mentioned Lovecraft in several episodes and had Cthulhu as an adversary in at least one of them (‘The Collect Call of Cthullhu’)

  6. Ghostbusters – The 1984 film borrows a number of Lovecraftian themes including an eldritch building being used to summon a demi-god (Gozer) to destroy the world. 

  7. Alien – The set designs of Ridley Scott’s 1979 movie were influenced by Lovecraft’s writings – and artist HR Giger released a book of his work under the title ‘HR Giger’s Necronomicon.’

  8. The Thing – The 1982 John Carpenter Film (itself based on a story ‘Who Goes There?’ by John W Campbell) is a notably Lovecraftian work, influenced in part by ‘The Mountains of Madness’ with an amorphous alien abomination as the antagonist. 

  9. Batman – The Batman universe contains Arkham Asylum where villains like the Joker and Two Face are housed – a direct shout-out to HPL.

  10. Stephen King – Novels such as ‘It’, ‘The Tommyknockers’ and the short story ‘Crouch End’ all contain Lovecraftian elements.

  11. Nail Gaiman – His spoof-biographical piece ‘I Cthulhu’ among others. 

  12. Fighting Fantasy – ‘Beneath Nightmare Castle’ by Peter Darvill-Evans in particular has a very Lovecraftian atmosphere, complete with tentacled adversaries and various eldritch abominations)

  13. And finally… HP Lovecraft – A short-lived psychedelic rock band in the 1960s, named (of course) after the author

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