Lovecraftian Deities from the Cthulhu Mythos

The Elder Gods


Great Olds Ones

The Outer Gods


Lesser Monsters & Cultist

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Deep Ones

“I think their predominant color was a greyish-green, though they had white bellies. They were mostly shiny and slippery, but the ridges of their backs were scaly. Their forms vaguely suggested the anthropoid, while their heads were the heads of fish, with prodigious bulging eyes that never closed. At the sides of their necks were palpitating gills, and their long paws were webbed. They hopped irregularly, sometimes on two legs and sometimes on four. I was somehow glad that they had no more than four limbs. Their croaking, baying voices, clearly used for articulate speech, held all the dark shades of expression which their staring faces lacked ... They were the blasphemous fish-frogs of the nameless design - living and horrible.”


— The Shadow Over Innsmouth



“It was a paw, fully two feet and a half across, and equipped with formidable talons. After it came another paw, and after that a great black-furred arm to which both of the paws were attached by short forearms. Then two pink eyes shone, and the head of the awakened gug sentry, large as a barrel, wobbled into view. The eyes jutted two inches from each side, shaded by bony protuberances overgrown with coarse hairs. But the head was chiefly terrible because of the mouth. That mouth had great yellow fangs and ran from the top to the bottom of the head, opening vertically instead of horizontally.”


— The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath




“...the ghasts, those repulsive beings which die in the light, and which live in the vaults of Zin and leap on long hind legs like kangaroos...

After a moment, something about the size of a small horse hopped out into the grey twilight, and Carter turned sick at the aspect of that scabrous and unwholesome beast, whose face is so curiously human despite the absence of a nose, a forehead, and other important particulars.”


— The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

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The Dunwich Horror & Wilbur Whateley

Outsiders visit Dunwich as seldom as possible, and since a certain season of horror all the signboards pointing toward it have been taken down. Wilbur’s twin, known as the Dunwich Horror, was kept secret for years in the Whateley farmhouse. One September, it broke free and left a trail of barrel sized tracks and drained cattle. The beast itself, was invisible to the naked eye. It was finally found amongst the strange stones atop Sentinle Hill. A spell was able to reveal its horrid appearance, and only for a moment.

Wilbur: “Though he shared his mother’s and grandfather’s chinlessness, his firm and precociously shaped nose united with the expression of his large, dark, almost Latin eyes to give him an air of..well-nigh preternatural intelligence,.. something almost goatish or animalistic about his thick lips, large-pored, yellowish skin, coarse crinkly hair, and oddly elongated ears.”

— The Dunwich Horror


Bast | Egyptian Goddess

Lovecraft drew influences from many different cultures and mythologies. In this case, Bast (or Bastet) comes from Egypt, and is the goddess of warfare. Bast also found worship from the Greeks under the name of Ailuros. Lovecraft in many instances showed his preference for cats. 

“What was the land of these wanderers none could tell; but it was seen that they were given to strange prayers, and that they had painted on the sides of their wagons strange figures with human bodies and the heads of cats, hawks, rams, and lions. And the leader of the caravan wore a head-dress with two horns and a curious disc betwixt the horns.”


— The Cats of Ulthar


Abdul Alhazred

Alhazred, the man known as the mad poet of Sanaá or the mad Arab, lived in Yemen around 700 A.D. His travels took him to the subterranean realms of Egypt and the ruins of Babylon. He later spent 10 years wandering the deserts of Arabia alone. “Dahna”, or the Crimson Desert, as it is now known, is said to be home to monsters and evil spirits. It is here that he found the Nameless City. He later moved to Damascus, where he wrote the Al Azif. In 950, it was translated into Greek with the name Necronomicon.


Denizen of the Nameless City

The remains of the Nameless City are in the deserts of the Arabian Peninsula. The city pre-dates human history and was inhabited by a race of reptilian creatures. Their features were an ugly mix of crocodile and  seal. The head was stranger still. 

When Abdul Alhazred, the mad poet and author of the Necronomicon, traveled the deaserts, it was here that he dreamed and wrote the following passage.

“That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die.”


 The Nameless City

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Dream Sage

“Some of the dream-sages wrote gorgeously of the wonders beyond the irrepassable gate, but others told of horror and disappointment. I knew not which to believe, yet longed more and more to cross forever into the unknown land; for doubt and secrecy are the lure of lures, and no new horror can be more terrible than the daily torture of the commonplace. So when I learned of the drug which would unlock the gate and drive me through, I resolved to take it when next I awaked.”


— Ex Oblivione



“Below him the ground was festering with gigantic Dholes, and even as he looked, one reared up several hundred feet and leveled a bleached, viscous end at him.”


— Through the Gates of the Silver Key



“Out of the unimaginable blackness beyond the gangrenous glare of that cold flame, out of the tartarean leagues through which that oily river rolled uncanny, unheard, and unsuspected, there flopped rhythmically a horde of tame, trained, hybrid winged things that no sound eye could ever wholly grasp, or sound brain ever wholly remember. They were not altogether crows, nor moles, nor buzzards, nor ants, nor vampire bats, nor decomposed human beings; but something I cannot and must not recall.” 

— The Festival


The Unnamable

”Don’t think I was a fool—you ought to have seen that skull. It had four-inch horns, but a face and jaw something like yours and mine.”

“No—it wasn’t that way at all. It was everywhere—a gelatin—a slime—yet it had shapes, a thousand shapes of horror beyond all memory. There were eyes—and a blemish. It was the pit—the maelstrom—the ultimate abomination. Carter, it was the unnamable!”


— The Unnamable

Night Guant

“But Carter preferred to look at them than at his captors, which were indeed shocking and uncouth black things with smooth, oily, whale-like surfaces, unpleasant horns that curved inward toward each other, bat wings whose beating made no sound, ugly prehensile paws, and barbed tails that lashed needlessly and disquietingly. And worst of all, they never spoke or laughed, and never smiled because they had no faces at all to smile with, but only a suggestive blankness where a face ought to be. All they ever did was clutch and fly and tickle; that was the way of night-gaunts.”


— The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

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Star Spawn

They came to colonize Earth sometime during the Paleozoic. On an island in the Pacific Ocean, they built a great city out of basalt, call R’lyeh. When it sank, they were trapped beneath the waves with Cthulhu.

“Another race - a land race of beings shaped like octopi and probably corresponding to fabulous prehuman spawn of Cthulhu - soon began filtering down from cosmic infinity and precipitated a - monstrous war which for a time drove the Old Ones wholly back to the sea - a colossal blow in view of the increasing land settlements.”


— At the Mountains Of Madness

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Haunter In The Dark

“Those living near the dreaded church had sworn that the thing in the steeple had taken advantage of the street-lamps’ absence and gone down into the body of the church, flopping and bumping around in a viscous, altogether dreadful way.”


— The Haunter Of the Dark



These beings were originally created for use as a slave race by the Elder Things. Their versatility of shape and form made them ideal workers. The Elder Things grew dependent on their use, despite attempted rebellions.

“Formless protoplasm able to mock and reflect all forms and organs and processes - viscous agglutinations of bubbling cells - rubbery fifteen-foot spheroids infinitely plastic and ductile - slaves of suggestion, builders of cities - more and more sullen, more and more intelligent, more and more amphibious, more and more imitative! Great God! What madness made even those blasphemous Old Ones willing to use and carve such things?”


— At the Mountains Of Madness

Elder Things

“Six feet end to end, three and five-tenths feet central diameter, tapering to one foot at each end. Like a barrel with five bulging ridges in place of staves. Lateral breakages, as of thinnish stalks, are at equator in middle of these ridges. In furrows between ridges are curious growths – combs or wings that fold up and spread out like fans. . . which gives almost seven-foot wing spread. Arrangement reminds one of certain monsters of primal myth, especially fabled Elder Things in the Necronomicon.” 


— At the Mountains of Madness

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Fungus Vampire

“Out of the fungous-ridden earth steamed up a vaporous corpse-light, yellow and diseased, which bubbled and lapped to a gigantic height in vague outlines half human and half monstrous, through which I could see the chimney and fireplace beyond. It was all eyes - wolfish and mocking - and the rugose insect-like head dissolved at the top to a thin stream of mist which curled putridly about and finally vanished up the chimney.”


— The Shunned House

Moon Beast

“For they were not men at all, or even approximately men, but great greyish-white slippery things which could expand and contract at will, and whose principal shape - though it often changed - was that of a sort of toad without any eyes, but with a curious vibrating mass of short pink tentacles on the end of its blunt, vague snout.”


— The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath


Moon Beasts are said to sail ships between the Moon and the Dreamlands, and trade with the denizens of Dylath-Leen’s port.

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Long Spider

“There were scenes of old wars, wherein Leng’s almost-humans fought with the bloated purple spiders of the neighboring vales.”


— The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath