The Dimensionality of Cthulhu

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Cthulhu at R’lyeh by Steve Maschuck

H.P. Lovecraft has cited a number of times that Cthulhu and its associated spawn are not residents of our space-time as are Elder Ones, shoggoths, the Great Race and humans.  For example, in “The Call of Cthulhu” one of the captured cultists states that the Great Old Ones [referring to Cthulhu and its spawn] are not flesh and blood and that while they have shape, there were not made of matter.

In “At the Mountains of Madness” it is stated that , “…both the Cthulhu spawn and the Mi-Go seem to have been composed of matter more widely different from that which we know than was the substance of the Old Ones [here the term Old Ones is being used to refer to the Elder Things or Elder Ones].  They were able to undergo transformations and reintegrations impossible for their adversaries, and seem therefore to have originally come from even remoter gulfs of the cosmic space.”


R’lyeh by Jonny Hex (

Based on these citations as well as other references made by HPL, Cthulhu and its spawn are not from our space-time continuum.  This explains how these entities can function beyond the confines of our physical laws, such as its fluid movement and apparent plasma-like structure.  Indeed, further study of Cthulhu and its spawn may provide the evidence needed to support the M-theory.

Based on M-theory, which is actually a network of theories, each component or individual theory describes certain physical phenomenon within a given range of scale.  When these scales overlap, different theories agree.  However, when the scales do not overlap, different theories describe certain phenomenon (e.g. Newtonian mechanics describing the influence of gravity on a planetary scale vs. quantum mechanics describing sub-atomic interactions).   Given this proposed network of theories, M-theory allows for the existence of different universes with different laws of nature (e.g. the charge of the electron, the actual strength of gravity ).  All of this is dependent on how internal space is actually shaped and curled (The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow; 2010).  As shown below, and previously described in the earlier articles on “The Music of Eric Zann”, more than one universe is possible but the one we live in obviously has the highest probability of existing.

Demonstration of Hawking’s wave function of the Universe (from

However, M-theory describes a reality of vibrating strings, point particles, two-dimensional membranes, three-dimensional blobs and other multi-dimensional objects we can not perceive (Hawking and Mlodinow; 2010).  In fact, M-theory allows for many different internal spaces – as many as 10500 different universes, each one with their own particular set of laws of nature.  Is Cthulhu and its spawn from one of these universes?  Did this entity find a means of exuding itself into our universe, bringing with it R’yleh, with some of its native laws of nature seeping into our universe?  This would explain the disorientation and confusion when experiencing Cthulhu and R’lyeh.  If Cthulhu does originate from another universe the question then is how is this accomplished.

Cthulhu and its spawn more than likely do not originate from a higher dimension, but instead from another universe with laws of nature very different from our own.  However, it is possible that they have utilized these higher, yet folded or curled in, dimensions to get to our space-time.  To be able to travel through these higher dimensions to get to another universe would require extremely high amounts of energy.


Some Ancient Horror by Morriperkele (

Conventional chemical explosives convert only one part out of a billion of matter into energy, in processes that involve the electrons in the outer reaches of atoms.  In contrast, nuclear reactions can release about 1% of the trapped energy from matter.  Antimatter reactions with matter would release a far greater amount of energy.  However, the problem for us is there is no stable amount of antimatter left in our universe.  This means we would need to make antiparticles as a source of antimatter, which is an extremely inefficient process (Antimatter by Frank Close, 2010).  While the utilization of antimatter as a source of energy is not feasible for us in our universe, it may be possible for entities from outside of our space-time continuum, particularly if they have the ability to travel from one universe to another through the higher, unseen dimensions.

In conclusion, the strange biology of Cthulhu may be the result of it being from another universe where the laws of nature are slightly different than ours.  However, the presence of these outside entities in our universe may be the result of their ability to harness and utilize antimatter from another universe as a source of power to create a path through the higher dimensions.  From a theoretical standpoint such inter-dimensional travel to other universes may be feasible but the limitation to this is the amount of energy needed to accomplish this.  While this is a huge obstacle to us, maybe Cthulhu and its spawn can harvest the energy from antimatter and travel to other universes – and one of those universes may be ours.  But such travel to other universes with different physical laws of nature may pose some limitations onto these inter-universal travelers.  It is these potential limitations on entities from outside of our space-time continuum we will be discussing in the next article.  Thank you – Fred.


Cthulhu Rising by Jason Juta (

12 thoughts on “The Dimensionality of Cthulhu

  1. Hi. I don’t have much to say this time, except showing a sign of appreciation for Fred’s work. I’m appalled thinking about the actual chance of having so many different universes, “each one with their own particular set of laws of nature”.
    I’d like to point out, to all HPL fans, an extremely underrated writer whose ideas are surprisingly “lovecraftian”: the very talented French author Joseph Henry Rosny aîné.
    Link to Wikipedia:
    Quote from that page:
    “The story “Un Autre Monde” [“Another World”] (1895) establishes that humans share the Earth with the land-bound Moedigen (Dutch for ‘brave ones’) and the air-borne Vuren (‘fires’), two infinitely flat and invisible species who cohabit with us. Only a mutant whose vision is superior to that of ordinary men can see them. In “Le Cataclysme” [The Cataclysm] (1896), an entire region of France sees the physical laws of nature change, as a result of the arrival of a mysterious electro-magnetic entity from outer space. …Another novel, La Force Mystérieuse [The Mysterious Force] (1913), tells of the destruction of a portion of the light spectrum by a mysterious force—possibly aliens from outer space who, for a brief while, share our physical existence. This causes panic, then a progressive and potentially deadly cooling of the world.”
    I recommend to read “Another world” and to compare it with HPL’s “From beyond”, as it can be useful to understand better Lovecraft’s grim and disillusioned attitude.
    The fate of Abel the “variant” (mutant), the positive (“positivist”) role of the scientist, the feeling that even in the direst situations we can always hope for the better makes me think of this great author as the “bright side of Lovecraft”. I understand there’s an excellent choice of his stories in English (see wiki’s biblio), so this may be a good hint for a Christmas present.
    Thanks, Roberto.

    1. Hey Roberto – thank you for the kind words and for the suggestion. I am always looking new “Lovecraftian” author (pre-HPL or post-HPL). I will check Joseph Henry Rosny out. Thanks again. Fred

    1. Yes, very similar lines of research. As I cite in many of my articles, most of my information on physics comes from the work of Michio Kaku, Stephen Hawking, Frank Close, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Carl Sagan. I also frequently review articles in Scientific American. My background is in biology / ecology so I am by no means an expert; just someone interested in this stuff and HPL.

      Thank you for the comment. fred

  2. I haven’t read the article yet (looks very cool), but you might want to fix “Dimenionality” in the title. 🙂

    1. Thank you – you were the second person to point that out. I always appreciate comments and corrections on the articles. Thanks again! Fred

  3. You lost me at “M” theory. To many holes but Cthulhu could probably exist there? The multi-verse is diverse and if you were able to see enough of the parallel universes in detail I’m sure you will find all that you seek!

    1. Few truly understand M-theory (definitely including myself). In fact, in Stephen Hawking’s and Leonard Mlodinow’s book “The Grand Design” no one even seems to know the “M” stands for! Does it stand for “master,” “miracle,” or “mystery.” No one knows – Hawking feels its all three. In fact, the true nature of M-theory may not be possible for we humans to even understand.
      Thank you for the comment!

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