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H.P. Lovecraft and Atlantis, Part 1

In our examination of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Temple,” a few references were made of Atlantis.  That is, Karl Heinrich, Graf von Altberg-Ehrenstein was convinced that the temple he discovered in his watery tomb at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean was the mysterious land of Atlantis. While references to Atlantis are peppered throughout Lovecraft’s tales, he certainly did not believe that the legend of Atlantis, a continent that sank into the Atlantic Ocean sometime around 9,000 B.C., was based on fact.

Atlantis_Paul_Alexander An interpretation of Atlantis by Paul Alexander

According to S. T. Joshi, Lovecraft thought of Atlantis simply as a myth and if there were any remains of a sunken continent it would most likely be somewhere in the Pacific Ocean (The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories, 2001). Lovecraft also hypothesized that the idea of a continent to the west of Europe, whether sunken or still existing, may have been a reference to the Americas (Selected Letters V. (1934-1937) H.P. Lovecraft, edited by August Derleth and James Turner, 1976). In fact, this passage from a letter to Frederic Jay Pabody, dated 19 June 1936, summarizes Lovecraft’s views on Atlantis:

“Thus I feel sure that the Platonic Atlantis is a sheer myth (based on America perhaps) – unless, as recent scholars have suggested, it is a case of confused identify…with some region in North Africa…”

While Plato is frequently associated with the creation of the legend of Atlantic, he actually reported hearing about it from his uncle Critias, who was a Greek politician with a very questionable reputation. Critias heard it from his grandfather, who heard it from another politician who, in turn, heard about it from some unknown Egyptian priest (https://omni.media/atlantis-theories). Is it possible that this unknown Egyptian priest was a disciple or direct ancestor of none other than the Pharaoh Nephren-Ka? In Lovecraft’s “The Haunter of the Dark,” it is mentioned that the Shining Trapezohedron sunk with Atlantis, only later to be found by a Minoan fisherman in his nets. Thus, the legend of Atlantis is a very old one.

the_scroll_of_the_black_pharaoh_by_jasonmckittrick-d4utqd7 Scroll of the Black Black Pharaoh by Jason McKittrick

As previously mentioned, the first time Lovecraft mentions Atlantis is in his short story “The Temple.” In that tale, he references Ignatius Donnelly’s account of Atlantis (Atlantis: The Antediluvian World, 1882) as well as W. Scott-Elliot’s Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria (1925). Donnelly’s book claimed that Plato’s account of Atlantis was based on fact and that all of ancient civilization (at least those known to us) originate from the people of Atlantis. In Donnelly’s account, many of the world’s religions and mythology are based on Atlantis and the people of Atlantis were the first to use iron, before the island continent sunk into the ocean.


In W. Scott-Elliot’s book, Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria, he expanded on the theosophical writings of Helena Blavatsky’s regarding the history of man and others on Earth. Theosophy is the study of mystical and occult philosophies, regarding the mysteries of life and the cosmos. As has been frequently cited a number of times, while Lovecraft found these writing amusing, even inspirational for some of his tales of ancient civilizations unknown to modern humans, he did not believe in any of the claims made by these authors. To Lovecraft Atlantis and other mysterious continents such as Lemuria and Mu were mere myth.


Next time we will identify and discuss more references of Atlantis in the tales of H.P. Lovecraft. Thank you – Fred.


Possible Air-Borne Toxin associated with Ghatanothoa


Ghatanothoa from Cthulhu Wars by Buttornado (www.deviantart.com)

In the revisionist tale “Out of the Aeons,” written by H.P. Lovecraft and Hazel Heald, a mummy with a strange scroll is housed in the Cabot Museum of Archaeology in Boston. It turns out the mummy is actually T’yog, a sorcerer from the lost continent of Mu and was a disciple of Shub-Niggurath.  However, most of the individuals on Mu worshiped an entity called Ghatanothoa.

It is stated in the Black Book or Nameless Cults by von Junzt that the Spawn of Yuggoth colonized the Earth before it harbored life. Thus, this means the Spawn of Yuggoth were present on Earth before the Elder Things, which put them on our planet sometime between the creation of the Earth, approximately 4.6 billion years ago, and 4.0 and 3.5 billion years ago, when the Elder Things first arrived. In addition, as noted by William Fulwiler (H.P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos by Robert M. Price; 1990), the Spawn of Yuggoth are not the Mi-Go.  As noted in “The Whisperer in Darkness” the Mi-Go arrived on Yuggoth (known to most as Pluto) from outside of our space-time and found, “… mighty cities on Yuggoth – great tiers of terraced towers built of black stone…” but with no occupants. More than likely the beings who built the black towers on Yuggoth also colonized Earth before the arrival of the Elder Things.

Price's Book
Price’s Book


According to von Junzt’s Black Book there was a gigantic fortress made of Cyclopean stone, one top of the “bleak basalt cliffs of Mount Yaddith-Gho…” in the ancient kingdom of K’naa. The Spawn of Yuggoth built the fortress and perished aeons before even the Elder Things arrived on Earth. However, before the Spawn of Yuggoth died they imprisoned an entity known as Ghatanothoa in crypts deep within the fortress. The entity is recorded to be an extremely abhorrent and horrible creature, so much so that looking upon it results in complete paralysis and petrifaction.  More specifically, “…the victim was turned to stone and leather on the outside, while the brain within remained perpetually alive – horribly fixed and prisoned through the ages, and maddeningly conscious of the passage of interminable epochs of helpless inaction till change and time might complete the decay of the petrified shell and leave it exposed to die.”


First of all, I hypothesize that the cause for this unique form of paralysis is not the mere sight of Ghatanothoa but some type of unknown airborne toxin. I will provide information to support this hypothesis in an upcoming article.  What I do want to discuss here is the possibility that the technology the Mi-Go use to store human (and other) brains in their cylinders may originate from the Spawn of Yuggoth.

In “The Whisperer in Darkness” it was documented that the Mi-Go can successfully extract a human brain from the body and store it, alive and intact, in an “ether-tight” cylinder composed of an alien metal mined on Yuggoth.  With some sensory instruments hooked up to the cylinder, the bodiless individual can be transported through our space-time and beyond by the Mi-Go. Originally it was thought that the strange metal cylinder was the technology responsible for keeping the brains alive and intact. However, it may not be the cylinder that keeps the brain alive but instead some substance or material that is within the brain cylinder. I hypothesize that when the Mi-Go arrived on Yuggoth, they found some ancient technology of the Spawn of Yuggoth, in addition to their windowless black towers. Specifically, the Spawn of Yuggoth may have mastered the ability to exact the brain from an individual entity and keep it alive indefinitely and this technology may have originated from Ghatanothoa.



Ghatanothoa by Michael Bukowski (www.yog-blogsoth.blogspot.com)

If an air-borne toxin from Ghatanothoa can keep a brain alive infinitely while paralyzing the body of the individual, a diluted or modified compound from the toxin may be used to keep a brain removed from its host body alive. The Mi-Go are known to be experts in surgery and body modification. This combined with the toxin generated by Ghatanothoa may have allowed them to prefect the ability to remove a brain from a body and keep it alive for extended periods of time. It seems to be too much of a coincidence that a human brain remains alive in a paralyzed body when exposed to Ghatanothoa and that the Mi-Go can place human brains into their strange cylinders while keeping them alive as well. The Mi-Go must have gleaned or utilized some of the Spawn of Yuggoth’s technology to develop their methodology of brain extraction and encasement, which must have involved the biology of Ghatanothoa in some way.

Next time we will discuss in more detail the nature and biology of Ghatanothoa and why I hypothesize that its ability to cause paralysis is an air-borne toxin and not by merely observing it. Thank you – Fred.


Ghatanothoa by Crodeart (www.deviantart.com)