Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. He was virtually unknown and published only in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, but he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century authors in his genre. Lovecraft was born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent most of his life. Among his most celebrated tales are "The Call of Cthulhu" and "The Shadow over Innsmouth", both canonical to the Cthulhu Mythos.
The Cthulhu Mythos is a shared fictional universe, based on the work of H. P. Lovecraft. The term was coined by August Derleth, a contemporary correspondent of Lovecraft's, to identify the setting and lore employed by Lovecraft and his literary successors. Lovecraft himself called the shared fictional universe "Yog-Sothothery", after one of the fictional deities he invented. The name Cthulhu derives from a central creature in Lovecraft's literary works such as the short story "The Call of Cthulhu", first published in pulp magazine Weird Tales in 1928.
Not at all! We acknowledge that Cthulhu and the other deities of the Cthulhu Mythos are all fictional. We take them as mythological representations of the indifferent cosmos — a perspective known as Cosmicism. If we worship anything, it's the potential of human beings to take personal responsibility for being fully alive, creating purpose and meaning, and living with integrity.