H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu (For Beginning Readers)

H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu (For Beginning Readers)

Snapshot review: 3.5/5

Written by R.J. Ivankovic
75 pages, color
Published online on DeviantArt

With Halloween around the corner, I wanted to read something creepy. I was encouraged to read H.P. Lovecraft, but Lovecraft never did any comics. I had never read anything about Cthulhu aside from the fandom online. I knew he had a crazy octopus head and a monstrous body and something about the darkness and terror he imbues. So, with the recommendations of people online, I found my way to a book that is only available on DeviantArt.

The story combines the dark tale of a monstrous alien monster who will eventually wake from a perpetual slumber below the ocean and destroy all of reality with the fun rhyming and whimsical illustration style of Dr. Seuss. And it succeeds. While I do not quite think that the story of Cthulhu arising and making people go insane is probably not the kind of thing I will read to my daughter before bed like I would The Lorax, but it was a fun read.

The artist has done a fantastic job of rendering Dr. Seuss’s illustrations. The rhyming couplets leave a little to be desired, but if you can come up with 75 pages of rhymes including words that I still don’t know how to pronounce (i.e. Cthulhu, R’yleh, etc.) then you have my adoration.

SUMMARY: Anyway, it’s a quick read. It’s free. It’s fun… in a dark sort of way. And you should read it.

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