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H.P. Lovecraft Illustrated Gods and Monsters

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A Shoggoth

Shoggoth - Artwork inspired by H .P. Lovecraft's short novel At the Mountains of Madness. Image and Artwork via Nottsuo

H.P. Lovecraft created a universe with his writings (Cthulhu Mythos Cosmic Horror) filled with a detailed collection of cosmically weird, terrifying and horrific monsters (Shoggoths, Shub-Niggurath, Azathoth, and Yog-Sothoth to name only a few). Lovecraft's Cosmic Horror stories place human beings as a footnote to the reality of his universe which is controlled by grotesque and monsterous Gods. The fear of the unknown is constant in Lovecraft's stories and creations - Artist's have illustrated this in various physical representations (Many of Lovecraft's creatures defy our common understanding and reality often being described as "Formless" by the Author). We have put together a collection of illustrations and Artwork based on a select few of H.P. Lovecraft's most terrifying monsters. Please enjoy and follow the individual Artist directly if possible.

Now all my tales are based on the fundamental premise that common human laws and interests and emotions have no validity or significance in the vast cosmos-at-large.

- H.P. Lovecraft


A cosmic Outer God and born of the Nameless Mist, also known as, The Lurker at the ThresholdOpener of the Way Yog-Sothoth from H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. As with many Lovecraftian Gods Yog-Sothoth has many appearances but often manifests as glowing orbs or a formless shape - as this God dwells outside time and the universe.

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Yog-Sothoth Artwork via satibalzane

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Yog-Sothoth Image via Manzanedo @ Deviant Art


Yog-Sothoth image via Jason Engle @ Deviant Art


Shoggoth's where created by the Elder Ones as formless eye-covered blobs which they enslaved. When some of the Shoggoths developed a conscious mind they rebelled against their creators and now roam the earth. Described in detail in At the Mountains of Madness (1931).

It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster than any subway train—a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming as pustules of greenish light all over the tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its kind had swept so evilly free of all litter.

H. P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness


A Shoggoth Nottsuo's artwork inspired by H .P. Lovecraft's short novel At the Mountains of Madness. Image via Nottsuo


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Shoggoth by Manzanedo Image via Manzanedo @ Deviant Art

 Shoggoth digital art painting

Shoggoth based on Lovecraft Country where the Shoggoth creatures resemble a physical monster rather than formless amoeba. Image via J Meyers @ Artstation

Lovecraft Country: Bringing the Shoggoths to Life and Bloody Disgusting 


Dagon is a deity who rules the Deep Ones, an amphibious humanoid race.

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Dagon Image via https://www.cercatoridiatlantide.it/en/dagon-the-necronomicon-gamebook "Dagon - The Necronomicon Gamebook"  illustrated by Alberto Dal Lago e Jacopo Schiavo 


There is no definite physical description of Azathoth - as each viewer sees him differently. Called the "Bling idiot God" Azathoth is mindless but all powerful - while remaining in a deep slumber. As an "Outer God" and ruler Azathoth is cosmically important in the Mythos dwelling in the Outer voids. Image and mythology from Medium

Azathoth is a deity in the Cthulhu Mythos and Dream Cycle stories of H. P. Lovecraft

Azathoth Image via @ Walter Brocca on ArtStation

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Azathoth Image via https://www.deviantart.com/xeeming


Nyarlathotep is a name used for a character in the works of H. P. Lovecraft he serves as messenger and avatar of Azathoth. Nyarlathotep is a "malign deity" and also known as "The Crawling Chaos"

And where Nyarlathotep went, rest vanished, for the small hours were rent with the screams of nightmare.

-H.P. Lovecraft speaking of Nyarlathotep

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Nyarlathotep Image via Walter Brocca on ArtStation

Nyarlathotep creature art

Nyarlathotep Image via and print available on inPrint @ Jason Engle

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Nyarlathotep Image via Loïc Muzy Art Station

Nyarlathotep - Call of CTHULHU_Creature sculpting in zbrush - Artist @ Yang Gao

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Nyarlathotep Image via https://twitter.com/JeffGrimal_Arts


Lovecraft's most famous cosmic entity first introduced in the short story "The Call of Cthulhu"

Lovecraft's original drawing of Cthulhu - Image via lovecraft.fandom.com

Cthulhu coming dark painting

Cthulhu Image and digital painting via @bram_sels more work from the Artist


Cthulhu Image via https://www.artstation.com/artwork/9eErga kaenkodi

H.P. Lovecraft

HP lovecraft painting portrait

Painting of H.P. Lovecraft by Jeff Grimal image via jeffgrimal.net

J Meyers

@ Dark Art & Craft, print collector and Graphic Artist from Ohio, US.



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