About this design
H.P. Lovecraft was an author of cult classic horror and wierd fiction stories who wrote in the 1920's and 30's. He did not achieve cult status in his lifetime but today is his works and their fundamental ideas are echoed in a multitude of horror and science fiction books and films, and he has been dubbed one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th century.
Arguably the most famous of his works are those involved in his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of stories based on ancient, superior races that inhabit the earth and cosmos. Cthulu being the most pominent figure, lying asleep beneath the ocean. This T-shirt design is a comical take on the more well known of the Cthulhu stories: 'The Call of Cthulhu'. Its light heartedness is in complete contrast to the dark, foreboding nature of the story.
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