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When I was a kid, I was a big fan of Metallica. On one of their first albums, there was a song titled “The Call of Ktulu”. I didn’t like that particular one so much, but the title was very powerful and stayed in my mind for very long time. Later I found out by accident, that the idea came from H.P. Lovecraft’s book, “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”, where the main chapter holds the same name. I wanted to share this little story with you, just to show how little I know of Lowecraft. Never the less, he is a very popular writer all over the world. One of his fans has sent me his poster that was exhibited in some sort of Expo. Can you see a hidden skull in it? Shouldn’t be to hard – looks somehow hypnotic, am I right? Check this vodka as well, that one looks almost the same!

H.P. Lovecraft Illusion Poster


30 Responses
  1. jasen says:


    first comment ftw!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Skull… AWESOME.

    btw second?

  3. NMN says:

    Huh, odd this should appear today – I saw the poster a while back, really liked it and hunted down the gallery it’s from online. I have one in the post to me now :)

  4. CjKun says:

    Nice one, but I feel drunk now, watching the picture.
    Is that normal???

  5. Kevin says:

    yep ride the lightning is a great album, and that pic is awesome too!

  6. warren says:

    The skull is nice but it doesn’t quite tie in to Lovecraft. HPL generally wrote about creatures or events that were supposed to be beyond human comprehension; compared to that a skull is a bit mundane.

    Nice image, nevertheless.

  7. KEVIN says:

    Very Cool Skull!!!

  8. Zero says:

    I can live with your spelling mistakes, but to say that The Call of Cthulhu is a chapter of a book is a bit too ignorant for my standards. If I wrote for a website that thousands of people see every day I would spend a few minutes on wikipedia before talking about stuff I don’t know…sorry to be blunt but I see it as a lack of respect.

  9. Anonymous says:

    this is very cool! it kinda reminds me of a sugar skull!
    a.g. in da h.b.

  10. Tim says:

    I agree, the skull doesn’t really tie in to Lovecraft. Pretty cool anyway! I’ve read quite a bit of Lovecraft, and I didn’t find it to be anything special, though. His stories were written for pulp magazines, so the quality of the writing isn’t great!

    Also, don’t you mean ‘Cthulhu’ rather than ‘Ktulu’?

  11. Anonymous says:


    Ooh, spooky! It means you’re going to die.


  12. Marie says:

    Is it just me, or does it seem that everything else looks like.. I don’t know.. like when you look through a window while it’s raining really hard? – when you have been looking at the skull for a while ?

  13. K-milk says:

    This is pretty cool
    makes your eyes hurt tho

  14. Smudge says:

    @ 11: No, the name of the Metallica song (which is what he’s talking about) is called “The Call Of Ktulu”.

    Great pic, too!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Yes, it’s spelled Cthulu, Metallica spelled it wrong though, not this guy.
    And The Call of Cthulu is a book. But calm down. I doubt HP’s spinnin in his grave.

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  17. Anonymous says:

    that really hurts the eyeballs! lol :D

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  19. hello 121 says:

    aghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh it is sort of weird kwl i like it

  20. Gill Avila says:

    The Call of Cthulhu is a stand-alone-story, not part of a novel. The Shadow Over Innsmouth is a novelette, unless it was used as a title of a collection.

  21. 2Zong says:

    Yeah, I see a skull there, cool work =)

  22. Alice says:

    That is so cool!! Love it!

  23. Miittle says:

    The Call of Ktulu is a great song by a great band. \m/
    And I loved the illusion, I’d like to get that on my wall. ^.^

  24. Diamond says:

    If you read the bigger words that are in french they say, “EXPO THAT CRAZY, H.P LOVECRAFT, AND THE BOOK BECAUSE” this really confused me.(the commas stad for every line) But the illusion was great!!

  25. nick says:

    lol skull

  26. annaj:) says:

    sweetness awesum!!!!!!

  27. jennyspark says:

    A skull! btw im #30! who cares about #1?

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