Issue 16 – Great Cthulhu

Cthulhu Dreams
By DJ Tyrer

Beneath the waves, misconstrued
Squid-like dragon alien god thing
Dead and dreaming, alive yet static
Awaiting the stars’ awakening call
Cthulhu is metaphor and myth
Yet also baleful ultimate reality.

Originally published in Cyaegha magazine

By Harris Coverley

pre-human ruins
hidden at a distant point
Cthulhu calling



Death Has Raised Itself a Throne
By Cardinal Cox
(with lines from Edgar Allen Poe)

Lo! Death has raised itself a throne
Beneath Pacific miles deep
Fathoms down where lie timeless bones

Not dead but in eternal sleep
In slime grow skeletal flowers
And where alone ancient worms creep

Their shrines, palaces and towers
Where evil gods wrote their seals
Raised by unnatural powers

All undisturbed by ship’s keel
Where evil has this living tomb
Heeding mad hierophant’s zeal

Spawning nightmares in rotten womb
Promising humanities doom

No rays from high heavens come down
But light from out the lurid sea
Within this gulf where our hopes drown

Streams up the turrets silently
From lava bright in cracks below
Gleams up pinnacles far and free

Molten rocks bubble up and flow
From deeper yet, Earth’s very core
Affords to grant a hellish glow

Amidst ruins there stands a door
Locked, bolted by immortal hand
Forbidden by a timeless law

Forged by skills we’d not understand
Waves pound but not erode to sand

While from proud tower in the town
An idol with diamond eyes
Death looks gigantically down

Now you know that they were not lies
The whispers you heard in glades dark
While you stumbled brief how’s and why’s

Human vanity, wide of mark
We are but dust in sunlit beams
Meaningless as boson or quark

History never been what it seems
Toy-box of more powerful things
Civilisation – some god’s dreams

All doomed if it beats its great wings
Same fate for all – paupers and kings



Smile of Cthulhu
By DJ Tyrer

Cthulhu smiling
Unseen grin at cosmic joke
Tentacles twitching

Originally published in Tigershark ezine

By DS Davidson

Call of Cthulhu
Insane artists gain strange muse
Until stars align