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Cthulhu is a fictional cosmic
entity created by writer H. P. Lovecraft and first introduced in the
short story "The Call of Cthulhu", published in the American pulp
magazine Weird Tales in 1928. Considered a Great Old One within the
pantheon of Lovecraftian cosmic entities, the creature has since been
featured in numerous popular culture references. Lovecraft depicts it as
a gigantic entity worshipped by cultists, in shape like an octopus, a
dragon, and a caricature of human form. Its name was given to the
Lovecraft-inspired universe where it and its fellow entities existed,
the Cthulhu Mythos.

Invented by Lovecraft
in 1928, the name Cthulhu was probably chosen to echo the word chthonic
(Classical Greek "of the earth"), as apparently suggested by Lovecraft
himself at the end of his 1923 tale "The Rats in the Walls". Lovecraft
transcribed the pronunciation of Cthulhu as Khlûl′-hloo and said that
"the first syllable pronounced gutturally and very thickly. The u is
about like that in full; and the first syllable is not unlike klul in
sound, hence the h represents the guttural thickness." (See the
discussion linked below.) S. T. Joshi points out, however, that
Lovecraft gave several differing pronunciations on different occasions.
According to Lovecraft, this is merely the closest that the human vocal
apparatus can come to reproducing the syllables of an alien language.
Cthulhu has also been spelled in many other ways, including Tulu, Katulu
and Kutulu. The name is often preceded by the epithet Great, Dead, or
Dread.Long after Lovecraft's death, the spelling pronunciation
/kəˈθuːluː/ became common. Others use the pronunciation Katulu/Kutulu
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