The Call of Cthulhu(克苏鲁的神话)

The Call of Cthulhu(克苏鲁的神话)



"The Call of Cthulhu" is one of H. P. Lovecraft's best-known short stories. Written in the summer of 1926, it was first published in Weird Tales, February 1928. It is the only story written by Lovecraft in which the extraterrestrial entity Cthulhu himself makes a major appearance.

It is written in a documentary style, with three independent narratives linked together by the device of a narrator discovering notes left by a deceased relative. The narrator pieces together the whole truth and disturbing significance of the information he possesses, illustrating the story's first line: "The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity; and it was not meant that we should voyage far."

霍华德·菲利普·洛夫克拉夫特(H. P. Lovecraft):一八九零年八月出生于罗得岛。其一生有如被诅咒般的坎坷多难,他由于体弱多病、家庭破产、精神崩溃而无法完成学业、父母相继病逝……到他因癌症而痛苦地病逝时,从未出版过任何一本书。但他却与爱伦·坡(1809~1849)、安布鲁斯·布尔斯(1842~1914?)并称为美国三大恐怖小说家。其恐怖小说对后世有深远影响。恐怖大师斯蒂芬·金誉洛夫克拉夫特为“二十世纪古典恐怖小说最伟大作家”。