How King Created His Mythology From Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
A great feature of a quality novel or write-up is that people can feel excited all over anytime they pick up the book and read. It’s a trait that an author is doing an excellent job at writing great pieces for the audience, that is one trait seen in the authorship of Stephen King. One way this man has influenced the world is through an envisioned deep horror storylines that had created a hallmark for cosmic horror. He was indeed tutored and mentored by the 21st century’s best author of cosmic horror story crafter, in the person of HP Lovecraft, who also writes Sci-Fi. Lovecraft contributed a lot to the horror genre, Cthulhu Mythos, which is made up of hundreds of stories talks around Outer, Elder gods, and more. Stephen King’s books that message passed across, this is why lots of people ask if King’s books are part of Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos.
Before mister Lovecraft passed on, he had an open mind to other writers, he encouraged their growth by allowing them to add to his mythology or change it. King, however, only made up a mythology about gods and demons, being more of an extension. Other writers are seen adding to or referencing Lovecraft’s Mythos, playing around Sci-Fi and fantasy, while many of them borrowed from Cthulhu Mythos. Randall Flagg is a name you won’t forget in a short time if you’re a reader of King’s fiction, the name describes his most used villain. The sorcerer, Randall, is portrayed as a dedicated servant of the outer darkness to destroy the civilized world by sowing discord seeds. Making it into more than 5 novels, Randall is made responsible for lots of evil, as he’s portrayed as the main antagonist.
Randall Flagg comes as a guise of other gods, as seen in both the dark tower and the stand. Using the fact that different gods are capable of transcending realities, King got this concept from published works from Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. From the dark tower, series arose a novel by Stephen King, described as the most related to Lovecraft’s work, tagged as “It” and related in 1986. Later attaining the name of Todash darkness, It created a macro verse along with other outer spaced elements or beings. From all the creatures created, It is the most feared because it feeds off people’s fears before consuming those people at the latter end. Disguised as pennywise and professing the name of Robert Gray, It takes on the form of different horror monsters.
It can live outside the earth in another universe interspaced between dimensions, meaning it can exist on earth and other worlds too. Deadlights are produced off it, driving any being that sees it instantly insane, most often, the beings that are affected are humans. Its final spider form takes after one of Lovecraftian’s night monsters that appears to Lovecraft in his dreams to terrorize his sleep. The insanity control on humans’ master idea is originated from Lovecraft’s Cthulhu, and also how people could not understand the creature. A lot more references of Stephen King’s works to that of HP Lovecraft exist in the literary world that is not mentioned in this piece. It is possible that King wouldn’t have created complex mythology similar to his mentor’s without a constant focus on the hierarchy of gods.