Theory: H.P. Lovecraft was just writing secret tentacle porn (Geeky Kink blog post)

Theory: H.P. Lovecraft was just writing secret tentacle porn (Geeky Kink blog post)

Let’s face it. If you lived in the 19th century, you just couldn’t publish tentacle porn under your own name. If you wanted to write about it, you’d have to do what others of the time were doing: hide it in plain sight.

Take his meta-note on the depths of the sea:

But more wonderful than the lore of old men and the lore of books is the secret lore of ocean.”

That’s clearly code for: “If you want to get it on with octopi, read my stuff”.’

“I never ask a man what his business is, for it never interests me. What I ask him about are his thoughts and dreams.”

Come on. Who among us hasn’t received that classic Fetlife message, “Hey, tell me your fantasies, baby”?

“I am not very proud of being an human being; in fact, I distinctly dislike the species in many ways. I can readily conceive of beings vastly superior in every respect.”

Mr. Howard Phillips couldn’t come right out and say, “I love the tentacle”. Hell, back then, he couldn’t even have said, “I love the cock”. But if that’s not subtext for “Please, Cthulhu, I have seventeen assorted virgins and a blood alter waiting by my bed”, I don’t know what is.

“From even the greatest of horrors, irony is seldom absent.”

I can say from experience that these are clearly the words of someone who has found out that tentacle slime is not a fully effective lubricant.

It’s just a theory. What do you think?

~Jeff Mach

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