In the background lore of the tabletop gaming/Dungeons-and-Dragons vein of Geekdom (Nerdingdom?)—and hence in the rising popular cutesy Geek merch—there is much reference to a cute, dire, dark, soul-eating, tentacle-faced being known as Cthulhu, whose job it is to wake the other Old Ones up from their aeon slumber to take over the world with soul-eating (did I mention that before?) mayhem when the stars come around again to the right positions.
As you can read on its Wikipedia page, “The Call of Cthulhu” was written by the down-and-out horror writer H. P. Lovecraft and was first published in 1928, and I’m sure there are lots of lovely links to trace its impact (as well as descriptions of how Lovecraft’s work never caught on in his lifetime, leaving him broke and miserable) on that Fine Site.
I now proceed with my review.