- Eldritch Abomination: Compared to Lovecraft's later works, the creature at the end of the short story is relatively tame in appearance and action, making the narrator's Go Mad Fromthe Revelation reaction seem a bit excessive.
- Unfortunate Implications: As this review notes,
Seriously, there are three female characters in Dagon, one being inexplicably naked and trying to have sex with the narrator; another, the main character’s girlfriend who is tied to an altar—naked—and stabbed a bunch; and the third, a friend who kills herself after she is raped. Maybe I’m a broken record, but after a while the lack of female characters who don’t have to pick two from the “naked, killed, or raped” bag becomes egregious to a point that even an inattentive viewer should start getting upset. Also, Gordon’s love for violently brutalizing naked women says a lot about how he thinks of them as human beings. That is to say, of course, that he doesn’t.