YMMV / The Call of Cthulhu

The short story

  • Narm: While the colorful and vividly grotesque descriptions of various nightmares, alien cities and otherworldly horrors are indeed powerful, it loses a bit of its punch when we see the narrator describe almost every non-Caucasian in the exact same way.
  • The Mountains of Illinois: R'lyeh's location as given by Lovecraft (47°9′S 126°43′W) is just above the Pacific's abyssal plain, many miles away from the oceanic ridge where volcanic islands may rise and fall.It has been chosen for the closeness to the Pole of Inaccessibility - the point farthest from any lands. And of course, as an Eldritch Location, there is a certain appropriateness to R'lyeh being located in a place where islands should not exist.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The cult still lives, and now you know too much.
  • Values Dissonance: The non-white cultists are described in terms that make them sound more like savage animals than human beings. Lovecraft's depiction of the cultists isn't much different than, say, D.W. Griffith's perception of "The Negro."