Fictional creature created by American writer H. P. Lovecraft
in the short story The Call of Cthulhu
(1928). Cthulhu, also known commonly known as Kutulu, is a gigantic cosmic entity resembling a mixture between an octupus, a dragon, with the a human-inspired body.
The pronunciation of Cthulhu is disputed because on various occasions Lovecraft gave differing accounts of how the name should be pronounced and even claimed that because it derived from an alien language, it was only the closest humans could come to pronounce it.
Lovecraft formally transcribed the pronunciation as Khlûl′-hloo
and described the pronunciation as having "the first syllable pronounced gutturally and very thickly. The u
is about like that in full
; and the first syllable is not unlike klul
in sound, hence the h
represents the guttural thickness.", as published in his Selected Letters V (1934-1937)
by Arkham House (1976).
The common simplified way to pronounce Cthulu can be transcribed as Clue-Loo.