If Cthulhu awoke today, he would be greeted by millions of fans waving plushies of him. This would confuse him so much he will go mad and go back to sleep. Cthulhu’s popularity would be what saves us from him.
We love this tentacular Cthulhu chess set. This is the work of Kelsey of LittleFatDragons based in Clayton, North Carolina. Kelsey handmakes each playfully evil piece without using casting or molds, so the chess set is one-of-a-kind.
He may be evil, but Cthulhu is just too stinking cute in this handmade chess set. The Little Fat Cthulhu Custom Chess Set is made to order so you can go with the traditionally evil green and purple or change it up with colors of your choosing.
Here’s what you’ll find on your Cthulhu chess board.
Pawns – Little Fat Tentacles Rooks – Rhogog Knights – Zvilpogghua Bishops – Chaugnar Faugn Queens/Kings – Little Fat Cthulhu
“If you’re calling someone a garbage person, then for some reason you felt like the previous insults that were available to you weren’t strong enough,” says McCulloch. (Suechting agrees–"a garbage person is so massively awful that, like Cthulhu or the bone structure of Ted Cruz’s face, all one can do is signify the impossibility of describing them,“ he writes.) Run hard enough on the hyperbole treadmill, and you end up with the prenominal "garbage"–and "sewer,” and “dumpster,” and their many related accoutrements.
There is one synonym notably absent from this putrid panoply–the simple, elegant “trash.” This word, it turns out, is largely reserved for “fandom trash,” an active scene on Tumblr that allows refuse-minded verbal maestros to turn the can on themselves. Click around the online fandom sphere for a while, and you might see Lin Manuel-Miranda’s devotees referring to themselves as “Hamilton trash,” or thirsty Star Wars buffs calling Kylo Ren “my trash son.” (In the slightly baffled words of Miranda himself, “The kids, when they like something on the internet, they call themselves the trash of the thing.”)
“It’s kind of like a guilty favorite,” explains McCulloch–"like, I think I’m a little bit too obsessed with this, so I’m going to pre-emptively insult myself about it before anyone else has a chance.“
So today I finally got to take this piece home from ceramics class: an eldritch tentacled monster in a fancy victorian dress. It’s my absolute favorite one I’ve done so far, along with being my best work yet (no one can seem to believe that I’ve only been taking ceramics for a year and my teacher said he was jealous of me, lmao).
I’m calling it “Lady Lovecraft” for now; it was born out of a desire to sculpt both ruffles and tentacles (and more than just a little influence from Rose Lalonde, I suppose). Unfortunately it has a few cracks from being fired, but I couldn’t glaze it to cover them up without covering up most of the detail, so I left in unglazed. Here’s to my first year as a sculptor!
Lovecraftian Bestiary: Creatures of the Cthulhu Mythos & Our World, S. Petersen, L. Willis/Chaosium, 1999; creators: Miklós Kónya and Noḉmi Vari; 2013 via Lovecraft eZine ; Image should magnify when clicked, but here’s the link just in case