The Prophet Lovecraft
To the mundane, Howard Philips Lovecraft was at best an inspired writer of horror fiction, whose work was published in the literary ghetto of American pulp fiction in the 1920s and 30s. But to the kadishtun’ghi – the endarkened – H. P. Lovecraft was nothing less than the prophet of an abysmal cosmic religion, who first revealed the horrific truth about our multiverse to all mankind.
The Xothroni believe that when Lovecraft wrote his stories, he was actually channeling the Outer Gods and the Great Old Ones directly – not merely spinning fanciful tales, his imagination was a direct conduit for the minds of Azathoth, Yog-Sothoth, Cthulhu and other entities of his revealed mythos. Thus Lovecraft’s body of “Cthulhu Mythos” stories constitutes the sacred text of Xoth cultists, which the Xothhafh’drn (sorcerer-priests) study religiously.
The Lesser Prophets
Other writers in the Cthulhu Mythos are given lesser status, as apostles who, under the Lovecraft’s influence, produced stories which are accepted by most Xothroni as canon. Among these are Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, Robert Bloch, Frank Belknap Long, August Derleth and Ramsey Campbell.
Writers who came before the Prophet and influenced him, such as Robert Chambers, Algernon Blackwood, William Hope Hodgson, Edgar Allen Poe, Arthur Machen and Lord Dunsany are also granted the status of lesser prophets.