Necronomicon Art Journal: Yog-Sothoth

Yog-Sothoth is the key…to the end of the Necronomicon Art Journal Project!

After feeling quite anticipatory to the end of this project, I now find that I am quite saddened as even though I am super-frustrated with drawing tentacles and monsters that have no real known shape, this has been a part of my life for a while.  It does feel great to have accomplished this project, but I think I’ll miss it.


Yog-Sothoth is mentioned in the writings of HP Lovecraft, starting with The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, continuing through The Dunwich Horror and The Horror at the Museum and ends with Through the Gates of the Silver Key.  This creature is one of the Outer Gods and is an ancestor of Cthulhu and the father of the Dunwich Horror and Wilbur Whately.

“He was soon disliked even more decidedly than his mother and grandsire, and all conjectures about him were spiced with references to the bygone magic of Old Whateley, and how the hills once shook when he shrieked the dreadful name of Yog-Sothoth in the midst of a circle of stones with a great book open in his arms before him.” and “Yog-Sothoth knows the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the gate. Yog-Sothoth is the key and guardian of the gate. Past, present, future, all are one in Yog-Sothoth. He knows where the Old Ones broke through of old, and where They shall break through again. He knows where They have trod earth’s fields, and where They still tread them, and why no one can behold Them as They tread.” (The Dunwich Horror)

Yog-Sothoth“Imagination called up the shocking form of fabulous Yog-Sothoth—only a congeries of iridescent globes, yet stupendous in its malign suggestiveness.” (The Horror in the Museum)

“It was an All-in-One and One-in-All of limitless being and self—not merely a thing of one Space-Time continuum, but allied to the ultimate animating essence of existence’s whole unbounded sweep—the last, utter sweep which has no confines and which outreaches fancy and mathematics alike. It was perhaps that which certain secret cults of earth have whispered of as YOG-SOTHOTH, and which has been a deity under other names; that which the crustaceans of Yuggoth worship as the Beyond-One, and which the vaporous brains of the spiral nebulae know by an untranslatable Sign…” (Through the Gates of the Silver Key)

I decided that I would use the description of Yog-Sothoth as a ‘congeries of iridescent globes’ in my artwork.  I feel like it is a good end to this project.

There is part of me that wants to go through the art journal and make all the creatures in this style.


Marie Wheeler