Published: July, 2016 in Mothership Zeta: Issue 4
Setting: Darienburg, Connecticut, present day
Summary: We read entries into Mr. Huxley’s journal. He was in therapy, and found his therapist, Barbara, attractive. He recently moved into his great-uncle Rufus’ house after he died suddenly. In the house, he finds a strange statue. He takes the statue with him to investigate a strange light in the woods. There he discovers his therapist, taking part in a strange ritual, which his statue responds to. It’s an avatar of the Elder God, Cthugm. Barbara is thrilled because now they can take the next step in reawakening Cthugm. Mr. Huxley is thrilled because it gets him closer to Barbara.
Final thoughts: It’s amusing that we have an Elder God cult that our narrator gets sucked into because of a girl. He just wants to make Barbara like him, and if it takes joining the cult, so be it. Being told as journal entries makes it interesting as well, especially when you read the end and then go back and read the introduction to the story.
Title comes from: It’s a play on the Call of Cthulu. Plus, Uncle Rufus died of spontaneous combustion while chewing gum.
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