Interview with Venger Satanis
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1. So when were you afflicted with the curse of Cthulhu? Since your youth I presume. Could you tell us a bit about how that came about?
Venger Satanis: Ever since the night I slithered out of that eldritch womb and down from the hill where those sacrificial stones cast lunar shadows upon the many worshipers.
A lot of individuals have recognized the greatness of Lovecraft and his Cthulhu Mythos. However, I decided to pursue it to the full extent. I was born this way… chosen.
2. What exactly is your organization the Cult of Cthulhu and what are some of your core values?
Venger Satanis: The Cult of Cthulhu is the religion I founded and currently lead. It uses Lovecraftian imagery to Awaken (reach enlightenment or self-actualization, if you prefer) in order to accomplish the Left Hand Path goals of Autonomy, Power, and Self-Deification.
3. Are you really waiting for Cthulhu to come back and for madness to partake the Earth and for its human denizens to have their souls swallowed? Seems like the madness is already here.
Venger Satanis: I’m actively trying to push our slimy green agenda. Madness is only a form of alien sanity. The world does seem to be going crazy, but things have always been topsy-turvy. Does Cthulhu want human souls? I read that kind of thing a lot, but I don’t even believe that most humans have souls… at least not fully developed ones.
4. I read on your site that you counsel people through the cores of Lovecraftian values in a self help sort of way. How exactly does that happen and does it always end with your kill your mother?
Venger Satanis: Sometimes, people need a shock to their system, specifically, their perspective. Cosmic horror is a great motivator but so is the hope of transcending our limited reality. The motivational life coaching usually leads to making progress. I’m happy to help others.
5. Tell us a bit about your book Cthulhu Cult and what does it embody exactly?
Venger Satanis: It’s basically an intro to the Cult of Cthulhu. The second book, Liber A:O, takes things a bit further. People can ask me for a free PDF of Cthulhu Cult. Book II is available right on our website: www.CultofCthulhu.net
6. H.P. Lovecraft spawned the horror genre if you could sum him up in conversation about what you admire about him what would you say?
Venger Satanis: I admire Lovecraft’s vision. He successfully reconciled many opposing ideas. Those individuals who worship the Great Old Ones are sometimes degenerate and, at other times, appear to be far in advance of ordinary humans. Another example – the Old Ones seem all powerful and yet They are stymied by the lesser gods of the earth. They don’t care about the struggles of humanity, and yet the Ancients can’t do much without us.
Lovecraft didn’t take the easy way out, he kept exploring scifi, horror, and fantasy concepts so that a special weirdness could be revealed.
7. Tell us exactly what Cthulhu is and if you could educate us on some of the other creatures in the Lovecraftian Mythos.
Venger Satanis: I can’t do it any better than H.P. Lovecraft. Read, “The Call of Cthulhu”.
8. Is the final outcome of every Lovecraft story always madness? Is that the end result of everyone of his stories the hero or anti-hero that is goes insane and dies? Or what else usually happens to the main characters or towns etc?
Venger Satanis: Goes insane, dies, escapes, or transforms in some loathsome way. Those are the choices. For instance, “The Statement of Randolph Carter” allows the main character to tell his story to the police. And later, in another story, Randolph Carter becomes a ghoul.
9. Who are some fiends that you feel are carrying on the Lovecraftian legacy in music and books and films? What are some of your favorites?
Venger Satanis: For awhile there, I was really into Thomas Ligotti. He was steadily writing these amazing weird tales which reminded me, and many of his fans, of HPL. I haven’t seen any new horror stories from him in a few years, though.
The Unquiet Void did some great dark ambient music directly inspired by HPL. I think his trilogy is finished, so maybe he’s done with that for now.
For films, there are the many HPL adaptations and HPL inspired movies and TV shows worth checking out. Older stuff like The Dunwich Horror, Re-Animator, Evil Dead, The Thing, From Beyond, and The Haunted Palace. The most recent Lovecraftian film I saw was The Cabin in the Woods. Great stuff!
10. What are you up to in the future besides world domination via the fish people of course? Any projects or second books in the works? Hows the site doing?
Venger Satanis: I definitely have enough material up on the CoC website to fill a third book. It’s there for people to read and discuss on our forum and social network. If an occult book publisher approaches me, then I’m all for releasing Book III or even an updated biblical trilogy.
At the moment, my main priorities are to take care of my family, get better at poker, improve my physique, deepen my esoteric knowledge, write a few kick-ass Lovecraftian stories, and just enjoy what life has to offer.
Venger As’Nas Satanis
Cult of Cthulhu
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