A man named David Milano took part in a creative retreat for children in a choir. And he had an idea for a project:
This time I wanted to try something more structured so I pitched the idea to them that since it was getting on to Halloween how ’bout drawing some monsters? And not just any monsters but creatures from the writing of H.P. Lovecraft‘s Cthulhu Mythos. Now, only two of the kids (the older ones) had any knowledge of who Lovecraft was or had read some of his stories. So, I was able to introduce the kids to these creatures pretty much fresh with no previous imagining of what these monsters look like.
I put on some creepy Lovecraft inspired music and over the course of about an hour I told them synopsis versions of three of Lovecraft’s tales (The Shadow Out of Time, At the Mountains of Madness, The Call of Cthulhu) getting quickly through the set up and on to the descriptions of the monsters.
Above is a picture of Cthulhu drawn by Kailan, age 8. But there's more. Milano helpfully provides us with three galleries of refrigerator art of the damned:
Gallery 1: The Shadow Out of Time
Gallery 2: At The Mountains of Madness (Look Billy, a Shoggoth! Don't tell your mother about any of this.)
Gallery 3: The Call of Cthulhu
This prompts a question, of course: Should your kid be exposed to the pulpy nightmares that lurk just outside our perception, planning our doom? I don't really know the answer to that. But this crap is still way less disturbing than most of what Disney puts out. (Special thanks to KG for the tip.)