Over at Pop Matters, Dennis P. Quinn has an interesting article on the religious legacy of Lovecraf'ts Cthulhu Mythos, including its use in the Church of Satan and fringe sects. Perhaps most shocking (and saddest), the atheist Lovecraft's creations are now used to provide Derrick Dishaw (a.k.a. Venger Satanis) with a tax-free lifestyle thanks to the IRS granting his Cult of Cthulhu tax-exempt status. (I checked IRS.gov, but I was unable to find a listing for the Cult of Cthulhu under tax exempt charities and religious organizations. I wonder if it is listed under another name.) I really need to start a religion so I can stop paying taxes like Dishaw, L. Ron Hubbard, and other latter-day prophets. Cthulhu's taken, so I suppose I will have to devote my cult to Nyarlathotep. He could beat up Cthulhu, anyway.
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