The Cthulhu Mythos Timeline

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H. P. Lovecraft pioneered the concept of cosmic horror, this idea that we are completely powerless in the presence of dark, god-like beings. While his mythos wasn’t exactly what we would now call a shared universe today, his ideas permeate his many stories, and fans have since found ways to piece them all together into a single continuity. This is the Cthulhu Mythos timeline.

What’s on the Cthulhu Mythos timeline?

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” – H. P. Lovecraft.

This timeline takes all of the works of H. P. Lovecraft that are set in the Cthulhu Mythos, or at least have undertones of the Mythos, and places them in chronological order. This includes collaborations and stories he wrote under a pseudonym.

Defining what is “canon” for the Cthulhu Mythos is not easy, and most would say that there shouldn’t be a canon at all, that Lovecraft’s work wasn’t meant to be a single shared universe, like we like to think of it today. Instead, Lovecraft created a number of themes and a few eldritch elements that appear throughout his work, even though he never really intended for this to implicate that it was all the same universe.

Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped fans from piecing it all together, and this timeline is the result of our research into that finished piece. We hope you enjoy.

Where to Start?

There is not great way to start delving into the Cthulhu Mythos. Chronological is one way to do it, but there’s not clear advatage to this. You could also go by publication date, but that doesn’t necessarily reflect the order in which they were written. However, most people do tend to agree that the following stories make up the core of this universe. We’d recommend you start with these:

  • The Call of Cthulhu
  • The Dunwich Horror
  • The Whisperer in Darkness
  • At the Mountains of Madness
  • The Shadow Over Innsmouth
  • The Shadow Out of Time
  • The Haunter of the Dark

If you like this timeline, we recommend visiting some of our others, such as the Stephen King Multiverse timeline.

#Get ItNameMediaAuthor/DirectorDateTimeNotes
1The Noble Eavesdropper (lost)Short StoryH.P. Lovecraft1897-01-011897?Lost
5The Haunted House (lost)Short StoryH.P. Lovecraft1898-01-011898/1902Lost
6The Secret of the Grave (lost)Short StoryH.P. Lovecraft1898-01-011898/1902Lost
7John, the Detective (lost)Short StoryH.P. Lovecraft1898-01-011898/1902Lost
10The Picture (lost)Short StoryH.P. Lovecraft1907-01-011907Lost
11Check PriceThe AlchemistShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1916-11-011908
14Check PriceA Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel JohnsonShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1917-11-011917
17The Mystery of Murdon Grange (lost)Short StoryH.P. Lovecraft1918-01-011918Lost
9Check PriceThe Beast in the CaveShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1918-06-011905, April 21
20Check PriceMemoryShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1919-06-011919
37Check PriceThe Picture in the HouseShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1919-07-011920, December 12
19Check PriceBeyond the Wall of SleepShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1919-10-011919
13Check PriceDagonShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1919-11-011917, July
23Check PriceThe White ShipShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1919-11-011919, November
32Life and Death (lost)Short StoryH.P. Lovecraft1920-01-011920Lost
25Check PriceThe Statement of Randolph CarterShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1920-05-011919, December
24Check PriceThe Doom That Came to SarnathShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1920-06-011919, December 3
33Check PricePoetry and the GodsShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, Anna Helen Crofts1920-09-011920
28Check PriceThe Cats of UltharShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1920-11-011920, June 15
36Check PriceNyarlathotepShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1920-11-011920, early December
16Check PricePolarisShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1920-12-011918, May?
31Check PriceThe StreetShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1920-12-011920
30Check PriceFacts concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His FamilyShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1921-03-011920
39Check PriceEx OblivioneShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1921-03-011920/21
38Check PriceThe Crawling ChaosShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, Winifred V. Jackson1921-04-011920/21
26Check PriceThe Terrible Old ManShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1921-07-011920, January 28
27Check PriceThe TreeShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1921-10-011920
40Check PriceThe Nameless CityShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1921-11-011921, January
46Check PriceHerbert West—ReanimatorShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1922-02-011921, September to mid-1922
12Check PriceThe TombShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1922-03-011917, June
45Check PriceThe Music of Erich ZannShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1922-03-011921, December
34Check PriceCelephaïsShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1922-05-011920, early November
52Check PriceThe Lurking FearShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1923-01-011922, November
47Check PriceHypnosShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1923-05-011922, March
48Check PriceWhat the Moon BringsShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1923-05-011922, June 5
50Check PriceThe Horror at Martin’s BeachShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, Sonia H. Greene1923-11-011922, June
51Check PriceThe HoundShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1924-02-011922, September
53Check PriceThe Rats in the WallsShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1924-03-011923, August–September
55Check PriceAshesShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, C.M. Eddy1924-03-011923
56Check PriceThe Ghost-EaterShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, C.M. Eddy1924-04-011923
57Check PriceThe Loved DeadShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, C.M. Eddy1924-07-011923
60Check PriceUnder the Pyramids Short StoryH.P. Lovecraft, Harry Houdini1924-07-011924, February–March
58Check PriceThe FestivalShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1925-01-011923, October
59Check PriceDeaf, Dumb, and BlindShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, C.M. Eddy1925-04-011924?
54Check PriceThe UnnamableShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1925-07-011923, September
29Check PriceThe TempleShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1925-09-011920
64Check PriceIn the VaultShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1925-11-011925, September 18
43Check PriceThe OutsiderShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1926-04-011921
42Check PriceThe Moon-BogShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1926-06-011921, March
63Check PriceHeShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1926-09-011925, August 11
62Check PriceThe Horror at Red HookShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1927-01-011925, August 1–2
18Check PriceThe Green MeadowShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, Winifred V. Jackson1927-03-011918/19
68Check PriceTwo Black BottlesShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, Wilfred Blanch Talman1927-08-011926, July–October
74Check PriceThe Colour out of SpaceShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1927-09-011927, March
69Check PricePickman’s ModelShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1927-10-011926
61Check PriceThe Shunned HouseShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1928-01-011924, October 16–19
67Check PriceThe Call of CthulhuShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1928-02-011926, Summer
66Check PriceCool AirShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1928-03-011926, March
77Check PriceThe Last TestShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, Adolphe de Castro1928-11-011927
70Check PriceThe Silver KeyShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1929-01-011926
81Check PriceThe Dunwich HorrorShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1929-04-011928, Summer
79Check PriceThe Curse of YigShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, Zealia Bishop1929-11-011928
82Check PriceThe Electric ExecutionerShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, Adolphe de Castro1930-08-011929?
85Check PriceThe Whisperer in DarknessShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1931-08-011930, February 24 to September 26
71Check PriceThe Strange High House in the MistShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1931-10-011926, November 9
88Check PriceThe TrapShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, Henry S. Whitehead1932-03-01late 1931
90Check PriceThe Man of StoneShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, Hazel Heald1932-10-011932
89Check PriceThe Dreams in the Witch HouseShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1933-07-011932, January to February 28
91Check PriceThe Horror in the MuseumShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, Hazel Heald1933-07-011932, October
44Check PriceThe Other GodsShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1933-11-011921, August 14
102Check PriceThe Battle that Ended the CenturyShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, R.H. Barlow1934-01-011934, June
93Check PriceWinged DeathShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, Hazel Heald1934-03-011933
35Check PriceFrom BeyondShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1934-06-011920, November 16
92Check PriceThrough the Gates of the Silver KeyShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, E. Hoffmann Price1934-07-011932, October to 1933, April
94Check PriceOut of the AeonsShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, Hazel Heald1935-04-011933
104Check PriceTill A’ the SeasShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, R.H. Barlow1935-06-011935, January
41Check PriceThe Quest of IranonShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1935-08-011921, February 28
106Check PriceThe Challenge from BeyondShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, C.L. Moore, A. Merritt, Robert E. Howard, Frank Belknap Long1935-09-011935, August
87Check PriceThe Shadow over InnsmouthShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1936-01-011931, November? to December 3
86Check PriceAt the Mountains of MadnessShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1936-02-011931, February to March 22
103Check PriceThe Shadow out of TimeShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1936-06-011934, November to 1935, March
109Check PriceThe Haunter of the DarkShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1936-12-011935, November
111Check PriceThe Night OceanShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, R.H. Barlow1936-12-011936, Autumn?
95Check PriceThe Thing on the DoorstepShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1937-01-011933, August 21–24
107Check PriceThe DisintermentShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, Duane W. Rimel1937-01-011935, September
97Check PriceThe Horror in the Burying-GroundShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, Hazel Heald1937-05-011933/35
78Check PriceHistory of the NecronomiconShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1937-11-011927
49Check PriceAzathothShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1938-01-011922, June
65Check PriceThe DescendantShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1938-01-011926?
80Check PriceIbidShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1938-01-011928
84Check PriceMedusa’s CoilShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, Zealia Bishop1938-01-011930, May
100Check PriceThe BookShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1938-01-01late 1933?
105Check PriceCollapsing CosmosesShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, R.H. Barlow1938-01-011935, June
108Check PriceThe Diary of Alonzo Typer Short StoryH.P. Lovecraft, William Lumley1938-02-011935, October
96Check PriceThe Evil ClergymanShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1939-04-011933, October
110Check PriceIn the Walls of EryxShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, Kenneth Sterling1939-10-011936, January
75Check PriceThe Very Old FolkShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1940-06-011927, November 2
101Check PriceThe Tree on the Hill Short StoryH.P. Lovecraft, Duane W. Rimel1940-09-011934, May
83Check PriceThe MoundShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, Zealia Bishop1940-11-011929, December to early 1930
76Check PriceThe Thing in the MoonlightShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1941-01-011927, November 25
73Check PriceThe Case of Charles Dexter WardShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1941-07-011927, January to March 1
15Check PriceSweet ErmengardeShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1943-01-011917
72Check PriceThe Dream-Quest of Unknown KadathShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1943-01-011926, Autumn? to 1927, January 22
22Check PriceThe Transition of Juan RomeroShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1944-01-011919, September 16
2Check PriceThe Little Glass BottleShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1959-01-011897
3Check PriceThe Secret Cave or John Lees AdventureShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1959-01-011898
4Check PriceThe Mystery of the Grave-YardShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1959-01-011898
8Check PriceThe Mysterious ShipShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1959-01-011902
21Check PriceOld BugsShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft1959-01-011919
98Check PriceThe Hoard of the Wizard-Beast Short StoryH.P. Lovecraft, R.H. Barlow1994-10-011933
99Check PriceThe Slaying of the MonsterShort StoryH.P. Lovecraft, R.H. Barlow1994-10-011933