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True, Lovecraft's original work is in the public domain, but surprisingly little of the body of work that has come to be mainstream Call of Cthulhu content is actually Lovecraft's original work - some of the mainstream CoC content is the work of authors whose work is still under copyright, other content uses a bit of Lovecraft as a starting point but is otherwise entirely the invention of Sandy Petersen, Chaosium, and their scenario and source book writers.  I would bet that the majority of what the average gamer and YouTuber think they know about the "Cthulhu Mythos" actually comes from a mix of Chaosium and August Derleth, with very little input from Lovecraft.

 

@Cygnwulf has a great start on a list - I might be able to help fill in most of the blanks for the Bones figures:

 

Great Old Ones:

  • Cthulhu 77194
  • Bones V Yog-Sothoth (coming soon) ????
  • Bones IV King of the Jungle "Chaugnar Faugn" (coming soon) ????
  • Bones IV Nyarlathotep (coming soon) ????
  • Dagon 77590
  • Shug-Niggurath 77564
  • Mashaaf 77375
  • Goremaw 77579

 

Deep Ones & Innsmouth Townies:

  • Deep One High priest with a servitor 77520
  • Deep one warriors 77519
  • Tiik Baron 77212
  • Tiik Warrior 77186
  • Tiik Champion 77187
  • Creature of Blood Reef 77189
  • Kelpies 77275
  • Bones IV Tidal Lurker (coming soon) ????
  • Bones V Slithe Harpooners, Priestess, etc. (coming soon) ????
  • Bones V Mermaids (coming soon) ????
  • Bones V Sirens (coming soon) ????
  • Bufo and Squogs  44029, 77268, 77269
  • Bones V Sons of Barty (coming soon) ????
  • Bathalian 77020
  • Eregris Darkfathom 77215
  • Dreadmere Townsfolk, Fishwife & Crone 44033
  • Dreadmere Fishmongers 44035
  • Women of Dreadmere 44036
  • Dreadmere Mercenaries 44016
  • Dreadmere Wight 44022
  • Bones V Shark Butcher (coming soon) ????

 

Ghouls:

  • Bones V Charnal Pit of the Ghoul Queen (coming soon) ????
  • Bones V modern zombies (coming soon) ????
  • Bones IV "Horror" ghouls (coming soon) ????
  • Bones IV Mummy Queen "Queen Nitocris" (coming soon) ????
  • Ghoul Queen 77175
  • Ghast 77159

 

Serpent Men:

  • Bones IV Snake Cultists (coming soon) ????
  • Bones V female Snake Cultist (coming soon) ????
  • Snakeman Warrior 77153
  • Lizard Man 77154, 77155

 

Cultists:

 

Other:

  • Faceless Horror "Shoggoth" 77114
  • Shoggoth 77115
  • Bones V Shoggoth (coming soon) ????
  • Bones V "Men of Leng" - Satyr & Faun (coming soon) ????
  • Bones V Night Gaunt (coming soon) ????
  • Mi-Go 77522
  • Brain-in-a-Jar 77493
  • Eldritch Demon "Spawn of Cthulhu" 77113
  • Dark Young 77516
  • Bones IV Giant Albino Penguins (coming soon) ????
  • Gug 77524

 

Miscellaneous Aberrations:

 

Scenic items:

  • Bones IV Mystic Portal (coming soon) ????
  • Sacrificial Altar 77630
  • Altar to Dagon 77624
  • Great Obelisk of Cthulhu 77525
  • Cthulhu Shrine 77523
  • Camel with Pack 80075
  • Pack Donkey 77402
  • Fertility Idol 44093
  • Bones V Brinewind Extras (coming soon) ????
  • Fishing boat 44032
  • Bones V Pirate Ship (coming soon) ????
  • Mystic Circle 77556
  • Coffin and Corpse 77633
  • Obsidian Crypt 77637
  • Highlands Familiar & Menhir 77390
  • Stalagmites 77398
  • Fungi 44045
  • Bookshelf 77318

 

Investigators:

  • Ship hand 80063
  • Ship captain 80064
  • Physician 80065
  • Psychologist 80066
  • Professor 80073
  • Pulp Investigator 80067
  • Victorian Heroine 80069
  • Pulp Pilot 80070
  • Three Victorians 80068
  • Hillbilly 80071
  • Antarctic Explorer 80072
  • Jack Ryan 80074
  • Ellen Stone 80003
  • Agatha Fox 80026
  • Nightslip, Superheroine 80027
  • Sister Maria 80028
  • Sam Ayers, pulp wizard investigator 80030
  • Frank Buck, Adventure Archaeologist 80033
  • Deadeye Slim 80002
  • The Black Mist, pulp hero 80007
  • Rex, Dark Future Hero 80009
  • Berkeley, Zombie Hunter 80022
  • Horace "Action" Jackson 80023
  • Deputy Wayne 80024
  • Bonnie, modern heroine 80025
  • Texas Ranger, male 91003
  • Texas Ranger, female 91004
  • Stone, Gunslinger 91001
  • Deadlands Noir, Stone 91009
  • Deadlands Noir, Houngan 91010
  • Deadlands Noir, Femme Fatale 91011
  • Deadlands Noir, Occult Detective 91013
  • Deadlands Noir, Grifter 91014

 

 

And that's just the more obvious stuff.  Lots of fantasy stuff that might easily be overlooked is useful for pulp/Cthulhu, such as:

  • Any gothic horror stuff is useful (vampires, liches, ghouls, werewolves, mummies, ghosts, zombies, witches, etc.) Lovecraft certainly did write about these, sometimes in unique enough ways that it's easy to forget that they are "only" vampires, werewolves, etc. - see, for example, "The Shunned House", "Entombed with the Pharaohs", "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward", "The Thing on the Doorstep", "The Dreams in the Witch House", "The Mound"...; the Pulps loved undead of all kinds, especially undead sorcerers, wizards, culists, liches, mummies, and vampires....
  • Giant Spiders, Scorpions, Crabs, Centipedes, etc. are quite appropriate to the Weird fiction genre; Lovecraft's friend and fellow "Mythos" writer Robert E. "Conan the Barbarian" Howard seems to have had a phobia of giant snakes, a theme he returned to numerous times....
  • gorilla-men and ape-men (along with some unfortunate implications, so use with care) were a favorite theme of many pulp writers, including Lovecraft
  • the weird, mummified, dwarfen alligator-seal-things under "The Nameless City"?  They're basically fantasy Kobolds!
  • the abominable Tcho-Tcho people are, basically your familiar fantasy orcs and goblins in spirit....
  • Lovecraft had effectively retconned his fantasy/horror monsters/"gods" into technologically-advanced aliens in his later years of life; any of the Chronoscope aliens could conceivably fit the Cthulhu Mythos (the related Delta Green setting associates grey aliens, for example, with Lovecraft's Mi-Go!)
  • Bones Flesh Golems (77512, 77169), Clay Golems (77170), etc. make splendid quasi-human, hybrid mutants.
  • The weirder devils, demons and elementals can be readily adapted into Lovecraftian monsters (translucent Bones water or fire elementals, for example, can be used as Colours Out of Space, Fire Vampires, etc.)

 

 

 

 

 

Edited by YronimosW
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