So the Girls in the Basement sent up that Cthulhu line, and since so many readers hadn’t heard of it, I seriously considered cutting it. Except I didn’t want to. I didn’t know WHY I didn’t want to, but I knew it had to stay.
And then later when Rab brought Nita’s clothes back from her house to Nick’s apartment, he also brought her crocheted Cthulhu neck roll, which was a surprise. So at that point I had to start paying attention.. I know why I’m drawn to Cthulhu, the monster dreaming beneath the sea who fuels the subconscious anxiety of humanity, but I wasn’t sure why Nita was.
And then when I thought about it, it was obvious: Most of Nita lies dreaming, too, all her power trapped asleep in her subconscious. (The Girls are geniuses.) And because her mother suppressed that power, made her repress it, she’d see it subconsciously as a monster within her. So I went back to the neck roll and wondered where she’d gotten it, although the story’s set on Demon Island, so probably anywhere. But I wanted it to be special, so I thought maybe her great-grandmother had made it for her. Her mother is nuts (for good reason, it turns out) and her grandmother’s nuts (for no good reason, sometimes you’re just born a selfish nutjob), but her great-grandmother is pretty solid, considering she’s half-demon. So Great-Grandma Keres made her the Cthulhu neck roll, which little Nita probably carried around like a doll. And of course I’m going to have to make one now. I think I’ll start with this pattern, and evil it up some with hooded eyes. (Wait, wait, hooded eyes? No wonder she falls for Nick. My God, the Girls are GENIUSES). So it should be cuddly but not cute. Much like Nita.
And I’m quite sure she’d have a My Little Cthulhu. He comes with two screaming people who fit into his hands. And you could buy the six piece My Little Victims set if you wanted more. Which of course you would. (Don’t get excited, the only place you can find these now is on eBay for a whole lot of money (if new) or just a lot of money (if used). The Little Victims set alone is over twenty bucks. I want it but I spent enough buying a used My Little Cthulhu. Hey, it’s RESEARCH. (This is how I ended up with a kitchen full of art deco china, too.)
There’s so much more Cthulhu out there, most of which won’t have anything to do with Nita, although I bet she has a T-shirt made from this material. At least I’m going to have a T-shirt made from that material, even though I already have a great Cthulhu T-shirt.
Of course, now I’ll have to make all of this pay off in the story down the line, but I’m loving it. Well, I would: I’ve got a “Vote Cthulhu/Why Settle For the Lesser Evil” sticker on my car from the 2016 election, so consider the source. (I’ve also got a “Choose Love/Dogs Against Romney” sticker on there. I can hold a grudge.)
So it turns out that Cthulhu is Nita’s spirit animal. It’s all so clear now.
And the Girls are GENIUSES.
Oh, and if reading the original Lovecraft story isn’t to your taste (Lovecraft was, no surprise, weird as hell plus the white-man’s burden racism of his time), have a Cthulhu not-a-kid’s book (It starts in the lower right hand corner of the linked page):