Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The first recorded mention of Azathoth was in a note The complete fiction of lovecraft pdf wrote to himself in 1919 that read simply, “AZATHOTH—hideous name”.
Another note Lovecraft made to himself later in 1919 refers to an idea for a story: “A terrible pilgrimage to seek the nighted throne of the far daemon-sultan Azathoth. In Dunsany’s conception, MANA-YOOD-SUSHAI sleeps eternally, lulled by the music of a lesser deity who must drum for ever, “for if he cease for an instant then MANA-YOOD-SUSHAI will start awake, and there will be worlds nor gods no more. This oblivious creator god accompanied by supernatural musicians is a clear prototype for Azathoth, Price argues. Azathoth, whose name no lips dare speak aloud, and who gnaws hungrily in inconceivable, unlighted chambers beyond time and space amidst the muffled, maddening beating of vile drums and the thin monotonous whine of accursed flutes. Azathoth at the centre of ultimate Chaos. He must sign in his own blood the book of Azathoth and take a new secret name. Azathoth, which rules all time and space from a curiously environed black throne at the centre of Chaos”.
He later fears finding himself “in the spiral black vortices of that ultimate void of Chaos wherein reigns the mindless daemon-sultan Azathoth”. Ultimate Chaos, at whose center sprawls the blind idiot god Azathoth, Lord of All Things, encircled by his flopping horde of mindless and amorphous dancers, and lulled by the thin monotonous piping of a demonic flute held in nameless paws”. Lovecraft’s and Ashton-Smith’s fancifully-posited human forbears. Many other Mythos writers have referred to Azathoth in their stories. Destruction where He hath bubbl’d and blasphem’d at Ye centre which is of All Things, which is to say Infinity. The Elder Gods punished Azathoth by rendering him mindless and blind, according to Derleth. Azathoth”, practicing “obscene rites” that involved “atrocities practiced on still-living victims” in Azathoth’s conical temple.