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Paseo Grill's lawn now claimed by malevolent, Lovecraftian "daemon sultan"?

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Who is behind the appearance of this mysterious stone monument, dedicated to the Lovecraftian god Azathoth?
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OKLAHOMA CITY - Last Friday, August 23rd, employees at the Paseo Grill in Oklahoma City's quirky Paseo District, were welcomed by a mysterious sight - a concrete pillar, looking like a narrow pyramid, sans capstone, featuring a weathered metal message: "In the Year of Our Lord 2012 Creer Pipi Claimed This Land for Azathoth."

Approaching the puzzling pillar of the Paseo, your humble correspondent was struck by the eerie silence hanging over the general vicinity at Paseo and Dewey this strange morning.

Who is Creer Pipi? We really don't know. If you know, let us know!

And Azathoth? As in the dark deity Azathoth as described by mind-warping horror writer H.P. Lovecraft?

Azathoth "is a fictional deity in Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos and Dream Cycle stories. It's "epithets" include 'The Blind Idiot God,' 'Nuclear Chaos,' and the 'Daemon Sultan.'

All this horrible weirdness has the makings of a sci-fi/horror film starring a lager-swilling Simon Pegg.

According to the H.P. Lovecraft wiki, "The first recorded mention of Azathoth was in a note Lovecraft wrote to himself in 1919 that read simply, 'AZATHOTH - hideous name.' Mythos editor Robert M. Price argues that Lovecraft could have combined the biblical names Anathoth (Jeremiah's home town) and Azazel (a desert demon to which the scapegoat was sacrificed - mentioned by Lovecraft in 'The Dunwich Horror'). Price also points to the alchemical term 'Azoth,' which was used in the title of a book by Arthur Edward Waite, the model for the wizard Ephraim Waite in Lovecraft's 'The Thing on the Doorstep.'

But the first fiction by Lovecraft to mention Azathoth was The Dream-Quest … as noted here:

"Outside the ordered universe (is) that amorphous blight of nethermost confusion which blasphemes and bubbled at the center of all infinity - the boundless daemon sultan 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."

Other writers have referenced the dark entity of Azathoth, from Ramsey Campbell ("The Insects from Shaggai" to the Beat poet-oriented Nick Mamatas novel Move Under Ground.

The heavy stone monolith has been there for days now and Paseo Grill owner Lesley Rawlinson told KFOR.com that "It's kind of a problem we're stuck wit, a very heavy problem."

Rawlinson added that they are not sure what to do with the Azathoth stone. They are hoping someone will come claim the monument to Azathoth.

Our friend Cullan Hudson, over at the Strange State blog, headlines his piece on the Azathoth stone: "Strange Monument Heralds Return of Ancient Cult."

Asks Hudson: "Is this a strange bit of guerrilla art? A practical joke? Or does the Cthulhu Cult yet live?!"

We here at Red Dirt Report are familiar with a car here in our neighborhood bearing a "Cthulhu in '08 IA IA!" bumper sticker. Perhaps the car owner -a Lovecraftian prankster, perhaps? - - knows who is behind this mystery.

Regardless, Hudson hopes the restaurant doesn't unceremoniously toss the stone away, noting that it is: "(A)wesome and fun and whimsical and adds an element of funky surprise to an otherwise generic, desperate to be like one of the cool kids brand x of a city."

The appearance of the Creer Pipi/Azathoth monument brings to mind something else we have written about here at Red Dirt Report - Toynbee Tiles. And in our same RDR neighborhood, a while back we noticed, drawn in dried cement on a sidewalk at Hudson and 16th street - "Hello from 2034." A time traveler in our midst?

EDITOR'S NOTE* When I first learned of this story (h/t to new Oklahoma Gazette editor Jennifer Chancellor) I was on a computer with two screens. On one screen was the image of the Azathoth stone. On the opposite screen - I soon realized with a shock - was an image taken in the empty lot - directly across and just 15-20 feet away from the Paseo Grill where this enigmatic monolith remains. A sync of high weirdness, indeed.)

One more thing ... the syncs keep coming. Minutes after posting this story, I saw this story posted today at Slate ... "Seeds of Lovecraft's 'Mountains of Madness,' in his terrifying, tightly-packed notes." Something weird is definitely going on.

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