John Cowan cowan at
Sat Nov 12 15:34:30 CET 2005

Dave Hodder scripsit:

> Aklo is generally considered to be an artificial language, created by
> author H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) for use in horror fiction.  Since his
> passing, many other writers have contributed to his so-called Cthulhu
> Mythos, including Brian Lumley and Stephen King.

As a Lovecraft enthusiast *and* a constructed-language enthusiast, I'd
like to support this; but really, it's rubbish.  Lovecraft did no such
thing.  In *one* of his stories, he refers to a book written in
Aklo, but he quotes none of it in the original.  If this counts as
a language, so does Lapine in _Watership Down_ -- at least there are
a few words of Lapine in the book.

Furthermore, Lovecraft took the term "Aklo" from Arthur Machen, as he
did so many of his terms; but in Machen it is not a language but a

Is there a single text in Aklo, or a single person who claims to speak it?
Is there any conceivable practical purpose which can be served by registering
this tag?  No.  We should reject it.

John Cowan  cowan at
In the sciences, we are now uniquely privileged to sit side by side
with the giants on whose shoulders we stand.
        --Gerald Holton

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