This article concerns the fictional deity Azathoth. For the unfinished short story named after it, see Azathoth .
Azathoth is a fictional deity in the Cthulhu Mythos and Dream Cycle stories of H. P. Lovecraft and other authors. Its epithets include The Blind Idiot God, Nuclear Chaos and the Daemon Sultan.
H. P. Lovecraft
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"H. P. Lovecraft, "The Dunwich Horror", The Dunwich Horror and Others, p. 158.). 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".Robert M. Price, T