Hyborian Age

Hastur's name was one of many invoked by Dharmi Shan.[2]

  • Hastur was created by Ambrose Bierce in his short story "Haïta the Shepherd" (1893), and was used by Robert Chambers in his Carcosa Mythos. Chambers' version of Hastur was integrated by H.P. Lovecraft into his "Yog-Sothothery" mythos, being briefly mentioned in "The Whisperer in Darkness" (1931), and was later fully incorporated into the Cthulhu Mythos by August Derleth as Hastur the Unspeakable. It has been interpreted both as a place and a being.[3]
    • It is unknown if the "Hastur" of Marvel Comics is a location or a character. So far, that name has only been mentioned as part of an invocation (made of many Cthulhu Mythos-related names) in "Barbarians of the Border" (Savage Sword of Conan #200; August, 1992).
  • Some characters created by Marvel Comics have been or may have been inspired by Hastur:
    • Oshtur's name could be inspired by Hastur's[4] (though it could be inspired by the Mesopotamian goddess Ishtar).
    • Knull's title of "King in Black" is a reference to Hastur, the King in Yellow. Furthermore, Knull's spiral emblem is based on the Spiral of Carcosa from True Detective, which is a reference to Carcosa,[5] which is associated to Hastur.

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