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Monster of the Week: Mi-Go

Created by horror master H.P. Lovecraft, the Mi-Go are a race of extraterrestrials that make up part of the so-called Cthulhu Mythos. These creatures are important, as they represent a transition from Lovecraft’s horror fiction to his interest in science fiction. Although the creatures play a role in the Cthulhu Mythos, the Mi-Gos are decidedly alien and not supernatural.

My rendition of Lovecraft's Mi-Go.
Octavio Ramos Jr.

The concept of the Mi-Go first appeared in Lovecraft’s sonnet cycle, titled “Fungi from Yuggoth” (first started in 1929). The Mi-Go’s first fictional appearance was in Lovecraft’s 1931 short story “The Whisperer in Darkness.” In this short story, the creatures are said to worship the “gods” Yog-Sothoth, Nyarlathotep, and Shub-Niggurath.

Also known as “The Abominable Ones” and “The Fungi from Yoggoth,” the Mi-Gos are described a fungoid beings. They have great wings that they use to travel through space and are shaped somewhat like insects, with large claws and bulbous heads covered with various types of antennae.

The Mi-Go race originate from the planet Yuggoth (Pluto). They have come to Earth to mine for certain rare minerals and ores that they require to continue their existence and further exploration of space. The Mi-Go work with human agents on Earth but for the most part remain hidden deep in mines. Certain humans are “rewarded” by having their brains removed and placed into “brain cylinders,” which can be easily transported through space.

In addition to “The Whisperer in Darkness,” the Mi-Go are mentioned in Lovecraft’s novelettes At the Mountains of Madness and Through the Gates of the Silver Key.

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