Reposted on Reddit over the weekend before making its way to Twitter and then the web writ large, the feast beast they call Cthulken (or, alternatively, the Craturktopus) reared its ugly, ugly head yet again to freak everybody out.
But something was different this time around: The monstrosity came with a long overdue origin story.
Gothamist spoke with Cthuken's creator, Rusty Eulberg, a Texas-based database administrator said he just wanted to do something "unique" for Christmas dinner two years ago.
First thing's first, it's called a Cthurkey, not a Cthuken ("no duck," says Eulberg). Secondly, despite its grotesque appearance, the Cthurkey is eminently edible.
"Jenny [Robledo, Eulberg's wife] is a big fan of Cthulhu so we went and bought some crab legs and some octopus and bacon and cooked them all separate and slapped them together on a plate, and that was it," he told Gothamist.
His dinner guests were initally turned off, mostly out of concern that they might find their face being "hugged" by the creature if they got too close.
The "old Nazi plate" Eulberg used to serve the creature on was also something of an appetite suppressant.
But once his friends actually tried some, they found out it wasn't as evil as it looked. "It was delicious," recalled Eulberg.
Asked how he plans to improve on his creation, Eulberg, who has since gone on to prepare a chicken-based version he called the "Cthicken," said maybe he'll just deep fry the whole damned thing.
[photo via Rusty Eulberg via @damana]