Abominable yet endearing. What better way to celebrate H.P. Lovecraft’s 125th birthday than an ABC of his most fearsome (yet strangely lovable) creations, written and animated by Richard Svensson?

I have to confess that I was a bit disappointed that Nyarlathotep, one of my favorite Elder Gods, didn’t make the cut. Neither did Abdul Alhazred, nor Randolph Carter, and purists might balk at the inclusion of non-HPL Mythos creations like Derleth’s Ithaqua and Smith’s Tsathoggua. But on the whole, it’s a delightful assortment of blasphemous yet appealing eldritch entities. They’ll warm your heart, even as they devour your sanity and leave you a gibbering wretch.

And if this doesn’t satisfy your appetite for Lovecraft-based puppetry (of the stop-motion, shadow- and hand- variety), there are many others to choose from.

H/t to the AV Club! (Also Four Finger Wu.)