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CTHULHU IDOL attributed to MALCOLM B HODGE by mortonskull CTHULHU IDOL attributed to MALCOLM B HODGE by mortonskull
Photos of "Cthulhu Idol" recovered from Danvers State Hospital in February 2006 by construction crew member, only a few short months before the asylum's demolition.

The idol is believed to have been created by "famed" Cthulhu cultist Malcolm B. Hodge, a patient of Danvers from 1934 until his death in May 1937. Hodge was found in his cell with his throat slit. The particulars of his death, over 70 years later, are still listed as "unknown."

Hodge was a native Rhode Islander and artist who was institutionalized at the Rhode Island State Hospital (RISH) from 1932-1934 after he brutally murdered his wife and child in their sleep. At his trial Hodge blamed his family's death on "The Dreamer." Hodge's lawyers pleaded insanity and claimed he had no recollection of committing the crime. He was later transferred to Danvers State Hospital in the winter of 1934 after a series of strange events at RISH, culminating in the rather unexplainable and graphic deaths of three doctors.

Hodge received acclaim as a cultist after several of his psychotherapy sessions, conducted by famed psychiatrist Dr. Alfred Driesback, were made public. In these published transcriptions Hodge discusses and reacts to five "idols" of his own creation.

An accomplished artists and sculptor, Hodge is believed to have constructed these "idols" from found objects on the RISH campus including scraps of metal, wood, and rock, though how we was able to make them remains a mystery since he spent most of his time restrained in his cell.

While the five "idols" published in the works of Dr. Driesback received significant press in the '30s, they rather famously disappeared shortly after his death. Driesback was found murdered in his home outside of Hathorne Mass. in the fall of 1937, and apparently had the "idols" in his home at the time.

This particular idol bears no signature or other markings connecting it to Hodge but it is similar in style to published reports of his earlier work leaving scholars to believe this to be an additional "lost idol" by Hodge, or perhaps one created by a fellow Danvers inmate.

**Recently during a home remodeling, the great-grandchildren of Dr. Driesback discovered in the floorboards of their ancestral home a simple cardboard box containing folders, photographs, and "sculptures" related to "their great-grandfather's days working at Danvers."

The contents have yet to be confirmed by scientists and scholars, but it is possible that the box may contain the "lost" Hodge Idols.

More information concerning Hodge, Driesback, and the Hodge Idols are forthcoming...

Cthulhu Idol stands approx. 6 inches tall X 2.5 inches wide X 3 inches deep

The idol was sold to a Private Collector in 2012.
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cloistering May 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Interesting case history as well...
mortonskull May 2, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
Well done! I love how its wonderfully twisted and gnarled. The green discoloration is especially nice.
mortonskull May 3, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks very much. I appreciate it.
Ah, it'd be a perfect present for me! :D :D :D
Cool Lovecrafty bit. The "authenticating" text certainly adds to its aire of mystery.
Sch1itzie May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! I can't wait to see more work from ya!
mortonskull May 1, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot. Lots more to come!! Great gallery by the way. Really enjoy your work.
Sch1itzie May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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