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03-27-2012, 05:42 PM
I've heard the phrases "the maw of madness" and "mouth of madness" all of my life and now I've fixated myself on trying to find the origin. The closest I can think of is either the story of Jonah and the whale, but I find no similar phrase in the bible or from Latin classes I remember translating something along the lines of "descend in to the mouth of hades"
03-27-2012, 06:39 PM
03-27-2012, 06:54 PM
I'm having trouble finding any source earlier than Lovecraft. If he didn't create it, he certainly popularized it.
03-27-2012, 08:38 PM
I want to say that i saw references before 1995 and before then the phrase (that supposedly inspired the book/movie was "mountain of madness") feel free to correct me if necessary, my research was minimal. I almost want to say that I saw a reference from the early 1900s
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