- Not to be confused with the Mi-Go Hominids.
The Mi-go, a.k.a. the Fungi From Yuggoth, a.k.a. the Outer Ones, are an alien species that first appeared in H. P. Lovecraft's story "The Whisper in Darkness". The word "Mi-go" comes from "Migou", a Tibetan word for Yeti, and while the Mi-go do not actually look like the traditional Yeti, Lovecraft does equate them. In the Delta Green RPG setting the Mi-go are associated with Grey Aliens.
While the Mi-go are described in the original story as more vegetable than animal, with a fungoid structure, they also resemble crustaceans, such as crabs, crayfish, and shrimp. Although the Mi-go are never actually seen by the narrator in their debut, second-hand reports describe them as elongated creatures with segmented bands of muscles for a body, a mass of sensory cilia for a head, and a pair of ribbed wings. These wings do not function well in our atmosphere, but they can navigate through the aether of outer space (some variants' cannot without mechanical or surgical aid). While the Mi-go chiefly use telepathy for discourse among themselves, they can also change their heads' coloration to communicate. The roughly man-sized Mi-go are capable of disguising themselves as humans through their alien technology and of learning and speaking human languages, although they talk in buzzing voices.
The Mi-go have mastered various fields of science and are especially adept at surgery. They can extensively modify their own bodies or remove human brains while keeping both brain and body alive. Their advanced technology can transport the brains of their human allies off-world in special cylinders, which can also allow them to see and communicate when hooked up to special machines. The Mi-go apparently visit Earth to secretly mine its mineral resources and have set up outposts on the planet Yuggoth that lies beyond Neptune and is equated with Pluto.
160 million years ago, the Mi-go set up their first mining operations on Earth. After fighting with the Elder Things, they eventually won control over much of the northern hemisphere. Some Mi-go settled on the continent that would become Mu where they worshipped Ghatanothoa. Following Mu's destruction, they have restricted their presence to hidden mining colonies in the Andes, the Appalachians, and the Himalayas.
The Mi-go are said to worship Yog-Sothoth, Nyarlathotep, and Shub-Niggurath, but to have little interest in religion compared to scientific curiosity. Although they coverly enlist human agents to further their terrestrial interests, a secret cult of humans is devoted to tracking them down on behalf Hastur.
"They were pinkish things about five feet long; with crustaceous bodies bearing vast pairs of dorsal fins or membranous wings and several sets of articulated limbs, and with a sort of convoluted ellipsoid, covered with multitudes of very short antennae, where a head would ordinarily be."
"As to what the things were - explanations naturally varied. The common name applied to them was 'those ones,' or 'the old ones,' though other terms had a local and transient use. Perhaps the bulk of the Puritan settlers set them down bluntly as familiars of the devil, and made them a basis of awed theological speculation. Those with Celtic legendry in their heritage - mainly the Scotch-Irish element of New Hampshire, and their kindred who had settled in Vermont on Governor Wentworth's colonial grants - linked them vaguely with the malign fairies and 'little people' of the bogs and raths, and protected themselves with scraps of incantation handed down through many generations. But the Indians had the most fantastic theories of all. While different tribal legends differed, there was a marked consensus of belief in certain vital particulars; it being unanimously agreed that the creatures were not native to this earth."
"As it was, nearly all the rumors had several points in common; averring that the creatures were a sort of huge, light-red crab with many pairs of legs and with two great batlike wings in the middle of the back. They sometimes walked on all their legs, and sometimes on the hindmost pair only, using the others to convey large objects of indeterminate nature. On one occasion they were spied in considerable numbers, a detachment of them wading along a shallow woodland watercourse three abreast in evidently disciplined formation. Once a specimen was seen flying--launching itself from the top of a bald, lonely hill at night and vanishing in the sky after its great flapping wings had been silhouetted an instant against the full moon."
"'The Outer Beings are perhaps the most marvellous organic things in or beyond all space and time-members of a cosmos-wide race of which all other life-forms are merely degenerate variants. They are more vegetable than animal, if these terms can be applied to the sort of matter composing them, and have a somewhat fungoid structure; though the presence of a chlorophyll-like substance and a very singular nutritive system differentiate them altogether from true cormophytic fungi. Indeed, the type is composed of a form of matter totally alien to our part of space--with electrons having a wholly different vibration-rate. That is why the beings cannot be photographed on the ordinary camera films and plates of our known universe, even though our eyes can see them. With proper knowledge, however, any good chemist could make a photographic emulsion which would record their images.
'The genus is unique in its ability to traverse the heatless and airless interstellar void in full corporeal form, and some of its variants cannot do this without mechanical aid or curious surgical transpositions. Only a few species have the ether-resisting wings characteristic of the Vermont variety. Those inhabiting certain remote peaks in the Old World were brought in other ways. Their external resemblance to animal life, and to the sort of structure we understand as material, is a matter of parallel evolution rather than of close kinship. Their brain-capacity exceeds that of any other surviving life-form, although the winged types of our hill country are by no means the most highly developed. Telepathy is their usual means of discourse, though we have rudimentary vocal organs which, after a slight operation (for surgery is an incredibly expert and everyday thing among them), can roughly duplicate the speech of such types of organism as still use speech.
'Their main immediate abode is a still undiscovered and almost lightless planet at the very edge of our solar system--beyond Neptune, and the ninth in distance from the sun. It is, as we have inferred, the object mystically hinted at as "Yuggoth" in certain ancient and forbidden writings; and it will soon be the scene of a strange focussing of thought upon our world in an effort to facilitate mental rapport. I would not be surprised if astronomers become sufficiently sensitive to these thought-currents to discover Yuggoth when the Outer Ones wish them to do so. But Yuggoth, of course, is only the stepping-stone. The main body of the beings inhabits strangely organized abysses wholly beyond the utmost reach of any human imagination. The space-time globule which we recognize as the totality of all cosmic entity is only an atom in the genuine infinity which is theirs. And as much of this infinity as any human brain can hold is eventually to be opened up to me, as it has been to not more than fifty other men since the human race has existed.'"
- H.P. Lovecraft, "The Whisperer in Darkness"
- Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette - "Boojum"
- Lin Carter - "The Dweller in the Tomb"
- H. P. Lovecraft - "The Whisperer in Darkness"
- Nick Mamatas - "Brattleboro Days, Yuggoth Nights"
- Nick Mamatas - "Real People Slash"
- Don Webb - "To Mars and Providence"
- The Whisperer in Darkness (1975 short)
- The Whisperer in Darkness (2007 film)
- The Whisperer in Darkness (2011 film)