Y'Golonac (AKA: The Defiler)
Origin: "Cold Print (fiction)" (1987), by Ramsey Campbell
In the Mythos
Beyond a deep underground night
A passageway leads to a solid brick wall
And beyond that wall stands Y'golonac
Served by blind creatures of darkness
His tearing morbid perversity
higher than Nyarlathotep
— Putryphemus, "Y'Golonac"
Y'golonac is a Great Old One and the god of perversion and depravity – not just "average" human perversions or depravities, but any that can be conceived of by a sapient being (sane or otherwise). His demeanor is much like that of Nyarlathotep, but he is much more perverse and sadistic. Y'golonac can sometimes be summoned merely by reading his name in the Revelations of Glaaki.
Y'golonac is imprisoned behind a wall of bricks in unknown ruins. His true form is uncertain, but when he possesses a human host to manifest, he appears as a grotesquely obese man, lacking a head or neck, with a mouth in the palm of each hand.
Unlike most of Lovecraft's Great Old Ones, Y'golonac is clearly capable of understanding humans, to the point of being able to conduct a conversation in English through his human host. Y'golonac seeks humans who read perverse and forbidden literature to become his servants. When Y'golonac is summoned, he offers to grant the summoner the dubious honor of becoming his priest, or simply kills him for food.
Heresies and Controversies
Y'golonac seeks humans who read perverse and forbidden literature to become his servants. When Y'golonac is summoned, he offers to grant the summoner the dubious honor of becoming his priest, or simply kills him for food.
Associated Mythos Elements
- tome: Revelations of Glaaki
- tome: Liber Tenebrea
- deity: Gla'aki
- race: Servants/Children of Y'Golonac
- race: Servant of Glaaki
- cult: Cenobites
- cult: Cult of Y'Golonac
- YSDC Discussion: "ygolonac"
- "Cold Print (fiction)" (1987), by Ramsey Campbell.
- "Y'golonac" (1998), by Daniel Harms.
- "Love's Lonely Children" (2004), by Richard Watts.
- film and popular music:
- song/video "Y'Golonac" (2016) by the Bolivian death metal band Putryphemus (lyrics)
- a cameo reference in the avant-garde filk-rock jam "Cthulhu Dreams" by the Darkest of the Hillside Thickets ("...and the other Great Old ones shall stir: Tsathoggua, Y'Golonac, Yig, Glaaki... all will arise!")
- Hellraiser (a similar treatment of the transgressive obscenity theme, with a supernatural puzzle-box serving a similar role to Y'Golonac's book of "cold print"....)
- Y'golonac Scenarios
- Scenarios referencing Y'golonac
- Children/Servants/Paramours/Cult of Y'golonac
- Eternal Lies campaign
- "The Special Menu" (from Fear's Sharp Little Needles)
- "Loves Lonely Children" (from The Stars are Right!)
- "Holy War" (from Delta Green Eyes Only)
- "Silent Scream" (from Ramsey Campbell's Goatswood and Less Pleasant Places)
- "Two Minute High" (from Unspeakable Oath #11)
- "Song and Dance" (Tales of the Crescent City) (Y'go at Mardi Gra whats not to like? Well the scenario is really more focused on two "Muses" who are possessing some girls and which Ygo is trying to take control of. I think if you're daring you could dial up the creep factor of two girls going to a party and being stalked by a fat perverted monster. - daemonprinceofchaos)
- "The Auction" (The Asylum and Other Tales, The Cthulhu Casebook) (the tome Liber Tenebrea apparently includes a "Contact Y'Golonac" spell)
- "Malice Everlasting" (New Tales of the Miskatonic Valley) (a cultist of Y'Golonac summons a Servant of Y'Golonac)
- "Super 8" (Worlds of Cthulhu) (the scenario references a snuff video that includes Children of Y'Golonac)
- "The Lock-In" (Dead_Leaves_Fall_(Monograph)) (A group of fat kids are locked into the library during Halloween, where they are menaced by Y'Golonac.)
- "Halloween Candy" (Halloween Horrors #2) (a cultist possessed by Y'Golonac is among the monsters the investigators might encounter)
- "Madness of the Black Opal" (Strange Tales of Dread & Wonder 2) (apparently among the content or spells referenced in a copy of Revelations of Glaaki)
- "The Warren (Scenario)" (Shadows of Yog Sothoth Bonus Scenario #2) (Y'go is the main baddie, in a scenario derivative of Lovecraft's story "The Lurking Fear (fiction)")
- "The Surrey Enigma" (White Dwarf #69) (Investigating strangers leads to a buried Y'go temple complex)
- "Eat, Pray, Love" (Involves Y'go and ghouls)