Though, the praying for their deaths thing was a bit harsh. You never know, they may have been robbed just before you saw them, and all the thieves took was their safety gear. Hey, it could happen! :joke
Yeah...and if anyone ever played Quake, Shub Niggurath was the final monster to defeat.
Also, just in case no one picks up Howard Philipps Lovecraft, the book was referred to in a "Night Gallery" (Rod Serling post-Twilight Zone project) 'Cool Air' episode (1970). Just saw it last night on the Mystery Channel.
If elder-god-who-will-destroy-the-world-and-all-life-when-awakened means "gay," then yup. Cthulhu's the king ***.
Go read HP Lovecraft's "Call of Cthulhu" et al. He's regarded as one of, if not the premier contemporary horror writers of all time.