So you've got your maniacs, masked or otherwise. Scary! Or how about savage animals from, whether realistic or altered in some way? Or maybe monsters like vampires, zombies, were-folk and…er…mummies are your jam? Or what about ghosts, spirits and alien beasties?
When it comes to horror fiction, though, none of it is as frightening as the cosmic horror story. Created and exemplified by H.P. Lovecraft, of course, this is horror about the unknown and the unknowable.
Bizarre critters and incomprehensible forces that can destroy our entire planet (and beyond) with barely a thought. From strange places that don't follow our own laws of nature, these Abominations are terrifying by their chaotic power as well as their ‘otherness’.
I guess these kinds of stories are metaphors for existential fears that our lives as humans are as meaningless and futile as they are fragile. A deeply chilling thought!
Do you like cosmic horror stories? What are some of your faves?
I have to go now; I hear the *shloop *shlurp of something pushing against my front door…
Banes at 12:00AM, Oct. 26, 2017
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