This audio clip is a reading from the first chapter of H.P. Lovecraft’s essay on Supernatural Horror in Literature. It explores the dynamic of how human terror does not derive completely from true horror. There is also an essence of cosmic fear that imbues with the horror to make the terror a reality in human minds.
For it is the combination of the unknowing and the awesome that we truly fear.
“We must judge the weird tale not by the author’s intent or by the mechanics of the plot, but by the emotional level that it attains at its least mundane point.”
Interesting post! I like H.P. Lovecraft’s quote at the end–It implies something that is truly strange won’t have an agenda to be strange.
That is one of my favorite parts from his entire essay. If you have read any of his works, he holds true to that – in his monsters eyes, humanity is the strange, leaving the monster to be the normal.