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.”