The Truth about Horror

In all honestly, horror is only a different and grotesque view of reality.  It is based upon a person’s perception of a circumstance.  The human mind has a tendency to distort the reality of a situation — making something out to be more terrifying than what it really is.   What frightens humans the most are typically the most benign.  For example:

  • The ghostly movements of your living room curtains is really your cat playing behind the draperies with a toy mouse.
  • The silhouette of a man that can be seen through the kitchen window is actually a hedge that is in need of reshaping.
  • The blood curdling screams from the other side of your wall is only your apartment neighbor yelling at his TV when the Steelers lose.
  • The spider that crawls across the bottom of your tub — Oh my GOD! A spider! IT’S A SPIDER! Kill it!  Kill it quick with fire!!!

*Ahem*… sorry, where was I — oh yes…  It is all about one’s perception of a situation, where it can be malignantly distorted.  However, there are certain times when something seems to be all sweet and innocent that it turns out to be truly dark and sinister…

 

Was that wrong of me?  🙂

Happy Saturday!

 

2014Sept31 update:  Disclaimer – no spiders were hurt in the writing of this post, and I truly do my best to not kill any living creature – even spiders.

Supernatural Horror in Literature by H.P. Lovecraft – Chapter 1

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.”

-H.P. Lovecraft

Neil Gaiman on the Value of Ghost Stories

A fantastic 2014 TED conference audio clip where Neil Gaiman speaks of how ghost stories greatly benefit our lives.

Click here to be directed to the GalleyCat website to listen to the Neil Gaiman clip.

It is my personal belief that stories of the weird and ghastly have been around since the beginning of time and will continue long since we pass. It is the true soul of a ghost story that keeps our hearts beating on the edge.

 

(c) Dystopos

(c) Dystopos

 

 

Stephen King on Writing , Scary Stories, and More

I feel like this video is cut short, but King really hits home about short story writing.  Some of the greatest dark fiction authors had his or her start with short stories.  Such authors as Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, and H.P. Lovecraft first broke into the writing scene this way.