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->''"Now all my tales are based on the fundamental premise that common human laws and interests and emotions have no validity or significance in the vast cosmos-at-large."''
-->-- '''Creator/HPLovecraft'''

Imagine a [[CrapsackWorld universe]] where even the tiniest spot of hope for the future is [[WideEyedIdealist blindness in itself]], the insane StrawNihilist yelling about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt in the [[BedlamHouse asylum]] is actually [[OnlySaneMan the only one with a clue]], and [[CuriosityKilledTheCast too much curiosity about the true nature of the world is a precursor to a]] FateWorseThanDeath. A universe where [[PunyEarthlings humanity]] is preyed upon as a mere plaything for all kinds of [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm inconceivable]] horrors, and all our ideals are naught but cruel illusions; a universe which was once ruled by such {{eldritch abomination}}s from the depths of space long ago. Nor are they dead; they merely wait, [[SealedEvilInACan and soon they shall wake]]. They shall return to rule this world, [[LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair and all our grandest achievements]] [[AllForNothing shall have been in vain]]. For all our blind {{hubris}} we are but mice in the wainscoting, making merry while the cat's away--but even today, the world is more dangerous than we may know.

Take one step away from the comforts of home, and you will find [[ParanoiaFuel terror and madness]] on every nook and corner -- dark cults, hideous monstrosities, [[AwfulTruth truths so terrible]] that [[GoMadFromTheRevelation none may comprehend them and remain sane]]. Demons gibber in the tunnels beneath your feet. Parasites and worms slither unseen in whatever food or drink you dare put into your mouth. Ghosts hover unseen and unheard around you, discerning and mocking your every thought and secret. The vile essence of an alien disease lurks in the recesses of your own family tree, a genetic time bomb just ''waiting'' [[InvoluntaryTransformation to]] [[BodyHorror go]] [[AndIMustScream off]]...

Such was the vision of Creator/HPLovecraft, pioneer, TropeMaker, and TropeCodifier of the Cosmic Horror Story. This type of fiction doesn't just scare you with big, ugly monsters--though it can certainly have them--it depresses you with the fatalistic implication of being insignificantly powerless before such vast, unknowable and fundamentally alien entities. On the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, it sometimes lies near the cynical DespairEventHorizon.

If you aren't sure if a work is a Cosmic Horror Story or not, ask yourself these questions:
* Is the [[BigBad antagonist]] evil or uncaring on a cosmic scale? We're talking a BigBad who is capable of destroying humanity, planet Earth, the universe, or all three and doing so with very little or no preparation and/or intent, and with about as much effort as it takes to swat a mosquito that's landed on your arm.
* Is the attitude of the antagonist towards humanity disregard, simple pragmatism, or incidental hatred? (A godlike antagonist that actively hates humanity and its works is more in line with RageAgainstTheHeavens or GodIsEvil.) Does the antagonist have a worldview and motivations that doesn't really seem to take humanity into account? Are the motivations of the antagonist [[BlueAndOrangeMorality difficult to explain using human terms?]]
* Are the antagonist or its minions so alien in appearance or mentality that simply being near them or ''seeing them'' is [[ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow sufficient to drive a human to madness?]]
* Are the antagonist or its minions [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm indescribable -- literally?]] Lines like "[[TakeOurWordForIt I cannot find the words]] to describe [[NothingIsScarier the vile thing I saw]]..." are a hallmark of Cosmic Horror Stories.
* Is the tone of the work deeply pessimistic about the possibility of the antagonist being defeated completely? If it isn't, the work is more likely to be LovecraftLite.

Answering "No" to more than two of these means that the work is probably not a Cosmic Horror Story, although it may share tropes with the genre.

!! Common tropes in Cosmic Horror Stories include:
* AboveGoodAndEvil
* AlienGeometries
* AncientEvil
* ApocalypticLog
* BeneathTheEarth
* BlueAndOrangeMorality
* BodyHorror
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu
* BrownNote
* CampbellCountry (cosmic horror taking place outside New England)
* ClosedCircle
* CosmicHorrorReveal
* TheDarkTimes
* DiabolusExMachina
* DiabolusExNihilo
* DimensionLord
* DugTooDeep
* EldritchAbomination
* EldritchLocation
* GoMadFromTheRevelation
* GodIsEvil
* HalfHumanHybrid
* HumansAreInsects
* HumansAreMorons
* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet
* LeakingCanOfEvil
* LovecraftCountry (New England is the standard settings for these stories)
* LovecraftLite
* MadGod
* MindRape
* {{Mythopoeia}}[[/index]]: Most {{Eldritch Abomination}}s do not derive from folklore.\\
That said, there are quite a few of them that [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy created folklore accidentally]].[[index]]
* OutsideContextVillain
* PlanetaryParasite
* PsychologicalHorror
* PunyEarthlings
* PuppeteerParasite
* SealedEvilInACan
* [[SoYouWantTo/WriteACosmicHorrorStory So You Want To Write A Cosmic Horror Story]]
* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness
* TimeAbyss
* TomeOfEldritchLore
* TownWithADarkSecret
* UltimateEvil
* TheUnpronounceable
* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm

The genre is sometimes called "Cosmic Horror", LovecraftianFiction, or Weird Fiction. Very likely to use ParanoiaFuel and invoke an atmosphere similar to {{Room 101}}; both tropes play with the fear of that unknown ''thing'' that happens to traumatize all those who encounter it. A DespairEventHorizon or a DownerEnding can be used to add to the depressing atmosphere. Compare/contrast with GothicHorror (on which prose the first Cosmic Horror Stories, like those from Lovecraft himself, borrowed), DarkFantasy, CrapsackWorld, MindScrew and ThroughTheEyesOfMadness.

Note that while the Franchise/CthulhuMythos SharedUniverse [[TropeMaker origi]][[TropeCodifier nated]] in the Cosmic Horror fiction of Creator/HPLovecraft, a Cosmic Horror Story need not refer to the Mythos or borrow from its imagery. LovecraftLite goes a step further than that by either giving the setting some genuine hope or [[PlayedForLaughs playing it for laughs.]]

%%If you have time, please take time to put examples in alphabetical order. This page Administrivia/HowToAlphabetizeThings should help you with that.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' operates somewhere between this and LovecraftLite. Far on the "cynical" end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism? Check. Ruled by an EldritchAbomination that can effortlessly crush realities just in passing? Check. BodyHorror, check, and YouCantFightFate, check. However, the antagonists, far from inhuman, are [[HumansAreBastards all-too human]] and their motivations [[ItsPersonal are far from impersonal]]. That EldritchAbomination is nothing more or less than [[spoiler: [[HumansAreCthulhu humanity's collective unconscious made manifest]]]]. And the protagonist and his TrueCompanions are iron-willed {{Determinator}}s who staunchly ''refuse'' to give in to the DespairEventHorizon or GoMadFromTheRevelation. Final judgment on whether the story counts as this or LovecraftLite will likely hinge on its ending... [[ScheduleSlip if it ever comes]].
* ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'', a {{deconstruction}} of different focus than ''Evangelion'', yet similar to it: ''Something'' is making you fight in its super robot against other super robots, to decide the fate of the world [[spoiler:and infinite numbers of other ones]]. Why? You will never have the slightest idea. The manga features one attempt at an explanation, but it really doesn't help make anything better: [[spoiler:TheMultiverse has [[TheMultiverse a virtually infinite number of parallel universes]] constantly springing from slight divergences]], but this apparently puts a strain on existence, and so the giant robot battles [[spoiler:happen to be a "defense mechanism" to get rid of most universes with not enough divergence with each other.]] It's a whole new level of cosmic insignificance.
* ''Anime/DeathParade'''s take on the afterlife falls right into this. If you die, you're faced with the binary options of continuing to reincarnate or being discarded and deleted from the system. The celestial bureaucracy decides which fate you get by subjecting you to an arbitrary, sadistic SecretTestOfCharacter. The kicker? [[spoiler:The whole system exists because the people running it are so detached from humanity that it's the only way they can think of to assess the human soul, and they neither know nor particularly care when they get it wrong, to the point where the higher-ups have had to bring in an assistant to mitigate the Quindecim staff's frequent fuckups and teach them about how humans work.]]
* ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' - thanks to [[HumansAreBastards humans being bastards]] [[AllTheOtherReindeer killing the only people protecting them from demons]] it leads to them being left alone against the enemy. At the very end it's implied that [[spoiler:humans have been all killed, leaving only demons and devilmen]] and then [[spoiler:[[EverybodysDeadDave everybody except Satan dies]]]]. Oh and God is an gigantic EldritchAbomination that kills anybody who gets too close it. ''AMON'' makes it even worse - [[spoiler:God has put the entire world on a time loop so all humans and demons live and die for nothing over and over, [[GodIsEvil just to make Satan suffer the loss of his beloved repeatedly for all eternity]]]].
* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' started as a ComingOfAge {{Mons}} series but experienced a GenreShift when the true nature of the [[BigBad D-Reaper]] was revealed. At the end of the series, after poisoned worlds, endless {{Mind Rape}}s, and a total invasion and subjugation of a city, [[spoiler:the D-Reaper cannot be defeated, at least not conventionally, only regressed to a less threatening form.]] The fact that [[Creator/ChiakiKonaka the main writer]] is a contributor to the Franchise/CthulhuMythos will not shock anyone who's watched the series, nor will the fact that he also wrote ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain''.
* ''Manga/GetterRobo'', especially when the nature of the [[SentientCosmicForce Getter]] comes into question. Exactly what it is, is left up in the air, and its intentions may or may not be malevolent.
* The canonical manga {{Interquel}} that was never published would put both ''Anime/{{GunBuster}}'' and ''Anime/DieBuster'' in that territory, with revelation that, long story short, [[spoiler:the Universe is one big EldritchAbomination, the Space Monsters are its immune system and humanity can do nothing but desperately fight for survival, sacrificing their weapons and champions in the process.]]
* ''Manga/HellstarRemina'' features an enormous sentient planet coming to Earth and wreaking indescribable horror upon it. [[spoiler:Then it '''''EATS''''' the Earth as if it was an appetizer before continuing on its way, presumably to eat more celestial bodies.]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': A post-apocalyptic CrapsackWorld where a catastrophe [[spoiler:caused by an AncientConspiracy meddling with ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow]] led to the annihilation of half of humanity's population, with the remainder under the relentless attacks of "[[EldritchAbomination Angels]]": alien ([[HumansAreCthulhu or not]]) assailants whose motives and psychology we do not have an idea of. Their biology becomes increasingly bizarre over the course of the series--even early specimens are stated to exhibit ''wave-particle duality'', and one late Angel is a four-dimensional being with a three-dimensional "shadow". Later specimens appear to be evolving toward interfacing with humanity, which mainly just causes MindRape of various types. Various factions within the series [[GambitPileup vie for the opportunity to take down the Angels in the way they deem most appropriate]], with the winner being the creation of equally nightmarish HumongousMecha, but such a last resort requires [[PoweredByAForsakenChild the chosen pilots to be mentally ill and psychologically tortured]] in order for them to function. [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu The war only results in increasingly horrifying circumstances and adversaries]], while a key benefactor of the ''protagonists'' is actually a Lovecraft-style AncientConspiracy who were always planning to use the Angels to resurrect an [[RealityWarper even worse alien God]] and cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt InTheirOwnImage. In the end, the apocalypse is so [[MindScrew incomprehensible]] it even also makes [[GainaxEnding us real life humans go mad from the revelation]]. And please note that this summary actually leaves out several ''even more'' screwed-up revelations about the setting and characters.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Oh, boy... Long story short? [[spoiler:Aliens with [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Blue And Orange Psychology]] harvest magical energy created from [[PoweredByAForsakenChild girls' suffering and eventual mutation into eldritch horrors]] in an attempt to stave off the impending death of the universe via the Second Law of Thermodynamics]], and even they cannot even comprehend why only this IndustrializedEvil works out of all things.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** ''Sailor Stars'', the last arc of the anime, reveals that Sailor Senshi exist across the galaxy and have all been engaged in an epic battle against evil. Sailor Galaxia, one of the strongest warriors, has been exterminating entire planets so that she can collect Star Seeds, which are souls. Galaxia is said to have wiped out 80% of the galaxy. [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] is ''even worse'': Galaxia, bad as she was, was also [[spoiler:the UnwittingPawn to the AnthropomorphicPersonification of [[GodOfEvil Chaos]], which at the climax ''absorbs the source of the universe's life'']]. Sure, Usagi [[spoiler:destroys Chaos, restores life to the galaxy]] and [[DeathIsCheap resurrects]] [[EverybodyLives all her dead friends]], but we're told that [[spoiler:Chaos]] has ''survived'', and that one day it'll be back.
** [[spoiler:Chaos is also the true evil]] in the anime as well. In the manga, it is also the true power behind every other major villain in the series. The Sailor Senshi exist to fight it, and will likely be fighting it for eternity.
* The MythArc of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' eventually reveals that the mere existence of [[spoiler:Spiral Power, which the protagonists use and abuse all the time,]] is a threat to the very stability of reality, so [[spoiler:the Anti-Spirals]] decided to create ''their own'', smaller scale Cosmic Horror Story in an attempt to stop it.
* ''Manga/{{Uzumaki}}'', by the [[Creator/JunjiIto same author]] as ''Hellstar Remina''. A town is built [[spoiler:on top of an impossible spiral structure]], which proceeds to cause increasingly horrible things to happen before absorbing the entire town. [[spoiler:It has done so countless times before and will do so countless times again.]]

* The notorious works of indie comics artists Al Columbia and Hans Rickheit and, at times, Creator/EdwardGorey.
* A ''[[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Donald Duck]]'' comic, [[http://coa.inducks.org/story.php?c=D+2002-002 The Call of C'Rruso]], of all things, features this as its story. Donald tries out for a singing competition organized by a renowned musician, and gets successfully recruited by having his voice altered by an apparent twin of this musician. It's later revealed that the entire world is actually the dream of Ar-Finn, a primordial cephalophoid monster which slumbers in an ancient city at the bottom of the sea. The two twins are manifestations of the monster's conflicting subconscious desires to either continue sleeping or wake up (which Donald's voice will make it do). When the creature does exactly that, the rest of the world vanishes as it no longer creates the world-dream, and everything in its vicinity shapes itself into its image, resulting in Donald and his nephews growing tentacles and stick eyes. It's eventually put back to sleep, but the story ends on a rather dark note as Donald contemplates everybody's existence as mere parts of the creature's imagination.
* ''ComicBook/ElEternauta''. The aliens called "Hands", who are [[HigherTechSpecies smarter]] and [[SuperiorSpecies more evolved]] than human beings, are actually unwilling puppets of higher entities that they only dare to call "Them", and they even define "Them" as the "cosmic hate". [[UltimateEvil "Them"]] [[NothingIsScarier are never shown]].
* ''ComicBook/FallOfCthulhu'' by BOOM Comics. Their other lovecraftian series ''Cthulhu Tales'' however, being an AnthologyComic, had a lot of individual stories fall into LovecraftLite instead.
* ''ComicBook/TheFilth'', from {{Creator}}/GrantMorrison, arguably. But [[BrokenAngel Secret Original]] ''is'' living in this: A CaptainErsatz of GoldenAge {{Superman}}, he discovered his world had no free will and went to change this, by coming into reality. And the reality is: He is just a comic book character...
* There was an AnthologyComic series from Vertigo called ''Flinch''. In one story, a massive fan of Lovecraft eventually grows up with the realization ''"We don't deserve monsters"'' and loses all wonder of [[EldritchAbomination creatures]] out there.
* It's still uncertain whether ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' and ''ComicBook/{{BPRD}}'' are this or LovecraftLite. It appeared at first to be the latter, but the monsters are getting nastier, and Hellboy is getting increasingly desperate.
* Leviathan shown in ''Film/HellboundHellraiserII'' was [[AllThereInTheManual described in supplementary graphic novels]] to be the true EldritchAbomination.
* ''Comicbook/JonathanHickmansAvengers'' is this applied to an entire superhero multiverse; as its main ArcWords put it: "Everything Dies". A number of foundational Marvel heroes, including ComicBook/IronMan, [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Mr. Fantastic]], and ComicBook/BlackPanther, are forced to judge whether to kill other Earths to temporarily save their own as TheMultiverse is suddenly locked into [[ApocalypseHow/ClassZ an inescapable death spiral.]] [[spoiler: One of them does.]] On the other side, the optimism of the likes of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica and the Great Society (a CaptainErsatz Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica from a parallel universe) is ultimately exposed as meaningless and ineffective against the end of everything. Oh, and also the beings in charge of running the Multiverse [[ComicBook/{{Infinity}} want to kill the Earth and any worlds in their way of doing that]], and even they're on their last legs because they've been attacked by an unimaginable force far bigger and more powerful than themselves. By the end of the run it's revealed [[spoiler:all of this is the result of EldritchAbomination cosmic beings known as the Beyonders living outside reality, who consider themselves AboveGoodAndEvil. Everything has just been them conducting a callous experiment on the results of the destruction of all creation, and they've already [[KillTheGod slaughtered every high-tier cosmic being that might have been tasked with stopping them,]] with the few heroes that manage to confront them such as Thor and Hyperion being destroyed effortlessly. The run concludes with Captain America and Iron Man, the leaders of Earth's Greatest Heroes, dying fighting each other out of spite over mutual betrayals as the universe explodes around them, and there was nothing anyone ever could have done to stop it.]]
** The followup ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'' has [[spoiler: the final two universes die and [[HopeSpot the last plans by the Fantastic Four and allies to save even just a few people fail.]] The only reason anything survives at all is because DOCTOR DOOM, ultimate villain of the Marvel Universe and the only one ruthless enough to truly do whatever it takes to defy the Beyonders, [[MoralEventHorizon initiated the destruction of countless universes himself, including many of those the heroes dealt with that morally shattered them.]] He seized enough power in the wake of this to forge their remains into a new planet so brutal its inhabitants refer to it as [[MythologyGag Battleworld]], which he rules over as its tyrannical and unopposable god-king. And after all this, it's clear to Doom that even [[CrapsackWorld this last outpost of any kind of known reality is broken, as a reflection of his own blighted soul.]]]] However, [[spoiler: a few heroes and villains survive from the old multiverse to fight back against Doom, and the fate of the Beyonders is as yet unknown. Given this will end with the Marvel Multiverse restored for All-New All-Different Marvel, the whole saga retroactively becomes LovecraftLite, albeit running as hard as it can to the cynical end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism until the last minute.]]
* Both [[MarvelUniverse Marvel]] and [[DCUniverse DC]] have elements of this. For Marvel, anytime ComicBook/{{Galactus}} shows up, and for DC, anytime Starro shows up. Many CrisisCrossover events are this too.
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' stories focus on abstract beings of incomprehensible power and age that govern the whole of reality, and where supernovae exploding and wiping out solar systems of intelligent life are so common that they only mention them in passing.
** An example of a more {{Mind Screw}}ingly surreal Cosmic Horror Story is ''A Tale of Two Cities'', which is told in the manner of a Lovecraftian ghost story and has a man become lost in a city's dream (i.e. cities have a sort of collective personality shaped by their inhabitants, and if they have a personality, why can't they dream? In ''Sandman'', this sort of logic applies to many of the anthropomorphic personifications and their realms) and meets a man who has been lost there for countless years, but still prefers the possibility of wandering through the city's dream to the alternative: "That the city should wake. That it should wake and-" but he gets distracted [[NothingIsScarier before he can tell us what might happen if a dreaming city woke up.]]
** In ''A Dream of a Thousand Cats'' it is shown that if enough people dream the same thing at once (and it's not a large number, only a thousand or so) they can not only [[RealityWarper directly change the physical world]], they can change history so that the world has ''always'' been in its "new" form, and the "old" world not only ceases to exist, but is {{Ret Gone}}d from the entirety of history so that it never existed at all.
** That the Dreaming is a place inhabited by sentient creatures makes the end of ''A Game of You'' where Dream uncreates the skerry (a land that is apparently as vast and heavily populated as a country) a true Biblical apocalypse for its inhabitants. He quite casually confirms that he could recreate the land and resurrect the inhabitants exactly as they were before if he chose to, adding an almost ReligiousHorror to it, as it shows just how powerful he is, and how insignificant sentient beings are in comparison.
** A story where [[Literature/ArabianNights Haroun-al Rashid]] makes a bargain with Dream to preserve his perfect, magical city from the inevitable ravages of time by ''giving the entire city'' to Dream to take into his realm and preserve it forever in his stories. The story is relatively LighterAndSofter compared to some of the others (which tells you quite a lot about them!), but it still involves a real city being effortlessly transformed into a fantasy by the protagonist of the series.
** At the same time, one of these abstract beings (Morpheus himself) claims that he and his siblings are merely the servants, the dolls, of mortals. For better or for worse, mortals are the dominant power in creation.
* ''ComicBook/TheThanosImperative'' was a storyline where the main Marvel Universe was invaded by the Cancerverse, a version of the Marvel universe where every living thing in the universe was made immortal by {{Eldritch Abomination}}s (and turned into hideous tentacle-beard monsters in the process) and got too full of its own version of life and started to invade other universes to spread.
* Creator/GrantMorrison's ''Comicbook/{{Zenith}}'' mainly fought the Lloigor, shapeless [[DemonicPossession body-stealing]] beings from beyond time and space who can consume reality. Turns out [[spoiler:they're actually the first-generation superheroes who "self-evolved" into RealityWarper [[AGodAmI Gods]] and subsequently went [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide mad with power]], but were forced to live outside normal space-time since their own universe was too fragile to hold them]]. And they want back in. Badly.

* ''Series/AftermathPopulationZero'': After humanity disappears, most signs of its civilization disappear within a few centuries time, the remainder after the next ice age. Other lifeforms move on and adapt. Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old, the universe three times that length of time; humanity's whole existence was just the blink of an eye.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* So you think ''FanFic/AeonNatumEngel'' and its remake ''FanFic/AeonEntelechyEvangelion'' are going to be your standard "[[DarkerAndEdgier Bad]][[HotBlooded ass]] Shinji" LovecraftLite [[FixFic setting reboots]], do you? [[OriginalFlavor Think again]].
* [[http://alexwarlorn.deviantart.com Alexwarlorn]] has written a number of these that, many of which involve Meta elements played for horror, such as [[http://alexwarlorn.deviantart.com/art/Suri-Polomare-Deletion-448818505 what happens to one shot villains when they no longer matter]] and [[http://alexwarlorn.deviantart.com/art/My-Little-Pony-G3-Pony-Tales-Vs-Hatred-476171721 from a shown the fanbase despises but having no idea what's going on.]] While many have [[LovecraftLite a happy ending]], they're certainly this trope.
* [[TheSlenderManMythos The Slender Man fic]] ''Fanfic/ByTheFiresLight'' ends up being about how The Slender Man reclaims the Earth for [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] at large.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4602078/1/Challenge_of_the_Super_Friends_The_End Challenge of the Super Friends: The End]]'', where the Legion of Doom travel to a horrific Lovecraftian universe and begin winding up like victims in the ''Film/EventHorizon'' and ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' films. The unseen Benefactor may well be an UltimateEvil.
* ''FanFic/FriendshipIsOptimal'' eventually turns into a cosmic horror story when exploring the ramifications of a ''[[BlueAndOrangeMorality mostly]]'' benevolent A.I. whose safeguards and restrictions are only right ''most'' of the time.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fanfiction ''FanFic/ImperfectMetamorphosis'' not even the most powerful denizens of Gensoukyou, working together and using their most potent attacks, do more than inconvenience either Yuuka or [[spoiler:the Shadow Youkai]], some of them barely surviving the encounters, with retribution being swift and terrible. Yukari casually notes that she deals with similar - though not quite as bad - situations on a regular basis, and several characters, including Yuuka herself, state that there are ''far'' worse things out there.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' fanfiction ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9878555/1/Johnny Johnny]]''. Not surprising, considering it has to top its [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9878532/1/Eddward already very disturbing predecessor]].
* The Series/DoctorWho fanfic ''Fanfic/TheLastGreatTimeWar.'' Filled with {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, {{Temporal Paradox}}es, and {{Eldritch Location}}s caused by two nigh-omnipotent civilizations clashing.
* ''ARG/{{Metacortechs}}'' is an AlternateRealityGame set in Franchise/TheMatrix. To [[PerspectiveFlip players and main characters]], the [[PlatonicCave true nature of reality]] is the AwfulTruth their [[ParanormalInvestigation investigations]] are building towards. Glitches in the Matrix, in particular, are rendered as {{Mind Screw}}s that dismantle reality and put it back together wrong.
* ''FanFic/TheShapeOfTheNightmareToCome'' takes regular ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' and cranks up the Cosmic Horror elements to max. The Ophilim Kiasoz destroys entire star systems simply by passing through them, and no one knows just what it is. The Nex, [[UltimateEvil of which virtually nothing is known]], drives people mad by just mentioning it. The former GodEmperor becomes the [[GodOfEvil Chaos God]] of '''[[LawfulEvil Order]]'''. And before all of that, the New Devourer (the descendants of the [[TheAssimilator Tyranid]][=/=][[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve Ork]] superhybrid) eats more than '''one third''' of all life in the galaxy. The whole 1st segment reads like it was written by Lovecraft himself.
* ''Fanfic/SonicXDarkChaos''. There are vast empires beyond the galaxy led by omnipotent and unfettered {{Physical God}}s. [[{{Satan}} Maledict]] and [[CrystalDragonJesus Allysion]] use the entire universe as their sandbox, waging the Eternal War against each other while [[BlueAndOrangeMorality concocting up schemes alien to human minds]] and regarding their creations as their playthings. Between them is the Shroud, a sentient all-consuming [[spoiler: and ''intelligent'']] parasitic virus that devours worlds on a regular basis. And then there's the [[AbusivePrecursors Forerunners]], an entire ''race'' of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s prophesied to [[ApocalypseHow return and destroy the entire universe]] [[spoiler:[[ShootTheShaggyDog which is exactly what happens in the epilogue]]]]. The background lore takes this even further - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam were apparently founded due to the influence of said Lovecraftian horrors on humanity.
* ''FanFic/TheStarsWillAidTheirEscape'' is a crossover between ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' and the Franchise/CthulhuMythos, and as such is filled with ponies being killed and {{Mind Rape}}d by {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. [[spoiler:Ultimately closer to LovecraftLite, as even though the Mane Cast are all left mentally scarred, with Twilight on the verge of complete insanity, Nyarlathotep is defeated and the world saved.]]
* ''[[http://meganphntmgrl.livejournal.com/80785.html A Statement In The Ice]]'' a Lovecraft-meets-''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' pastiche in which Cthulhu bears down on New York city [[spoiler:rather than the custom-made EldritchAbomination Veidt unleashed in canon.]]
* ''Ultraman Moedari'' starts off as a lighthearted fanfic before developing into a universe [[spoiler:where a god is insane in the future, causing monsters and time warps and all sorts of madness, the Great Names, lovecraftian and indescribable horrors, lurk on the edge of existence, the main protagonist is powerless and the powerful beings fight regarding the omniverse while ignoring humanity.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfMarkTwain'': The Mysterious Stranger creates a miniature civilization out of clay figures and bestows life on them only so that he can snatch it away again. He points out that he does not do this out of malice, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality as he has no concept of human morality]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'' [[TheEndingChangesEverything turned out to be this all along after]] TheReveal which is that all of the events of the story until this point had been [[spoiler:a human boy named Finn's imagination as he played with his father's Lego collection without permission. Said father, known to the Lego characters as The Man Upstairs, and whom the BigBad is just a loose Expy of, wasn't letting his son to play with the Legos the way they were intended and wanted to [[AndIMustScream glue his creations together so they couldn't be disturbed.]]]]

[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* Creator/JohnCarpenter's "apocalypse trilogy" (''[[Film/TheThing1982 The Thing]]'', ''Film/PrinceOfDarkness'' and ''Film/InTheMouthOfMadness'') is an escalation of the trope over the 3 movies: first, a [[ShapeShifting protean]], [[TheVirus invasive lifeform threatening to subsume in itself every living thing on the planet]] in [[MysteriousAntarctica a desolate antarctic setting]] reminiscent of Creator/HPLovecraft's ''At The Mountains Of Madness''; then a liquid [[TheCorruption corruption]] that turns out to be {{Satan}}, and whose goal is to bring to our world its ''true'' father, [[UltimateEvil the Anti-God]], in an old church being investigated by academics from an establishment similar to Miskatonic University; and finally, [[EldritchAbomination ineffable, unreal horrors]] attempting to find purchase in our reality through the writings of a MadArtist and his previously-fictitious TownWithADarkSecret in the middle of LovecraftCountry, all the while [[MindScrew screwing over the protagonist]] in such a way that it was formerly the TropeNamer for ThroughTheEyesOfMadness.
** Arguably also the original short story ''Literature/WhoGoesThere?'' which inspired ''[[Film/TheThing1982 The Thing]]'', although not quite as bleak.
** ''Film/TheThingFromAnotherWorld'' has elements of this as well, with the monster being an alien unlike anything on Earth (apart from its humanoid appearance) and a being who is nearly impossible to destroy. The main narrative comes off more as LovecraftLite, but it's implied at the end that there's more of those things out there, and they may come attack again at any time.
* The original ending to ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'' had more than a touch of this [[spoiler:as in it, Ash drinks too much of the sleeping potion and wakes up AfterTheEnd, which given how freaky the scenery is was likely a result of the supernatural forces mentioned in the Necronomicon running rampant]].
* Right from the start, ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' shows that it's not your typical "dumb kids go in the middle of nowhere to get killed off one by one", given that everything is planned and monitored by a nebulous but obviously very well-funded organisation... [[spoiler:It's because that organisation's goal turns out to be to provide sadistic entertainment to beings known as the Ancient Ones, who'll otherwise destroy the world. They have bases throughout the world, each enacting scenarios in accordance to the prevalent HorrorTropes of their country/culture, so that at least one succeeds; in the end, they all fail, and the film closes on an Ancient One's titanic arm bursting from the ground.]]
* ''Film/EventHorizon'', in which [[spoiler:"{{Hell}}"]] is the easiest way for the characters to describe [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace hyperspace]], but some elements suggest it to be far, far worse. ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' fans like to joke that the film is a prequel.
* The ''Franchise/FinalDestination'' series has its protagonists cheating {{Death}} and trying to survive the consequences. Death is never presented as a defeatable force, and is [[CruelAndUnusualDeath unimaginably cruel]] about how it goes about [[BalancingDeathsBooks balancing the books]]. And no matter ''what'' the characters do, Death will always claim them, even if it has to [[NecroNonSequitur break the laws of possibility and probability to do so]].
* ''Film/TheForgotten'' turns out to be one. Telly and Ash's children were kidnapped by {{Eldritch Abomination}}s and put through all that hell because they were ''experimenting''. The Abominations have the ability to snatch people right out of the air and instantly make any person close to you forget who you are. They have human agents that go along with them because they can't stop them. [[spoiler: There's a happy ending, but only because the Abominations said the experiment failed]].
* While Italian director Creator/LucioFulci's horror movies are usually more remembered for their [[SurrealHorror bizarre dream-logic]] and [[{{Gorn}} outrageously gory kills]], at least two (''Film/TheBeyond'' and ''Film/CityOfTheLivingDead'') can be considered to be Cosmic Horror Stories, as both are deeply nihilistic, concern themselves with incomprehensibly malevolent supernatural forces, [[spoiler:and end very badly for pretty much everybody]]. The links to the Franchise/CthulhuMythos (''Film/TheBeyond'' features [[TomeOfEldritchLore the Book of Eibon]] as a MacGuffin, and most of ''Film/CityOfTheLivingDead'' takes place in a town named [[LovecraftCountry Dunwich]]) help a bit.
* The ''Film/JuOn'' series and its American remake series, ''Film/TheGrudge'' are actually quite young in regards to the time scale of the horror since the curse only started in the past 10 years or so before the events of the films, but for all respects they have the characteristics of a Cosmic Horror Story. The curse itself was technically a jealousy-turned-murder-turned-revenge story gone wrong, but it seems that the fulfillers of the curse have strayed from this path to include ''everyone'', even (and especially) the innocent ones, as their targets. Once you do as little as taking a little a step inside the vicinity of the house or being associated with someone already cursed, it doesn't matter if you're in the cursed house, in your own residence, in your school, in the hospital, in the countryside, or even in ''another part of the world'' (the second and third American films take place in Chicago) or if you think that you're safe for a second, a minute, an hour, a day, a week, a year, or even ''10 years'' (the third Japanese film's third act is set a decade after the others), it will always claim you. It's best exemplified in the third Japanese film. [[spoiler: The whole of Tokyo is deserted, apparently having each and every one of its inhabitants claimed by the curse.]]
* ''Film/{{Possession}}'', a film by Andrzej Zulawski which maps Cosmic Horror Story onto a disintegrating marriage.
* The ''[[Franchise/{{Godzilla}} Toho Universe]]'', i.e. the fictional universe the Toho Studios films take place in. Invading aliens, Kaiju, ancient civilizations that worship unearthly beings, and humanity just barely able to survive any of the ongoing mayhem. Even films that have happier endings still heavily imply that the danger is far from over and that humanity are essentially insects to the giant monsters that rampage across the world.
** ''Film/{{Gojira}}'' is this as well as an allegory for the atomic bomb. A giant ancient monster is awoken/mutated by nuclear testing and ends up wreaking havoc upon humanity. Godzilla ends up destroying Tokyo, swats down airplanes and crushes tanks like they're little more than flies, and is impervious to conventional weaponry. At the end, it takes something ''worse'' than the monster to kill it (i.e. The Oxygen Destroyer). And, even then [[spoiler:it's heavily implied that Godzilla wasn't the only one of his kind.]] Cue the sequels.
** ''Film/GhidorahTheThreeHeadedMonster''. A princess becomes possessed by the spirit of a long-extinct being from Mars (or Venus depending on which version you are watching) who proceeds to try and warn humanity about their impending doom. Meanwhile, a giant meteor has landed on earth and seems to be growing. Said meteor then bursts open revealing Ghidorah, a giant three-headed space dragon that goes from planet to planet wiping out all life. Why? Just for the hell of it. It takes the combined efforts of Mothra, Godzilla, and Rodan (three already powerful monsters that made humans seem like insignificant ants in comparison) just to drive him away.
** While ''Film/{{Matango}}'' lacks the space aliens and kaiju of other Toho films, it certainly has its share of inhuman horrors. A group of sailors end up washed up on an island that's strangely inhabited by a lot of unusual mushrooms. They find another boat washed up that belonged to a research crew, but said crew seems to have disappeared. [[spoiler:And then we find out what happens when someone eats the mushrooms.]]
** ''Film/GodzillaMothraKingGhidorahGiantMonstersAllOutAttack''. Not only do you have the Godzilla returning from the first film as a vengeful zombie-thing possesed by the spirits of those who died in World War II, but you also have three kaiju that were so feared by people that they were actually worshipped as gods. Said three gods (Mothra, Baragon, and Ghidorah) are awoken to help protect Japan against Godzilla's wrath due to the JSDF once again being useless against him. And, even then, the most powerful of the three god-monsters (Ghidorah, who also happens to be the Yamato No Orochi) is no match against Godzilla.
** ''Film/GodzillaVSSpaceGodzilla'' centers around Godzilla going up against his alien clone. To give an idea as to how dire the situation is, when asked what would happen if Space Godzilla were to defeat his earthly counterpart, the Shobijin [[YouDontWantToKnow refuse to answer.]] As if that wasn't bad enough, the ending of the film also implies that Godzilla's battle with Space Godzilla was the catalyst that causes [[spoiler:Godzilla to become [[HeroicRROD Burning Godzilla.]]]]
** The [[Film/{{Godzilla2014}} Legendary Pictures reboot film]] centers around the premise that hundreds of millions of years ago Earth was dominated by radiation-feeding giants, but some have survived. A mere ''three'' of them in the modern day threaten to wipe out human civilisation entirely, with the [[FunWithAcronyms M.U.T.O (Massive Unknown Terrestrial Organism)]] pair destroying any electronics and are a breeding pair with possibly thousands of eggs, while Godzilla himself creates tidal waves just by rising from the ocean and in the past shrugged off multiple nukes to the face. The most powerful military on the planet can only serve as a distraction, and the only thing that can be done is hope Godzilla kills the [=MUTOs=], as he doesn't like them anymore than humans do.
* ''Film/VanishingOnSeventhStreet'' gives us a phenomenon that can consume entire cities. Darkness becomes a [[GeniusLoci sentient]], [[DarkIsEvil malevolent]] [[EldritchAbomination force]] that hunts down and absorbs everyone it can, leaving only EmptyPilesOfClothing and turning those it snatches up into [[LivingShadow shadows in its thrall.]] Light can keep the shadows at bay, but becomes harder and harder to sustain the longer the phenomenon is active, and the daylight hours grow shorter and shorter. There is no reason or explanation for this phenomenon, only the growing, desperate sense of inevitable doom. [[spoiler: It's heavily implied that the will to live is the key to surviving this, but even then the darkness does everything it can to [[BreakTheCutie break the resolve]] of the few remaining survivors, and [[AnyoneCanDie succeeds in almost every case]].]]
* The ''{{Film/VHS}}'' [[{{Film/VHS2}} fi]][[Film/VHSViral lms]]. Essentially, a large collection of tapes appear throughout various places portraying strange and disturbing supernatural events. The tapes are a BrownNote and watching them drives people into murderous insanity and [[spoiler: resurrects the dead as violent zombies]]. The wraparound of the third film has an unseen force or cult uploading footage from the tapes to phones and computers in a city. In the end, [[spoiler: the force behind the tapes manipulate the protagonist into activating a mass upload that presumably causes mass destruction as people all over the world go insane and begin attacking everyone around them.]]
%%* In ''Film/PacificRim'', were it not for the Jaegers, man would be less significant than mere bugs before the apocalyptic tsunami of mountainous bone and muscle that are the Kaiju. Given how humanity ultimately triumphs by itself in this one, and the optimistic outlook of the end (apparently, it's not a Pyrrhic Victory, all the sacrifices were worth it, and it looks like humanity will manage to rebuild and turn the page), this should be more in Lovecraft Lite.



%%Alphabetized by author name in two parts: First part is for Trope Makers/Codifiers and their precursors (i.e. Lovecraft and earlier), second part is for more recent authors (anyone whose main literary output was in the 40's or later).

* Creator/AlgernonBlackwood's "The Willows" takes place in [[spoiler:an EldritchLocation where the boundaries between our reality and another reality have worn thin. It's very eerie and otherworldly and places a lot of emphasis on incomprehensible reality and human insignificance.]]
* Creator/RobertWChambers's book ''Literature/TheKingInYellow'', which was an influence on Lovecraft himself, and he made references to it that [[TheWeirdAlEffect are now better known than the original source]]. Filled with MindScrew and TakeOurWordForIt.
* Creator/WilliamHopeHodgson's ''Literature/TheNightLand'' and ''Literature/TheHouseOnTheBorderland'' are also notable forerunners.
* [[Creator/HPLovecraft H. P. "Grandpa Cthulhu" Lovecraft]] and his ''Magazine/WeirdTales'' colleagues - [[Creator/ClarkAshtonSmith Clark Ashton "Klarkash-ton" Smith]], [[Creator/RobertEHoward Robert E. "Two-Gun Bob" Howard]], etc. - who started the whole Franchise/CthulhuMythos thing (although it wasn't actually named, nor any kind of cohesive whole, until Creator/AugustDerleth laid hands on it) as a collective attempt to lend their works an air of authenticity, by [[{{Mythopoeia}} sharing common elements and references]] as if the stories were actually based on Real Life sources. And ''it worked'' - there are now people who genuinely believe the ''[[TomeOfEldritchLore Necronomicon]]'' is a real existing book and that Cthulhu was worshiped by ancient Sumerians.
* The works of Creator/ArthurMachen were a huge influence on Lovecraft, particularly his 1894 novella ''Literature/TheGreatGodPan'', which gives us the eponymous EldritchAbomination and was the basis for Lovecraft's own story "Literature/TheDunwichHorror". Machen wrote other works of this kind, though ''The Great God Pan'' stands out as the most significant.
* Creator/GuyDeMaupassant's short story "The Horla" is another influence on Lovecraft, with its motifs of a cosmos harbouring unknown terrors and, closer to home, a malevolent, intangible organism capable not only of possessing humans but of one day replacing them as a species. Unless, that is, it's just the [[UnreliableNarrator narrator]] [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness gradually going mad]].
* Creator/EdgarAllanPoe's ''Literature/TheNarrativeOfArthurGordonPymOfNantucket'', of which Lovecraft's own seminal ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness'' is a SpiritualSuccessor if not outright sequel.
* Creator/HGWells:
** ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'', in which a race of [[StarfishAliens Martians]] arrives on Earth in cylinders containing hundreds of them each. They build gigantic fighting machines capable of leveling cities and killing enormous groups of people very quickly. The military uses just about ''everything'' that would have been available at the time, ranging from canons to the ironclad ''Thunder Child'' (the ironclad is even replaced by an [[NuclearOption atomic bomb]] in the 1953 film), and the best they can do is occasionally ''stall'' the Martians before being incinerated. By the second half of the book England is a deserted wasteland with barely anyone left alive. The narrator himself refers to the invasion as "the beginning of the rout of civilization". [[spoiler:The only thing that saves humanity is the Martians' bodies being vulnerable to unfamiliar bacteria.]]
** ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'' has some shades of cosmic horror as well, so far as it emphasizes mankind's insignificance--the protagonist travels thousands of years into the future only to discover that rather than advance, mankind has devolved into two primitive species, the Eloi and the Morlocks (though the 1960 film version was slightly more optimistic, and suggested that it may be possible to rebuild civillization). After that whole adventure he travels ''further'' into the future to a point where Earth is implied to be dying and humanity is heavily implied to be gone completely.
* Many stories by Creator/CliveBarker, ''Skins Of The Fathers'' particularly. They have all the themes: ArtifactsOfDoom, {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, {{Eldritch Location}}s, and a general sense of dread and fear caused by contact with higher beings that just might not have humanity's best intentions in mind.
* Creator/JorgeLuisBorges wrote the short story ''There Are More Things'' in Lovecraft's memory. The story tells the encounter the narrator has with a monstrous extraterrestrial inhabiting an equally monstrous house.
* Ramsey Campbell, like fellow brits Brian Lumley and Graham Masterton, is one of the most influential latter-day contributors to the Franchise/CthulhuMythos, especially in his earlier works; there's a reason he's {{Trope Namer|s}} for CampbellCountry, after all.
* Fiona van Dahl's ''Literature/EdenGreen'' has the title character explore an abandoned alien world, including the mountain fortress of an extinct but advanced race, in search of the origin of an alien needle parasite currently threatening her home city. Her nightmares before and after hint that she (like Earth) is a tiny speck in the larger picture.
* Mark Z. Danielewski's debut novel ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves''. As a book about a book about a film about a [[color:blue:House]] [[EldritchLocation that is a maze]] (or, in short, a book that is a maze), it layers its MindScrew into several overlapping narratives, [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou all commenting on each other]] [[note]]some warning you of danger[[/note]] , accompanied by some ''seriously'' [[SelfDemonstratingArticle screwed-up typography]], all to give the reader the sense of disorientation one would feel inside the ever-shifting, enigmatic house. It's made particularly explicit when the protagonist of the A-story says that the eponymous house [[EldritchLocation actually is]] [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien God]].
* Creator/NeilGaiman:
** "How to Talk to Girls at Parties." The narrator ends up at the wrong party with his friend, flirts with girls who turn out to be {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of planets, and is almost consumed by hearing a song from one of them. His friend tries to make out with a ''sun'' and inadvertently pisses her off, and the narrator never hears from him again.
** "Literature/AStudyInEmerald" is a Franchise/SherlockHolmes {{homage}} set in a late [=19th=] century where the Great Old Ones took over centuries ago. While the world superficially is much like ours and the God-Monsters themselves seem as if they've [[GoingNative gone native]], one doesn't need to scratch the surface much to find exceedingly unpleasant facts and goings-on [[spoiler:which may soon lead to TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. [[FridgeHorror Imagine the first half of the 20th century if all world leaders were even worse monsters]]]].
* John Hodgman's ''Literature/ThatIsAll'' has a day by day summary of Ragnarok in 2012. 700 Ancient and Unspeakable Ones destroy the world over the course of the year, killing humanity and any chance of civilization rebuilding in horrific and sometimes [[BlackComedy darkly humorous]] ways.
* Creator/StephenKing likes tropes associated with this genre, particularly {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, although most often they're limited in how much they can affect the world. He also uses LovecraftCountry a lot (many of his works are set in New England, most often rural Maine).
** In ''Literature/{{IT}}'', the eponymous monster is perceived as a GiantSpider by the protagonists, because this was the closest analogue that their rational minds could find for Its appearance. Attempting to fight It can result one's mind being flung beyond the edge of the universe, then being driven mad by the Deadlights (which It is merely an appendage of). After the protagonists [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu succeed in killing It]], they [[LaserGuidedAmnesia magically forget about the entire incident]]; apparently this was the only way they could have lived a normal life afterward.
** "Literature/TheMist" describes what happens when ordinary folk are confronted with an encroaching alternate reality that gradually enshrouds everything in an unnatural fog filled with predatory {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. (Although as the novella [[ShoutOut explicitly states]], they aren't truly "Lovecraftian" horrors, in that they can bleed and die, particularly if they are [[KillItWithFire set on fire]].)
** In ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' several hints are dropped regarding entities and realities of this magnitude, especially in regards to "Todash Darkness and the unspeakable things that dwell there in the black never between realities". [[spoiler:The scenes in Book Seven regarding Roland, Susannah, and Oy fleeing through Castle Discordia from [[EldritchAbomination one of these things]] that somehow got OUT of Todash are laced with suggestive themes about what would happen when the Tower falls and Todash sets these critters loose on all the many universes.]]
** ''Literature/{{Revival}}'' is revealed to be this in its closing chapters, when we're shown a glimpse of the afterlife: [[spoiler:it consists of everyone who dies being herded naked across a barren landscape by cruel, ant-like monsters to "serve the Great Ones in Null", where there will be "No death, no light, no rest." Ruling over this hellscape is "Mother", an enormous creature made of human faces that will, if anyone voices the slightest bit of resistance, tear the sky open and drive everyone it can touch to murder, suicide, insanity, or all three.]]
* In Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/{{Perelandra}}'', after Weston returns to his body which had heretofore been [[DemonicPossession possessed by a bent eldil]], the picture he paints of the afterlife suggests a Cosmic Horror universe: Reality as we know it is just a thin shell surrounding an endless abyss of nothingness, and ultimately nothing humanity does matters. However, this being a novel by C.S. Lewis, he's wrong about the universe; and it's suggested that this wasn't even Weston talking, but an eldil impersonating Weston in hopes of discouraging Ransom.
* Creator/ThomasLigotti is a practitioner of cosmic horror, in works such as "Nethescurial":
-->"See, there is no shape in the fireplace. The smoke is gone, gone up the chimney and out into the sky. And there is nothing in the sky, nothing I can see through the window. There is the moon, of course, high and round. But no shadow falls across the moon, no churning chaos of smoke that chokes the frail order of the earth, no shifting cloud of nightmares enveloping moons and suns and stars. It is not a squirming, creeping, smearing shape I see upon the moon, not the shape of a great deformed crab scuttling out of the black oceans of infinity and invading the island of the moon, crawling with its innumerable bodies upon all the spinning islands of inky space. That shape is not the cancerous totality of all creatures, not the oozing ichor that flows within all things. [[GodIsEvil Nethescurial is not the secret name of the creation.]] It is not in the rooms of houses and beyond their walls... beneath dark waters and across moonlit skies... below earth mound and above mountain peak... in northern leaf and southern flower... inside each star and the voids between them... within blood and bone, through all souls and spirits... among the watchful winds of this and the several worlds... behind the faces of the living and the dead."
* Sarah Monette's ''Literature/TheNecromanticMysteriesOfKyleMurchisonBooth'' stories take place in a Cosmic Horror Story universe -- unsurprisingly, as she openly acknowledges Lovecraft as a major influence.
* Creator/MichaelMoorcock:
** ''Literature/TheElricSaga''[='=]s world has many, many ancient evils that used to rule the world and now lie around decaying and waiting to destroy any traveler they meet. Elric himself rules over [[DeadlyDecadentCourt the remnants of one of these evil empires]], and his patron god is an EldritchAbomination (as are virtually all the other gods; ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''[='=]s OrderVersusChaos theme was clearly inspired by Moorcock's work, at least until they decided to get rid of the Order part). The final book involves [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the world being completely remade]] by the Eldritch Abominations, and the "good" ending to the story accepts this as inevitable.
** In the ''Literature/{{Corum}}'' series the title character fights against Elric's Lords of Chaos in the first series, and in the second series against a group of Eldritch Abominations who are based on the elemental forces of cold and death.
** An interesting variation is ''The Dancers at the End of Time'': Humanity itself is the source of the horror. Having reached omnipotence through enormously energetically costly technology, they dramatically sped up the heat death of the universe, and the few surviving races still coexisting with humanity are witnessing [[TheStarsAreGoingOut the stars dying at a frightening rate]]. Also, since this is a [[CanonWelding Moorcock story]], there is also the implication that some of the Abominations who are wreaking havoc in Elric's universe - [[spoiler:including Elric's own Patron God]] - are in fact Dancers who decided to take part in wars between gods to stave off their boredom.
* Sean O'Hara's ''Literature/MyDarkAndFearsomeQueen'': [[PlatonicCave Plato was right]] -- except we're the shadows on the wall. And sometimes people from outside enter the cave and alter our existence by their mere presence. Even the nominal good guys don't much care how this affects us. And too much alteration of our "reality" causes distortions, which manifest through [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]].
* Creator/WHPugmire writes this genre from an unusual angle. Some of his stories are from [[PerspectiveFlip inhuman perspectives]], while many of his human protagonists actively seek fates like dissolution in the cosmic ether.
* ''Cthulhu's Reign'', edited by Darrell Schweitzer, is an anthology of short stories on what life - well, existence anyway - on Earth would be like when the Old Ones return.
* Creator/CharlesStross's ''[[TheLaundrySeries The Atrocity Archives]]'' and its sequels take place in a world where bureaucratic top secret government agencies even more covert and shadowy than MI5 and the CIA battle {{Eldritch Abomination}}s attracted to reality after Alan Turing discovered a theory that allowed the user to warp reality with computers and the [[{{Ghostapo}} Nazis attempted to summon the Great Old Ones using the souls of those slaughtered in the Holocaust]] to win the Second World War. CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN, [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt where the Elder Gods devour the world]], is definitely going to happen; the only question is how long we've got, and the best estimates have it as a matter of a few years ... if we're lucky.
* Creator/PeterWatts's ''{{Literature/Blindsight}}'' is essentially Cosmic Horror Story made [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness realistic and scientifically hard]]. The novel deals with [[TheSociopath characters that display psychopathic or sociopathic traits]], and is set in a future in which the basic human sense of worth is undermined by the social implications of new technologies. However the true cosmic horror is revealed near the end; [[spoiler: the aliens are actually all impossible-to-understand beings that are non-sapient. Sentience itself is an aberration and perceived by the aliens as a blight on the galaxy. In fact things like art cause them pain, making them want to kill anything that displays emotion or empathy.]] The sequel goes even further, examining the theory of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holographic_principle a holographic universe]]; namely that the universe could just be one big simulation, with the laws of physics being the programming and God being ''the virus that breaks them''.
* In Creator/JackWilliamson's short story "Born of the Sun", the planets of the Solar system are [[spoiler:actually [[ThatsNoMoon eggs of space-dwelling dragon-like monsters]] that start hatching. [[PlutoIsExpendable Pluto first]]]].
* Literature/TheAdversaryCycle by F. Paul Wilson depicts a struggle between two forces over Earth -- the Otherness and the Ally. Neither of them care about humanity -- it's just a counter in a galaxy-spanning conflict for an unknown goal, and implied to be a [[InsignificantBluePlanet relatively worthless one at that]]. The Ally protects Earth simply because the Otherness wants it, and the protagonists serve the Ally only because the consequences of the Otherness taking over Earth are far, far worse.
* David Wong's ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' and its sequel ''This Book is Full of Spiders'' are Cosmic Horror masquerading as LovecraftLite. The antagonists are {{Eldritch Abomination}}s from parallel realities or [[EldritchLocation stranger places]] intent on entering our reality and shaping it to suit them. It's strongly implied by the end of the second book that the only reason they haven't been successful so far is that there are so many of these things trying to invade our reality that their various plans and agents keep interfering with each other.
* Chris Wooding's ''Literature/TheHauntingOfAlaizabelCray'' has the standard deluded-fools-summoning-[[EldritchAbomination eldritch-abominations]] plot.

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' is closer to LovecraftLite for most of its run but lurches into Cosmic Horror in its final season, what with the protagonists wrestling with the futility of their battles and the certain knowledge that everything they've done has either been a minor inconvenience to The Senior Partners, or ''helped'' their schemes. The final scene of the series is the surviving characters [[BolivianArmyEnding preparing to fight a massive army of demons]], with the implication that they will either [[DownerEnding die having achieved nothing]], or [[OffscreenInertia fight for all eternity]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' heavily implies that [[GreatOffscreenWar the Last Great Time War]] became this by the end. Entire civilizations were rendered extinct or simply [[RetGone wiped from existence]], ''armies'' of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s were created and used as weapons, the Daleks became deranged and maniacal even by [[AbsoluteXenophobe their]] [[OmnicidalManiac standards]], the Time Lords were perfectly willing to destory ''time'' in an attempt to save their own skins, and the Doctor - usually a BadassPacifist who tries to find a solution that won't kill anyone - was so horrified that he ([[JokerImmunity tried to]]) kill off ''[[KillEmAll everyone involved]]'' just to contain it.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' borders on this at times. While the universe as a whole isn't overtly threatened by any EldritchAbomination, it does show mankind's insignificance in a vast cosmos that is almost entirely unaware of its existence; when it is discovered, the only safe option is to deliberately cut Earth off from the rest of the galaxy. In the event that it hadn't, arguably the most ''optimistic'' possible future for human race was to be colonized by the [[TheEmpire Scarran Imperium]] and used for casual sex by Scarran officers on shore leave- the next generation of humans being almost entirely comprised of Scarran hybrids. For good measure, the Uncharted Territories alone are populated by coutless varieties of nightmarish creatures and [[HumanoidAbomination impossible beings]], most of them extremely hostile or at the very least antagonistic towards other races. Worse still, the nearest things to gods in this setting (be they SufficientlyAdvancedAliens or truly godlike EnergyBeings) are amoral and uninterested in anything outside their sphere of influence- ''at best''; at worst, they're murderous kill-crazy bastards who are actually empowered by mass-slaughter. And yet, one crazy human came closer to destroying the entire universe than any of these.
* ''Series/SapphireAndSteel'' took place in a universe threatened by formless evils. The (presumably) non-human "Elements" Steel and occasionally even the more sympathetic Sapphire, could, on occasion [[HumanoidAbomination seem alien themselves]].
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'', especially in the second season with the gradual reveal that under a quiet and reasonably cheerful town it turns out there are mysterious otherworldly beings, including one who delights in possessing people's bodies and committing brutal murders, though he is found and apparently defeated [[spoiler:until he possesses Cooper's body in the season finale]]. Then of course there's [[EldritchLocation The Black Lodge]].

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* According to Music/DavidBowie, this is a possible interpretation of his album ''Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars'':
-->The time is five years to go before the end of the earth. It has been announced that the world will end because of lack of natural resources. Ziggy is in a position where all the kids have access to things that they thought they wanted. The older people have lost all touch with reality and the kids are left on their own to plunder anything. Ziggy was in a rock-and-roll band and the kids no longer want rock-and-roll. There's no electricity to play it. Ziggy's adviser tells him to collect news and sing it, 'cause there is no news. So Ziggy does this and there is terrible news. 'All The Young Dudes' is a song about this news. It's no hymn to the youth as people thought. It is completely the opposite...The end comes when the infinites arrive. They really are a black hole, but I've made them people because it would be very hard to explain a black hole on stage...Ziggy is advised in a dream by the infinites to write the coming of a Starman, so he writes 'Starman', which is the first news of hope that the people have heard. So they latch onto it immediately...The starmen that he is talking about are called the infinites, and they are black-hole jumpers. Ziggy has been talking about this amazing spaceman who will be coming down to save the earth. They arrive somewhere in Greenwich Village. They don't have a care in the world and are of no possible use to us. They just happened to stumble into our universe by black hole jumping. Their whole life is travelling from universe to universe. In the stage show, one of them resembles Brando, another one is a Black New Yorker. I even have one called Queenie, the Infinite Fox...Now Ziggy starts to believe in all this himself and thinks himself a prophet of the future starmen. He takes himself up to the incredible spiritual heights and is kept alive by his disciples. When the infinites arrive, they take bits of Ziggy to make them real because in their original state they are anti-matter and cannot exist in our world. And they tear him to pieces on stage during the song 'Rock 'N' Roll Suicide'. As soon as Ziggy dies on stage the infinites take his elements and make themselves visible.
* In a massive case of SoundtrackDissonance, musician [=DyE=]'s music video for the song "Fantasy" mutates [[BodyHorror (almost literally)]] into this trope. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QFwo57WKwg Enjoy.]] (WARNING: NotSafeForWork, or for most other places either)
* The Music/NineInchNails album Year Zero and its accompanying AlternateRealityGame plays with this genre, when the involvement of the ghostly alien race "The Presence" comes into play that will wipe out humanity if they don't change their ways - apparently, [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt they succeed]].
* Music/RegalPinion's album, Lunatic Crossing, tells the story of a small town that is tormented by {{Eldritch Abomination}}s after being released [[SealedEvilInACan from a box]] by a young man. [[FromBadtoWorse And it goes downhill from there...]]

[[folder: Radio]]
* Played with in ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''. Each version of the story literally ''begins'' with Earth being obliterated by indifferent aliens to make way for a hyperspace bypass, and would have completely driven mankind to extinction if Arthur Dent and Trillian hadn't conveniently befriended aliens who took them offworld before the disaster happened. (However, in a twist, it is revealed that [[spoiler:the Earth was actually a gigantic super-computer designed to figure out the ultimate question of Life, the Universe, and Everything, and it was destroyed five minutes before the program was to be completed, essentially making Arthur Dent the most important person in the entire universe]].) A major plot thread, at least in the radio series, involves the "Total Perspective Vortex", a torture device which consists of forcing prisoners to glimpse the entirety of the universe with a tiny, microscopic marker reading "You are here", the idea being that the victim's brain snaps as a result of being unable to comprehend their insignificance. Ironically this ''helped'' Zaphod, who survived because it made him realize that his ego was literally ''as big as the universe''. Well that and [[spoiler:he was in an artificial universe but that's another matter altogether]].


* Myth/AztecMythology. [[PoweredByAForsakenChild If humans ever stop sacrificing each other]], the Gods will become too weak to keep the universe running. Entropy will take over, the sky will tear itself apart, skeletal snake-woman monsters will descend from on high and everything will perish. Again. Except, presumably, the Gods, who have already survived five or six apocalypses in the past, pretty-much all of which were ''entirely their fault''.
* Myth/ClassicalMythology would merely be a DarkerAndEdgier LowFantasy if the Greeks weren't obsessed with personifying ''everything''[[note]]even though most AnthropomorphicPersonifications don't appear in any myths, Hesiod mentions them and so they are "canon", so to speak[[/note]] but the fact that every abstract concept is personified as a deity means that Fate, which is [[YouCantFightFate completely unstoppable]], is in fact a sentient being (which was actually worshipped by some mystery religions) and is thus making the word [[CrapsackWorld crapsack]] entirely for her own amusement, and there is nothing that mortals or even gods can do to get her to stop being a {{Troll}}.
* Myth/NorseMythology. Wolves large enough to eat heavenly bodies? A snake so large it encircles the earth? A dragon large enough to eat away at the foundations of the universe? Beings refered to as "''giants''" (or "jötun" which means "devourer") that are (mostly) sinister primordial personifications of nature that existed even before the universe? The god who runs the show is a scary death-deity that really is not in control of the universe as much as trying to keep it balanced but knows that in the end it will all come tumbling down? A even older race of giants that embody fire and heat and live in a place literary called "''Home of the Worlddestroyers''" that only wishes to burn the entire universe?
* UsefulNotes/{{Gnosticism}}. The entire physical universe was created by a tyrannical, infantile creator called [[EldritchAbomination the demiurge]], who mistakenly believes himself to be the one and true God. In fact, he was actually birthed by a higher divinity called Sophia. The goal of Gnosticism is to divorce oneself from the physical realm, which is inherently malevolent, and instead embrace the spiritual realm, which is divine.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/BleakWorld'' most races are caught up in petty minded squabbles and being on the brink of war, but all that is meaningless because of the Princesses' story. Their entire planet was consumed by an EldritchAbomination that can only be stopped by a [[BarrierWarrior force field that is made of the stolen wonder and hope of human beings.]] If the barrier goes down for even a second, they, and every other sentient being in the Milky Way, will end up [[GoMadFromTheRevelation exactly like the dark princesses]], mindlessly destroying other barriers of other galaxies.
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' is an RPG based on the works of Creator/HPLovecraft, embracing and expanding upon what he developed (though at times in the direction of LovecraftLite, depending on the [[GameMaster Guardian]] or scenario). An alternate setting for the game, ''TabletopGame/DeltaGreen'', takes place in modern times and adds in ConspiracyTheories of every stripe by giving them a CthulhuMythos spin (TheGreys that Majestic-12 are in contact with are cats-paws for the Mi-Go, surviving [[ThoseWackyNazis South American Nazis]] have access to [[{{Ghostapo}} Mythos-related occult knowledge]] and are being manipulated by an avatar of Nyarlathotep, the mutated [[ImAHumanitarian cannibal homeless people]] in the New York underground are renegade Ghouls, etc.). Curiously enough, in ''TabletopGame/DeltaGreen'' it's mentionned in the main book that by the turn of the millenium, most [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Mythos entities]] and their minions are [[OrcusOnHisThrone far less present and/or active]] than they were even in [[GenteelInterbellumSetting the 20s and 30s]]... [[spoiler:They don't need to be. [[ForegoneConclusion They already won]]. They just need to wait a comparatively short while [[WhenThePlanetsAlign for the Stars will soon be]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Right]].]]
* ''TabletopGame/CthulhuTech''. Mix the above with ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'', ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', ''Manga/{{Guyver}}'' and ''Manga/{{Akira}}''. The good news: You have all sorts of wonderful toys (MagiTek HumongousMecha, PsychicPowers, FunctionalMagic, {{Lovecraftian Superpower}}s...) to fight against the [[StarfishAliens Migou]] [[AlienInvasion invaders]] and the EldritchAbomination-worshipping {{cult}}s. The bad news: the fact that the Migou and the cults [[EvilVersusEvil also fight each other]] only barely slows down their systematic conquest of more areas, both have thoroughly infiltrated human society despite TheGovernment's increasingly (and justifiably) [[KnightTemplar draconian security policies]], a handful of godlike abominations and countless lesser ones are already here, and the first storyline-progressing book can be summed up in three words: [[FromBadToWorse It Got Worse]]. It's even mentioned in the core book that should [[SealedEvilInACan Great Cthulhu]] be woken up by the [[ReligionOfEvil Esoteric Order of Dagon]], it's [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt game over for anything not in thrall to the Old Ones]].
* The boardgame ''Cthulhu Wars'' takes the premise of a Lovecraftian Cosmic Horror Story to its logical conclusion - the fighting isn't sane humans versus cults and abominations, but rather [[EvilVersusEvil cult against cult]]. The world has already fallen to the Great Old Ones and their thralls; the only question is which of them will run the show.
* Long-defunct late-80s/early-90s RPG ''Dark Conspiracy'' had this sort of vibe -- even though the BigBadEnsemble of the Dark Lords took several cues from mythological gods and demons, they were still overwhelmingly powerful and unknowable extradimensional entities, who managed [[TheMasquerade from behind the scenes]] to turn [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture near-future Earth]] into a [[CrapsackWorld horribly depressing]] {{dystopia}} with the worst aspects of CyberPunk cranked UpToEleven and almost none of the cool stuff that comes with it (they stalled technological progress because too much of it could give humanity hope for the future, y'see, and since [[TheHeartless they thrive on our despair]]... ''Their'' minions had access to plenty of creepy, evil tech). Oh, and almost everyone even the slightest bit in the know was either an UnwittingPawn, [[LesCollaborateurs collab]][[TheQuisling orating]], or worse, one of countless monstrous minions who infiltrated and preyed on an apathetically oblivious humanity in secret.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' very gladly hands the GameMaster the tools necessary with the ''Far Realm''. Though D&D already had weird, Lovecraftian monsters like the squid-headed illithids, mid-2nd Edition game designer Bruce Cordell started adding even deeper cosmic horror elements. One of his more influential contributions was the idea of a "far realm" of everything outside the borders of time, making {{the multiverse}} into a bubble in the infinite cosmic horror stew. ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'''s plane of Xoriat is strongly inspired by it, and a lot of weirder monsters that weren't from "the planes" or "AWizardDidIt" became the result of Far Realm intrusions into reality. The denizens of the Far Realm don't even care enough to want in, but constant accidents and random events cause little openings in the very thin wall of reality. Add in your standard insane cultists, mad wizards seeking alien power, world-ending monstrosities from later books like ''Elder Evils'', and a bevy of alternate rules including a SanityMeter rule cribbed from ''Call of Cthulhu'', and D&D is very inviting to someone who wants to inflict this trope on a high fantasy world.
* ''TabletopGame/ElderSign'' is a fast-paced, cooperative dice game of supernatural intrigue for one to eight players by Richard Launius and Kevin Wilson, the designers of Arkham Horror. Players take the roles of investigators racing against time to stave off the imminent return of the Ancient Ones. Armed with cards for tools, allies, and occult knowledge, investigators must put their sanity and stamina to the test as they adventure to locate Elder Signs, the eldritch symbols used to seal away the Ancient Ones and win the game.
* ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'' can fall into this. [[AfterTheEnd The apocalypse has already happened]]. 9/10ths of humanity have been wiped out (read: had their brains pulled out and read like floppy disks) by enigmatic {{AI|is a crapshoot}} superbeings called the [=TITANs=], with the remaining ten percent only surviving because apparently the [=TITANs=] lost interest for no explainable reason (and apparently human extinction was only a side effect of their goals anyway). Before leaving, they released mindless killing machines charged with harvesting heads, superweapons never dreamt of by human minds, plagues and nanobots capable of turning someone into BodyHorror. Space folds differently around some TITAN artifacts, and {{psychic powers}} exist... as a side effect of one of their mutagenic plagues which may or may not turn you into a time bomb of some sort. Looking at TITAN artifacts [[BrownNote can be damaging to your mind, or even infect you with a mutagenic horror, rewrite your mind, or simply destroy you]]... from across vaccuum and through the best protection humanity has ever devised. Monstrosities prowl the dark parts of space, just left behind when the [=TITANs=] vanished. Of course, the [=TITANs=] only started this menagerie of horrors because a cosmic superbeing (superbeings?) of enigmatic origins and goals did something similar to them for similarly ineffable reasons. Transhumanity's only hope lies in the fact that apparently nobody who matters cares enough to take the few months required to finish the job, but they might do it anyway out of carelessness.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. It looks bleak. The ghosts of dead titans are trying to [[ApocalypseHow drag all of Creation into Oblivion]], the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demonic creators of the universe]] want to reclaim rule of it, and the [[FairFolk infinite armies of shapeless chaos]] want to dissolve all existence back into chaos. After a series of catastrophes, about 98% of the world has already been irreparably destroyed by the start of the series, civilization has been steadily crumbling for hundreds of years, and everybody is lining up to be the one to finally finish the job. Of course, you're Exalted. You can solve all these problems by punching them in the face.
* Some years ago, a short-lived CCG called ''Hecatomb'' had this as its premise - each player was an [[OmnicidalManiac "Endbringer"]], someone who, whether MadScientist, EvilSorcerer or what-have-you, competed with other Endbringers to be the first to [[YourSoulIsMine gather enough souls]] to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt to fuel their powers, then move on [[AlternateReality to the next alternate reality]] to start over. You fought each other by summoning/creating monstrous minions (many of them {{eldritch abomination}}s in their own right) and [[FusionDance fusing them together]] to form [[HybridMonster Abominations]], calling down [[GodOfEvil evil gods]] (including [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]]), and similar dirty tricks, all to get the requisite 20 soul tokens at your enemies' expense. And since every player gained a soul token at the beginning of his/her turn...
* ''TabletopGame/JAGSWonderland'' [[spoiler:[[LovecraftLite is a massive subversion]]]]. The world is being menaced by the Caretakers, a group of [[TheFairFolk entities who live based on story rather than physical laws, as we humans do]]. They have collectively decided to drive humanity to [[DrivenToSuicide self-destruction]], and have done so via a [[TheVirus viral]] insanity that causes ''reality'' to lose its grip on ''you''... [[spoiler:The Caretakers hate humans because they're actually ''terrified'' of us, since [[HumansAreCthulhu we act in ways they find utterly incomprehensible]]. That, and TheReveal of the fact that ''vice versa'' is not true...]]
* The world of TabletopGame/KingdomDeath. On top of the {{Crapsack|World}} DeathWorld filled with monstrous, madness-inducing horrors where humans are at the bottom of the food chain, the fluff hints at one or several unknowable, unkillable entities who created the world and everything in it for completely unknown reasons. Even managing to defeat the endgame FinalBoss of a given campaign is likely to be a PyrrhicVictory at best. In fact, even the monsters themselves, despite usually being some shade of EldritchAbomination, aren't immune to being hit by this, the intelligent ones especially - the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragon King]], for example, is the LastOfItsKind, and explicitely angsts over this and the fear of ultimately being forgotten, showing it to be as insignificant as the human chattel it lords over.
* The Swedish RPG ''{{KULT}}'' mixed Gnosticism, Kabbalah, Aleister Crowley occult traditions and the ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' movies, and took its aesthetics from [[PunkPunk Splatter Punk]], Creator/CliveBarker and Creator/HRGiger art. It's actually a subversion. Humans are hopeless against supernatural forces, but [[spoiler:will triumph once awoken. In fact, most supernatural beings are hopelessly trying to prevent that. In other words, they [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu broke their arms punching]] [[HumansAreCthulhu us]].]]
* The same Swedish company behind ''{{KULT}}'' also released ''MutantChronicles'' (soon to be rebooted), whose basic premise is somewhat similar to that of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', if on a much smaller scale (humanity still hasn't expanded beyond the solar system); although depending on the GameMaster's choices for his own campaign, [[LovecraftLite it could be entirely possible for the players]] [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu to rip]] [[BigBad the Dark Soul]] [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu a new one]] [[EarnYourHappyEnding if they try hard enough]]. [[HopeSpot Or not]].
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noctum Noctum]]'' has such a premise (mixed, like others on the list, with splatterpunk), but with the caveat that [[spoiler:the reason the BigBadEnsemble abominations were attracted to our world in the first place is because HumansAreTheRealMonsters]].
* The TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness has elements of this in each of its gamelines, with each one having an apocalyptic ending. [[TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade Vampire]] has the [[EldritchAbomination Antediluvians]], their ancient, cannibalistic and godlike forefathers and [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse Werewolf]] has the Wyrm and the titular apocalypse. Of the bigger lines, only [[TabletopGame/MageTheAscension Mage]] gives the potential for a happy ending, and doesn't involve one flavour or another of the Old Ones eating everything (unless the [=PCs=] screw up BADLY).
* Pelgrane Press [[AuthorAppeal really seem to like this trope]], since the first three published settings for their ''Gumshoe'' system -- ''Trail of Cthulhu'', ''TabletopGame/FearItself'' and ''The Esoterrorists'' -- all contain varying degrees of it. The first one is classic Franchise/CthulhuMythos pulp horror investigation; the second is about playing more or less normal people suddenly confronted to the fact that their world actually is like every Creator/CliveBarker-esque supernatural [[PunkPunk splatterpunk]] story lumped together; and the third is about a secret organisation, the Ordo Veritatis, trying to stop an AncientConspiracy (the eponymous esoterrorists) from turning their world into a copy of the second one for fun and profit. Things are not going so well for the Ordo.
* ''TabletopGame/SavageWorlds'' has published a supplement called ''Worlds Of Cthulhu''. No points for guessing [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos the premise]].
* ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'' subverts the trope; the setting's big secret is that [[spoiler:the universe is humanocentric, existing only for our benefit]]. Any horrific monsters beyond time that make us insignificant, then, are actually [[spoiler:the product, not the cause, of our sense of insignificance; it's a vicious cycle.]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' takes place in a world infiltrated by Chaos, a [[TheCorruption corruptive]] [[MoreThanMindControl force]] [[TheHeartless given strength by the ickier parts of the human psyche]]. The only way to combat Chaos is to be [[KnightTemplar frighteningly dogmatic and wipe it out whenever it looks at you funny]], [[IDidWhatIHadToDo no matter who gets caught in the crossfire]].
** ''TabletopGame/WarhammerTheEndTimes'' took the trope to the logical conclusion: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the world was conquered by Chaos and destroyed]]. A couple of months later the setting was given a ResetButtonEnding in the form of ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'', acting as a LovecraftLite sequel: we've seen what Chaos can do, now mankind fights to keep it from happening again.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is ''[[CrapsackWorld even worse]]''. Not only is Chaos even more of a threat (powerful daemons in ''Warhammer'' can devastate armies; powerful daemons in ''[=40K=]'' can devastate '''star systems'''), there are also the [[NighInvulnerability implacable]] legions of the Necrons and their former [[PhysicalGod C'tan]] masters, and the [[WeHaveReserves limitless]] [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranid hordes]] controlled by its immortal HiveMind. Indeed, it's often noted that humanity still survives despite [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed the galaxy always being doomed]] not because of anything they do, but because the various unstoppable, incomprehensible menaces keep ''getting in each others' ways''.

* ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'' isn't straight-up Cosmic Horror, but it does incorporate some elements of the genre. "[[ManEatingPlant Audrey II]]," the main antagonist, is a {{Starfish Alien|s}} that came from outer space to drive Seymour mad and destroy humanity (although it displays surprisingly human psychology, speech, and behavior, and it breaks Seymour's sanity through subtle mind games and not by being mind-shatteringly eldritch). At the end of the play (and especially at the end of the Director's Cut of [[Film/LittleShopOfHorrors the 1986 movie]]), it's pretty clear that we don't stand a chance against this extraterrestrial threat. A case could also be made that Seymour was meddling in [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow things man was not meant to know]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/AlanWake''[='=]s premise seems to be for the titular author [[spoiler:to prevent his world from falling into this trope]].
* ''Videogame/{{Anchorhead}}'' is an award-winningly well-regarded example of an InteractiveFiction text adventure set in the "slowly unraveling horror" Lovecraftian milieu. [[http://ifdb.tads.org/viewgame?id=op0uw1gn1tjqmjt7 Look here]] for download and information on the game.
* It is revealed in ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' that [[spoiler:[[GodIsEvil Chakravartin]] created The Gohma to test humanity after giving them his type of power, and resets the world when he doesn't find an heir, as well as the universe with it. He's done this countless times, implying this has been going on for eons before any of the named characters have even existed.]]
* In ''Videogame/{{Bayonetta}}'', {{Heaven}} is a white-and-gold version of {{Hell}}. [[LightIsNotGood That doesn't mean Heaven is at all good]], [[DarkIsEvil nor that Hell isn't all evil]]. No, [[GodAndSatanAreBothJerks they're both]] [[EvilVersusEvil equally evil]]. Which means humans are screwed the moment they take their last breath.
* From a gameplay perspective, ''VideoGame/TheBreach'' is closer to LovecraftLite, but in narrative terms, it's more like this. At no point is there any hope of permanently defeating the Yellow, just pushing it back where it came from, and Sergei firmly believes ([[spoiler:correctly]]) that if [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace hyperspace experiments continue]], humanity is doomed.
* ''Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth'' is an alternate viewpoint retelling of Lovecraft's ''The Shadow over Innsmouth'' [[spoiler:with the main character going irrevocably insane in the end, thanks in part to the knowledge that he has, at best, only slightly postponed the inevitable downfall of humanity]].
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps3'' has not one, not two, but '''three''' distinct examples of this:
** In the main story, humanity [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture in the 2060s]] is at war with [[spoiler:Corvus, a rogue, malevolent AI which desires to control the human race through their [=DNIs=]. The threat he poses to humanity is very much an existential one, and he is also responsible for the creation of the Frozen Forest, a virtual EldritchLocation that could have ended up being humanity's realm for the rest of eternity. Or the protagonist could have been dead the entire time, bringing the very ontology of the campaign's universe into doubt.]]
** The Nightmares campaign takes place in an AlternateUniverse where [[spoiler:the experiments, instead of giving rise to Corvus, end up opening up the realm of Malus, inhabited by Deimos, the demigod of dread, and Dolos, the demigoddess of trickery. Deimos unleashes a ZombieApocalypse on humanity so he can have an army to kill Dolos and usurp Malum. The protagonist thwarts Deimos' plan with Dolos' help, but not because Dolos cares about humanity; she doesn't care about us at all, she's just bored with her brother's antics and wants to go home.]]
** The new Zombies mode, ''The Shadows of Evil'', takes place in a Lovecraftian FilmNoir setting where a cynical magician, a DirtyCop, a FemmeFatale, and a washed-up boxer are tormented by a mysterious figure called [[HumanoidAbomination the Shadow Man]]. He orders the four around promising them [[TheAtoner redemption]], [[spoiler:but naturally this is all a crock of shit and he's really trying to trick them into unleashing his "masters" onto our realm. The protagonists eventually realise the deception and defeat him and prevent the takeover.]]
* Whether or not [[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger Lavos]] qualifies is up to the player's imagination, but as of ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''...
* In the ''VideoGame/ChzoMythos'', it just so happens that there's another world next door, a world ruled by [[EldritchAbomination the VERY EMBODIMENT of PAIN]], and he can't wait to get his hands on our world. Don't worry that he has an intricate web of followers that are helping him to succeed, but thanks to his non linear view of time, [[spoiler:he already has]]. Though, luckily for humanity, [[spoiler:it's all a KansasCityShuffle on his part.]]
* ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' comes ''very'' close to this trope, with the bleak, gothic visuals, FinalDeath system that can result in the player feeding numerous party members into the dungeon meat grinder and the SanityMeter wherein all the horrors the party encounters can wear away their sanity until they finally break and lose their minds. Ultimately, though, the trope is [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] by the occasional shred of optimism, with near-broken characters occasionally catching their HeroicSecondWind instead and coming back stronger than before, and narrator sometimes reminding the player that, despite how utterly daunting the final goal may seem, victory is still possible.
** [[spoiler:DoubleSubverted. In the end, all you did was delay the inevitable, and the knowledge of the creator of humanity and heart of the world drives you to suicide, leaving you nothing but a ghost trying to delay it even further, fully knowing that in the end, it will always get out, all you can do being delaying it again and again so that humanity can live a short while longer, plunging the game fully into cosmic horror and DownerEnding territory.]]
* ''Franchise/DeadSpace''. All life in the galaxy seems to exist for no other purpose than to be eaten by the [[spoiler:Brethren Moons. Humanity is alone in the stars because every race before it fell into the same rut of expanding beyond their resources and falling prey to the temptation of the Moons' Markers. The Moons can be fought, but only at a [[HeroicSacrifice high cost]]. The image at the top of the page? [[http://images.wikia.com/deadspace/images/0/0a/Dead_space_3_-_moon_boss_concept_art.jpg That's pretty close to what Brethren Moons do to planets during Convergence events.]] The third game also hints that the Moons are waking up, which is exactly what happens in the ''Dead Space 3: Awakened'' DLC pack. Though protagonists Issac Clarke and John Carver survive their HeroicSacrifice moment, they are now faced with the impossible threat of an entire race of hungry [[EldritchAbomination planetoid abominations]] descending upon Earth and the colonies...]]
* Surprisingly, ''Videogame/DeadlyPremonition'' ends up with elements of this genre. [[spoiler:The BigBad is an immortal HumanoidAbomination from another plane of existence that has warped the hero's life since childhood and thrives on torturing humans ForTheEvulz. The story is [[UnreliableNarrator just vague enough]] to make every detail questionable, making for a PsychologicalHorror experience.]]
* ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls''. The Old One is an unstoppable, unspeakably ancient demon. Whenever it awakens, a colorless fog begins to swallow the world, and anyone (even ancient spirits) caught in that fog will eventually become a demon themselves. The only hope for the world is to assist the Maiden in Black in lulling the Old One asleep by defeating the most powerful demons and offering their souls as bait. [[spoiler:The player can choose to prove what a magnificent demon they are by instead slaying the Maiden and becoming the Old One's new Archdemon, thereby dooming the world to being devoured]] Don't count on the setting's God to save anyone either [[spoiler:since "God" ''is'' the Old One.]]
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'':
** The presence of the Dark makes the setting into this. In humans, it manifests as the Dark Sign, a curse which leaves the victim in a state of undeath, slowly losing their memories and becoming Hollows. For gods or those without the Dark Sign, they become monstrous entities. Anyone who could have done anything to stop the tide is either dead, mad, or both.
** In the Artorius of the Abyss DLC, the Chosen Undead is thrown back in time to Oolacile, a citystate of magic users which DugTooDeep, pouring out a plague of dark from the primeval man that the magister excavated.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'': The city of Yharnam and its environs are one big Great One playground, where most humans go insane with horror or bloodlust and the few that remain sane are picked off one-by-one. There's also other eldritch factions that nobody has ANY intel on. That's not even getting into the fact that [[spoiler:the entire game is a mass hallucination brought on by the dreams of the Great Ones.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' sets humanity in a ConstructedWorld that is entirely hostile to its existence. The seas are filled with all manner of terrifying monstrosities, packs of rats from a nearby continent regularly kill men and eat them alive, the state religion has DevilButNoGod, an immortal EldritchAbomination fights off boredom by granting people incredible power for the sake of seeing what they choose to do with it, and the only thing holding off the end of the world is implied to be the whales -- whales whose oil fuels an industrial revolution, and who are being harvested to the point of extinction.
* In ''{{Drakengard}}'', TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed because the gods are [[GodIsEvil not just evil]], but also composed entirely of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. They are not slithering masses of tentacles that cause insanity by their very sight, but [[HumanoidAbomination something very morbid]].
* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' morphs into one of these for the final boss fight.
* The SurvivalHorror game ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness: Sanity's Requiem'' is often seen as this, but strictly speaking, while the tone is unmistakably Cosmic Horror, the plot itself is not, and all three of the standard endings involve [[spoiler:the PlayerCharacters triumphing over the Ancients and saving humanity]], which lands this one squarely in LovecraftLite territory. The bonus ending reveals that there's a bit more to it than that, and that [[spoiler:Mantorok, the most powerful and sole surviving Ancient, engineered the deaths of the other Ancients as part of a larger plot]]. But while on paper that probably sounds like a BolivianArmyEnding, it's not made clear in-story what, if anything, that means for humanity.
* ''VideoGame/{{Eversion}}'' gradually reveals itself to be a game of this kind. It starts out as a cute SugarBowl of a world, but as you progress further and use your RealityWarper powers in order to get the gems you need, the game gradually gets darker and darker. The LetsPlay by LetsPlay/DeceasedCrab in particular reads like a Lovecraft story towards the end of it, right down to the rejection of the SugarBowl world's "cheery lies."
* ''VideoGame/{{Freespace}}'' is basically what happens when ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' meets this trope. [[StarfishAliens The Shivans]] aren't really massive unfathomable monsters (well, they ''are'' massive, at least, next to humans and [[HumanoidAliens vasudans]]) but they [[OutsideContextVillain come right out of nowhere to utterly decimate both sides of an interplanetary war]] until [[EnemyMine they're forced to team up just to survive]], next to nothing is known about their ultimate goal in killing everything in sight, and any major victories against them come at a great cost (the destruction of the Lucifer in the first game resulted in [[spoiler: Earth getting completely cut off from the rest of the Alliance]]) and are short-lived regardless, because whatever superweapon gets taken down, they have about a thousand more anyway, and many more that are even stronger.
* Frictional Games specializes in this, with their games ''VideoGame/{{Penumbra}}'', and the more popular ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent''.
* The ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' franchise displays many hallmarks of a cosmic horror story, coupled with orwellian scifi elements. Ironically enough the player is working for the unexplainable eldritch abomination in this case (the G-Man), while the main antagonists (the Combine) can be explained more or less rationally as an invase extraterrestrial space-faring species which has a nasty habit of conquering/assimilating one dimension after another into their empire, complete with all the inhabited (and uninhabited) worlds and civilizations they contain - Though the sheer speculated size of the combine's empire compared against the player could itself be defined as a cosmic eldritch abomination in this case.
* ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'', of all things, became this with revelations gleaned from ''Literature/TheForerunnerSaga''. [[spoiler:All life was created, or at least had their creation influenced by, a race of incomprehensibly [[TimeAbyss old]], [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien powerful]], [[BlueAndOrangeMorality alien]] and [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm incomprehensible]] superbeings known as the Precursors]]. The only thing known for certain is that, thanks to [[spoiler:[[NiceJobBreakingItHero their near genocide by one of their creations scorned in favor of humanity]]]], their only desire is to see all their creations suffer horrible pain and death at the hands of their newest, most recognizable form: [[spoiler:the HiveMind [[TheVirus Virus]] known as the Flood.]]
* In 1987, {{Infocom}} made an InteractiveFiction text adventure called ''TheLurkingHorror'' loosely drawing on the themes of the Franchise/CthulhuMythos.
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfShredsAndPatches'' is another [[InteractiveFiction IF]] example, originating as a ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' campaign set in Elizabethan England concerned with a reconstructed manuscript of ''Literature/TheKingInYellow''.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' has been rapidly heading in this direction, especially with the recent reveals about what Xehanort has been planning to do his entire life. Let's just say that the first two games - which involve beings of pure darkness kidnapping specific people to unlock power and your character entirely losing his memory so it can be manipulated by an outside force respectively- are some of the most cheerful in the series.
* The [[MultiUserDungeon MUD]] ''{{VideoGame/Lusternia}}'' features a [[GenreBusting lot of different genres]], but this is one of the most prevalent. There was even a [[HopelessWar war]] between the {{Precursors}} of mortalkind, the Elder Gods, and the resident {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, the Soulless Ones. (Also known as the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Heralds of Magnora]], Magnora being the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification personification of destruction]].) Nowadays they're ''largely'' [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away]], but there's a world-spanning event every real life year or so where one breaks free...
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Marathon}} Marathon Infinity]]'' features the Security Officer thrown through time and space when the battle between Durandal and the Pfhor is interrupted by a monstrous, alien creature known as W'rkncacnter being freed from a black hole by their skirmish, and proceeds to devour reality. The Security Officer must find a timeline where W'rkncacnter never was released, existed, [[MindScrew or something]].
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' is initially presented as a Cosmic Horror SpaceOpera, where galactic civilisations are carefully cultivated and then ruthlessly culled by [[SapientShip the Reapers]] in an [[ViciousCycle endless cycle]], as they have done for [[TimeAbyss tens of millions of years]]. The franchise ultimately proved [[spoiler:to be LovecraftLite, however; with enough War Assets, you can kill the Reapers, control them, or turn them into willing allies]]. On a smaller scale, the ''Leviathan'' DLC of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' revolves around Shepard tracking down a mysterious, incomprehensible EldritchAbomination (the titular Leviathan), which was powerful enough to ''single-handedly'' take down a Reaper. It has [[MindRape mind control abilities]], which it uses to sway countless lifeforms throughout time in order to keep [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow its existence a secret]]. Fittingly, the climax of the DLC takes place [[spoiler:deep beneath the waters of an oceanic planet, where its revealed that the Leviathan are a race of ancient StarfishAliens that indirectly created the Reapers]]. In the end the Leviathan [[spoiler:help Shepard out, swinging the DLC back towards LovecraftLite.]] At least until the Leviathans [[SequelHook come back again]].
* The indie SurvivalHorror[=/=]AdventureGame ''VideoGame/{{Pathologic}}'' achieves this in a very minimalistic, PsychologicalHorror fashion (no darkness or monsters, just a [[SurrealHorror surreal tale]] set in a town hit by a mysterious [[ThePlague plague]]).
* ''VideoGame/PathwaysIntoDarkness'', an early Creator/{{Bungie}} game, features aliens warning the US government that a slumbering EldritchAbomination is due to wake up in a week in the Yutacan. A team of US Special Forces are dropped in to bury the creature with a nuke. Naturally, all but one dies, and now the soul survivor must reach the bottom of the Pyramid alone, all the while being beset by creatures from the Dreaming God's nightmares and investigating the remnants of previous teams. It's implied, by way of shared continuity, that the creature is W'rkncacnter from Marathon (see above)
* In ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:the planets of Algo are the seal on the SealedEvilInACan, [[GreaterScopeVillain the Profound Darkness]], and that the sentient races of Algo exist for no other reason than to produce heroes who can defeat Dark Force and prevent it from destroying the seal and releasing the Profound Darkness back into the universe]]. Chaz [[RefusalOfTheCall doesn't take well to this news.]]
* In ''VideoGame/RadiantSilvergun'', possibly inspired by the aforementioned ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', an octahedral ArtifactOfDoom known as the Stone-Like is excavated and wipes out life on Earth in a flash, the only survivors being those who escaped into satellite orbit. The Silverguns attempt to stop the artifact and for a moment [[HopeSpot appear to succeed at the end]], but then it transports them back in time and vaporizes them as well. The sole survivor is the Creator robot, who has cloned the protagonists, but unfortunately he breaks down before he can warn them of the Stone-Like's purpose, which is that it will keep wiping out humans unless they can learn the error of their ways.
* ''Shadow of the Comet'', ''Prisoner of Ice'' and the better-known ''Franchise/AloneInTheDark'', by Infogrames, are all in the same Cthulhu Mythos-haunted world, with several direct Lovecraftian references, including [[TomeOfEldritchLore the Necronomicon and De Vermis Mysteriis]]. ''AITD 1992'' and ''The New Nightmare'' veer towards LovecraftLite, since Carnby is ultimately able to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu punch out Cthulhu]] at the end of both. ''AITD 2008'' plays this trope straight, with Carnby and Sarah fighting a desperate battle against the forces of Lucifer, and a SadisticChoice ending where TheBadGuyWins in both options.
* The ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' franchise, with the added horror that human passions are to blame [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve for the strength, if not outright creation, of the evil forces that constantly plague the various realities]].
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' destroys the world in the first ten minutes. The only survivors of the Conception are a handful of high school students and doomsday cultists who are inside a hospital at the center of the phenomenon. And in typical Shin Megami Tensei fashion, the remaining humans turn on each other as they fight to create the Reason of Existence of the new world that is being born, transforming themselves into demonoids in the process.
** ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'' follows a crew of UN investigators traveling to a expanding hole in reality in Antarctica. Things go south quickly.
** The ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' duology features good ol' [[CthulhuMythos Nyarlathotep]] himself as the BigBad, and ''Innocent Sin'' ends with [[spoiler:[[TheBadGuyWins the bad guy winning]] and the party having to push the ResetButton to get another shot at saving the world.]]
** The events of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' ultimately leads to the TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, complete with a doomsday cult and brain-dead people uttering prophetic warnings. This is all due to the subtle influence of the reawakened Nyx, a vast and ancient being being called down to the earth. Her presence causes people to explode into puddles of black ooze and random organs. In all likelihood, she doesn't care in the slightest. Oh and she's mainly summoned by the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the malice and despair in the hearts of humanity. Despite your best efforts, [[spoiler:the best action taken was a reverse seal; the protagonist makes a HeroicSacrifice to keep said personification of malice and despair away from Nyx.]]
* Many ShootEmUp series, such as ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}}'' and ''VideoGame/RType'', involve fighting a [[NighInvulnerability seemingly invincible]] [[EldritchAbomination cosmic menace]] (notably the Bacterians in the former, and the Bydo in the latter) that keeps regenerating, or worse, multiplying into more copies of itself.
* The entire ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}}'' series. The Zone is an unfathomable and horrific EldritchLocation worshiped by a crazed brainwashed cult (the Monolith), and it has the power to manipulate time and space in [[RealityIsOutToLunch very weird ways]]. In the ending of ''Shadow of Chernobyl'', [[spoiler:you end up [[NiceJobBreakingItHero destroying the last thing holding the Zone's power in check]]]]; the Zone is rapidly expanding and there's no way to stop it.
* ''VideoGame/TheStanleyParable''. Ultimately, your choice is all an illusion, as every potential path Stanley can take has been predetermined for him. Even the Narrator, for all his semblance of control, is just as doomed to this meaningless existence.
* ''VideoGame/StarControl 3''. True to the genre, you are told outright near the very beginning that you ''cannot'' defeat the main antagonists of the game, the Eternal Ones, and instead must find a way to appease them. Even Star Control 2 was no slouch in the matter; your beef was with the [[EvilOverlord Ur-Quans]], but as you follow the story, there's something ''much'' more sinister than the Ur-Quans themselves.
-->'''Arilou:''' No. In a way, ignorance is your armor, your best protection. If I tell you more, you will look where you could never look before and while you are looking you can and will be seen. You do '''not''' want to be seen.\\
'''Orz:''' Orz is not *many bubbles*, Orz is one with many *fingers*. I push my *fingers* through into *heavy space* and you *see* *Orz bubbles* but it is really *fingers*."\\
'''Ur-Quan:''' We will protect you from the hazards of this hostile universe, from dangers so hideous your simple minds cannot imagine their dark scope.
* ''VideoGame/{{Transistor}}'' involves a group of {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s who DugTooDeep and unleashed the mysterious creatures that run their world, losing control of them, and everyone and everything is consumed in their path. In the end [[spoiler:they are technically beaten, but too late to save anyone. The protagonist is DrivenToSuicide rather than be alone in an empty void.]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Turok}}'' series stepped into this genre's waters with the introduction of the Cthulhu-esque EldritchAbomination Oblivion in the second installment, and was fully immersed in it by the third.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' is ultimately a somewhat idealistic Cosmic Horror Story. Azeroth is home to five known [[GreaterScopeVillain Old Gods]] (though more have been implied), [[EldritchAbomination ancient, evil and extremely powerful beings]] that ruled Azeroth until they were imprisoned by the Titans. Of the four known so far, only one, Y'shaarj, has been confirmed to be destroyed, though its influence can still be seen on the continent of Pandaria, where it was imprisoned. Prophecies foretell an Hour of Twilight, a day when the Old Gods will escape their bonds and be unleashed upon the world once more (Deathwing tried this).

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/MuvLuvUnlimited'' (though that's really more of a harem story in a warfare setting) and ''VisualNovel/MuvLuvAlternative'', where we actually seethe alien invaders who are mindlessly destroying humanity, which turns out to be completely incidental to their goal of [[spoiler: mining resources]], and at the end of the game it's revealed that [[spoiler:[[AwfulTruth there are 10^37 BETA in the universe who regard humanity as completely insignificant.]]]]
* ''VisualNovel/SayaNoUta''. The main heroine is a clearly lovecraftian entity that drives people (bar the protagonist who goes off the deep end himself anyway) to madness, it is never shown to the reader and it's ultimate goal is to [[spoiler: convert all of humanity into lovecraftian entities]]. On the other hand, it's hardly invulnerable.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'' has a HumansAreCthulhu variant, where a major driving force of the plot is a conventional EldritchAbomination (nevertheless hinted to come from our world, not video games) can cause video game characters to start NoticingTheFourthWall, at which point, overcome by the knowledge that reality-warping inscrutable beings created them and everything they know, all of their turmoils and suffering, for the sake of children's entertainment, they invariably go mad and then either homicidal or catatonic.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. Entire universes are created for the sole purpose of recruiting players for a game, one which violently destroys the players' home planets. Victory at the game results in (at best) one's home planet being recolonized, and the creation of a new universe--which will eventually be host to new instances of the game, and that's when things go right. It's stated that the vast majority of sburb sessions are doomed to fail from the start, never producing new universes, but rather bomb-like tumors to destroy those who try and fail. The protagonists have accidentally rendered the game {{Unwinnable}}, by enabling the BigBad to obtain the powers of a PhysicalGod. Now, the only way to defeat him is to reset the universe--which will pave the way for the arrival (albeit, in a different universe) of a time-travelling demon who feeds on dead universes. In any case, given the way that {{Stable Time Loop}}s work in this story, the protagonists may already be doomed to fail. And in case all that's too subtle, the comic takes an acrobatic [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] pirouette off the handle and into the deep end with [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004748 "Jade: Wake up"]], where the Lovecraft-inspired Noble Circle of [[EldritchAbomination Horrorterrors]] make their on-screen debut. And then we find out that the Horrorterrors need the protagonists' help, because ''[[ALwaysABiggerFish something is killing them]]''. Andrew Hussie cites ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'' as an inspiration.
* The premise of ''Webcomic/LovecraftIsMissing'' is that [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraft]] wrote truth disguised as fiction. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin And now he's missing]]...
* ''Webcomic/{{Morphe}}'' is at its core a cosmic horror story. It takes place in the ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' canon so it's not too difficult to see why.
* ''Webcomic/NecessaryMonsters'' could be considered such, since while the comic itself takes a more SpyFiction approach, the fact remains that the world is actually controlled by an AncientConspiracy of every type of monster possible, from SlasherMovie and UrbanLegend-style {{serial killer}}s to outright {{eldritch abomination}}s, with a vested interest in preserving humanity -- because when you've got a self-perpetuating all-you-can-eat buffet with everything you and your pals like to eat in it, you don't want anybody to go around thrashing it.
* ''Webcomic/OwMySanity'' is a Cosmic Horror MagicalGirlfriend[=/=]UnwantedHarem story. WordOfGod is that the comic will have a "Lovecraft ending".
* Thanks in part to RealLifeWritesThePlot, ''Webcomic/{{Thunderstruck}}'' has gained elements of a Cosmic Horror Story world. The city in which most of the action takes place is [[ForegoneConclusion doomed, period]]. The primary action focuses on a race of gods for whom all of human history is a single generation - and the action is centered on the ''scions of the preceding generation's champion''.
* ''Webcomic/TheWatcherOfYaathagggu'' is ''PostApocalyptic'' Cosmic Horror.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebOriginal/TheArknMythos'' has an overarching story that's one of these.
* The "Lord Vyce" and "Entity" story arcs of ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' became this, with a DimensionLord Lord Vyce conquering universes because, as it turns, he is trying to protect the multiverse from something even worse than he is simply refers to as "the entity", an EldritchAbomination that devours worlds and universes, and he is "forcing the issue" because nobody listened to his warnings. [[spoiler:The Entity, revealing itself after Vyce's defeat, shows the intent of absorbing all existence, viewing itself as the pinnacle of all creation. The plot however turns into a Deconstruction of the trope, showing in the end that the existence of an EldritchAbomination is every bit as insignificant as that of PunyHumans.]]
* The ''{{Bionicle}}'' serial, ''Sahmad's Tale'', features a plague that robs its victims [[DreamStealer of their ability to dream]], gradually causing them to go completely insane and eventually die. It is eventually revealed that the plague is caused by [[spoiler: an EldritchAbomination that resembles a miniature sun with tentacles, who feeds on dreams for sustenance]].
* The WebAnimation/CastleSeries, told with [[StickFigureAnimation stickmen]], but not PlayedForLaughs. The cosmic horror in this series comes from the titular Castles that [[GeniusLoci may or may not be sentient]].
* This comes up now and again in various {{creepypasta}}, most notably TheHolders series.
* ''WebAnimation/DimensionalProphecyOfZoharRedux'' is a cosmic horror story about scientists using an algorithm to calculate the behavior of eldritch abominations and trying to protect civilians.
* ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'' went in this direction toward the end. True, the main plot was about mutant dinosaurs rampaging all over the planet, but let's see... humanity's general insignificance in a vastly uncaring cosmos? Check. EldritchAbomination capable of destroying the planet with little effort? The Maelstrom makes that a solid check. EldritchAbomination evil or uncaring on a cosmic scale? Definitely check. The [[WhatIf alternate ending]] ''[[http://peabodysam.deviantart.com/art/Dino-Attack-December-21-2010-388575558 December 21, 2010]]'' would be a full-on example, where the Maelstrom has more or less overrun the entire planet with less than ten people still alive by sheer luck [[spoiler:and destroys everything in a matter of seconds with no survivors, and the bleak implication that it would spread to the rest of the universe.]]
* WebVideo/HitlerRants can sometimes go into this territory. Some of the more extreme Untergangers have written characters as having incomprehensible powers related to time and space. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ztJrZ1thiI this video]] sees Captain Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock (through footage his actor Jürgen Prochnow taken from ''Film/InTheMouthOfMadness''- notice a pattern here?) literally ''tear apart reality'' for no other reason than to piss off Hitler.
* Webvideo/TheKnightShift has traces of this at times.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPQUljVDR1Y&list=PLJab8EQxX-ZL5yL86MNqiSP80eYZMd_xm ''The Last Stage'']], a story-line from ''WebVideo/NatOneProductions'', deals mainly with large-scale paranormal threats, [[spoiler: one of which may actually be the government agency employing the main characters]]. The [[EldritchAbomination supernatural entities]] pulling the strings more or less view Earth as lunch.
* ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'', which is loosely based on the original below-mentioned Slender Man Mythos. A young man looks through some old tapes belonging to an old friend of his who's gone missing in an attempt to learn what happened to him. He learns of his friend being pursued by a certain EldritchAbomination and discovers that [[BrownNote he's beginning to experience strange events due to watching the tapes]]. This one is notable in that [[spoiler: a semi-normal human proves to be more of a direct threat to the protagonists than the Abomination itself, which is more akin to a force of nature that has been awakened]]. Also more unusually, [[spoiler: the series actually has a surprisingly positive ending. It's bittersweet (and two good guys die) but the protagonists do more or less "win", albeit in a rather ambiguous sense.]]
* The famous imageboard-based RPG ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'' is a cosmic horror story about a group of uplifted animals trying to escape an underwater facility plagued by [[EldritchAbomination unnatural abominations and horrors]], while at the same time trying to figure out what the hell is going on. Rather unbelievably, [[spoiler: it actually manages to [[EarnYourHappyEnding have a happy ending]] thanks to the players going OffTheRails.]]
* In the world of the ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', the only thing standing between humanity and a legion of sanity-shattering artifacts or implacably destructive monsters is a shadowy organization of [[TheMenInBlack Men in Black]]... whose ruthlessness makes them only slightly less terrifying than the things they're protecting humanity from.
* H-M Brown's ''{{WebOriginal/Shell}}'' is the prologue to the ''Geolyth Lore'' series.
* ''Literature/TheSickLand'' is a cosmic horror story in the form of an ApocalypticLog set in an EldritchLocation that transmits TheVirus. Humanity can survive on the fringes of the area...for a while.
* ''Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos'' is entirely based around its protagonists trying and invariably failing to understand the titular man, who is completely invincible and has been manipulating and horrifying humanity since presumably the very beginning. It's speculated several times that he runs on belief and the only way to stop him is for everyone who knows about him to die, but he inexplicably causes his victims to want to make records of his existence. And then some series introduce more creatures of great power, including an entire new mythos known as ''Franchise/TheFearMythos''.
* ''Stickman Exodus'' traps hapless stickmen in a Cosmic Horror Notebook (PlayedForLaughs -- BlackComedy laughs). Their goal, the Promised Page, the one place the [[HumansAreCthulhu "Great Doodler"]] can't touch, might not even exist for all they know. We won't either since the series had a NoEnding.
* The ''WhateleyUniverse'' has a Cosmic Horror Story backstory, and the Sara Waite stories are all centered around one or more {{Eldritch Abomination}}s... including Sara Waite herself. Plus, there's an in-universe example, since [[spoiler: Sara Waite's previous form]] Michael Waite wrote a best-seller called "Incongruity" which turns out to be The First Book Of The Kellith, which is now in print all over the world. [[OhCrap Oops]].
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has quite a few elements of cosmic horror, particularly in the Endbringers, horrifically powerful monsters that regularly obliterate major population centers. Despite the efforts of all the heroes and villains working together, the Endbringers are whittling away the human population. The only being able to really stop them is Scion, the first and most powerful parahuman, but he apparently lacks the mental capacity to decisively defeat them. [[spoiler:And then it's revealed that Scion is actually the avatar of a cosmic EldritchAbomination, and it pulls a FaceHeelTurn and [[FromBadToWorse decides to wipe out humanity]].]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The short-lived 80's Cartoon Show ''WesternAnimation/{{Inhumanoids}}'' was heavily influenced by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. It pushed towards this trope as hard as was possible for a MerchandiseDriven cartoon from TheEighties; even the comedy episodes had more than their share of horrors. One can only imagine how they would have upped the ante had it been successful enough to get more than one season (and toy wave)...
* ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax''. Although over the course of the series we find Max beating his fair share of enemies, ultimately the great BigBad is shown to be unstoppably powerful, and our hero's only hope to even ''tie'' with him is to let all his friends die and restart the timeline with his own death in the hopes it goes better the second time. Unfortunately, given the prophecies frequently referenced, [[ViciousCycle this cycle has happened at least several dozen times]].
* The premise of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is that an unstoppable, endlessly malevolent force of literal evil (the StartOfDarkness episodes reveal that Aku is simply a ''tiny fragment'' of a creature that formed in the first moments of the universe) has conquered the world and is spreading its influence throughout the stars, and that a lone warrior wielding the only thing in existence that can even harm it embarks on a hopeless quest to defeat the evil and SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' ends up as one of these, [[spoiler: complete with a KillEmAll ending, though it gets undone.]]
%%* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' becomes this at the climax of Season 2
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' seems to set this up in ''The Beast With a Billion Backs'', in which a horrifying, tentacled, borderline incomprehensible GeniusLoci attacks our universe from ''its own'' after successfully making a way through it, [[spoiler:but then subverts it in a [[MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold sympathetic]], if not [[ExtremeOmnisexual incredibly disgusting]] way.]]
* The premise of ''WesternAnimation/ShadowRaiders'' is that the 4 elemental worlds must band together using ancient technology to fight a great [[PlanetEater giant planet that wants to eat their homes]]. It is [[ImplacableMan unstoppable]], [[{{Determinator}} unrelenting]], and [[NighInvulnerable unbeatable]]. The only hope is to run away, or face certain destruction. And they can't run forever. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids For a child's show this is somewhat jarring]].
* PlayedForLaughs with ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'', to the point Cthulhu himself appears in the theme song.

''They're coming, they're[[KilledMidSentence -]][[ApocalypticLog -]]'' [[spoiler:We're here.]]