Quotes: Cosmic Horror Story
"You humans build little worlds, little stories, little shells around your minds and that keeps infinity at bay and allows you to wake up in the morning without screaming!"
"Just when Mankind begins to think the galaxy is his to explore and exploit, we find a system like Seneschal and realize we are defenseless babes crawling too far from our cribs."
"Wisdom is but beginning of fear."
"Cthulhu makes Gozer look like Little Mary Sunshine."
"It came from beyond the extreme reaches of our reality,
It came to laugh at our naive existences.
I am puzzled by the truth that slips through my hands even as I cover my ears.
Where in this thin body do I find the strength to stand?"
— Partial translation of "Uninstall"
, opening theme for Bokurano
"My kind transcends your very understanding. We are each a nation; independent. Free of all weakness. You cannot even
grasp the nature of our existence."
"Evil never dies. Darkness never retreats. In the cracks and the crevices of our society there are monsters undreamed of by the rank and file of humanity. I've been there. I've seen them. They exist in the spaces between things, in the folds of existence where we can't find them. Sometimes they cross over, sometimes they manifest, and all hell breaks loose. Only this is not Hell, nor Heaven. This is like nothing anyone has ever understood. This is pure evil, pure destruction. This is the Apocalypse."
— Maj. Gen. Reginald Fairfield, U.S. Army (Ret.)
, 25 FEB 1994 (Delta Green
core book opening fiction piece)
I have seen the dark universe yawning,
Where the black planets roll without aim;
Where they roll in their horror unheeded
Without knowledge or lustre or name.
See, Lovecraft's stories haven't remained popular so long just because his monsters are scary. They endure because his monsters are metaphors for existential alienation. It's not the appearance
of the monsters in his stories, it's the reality
of them, the fact that they exist. Their existence alone proves that humanity is doomed and that all our hopes and dreams are stupid. Running into one of Lovecraft's Elder Gods is like finding a strange pair of underwear in your bed and realizing that your spouse is cheating on you. It's not the underwear itself that's stabbing you in the heart; it's the betrayal it represents. Lovecraft's monsters are proof to the protagonist that the universe is not benevolent. Finding strange underwear might mean that your spouse never loved you; stumbling upon a Lovecraft creature means that God
never loved you.