So You Want To / Write A Cosmic Horror Story
The Cosmic Horror Story is a treat for speculative fiction fans: Science fiction, fantasy, and horror and blended into one work of literature. The "father" of this genre is generally considered to be H.P Lovecraft, "founder" of the Cthulhu Mythos. A recurring theme in cosmic horror stories is the idea that good and evil are simply human concepts, and humanity inhabits in a bleak and uncaring universe.
- Puny Earthlings: The idea that humanity is completely defenseless in the face of the gibbering horrors from beyond the stars, and that Earth is an insignificant little blue planet or no interest to anybody, except the occasional brain-eating monster from beyond our universe.
- Eldritch Abomination: One of the staples of the cosmic horror story genre. Cosmic horror stories very rarely feature rubber forehead aliens. Expect to see starfish aliens, starfish languages, and a whole lot of tentacles. Humanoid Abominations can also occasionally work, ala' the Slender Man. They can be whatever embodiment or presence you want, as long as they are incomprehensible greater beings. Another option is to invert it and make the humans incomprehensible, to a degree they are the true horror compared to the genuinely innocent and neutral cosmic entities, even within the inversion, the pessimistic and powerless nature of men never change.
- Eldritch Location: Usually where the monsters originate from. It can be an underwater city housing an alien monster, another planet, or another dimension.
- Downer Ending: Cosmic Horror Stories rarely ever end happily. If it does, it's usually an ending that can only be considered happy in the broadest sense of the term. If it has an obviously happy ending, or a Bittersweet Ending, it's probably Lovecraft Lite.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: The eldritch knowledge are not meant to be known, this is the result of one attempting to understand and correlate the contents.
How you intergrate your Cosmic Entity
into your story is important, one should avoid shoving your cosmic horror elements into the world without planning
. If an Eldritch Location
can be accessed by everyone effortlessly, it would render the horror element redundant.
There are many ways to begin your story. Do you prefer an Urban Fantasy
escue opening? Disguising your cosmic horror story into other genres
(Such as a heartwarming Slice of Life
, an overly generic Slasher Movie
, or a seemly-logical Dystopia
) and then bombard the insanity later on
? Anyway, one must leave enough clues to foreshadow
Assembing your Eldritch Abomination
How would you assemble your Eldritch Abomination? Do you prefer a Humanoid Abomination
or a Starfish Alien
? Just use your creativity and assemble your creature as you desire.
Examples of Cosmic Horror Stories