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Lovecraftian horror is a sub-genre of horror fiction which emphasizes the cosmic horror of the unknown (in some cases, unknowable). It is named after American author H. P. Lovecraft (1890–1937). Lovecraft refined this style of storytelling into his own mythos that involved a set of supernatural, pre-human, and extraterrestrial elements. His work was inspired by and similar to previous authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Algernon Blackwood and Lord Dunsany. The hallmark of Lovecraft's work is cosmicism: the sense that ordinary life is a thin shell over a reality that is so alien and abstract in co ...more
“ Come, then, City That Never Sleeps. Let me show you what lurks in the empty spaces where nightmares dare not tread. ”
“ Far, far below the deepest delvings of the Dwarves, the world is gnawed by nameless things. Even Sauron knows them not. They are older than he. Now I have walked there, but I will bring no report to darken the light of day ”
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The rarest of rare, a book that makes you aware that reality is gossamer. A story that bears dow…more
[close] The rarest of rare, a book that makes you aware that reality is gossamer. A story that bears down on your moorings like an existential 18-wheeler with a thick-gauge bullbar. One that degloves your sense of security like that semi degloves a deer. Most often found in the horror genre. I like to call it a 'sense of cosmic dread'. It can be found in any genre, but it almost certainly invites a perception within the reader of the supernatural or the inexplicable. Fears about social games are scary indeed but not the object of this group's search. This group is searching for those rarest types of stories. It is typically only a few moments within a novel or short that offers this unsettling, eerie, spooky experience. For me: Stephen King The Shining - topiary scene IT - several moments; best I've found so far The Mist The short story about the oil patch on the lake (I think?) Crichton - Sphere House of Leaves VanderMeer's Area X trilogy Most of Lovecraft's stories Algernon Blackwood's Willows and Wendigo William Sloane's The Rim of Morning etc. What is perhaps more helpful is what *doesn't* unsettle. Let's not waste time with that--it's quite fine to be blunt and highly-selective in here. King wrote many good books that never rose to the level of 'Actually Unsettled Me'.
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A book club for people who enjoy reading Lovecraft, Ligotti, and other weird or misanthropic lit…more
[close] A book club for people who enjoy reading Lovecraft, Ligotti, and other weird or misanthropic literature.
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We are Vermont-dwelling fans of Horror fiction in particular, and horror as a cultural genre in …more
[close] We are Vermont-dwelling fans of Horror fiction in particular, and horror as a cultural genre in general. Let's talk books we're reading, shows / movies we're watching, games we're playing, and whatever else might come to mind. This is a continuation of the Meetup.com group in a more laid-back format.
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