Reading Lovecraft for Halloween: 4 Short Stories and Other Fiction

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” – H.P. Lovecraft

I love this quote. Fear is what drives us. It lies at the core of our being in the cells of our ancient brain and arises when triggered. We cannot help but respond. We fight, we fly, we freak.

I recently attended a workshop with thriller writer, Michael Slade, on writing dark fiction. Slade recounted some of our deepest fears:

death

dismemberment, disfigurement & deformity

the dark

closed in spaces

crafted people, dummies & dolls

creatures & monsters

the Other

and most frightening, I think,

fear from within

Am I going insane? Sci-fi horror writer, HP Lovecraft delves into several of these fears in his stories, often combining them to create the ultimate fright.

In this post, Kristen Twardowski, provides insight into Lovecraft and his work.

Though Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s …

Source: Reading Lovecraft for Halloween: 4 Short Stories and Other Fiction

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