Ire: A Definition, by P.L. Cobb

Ire: A Definition

Noun |ˈī(ə)r|

  1. an intense display of anger, openly displayed.

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Don’t shy away,
step into the smouldering light,
feel the torrid heat from eyes all ablaze.
One million eyes fixing you with an ireful gaze …

You’re naught but a dream,
a cruel nightmare, a colourless haze,
of Azathoth’s imagination, or so it would seem.
Daemon pipers play a hideous tune, the type which stays
embedded within fragile mortal memory, like an echoing scream.

Like seething fools they dance
around their atrocious lord and master
to stay his wrath, prolong their lives, and to entrance
Azathoth, the daemon sultan, recalcitrant and wrathful, an imminent disaster.

Dead and Dreaming

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Dead and Dreaming

Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.

In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.
― H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu

I hope I’m not the only one who’s asked this question: how does one go about being dead and dreaming at the same time? Every time I’ve read this quote, or have read of Cthulhu being referred to as dead, I’ve questioned this. Every time.

And in all seriousness: how does one go about being dead and dreaming at the same time?

It must be a trick question.

P.S: I just thought of something hilarious: the equivalent of me trying to read that Old One gobbledegook would be someone farting. Oh, my poor sanity . . .

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The Horrors of Life

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The Horrors of Life

There are horrors beyond life’s edge that we do not suspect, and once in a while man’s evil prying calls them just within our range.
― H.P. Lovecraft, The Thing on the Doorstep

The quote of the week is back for the new year! Enjoy the horror!

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Nemesis

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Nemesis

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.
― H.P. Lovecraft, Nemesis

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The Anatomy of the Absence of Light

The Anatomy of the Absence of Light

Episode 3 of The Voice.

(In which things continue to make sense.)

Background noise, and the sound of the Voice (me, myself, and the silence) here to tell you about the anatomy of the absence of light (also known as darkness, evening, midnight, etcetera–take your pick).

Make no mistake, this is not what you would like to think.

Of course, we could be wrong, right?

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That at Which

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We shall see that at which dogs howl in the dark, and that at which cats prick up their ears after midnight.
― H.P Lovecraft

That At Which

Often, you find yourself wondering. Don’t deny it. Everybody’s doing it, some more rationally than others, if rationality exist. If anything really exists. Maybe we are just a dream waiting to end? Do the people in our dreams have their own lives, independent from our own subconscious? If that is the case, then I suppose we could too, if we were all a dream.

Let’s not wait till midnight to find out.

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All True Cosmic Horror

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All True Cosmic Horror

The basis of all true cosmic horror is violation of the order of nature, and the profoundest violations are always the least concrete and describable.
― H.P. Lovecraft, Selected Letters III: 1929-1931

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Friday Fright Night

Friday Fright Night

We found this little gem in our reader this week, courtesy of the Lovecraft eZine. You can find their original post here (if you don’t already follow them, we recommend that you do, especially if you’re into the bizarre).

. . . And the Strongest Kind of Fear

 . . . And the Strongest Kind of Fear

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The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.

–HP Lovecraft

Irony is Seldom Absent . . .

Irony is Seldom Absent . . .

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From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent.

–H.P. Lovecraft

And the horror quote of this week is brought to us by the purveyor of eldritch abominations.

Cheers!

Existence Without Consent . . .

Existence Without Consent . . .

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Whatever in creation exists without my knowledge exists without my consent.

–Cormac McCarthy

We tend to say that a lot, but we’re only human. I wonder how many species have gone extinct because of that train of thought?

On the other hand, Cthulu! 

And that’s about all there is to say on the matter.

Searchers After Horror . . .

Searchers After Horror . . .

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Searchers after horror haunt strange, far places.

–H. P. Lovecraft

Here’s to the quote of the week! Who wants to go on a vacation?

Free Monster Hugs!

Free Monster Hugs!

Yes, that’s right! Everyday we’ve been adding new stories to read to our site, all from the recently released second issue of EMP!

So, do you want some free monster hugs? Click here for more!

Feel free to peruse some of our WIP screen shots as well!

This Book Will Give You Insomnia, Wanna Know How?

This Book Will Give You Insomnia, Wanna Know How?

EMP Issue 2

Click to download Issue 2!

Because Theo Monster watches you in your sleep. And then he bakes evil cookies when no one is watching. And when he’s done baking those vile cookies, he gives away free hugs, which is neither good nor bad  . . .

. . . And because we all downed a bottle or two of paranoia while we were putting the second issue together. Seriously, I’m not kidding you; there are more character deaths in this issue than there are in the first! And I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the horrible winter talking either . . .

So, you should obviously click the image to download our free .PDF of EMP: Issue 2!

P.S: The online versions will be following soon!

 

 

At the Mountains of Madness

At the Mountains of Madness

mountainsmadnessEnough said.

Cool Air

Cool Air

Death is a breath of cool air. In Cool Air, you’ll find it to be quite refreshing.

One man seeks to defeat death. Science meets the arcane magic of the past . . . Enter the pseudo-science which seems to plague this world . . .

Enter the deep mysteries.

Here enters the catch.

Now find it for yourself.

The story is a fine, short tale. It is (unfortunately) plagued by racism, something that HP Lovecraft was known for. So far I’ve read a small number of his works, and this is one where it is more blatant. Once you get past that, the premise is interesting. But aren’t they all? (His premises, I mean.)

Are you desirous of a short read? Give Cool Air a go, and see where it takes you.

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12 Things We Discovered in 2013

1212 Things we discovered in 2013

Another year has come and gone, and the new year is on our door step. Team Monster decided to give everybody a special treat to celebrate!

We’re suckers for great content, and so without further ado we bring to you the 12 things we discovered in 2013:

[Warning: Content may amaze you . . .]

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Podcast #5: iMovie Tried to Ruin Christmas . . .

(And it almost did!)

This video was engineered by Jake and Jon, the dastardly duo of Team Monster.
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Spread us like a disease. <3

1 Horrible Fact

earwig1 Horrible Fact

Once, I came upon a horrible fact. It was disgusting, nerve-wracking, nightmare-inducing . . . And it was just a part of nature.

Oh nature . . . Some say that to be kind you must be cruel. Well, nature has done it again!

She’s gone and upstaged Lovecraft, King, and all the other poser-wannabes out there. She’s even outdone us: the down-to-earth folk, the new age, out-of-the-box-thinkers.

I found out her secret at the high school library, 2009, in an encyclopedia of entomology.

Earwigs can fly.

No escape.

Not now.

Not ever.

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Coming Soon . . .

Cover of first issue!Coming soon to The Enigmatic Monster Project will be the very first free issue of The Enigmatic Monster. There will be several versions available come Thursday (October 31): a PDF file (with working links), and an online version (at the Read page, which will be put back up tomorrow)!

Due to technicial difficulties we were unable to create an EPUB document at this time. However, the PDF document should work fine on your tablet, by itself or with the aid of a helpful app (Penny uses iBooks).

On Thursday there will be a new post with the download, and we’ll update a few of our pages (and link to those for your convenience). The first issue will remain online until a possible next issue .

Team Monster would like to take the time to thank all of our visitors, viewers, and valued supporters! Thank you for all the love you have shown us! If you have any ideas, comments, or suggestions, feel free to drop us a line! Help us make this project AWESOME!

On a further note there will be no updates on the project by Penny this week, for those of you who follow her on Tumblr. There will be a rather unusual wrap up to The King in Yellow blog series for this Friday, and another podcast with Jake and Jon is underway. On another note, we will try to upload some more creative process work for everyone to enjoy!

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Creature Feature

Book Cover.

Book Cover.

This Tuseday, one of my friends had a surprise for me: Barlowe’s Guide to Fantasy. I’d never even heard of this man before then, but I have to say: boy can this guy paint!

So far I’ve flipped through this book at least once everyday. Essentially he’s taken select characters/creatures from different fantasy books, and has painted his own version of them, taking great pains to stay true to the author’s description. Now I’ve added a few new books to my reading list. That’s a good thing, seeing as the Enigmatic Monster Project may turn into a quarterly issue.

For now, you’ll have to stay tuned for more interesting things Team Monster has to offer! One thing to look forward to is our next podcast, and the grand unveiling of our brand identity.

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Who

That a monster can be anything and everything has been previously established. Before we plunge down the clandestine rabbit hole, I would like to pause for a mere second, and dig a little deeper.

What am I digging up?

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