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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Which One Is It?

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Which One Is It?

Which is the true nightmare, the horrific dream that you have in your sleep or the dissatisfied reality that awaits you when you awake?
― Justin Alcala

Take your pick, fortunately there are only two options.

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At Long Last is My Darkness

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At Long Last is My Darkness

Here then at long last is my darkness. No cry of light, no glimmer, not even the faintest shard of hope to break free across the hold.
― Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves

(What next?)

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The Removal of Masks

The Removal of Masks

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Horror is the removal of masks.

–Robert Bloch

What will you find beneath the mask?

(We’ll leave that one to you. For now.)

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I Love What Devours Them

I Love What Devours Them

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I do not love men: I love what devours them.
― André Gide

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Love and Rage

Love and Rage

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I do know that for the sympathy of one living being, I would make peace with all. I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.

― Mary Shelley

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Real Vampires Don’t Sparkle

Real Vampires Don’t Sparkle

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Vampires, real vampires, didn’t nibble on the necks of nubile young virgins. They tore people to pieces and sucked the blood out of the chunks.

― David Wellington

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But Ideal Mankind . . .

But Ideal Mankind . . .

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Creation destroys as it goes, throws down one tree for the rise of another. But ideal mankind would abolish death, multiply itself million upon million, rear up city upon city, save every parasite alive, until the accumulation of mere existence is swollen to a horror.
–D. H. Lawrence

Hidden Away Like Guilty Secrets

 

Hidden Away Like Guilty Secrets

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Horror is like a serpent; always shedding its skin, always changing. And it will always come back. It can’t be hidden away like the guilty secrets we try to keep in our subconscious.

–Dario Argento

The Most Awful Word

The Most Awful Word

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Alone. Yes, that’s the key word, the most awful word in the English tongue. Murder doesn’t hold a candle to it and hell is only a poor synonym.

–Stephen King

Matters at Hand . . .

Matters at Hand . . .

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Even with the utterly lost, to whom life and death are equally jests, there are matters of which no jest can be made.

–Edgar Allan Poe

Only Then Do We Forgive . . .

Only Then Do We Forgive . . .

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When we forgive evil we do not excuse it, we do not tolerate it, we do not smother it. We look the evil full in the face, call it what it is, let its horror shock and stun and enrage us, and only then do we forgive it.

–Lewis B. Smedes

. . . 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

Evil Among Us . . .

Evil Among Us . . .

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Evil hiding among us is an ancient theme . . .

–John Carpenter

 . . . They’re here! 

(And we’re not enjoying it at all!)

Words Have No Power . . .

Words Have No Power . . .

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Half of What You See . . .

Half of What You See . . .

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Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear

–Edgar Allan Poe

Here, here! What say you?

To the Sober Eye of Reason . . .

To the Sober Eye of Reason . . .

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There are moments when even to the sober eye of reason, the world of our sad humanity may assume the semblance of Hell.

–Edgar Allan Poe

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

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