The DNA:// I’ve always gravitated toward Cosmic Horror—even before I knew what it was (The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, i.e.); but I don’t think it truly clicked until I read Stephen King’s IT. There was something about the otherworldly vision in the smoke hole that stood out to me in a creative way; Pennywise was no longer a supernatural entity—It was something else. Something so old that It was the true native to Earth and we were the aliens. I think why I love that scene is partially because Stephen King knew how to pull his punches—the boys couldn’t quite comprehend what they were seeing. King made it obscure, ambiguous, unnerving. “Lovecraftian” is commonly used—but shouldn’t be—synonymously with CH. One genre trope doesn’t classify something as CH, such as cults or aliens or pagan deities. It’s more about atmosphere and the ideas (“Alien” isn’t CH; but “Prometheus” is). If you question your existence by the end of the film (especially in correlation with your sanity); and if you don’t know if you’re actually who you think you are, it might be CH. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be “you,” but rather the character(s). True Detective is a prime example.
Inspired by Ambrose Bierce’s character, the King in Yellow, and his fictional city, Carcosa (which was later used—and expanded upon—by Robert W. Chambers and Lovecraft), True Detective did something interesting with CH: it didn’t flaunt it.
It could be in Rust Cohle’s head…or not.
The killer could be sacrificing to a pagan god…or a real one.
That’s why TD is, perhaps, the best written CH story of any medium—because, like King, it pulls its punches.
If Cosmic Horror was small enough for our minds, well…it wouldn’t be CH would it? It would be a different horror subgenre. (Ligotti’s “Songs of a Dead Dreamer” is top-notch Cosmicism.) #CosmicHorror #HPLovecraft #ThomasLigotti #Bookstagram #Horror #TrueDetective #StephenKing #WritersofInstagram #Instahorror #CosmicHorrorReview #MajorasMask #ConstantReader #TheLegendofZelda #HBO #Carcosa #TheKingInYellow #AmbroseBierce #RobertWChambers #Bookworm #bibliophile #writer