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What Is H. P. Lovecraft's Horror?

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H.P. Lovecraft is a famous writer who is known for bringing a new type of fear uncommon in horror to reader's hearts. He created the philosophy called “Cosmicism”, which creates fear as it stems from the fact or belief that our existence is insignificant in the grand scheme of the universe. In stories such as “The Colour Out of Space” or “The Mountains of Madness”, bad things happen to the characters simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. The “gods” in the stories are often rather indifferent to humanity, potentially causing our destruction accidentally, like a child stepping on an anthill. He creates a paranoia and unease that permeates weeks after reading one of his stories. H.P. Lovecraft's horror stems from the fear that our lives are meaningless, and most of what happens to us is out of our control.…show more content…
Lovecraft was a fan of astronomy as a child, the vastness of the universe, combined with a creative mind, allowed Lovecraft to craft a unique form of horror. The universe is big, possibly infinite; but because it's so hard to comprehend, most people go their entire lives without examining the concept. Because of it's complexity H.P. Had to find a way to bring that sense of unease through creatures and events that exude this concept. A personal favorite example of mine is “The Colour Out of Space”. In the story “The Colour Out of Space” a man discovers the horrific story of a meteorite impact at a local farm. A meteorite came from the sky and landed in the farm, and soon after the scientific community was fascinated by the object. The object was utterly unique; it was luminescent, seemed to disappear and eat through objects, and never cooled down. However it proved disaster for the family as it poisoned the livestock and animals of the farm, making them inedible. It was not long until family members started to either die or go insane, climaxing at the most horrifying part of the story, at page
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