The Terror of Nightfall According to Isaac Asimov (and John W. Campbell)

Once again…sharp, insightful blogging from Miss Romney. Sigh…

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Halloween always puts me in mind of H.P. Lovecraft, my favorite writer of horror. But as I was thinking of writing a “festive” post, I realized I didn’t want to pigeonhole Lovecraft as an author one only reads when in the mood for horror. It’s too easy, and he’s too brilliant to doom to such a restriction. So I decided to sidestep, using the inevitable Lovecraft as my starting point. And I began mulling over his idea of Cosmic Horror.


Now all my tales are based on the fundamental premise that common human laws and interests and emotions have no validity or significance in the vast cosmos-at-large.



One of Lovecraft’s greatest triumphs was the expression of a sort of hysterical wail, based in the recognition that man is nothing in a fundamentally hostile universe. His works tend to build, as he says,

A certain atmosphere of…

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