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Phersu 
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BlueOni wrote:

Stories about eldritch abominations are, by their very nature, difficult to write. Since these characters are supposed to be abstractions liberated from sense, propriety, and even chemical or physical limitations, one has to stretch their imagination to its very limit in order to even conceive of how to describe one. If you're able to easily visualize them, pronounce their names, and understand how and why they do what they do, then something has gone awry. The reader is supposed to have a hard time piecing everything together in a way that makes complete sense, and among the most critical tasks for the writer is to ensure that the reader is never fully able to do so while still remaining interested in trying.

In my experience the eldritch abomination elicits its horror not only by having the creature perform acts we consider to be morally repugnant (though this is often part of it), but also (and more importantly) by leaving us with only a limited understanding of why or how it's even doing these things. Not only are we terrified that the creature whose form cannot be described by sane men is suspected to somehow be causing people to die in ways such that only seeing the creature and the terribleness of the victims' deaths are common factors, but we're even more terrified that we're not even sure how, why, or perhaps even if it's killing people. This is even more effective if enough of a nucleus is given for the reader to get an idea in their heads while leaving them to draw their own conclusions, ideally conclusions more horrible and frightening than anything you could have penned specifically.

In other words, perhaps the most important task of all for a writer of eldritch horror is to turn the reader's own imagination fully against them, to have them conjure and sustain a terrifying vision nearly entirely of their own design.


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Posted 15 days ago

Phersu wrote:

But do you like my blog?


I'll give it three Dagons out of a Cthuga.
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BlueOni wrote:

I'll give it three Dagons out of a Cthuga.


Good enough.
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