Bob Pastorella on Cosmic Horror


October 28, 2016 by Laird

Bob Pastorella has an essay about the rising popularity of cosmic horror at Dead End Follies. If cosmic horror is something that intrigues you, but you aren’t sure where to start, allow me to recommend:

H.P. Lovecraft: The Shadow Out of Time  (the granddaddy of cosmic horror)

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Michael Shea: Polyphemus (One of the boldest and most psychedelic takes on modern horror)

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TED Klein: Dark Gods (a seminal collection of horror novellas)

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2 thoughts on “Bob Pastorella on Cosmic Horror

  1. Jonathan Sprague says:

    I remember the exact moment I “discovered” cosmic horror or cosmic horror “discovered” me. I was in 10th grade and I was reading Lovecraft’s “The Shadow Out of Time.” It was as if someone or some “thing” had turned on a light switch. I was never the same. As for my favorite post-Lovecraft cosmic horror, I keep coming back to T.E.D. Klein’s masterpiece,”Dark Gods.” As a reader, I continue to believe that the novella/short story length is just right for cosmic horror. Again, thanks for the heads up on the essay.

  2. Laird says:

    Dark Gods is a classic. Hard to pick a favorite from the novellas, but I always come back to “Petey.”

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