Writing Excuses 10.3: Lovecraftian Horror
Key Points: Lovecraftian horror does not depend on stupid decisions. Competent, reasonably informed individuals doing all the right things fail because the threat is so much greater than the protagonist. Lovecraftian horror is Eldritch horror, horror with a supernatural component. There's a lot of craziness. Not generic craziness, smashing of self against brutal insignificance. There are small and large stories, or oceanic themed and cosmic themed. Lovecraft uses the fear of the unknown, and often the person finding out that they are the Other. Don't forget that other people wrote Lovecraftian horror. The mythos and Lovecraftian horror are not identical. Lovecraftian horror uses layers of isolation.( Collapse )
[Brandon] We're going to go ahead and have a writing prompt. Unlike the exercise we gave last week, on these wildcard weeks, we're going to go back to just giving you a regular old writing prompt for those of you that love those. Howard is going to give us...
[Mary] For those of you coming in fresh and new, what we mean by a writing prompt is that you get to do basically some free writing based on the prompt that Howard gives you.
[Howard] Okay. Take a character and from that character's point of view, described their reaction to something horrific and indescribable and awful, but don't describe the thing.
[Brandon] Excellent. Another thank you to Cherie and to our Writing Excuses retreat members.
[Brandon] This has been Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses. Now go write.