As part of this week’s celebration of the launch of Parting the Veil, I wanted to expand on my genre studies series and share my own research into the genre of cosmic horror. In this article I explore not only the definition of the genre, but take a deep dive into its origins with the life and work of H.P. Lovecraft. We also get a glimpse of what the genre stands for today, and the lasting social and literary impact of Lovecraft’s creations.
Here’s a little teaser for Idol of the Dark Ziggurat, a novelette that I am working on for Thrilling Tales of Adventure: a Dieselpunk Anthology.
He was now close enough to see the ziggurat itself. The massive gray stone blocks were piled one atop each other with precision, their weathered edges till fitting tightly together after untold thousands of years. The pyramid-like structure rose in terraces, each successive level growing smaller as it rose. Statues protruded from the surface in regular intervals. They were too far to see clearly in the evening light, but there seemed to be bulbous bodies with grasping tentacles covering the stone structure. There were faded carvings on every inch of the ziggurat, as well. Again, there were odd creatures with tentacles. Some bore resemblance to creatures of the sea, but others were man-like shapes with tentacles for arms or protruding from their faces.