There was something about the night that Stuart found comforting. Especially summer nights in Lincolnville, when the darkness would wrap around him like a blanket. The earth was still warm, but the breeze was cool, and the crickets called out their songs. As he walked home, having closed the gas station where he worked some […]
Cosmic horror loves a good mystery. Many great stories from the genre rely on the reveal to generate the horror. That realization is often connected to questions around just how powerful we are in an infinite unfeeling universe. The scope of our lives feels all-encompassing to us who live them, but they are just tiny […]
How to Make Truly Alien Monsters
Build Tension Through Atmosphere & Mood Cosmic Horror offers a lot of fun opportunities to create tension through the use of atmosphere. Any genre can do this, and likely should create tension wherever the story calls for it, but cosmic horror has a unique kind of tension to build. Writing cosmic horror requires mastering this […]
Explore the essence of cosmic horror, what makes the genre so engaging and fun to read.
I wrote this bit of flash fiction this week as part of an exercise. I really like expanding Mable’s journey and I might try my hand at writing her a novella when I get the chance. The howler let out a high pitched wail and slashed at the trunk of Mable’s car. Its long lobster-like […]
This story was recently featured on Marvelous Miscellany, a short story podcast by myself, Kevin Victor Rae. Check it out here. The waves thundered in Gloria’s ears as she stood in the surf. The vastness of the ocean alternatively filled her with dread and with a strange sense of hope. Anything could be down there […]
For the inaugural post on my blog, here is a short story that I wrote when I first visited Oregon. It’s the first in a series of Cosmic Horror shorts I am not a strong man. I am not a man who seeks attention or fame. This account is meant as a record of events […]