Book cover - Supernatural Horror in Literature - Author H.P. Lovecraft

Supernatural Horror in Literature

Author H.P. Lovecraft

  • Release Date: 2013-01-30
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature

Supernatural Horror in Literature Summary


Supernatural Horror in Literature - Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraft.

As may naturally be expected of a form so closely connected with primal emotion, the horror-tale is as old as human thought and speech themselves.

Cosmic terror appears as an ingredient of the earliest folklore of all races, and is crystallised in the most archaic ballads, chronicles, and sacred writings. It was, indeed, a prominent feature of the elaborate ceremonial magic, with its rituals for the evocation of daemons and spectres, which flourished from prehistoric times, and which reached its highest development in Egypt and the Semitic nations. Fragments like the Book of Enoch and the Claviculae of Solomon well illustrate the power of the weird over the ancient Eastern mind, and upon such things were based enduring systems and traditions whose echoes extend obscurely even to the present time.

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