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In the Event of a Cosmic Horror, Pt. 6: The End (Is Not The End)

In the Event of a Cosmic Horror, Pt. 6: The End (Is Not The End)

…is deprived of the memory of a lost home or the hope of a promised land. At best, we become mere fodder for the “ghoulies, ghosties, and long-legged beasties” and, at the worst, we buckle under the burden of this cosmic horror and turn on others, or, even, ourselves. Yet still we hope, and we do so in the midst of the absurdity and our inability to fathom all that is around us, seen and unseen. Thacker is not the first to attempt to…

In the Event of a Cosmic Horror, Pt 1

In the Event of a Cosmic Horror, Pt 1

horror films and book, he is not malevolent or indifferent. In fat, the very opposite. He is fundamentally on our side. In the following posts, I’ll explore a few different expressions of what H.P. Lovecraft coined as “cosmic horror,” the sense that all that is hidden is against us and closing in (or, at best, indifferent to us), in the hopes that by filling in the chasm between human limitation and the unknown, we might come to a deeper…

In the Event of a Cosmic Horror, Pt 3: The Living Dead

In the Event of a Cosmic Horror, Pt 3: The Living Dead

The third installment of Blake Collier’s groundbreaking In the Event of a Cosmic Horror series. To read part one, go here. Or part two, here. Okay, let’s just get it out of the way. Zombies automatically make Christians think of the “resurrection of the body.” And, if we are honest, it is the closest pop culture reference to this theological concept. But something is wrong. I don’t know about you, but I personally don’t want to…

In the Event of a Cosmic Horror, Pt 2: The Slasher

In the Event of a Cosmic Horror, Pt 2: The Slasher

Here we go with part two of Blake Collier’s budding In the Event of a Cosmic Horror franchise. To read part one, go here. The Slasher Because I am a bit of a masochist, I am going to start the breakdown of horror sub genres with an analysis of the slasher film. No type of horror has been so maligned by critics, parents and Christians as the slasher flick has in the whole economy of the horror film. It appears as if the first true slasher…

In the Event of a Cosmic Horror, Pt. 5: The Creature Feature

In the Event of a Cosmic Horror, Pt. 5: The Creature Feature

…King adaptations (The Shawshank Redemption [1994] & The Green Mile [1999]). Unlike Shawshank and Green Mile, this film eschews the redemption-heavy themes for the starkness of complete loss of hope in the face of a truly cosmic horror. The story concerns a large and diverse collection of townspeople who have been trapped in a supermarket by an unexplained mist which has rolled in off of the hills and is reported to have hideous and violent…

In the Event of a Cosmic Horror, Pt. 4: The Apparition

In the Event of a Cosmic Horror, Pt. 4: The Apparition

…upernatural, but what we sloppily call ‘supernatural’ is simply another kind of nature, but one that lies beyond human comprehension—not in a relative but in an absolute sense. Herein lies the basis of what Lovecraft called “cosmic horror”—the paradoxical realization of the world’s hiddenness as an absolute hiddenness. (p. 80) Even though Thacker, here, seems to be attempting to place, what most would call, the ‘supernatural’ realm…

The Palm Before The Storm

The Palm Before The Storm

…ps this is why each gospel writer slows down the narrative and takes such pains to chronicle these events. If we were listening to each Gospel being read out loud, there could be no mistaking the intended importance of these events. In the events of Holy Week, beginning with our celebration today, we are invited to what philosophers would call a “life review,” but we would recognize as that which people have in near-death experiences when they…