Gothic takes the familiar, sends it to a darkened corner, turns out the lights, allowing only the Moon to be the source of light, or a candle. What happens in the dark? Every little sound, every brush from something on our skin is frightening. We can’t see clearly, and even sounds become exaggerated or filled with otherworldly tones. How do we react? We run and try to hide.

But there’s a good psychological reason why. H.P. Lovecraft happened upon the answer.

“The most merciful thing in the world,” wrote H.P. Lovecraft, “is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.”

He touched upon a truth that makes horror one of the only genres that crosses all cultural boundaries. It doesn’t matter if you’re from Nigeria, or India, or China, or Russia, horror is the universal language.

Check out the article on H.P. Lovecraft.


Originally published at on January 26, 2016.