House of Mystery – The Rough, Slouching Unknown

House of Mystery

House of MysteryAnother quote from a book I’m reading, since I am all bogged down with freelance work and too many photos!

House of Mystery, Vol. 2: Love Stories for Dead People

By Matthew Sturges, Luca Rossi and Jose Marzan Jr.

Read September 2011

Lovecraft said that the oldest and strongest type of fear is fear of the unknown. And he was an authority on such matters.

But that’s not exactly it, is it?

We like the unknown. We’re hunky dory with the unknown. We are, in fact, perfectly thrilled with the unknown–as long as it remains unknown and we never have to think about it.

What we’re really afraid of is that the unknown will stand up and demand to be recognized. That it won’t get out of the way quickly enough and we’ll step in it, all squishy and moist. ¬†We’re terrified at night in the dark that the rough, slouching unknown will crawl into bed and give us a hot wet kiss on the neck.

We’re not afraid of the unknown. We’re afraid of the unknown becoming known.