“the void laughing in the story”

“What makes ‘The Whisperer in Darkness’ a great story to adapt is that many of the themes and setups are more relevant in the 2020s than they were in the 1930s. The idea of aliens and monsters abducting people doesn’t sound modern. However, with the technology available today like high-powered telescopes and more focus on alternate realities and extraterrestrial life, the idea of beings that exist beyond the known universe is far more likely and more horrific. Things like the Mi-Go, which possess knowledge and technologies beyond what humans can comprehend, make any potential meeting a scary thought. These beings exist among humans in ‘The Whisperer in Darkness,’ which makes their existence unnerving. What helps reinforce the idea of relevancy is the constant questioning of reality in today’s environment. As people grow, their connection to original values changes, which makes Wilmarth more relatable. The characters in Lovecraftian horror are presented with the idea of adapting to a new world or accepting blind ignorance. Thus, Wilmarth’s apprehension and fear are more relevant in today’s pragmatic society than in the past. ‘The Whisperer in Darkness’ is great, not only because of the horror it presents, but because it is a twisted reflection of knowledge. There are people who know everything, people who are challenged by this notion, and people who are changed by this knowledge. There is something out there, and the Mi-Go represents this. ‘The Whisperer in Darkness’ isn’t just a title. It is the void laughing in the story.”—”The Whisperer in Darkness Is the Cthulhu Tale That Can Elevate Lovecraftian Cinema. Lovecraftian cinema is gaining steam in modern cinema, but this classic Cthulhu Mythos film is the pinnacle of connecting cosmic horror to audiences.”

The Whisperer in the Darkness was the first HPL story I ever read as a kid, and I was reading it in the middle of a library filled with bright sunlight, but also checking under the table for anything creeping up on me.

Until there’s a big budget version, read or watch it yourself.

Hermetic Library Omnium the Void Laughing in the Story 23may2023