« Last post by axlerowes on March 06, 2017, 06:03:46 AM »
Going to the dictionaries tells us "Eldritch" (adjective) means, 'strange and sinister', 'weird and malevolent' or just plain 'eerie'. Horror (noun) can mean an object that induces horror: something repulsive or terrifying. By these definitions, if you use the term "Eldritch Horror" to describe a style of writing or storytelling it would be synonymous with the descriptions of gothic literature.
Gothic: of or relating to a style of fiction characterized by the use of desolate or remote settings and macabre, mysterious, or violent incidents
Clearly Lovecraft was writing in the gothic tradition, and since he tended to be a 'teller' not a 'shower' he used every synonym for strange the English language has. But I feel that the current cultural definition of Eldritch Horror is something more specific than just something eerie and terrifying. Has the ghost of Lovecraft claimed the adjective Eldritch as his own? I would really like to hear the opinions of other Strolenesians on this topic.