The Necroblogicon: What place does technology have in classic horror?

This is goofy-looking as a book. Double that if it’s on a computer screen.

I’m roughly halfway through reading the Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft. So far, I am completely in awe at this body of work. But this isn’t a book review…that will come later. This something a little less serious. One of the signature elements to have come out of Lovecraft’s writings is the Necronomicon, that evil tome of forbidden knowledge that to this day, many seem to think is a real book. According to Lovecraft, the “Mad Arab” Abdul Alhazred was the author of that vile tome, from which those famous, creepy words were inscribed:

That is not dead which can eternal lie.
And with strange aeons even death may die.

Pretty intense, huh?

Then my meddling mind got to thinking, and though I won’t bore you with the mental gymnastics that landed me on this article, I wound up wondering where horror literature has to go in the future. By this I mean, where will forbidden lore be recorded going forward, with everything moving to digital formats? Will the dark grimoires and forbidden scrolls morph into … evil blog entries? Will our protagonists one day be confronted with madness as it displays on her iPad? Will the future insane mystics know HTML?

I’m curious whether anyone knows of writers who have successfully incorporated modern technology into a horror story. And please don’t mention That movie was awful.

In case you’re wondering, yes, I am planning on writing a short story about the Necroblogicon. That’s just too bad to pass up.


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2 Responses to The Necroblogicon: What place does technology have in classic horror?

  1. katkasia says:

    Frankly, madness displayed on an iPad seems more than believable. There is so much cyber-stalking about – couldn’t we be stalked by the ghost in the machine?

    • W.E. Linde says:

      That sure seems reasonable. I’m waiting for the author with the skills to pull it off. I just remembered a short story by Stephen King in 4 Past Midnight, called the Sun Dog. Although the internet was pretty new at the time, he slipped in a little twist that is sort of relevant here. I won’t give it away, but I guess if anyone has the ability to make the leap to “cursed eReaders”, it would be King.

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