Forumites: Welcome to the Community!

Hello, newcomers and/or veterans deciding to read this post! Thank you for coming to our fabulous Fear Mythos community. My name is DJay32, and I’m here to walk you through the series bible.

What’s a series bible?

Google tells me a series bible is a reference document used for information on a story’s characters and other elements. Well, I guess you could say that’s what this is! But do note that I’m not gonna tell you how to write your stories. I’m only here to give you the basics on our mythos and writing for it.

In all honesty, our mythos isn’t exactly easy to describe. But here I go with trying anyway.

What is the Fear Mythos?

First, let’s break this down.

A mythos is a mythology, basically a self-contained sort-of ‘universe’ of fictional stories by all sorts of authors using a set of creatures and motifs. Better-known mythos’es than ours include the Lovecraftian Mythos, the Slender Man Mythos, or.. well, those are the only ones I know off the top of my head. But there are sure to be more. The Fear Mythos is, in this case, a universe of fictional stories sharing the motifs referred to as “Fears.”

So what are Fears?

You could call them a sort of public domain pool of horror creatures. The Fears are all creatures designed for horror that you, as a writer, are absolutely allowed to write for and experiment with. No strings attached, write whatever you want. Even put them in comedic settings, or represent a Fear entirely metaphorically, or give them a voice, do anything you want. You’re more than welcome to share your work with the community!

As a member of the Fear Mythos community, you are basically given a free pass to write whatever you want and have an audience of some sort. Your story won’t be labelled as “fanfiction” or “noncanon” or anything (unless you explicitly label it as such, yourself!), we promise. Your story is a part of the mythos, and it shall be treated as such. You don’t have to conform to anyone’s canonical rules but your own; all that we ask is that you check out some other stories and enjoy the community.

What are the actual Fears, then?

Once you’ve picked a Fear that looks good, I highly advise reading on.

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5 thoughts on “Forumites: Welcome to the Community!

  1. Um, hello?

    It’s written above that we’re free to write anything we want about the fears so is it okay to feature the Fears in a lighter and softer setting? I mean, there was quite a bit of static when Derleth created “Elder Gods” for the Cthulhu mythos for instance and many claimed that he kinda ruined the mood. Would it be the same for the Fears?

    • DJay32 says:

      Absolutely– that is, you can write them however you want. In fact, we’ve probably had our fair share of lighter and softer settings already. There was Fear High, where all the Fears are just high school students. There was Fear Mythos: The RPG, where all the Fears are chibi and defeated in lighthearted battles. Hell, a lot of Rapture features the Fears in rather comical settings, such as a dance-off with The Archangel. And you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who thinks Rapture ruined the mythos’s mood!

      Basically yes. Seriously, write what you want.

      • Thank you.

        I suppose I’ll apologize for being too paranoid because I’ve encountered certain issues before. I’ll just finish with my blog and then begin putting it up on the wikis.

        Again, I cannot thank you enough for that reply.

  2. Kyle F. Ortega says:

    any antagonist to the fears? because I’m thinking of one maybe after I due a bunch of research (read binge yay!)

    • DJay32 says:

      The Fears are usually meant to be the antagonist of the story, so to have an antagonist to them is usually considered odd. But there are stories where it’s worked. Omega’s Mephi has the Lovecraftian eldritch abominations be their antagonist, and my OH GOD THE RAPTURE IS BURNING has pretty much the entire “Rapture” phenomenon antagonize them.
      From what I understand, most people find the idea of a being that exists solely to antagonize the Fears to be a bit cheesy, as it implies they’re a force of good (since Fears are usually forces of horror which is most ungood) who’s powerful enough (read: eldritch) to stand against them. So any forces like that present in our mythos are usually doing different things (read: ungood things!) and they only just happen to also dislike the Fears.
      But yeah, reading a lot of blogs is the best answer I can think of.

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