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