Top 5 Most Terrifying Places In Literature – Part 2


Well, it seems that you guys had a *lot* to
say about this list–and I’m glad, really–because any discussion about literature is a good
discussion in my books. Heh–see what I did there? Sorry, I’ll try and keep the puns to a minimum
in this video. The fact of the matter remains, in our previous
video we began by quoting The Dark Tower’s Jake–with go then, there are other worlds
than these. And thankfully for us–the sprawling, infinite
imaginarium of the glorious human mind has delivered us a myriad of worlds for us to
sink our teeth into. Some of them are full of hope and joy–others
of adventure and eternal endeavour–and others, are just straight up horrifying. In that case, I guess we better take another
look. Hello horror fans, what’s going on–and
once again welcome back to the scariest channel on YouTube–Top 5 Scary Videos. As per usual, I’ll be your horror host Jack
Finch–as today, we curiously take a look at the Top 5 Most Terrifying Places In Literature–Part
2. Roll the clip. For the curious amongst you, that clip was
from Season 1 of The Handmaid’s Tale–a fantastic series starring the remarkable Elizabeth
Moss–based upon the equally fantastic and terrifying novel of the same name by Margaret
Atwood. For all intents and purposes–Gilead deserves
it’s spot on any terrifying place in literature list–but I’m pretty hopeful that whole
pile of crapola is gonna burn to the ground–so yeah. Consider it today’s most honorable of honorable
mentions. Let’s get to it shall we? Kicking off at Number 5 — Castle Gormenghast,
The Gormenghast Series Alright guys–I’m probably telling a little
bit of a white lie with this one–but stick with me, because I’m fairly certain for
those that are unaware of this gem of a series–it’s well worth it. The Gormenghast Series written by Mervyn Peake,
is one of *the most* fantastic works of gothic fantasy horror ever written, and it’s still
strange to see it as such an enigma in the works of literature. Honestly, Gormenghast is so underrated that
it borders on criminal–but still, it has its place where it counts, and beyond the
realms of contemporary fiction–it’s considered one of the finest fantasy series ever written. That’s because it is. And now, if I’m being honest–it’s not
*that* scary unless you find yourself in the way of the Machiavellian Mind of Steerpike–but
for the fact of us detailing one of the most mysterious and looming structures in the whole
of gothic literature, it’s probably worth it–and as far as ancient, impossibly large
castles go–Castle Gormenghast is the blueprint for all of them. In Mervyn Peake’s first novel–Titus Groan,
written way back when in 1946–it details the ancient family of Groan–headed by Lord
Sepulchrave–the seventy-sixth Earl of Groan, and his wife Countess Gertrude. The couple give birth to the family’s heir,
Titus–but the novel itself isn’t focused on the newborn. Instead, it details the rise of Steerpike,
one of the most fascinating anti-heroes ever written, who starts life as a Kitchen Boy
in the castle’s bowels–and slowly makes his way upward, both physically and heirarchally. I mean, whether you want to carry the series
on is another question–but Titus Groan on it’s own paints such a vivid picture of
an impossibly large and imposing structure, that it’s so easy to get lost in it’s
labyrinthian description. Honestly, I know it might not sound it–but
reading Titus Groan is an experience. Mervyn’s prose winds like echoed footsteps
in a stone corridor–and before you know it, you’re there. In a maze of murder and intruige and ancient
rituals. Yeah, I’m cheating a little bit–because
to be honest, I just wanted to talk to you guys about Gormenghast. There we have it. On with the show. Swinging in at Number 4 — Carcosa, An Inhabitant
of Carcosa Okay. Let’s get into the meat and bones of this
whole list with a little bit of everyone’s favourite medicine–cosmic horror. The fact of the matter remains, that although
this specific place was only first ever alluded to in a short story–with the mere passing
of a reference–it has gone on to spawn one of the most mysterious, and intriguing locations
in the whole of literature without ever once describing it. And so because of that, we’re best served
by delving into all of them. For fans of the works of Howard Phillips Lovecraft–which,
let’s face it–is the vast majority of you–you’ll know that the resounding writer of cosmic
horror owed several of his literary titles to one of his predecessors–Ambrose Bierce–who
in 1886, first penned the name of the ancient and mysterious city of Carcosa in his short
story An Inhabitant of Carcosa. It details a man, wandering alone through
a bleak and bizarre wilderness–who eventually realises that he is dead, and stumbles through
the ruins of the ancient and famous city of Carcosa. And the rest, as they say–is history. Because it wasn’t until 1895 that the fantastic
author Robert W. Chambers then borrowed the name–for his horror series, The King In Yellow–again,
laying the foundation for the majority of Lovecraftian fiction–where he outlined the
possible location of Carcosa, on the distant shores of Lake Hali–in the star cluster Hyades. Again, the legend of Carcosa grew–this time
being wrapped up with The Yellow Sign–before being picked up again by Lovecraft and added
into the Cthulhu Mythos–and that’s where things got really terrifying–because instead
of clarifying on the matter, only more mystery remained. Alright, I get it guys–Carcosa, by its nature–is
indescribable and unknowable–but that’s the point of cosmic horror, right? The real weirdness is how many times this
damn city has cropped up in other works of literature. It’s been alluded to in more Lovecraftian
fiction than you can imagine–but not only that, appears in the works of David Drake,
George R. R Martin–Alan Moore and countless others. In the fantastic season one of True Detective,
Carcosa–again, is the crux of the whole show–and The Yellow Sign appears too. Hey, if you’ve seen True Detective–you
know the implications of Rust Cohle’s and Marty Hart’s findings at Carcosa. Yeah, put a pin in this one–because we may
never know. Next up at Number 3–The Abyss, Dungeons and
Dragons Alright guys–I’m not going to lie–this
list is a little bit of a crowd pleaser. But hey–it’s got everything I love. Gormenghast, Cosmic Horror–and then the next
best thing, D&D. For those of you that have played Dungeons
and Dragons–the finest pen and paper roleplaying game ever created–you’ll know how rich
and impossibly vast the fictional cosmology of it’s world truly is. And for a canon that relies on over 45 years
of expanded universes upon expanded universes–there is perhaps only one place that takes the cake
as the home of everything and anything evil. Well, chaotic evil to be specific. The Abyss–otherwise known as the Infinite
Layers of the Abyss–or the aforementioned 666 Layers of the Abyss–a place of such overwhelming
evil that even Warlocks fear to tread. The fact that the Abyss has seen so many incarnations
of what it is–and what it *could* be–has given rise to a whole topographical list of
terrifying terrains. A plane of existence that hosts a myriad of
death and misery–fierce desert sandstorms, exposible volcanic activity–boiling lava
and molten rock. Whilst at the same time, as you slip through
its layers–it’s then a wasteland of blinding, sub-zero glaciers–bottomless oceans filled
with terrifying leviathans–putrid hellscapes of death, disease and all manners of fungal
infection–and of course, the blank, infinite void of space. It’s safe to say that if your party ever
ends up in the Abyss, for whatever reason–you’re pretty much good and dead–even if your alignment
is chaotic evil and you think you’re the most evil demon in the valley. Not only that though, the Abyss thrives on
it’s demonic denizens–the Tanar’ri–the ancient Obyriths–the Loumaras, and an unimaginable
number of unknown and unexplored demonic lifeforms. And if that’s not enough–the true terror
of the Abyss is that you’ll never–ever really know where you are, given the fact
that it’s infinite layers and planes of torment twist and turn eternally. The layers of the Abyss are often described
as a deck of playing cards shuffled and then tossed away–piled together haphazardly or
sometimes not at all. Chaotic Evil shuffles the deck–and before
you figure out where you may be–it’s already too late. The Abyss. Sinkholes. Demon Lords. Yeah, it’s a headache to say the least. It’s a good job I play a bard–so I can
just Dimension Door out of there. Safety first. Coming in at Number 2–Todash Darkness, The
Stephen King Macroverse Ahhh. This one has been a long time coming–but
I for one am glad that we finally made it here. Also, I’ll try and keep spoilers for this
entry to a minimum–but please note, we’ll be talking a lot about The Dark Tower series–and
pretty much the outcome of some of the most important works ever written by Stephen King–so
yeah. You’ve been warned. Now–where do we even start with Todash Darkness? Or–well, Todash Space, maybe–or the Macroverse. No one’s entirely sure what it’s called–or
what it even is. In fact, whilst it’s very nature is to *be*
mysterious and elusive–it’s no great secret that the works of Stephen King are–in fact–connected. All of them–pretty much, from The Stand to
‘Salem’s Lot–to the Mist, the Tommyknockers–IT. All of the works of Stephen King are interconnected
in a mind-bending multiverse, or macroverse–and it all converges in his resounding series,
The Dark Tower. Okay. We’ll stop there, because spoilers are abound. The point is–this macroverse, so to speak–in
the strange edges and dark corners of it–is populated by Todash Darkness–the home of
unknowable and unimaginable evil. It is said that IT–more commonly known as
Pennywise the Clown–was a creature that existed in the void between the Macroverse before
he ran into the Loser’s Club–but that’s another story for a different time–because
it is thought that Todash Darkness isn’t just populated by IT–or the Deadlights, the
evil, all consuming eldritch energy that IT actually IS–but an entire host of impossibly
evil creatures and creations that are just waiting to spill out into all of existence. Todash–in essence, is the act of travelling
between the thin spaces of the Macroverse–or thinnies–as is explained in the Dark Tower
series, but I’ll leave that for you to find out–and Todash Darkness, is the evil that
is conjured if you linger there too long. It is the home of C’thun–and the leatherheads
from Under the Dome. In the Mist–the Arrowhead Project is believed
to be the reason why the town of Bridgton, Maine suddenly became a target of the Macroverse–and
the whole host of cosmic horrors that spawned around the town were of Todash Darkness. They are the Tommyknockers. It’s even thought that in From A Buick 8–the
car itself is a portal to Todash Darkness–and that, by proxy, Christine–the car from the
novel of the same name–is a similar Macroverse vessel. Yeah. Todash Darkness. Your guess is as good as mine. And finally–coming in at our Number 1 spot–The
Warp, Warhammer 40K Okay, okay–I kind of got a little bit of
flak in Part 1 of this list for featuring Commoragh, the home of the Dark Elves–instead
of The Warp–but hey, we’re working our way toward the big, bad–baddies of literature,
okay? Part two guys. We’re planning for the future. And if you think the concept of Todash Darkness
is terrifying–move over–because it merely pales in comparison to the myriad of chaos
and horrors that call the Warp their home. This absolute box of cosmic horror. Also known as the Immaterium, the Empyrean,
the Aether–the Sea of Souls–the Realm of Chaos–Warpspace–or in more succinct terms–the
Warp. It has many names for the many sentient species
that try and bend it to their will–but of course, such is a sentient civilizations folly. It can’t happen. This place is evil itself. It is the bizarre, anomalous dimension composed
entirely of pure, psychic energy–that ties together the already terrifying Grim Darkness
of the Warhammer 40K multiverse–and that’s saying something. Now, whilst technically Commorragh is a location
somewhere in the Warp, the Immaterium is a much, much bigger beast–and there’s a lot
to chew through. The Warp is the sole source of all psychic
power and energy–that make up the Grim Dark *magic* of Warhammer 40K–and because of that,
it is also the home dimension of the Chaos Gods–and their impossibly vast legions of
demons in their Realm of Chaos. Khorne, the Lord of Battle. Tzeentch, the Architect of Fate–Nurgle, the
Lord of Decay–and Slaanesh, the Dark Prince of Chaos. Yeah–if they’re not already terrifying
enough in their own rite–this place is their stomping ground. It’s their back yard that you just took
a wrong turn into. It is thought by many that the psychic energy
that makes up the Immaterium is believed to be the direct result of the existence of all
sentience in the universe–in particular the many intelligent species that make up the
Milky Way Galaxy. It is considered to be a dark reflection of
that material universe–and the Warp is the ocean that relies on the chaotic, psychic
energy–all raw emotions comprised of the physical form constantly swimming through
the lifeform. It is also thought by many races that the
Immaterium is the final resting place of the spirits of the dead–and for all intents and
purposes, it is the literal hell of Warhammer 40K. If you know anything about Warhammer–even
the most joyful of places is already hell–so yeah, this is like… the bottom of all hell. It doesn’t get much worse. Well–there we have it–our list for the Top
5 Most Terrifying Places In Literature–Part 2. What did you guys think? Do you agree? Disagree? Have any more to add to this list? Let us know your thoughts down in the comment
section below, as well as any choice picks of your own–and who knows, maybe Part 2 will
be on the cards. Before we depart from today’s video, let’s
first take a quick look at some of your more creative comments from over the past few days. Meggie McGuire says– The Host was funny as hell! Smiley face. — Ahah!… Oh. I thought you meant me, but then I realise
that you mean 2006’s The Host directed by Bong Joon-ho… yeah. So close. So–close. Alright–well there we have it–unfortunately,
that’s all we’ve got time for in today’s video–cheers for sticking around all the
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