Things Men Are Not Meant to Know

A common trope in Gothic Horror (and other genres) is Things Man Was Not Meant to Know. These "things"come in many physical forms: ancient books, dead scrolls, seemingly innocuous treatises, or texts written in ciphers, demonic tongues, or dead languages that describe some dark and ancient evil. Deciphering and reading such things will give the reader knowledge but inevitably this knowledge comes at great personal costs. The “forbidden Knowledge” trope has spawned many more common tropes.

Possession of such lore tends to cause obsessive behavior in the owner. He covets the knowledge and does all in his power to keep it “safe.” For those who do not wish to ultimately succumb to the evil of such things, it is a constant struggle to maintain their sanity and often their souls.

Things Men Are Not Meant to Know

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