The CryptoNaturalist's Mind-Bending Take on Octopus Horror Stories Goes Viral

Harper Quill

Updated Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 12:00 AM CDT

In the world of speculative fiction, a recent social media post has ignited the imaginations of many with its eerie and thought-provoking premise. The CryptoNaturalist (@CryptoNature) posted a tweet that has gone viral, exploring how octopuses might perceive the concept of bones. The tweet, timestamped at 10:27 PM on July 25, 2018, reads, "I bet octopuses think bones are horrific. I bet all their cosmic horror stories involve rigid-limbs and hinged joints."

This simple yet profoundly unsettling idea has sparked a wide range of reactions and discussions across various platforms, particularly on Tumblr. Users have delved deep into the implications of such a perspective, providing vivid and haunting descriptions of how octopuses might view humans.

One user, underthehedge, remarked, "To an octopus, a human is like a thinking being with blood-stained coral growing inside it." This imagery evokes a sense of grotesque alienation, highlighting the stark biological differences between humans and octopuses.

Another user, naamahdarling, expressed the need to "sit down and breathe into a bag for a while," indicating the visceral impact of imagining oneself through the eyes of an octopus.

The most elaborate response came from therobotmonster, who painted a detailed and chilling picture: "Its parts were obscenely limited in their movement. Each hinge could open or close only a small amount before reaching its limit, yet by working in concert they demonstrated unexpected dexterity, moving and manipulating the objects before it with cunning equal to my own. It was more torso than limb, as though a seal had been stretched and warped, given long grasping tentacles filled with bones like bars of coral. Its head was most horrid of all, flat and ovoid, jutting out so small from the trunk as though it belonged to a beast half its size."

This imaginative thread continued to grow as more users chimed in with their thoughts. Comments ranged from humorous takes, such as "THEY DON'T EVEN HAVE BEAKS !!!", to more philosophical musings on the nature of human uniqueness and the horrors of rigid-limbed movement.

The discussion also drew recommendations for literature that explores similar themes. One user suggested "The Children of Time series by Adrian Tchaikovsky" for its intriguing ideas on octopus cognition, while another recommended "The Mountain in the Sea by Ray Nayler" as an outstanding read.

This viral interaction underscores the power of social media to spark creativity and deep thought. It also highlights the fascinating differences between species and how these differences can be a source of both horror and wonder. The CryptoNaturalist's tweet has not only entertained but also challenged people to think about the world from an entirely different perspective.

Whether you're a fan of cosmic horror, speculative fiction, or simply enjoy thought-provoking content, this viral post offers a rich vein of material to explore. So, next time you gaze upon an octopus, consider the possibility that they might be equally horrified by the sight of your bones and hinged joints.

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@TinyOctopus Yo, did you write this?


Wait, do my bones and blood touch?


I would think octopus like idiot bony animals because all the meat is on the outside, no need to crack or pry like a crab or clam


The chances of anything coming from land are a million to one, he said


Oh the mind breaking madness of gazing upon the dread Tedthullu




I imagine the horror coming not specifically from the limitations of our movement, but the calculated, jerky, way we work around them. Something akin to the way we regard the movement of a zombie with a few locked joints, or a robot with ordered instead of simultaneous articulation.


I mean not really, they are surrounded by b**** creatures in their normal lives. We see less of Octopuses and so we find them more strange, as they are unlike what we usually see. But a human and a fish share enough similarities that the bones wouldn't be at all strange to them. This is the problem with this and the 'space orc' type thing, people trying to make humans seem more unique than they actually are by mystifying incredibly common traits.


The Children of Time series by Adrian Tchaikovsky has some interesting ideas on octopus cognition


Why would octopi find bones and hinged limbs strange? They eat crabs and fish and all sorts of other things with different body types.

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