The Conspiracy Against the Human Race has ratings and reviews. Bill said: Are you one of those hardcore True Detective fans held in thrall by. In Thomas Ligotti’s first nonfiction outing, an examination of the meaning (or meaninglessness) of life through an insightful, unsparing argument. ‚ÄúThere is a signature motif discernible in both works of philosophical pessimism and supernatural horror. It may be stated thus: Behind the.

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Thomas Ligotti

So after this, then, I jumped right into the only book-length fictional piece Ligotti has ever written, ‘s My Work Is Not Yet Donerepublished in for a larger audience by hipster British press Virgin Books all the rest of his books are short-story collectionswhich unsurprisingly reads like a fictional version of all the nonfiction theories being banded about in Conspiracy. But to the extent anything is real, that dream character’s suffering is legitimate.

Aug 24, Krapp rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Maybe we only consider this line of thought useless as a sort of defense mechanism. His non-fiction work acts as a Zen master of despair, rapping its readers across the knuckles every time we think we have followed Ligotti down the darkest of hallways, traced his pessimism about human experience as far as we can go.

Not necessarily because, as Ligotti stipulates, that without the consciousness of death there would never have been a supernatural horror story written, but because fear of the unknown and not just death is a coping mechanism on a subconscious level which activates instinctually to protect us from danger. If he can’t win me over, there aren’t many others. And let it be said, Ligotti’s thoughts rattled me.

I am tempted to upset liberal sensibilities by burning this book. Ligotti, con una dialettica sublime, con voce sardonica, parla di letteratura, di come solo alcuni siano riusciti a svelare il nostro costante disagio verso qualcosa, verso quel perturbante, quell’atmosfera che pochi sono riusciti a mostrare.

Through impressively wide-ra “The Conspiracy against the Human Race sets out what is perhaps the most sustained challenge yet to the intellectual blackmail that would oblige liogtti to be eternally grateful for a ‘gift’ we never invited. But to the extent anything is real, that dream character’s suffering is legitimate. One look at human existence is proof enough that our species will not be released from the ligotri of emotionalism that anchors it to hallucinations.


Horror grows at the very heart of our existence, an existence marked by suffering and, with it, the awareness of death. The Wall Street Journal. Reading or writing about philosophy has long had a negative connotation in the United States, thanks to a long anti-intellectual culture in some corners. Feb 07, Philipp rated it it was amazing Shelves: To be fair, he gives short shrift to such fools which makes his position at least one of some integrity but the same seed of denial of our evolved nature is there but as Reason murdered by Reason.

Fittingly, the book also contains one of the most insightful and concise sections on depression I have seen anywhere.

Years of meditating and reading books on philosophy, psychology, years of lucid dreams and night terrors, do not make ligotit person unique. The 80 Best Books of The authors’ whose works we share with you in PopMatters’ 80 Best Books of — from a couple of notable reissues to a number of excellent debuts — poignantly capture how the political is deeply personal, and the personal is undeniably, and beautifully, universal.

It isn’t satirical hyperbole, like A Modest Proposal. His fiction is known to be some of the most terrifying in the genre of supernatural horror, but Thomas Ligotti’s first nonfiction book may be even scarier.

All are critical of logic as an end in itself, especially as a cultural project, and in this regard Conspiracy fits in quite well.

Now, imagine this psycho-babble oops, sorry, this aesthetic perception as a mode of transcendence, spread over pages, and try reading it through. Some critics may have thought Cohle sprinkled the hit show with observations reminiscent of a sophomore philosophy major smoking a bowl. Varn rated it it was amazing. I had high hopes for it, but left with the taste of ashes in my mouth.


Thanks Arkham Reporter for the recommendation. Inthe HBO television series True Detective attracted attention from some of Ligotti’s fans because of the striking resemblance between the pessimistic, antinatalist philosophy espoused in the first few episodes by the character of Rust Cohle played by Matthew McConaughey and Ligotti’s own philosophical pessimism and antinatalism, especially as expressed in The Conspiracy Against the Human Race.

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The world as we know it “can’t” just be the product of our narratives about it? His argumentation is without flaw, given his initial premises, the givens and axioms of his world.

These projects are not themselves outside of time, which is maybe one of the ironies of post-modernism as a term. That kind of thing. This year’s collection includes many independent and self-published artists; no mainstream or superhero comic in sight. Remember when you were 16 and you thought too much about life and its implications that you wound up in a “dark valley”, got so depressed and borderline-suicidal that you decided to leave the “valley” and never look back?

Scott Poole, which is not just a biography of horror writer HP Lovecraft but also an examination of the “Lovecraftian” culture that has built up around his work since his death; and that got me interested not only coonspiracy reading the entire oeuvre of Lovecraft for the first time a process I’m in the middle of right nowbut also checking out some of the contemporary authors who write in Lovecraft’s vein, and who are helping to carry and extend the “Cthulhu Mythos” into the conspirracy century.

But don’t expect Rust to chime in at the end and tell you that “The Light is winning. The worst and most plentiful horrors are instead to be found in reality.