The Conspiracy Against the Human Race

The Conspiracy Against the Human Race

Thomas Ligotti Ray Brassier / Sep 22, 2019

The Conspiracy Against the Human Race The Conspiracy against the Human Race sets out what is perhaps the most sustained challenge yet to the intellectual blackmail that would oblige us to be eternally grateful for a gift we never invited

  • Title: The Conspiracy Against the Human Race
  • Author: Thomas Ligotti Ray Brassier
  • ISBN: 9780982429693
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Conspiracy against the Human Race sets out what is perhaps the most sustained challenge yet to the intellectual blackmail that would oblige us to be eternally grateful for a gift we never invited From the Foreword by Ray Brassier The Conspiracy against the Human Race is renowned horror writer Thomas Ligotti s first work of nonfiction 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 us to be eternally grateful for a gift we never invited From the Foreword by Ray Brassier The Conspiracy against the Human Race is renowned horror writer Thomas Ligotti s first work of nonfiction Through impressively wide ranging discussions of and reflections on literary and philosophical works of a pessimistic bent, he shows that the greatest horrors are not the products of our imagination The worst and most plentiful horrors are instead to be found in reality Mr Ligotti s calm, but often bloodcurdling turns of phrase, evoke the dreadfulness of the human condition Those who cannot bear the truth will pretend this is another work of fiction, but in doing so they perpetuate the conspiracy of the book s title David Benatar, author of Better Never to Have Been The Harm of Coming into Existence Department of Philosophy, University of Cape Town, South AfricaThomas Ligotti is one of the foremost authors of supernatural horror literature In this genre, he has been classed with Edgar Allan Poe and H P Lovecraft His works include Songs of a Dead Dreamer, Grimscribe, My Work Is Not Yet Done, and Teatro Grottesco Ligotti lives in Florida.Ray Brassier is a member of the philosophy faculty at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon He is the author of Nihil Unbound Enlightenment and Extinction Palgrave Macmillan 2007.

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        Thomas Ligotti is a contemporary American horror author and reclusive literary cult figure His writings, while unique in style, have been noted as major continuations of several literary genres most prominently Lovecraftian horror and have overall been described as works of philosophical horror , often written as philosophical novels with a darker undertone which is similar to gothic fiction The Washington Post called him the best kept secret in contemporary horror fiction another critic declared It s a skilled writer indeed who can suggest a horror so shocking that one is grateful it was kept offstage.


    1. Are you one of those hardcore True Detective fans held in thrall by Detective Rust Cohle's rants about the bleakness of the universe? Did you wonder where all that weird stuff was coming from? Here. From this book. That's where it was coming from. Sometimes even verbatim.This is an impressionistic survey by weird fiction writer Thomas Ligotti of the bleakest practitioners of modern philosophy, the guys who make Cioran look like a stand-up comic and Schopenhauer and Camus like irresponsible polly [...]

    2. Ligotti is a pessimist—and not some namby-pamby, equivocating, of course it will rain every day of my vacation! kind of doubting dude: Ligotti's pessimism is old school, pure, richly endowed with the ichor of nullity. Ligotti believes, firmly and avowedly, that, as the human race would have been better off never having come into existence in the first place, the most beneficial and sensible outcome for our species, as constituted at this particular point in the space/time continuum, would be t [...]

    3. Darkest book I've ever read; and perhaps the most convincing. Highly recommended for all readers, except those with sanity or self-delusions left to lose.

    4. A remarkable if sometimes exasperating work of philosophy. Let me begin by saying that I agree with essentially all of the core assumptions of this book. As a Buddhist practitioner, I was especially moved by his treatment of suffering and of the Buddhist tradition, which I feel is mostly very perceptive, even if far from the platitudes of contemporary Buddhism. Further, the book spoke very directly to the sense of profundity I have occasionally experienced in the horror genre (HP Lovecraft and L [...]

    5. Lighten up, Francis.I was very tempted to leave it at that, but I do have more to say.I should be the perfect audience for this book. I love Lovecraft's work, my worldview could best be summed up as "life is mostly pain, punctuated by moments of joy," and I'm congenitally pessimistic as was my father before me. At least, by the standard definition, but that's not far enough for Ligotti, who restricts the ranks of the true pessimist to those who believe that life is fundamentally not worth living [...]

    6. The pessimist’s credo, or one of them, is that nonexistence never hurt anyone and existence hurts everyone.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? Thomas Ligotti has built himself a nice house in that valley.To summarize the thesis of this non-fiction book/treatise: being alive is not alright, optimists are deceivi [...]

    7. La cospirazione contro la razza umana è un'opera terribile che avviene ogni giorno. Ligotti apre di fronte al lettore un sipario svelando le incertezze e l'instabilità della vita umana, la storia di come l'uomo, dai primordi, ha soppresso la propria coscienza, ha riposto in una stanza asettica il vero sé stesso, nascondendosi insieme ai suoi simili, in mezzo ai suoi simili, grazie a processi che lo hanno aiutato a sopportare questo incredibile fardello che è la vita.Perché è la vita la cos [...]

    8. Thomas Ligotti is currently the best writer of English prose. Cormac McCarthy was better till the detestable Border Trilogy, and maybe The Road is up there with his best. Until McCarthy tops The Road, however, the honor goes to Thomas Ligotti. It doesn't matter at all you've never heard of him: I believe he prefers it that way.I do not agree with the what? the anti-metaphysics of this, Ligotti's first nonfiction book. The fact I don't agree does not diminish the dark grandeur of this book on t [...]

    9. If you are happy-go-lucky, optimistic, and think that life is a wonderful thing & happy to pop out human offspring because it makes you smile to think of continuing human life, then this is NOT the book for you. If, however, you see human life as a cruel joke that we know the fatal punch line to, then read & feel like slightly less of a freak, knowing that the genius literary mind of Thomas Ligotti knows your pain as well. He can't do anything about it, of course, but he makes a fine cas [...]

    10. Mr. Ligotti has generously compiled his unexpurgated liner-notes to Titannica’s maxi-single “Try Suicide” and “Try Again (Adam’s Song)” in The Conspiracy Against the Human Race, a trade paper edition released on the Hippocampus imprint. (I’ve customized my own copy with an embedded sound-chip that plays S & G’s 59th Street Bridge Song each time I turn the page.)So throw away those useless orange bottles of Paxil and Lexapro and let Happy Tom’s magic rainbow swirl of antihum [...]

    11. Consider the following postulation: ‘Schopenhauer concurs that hypothesizing a thing-in-itself as the cause of our sensations amounts to a constitutive application and projection of the concept of causality beyond its legitimate scope, for the concept of causality only supplies knowledge when it is applied within the field of possible experience’. Now, imagine this psycho-babble oops, sorry, this aesthetic perception as a mode of transcendence, spread over 500 pages, and try reading it throu [...]

    12. A disappointment but perhaps not an unexpected one. Thomas Ligotti happens to be one of the greatest exponents of uncanny fiction, equal to his earlier masters Poe and Lovecraft - but in small doses. We have already reviewed some of his short stories which are magnificently disturbing and thought-provoking but have also noted that he has difficulty in developing them to novella length.His art is that of the short story. This foray into non-fiction is little more than an opinionated, often repeti [...]

    13. Years of meditating and reading books on philosophy, psychology, years of lucid dreams and night terrors, do not make a person unique. But it is singularly unique to find what feels like your own thoughts reflected back at you when you didn't pen them. As I read The Conspiracy Against the Human Race, I had a strange feeling, as if Deja vu and vertigo had somehow been blended together. Had I read this before, if I hadn't written it? Yet that disturbing familiarity regards an utterly useless proce [...]

    14. Whenever I have the misfortune of turning the television on and coming across Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss or another of their pop atheist peers. I hope that instead of again arguing their materialistic perspective by denouncing religion, they might actually get to the heart of the matter of what that denouncement means. They don't however. Instead, like all humans (materialistic and religious alike) they try to force their subjective experience on the objective and call it a day. The first [...]

    15. How do you rate a book like this? A brilliant exposition of Ligotti's philosophy and the most credible description of what the uncanny and horror are about. But I reject the ultimate life-view in the end and Ligotti would ridicule me for it. So be it. The difference between the optimist and the pessimist. I couldn't go on living if I embraced his philosophy. It would be illogical. Maybe I am a coward. So be it. Ultimately I embrace my short journey here as a worthwhile endeavor as far as my self [...]

    16. Nudged up to five stars just for how damn readable it was.We are not ad idem on everything, not least because where he sees horror, I see the hilariously absurd, but he provides an excellent overview of the more extreme pessimistic position, and has introduced me to some very interesting thinkers of whose work I was unawareWell worth a gander

    17. Ligotti's anti-humanism is far more profound that the utilitarian influenced anti-natalism it is often naively linked to. Ligotti explores the anti-human and cosmic perspective that has often been expressed in weird fiction, and not just his own, but he may be its most articulate and interesting spokesperson. Ligotti themes around the terror of nihilism and the inability to accept a lesser role in the universe after wrapped in delicious aphorism and almost jet black humor: "Life is a confidence [...]

    18. Too preoccupied with striving to achieve a good life, we are all too resolute in repressing any dreadful thoughts that can potentially threaten our intrinsic belief that being alive is alright. Ligotti is a genius in his writing and expounds a powerful argument about the bleakness of human existence and its unremitting struggle with consciousness, the mother of all horrors.Being a novice in the field of philosophical pessimism, this book was- while a little difficult at times to wrap my head aro [...]

    19. This book was a weird experience. One of the most pessimistic reads of my life, yet written so well that the text kept mesmerizing me. I haven't yet read any Ligotti's fiction but I'm already impressed with his ability to use words and guide the reader effortlessly through this 'negative' journey.I got the feeling that the point of the book was to show that although we deny the existence of supernatural horror and only enjoy it as fiction, the real horror lives in reality. He also shows that the [...]

    20. A perfect, black gem of existential dread and despair. Starting from the premise that to be alive is not all right, and that the universe is a malignantly indifferent entity, whose eventual generation of consciousness is the source of much suffering and evil, it would seem hard to give the subject a positive spin; and indeed, Ligotti, unlike almost anybody else, does not. Unflinchingly, he stares existence in the moith and connects the dots that form the jaw that will crush every one alive today [...]

    21. I read this because Nic Pizzolatto mentioned it in one of his interviews about books that influenced his writing for TRUE DETECTIVE.To be accurate, I should write that I "read" it. I found Ligotti's book to be unreadable: haranguing, desperate, and bloated. Once I realized that I couldn't stand to read the book cover-to-cover, I tried to read each section separately. Each time I started another section, I was simultaneously bored and irritated by the style, the cynicism, and the constant insiste [...]

    22. Nos abre su mente describiendo todo su dolor, e intentando convencernos y que le comprendamos. Todo el libro es una atmosfera de tristeza y soledad.Sabido es que los mejores autores de terror son aquellos que han sufrido mucho, y pueden describirnos el terror de la mejor manera. Pues imposible es contarnos algo que realmente no has pasado en la realidad. Tú no sabes que es el dolor de muela, si no lo has tenido, ¿Cómo vas a describirlo en un relato?Ahora es comprensible que sus escritos sean [...]

    23. (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)Regular readers will remember that I recently read the new In the Mountains of Madness by W. 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 in r [...]

    24. You shouldn't read this book if you're feeling down. Heck, even if you're feeling cheerful, this book will kick your happiness in the kidney and leave it reeling. It's a grim book, filled with forbidden knowledge about the human condition. I figure it's a question of time before someone kills themselves and this book gets the blame, although that would be missing its point.I came by this book via HBO's True Detective when I heard the series' creator had read it (along with In the Dust of This Pl [...]

    25. A bracing book due to the uncompromising depth of its pessimism. This book reminds me in many ways of Pascal (Pensées) and John Gray (Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals), but Ligotti is far more consistent in rejecting any sort of happy resolution based on self-deception. This is pessimism on steroids.Ligotti is a gifted writer, and there were dozens of sentences in this book that moved me with their dark, arresting turns of phrase.The pointers into the literature of pessimism wer [...]

    26. I don't really have anything to argue with in the philosophy expounded here. But the idea that consciousness is basically a horrible accident loses most of its force when presented in the campy Lovecraftian language and imagery Ligotti uses. It's like being lectured by a Boglin. Ten minutes of the actual real-life news backs up this thesis much more effectively. Still - it's fun to imagine James Hetfield reading this, scratching his head with a shark's fin plectrum, looking for song titles.

    27. This is, strangely, a wonderful book.Ligotti does an excellent job of elucidating anti-natalist, pessimist, and nihilist views, and he does so in a deliberately provocative and challenging way. The first section was the one whose logic I found the least moving, the least compelling, but the book regained its footing in latter chapters to deliver some of the most intriguing philosophical arguments imaginable. I can't help but wish Ligotti had devoted more time to discuss the divide in pessimism b [...]

    28. Una disección brutal y visceral por parte del maestro titiritero Ligotti, de la conspiración que a la gente le parece bien seguir manteniendo. Hay amargura entre sus páginas, es cierto, pero qué grande es cuando mete el dedo en la llaga y nos señala, y nos culpa, y nos pone en evidencia. Y al fin y al cabo, qué otra salida nos queda que seguir conspirando contra nosotros mismos? nunca tendremos las pelotas de afrontar nuestra única realidad, la de marionetas que se dedican a vagar por est [...]

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