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The Conspiracy Against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror Hardcover – Apr 2010


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  • Hardcover: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocampus Pr (April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098242969X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982429693
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 14.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By C. Low on 5 Aug. 2012
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Thomas Ligotti has been hailed as a successor to H.P. Lovecraft, though not from any similarity of style or theme. The comparison comes from an intuition that Ligotti has a unique, interior sense of the horrific, the weird and the uncanny that brings to mind the unsettling originality of Lovecraft. He seems to be plugged into the same power conduit.

Ligotti has laid bare the nature of his interior vision in his non-fiction work "The Conspiracy Against the Human Race". It is bleak, pitiless, pessimistic and nihilistic. In a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock, Ligotti crushes everything. Satan himself could stand in the infernal flames, swearing it was better to rule in Hell than serve in Heaven, and one minute later he would be roadkill under the wheels of Ligotti's merciless prose. Reading "The Conspiracy Against the Human Race" is like sitting next to Ligotti while he operates the control bars of a tank in the car park of a large mall. There is an unequal contest between sardonic rhetoric and universal verity that howls like metal being torn apart. It is wild fun.

I had a sense of what to expect from "Conspiracy" because I had read and re-read Ligotti's essay "Thinking Horror" in "Collapse IV" (an astonishing compilation of essays straddling the boundaries of horror fiction and philosophy - it can be found online). I think I needed this graded inoculation of spleen to prepare myself mentally for the nihilistic overdose that "Conspiracy" represents. If a cosmic hypostasis of Pain had an internal dialogue, a keen intelligence, and access to the finest vocabulary, then this is what it would write. "Conspiracy" is Munch's Scream given literary form.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CD on 2 Oct. 2013
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Thomas Ligotti is a genius. To find another soul out there as pessimistic about existence as myself is wonderful, and to read about it in such a wonderful book is even better. For fans of nihilism, existentialism and pessimism.
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Upon reading this book, little knowledge I had of Thomas Ligotti and the pessimistic bent philosophy. Although I have always favoured more pessimistic philosophies within my life, the book helped me to understand the psychological horrors which lay in our consciousness, as well as pointing out the turpitude of humanities purpose.

Thomas Ligotti previously known as an author for writing more supernatural horror stories, taking the mantle after people like Edgar Allan Poe and H.P Lovecraft.
In the case of 'The Conspiracy Against the Human Race', Ligotti has changed the genre, using more of a commentary esque style, whist using writings and interviews from philosophers and authors such as Schopenhauer, Zapffe, U.G Krishnamurti, Tolstoy and many more. It's not only a great insight into the views of Ligotti but it's also an interesting breakdown of the aforementioned philosophers and authors.

This title is not an easy read, it will get your mind on it's back foot, constantly having to reanalyse sentences which Ligotti has cleverly literalized. Also, some of the pessimistic views are unsettling, striking on a nerve of reality and making you rethink not only the behaviour of your own consciousness, but that of others too.

This book has whetted my appetite, making me interested in many different authors, I've begun burning a hole in my wallet, buying more books which are either mentioned in this title or are connected in one way or another to Ligotti's views.
It's a griping read and one that I would highly recommend to others, but if your into feel good philosophies I would stay clear, as it will probably shatter everything you may have ever believed in. But with any form of thinking, it's about being opened minded to even things that might not necessarily make you feel comfortable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Wharton on 22 July 2014
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Grinding, hilarious, fascinating. But ultimately impossible to relate to. Thomas Ligotti has some serious drive in spite of what he thinks of human consciousness
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Excellent book on death, life and our relationship with them, from the point of view of the species. It goes through the latest philosophical thesis and thinking on the subject, and is written in a way that's far from the arid language of the academics. That is to say, it's easy to read and understand. Even if I may disagree on some of the points stipulated, especially those about transhumanism (I choose to perpetuate the conspiracy a bit more in this regard), I cannot find any fault for this author or this book. So please disregard the negative ratings you've seen, and give it a try. Even if you don't disagree, I think you'll find the book well worth buying and reading. Just because you don't agree with an author doesn't mean you should rate the book down.
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If you are not a nihilist before reading this book you probably will be afterwards.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Lea on 9 Oct. 2014
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There is some valid criticism in the other reviews here but really, any attempt to engage with and publicise the neglected work of genius that is "The Last Messiah" by Peter Wessel Zapffe deserves immense credit.

Philosophical pessimism is the ultimate delusion buster that even the new athiests, Dawkins et al. are unwilling to confront.
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