In Thomas Ligotti’s first nonfiction outing, an examination of the meaning (or meaninglessness) of life through an insightful, unsparing argument that proves the greatest horrors are not the products of our imagination but instead are found in reality.
“There is a signature motif discernible in both works of philosophical pessimism and supernatural horror. It may be stated thus: Behind the scenes of life lurks something pernicious that makes a nightmare of our world.”
Ligotti’s fiction is known to be some of the most terrifying in the horror/weird fiction genre; but his first book of nonfiction is even scarier.
Drawing on philosophy, literature, neuroscience, and other fields of study, Ligotti takes the penetrating lens of his imagination and turns it on his audience, causing them to grapple with the brutal reality that they are living a meaningless nightmare, and anyone who feels otherwise is simply acting out an optimistic fallacy.
At once a guidebook to pessimistic thought and a relentless critique of humanity’s employment of self-deception to cope with the pervasive suffering of their existence, The Conspiracy against the Human Race may just convince readers that there is more than a measure of truth in the despairing yet unexpectedly liberating negativity that is widely considered a hallmark of Ligotti’s work.
“People do not know, and cannot face, the things that go on in this world, the secret nightmares that are suffered by millions every day… and the excruciating paradox, the nightmarish obscenity of being something that does not know what it is and yet believes that it does know, something that in fact is nothing but a tiny particle that forms the body of The Great Black Swine Which Wallows in a Great River of Blackness that to us looks like sunrises and skyscrapers, like all the knotted events of the past and the unraveling of these knots in the future, like birthdays and funerals, like satellites and cell phones and rockets launched into space, like nations and peoples, like the laws of nature and the laws of humanity, like families and friends, like everything, including these words that I write.”
—Thomas Ligotti, “My Work Is Not Yet Done”
About the Author, Links, &tc.
A cult figure in himself, it is challenging to find clear photographs of Thomas Ligotti online. Above, left, is a photo of the author we located on Pinterest (no info).
Read more about Thomas Ligotti, here…
Read an early review of Ligotti’s book The Conspiracy Against the Human Race, here…
Learn about the new Ligottian literary journal, Vastarian, here… (Cover of Vol. 1, Issue 1 = above, right)
Visit Thomas Ligotti Online (TLO), a Public Forum create by author Jon Padget, here…
Order your copy of Penguin’s upcoming new edition of Thomas Ligotti’s The Conspiracy Against the Human Race, here…
You can read the book free on Kindle, for a limited time, here…