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  • Series: Horror of Philosophy (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 179 pages
  • Publisher: Zero Books (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184694676X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846946769
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thacker's discourse on the intersection of horror and philosophy is utterly original and utterly captivating...In the Dust of This Planet is an encyclopedic grimoire instructing us in the varieties of esoteric thought and infernal diversions that exist for the reader's further investigation, treating us to a delightful stroll down a midway of accursed attractions that alone are worth the ticket of this volume. (Thomas Ligotti, author of The Conspiracy Against the Human Race)

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Eugene Thacker has written on science fiction, horror, continental philosophy, politics, culture, science and technology. He is associate professor of media studies at the New School in New York, and is scholar-in-residence at the Miskatonic University's Institute for Shoggothic Atheology in Israel.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Lyons on March 18, 2012
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This is an extraordinary book. Thacker is obviously an expert on a wide variety of seemingly unrelated things: Western philosophy, extreme music, horror and science fiction literature and film, and medieval through modern religious tracts. This book takes all of this and synthesizes it into a series of extremely thought-provoking claims, centered around the idea that horror is a window into the unthinkable occulted reality. If you have an interest in horror or awe you'll probably find something interesting in here and you will definitely be confronted with novel thoughts and ways of thinking. As a purely philosophical work, it's great.

More than that, it is also a success as literature itself. Thacker establishes a sort of horror ambiance that seems only partially derived from the subject matter. He also openly, perhaps somewhat ostentatiously, relies on medieval scholastic structure for the book itself, organizing the material into "lectio," "disputatio" and "quaestio", but it works quite well, because these structures are designed around raising questions, highlighting contradictions and taking diversions rather than linearly building up a proof the way a modern philosophical treatise would.

In short, it's an utter success in both form and content. It's a quick read, but contains many large, difficult ideas but presents them in a fun way. I strongly recommend it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By c2588 on March 12, 2013
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What made this really fun for me was that most of the literature being cited was more than 100 years old. He's writing, in this book, as if Medieval philosophy were still an important scholarly enterprise, demonology was a well known subfield, and Lovecraft was an intellectual with whom all educated people must engage!
The main concepts were engaging, though very similar to other speculative realist arguments in the intense enthusiasm for doing away with anthropocentrism. At least here we have a very stylized and fun set case, and the world beyond the grasp of humans is Lovecraftian rather than quotidian.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ales Kot on June 20, 2013
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This is one of the most cerebral, in-depth explorations of horror as philosophy and entertainment that I am aware of.
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