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The Spectacle of the Void

The Spectacle of the Void The world has been swallowed by strangeness A new reality a horror reality has taken hold David Peak s The Spectacle of the Void examines the boundaries of the irreal and the beyond exploring horror

  • Title: The Spectacle of the Void
  • Author: DavidPeak
  • ISBN: 9781503007161
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Paperback
  • The world has been swallowed by strangeness A new reality a horror reality has taken hold David Peak s The Spectacle of the Void examines the boundaries of the irreal and the beyond, exploring horror s singular ability to communicate the unknown through language and image It is also a speculative work that gazes unflinchingly at the inevitable extinction of mankind, qThe world has been swallowed by strangeness A new reality a horror reality has taken hold David Peak s The Spectacle of the Void examines the boundaries of the irreal and the beyond, exploring horror s singular ability to communicate the unknown through language and image It is also a speculative work that gazes unflinchingly at the inevitable extinction of mankind, questioning whether or not the burden of our knowing we will someday cease to exist is a burden after all, or rather the very notion that will set us free.

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    1. Horror, then, is the permission to speculate beyond our own limitations as a species, including the inherent failure of communication, and to truly understand the concept of being without thought.This slim volume is a speculative realist take on the abject and what is described as a horror reality. Peak asserts that humans are cursed with faulty communication and yet possess the ability to imagine a reality beyond the present, including what is described as a world-without-is. This pondering of [...]

    2. This is one of a growing (metastasizing?) body of recent works that articulate a philosophy of horror. These works differ from those by, for example, Noel Carroll, Judith Halberstam, and Jeffrey Jerome Cohen (all of which are fantastic) in a number of important ways, largely because they are pitched toward a general audience of enthusiasts as opposed to an academic audience of specialists. What they may lack, strictly speaking, as polished scholarly performances, they make up with lyrical intens [...]

    3. “Considering the central importance of language in our lives what other choice do we have? It's difficult to argue that anything more significant, more destructive than language has ever been, or possibly could be, inflicted upon the human race. Everything beyond this realm is the void.”“And what is possession if not the invasion of supposedly evil spirits, miscarrying an abomination, something uninvited that is animating the body in unwanted ways? In this sense, writing horror issomething [...]

    4. Peak's book is an excellent overview of various themes of the "new horror" that has arisen in recent years that not only defines the genre of film and literature but the horror of existence in our post-modern culture. I am only beginning to become acquainted with the ideas that Peak touches on from Ligotti and Thacker, but luckily my background in philosophy gives me an edge here.The idea that humanity faces our own extinction is not new and comes specifically from the horror of "the bomb" and h [...]

    5. A very exciting read, which rendered some philosophical concepts I'd previously struggled with in an engaging and accessible way. Academic writing doesn't have to be obtuse or annoyingly dense and in fact I prefer it not to be, but there's a ridiculous and unfortunate amount of it out there. Thankfully, Peak's work is far from that. His writing is passionate and engaging without dumbing anything down, and he references a number of works - both fiction and non - that I'm either familiar with or e [...]

    6. I could not put this book down! I recommend for anyone who enjoys the horror genre (especially those who enjoy Lovecraftian themes). This book does a fantastic job of trying to define cosmic horror. Highly recommended.

    7. Definitely akin to the Eugene Thacker book, but I enjoyed this more. Breezier writing style, and less emphasis on trying to contextualize the influence of Lovecraftian cosmic horror within the philosophical realms (though everyone seems to still love Schopenhauer and other nihilistic philosophers like Emil Cioran - thanks True Detective!) - but instead within the genre. Long story short (too late) I much more enjoy explications of Prince of Darkness (sooooo underrated) and In the Mouth of Madnes [...]

    8. David Peak seems to have come to Speculative Realism from horror fiction, and I came to it from Emil Cioran and John N Gray (and also horror helped of course). But our conclusions are remarkably similar. Speculative Realism's champion literary genre (most schools of philosophy seem to have one) is undeniably weird fiction. From Harman to Thacker, it gets thrown out there quite a lot. Peak brings in greats in the filmmaking side of things as well, most importantly (for me) Dario Argento.Peak tell [...]

    9. David Peak explores the link between philosophy and horror. Using modern horror as its vehicle, Peak demonstrates the ways in which the stories we tell ourselves are really reflections of the deeper philosophical preoccupations within modern thought. For this reason, the stories that we tell ourselves “it’s just a story” may in fact be the ones that have the most to say -- they serve to say the things we know are true but wish desperately to deny.

    10. "to be human is to be both imprisoned in our limited comprehension of the universe and "privileged" with the burden of consiousness."Great insightful essay, made me understand horror in a new way. The division between the-world-for-us and the world-without-us is central to his argument, linking to speculative realism.

    11. If you took away retellings of other books, stories or movies, you'd have probably less than half of what is left of original work in this book. Even then it comes off as pretentious.Maybe it's 2deep4me. Pseudo-intelligent wordplay while endlessly repeating and quoting and repeating quotes from other authors or source materials and of itself with no real movement or "conclusion" (knowing this isn't the type of topic to get a "conclusion" out of, it seemed to go absolutely nowhere.)

    12. What a great read!! I couldn't put it down. I read it in one day while I ran around my city in a bus.

    13. I think I came to the conclusion that In the Dust of This Planet was more about writing in the spirit of so called "new wierd", than being "new wierd" itself. This little pamphlet by David Peak roughly fits the same description.While offering a couple of reading suggestions, Peak doesn't really add much to what Eugene Thacker has already said (or written). And even if I do feel inspired and have been given perhaps a little more insight in the overall thematic of "new wierd", I also feel the disi [...]

    14. I feel extremely conflicted and deeply frustrated about this book: I find it very difficult to agree with many of its assumptions and findings, but its scope and argumentation cover a lot of really interesting and provocative ideas. Peak is very deeply enmeshed in the Linguistic Turn - he articulates both the human condition and the origin of horror in terms of communicative impossibility - going so far to say that ‘horror reality’ is exemplified by two kinds of narrative: inarticulate lucid [...]

    15. After the success of "Conspiracy Against the Human Race" and "In the Dust of This Planet" it's somewhat inevitable that a bunch of books that meld philosophy and horror will pop up the problem is that what Ligotti and Thacker do so absolutely well is explain difficult philosophical concepts using narrative and specifically the exemplary narrative of horror. Peak's problem is that he obviously is well read in the horror cannon and seems to have a strong background in literary studies but the cent [...]

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