by Timothy J Jarvis
Spent much of the afternoon poring over Fred Botting’s article, ‘More things: Horror, materialism and speculative weirdism’, a remarkable piece of criticism on Lovecraft, cosmic horror, speculative realism, and posthumanism. His provocative conclusion describes a ‘widening gyre’ of indifference and horror:
Thinking without humanity, thinking without philosophy: posthuman science seems to have no need of speculative realism, as flag-waver, belated philosophical legitimator or camp-follower. Its indifference of thinking, beyond the human, also turns on an indifference of horror. What is left: horror without horror, or an even more horrifying thought than horror itself – the absence of horror?