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"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." 

His fiction is known to be some of the most terrifying in the genre of supernatural horror, but Thomas Ligotti's first nonfiction book may be 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 listeners 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.

©2018 Thomas Ligotti (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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An Honest Dive Into Pessimism

Citing influences within the horror genre and beyond, Thomas Ligotti explores the nature of the horror of being in this eloquent and cutting analysis of pessimistic existentialism. A must-read for weird-fiction buffs and existential enthusiasts alike.

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Very Thought Provoking

This book is the uncompromising exploration of pessimism and nihilism I have ever read. It is penetrating and insightful. It stimulated a lot of thought as I listened to it. I would say that it is probably one of the most intellectually honest documents I have read.