Eugene Thacker is an author and associate professor at The New School in New York. Thacker is known for his work in philosophy, media theory, and the study of genre horror and science fiction. In addition to his writing on science and technology, Thacker has written on the work of Georges Bataille, E.M. Cioran, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Arthur Schopenhauer, H.P. Lovecraft, and medieval mysticism. Thacker’s most recent books are Horror of Philosophy and After Life. Thacker periodically writes a column for Mute Magazine called "Occultural Studies." Thacker wrote the Forewords to the English editions of the works of E.M. Cioran, published by Arcade Publishing. Thacker also wrote the Preface and contributed to the Annotations of Clive Barker's novella Cabal, published in a special edition by Fiddleblack Press.
Thacker's work has often been associated with contemporary philosophies of nihilism and pessimism, as well as to speculative realism. In an interview with True Detective creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto, Thacker's book In The Dust of This Planet is cited as an influence on the TV series, along with Ray Brassier's Nihil Unbound, Thomas Ligotti's The Conspiracy Against the Human Race, Jim Crawford's Confessions of an Antinatalist, and David Benatar's Better Never To Have Been.
Thacker is also an author of experimental fiction. His writing has appeared in anthologies such as Degenerative Prose (published by Black Ice/FC2), Diagram: Selections from the Magazine (edited by Ander Monson), and Debug: Primary Techno Noir (edited by Kenji Siratori). Thacker has produced book arts projects, and an "anti-novel" titled An Ideal for Living. With Ronald Sukenick and Mark Amerika, Thacker helped establish Alt-X Press, for which he edited the anthology Hard_Code. Thacker has previously collaborated with Fakeshop, Biotech Hobbyist, and Merzbow.
- Into the Influx Incision (Mercury Arts Press, 1994)
- Editor, Hard Code: Narrating the Network Society (Alt-X Press, 2001)
- Biomedia (University of Minnesota Press, 2004)
- The Global Genome: Biotechnology, Politics, and Culture (MIT Press, 2005)
- An Ideal for Living: An Anti-Novel (Quodlibet Books, 2006)
- The Exploit: A Theory of Networks',' co-authored with Alexander R. Galloway (University of Minnesota Press, 2007)
- After Life (University of Chicago Press, 2010)
- Horror of Philosophy, vol. 1 - In The Dust Of This Planet (Zero Books, 2011)
- Dark Nights of the Universe (with Daniel Coluciello Barber, Nicola Masciandaro, and Alexander R. Galloway) ([NAME] Publications, 2013)
- Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation (with Alexander R. Galloway and McKenzie Wark) (University of Chicago Press, 2013)
- Co-Editor, with Nicola Masciandaro, Glossator 7: The Mystical Text (Black Clouds Course Through Me Unending), (2013)
- Georges Bataille
- Gilles Deleuze
- Michel Foucault
- Arthur Schopenhauer
- horror fiction
- experimental literature
- Emil Cioran
- Cabal & Other Annotations, published by Fiddleblack
- "Writer Nic Pizzolatto on Thomas Ligotti and the Weird Secrets of True Detective."
- An electronic version of the book is available at the Alt-X Press website.
- Fakeshop is a media art group, which has presented work at Ars Electronica, The Kitchen NYC, Siggraph, and the 2000 Whitney Biennial.
- Thacker collaborated with Biotech Hobbyist to produce Creative Biotechnology: A User's Manual (Locus+, 2004).
- Thacker produced a CD of noise music released by Extreme Records (Sketches for Biotech Research, XCD-046), as well as a collabortive CD with Merzbow, part of the Merzbow Box Set released in 2000. The Box Set also includes a book with Thacker's essay "Bataille/Body/Noise."
- The New School: Eugene Thacker
- Occultural Studies Column, Mute.
- 'Horror of philosophy' interview on Expanding Mind Radio, 9 July 2012
- Interview on philosophy and horror, To The Best Of Our Knowledge, 10/30/2011
- Black Infinity, lecture at the "Leper Creativity" conference, The New School, 11 March 2011 (with co-panelists Alex Galloway and Nicola Masciandaro)
- Divine Darkness, lecture at "Dark Materialisms" conference, London Natural History Museum, 12 January 2011
- Divine Darkness, lecture at "Speculative Medievalisms" conference, King's College London, 14 January 2011
- Expanding Mind 9/30/2010. Erik Davis and Maja D'Aoust interview Nicola Masciandaro and Eugene Thacker on the subject of black metal
- After Life, talk and interview, Ctheory/PAC-TAC lecture series, November 2008
- Nine Disputations on Theology and Horror, published in Collapse vol. IV (2008)
- Interview with Roy Christopher from 2006, also in the book Follow for Now.
- Nomos, Nosos, and Bios in the Body Politic, published in Culture Machine, vol. 7 (2005)
- Lecture at The New School, November 8, 2010
- Nekros or the Poetics of Biopolitics, "Incognetum Hactenus - A Journal on Art, Philosophy, and Horror"
- Wayless Abyss: Mysticism, Mediation, & Divine Nothingness, Postmedieval journal #3 (2012)
- All for Nought, Nietzsche Workshop IV, Parsons/The New School, 13 April 2013 (starts at 35:00 min)
- Dark Nights of the Universe, The Public School NYC/Recess Gallery, April 26-29 2012 (with Daniel Coluciello Barber, Nicola Masciandaro, and Alexander R. Galloway)
- Day of Wrath, "Glossator 6 (2012): Black Metal", 89-120.
- "The Sight of a Mangled Corpse - Interview with Eugene Thacker," in the journal Scapegoat, issue 05 (2013)