The Conspiracy Against the Human Race

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The Conspiracy Against the Human Race
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AuthorThomas Ligotti
CountryUnited States

The Conspiracy Against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror (2007) is a non-fiction book by American author Thomas Ligotti.[1] Better known as a horror fiction author, with Conspiracy Ligotti offers a series of essays explaining his philosophical pessimism and anti-natalist views. Among others, Ligotti cites Peter Wessel Zapffe (1899-1990) and Emil Cioran (1911-1995) as inspirations on his views.

True Detective connection[edit]

In 2014, the HBO television series True Detective attracted attention from some of Ligotti's fans because of the striking resemblance between the pessimistic philosophy espoused in the first few episodes by the character of Rust Cohle (played by Matthew McConaughey) and Ligotti's writings in The Conspiracy Against the Human Race. Prior to accusations that dialogue from Cohle's character in True Detective were lifted from The Conspiracy Against the Human Race,[2][3] the series' writer, Nic Pizzolatto, confirmed in The Wall Street Journal[4][5][6] that Ligotti, along with several other writers and texts in the weird supernatural horror genre, had indeed influenced him. Pizzolatto said he found The Conspiracy Against the Human Race to be "incredibly powerful writing".[6] On the topic of hard-boiled detectives, he asked: "What could be more hardboiled than the worldview of Ligotti or [Emil] Cioran?"[6]


  1. ^ a b Poole, W. Scott (25 October 2018). "'The Conspiracy Against the Human Race' Is a Therapuetic Work of Hardcore Literary Pessimism". PopMatters.
  2. ^ CNN, By Todd Leopold. "'True Detective' writer accused of plagiarism -". CNN. Retrieved 2016-05-26.
  3. ^ Davis, Mike (2014-08-04). "Did the writer of "True Detective" plagiarize Thomas Ligotti and others?". Lovecraft eZine. Retrieved 2016-05-26.
  4. ^ Calia, Michael (January 30, 2014). "The Most Shocking Thing About HBO's 'True Detective'". WSJ Speakeasy.
  5. ^ "The Arkham Digest: Interview: Nic Pizzolatto, creator/writer of HBO's True Detective". Retrieved 2016-05-26.
  6. ^ a b c Calia, Michael (February 2, 2014). "Writer Nic Pizzolatto on Thomas Ligotti and the Weird Secrets of 'True Detective'". WSJ Speakeasy.