As in “… makes me similar to” or “… do I have in common with.” In the words of Hegel, “philosophy always comes too late.” Me too – “Mr. Behind The Times, the present called to say you’re not out of step enough to be retro and there’s handwritten notes here saying you are not in any way the prefiguration of the future.” Plus I’m just generally late to things, to my continual chagrin. In this instance, though, I’m referring not to my own general (*ahem*) untimeliness as I am to my being slightly late to notice the recent shindig on H.P. Lovecraft.

Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Theory
The Centre for Cultural Studies hosted a unique one-day symposium dedicated to exploring H. P. Lovecraft’s relationship to Theory. The event did not follow the ordinary format of the academic conference. Some written materials were circulated beforehand, but there were no papers delivered on the day. Instead, there was structured discussions based on five of Lovecraft’s stories: ‘Call of Cthulhu’, ‘The Shadow over Innsmouth’, ‘The Dunwich Horror’, ‘The Shadow out of Time’, ‘Through the Gates of the Silver Key’.
Participants included: Benjamin Noys (Chichester) – author of The Culture of Death and Georges Bataille: A Critical Introduction; Graham Harman (Cairo) – author of Tool-Being and Guerilla Metaphysics. (Graham says that a philosophy should be judged on what it can tell us about Lovecraft); China Miéville – acclaimed author of Perdido Street Station, The Scar, and other tales of the Fantastic.; Luciana Parisi (Goldsmiths) – author of Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Biotechnology and the Mutations of Desire; Steve ‘Kode9’ Goodman (UEA) – author of the forthcoming Sonic Warfare; Justin Woodman (Goldsmiths) – expert on the Chaos Magick appropriation of Lovecraft’s mythos; James Kneale (UCL) – author of ‘From Beyond: H. P. Lovecraft and the Place of Horror’; Mark Fisher (Goldsmiths) – k-punk weblog; Dominic Fox – Poetix weblog. (via.)

See also.

Happily, or if you prefer, nightmarishly, several things(-that-should-not-be) from the event caper scabrously within the vast reaches of the infernal internet.
Here, here, here, and here. For anyone not yet converted, please read the following piece of evangelism.

Four of the five Lovecraft works circulated for the event are online.
Call of Cthulhu‘, ‘The Shadow over Innsmouth‘, ‘The Dunwich Horror‘, ‘The Shadow out of Time‘.

I haven’t found ‘Through the Gates of the Silver Key’ online. The story is a sequel to ‘The Silver Key‘ and stars the recurrent Lovecraft protagonist Randolph Carter. Among other places, Carter appeared in ‘The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath.’ When I was in high school I called BBS’s for a while (shocking I know). On them people all had handles like “The Doctor” and “Rancid” and “Big Al.” I picked “Randolph Carter” as mine, which caused much confusion from people who thought that was my real name. According to wikipedia, Carter was loosely based on Lovecraft’s own life.

There’s a substantial online archive of Lovecraft works here.

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