Naturhorror and the Weird

  • Eugene Thacker
Part of the Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies book series (GSLS)


This chapter inquires into the many forms of weird aesthetics and horror fiction from a decidedly philosophical point of view. Using Friedrich W. J. Schelling’s nineteenth- century conception of the philosophy of nature (qua Naturphilosophie), Eugene Thacker develops the notion of Naturhorror that merges genre -specific aesthetics and philosophical naturalism. Thacker thus reiterates literary, scientific, and philosophical aspects of this kind of Naturhorror in the words of Algernon Blackwood, Kyoka Izumi, Cailín R. Kiernan, Charles Fort, China Miéville, Vilém Flusser, and H. P. Lovecraft.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eugene Thacker
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  1. 1.The New SchoolNew YorkUSA

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