Nine citations on theology and horror

September 26, 2011


“To what extent is ‘life’ as a concept always situated between a biology of a non-ontological ‘life itself’ and an onto-theology of the life-beyond-the-living, or ‘after-life’? But what comes ‘after life’? Is it death, decay, and decomposition, or is it resurrection and regeneration? Is it, in biological terms, the transformation of the living into the non-living, from the organic life of molecules to non-organic matter? Or does it involve a theological re-vitalization of the resurrected, living cadaver?”

Eugene Thacker, “Nine Disputations on Theology and Horror,” Collapse IV (‘Concept Horror’, May 2008)



“Spider” (1997)





“All such statements as: 1. ‘We are dead to sin,’ 2. ‘We live unto God,’ etc., signify that we do not yield to our sinful passions and sin, even though sin continues in us. Nevertheless, sin remains in us until the end of our life, as we read in Galatians 5:17: ‘The flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other.’ Therefore all apostles and saints confess that sin and the sinful passions remain in us till the body is turned into ashes, and a new (glorified) body is raised up which is free from passion and sin.”

Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans 6:2



“For the life of the bodies of the ungodly is not the life of their souls but of their bodies, a life which souls can confer even when those souls are dead, that is, when God abandons them; for their own life, in virtue of which they are immortal, still persists, in however low a degree.”

Augustine, City of God, XIII.2



“the carnal diagrams of flesh are imbued with dust soups (the ultimate mess); they are mapped by syntheses of dust with xenochemical hydro-currents and cosmic wetness, and mobilized by the intelligence and vigor of epidemics. This is neither to glorify the flesh in the context of monotheism and its creationist basins (God made you out of dust), nor to pay tribute to the flesh and its carnal politics; it is to declare that flesh is already a reeking catacomb of dust-compositions, drenched by deluges.”

Reza Negarestani, “The dead mother of all contagions,” Cyclonopedia: complicity with anonymous materials



“Sounds from distant bombs (these becoming commonplace). No option for me but to spend twelve uninterrupted days, alone and without friends, staying in my room, depressed and vulnerable to gnawing anguish.”

Georges Bataille, “April-June 1944,” On Nietzsche



“As I rapidly made the mesmeric passes, amid ejaculations of ‘dead! dead!’ absolutely bursting from the tongue and not from the lips of the sufferer, his whole frame at once—within the space of a single minute, or less, shrunk—crumbled—absolutely rotted away beneath my hands. Upon the bed, before that whole company, there lay a nearly liquid mass of loathsome—of detestable putrescence.”

Edgar Allan Poe, “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar”, Tales of Mystery and Imagination



Meat Abstract (1989)


One Response to “Nine citations on theology and horror”

  1. petra Says:

    Well—that paper wasn’t a photograph of any background, after all. What it shewed was simply the monstrous being he was painting on that awful canvas. It was the model he was using—and its background was merely the wall of the cellar studio in minute detail. But by God, Eliot, it was a photograph from life.

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