DELEUZIAN LOVECRAFT: undoing the face, esoterising the lexicon


I am dissatisfied with the analyses of those writers who create a demarcation in Lovecraft between the pure horror works and the dream cycle.

The same noetic estrangement underlies both, and the privileging of the horror over the dream excludes Lovecraft’s unitary vision of weirdness. This unitary perspective on horror and the dream can be explained in terms of Deleuze’s concept of the “weird”, which is

“the approach of a coherence that is no more our own, Man’s, than it is God’s or the World’s”.

For Deleuze, Lovecraft is an affirmative writer with an ontology of cosmic becoming, the opposite of a pessimistic misanthrope. Deleuze, like Lovecraft, seeks to think outside anthropological predicates. Neither philanthropy nor misanthropy but ex-anthropy.

One such “anthropological predicate” is the Face. Lovecraft as a child was tormented by uncontrollable facial tics, spasms and grimaces. He was also tormented by nightmares of “night-gaunts”, horrible creatures with…

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