The breadth and confidence of Mark Fisher's influential k-punk blog invigorated extra-academic inquiry into culture and politics in the early millennium. An alumnus of the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit, as much indebted to the British New Left as to the most vertiginous sci-fi, Fisher was funny, sad, incisive, fighting, and the critical landscape loses a trenchant friend with his recent passing. If you haven't read him, do so now, he's great.— Cam
A noted British cultural critic takes on some of the strangest and most anomalous works of art from the 20th century and dissects our fascination with the unsettling in popular music, film, and writing
What exactly are the Weird and the Eerie? Two closely related but distinct modes, and each possesses its own distinct properties. Both have often been associated with Horror, but this genre alone does not fully encapsulate the pull of the outside and the unknown.
In several essays, Mark Fisher argues that a proper understanding of the human condition requires examination of transitory concepts such as the weird and the eerie.
Featuring discussion of the works of: H. P. Lovecraft, H. G. Wells, M.R. James, Christopher Priest, Joan Lindsay, Nigel Kneale, Daphne Du Maurier, Alan Garner and Margaret Atwood, and films by Stanley Kubrick, Jonathan Glazer and Christoper Nolan.
About the Author
Mark Fisher was the author of Capitalist Realism and Ghosts of My Life. He lectured at Goldsmiths, blogged at k-punk.abstractdynamics.org and wrote regularly for other publications including The Guardian. Tragically, he died in early 2017, just prior to the publication of The Weird and the Eerie.