Those screams you're hearing are philosophy being awoken from its dogmatic slumbers with a stark brutality rarely matched in the history of intellectual anomaly. If there's a more intense sleep-killer compilation out there somewhere, it's concealing itself well. – Nick Land, author of Templexity: Disordered Loops through Shanghai Time (Urbanatomy, 2014)We simultaneously loThose screams you're hearing are philosophy being awoken from its dogmatic slumbers with a stark brutality rarely matched in the history of intellectual anomaly. If there's a more intense sleep-killer compilation out there somewhere, it's concealing itself well. – Nick Land, author of Templexity: Disordered Loops through Shanghai Time (Urbanatomy, 2014)We simultaneously love and hate serial killers: we dread them, and yet we are fascinated by them. Both in reality, and in books and television shows, serial killers seem to stand at the very edge of what is possible, or of what is human. The essays in this volume push to the extremes of philosophy, and of art and literature, in order to speak to our uneasy relationship with what we both desire and abhor. – Steven Shaviro, Wayne State University, author of The Universe of Things (UMP, 2014)Serial Killing leaves behind the analysis of the serial killer as a romantic anti-hero, diagnostic category of psychopathology or sociological symptom to offer a collection of essays that infuses the conventional delusions of critical distance with the passionate, homicidal embrace of loving neighborliness. The theoretical, photographic and fictional essays in this volume take the serial killer as an object of both philosophical speculation and spiritual contemplation. In a brilliant cornucopia of styles and obsessions, serial killing becomes, among many other things: the touchstone of common in-humanity, a form of sacrifice and mystical rite, a leisure activity, a kind of bloody ikebana, a kaligraphic and auto-graphic mode of self-portraiture and flesh inscription, the meta-relational emanation of immanent suffering, a form of kleptomancy, an expression of neoliberal love, an ascetic practice of cosmic joy. It is properly mad. – Scott Wilson, Kingston University, author of Stop Making Sense (Karnac, 2015)One of the deepest and darkest truths in psychoanalysis is about the serial nature of the object. We pretend that it is unique, irreplaceable, singular, but it isn't, and it always exists as part of a multiple whose secret truth, to our real horror, is the emptiness or nothing at the center of this excess. In this fascinating collection of essays edited by Edia Connole and Gary Shipley we find out about this serial perversion of everyday life. – Jamieson Webster, Eugene Lang College, author of Stay! Illusion (Vintage, 2014)...
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Serial Killing: A Philosophical Anthology Reviews
Really enjoyed and got a lot out of "Trans-serial and the Deadly Medium" by Irina Gheorghe, "Religion, Domination and Serial Killing: Western Culture and Murder" by Paul O'Brien, and "Exquisite Corpse: Serial Writing and the Horripilation of Writing" by Aspasia Stephanou.
The first 2/3 of this book is very dry academic texts discussing serial murder in a broad, cultural and social context, rather than the specific dissection of notable killers (although specific instances are referenced as evidence or brought up in discussion). I found a lot of to be mind numbingly pontificating and masturbatory, specifically the texts which seem to be trying in earnest to present the murder as some sort of rapturous and spiritual act, but the essays grounded more firmly in reality - such as that suggesting that serial murder could perhaps have its roots in western society's modern state- make for interesting, if a little meandering, reading.The last third is a strange departure in that it is prose based, containing short stories and an extract from Yuu Seki's poem 'Serial Kitsch'. Also included are collages by various artists that don't really add much being poorly printed and represented in black and white on a small size. If you find yourself interested in the subject and also in a broad spectrum of philosophy and psychology this book may be of interest to you. But if you are looking for a more earthly account of actual murders/murderers, look elsewhere.Of note for black metal fans the leader of the band Liturgy makes an authorial contribution which tries and fails to gives insight into his incomprehensible and astounding philosophical outlook.