Ben Woodard of Speculative Heresy opens a week of essays with a long philosophical article on Lovecraft’s attitude to science, the categorisation of the natural world.

“That Crawford Tillinghast should ever have studied science and philosophy was a mistake. These things should be left to the frigid and impersonal investigator, for they offer two equally tragic alternatives to the man of feeling and action; despair if he fail in his quest, and terrors unutterable and unimaginable if he succeed.” — Lovecraft, in “From Beyond” (1920).

I note that the Speculative Heresy team link to the Open Humanities Alliance, who have a template up for a new academic ejournal, titled simply Monster. No issues or even any blurb yet, but I’d welcome an open access journal that sees contemporary philosophers tackling monsters and the monstrous in the human imagination.