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Elizabeth Sandifer

Elizabeth Sandifer created Eruditorum Press. She’s not really sure why she did that, and she apologizes for the inconvenience. She currently writes Last War in Albion, a history of the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. She used to write TARDIS Eruditorum, a history of Britain told through the lens of a ropey sci-fi series. She also wrote Neoreaction a Basilisk, writes comics these days, and has ADHD so will probably just randomly write some other shit sooner or later. Support Elizabeth on Patreon.


  1. CJM123
    April 13, 2020 @ 10:26 am

    I really like the essay this week, and don’t have much to add apart from asking if anyone can help me out. Whose El quoting at the top, Mark Fisher or Jacques Derrida?

    I’m pretty appalled I hadn’t heard of reports of sexual abuse before and would appreciate if someone could point me in the right direction. I get so fed up with the number of figures who aren’t interrogated at all. You’d have thought Paul de Man’s Nazi background would have been enough to stop this, but academia has to academia.


    • Philip Wallén
      April 13, 2020 @ 12:16 pm

      The quote is actually from China Miéville (his essay “M.R. James and the Quantum Vampire”), and the allegation can be found with a quick google. Upsetting stuff.


      • CJM123
        April 13, 2020 @ 7:18 pm

        Fuck. That is terrible.

        Also, El, if you were keeping this vague to avoid his fans/his lawyers finding this, feel free to delete the comment thread.


      • LovecraftInBrooklyn
        April 19, 2020 @ 2:41 am

        I looked and couldn’t find anything, this is upsetting


        • Sleepyscholar
          April 20, 2020 @ 2:31 am

          It’s not as easy as Philip claims (we had a similar exchange on the Patreon page), but it is doable. You could try googling ’emotional abuse and social power’.

          I also found it upsetting (I know someone who knows Miéville), but it is sobering. It shows something of how micro-power and privilege function in relationships. And it tells us, if we didn’t already know, about how prevalent the tendency to turn a blind eye is.

          That aside, it’s a shame that the article itself has drawn so few comments. I think that speaks to its quality rather than any lack of interest.


          • Elizabeth Sandifer
            April 20, 2020 @ 2:34 am

            I must stress that “Philip” disappeared off the Internet some time time ago and has not said anything to anyone in years.

          • Aylwin
            April 20, 2020 @ 6:01 am

            I believe Sleepyscholar is referring to Philip Wallén, above.

          • Sleepyscholar
            April 20, 2020 @ 2:27 pm

            I am indeed. Sorry for the confusion, El. To be honest, I’d forgotten about the Philip you mentioned.

    • çihojoj
      April 13, 2020 @ 1:03 pm

      It’s a China Miéville’s quote from “M.R. James and the Quantum Vampire”.
      But I don’t know anything about his sexual abuses.


  2. LovecraftInBrooklyn
    April 19, 2020 @ 2:35 am

    “ More to the point, he’s a figure of stark and shocking nihilism who casually declares the goodness of reducing the world to “dust and darkness,” and who seeks to bring the “gift of death to all humanity.” This is not merely a Dalek-like commitment to destruction out of some lust for power or racial purity, but an embrace of destruction for destruction’s own sake. It is only barely an ideological evil—Sutekh represents a sort of absolute nullity.“

    I have long argued- sometimes on dates – that the only way to end the endless cycle of death and suffering is to end all life, possibly in some kind of Futurist apocalypse.

    I am not happy that it us now happening; I’m just bored.


    • LovecraftInBrooklyn
      April 24, 2020 @ 12:35 pm

      Can someone delete this comment


  3. Jitendra singh
    April 23, 2020 @ 12:37 pm

    I am indeed. Sorry for the confusion, El. To be honest, I’d forgotten about the Philip you mentioned


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    May 2, 2020 @ 1:55 pm

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