Gothic (A)Theology


In what follows, I would like to attempt to outline some brief reflections on the two writings entitled ‘Gothic Insurrection’ and ‘Extinction’, of which EM and I are the authors and which, prior to this publication, have already found their way onto the web.

Despite the obvious differences (some attributable to aesthetic preferences, some to genuine theological disagreements), both writings attempt to rework and reimagine a common legacy: that of Unconditional Accelerationism (U/Acc), a countercultural current clearly distinct from both Left Accelerationism (L/Acc) and Right Accelerationism (R/Acc)—all of which are widely debated online, especially in the obscure digital crevasse known as #cavetwitter. The Gothic Insurrection—henceforth abbreviated as Goth/Ins—is the theoretical entity that has emerged from this remodelling; it is a new paradigm, deeply rooted in the traditions of cosmic pessimism and Lovecraftian cosmicism, fuelled by a radical distrust of modernity and a calling into question of technological singularity. As far as I am concerned, I think that the main difference between U/Acc and Goth/Ins lies in the fact that, although Goth/Ins attempts to bring certain naturalist and neo-fascist perspectives to the boiling point, at the same time it borrows certain characteristics from neoreaction (NRx) that could be correctly defined as ‘reactionary’ or ‘realist’, as opposed to the optimism that still permeates all currents of accelerationism, even the catastrophic U/Acc.…