A collection of philosophical and critical essays on the television series True Detective. "Traditionally, the detective genre deals with the problem of epistemology - how to know something that one doesn't know. There are some things we cannot know, and some things we should not know. Sometimes clues just give way to more clues, and epistemic tedium rules the day. These essays reveal knowledge becoming an enigma to itself, revealing the brilliant futility of the epistemological project." - Eugene Thacker, author of In The Dust of This Planet "The television event of the year - I would say many years - is without doubt True Detective. One deserving of forensic, unflinching, and unrelenting philosophical treatment." - Simon Critchley "The most intelligent series in TV history has opened strange crypts for explorers. This excellent essay collection reveals just how far the dark tunnels lead. Let it coax you from the comforts of death and fear, into detection of the guttering nightmare that is life, coldly seen." - Nick Land CONTENTS I. Black Stars Gary J. Shipley - Monster at the End: Pessimism's Locked Rooms and Impossible Crimes Edia Connole - Contemplating the Crucifixion: Cohle and Divine Gloom Nicola Masciandaro - I Am Not Supposed To Be Here: Birth and Mystical Detection II. Separate From Itself Fintan Neylan - The Labour of the Pessimist: Detecting Expiration's Artifice Paul J. Ennis - The Atmospherics of Consciousness Ben Woodard - Nothing Grows in the Right Direction: Scaling the Life of the Negative III. There Was A Videotape Niall McCann - True Detective, Jean-Luc Godard and Our Image Culture: 'This May Well be Heaven, this Hell Smells the Same' Daniel Fitzpatrick - 'True Dick' . . . The Accelerated Acceptance and Premature Canonisation of True Detective IV. It's Just One Story Scott Wilson - The Nonsense of Detection: Truth Between Science and the Real Erin K. Stapleton - The Corpse is the Territory: The Body of Dora Kelly Lange in True Detective Caoimhe D