Here’s a new mystery for fans of True Detective: did creator Niz Pizzolatto plagiarize Thomas Ligotti's The Conspiracy Against The Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror? Thomas Ligotti Online founder John Padgett and Mike Davis of The Loevecraft eZine have gathered some (sort of) damning evidence against Pizzolatto. For example, a line in True Detective is “Nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself. We are creatures that should not exist by natural law.” Ligotti wrote: "We know that nature has veered into the supernatural by fabricating a creature that cannot and should not exist by natural law.” Pizzolatto has admitted that True Detective pays homage to Ligotti’s work, but neither he nor Ligotti has commented on the plagiarism charge.
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