The Cambridge definition of plagiarism, from which Davis and Padgett quote, addresses the issue of whether the accused plagiarist intended to deceive. But it does not address the intent to be transparent—the intent to boldly take your place in a literary circle and join hands across a century-wide and ever-expanding ring of horror writers who have been referencing each other’s works the whole time.
Pizzolatto’s acknowledgment to his own depth to Ligotti isn’t the only thing that Davis and Padgett distorted. They apparently think that Kaavya Viswanathan’s notorious (and admitted) piecemeal theft of multiple writers is “far less offensive” than the eight lines of dialogue that Pizzolatto openly acknowledged was a homage to Ligotti.
I guess when a female writer plagiarizes another female writer, it’s just not as culturally important, huh?"