This collection features tormented individuals who play out their doom in various odd little towns, as well as in dark sectors frequented by sinister and often blackly comical eccentrics. The cycle of narratives that includes the title work of this collection, for instance, introduces readers to... show more
This collection features tormented individuals who play out their doom in various odd little towns, as well as in dark sectors frequented by sinister and often blackly comical eccentrics. The cycle of narratives that includes the title work of this collection, for instance, introduces readers to a freakish community of artists who encounter demonic perils that ultimately engulf their lives. These are selected examples of the forbidding array of persons and places that compose the mesmerizing fiction of Thomas Ligotti.
Publish date: September 1st 2008
Publisher: Virgin Books
Pages no: 280
Edition language: English
Great selection of seriously bleak stories about how you can't do a god damned thing to save yourself from a bitter end at the hands of the inexorable forces of the cosmos. Not exactly uplifting I guess is what I'm trying to say. The stories are often haunting and I still thought about many of these...
Ligotti paints 13 stories with his lyrical prose. Disturbing images, strange places and dreams of cold sweat. The first chapter "Derangements" was my favorite. In "Purity" he tells the tale of the neighborhood a little boy moves to where the strange walk. Ligotti could make a nightmare under a rainb...
"His trembling words also invoked an epistimology of 'hope and horror', of exposing once and for all the true nature of this 'great gray ritual of existence' and plunging headlong into an 'enlightenment of inanity'..."- "In a Foreign Town, In a Foreign Land"reading the collected tales in Thomas' Lig...
About a year ago, I made a commitment to read all the H. P. Lovecraft I could find. Finding it all was easy. You can get the entire short stories and poetry, including some essays, all in one volume for your Amazon Kindle for something like ninety-nine cents. Reading it wasn't that difficult either....
Kafka on steroids. I didn't like this book as much as I thought I would because, although I love Kafka, I've moved on in how I think fiction should address the nihilistic worldview. I'm in the Harlan Ellison camp where the best stories have flesh and blood characters that we actually care about. T...