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“I should say that I had never spoken to either Carla or the others about my delirious episodes, with their sensations of a tropical sewer and the emergent concept of the 'nightmare of the organism.' I had never told anyone. I had thought that these episodes and the deranged concept of the nightmare of the organism were strictly a private hell, even one that was unique. Until that rainy afternoon, I had considered it only a coincidence that the artworks inspired by Severini, as well as the titles of these works, served to call up the sensations and suggestions of my delirious episodes. Then I was sent a message by Severini, through Carla, that he and I were 'sympathetic organisms' and that 'the way into the nightmare is the way out.' For some time I had dreamed of being delivered from the suffering of my delirious episodes, and from all the suggestions and sensations that went along with them - the terrible vision that exposed all living things, including myself, as no more than a fungus or a collection of bacteria, a kind of monumental slime-mold quivering across the landscape of this planet (and very likely others). Any deliverance from such a nightmare, I thought, would involve the most drastic (and esoteric) procedures, the most alien (and illicit) practices. And, ultimately, I never believed that this deliverance, or any other, was really possible. It was simply too good, or too evil, to be true - at least this is how it seemed to my mind. Yet all it took was a few words from Severini, as they reached me through Carla, and I began to dream of all kinds of possibilities. In a moment everything had changed. I now became ready to take those steps towards deliverance; in fact, not to do so seemed intolerable to me. I absolutely had to find a way out of the nightmare, it seemed, whatever procedures or practices were involved. Severini had taken those steps - I was convinced of that - and I needed to know where they had led him.”
Thomas Ligotti - “Severini”

Penguin Classics Publishing Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe Volume
Jan 13, 2015 - 5:48 PM - by Lord Jim
Near the end of a recent blog post, Jeff VanderMeer made brief mention of working on an introduction to a forthcoming Ligotti reprint for Penguin Classics. Exciting!
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Apr 17, 2015 - 7:50 AM - by Dr. Locrian
The grand finale of the Ligotti-fest over at Pseudopod has arrived with an audio version of the Ligotti's own, "Drink to Me Only with Labyrinthine Eyes."

I haven't yet had a chance to listen to it, but the Pseudopod productions (and narrators) are uniformly superb, and of course I have no doubts about the quality of the writing!

While you're over there, be sure to check out the excellent Ligotti-related tale, "The Influence Of Thomas Glittio," by Arthur Staaz and my own "20 Simple Steps to Ventriloquism."

When you're done, be sure to head over to the official Pseudopod forum and share your thoughts about the stories. The Ligotti thread has not been created yet, but it will be in the next couple of days.
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