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“'Enough,' said the mage without raising his voice.

'Enough,' the madman repeated. 'And so have I said numberless times. But there is no end, there is no hope. And this endless, hopeless torment incites me with a desire to turn its power on others, even to dream of turning it on all. To see the world drown in oceans of agony is the only vision which now brings me any relief from my madness, from a madness which is not of this world.'

'Though neither is it of any other world,' said the mage in the same quiet voice.

'But I have also had visions of butchering the angels,' replied the madman, as if to argue the absolute hopelessness of his mania.

'You have envisioned precisely what you believe you have not envisioned. But how could you have known this, when it is the nature of what you have seen - this anima mundi of the oldest philosophers and alchemists - to deceive and to pose as the soul of another world, not the soul of the world we know? There is only one world and one soul of that world, which appears in beauty or in boredom or in madness according to how deeply anima mundi has revealed itself to you. It is something which is not there when you look and there again when you look away.'”
Thomas Ligotti - “Masquerade of a Dead Sword”

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Feb 26, 2015 - 8:59 PM - by Dr. Bantham
The recent slowdown in TLO performance appears to be a deliberate throttling of resources by the Host Service Provider. Apparently the resources being demanded by this site are beyond the threshold tolerance of the HSP. I am working with their support to resolve the issue. I have noticed this for the past couple of days, but have received no complaints. Is the site extremely sluggish for everyone else as well?
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Ligotti/TRUE DETECTIVE Discussion, VALHALLA RISING Podcast + Nicolas Refn Interview
Feb 25, 2015 - 11:30 AM - by Dr. Locrian

We have a real treat for you this week. We talk about the cinematic masterpiece Valhalla Rising and also interview the director of the film, Nicolas Winding Refn!

We also have a kickass guest host, Jon Padgett. Jon is a horror writer, voiceover artist, and trusty steward of – a site founded in 1998 dedicated to horror writer Thomas Ligotti (one of the “inspirations” for HBO’s True Detective).
I was brought on as a guest host for this podcast and interview with genius filmmaker, Nicolas Winding Refn. It was such an honor and a delight. (Apologies in advance for my occasional hemmings and hawings)

We talk at length about the Pizzolatto fiasco in the first minutes and then segue into discussion of the brilliant Refn film, VALHALLA RISING. And then the interview with Refn follows, and it's a damn good one. Followed by more Refn analysis and gushing.

Anyway, Click here to listen to the podcast/interview.
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"Born to Fear": Slawek's Ligotti interview now available online
Feb 23, 2015 - 8:58 AM - by matt cardin
Many of you are familiar with the Ligotti interview conducted by TLO member Sławomir Wielhorski -- better known to us all as Slawek -- that appears in Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti, and that is in fact the source of the book's title. I'm pleased to announce that this interview is now available online at The Teeming Brain:

"Interview with Thomas Ligotti: Born to Fear"

What's more, the Internet version contains an additional question and answer that don't appear in the book. Gratitude for all of this is due to Slawek, who chose to make the interview freely available, and also to Tom and Subterranean Press for giving their blessing.

FWIW, here's one of my favorite moments:

Sławomir Wielhorski: To what extent do readers’ expectations influence the content of your stories? When writing, do you ever take into account the target audience, or do you only aim at creative self-expression?

Thomas Ligotti: In principle, self-expression is to me paramount in any work of art, particularly literary works. In using the term “self-expression” I’m speaking in a very loose way. No one can actually pinpoint who or what he is in any significant sense, let alone communicate that knowledge to another person, another “self.” Even if you could, there would be no way for anyone to know that this task had been successfully performed. These facts are obvious. But readers quite often do have the feeling that the person who wrote particular works of literature has had the same kind of thoughts and emotions that they have had. It would be strange if this phenomenon didn’t occur, given that whoever you are there are plenty of others who are enough like you to appreciate the kind of thing you write, especially if you are working with your personal experience as the central subject.

When I first began writing fiction, I realized that I knew very little about the world and that all I had to work with was me -- that my only source of material was my own life and that any attempt to do something else would be not only fraudulent but lame and unsuccessful as art or as expression. In Catcher in the Rye, the protagonist Holden Caulfield mentions reading books that make him wish he could be friends with the author and be able to call him on the phone and so forth. I would consider a literary work that made someone feel this way a success. Furthermore, it’s the only kind of success in literature that means anything to me.
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