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“A velvety darkness hung about the glass case of this machine, while a false sense of peace and belonging issued upwards before I had even paid for its services. By inserting just a few coins within its sacred slot, I was to be afforded the sight of a glass-roofed church. The sound of an unknown hymn struck up from some tiny, secreted speaker, and as my intruding eyes looked down through the glass case of the machine, and through the glass roof of the Transparent Church, I saw a congregation of mechanical figures simultaneously depart their pews, rising to sing in worship of the one who had granted their unknown lives within this mechanical paradise. Like me, each one had been summoned towards their own annihilation by the spirit-chimes of the non-existent church bell, yet these pure tones were of course heard only within the confines of their delicately tuned minds.

In the shadowy area of the chancel I saw the church organist. His hands rose and fell in precise alternation, picking out notes with all the great dexterity granted him by his eternal automaton. Yet like the music and words of every unknown hymn I had ever heard, the quality came as nothing but the most depressing dirge to my ears, and I wondered about the kind of god able to derive pleasure from such an audible force of blackness.

This time I knew only the deepest discontentment, so that I concentrated with all my mind upon the automated hands of the church organist. As clearly as I could see through the glass roof of the Transparent Church, could I also see the plan of deliberate expulsion being put into practice by the organist and that untrustworthy, wooden congregation. With all my will I fought against this very novel (and cruel) method of excommunication, so that eventually I became seated before that mock musical instrument, filling the air with my twisted notes, and becoming one with the hostile brain of the organist.

But in my naivety I discovered I had placed myself right into the mechanical hands of the organist; thus I had found out that my discontentment held the peculiar properties needed to indirectly bless me with a most 'unholy' form of annihilation and begrudged worship, for in my mind I had renounced the undoubtedly soulless god that dwelt in the heavens above this mechanical haven, and in so doing I had denied my own existence and self. For who, if not me, had so recently held the position of god-like power needed to bring life to this mechanical congregation of singing sinners? Didn't those wooden forms of chameleon allegiance live only to worship, and so worship only to live?

The hymn now came to its close, the movement of my wooden hands halting most abruptly above the mock ivory keys of the organ. With a decisive click, the interior of the Transparent Church fell once more to darkness. Yet for a while my eyes remained sightless, peering into the eternal dark of some unknown universe. And all this time my dislocated mind pondered the lesson of the silent sermon I had unconsciously been afforded.

My awareness now rose me upward to new levels via the knowledge I had successfully claimed ownership of, this lifting me high above the rank of the singing sinners; yet to my utter dismay, it also exchanged my status of loss for the reunification of self. Had the spirit of this miniature shrine, which I had deliberately visited at night and at a time out of season, contrived in such a way that I should again lose my loss?”
John B. Ford and Thomas Ligotti - “The Mechanical Museum”

Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti nominated for a World Fantasy Award!
Jul 08, 2015 - 4:57 PM - by Dr. Locrian
Fantastic news!

, edited by Matt Cardin, has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award!

Hearty congratulations to both Tom and Matt!

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Apr 30, 2015 - 3:16 PM - by Dr. Locrian
This is a beauty.

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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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