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“'We should give thanks,' the voice said to me, 'that a poverty of knowledge has so narrowed our vision of things as to allow the possibility of feeling something about them. How could we find a pretext to react to anything if we understood... everything? None but an absent mind was ever victimized by the adventure of intense emotional feeling. And without the suspense that is generated by our benighted state - our status as beings possessed by our own bodies and the madness that goes along with them - who could take enough interest in the universal spectacle to bring forth even the feeblest yawn, let alone exhibit the more dramatic manifestations which lend such unwonted color to a world that is essentially composed of shades of gray upon a background of blackness. Hope and horror, to repeat merely two of the innumerable conditions dependent on a faulty insight, would be much the worse for an ultimate revelation that would expose their lack of necessity. At the other extreme, both our most dire and most exalted emotions are well served every time we take some ray of knowledge, isolate it from the spectrum of illumination, and then forget it completely. All our ecstasies, whether sacred or from the slime, depend on our refusal to be schooled in even the most superficial truths and our maddening will to follow the path of forgetfulness.'”
Thomas Ligotti - “A Soft Voice Whispers Nothing”

Ligotti-related Article, "Art as Horror," on The R'lyeh Tribune
Aug 04, 2015 - 1:16 PM - by Dr. Locrian
Now and then The R’lyeh Tribune takes a break from its survey of early twentieth century horror, science fiction and fantasy to look at more contemporary work. It was a delight to learn recently that our local university English Department will be hosting a discussion next week of Thomas Ligotti’s Teatro Grottesco (2006) at its Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group. Teatro Grottesco is a collection of Ligotti’s short stories, some of which have appeared in previous collections, and includes revisions of earlier work. Several of these are thematically related, comprising a cycle of nightmares involving artists who are also lost souls.

I was not able to find the book locally, which is not surprising, given that his readership is small, though devoted. Like the echo of a typical Ligotti story, I discovered that staff in the book stores had heard of Teatro Grottesco, believed that they had seen it recently, but were currently out of stock. However, someone else had been in the store just a day or two earlier asking for the same book. None of their suppliers had the book; it would need to be special ordered, and would takes weeks to obtain. Recalling another master of understated horror from a century ago, I thought also of asking “Have you found the Yellow sign?”

Like Lovecraft and Poe, Ligotti can be a subtle writer, exhibiting considerable restraint and a leisurely pace. His work needs additional time and attention to savor the imagery and psychological effect of his disturbing fiction. He is one of those writers that is rewarding to read a second, even a third time. There is little graphic violence or suspense in his work, or decisive action—only a growing discomfort and anxiety. This culminates in a lingering dis-ease about the nature of reality and our ultimate fate, a chill not easily shaken. Avoid reading Ligotti in November or December if you are prone to seasonal affective disorder.
Go here for the whole article, which talks about Ligotti's work generally and homes in specifically on the writer's thoughts about "The Bungalow House."

"Art as Horror"

It's definitely worth your while.
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Ligotti discussed on C-Realm podcast
Jul 23, 2015 - 2:41 PM - by actualwolf
TCATHR is the topic of discussion on the 7/22/15 "C-Realm" podcast in an episode titled "MALIGNANTLY USELESS." Guest Kevin Dole identifies himself as a member of this very forum but does not disclose his user name.

Audio here:

The Red Tower was discussed on a previous episode of the "C-Realm Vault" though that requires a paid subscription.
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Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti nominated for a World Fantasy Award!
Jul 08, 2015 - 5:57 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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