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“It seems entirely natural that,
should anyone gain full knowledge
of this degenerate little town,
they would deny the truth
of this greatest, most terrible of secrets -
and, as a consequence,
as an act of self-protection,
would fabricate some other
set of circumstances,
a more companionable picture
of the way of things.
This would explain so many
of the deranged idols and beliefs
that have arisen in our world.
At least we would be able to account
for the multitudes of Mannikin Saviors,
as one might view them -
their faces smooth and serene
behind display windows,
welcoming the faithful who,
upon their death,
will enter a department-store paradise
of the most vague and intangible delights.
And some mention must be made
of what might be called
the Sect of the Puppetlands,
whose highly deranged adherents
posit a transcendent universe
of infinite and harmless antics
that are imperfectly mirrored
in the chaos and crises of our own world,
which, in any case, will end nicely
when the Great Puppet Play is concluded
in a sweet bedtime of slumber...
until the next show begins.”
Thomas Ligotti - “This Degenerate Little Town”

Guardian Review of SOADD and Grimscribe
Jun 30, 2016 - 10:19 AM - by Arthur Staaz

Excellent review.

"These may not be horror stories at all, but more like evil little mantras, leading you into dark, half-conscious speculations about the frailty of human identity and purpose."

Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti review – evil little mantras | Books | The Guardian
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Vastarien: A Literary Journal Is Open for Submissions
May 18, 2016 - 12:29 PM - by Arthur Staaz

Vastarien. The forbidden tome – an entryway into “…a place where everything was transfixed in the order of the unreal… Each passage he entered in the book both enchanted and appalled him with images and incidents so freakish and chaotic that his usual sense of these terms disintegrated along with everything else. Rampant oddity seemed to be the rule of the realm; imperfection became the source of the miraculous – wonders of deformity and marvels of miscreation. There was horror, undoubtedly. But it was a horror uncompromised by any feeling of lost joy or thwarted redemption; rather, it was a deliverance by damnation. And if Vastarien was a nightmare, it was a nightmare transformed in spirit by the utter absence of refuge: nightmare made normal.”

Editor-in-Chief Matt Cardin and Senior Editors Jon Padgett, Brian Poe and Kevin Moquin are pleased to announce that Vastarien: A Literary Journal is now open for submissions. Vastarien aspires to be a source of critical study and creative response to the corpus of Thomas Ligotti, as well as associated authors and creative work. We plan to do this through scholarly and critical works of nonfiction, literary horror fiction, poetry and artwork. Please visit our website for more information. And stay tuned for more news as we review submissions and head toward a launch date.
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Thomas Ligotti’s Uncanny Horror and the Future of Holocaust Fiction
Feb 29, 2016 - 1:30 PM - by Dr. Locrian
Until a couple of years ago, Thomas Ligotti’s name was barely a sinister whisper amidst the larger horror community, only known by true genre connoisseurs. He was the top-shelf stuff, his writing reserved for readers with palates supposedly developed enough to digest his works of unease and dread. That all changed with the New Weird’s creep into public consciousness—Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, along with critical and financial darlings like The Leftovers and American Horror Story and Nic Pizzolatto’s True Detective, whose premiere season draws the most directly (some would say a little too directly) from Ligotti’s essays and fiction. Ligotti’s own popularity has risen sufficiently that Penguin Classics has recently republished some of his most acclaimed works, Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe.
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