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“On a December morning, about an hour before sun-up, the artist was released from work and began his walk home through a narrow alley that ran behind several blocks of various stores and businesses along the suburb's main avenue. A light snow had fallen during the night, settling evenly upon the pavement of the alley and glowing in the light of a full moon which seemed to hover just at the alley's end. The artist saw a figure in the distance, and something about this figure, this winter-morning vision, made him pause for a moment and stare. Although he had a trained eye for sizing and perspective, the artist found this silhouette of a person in the distance of the alley intensely problematic. He could not tell if it was short or tall, or even if it was moving - either toward him or away from him - or was standing still. Then, in a moment of hallucinated wonder, the figure stood before him in the middle of the alley.

The moonlight illuminated a little man who was entirely unclothed and who held out both of his hands as if he were grasping at a desired object just out of his reach. But the artist saw that something was wrong with these hands. While the little man's body was pale, his hands were dark and were too large for the tiny arms on which they hung. At first the artist believed the little man to be wearing oversized mittens. His hands seemed to be covered by some kind of fuzz, just as the alley in which he stood was layered with the fuzziness of the snow that had fallen during the night. His hands looked soft and fuzzy like the snow, except that the snow was white and his hands were black.

In the moonlight the artist came to see that the mittens worn by this little man were actually something like the paws of an animal. It almost made sense to the artist to have thought that the little man's hands were actually paws which had only appeared to be two black mittens. Then each of the paws separated into long thin fingers that wriggled wildly in the moonlight. But they could not have been the fingers of a hand, because there were too many of them. And the hands were not paws, nor were the paws really mittens. And all of this time the little man was becoming smaller and smaller in the moonlight of that alley, as if he were moving into the distance far away from the artist who was hypnotized by this vision. Finally a little voice spoke which the artist could barely hear, and it said to him: 'I cannot keep them away from me anymore, I am becoming so small and weak.' These words suddenly made this whole winter-morning scenario into something that was too much even for the self-styled 'visceral artist.'”
Thomas Ligotti - “Teatro Grottesco”

New Yorker Ligotti Article
Oct 29, 2015 - 9:55 AM - by Dr. Locrian
The Horror of the Unreal - The New Yorker

By Peter Berbegal

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The TV show “The Walking Dead” is one long exercise in tension. But the zombies—the supposed centerpiece of the show’s horror—are not particularly frightening. Gross, to be sure, but also knowable, literal. You can see them coming from yards away. They are the product of science gone wrong, or of a virus, or of some other phenomenal cause. They can be destroyed with an arrow through the brain. More aberration than genuine monsters, they lack the essential quality to truly terrify: an aspect of the unreal.

The horror writer Thomas Ligotti believes that even tales of virus-created zombies—and other essentially comprehensible creatures—can elicit what we might call, quoting the theologian Rudolf Otto, “the wholly other,” but it requires a deft hand. The best such stories “approach the realm of the supernatural,” he told me over e-mail, even if their monsters are entirely earthly. As an example, he pointed to “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “wherein the brutality displayed is so deviant and strange it takes off into the uncanny.” Ligotti doesn’t require bloodthirsty villains to convey a sense of impending horror, though. “I tend to stipulate in my work that the world by its nature already exists in a state of doom rather than being in the process of doom.”
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Jeff VanderMeer interview re. Ligotti and Lovecraft
Oct 24, 2015 - 11:21 AM - by DougieMGee
Hi all --

Wisconsin Public Radio's/Public Radio International's nationally-syndicated, Peabody Award-winning program, TO THE BEST OF OUR KNOWLEDGE, has a special episode devoted to H.P. Lovecraft.

It features an interview with Jeff VanderMeer re. HPL and Ligotti.
Here's the link:
http://www.ttbook.org/book/going-beyond-lovecraft-new-voices-horror

And here's the link to the whole show:
http://www.ttbook.org/book/hp-lovecraft
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Lovecraft eZine (via multiple weird fiction writers) Interview Thomas Ligotti
Oct 23, 2015 - 3:45 PM - by Dr. Locrian
This was a truly brilliant idea on Lovecraft eZine editor, Mike Davis', part, and it made for one of my favorite, most in-depth and personal Ligotti interviews ever. Authors John Langan, Richard Gavin, Rick Lai, Nicole Cushing, Jeffrey Ford, Pete Rawlik, Joe Pulver, S.P. Miskowski, Michael Cisco, Salome Jones, and Ramsey Campbell provide the questions.

Check it out here:

THE LOVECRAFT EZINE INTERVIEWS THOMAS LIGOTTI
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