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“He seeks refuge in a chaotic dreamworld where no one really notices the dead and no one even looks twice at the disgusting.”
Thomas Ligotti - “The Fabulous Alienation of the Outsider, Being of No Fixed Abode”

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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