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“Darkness. Bed.

But he could not sleep, not to say he did not dream. Hypnagogic horrors settled into his mind, a grotesque succession of images resembling lurid frames from old comic strips. Impossibly distorted faces painted in garish colors frolicked before his mental eye, all entirely beyond his control. These were accompanied by a series of funhouse noises which seemed to emanate from some zone located between his brain and the moonlit bedroom around him. A drone of half-thrilled, half-horrified voices filled the background of his imagination, punctuated by super-distinct shouts which used his name as an excuse for sound. It was an abstract version of his mother's voice, now robbed of any sensual quality to identify it as such, remaining only a pure idea. The voice called out his name from a distant room in his memory. Samuel, it shouted with a terrible urgency of obscure origin. Then suddenly - trick or treat. The words echoed, changing in sense as they faded into silence: trick or treat - down the street - we will meet - ashes, ashes. No, not ashes but other trees. The boy walked behind some big maples, was eclipsed by them. Did he know a car was following him that night? Panic. Don't lose him now. Don't lose him. Ah, there he was on the other side. Nice trees. Good old trees. The boy turned around, and in his hand was a tangled web of strings whose ends extended up to the stars which he began working like kites or toy airplanes or flying puppets, staring up at the night and screaming for the help that never came. Mother's voice started shouting again; then the other voices mixed in, becoming a foul babbling unity of dead voices chattering away. Night of the Dead. All the dead conversed with him in a single voicey-woicey.

Trick or treat, it said.”
Thomas Ligotti - “Conversations in a Dead Language”

Exclusive interview and story over at Weird Fiction Review
Oct 15, 2015 - 7:29 AM - by david
Hey all. To coincide with the new Penguin release, we're running an interview with Ligotti and a story from Grimscribe, "The Night School." "The Night School" is a personal fav of mine from Ligotti's lesser known stories. I hope you all enjoy it.

Interview: Thomas Ligotti and the Realm of Nightmares | Weird Fiction Review

The Night School | Weird Fiction Review

Also, we still have some older material from Ligotti you might've missed:

Exclusive Interview: Thomas Ligotti on Weird Fiction | Weird Fiction Review

The Red Tower | Weird Fiction Review
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WALL STREET JOURNAL FEATURE ARTICLE: "Penguin Classics to Publish Ligotti Stories"
Sep 21, 2015 - 1:01 PM - by Dr. Locrian

Horror writer Thomas Ligotti is about to enter the American literary canon.

Next month Penguin Classics will publish a volume of Mr. Ligotti’s short stories, making him one of 10 living writers, including Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo, among the hundreds the imprint has published in the U.S.

Mr. Ligotti’s oeuvre, which has the macabre flavor of Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft, has a fervent niche following. Last year, though, buzz surrounding the first season of HBO’s “True Detective” helped propel Mr. Ligotti’s bleak and, at times, darkly comic work to a broader audience.

Click here to read the full article, written by Michael Calia.

And follow up interview with Ligotti by Michael Calia.

Quotes by Thomas Ligotti​, Jeff Vandermeer, Livia Llewellyn​, S.T. Joshi, and our own Matt Cardin and Joe Pulver!

Featuring Ligotti portrait (above) by the incomparable Dave Felton​!


A version of the Ligotti article by Michael Calia will appear in tomorrow's (Friday, September 25th) USA edition of The Wall Street Journal, on page D3 of the Arena section.

Be sure to pick up a hard copy or two!
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Ligotti-related Article, "Art as Horror," on The R'lyeh Tribune
Aug 04, 2015 - 12:16 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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