THE NIGHTMARE NETWORK
Home Forums Content Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Contagion Members Media Diversion Info Register
» Log in
User Name:

Password:

Not a member yet?
Register Now!
» Online Users: 64
4 members and 60 guests
ChildofOldLeech, Hieronimo, Nemonymous, Nigromontanus
Most users ever online was 3,530, 01-11-2015 at 02:59 PM.
» Rignolo's Studio
Toggle
Newest Thumbs
The Conspiracy Against Human Race
The Conspiracy Against Human Race
Noctuary
The Glamour
The Glamour
The Glamour

» Most active Users
G. S. Carnivals 100%
Spotbowserfido2 99.9%
ukiyo-e cat 99.8%
Zaharoff 99.6%
Mithras 99.5%
» Statistics
Members: 3,460
Threads: 10,194
Posts: 135,201
Top Poster: G. S. Carnivals (26,615)
Welcome to our newest member, PolyMorphicVoidFunction
» Today's Birthdays
pgmcc (61)
“Illusion throws its invisible shimmer over all things, no matter what level of debasement they have struggled to win. Whatever may appear, sooner or later, will appear in greatness.”
Thomas Ligotti - “The Order of Illusion”

Vastarien Kickstarter Campaign is Live
Feb 06, 2018 - 12:31 PM - by Dr. Locrian



The Kickstarter campaign for Vastarien: A Literary Journal has begun.


Please give generously and share extensively. Thank you.

Also, we're now open for submissions for Issue 2 (https://grimscribepress.submittable....6362/vastarien). If you're creatively inclined, please submit your work for consideration.
26 Replies | 1,918 Views
Thomas Ligotti Online - 20 Year Anniversary
Feb 04, 2018 - 11:30 AM - by Dr. Locrian


After discovering, Ligotti’s work back in 1991, I felt like the only reader alive who had a profound connection with his fiction. And I wanted to share that feeling. Sure, I successfully recruited a Ligotti reader here and there over the years, but for the longest time I felt like my enthusiasm for his work wasn’t widely or even moderately shared, and I longed to discuss Ligotti’s prose with other like-minded readers. As a research and, later, law librarian—in the days before Netscape—I began surfing the World Wide Web using an early version of a text only browser called lynx. For years of solid web presence thereafter, I tried to spread the word about Ligotti’s work but became increasingly frustrated at the relative lack of awareness about his fiction throughout cyberspace.

Finally, in 1997—upon receiving a job in New York City which paid me very little but gave me tons of free time to mess about on the Internet—I truly became a Ligotti advocate (some would say an annoying advocate) on the old alt.horror.cthulhu Usenet newsgroup. After some argument and semantical wrangling (see this [http://tinyurl.com/yg6tras] rather hilarious proposal thread featuring a much more uptight version of myself), I managed to get the alt.books.thomas-ligotti newsgroup created, with the nearly sole support of Matt Cardin, who spent so many of those early days creating impromptu, brilliant analyses of Ligotti's work. A website, cobbled together using stolen HTML from a William Faulkner fan website, wasn’t far behind the newsgroup. Version 1 of TLO from early 1998 is—sadly—lost to the cyber-void as far as I know. Version 2 from the Fall 1998 can be found here (at least in part), and Version 3 existed for the next five years of so and looked like this.

I’m proud of these difficult, initial efforts. In version 1 through 3 of TLO, we published a number of Ligotti stories, some for the first time. TLO—for instance—was the first publisher of the Ligotti and Brandon Trenz penned, original X-Files­ screenplay, Crampton, and was the original home for Ligotti’s masterful novella, My Work Is Not Yet Done. It has also been—for 20 years now—the source for (more or less) updated Ligotti-related news, a place for Ligotti readers to chat and share thoughts and ideas with each other, and—notably—a place in which Ligotti-inspired work may be shared. TLO published Matt Cardin’s remarkable short story, “Teeth,” for the first time anywhere.

About five or six years into TLO’s twenty year life to date, the website had fallen into quiescence—mainly due to my challenging job and active home life in New Orleans. Fortunately, back in 2004, Brian Poe (aka Dr. Bantham) contacted me with a plan to revive the site. And, boy, did he ever revive it. For the next 14 years, TLO became a thriving, vigorous community of Ligotti readers, which is what I originally intended but didn't have the know-how or time to pull off. I can never repay Brian for what he’s accomplished. We've had our ups and downs over the past two decades, but TLO remains an important source of analysis and discussion of weird fiction and more, well beyond its original Ligotti-centric intent. Back in 2005, in fact, Ligotti himself wrote of TLO, “what I like the most about the site is the idea of people who appreciate my horror stories talking about stuff that has nothing to do with my horror stories and, as we used to say in the sixties, just doing their own thing.”

Two decades after its inception, TLO is more energized than ever, with the imminent launch of Vastarien: A Literary Journal (Kickstarter campaign dropping this Tuesday) to Cadabra Record's release of Ligotti's The Bungalow House. And there will be some more TLO-related surprises to share in the coming months.

Happy Birthday, TLO. Here's to twenty more years of weirdness, derangement and macabre goodness.
16 Replies | 1,243 Views
Absurd Degenerations and Totalitarian Decrepitude in "The Town Manager"
Dec 18, 2017 - 11:17 AM - by Dr. Locrian


I'm delighted that my article concerning Ligotti's corporate horror masterpiece is out in the world now, with beautiful artwork by the great Jason Van Hollander.

101 Weird Writers #47 Thomas Ligotti | Weird Fiction Review

Quote
The humor in 'The Town Manager' is of an absurd (or, rather, absurdist) flavor, from the useless trolley to the murder of the trolley operator by possibly supernatural means via the semi-literate town manager. In the pivotal book, 'The Theatre of the Absurd,' Martin Esslin quotes philosopher Apuleius, describing ancient mime plays in which 'serious, even horrifying matters are miraculously mingled with the… humorous.' This is of a kind used by Ligotti, humor that might be found in a Beckett or Ionesco play – a hilarity that reinforces and deepens rather than defuses the horror of existence.
4 Replies | 1,239 Views
» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views Forum
Walter de la Mare Strangers and Pilgrims ( 1 2 3 4 5... Last Page)
Druidic
04-14-2013 04:52 PM
6 Hours Ago 09:38 PM
by James
168 44,153 Rants & Ravings
TLO Welcomes PolyMorphicVoidFunction
TLO
6 Hours Ago 09:15 PM
6 Hours Ago 09:15 PM
by TLO
0 24 Welcome
Vastarien Kickstarter Campaign is Live ( 1 2 3)
Dr. Locrian
2 Weeks Ago 12:31 PM
6 Hours Ago 08:42 PM
by Dr. Locrian
26 1,918 Ligotti News
Cadabra Records Announcement ( 1 2 3 4)
Dr. Locrian
04-13-2017 02:17 PM
7 Hours Ago 07:57 PM
by hopfrog
30 8,178 Ligotti News
A few reviews ( 1 2 3 4 5... Last Page)
Zaharoff
06-05-2017 07:17 PM
9 Hours Ago 06:28 PM
by Zaharoff
624 52,561 Film
Has anyone heard from Cynothoglys? ( 1 2 3 4)
bendk
04-18-2016 03:05 AM
10 Hours Ago 05:39 PM
by James
32 7,811 General Discussion
Fleur Jaeggy
gveranon
12 Hours Ago 03:36 PM
12 Hours Ago 03:36 PM
by gveranon
0 116 Other Authors
THE PROZESS MANIFESTATIONS (new collection) ( 1 2 3 4 5... Last Page)
Jeff Matthews
09-02-2017 07:03 PM
12 Hours Ago 03:06 PM
by Frater_Tsalal
91 11,929 Mark Samuels
Bands You've Seen ( 1 2 3 4 5)
ChildofOldLeech
04-10-2015 01:40 AM
16 Hours Ago 11:21 AM
by GirlyGirlMask
42 9,443 Musicians
TLO Welcomes Athanase Pernatte
TLO
18 Hours Ago 09:05 AM
18 Hours Ago 09:05 AM
by TLO
0 41 Welcome
Neo-Decadence ( 1 2 3 4 5... Last Page)
Nirvana In Karma
11-16-2017 09:47 AM
19 Hours Ago 08:16 AM
by James
57 8,242 General Discussion
Aeron Alfrey's artwork ( 1 2 3)
EddieMA
03-31-2005 09:51 AM
22 Hours Ago 04:58 AM
by bendk
24 11,247 Aeron Alfrey
Michael Whelan
Cyril Tourneur
03-20-2009 06:38 PM
22 Hours Ago 04:53 AM
by bendk
6 8,184 Art
TLO Welcomes Katuna
TLO
23 Hours Ago 04:04 AM
23 Hours Ago 04:04 AM
by TLO
0 48 Welcome
The Frolic ( 1 2)
Nemonymous
10-22-2015 02:41 AM
1 Day Ago 05:09 PM
by ToALonelyPeace
11 3,154 SONGS OF A DEAD DREAMER
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:40 AM.



Style Based on SONGS OF A DEAD DREAMER as Published by Silver Scarab Press
Design and Artwork by Harry Morris
Emulated in Hell by Dr. Bantham
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Template-Modifications by TMS