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Teatro Grottesco [Mythos Books]
Teatro Grottesco [Mythos Books]
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Teatro Grottesco [Mythos Books]

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Teatro Grottesco [Mythos Books] 
Publisher: Mythos Books
Publication Date: 2007
Edition: Limited
Format: Hardcover
Cover Price: $35.00 USD
Cover Artist: Harry O. Morris
Illustrator: Harry O. Morris
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Country: USA
Language: English
Pages: 312
Size: 7.75" x 9.75"
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Teatro Grottesco [Mythos Books] 

Liner Notes
Thomas Ligotti is often cited as the most curious and remarkable figure in horror literature since H.P. Lovecraft. Celebrated for his exceptionally grotesque imagination and facility as a prose writer, he is a five-time recipient of the most prestigious awards in horror literature. This fact is unusual in that Ligotti's work does not display the traits which have come to be associated with contemporary horror - sympathetic heroes, settings in the everyday world, and good versus evil scenarios. Instead, he has followed a literary tradition that began with Edgar Allan Poe, portraying characters that are outside of anything that might be called normal life, depicting strange locales far off the beaten track, and rendering a grim vision of human existence as a perpetual nightmare.

The stories collected in Teatro Grottesco, for instance, feature tormented individuals who play out there doom in various odd little towns for which Ligotti is noted as well as in dark sectors frequented by sinister and often blackly comical eccentrics. The cycle of narratives that include the title work of this collection introduces the readers to a freakish community of artists who encounter demonic perils that threaten their lives and their sanity. In other tales, characters live in the shadow of menacing forms and forces that ultimately envelop them in the most perverse and deranged destinies. The "funny town" of "The Town Manager", the "medicine shop" of "The Clown Puppet", and the foggy terrain "across the border" of "Our Case for Retributive Action" and "Our Temporary Supervisor" are among the venues that close in on those fated to exist within their precincts. These are selected examples of the bleak array of persons and places that compose the fiction of Thomas Ligotti. As one critic has written, "Ligotti is wonderful and original; has a dark vision of a new and special kind, a vision that no one has had before him."

Thomas Ligotti was born in Detroit in 1953 and grew up in the nearby suburb of Grosse Pointe Woods. He currently resides in Florida. Teatro Grottesco is his fifth collection of horror fiction.

For more information, visit:

PurityThomas Ligotti  
The Town ManagerThomas Ligotti  
Sideshow and Other StoriesThomas Ligotti  
The Clown PuppetThomas Ligotti  
The Red TowerThomas Ligotti  
My Case for Retributive ActionThomas Ligotti  
Our Temporary SupervisorThomas Ligotti  
In a Foreign Town, In a Foreign LandThomas Ligotti  
Teatro GrottescoThomas Ligotti  
Gas Station CarnivalsThomas Ligotti  
The Bungalow HouseThomas Ligotti  
SeveriniThomas Ligotti  
The Shadow, the DarknessThomas Ligotti  


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