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Old 02-04-2010   #1
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Thomas Ligotti Online - Twelfth Anniversary

On February 4th, 1998, Jon Padgett unleashed a horrific vision upon this world. THOMAS LIGOTTI ONLINE was created to champion the greatest living horror/weird fiction writer. Many thanks must be extended to Jon for his initiative and effort to bring the Ligottian world to those receptive - yet hidden within the mindless masses. He has undoubtedly introduced countless readers to Tom's work and hand laid the foundations for the community herein. A tip of the surgeon's cap to you, Jon!

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Re: Thomas Ligotti Online - Twelfth Anniversary

I’d like to thank Brian Poe for transforming a cobbled-together, amateur author fan website into a thriving community—hands down the best author site I’ve encountered online. Your hard work, ingenuity and incredible creativity never cease to amaze me.

I'd be remiss, also, if I didn't thank my dear friend Matt Cardin. Without Matt's early (pre-TLO) encouragement and enthusiasm (and time), I doubt that the original alt.books.thomas-ligotti or TLO itself would've gotten off the ground (as I would have been literally typing to the void in those early days). Also, it didn't hurt that the original version of Matt's "Teeth" was published on TLO early on. Matt's exceptional mind and talent lent both brand new newsgroup and website an academic (and creative) authority that it wouldn't have otherwise had.

I’d also like to thank each of you. TLO’s original mission was to share a love and enthusiasm for Thomas Ligotti’s work with a community of fellow (and occasionally like-minded) readers. You have all made this simple wish into a cyber-reality. And some of you have truly made this cyber-reality into a home of sorts. You are the heart and backbone of the site, and I thank you

Finally, I’d like to humbly thank Thomas Ligotti for his friendship, his wit, his patience, his tutelage and his singular skill/talent/vision. As funny as it sounds, Tom's writing has brought me and continues to bring me unique moments of joy and consolation time and again. And I know I'm not alone.

How's that for irony?

Long live TLO!

"...the uncanny is to me the defining trait of this strange and terrible world and our strange and terrible minds." --Thomas Ligotti

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Re: Thomas Ligotti Online - Twelfth Anniversary

Congrats to Brian, and all TLO members! This dark oasis of the net has attracted some really wonderful people who have contributed amazingly creative and original works, literary news & updates, insightful story analyses, and plenty of welcome humor.

Thanks to Thomas Ligotti, and thanks to you all.

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Thank you for this wonderful site!!! Happy Birthday to TLO!! Thank you to Mr. Ligotti for the great stories he has written!

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Re: Thomas Ligotti Online - Twelfth Anniversary

Thank you for creating this site. The importance of this site (for me) cannot be understated. There are so many other authors (e.g. Mark Samuels, Richard Gavin, Matt Cardin, Reggie Oliver, and Richard Staines - my apologies to anyone I've forgotten) who I would never have heard of were it not for this site. Thank you to all of the members too! I love being part of this community.
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Re: Thomas Ligotti Online - Twelfth Anniversary

Indeed, here's wishing a deeply felt Happy Birthday to TLO.

Thank you, Jon. Thank you, Brian. Thank you, Tom (our shaman and totem). Thank you, all new members and old, for creating one of the best destinations the Internet is ever likely to see.

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Re: Thomas Ligotti Online - Twelfth Anniversary

How boring the daily routine would be without even the shortest visit to this wonderful site.

Without TLO
there is nothing to do
and there is no where to go
there is nothing to be
and there is no one to know.;)

Thank you Jon for creating alt.books.thomas-ligotti and launching TLO, thank you Brian for transforming it into the opulent Nightmare Network. And thanks to all members for the fantastic material they've contributed over the years.

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Re: Thomas Ligotti Online - Twelfth Anniversary

For a good time, follow this link.

It's the remembered version of the original TLO, circa 2001, that's housed at The Internet Archive and accessible via their "Wayback Machine." Ah, the sweet nostalgia...

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Re: Thomas Ligotti Online - Twelfth Anniversary

I too would to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Gnostic artificers of this place. Since I joined it has been my pleasure to encounter loads of very interesting and pleasant people here. May it continue for ever on anon.

Not only that but the site also proved my first real introduction to the works of Ligotti himself.
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Re: Thomas Ligotti Online - Twelfth Anniversary

Wow! What an honor it was at the time to publish MWINYD on TLO for the first time anywhere. It's really evident how far the site has come in scope and sophistication since then. Such great memories, though...

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