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Old 04-17-2015   #1
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Topic Nominated "Drink to Me Only with Labyrinthine Eyes" on Pseudopod.org

The grand finale of the Ligotti-fest over at Pseudopod has arrived with an audio version of the Ligotti's own, "Drink to Me Only with Labyrinthine Eyes."

I haven't yet had a chance to listen to it, but the Pseudopod productions (and narrators) are uniformly superb, and of course I have no doubts about the quality of the writing!

While you're over there, be sure to check out the excellent Ligotti-related tale, "The Influence Of Thomas Glittio," by Arthur Staaz and my own "20 Simple Steps to Ventriloquism."

When you're done, be sure to head over to the official Pseudopod forum and share your thoughts about the stories. The Ligotti thread has not been created yet, but it will be in the next couple of days.

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Re: "Drink to Me Only with Labyrinthine Eyes" on Pseudopod.org

Hi Jon, didn't realise it was you who wrote the ventriloquism story in grimscribes puppets. easily the best story in the collection. not a suck-up, just really loved it. ill keep my eyes peeled for more from you jon.
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Re: "Drink to Me Only with Labyrinthine Eyes" on Pseudopod.org

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Hi Jon, didn't realise it was you who wrote the ventriloquism story in grimscribes puppets. easily the best story in the collection. not a suck-up, just really loved it. ill keep my eyes peeled for more from you jon.
Thanks Damo. I really appreciate that. The story represents my attempt at writing something authentically Ligottian. It took me the better part of 20 years to get it more or less right.

Not incidentally, I really enjoyed Pseudopod's audio version of "Drink to Me Only with Labyrinthine Eyes." I love hearing Ligotti's work read aloud -- always brings an added dimension to his stories. And that particular story is a real classic of the form. As I recall, Stanley Elkin served as the inspiration for its style. The voice of the narrator is meticulously and beautifully wrought. Just a wonderful tale with a tremendously satisfying ending.

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As creepy and disturbing as when I first read it in "The Nightmare Factory." Brilliant. Thanks Thomas Ligotti.
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Re: "Drink to Me Only with Labyrinthine Eyes" on Pseudopod.org

And, of course, thanks to the folks at Pseudopod who do such a great job with these podcasts. Loved this and last year's "The Bungalow House."
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"20 Simple Steps to Ventriloquism" made for a memorable podcast. I was out walking while listening to it. The combination of the writing and the speaking style used by the reader had me completely absorbed in the story. It's one of my favorite episodes of Pseudopod. Very well done, sir.

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