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Old 04-04-2015   #1
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"The Influence of Thomas Glittio" on Pseudopod

My story - "The Influence of Thomas Glittio" - is up and available for podcast at Pseudopod. It is an homage to Thomas Ligotti. In the story, I have taken creative liberties with the circumstances of Ligotti's life in the Detroit area that I hope contribute to a more interesting story. The reader Branan Edgens does a top notch job. Hope you enjoy.
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Re: "The Influence of Thomas Glittio" on Pseudopod

Arthur,

I really enjoyed listening to your excellent story. Like the protagonist, I became obsessed with the works of Thomas Ligotti (aka Glittio) when I was in college. I really got a kick out of your fictional version of Ligotti -- a figure much closer to how I imagined the actual person to be than the real mccoy! It's admirable that you were able to keep up this alternate reality/mystery Ligotti of yesteryear given the huge swaths of information available on Ligotti the man now. At the risk of spoiling those who have not listened to the story, I'd love to get details about your writing process.

I'm also looking forward to reading more from you!

My own ode to Ligotti, "20 Simple Steps to Ventriloquism," will appear on PSEUDOPOD a week from this Saturday. I also am the narrator of the piece. The whole production process has been such a pleasure. The PSEUDOPOD production staff are consummate professionals.

"...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: "The Influence of Thomas Glittio" on Pseudopod

Cynothoglys, thanks for your kind remarks on the story. I hope it reflects at least some aspect of the experience of all lovers of Ligotti's work.

Jon, I really enjoyed "20 Simple Steps to Ventriloquism" in The Grimscribe's Puppets. I'll be sure to tune in to the podcast. I really appreciate your remarks, especially coming from a professional whose work I admire. As stated in the introductory remarks to my story, I actually did transcribe a Ligotti story at one point to try to get a feel for his writing style. It was "The Night School," which is the Ligotti story that has stuck with me the most. "Glittio" started out pretty spontaneously with the idea of a college student (originally a student at Miskatonic University in the early drafts) obsessed with Ligotti who directly experiences the power of Ligotti's writing. Throughout, I wanted to maintain the bleakness of a Ligotti story and throw in a smattering of wry humor. I felt a little sheepish drawing on Ligotti's Midwestern roots in the way I did (how much more fun to place him in a run-down Detroit-area locale) and turning him into a fictional eccentric, but I went with poetic license as it seemed to fit the story well. My apologies to the Master.
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Re: "The Influence of Thomas Glittio" on Pseudopod

Thanks for the compliment. It took a very long time, but 20 Steps turned out after many years of false starts and rewrites to be as good as I could possibly make it. I'm satisfied that it's a solid weird tale.

I think your decision to use an explicitly fictional version of Ligotti was a good one.

Oh, that's another element I share in common with your protagonist (and you!) -- transcribing Ligotti's work. Back in the late 90s and early 2000s, there were a number of stories I chose to transcribe by hand to publish (with permission) on TLO:

"The Greater Festival of Masks"
"Nethescurial"
"Mrs. Rinaldi's Angel"

I'm forgetting one or two more I think.

The point is, I got a big thrill from transcribing the work each time, though--instead of demystifying Tom's work--it just served to put me more in awe of his tremendous and singular talent and skill.

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Still the biggest thrill I've gotten short of reading Ligotti's work silently to myself is reading it aloud. I've recorded at least a couple dozen of his stories for my own amusement over the years and have released a handful beyond my own ears. One day, with any luck, I will record all of his stories.

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Re: "The Influence of Thomas Glittio" on Pseudopod

Is an audio book in your future?

I just had to take the story to the post-industrial American Midwest. Some of my favorite Ligotti stories take place in crummy towns and cities where abandoned factories, ruined warehouses, and shabby row houses line the dark horizon. His use of the aesthetic of decay is magnificent.
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Re: "The Influence of Thomas Glittio" on Pseudopod

Had a chance to listen to both your story and Jon's this weekend. Good work! I like way you work the end of your tale into an allegorical lemniscate. I'll say no more about it so as not to ruin it for anyone else.

Congrats also on making it into Pseudopod, that's a competitive market.
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