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Old 03-29-2015   #11
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Re: Which Ligotti Stories Do You Think Are Under-appreciated or Hidden Gems?

This is a great thread.

"The Voice in the Bones" and "The Tsalal" are definitely in my top ten favorite Ligotti stories. And "Ten Steps to Thin Mountain" is my favorite short short. That one--like "The Troubles of Dr. Thoss"--only grows in my estimation as time and rereads go by.

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Re: Which Ligotti Stories Do You Think Are Under-appreciated or Hidden Gems?

The Cocoons, The Troubles of Dr. Thoss, and The Voice in the Bones are top shelf Ligotti and in my top 5 Ligotti stories. The first two are so bizzare and surreal.. mindblowing. And Voice is a masterwork in Gothic fiction.
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Re: Which Ligotti Stories Do You Think Are Under-appreciated or Hidden Gems?

Agreed. The Frolic and Conversations in a Dead Language may be his worst stories.
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Re: Which Ligotti Stories Do You Think Are Under-appreciated or Hidden Gems?

The Shadow, the Darkness, is a masterpiece, IMO, and a work very much worthy of mention in the "not as appreciated as it should be" category.

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Re: Which Ligotti Stories Do You Think Are Under-appreciated or Hidden Gems?

I Thought The Shadow, the Darkness was among the most appreciated, one of my favourite stories.
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Re: Which Ligotti Stories Do You Think Are Under-appreciated or Hidden Gems?

I am not, by any means, saying that TSTD is neglected or anything. It's just that I feel as though in many ways, it is Tom's pièce de résistance of his short-form canon. I think it captures and embodies the Ligottian ethos with surgical precision.

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Re: Which Ligotti Stories Do You Think Are Under-appreciated or Hidden Gems?

How exactly does one know which stories are under appreciated anyway?

Last night I was thinking tangentially to this thread, that if I had to chose only one story of Ligotti's to take with me into exile, it would likely be The Bungalow House.

The black sky was underpinned with long silver streaks that looked like scaffolding, and depth on depth behind it were thousands of stars that all seemed to be moving very slowly, as if they were about some vast construction work that involved the whole order of the universe and would take all time to complete. No one was paying any attention to the sky.

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Re: Which Ligotti Stories Do You Think Are Under-appreciated or Hidden Gems?

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How exactly does one know which stories are under appreciated anyway?
I just picked one there is almost no discussion of, and I've almost never seen mentioned, though to be honest I'm only aware that The Last Feast of Harlequin, The Red Tower, The Chymist and The Shadow, the Darkness are particularly highly rated.

What would a list of the top ten or so fan favourites look like? I'm curious.

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Re: Which Ligotti Stories Do You Think Are Under-appreciated or Hidden Gems?

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Purity springs immediately to mind as a story I found among his most captivating and fascinatingly enigmatic, which others seem to see as nothing special.
The part from Purity which has always stood out to me is the scene with the woman dipping the slim jim in mayonaise er whatever. Blergh

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Re: Which Ligotti Stories Do You Think Are Under-appreciated or Hidden Gems?

..."if I had to chose only one story of Ligotti's to take with me into exile, it would likely be The Bungalow House."

I feel very strongly about that as well. Even after reading TBH many, many times, like many of Tom's works, it just gets better and better.

And speaking of TBH, here's one of my more prized possessions, the nomination certificate for the Stoker award that Tom recieved. He sent it to me, which blew my mind, and when I asked him why he didn't keep it, he said, with a certain amount of Ligottian snark, "I didn't win". It was in a file cabinet of curios, the contents of which he sent to me one day, many years ago, out of nowhere. I keep it framed in my office at work.

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