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D.F. Lewis

TL has mentioned D.F. Lewis as being among the best contemporary writers of horror fiction. I recently finished reading the chap book THE BEST OF D.F. LEWIS. It was published by Tal Publications in 1992. It has great cover art and interior illustrations by t. Winter-Damon. The introduction is by Ramsey Campbell. He points out that D.F. Lewis has built his reputation with stories in small press publications, and then states: "No doubt this is a reason why he has been compared to Thomas Ligotti, but he is unlike Ligotti as Ligotti is unlike anyone else."
I agree. This author has quite a unique voice. His prose is highly stylized but succinct. He wastes very few words. Most of the stories in this collection are 2 or 3 pages long.

On the back cover of this book is one of the best compliments that I've ever read.

"If you can imagine a cross between Lovecraft and a large demented rat observing humanity from the vantage point of a dumpster or sewer drain, you'll begin to grasp what sort of philosopher is D.F. Lewis. His stories aren't merely fantasies, they're dark truths."
-Jessica Amanda Salmonson

More recently, in 2003, Prime Books published a larger collection of his work entitled WEIRDMONGER.
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