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Old 05-03-2015   #1
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Which Ligotti stories are the most popular with fans?

I'd been meaning to ask this for a while, as I'm still fairly new to Ligotti, though can as of today say that I have now read all of his stories from Songs of a Dead Dreamer, Grimscribe and Teatro Grottesco (the latter of which I would rate as his strongest, most complex collection of work I've encountered yet writing-wise, though it lacks the variety of SoaDD). Whilst my efforts may seem lazy, I have actually done solid searches around for threads on people's favourite Ligotti stories, and come up completely empty, so at the risk of being banned from this abode with extreme prejudice for making what is no doubt a duplicate thread, I'd like to know which are the stories generally pointed to as his best?

My choices as of writing would include Purity, The Bungalow House, and Gas Station Carnivals – each of which are from the Teatro Grottesco collection. I felt these had shed almost entirely the clear surface elements carried from Poe (The Chymist, Drink to Me Only with Labyrinthine Eyes) and Lovecraft (Nethescurial, The Last Feast of Harlequin) which were prominent in the former two collections of his I'd read, moving the form in to even deeper, more darkly personal territory. I felt that with these later works he went from being the modern successor of the Poe/HPL tradition, to creating a spirit of horror all of his own, and in doing so equaling the previous two masters of darkness, being thence promoted from their star pupil, to their strongest competitor.

I have found the clear evolution of Ligotti's artistry fascinating, and was wondering how my views aligned with the consensus, as I'm actually not remotely clued in, as there has been a lamentable dearth of Ligotti discussion on this forum since I joined.

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Re: Which Ligotti stories are the most popular with fans?

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I have actually done solid searches around for threads on people's favourite Ligotti stories, and come up completely empty
This thread perhaps?
http://www.ligotti.net/showthread.php?t=529
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Re: Which Ligotti stories are the most popular with fans?

Ah, I limited my search to this section/collection of sections, and glanced over that one.

Thanks, now I have something to read during my supper.

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Re: Which Ligotti stories are the most popular with fans?

Cyn's analysis of the stories in Songs can be found on the Annual Reading thread and is really an amazing piece of work. It's more than worth reading.

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Re: Which Ligotti stories are the most popular with fans?

Will read that thread as I go through my upcoming re-read of Songs, as my memory is slightly hazy on a few stories.

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Re: Which Ligotti stories are the most popular with fans?

"Purity" and "Notes On The Writing of a Horror Story"

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Re: Which Ligotti stories are the most popular with fans?

My personal favorites are "The Troubles of Dr. Thoss," "Vastarien," and "The Bungalow House."
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Flowers of the Abyss, Miss Plarr, The Spectacles in the Drawer, Severini, The Last Feast of Harlequin, Our Temporary Supervisor.
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