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Old 01-29-2006   #1
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No Belief Or Body Of Laws Will Guard You

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“ And if here, then everywhere and at every time. Just a little doubt slipped into the mind, a trickle of suspicion in the bloodstream, and all those eyes, one by one, will open to the world, will see its horror as it has never been seen before. Then: no belief or body of laws will guard you; no friend, no counselor, no appointed personage will save you; no crowded schoolroom, no locked bedroom, no private office will hide you. Not even the solar brilliance of spring is protection against the horror. For the horror eats light and digests it into darkness. ”
 
 
  Thomas Ligotti - “Professor Nobody's Little Lectures on Supernatural Horror”
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"What does it mean to be alive except to court disaster and suffering at every moment?"

Tibet: Carnivals?
Ligotti: Ceremonies for initiating children into the cult of the sinister.
Tibet: Gas stations?
Ligotti: Nothing to say about gas stations as such, although I've always responded to the smell of gasoline as if it were a kind of perfume.
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Re: No Belief Or Body Of Laws Will Guard You

Brilliant! This gave me the shiver-shakes.
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Re: No Belief Or Body Of Laws Will Guard You

The interesting thing about this quote is that, while it never directly addresses the concept, it resonates quite eerily with the running theme in early Ligotti of the treachery of images: That all objects are simply a frail front for a greater ineffable and self-consuming formlessness that may be revealed by the simple failure of the suspension of disbelief or the involuntary and accidental violation of the pretences of natural law. To have borne witness to such things is the private hell of the cosmic accident victim.

"And into his dreams he fell...and forever."
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Re: No Belief Or Body Of Laws Will Guard You

sadly, i have not read that story. however, i hope to correct this omission very soon...

the quote reminds me of one of my first LSD experiences. it felt like a waking dream and that night I was dreaming some conversation with god. i can't remember just how or why, but he imparted a great wisdom to me that i will never forget: everybody suffers.

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