Thomas Ligotti, in his own words, writes of "a world that both surpasses and menaces this one." He is the contemporary master of the "weird tale," and yet his style is so intellectually intriguing, he has as much in common with Borges and Kafka as with Lovecraft and Machen. If you haven't discovered Ligotti yet, this edition is a great opportunity to do so: it collects all 39 stories from previous collections, plus 6 new ones--also, a forward by Poppy Z. Brite, and an introduction by Ligotti on "What are the consolations of horror?"
In this stout volume, Ligotti offers American readers selections from three previous collections not readily available in the U.S. and, in a concluding section, some entirely new pieces. Very little seems to be known about Ligotti, but to judge from his stories, he is well traveled, has a superb command of setting and tone as well as of the English language, and is strongly biased toward the darker end of the fantasy spectrum. He also exhibits admirable economy of words, for more than 50 of his stories fit between the covers of this book. If there is very little here that will slake the lover of vast, sprawling horror novels, connoisseurs of literary skill who are willing to be frightened will find the book a feast, albeit one best consumed in small helpings. Roland Green --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Ligotti pens the dark blues, purples, greys and ash of twilit towns, where the occupants grow to pale mushrooms. Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2004 by Gary D. Smith
truly disturbing. its images will bore into your mind and haunt you long after the book is read. Best literary horror in ages.Published on Jan. 26 2004 by Eric Orion
This is a collection of three books from Thomas Ligotti: "Songs of a Dead Dreamer", "Grimscribe", & "Nocuary. It also contains some unpublished material to form Part 4. Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2002 by Justin Kennedy
Some here have written more detailed reviews, so I will simply say that I have not been this excited about a horror/macabre writer since I discovered Lovecraft when I was a... Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2002 by the dredger
O.K. Maybe some of his other books are alright, but this one is the "Bermuda Triangle" of description. Read morePublished on May 3 2002 by "helenagraves"
Ligotti blows Barker, King, and all of those other lightweights clear out of the water. His work is what I would call 'horror literature' as opposed to King's work, which he... Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2001 by J from NY
I don't know where to start. Ligotti is the best living writer of horror. As I understand it, he doesn't write to make money.
It shows. Read more
Mr. Ligotti is the true Master of contemporary horror. He understands how to communicate the breakdown of rationality. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2000 by Edward Scott Haas