The Nightmare Factory Paperback – Jul 15 1996
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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
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"Nightmare Factory" combines the four collections of Ligotti, sadly missing the drawings and poems that were included in the original editions of "Songs of a Dead Dreamer", "Noctuary", "Grimscribe" and "Teatro Grottesco". Being a nihilist himself, Ligotti delivers a verse that carries a very strong sense of foreboding gloom. His settings are out of place, nightmarish and maddeningly surreal. As you read through paragraphs, you feel yourself walking just steps behind the helpless protagonist into dread regions of madness where everything is a broken reflection of its original self. Horror unfolds as the "Greater Festival of Masks" nears its time of unmasking, where faces without soul take the stage. Young girls are abducted into frolicking, without a scream, without a whimper. A way lost in twisted alleys ends up in the worst place one can possibly hope not to get. Reflections in windows refuse to leave until people step over their dread and step into shuttered rooms. Sects worship idiot gods, intoning phrases and chants neither they, nor their idol understand.
With a strong use of language, Ligotti carries us through his Nightmare Factory, where the line between light and darkness gets fuzzy, meanings of words are sinisterly re-defined, and it is impossible to tell whether angles are acute or obtuse.
If you read horror, please do yourself a favor and take my advice. Ligotti is easily the best writer in the genre, and it seems he'll stay that way until someone else comes along.
Ligotti's finest tales appear in the omnibus collection entitled "The Nightmare Factory," which opens with a beautifully written and appropriately ominous "Foreword" by Poppy Z. Brite, a concise tribute which distills the sense of mystery and awe evoked in so many discerning readers of the Master's works. Ligotti's style is astonishingly deft, beautifully orchestrated, and insinuatingly minatory in its tone, for his sorcerous visions are embodied in a lush language that closely approximates the "prose-poetry" of such louche 19th century masters as Jean Lorrain, Octave Mirbeau, and Walter Pater. Ligotti's world is almost oppresively darkling and yet his artistry is such that we delight in the spell even as it clutches at our hearts.
Read "Nethescurial" and "The Shadow at the Bottom of the World"--and maybe this time we won't have to wait for some French critic 50 years hence to reproach America--bitterly and justifiably--for having missed another giant, as we certainly have done with Poe and Lovecraft. Let's give the man his due now!
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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
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
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