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.
When I went to Africa for two years, his books were the only ones I brought with me (OK, I exagerate. I also brought a paperback of the best of Lovecraft). I wish that "The Nightmare Factory" were available then. I bought this book for the "Teatro Grottesco" section. However the inclusion of nearly all of his previously printed tales makes this collection one of those "trapped on a desert isle" books that you can't live without.
I have two copies of "The Nightmare Factory". One stays by my bedside and helps me survive frequent nights of insomnia. The other is my loaner copy. It's getting a little beat up from being passed around so much. Everyone I've lent it too wants their own copy.
If you like reading novels where little Timmy's puppy gets run over by a lawnmower and then comes back fron the dead to give vapors to the squirrels and little Timmy's evil step-daddy drinks to much beer and lowers his mommy's self-esteem, then YOU NEED LIGOTTI!
YOU NEED THIS BOOK!
Think of it as salvation by dread.
Reading crappy novels makes you a self-absorbed wuss.
Reading Ligotti makes you a scholar of your own damnation.
Ligotti makes you want to read (or reread) such masters as Nabokov, Bruno Schulz, and Thomas Bernhard.
Ligotti made me a Current 93 fan.
I'll shut up now (but only on condition that you buy this book).
Most recent customer reviews
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
Shortly before I purchased this book, I was in the mood for a good, twisted, even disturbing, novel. Read morePublished on June 13 2003 by Link
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
Thomas Ligotti and Gore Vidal are America's greatest living writers. It is unfortunate that Mr. Ligotti has been so egregiously pigeon-holed as a mere "horror" writer,... Read morePublished on March 8 2002 by patricia a pryce
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
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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