Those who hang in for the long haul can see how often I abuse the shortcut word "titular! Ligotti in the th episode of the Pseudopod podcast and needed to reacquaint myself with my favorite stories so as to choose which one would best fit the audio format of the podcast as opposed to just defaulting to my favorite, "Gas Station Carnivals". I finally finished this re-read project in late and have held off composing this review because I knew it would be a large amount of work. And so, here we are again
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I have read some interviews with him and ligogti appreciations of his work and he a unique and fascinating writer. The stories are also largely unique, and there are at least a dozen of them in this tome that should be mandatory readings for anyone into the genre.
I just wish his books were easier to find! Apr 24, Matt rated it it was amazing Shelves: In this stout volume, Ligotti offers American readers selections from three previous collections not readily available in the U. And anyone who can pull off a Current 93 collaboration is super cool. See 1 question about The Nightmare Factory…. View all 6 comments. Ligotti has, like his prose, slowly but without failure snuck up on me and resigned me to the basic truth that Lgotti probably never going to discover another writer who can make me feel such universal dread, but yet love it all.
In an interview Ligotti described his style as an attempt to read like awkwardly translated East-European literature. Ligotti achieves a lot through a thorough interrogation of tropes ligottk realizing they are as much lifeblood as cliche in the genre field — embracing them for their secrets, and examining their origins and resonances, instead of just merely rejecting, deconstructing or mocking them. Email required Address never made public.
A simple story, and interesting to see a modern nightmafe such as this which strips away some of the usual archaic mystique.
Apr 28, Emm — Stories for Ghouls rated it it was amazing Shelves: Both classy and surreal, Ligotti has a great grasp on describing dreams, visions, and so forth, frightening you without the viscera, often with endings that leave you thinking. This is where the subjective aspect of art comes in, tactory Mr.
View all 13 comments. Apr 15, Mark McLaughlin rated it it was amazing. Amazing thing to say, the consolation of horror in art is that it actually intensifies our panic, loudens it on the sounding-board of our horror-hollowed hearts, turns terror up full blast, all the while reaching for that perfect and deafening amplitude at which we may dance to the bizarre music of our own misery.
The Nightmare Factory, Vol. 1
The Nightmare Factory