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Ligotti is usually classified as a “horror” writer, but this label is much too limiting. Ligotti combines the eccentricity and loneliness of Poe (minus the romantic sentimentality), the bleak existential inner landscape of Kafka, the lunatic small-town atmosphere of Bruno Schulz and the mordant epigrammatic nihilism of Cioran.
Ligotti is a profoundly disturbing writer, an unclassifiable talent right up there with such unique voices as Borges, Calvino and Lem.
A must read.
really liked it
“His trembling words also invoked an epistimology of ‘hope and horror’, of exposing once and for all the true nature of this ‘great gray ritual of existence’ and plunging headlong into an ‘enlightenment of inanity’…”
– “In a Foreign Town, In a Foreign Land”
reading the collected tales in Thomas’ Ligotti’s Teatro Grottesco over the course of a rainy, gray day and the rest of a chilly, glum weekend was an interesting experience. it certainly helped to create a gray, glum, and introspective mood, l
I was able to pick up a hardcover edition published by Mythos Books. This first edition originally sold for $35.00.
Some of the stories here are amazingly good. Others are just kind of good. All are interesting and well written. Mr. Ligotti’s command of the language is awe inspiring.
The reason for only four stars is due to the “sameness” I felt in some of the stories. They took me to somewhere that I had been taken to previously with in this book.
To be sure there are some exceptional examples o