Ator s pursuit of someone through the streets echos Poe s The Man of the Crowd Yet the hopelessness of the conclusion the sense of preordained the Crowd Yet the hopelessness of the conclusion the sense of preordained is distinctively Ligotti The Spectacles in the Drawer is a comic Poe tale that suddenly turns arbitrarily vicious The Flowers of the Abyss is a dark Hawthorne romance that does not stop at individual spiritual corruption but hints at a rankness at the very foundation of the the world and Nethescurial is a Cthulhu island fantasy that does not end with creatures of cosmic horror but pushes on until it suggests an even terrifying menace an essential vileness flooding forth from the interstices of our worldOf course some stories here are better than others My favorites are The Last Feast of Harleuin Nethescurial In the Shadow of Another World The Cocoons The Night School and The Shadow at the Bottom of the World But each story here and even powerfully the collection as a whole although it begins in the familiar conventions of psychological horror or cosmic terror pushes those convention to their limits until the narratives become deeply unsettling filling us with profound metaphysical unease a suspicion of the very nature of being a distrust of existence itselfLigotti terrifies us because he makes us fear we are next to nothing nothing but puppets contrived of vagrant atoms whirling in a malevolent voi. E of the dreamer The
night School The lamour The voice of our name The library of Byzantium Miss Plarr The voice of our name School The lamour The voice of our name The library of Byzantium Miss Plarr The voice of our name shadow at the bottom of the wor. For me the standouts in this collection were The Last
"feast harleuin "of Harleuin The Night School but I didn t find myself disappointed by any of the tales My understanding that this is a reprint of a long out of print book Ligotti wrote these stories many years ago And yet the horror field has yet to catch up with him Brilliant stuff Highly recommended This book was brilliant from start to finish I never et scared while reading horror but this ot me scared shitless So the atmosphere was thereWhen I pick up a horror book I have two criteria for the atmosphere to be dreadful so that I can actually feel frightened and to enjoy the narrationBoth were reat hereI must change my rating and Creating Chicago's North Shore: A Suburban History give it a 5 star because a lot of the stories are still vivid in my head In a sense the writers style reminds me of the legendary Edgar Allan Poe whose stories I adoreEvery sentence paragraph and story is well thought out and delivered accordingly Can t recommend this book enough I dive it 105 if I could Very ood Review to come I ve decided to re review this almost a year after reading it because I ve decided that Ligotti might just be one of the best authors of short stories that most people have never Ligotti s second collection of short tales is a considerable advance on his first I won t deny that Songs for a Dead Dreamer contains a number of effective stor.
Grimscribe His Lives and Works is Thomas Ligotti's second collection of short tales The voice of the damnedGrimscribe His Lives and Works is Thomas Ligotti's second collection of short tales The voice of the damned last feast of Harleuin The spectacles in the draw. ,
Ies but the collection as a whole is uneven and many of its most powerful effects occur in stories that are not in themselves successful This is due primarily to an immaturity of style Ligotti was not yet capable of fashioning a world that could contain his most characteristic phantasms and
Many Of His Personal Horrorsof his personal horrors to be outcasts within his own creations just as likely to shatter a story s unity as to complete itBy the time of Grimscribe however Ligotti has perfected his style He combines evocative detail with "disturbing abstraction odd lacunae with abrupt transition making us doubt the narrator at "abstraction odd lacunae with abrupt transition making us doubt the narrator at very moment his voice thoroughly enmeshes us in Ligotti s worldOne of the rewarding aspects of these stories is that although they are clear tributes to the acknowledged masters of the
Horror Genre They Are Also Distinctly Original In The Artfulnessgenre they are also distinctly original in the artfulness their narratives and the bleakness of their terrorFor example let s take the four stories contained in the first of the collection s five divisions The Voice of the Dreamer The Last Feast of Harleuin dedicated to Lovecraft not only features a distinctly Lovecraftian narrator obsessed with clowns and suffering from an intense case of Seasonal Affective Disorder but concludes with a subterranean climax of true cosmic horror Its village carnival evokes Blackwood s Ancient Sorceries and the narr. Er flowers of the abyss Nethescurial The voice of the demon The dreaming in Nortown The mystics of Muelenburg In the shadow of another world The cocoons The voic. .