Songs of a dead dreamer and grimscribe

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songs of a dead dreamer and grimscribe

Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti

Two terrifying classics by “the best kept secret in contemporary horror fiction” (The Washington Post)
 
Thomas Ligotti’s debut collection, Songs of a Dead Dreamer, and his second, Grimscribe, permanently inscribed a new name in the pantheon of horror fiction. Influenced by the strange terrors of Lovecraft and Poe and by the brutal absurdity of Kafka, Ligotti eschews cheap, gory thrills for his own brand of horror, which shocks at the deepest, existential, levels.

Ligotti’s stories take on decaying cities and lurid dreamscapes in a style ranging from rich, ornamental prose to cold, clinical detachment. His raw and experimental work lays bare the unimportance of our world and the sickening madness of the human condition. Like the greatest writers of cosmic horror, Ligotti bends reality until it cracks, opening fissures through which he invites us to gaze on the unsettling darkness of the abyss below.

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Songs of a Dead Dreamer and Grimscribe by Thomas Ligotti review – evil little mantras

Why should anyone fret about vampires and werewolves when our own bodies are already trying to kill us? The scariest monster is not fanged, clawed, suppurating or mummified — rather it looks and smells just like the best we can hope for: disintegration, madness and death. But unlike Morrissey, he may actually deserve the distinction. On the surface, his stories, originally published in the s and 90s, seem quite conventional, being located in traditional settings asylums, woodsy witch-haunted hamlets, abandoned movie theatres and esoteric used book stores and featuring many of the usual horror tropes puppets, manikins, serial murderers and clowns. But once you enter, all the doors and windows slam shut, and you are left alone with the scariest person in the house — yourself. These may not be horror stories at all, but more like evil little mantras, leading you into dark, half-conscious speculations about the frailty of human identity and purpose.

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Look Inside. Oct 06, ISBN Influenced by the strange terrors of Lovecraft and Poe and by the brutal absurdity of Kafka, Ligotti eschews cheap, gory thrills for his own brand of horror, which shocks at the deepest, existential, levels. His raw and experimental work lays bare the unimportance of our world and the sickening madness of the human condition. Like the greatest writers of cosmic horror, Ligotti bends reality until it cracks, opening fissures through which he invites us to gaze on the unsettling darkness of the abyss below. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. Thomas Ligotti was born in Detroit in

Thomas Ligotti's debut collection, Songs of a Dead Dreamer , and his second, Grimscribe , permanently inscribed a new name in the pantheon of horror fiction. Influenced by the strange terrors of Lovecraft and Poe and by the brutal absurdity of Kafka, Ligotti crafted his own brand of existential horror, which shocks at the deepest levels. In decaying cities and lurid dreamscapes tormented by the lunatic pageantry of masks, puppets, and obscure ritual, Ligotti's works lay bare the sickening madness of the human condition. From his dark imagination emerge stories like "The Frolic" and "The Last Feast of Harlequin," waking nightmares that splinter the schemes validating our existence. In these collections, Ligotti bends reality until it cracks, opening fissures through which he invites us to gaze on the unsettling darkness below-an ordeal from which one may perhaps return, but never to be the same. Thomas Ligotti has had one of the most quietly extraordinary careers in the history of horror fiction.

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