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Thomas Ligotti

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 1:48 pm
by Dead Dog
Are there any Ligotti devotees here? Although different voices, what draws me to Ligotti is the same thing that draws me to Lynch. Besides the fact that he is a masterful writer, he dabbles in that same weird area between reality and something not quite real. A destabilization of the psyche. The mundane becoming macabre. And the lack of answers, the way you are left wanting more. As Borges said, quoted by Ligotti himself "the imminence of a revelation that never occurs is the definitive aesthetic experience."

Lynch fans should at the very least give one of his short stories a try.

Re: Thomas Ligotti

Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:56 pm
by mistahc
I read Teatro Grottesco. I thought The Town Manager, The Red Tower, The Clown Puppet, and Sideshow were especially unsettling/disturbing/scary. Most of the others I just didn't really get.

I really like Borges, though.

Re: Thomas Ligotti

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:52 pm
by Melong
I read the non-fiction The Conspiracy Against the Human Race. I intend to read some of his fiction as well one of these days.

Re: Thomas Ligotti

Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:50 pm
by Adolphus
Dead Dog wrote:Are there any Ligotti devotees here? Although different voices, what draws me to Ligotti is the same thing that draws me to Lynch. Besides the fact that he is a masterful writer, he dabbles in that same weird area between reality and something not quite real. A destabilization of the psyche. The mundane becoming macabre. And the lack of answers, the way you are left wanting more. As Borges said, quoted by Ligotti himself "the imminence of a revelation that never occurs is the definitive aesthetic experience."

Lynch fans should at the very least give one of his short stories a try.


Yes! Ligotti's great- well and truly creepy. I too think there is a shared sensibility between Lynch and Ligotti- though they are both different and do their own things. Definitely an author Lynch fans should check out- I really love his short stories- really great, short blasts of weirdness and creepiness.