(EBOOK) [The Shadow at the Bottom of the World] author Thomas Ligotti
The Second Cure gA fine anthology of Ligotti s works from his first characteristic masterpiece Last Feast of the Harleuin to many of the best works contained in Teatro Grottesco In most horror stories the forces of evil or chaos intrude upon a world ofoodness and order and are eventually if only temporarily defeated Ligotti however ives us something much
DIFFERENT A MALEVOLENT PANTHEISM IN WHICH REALITY IS NOTHING a malevolent pantheism in which reality is nothing a series of masks people nothing but a series of puppets while an ever shifting miasma of nothingness and foulness writhes and seethes beneath These stories don t just ive you nightmares they are nightmares in and of themselves Highly recommended for those who like their horror bleak uncompromising and existential The Shadow at the Bottom of the World is a collection of short stories that absolutely reek of bleakness and sheer horror but not horror in the same sense of the mainstream type of horror novels Ligotti connects all of his stories with an overaching theme of evil that may show itself anywhere precisely because it is everywhere and is as stunningly set off by a foil of sunshine and flowers as it is by darkness and dead leaves 145 This is probably one of the darkest collections of horror I ve ever encountered but the stories contained within this book are truly excellent These aren t the kind of horror stories you re The Sorcerer's Apprentice going to find on supermarket shelves though but of a thinking person s horror I think you have to read them to understand because I think each reader isoing to find something that resonates on an individual level The other overall statement that I want to make about this book is that it is clear that while Ligotti is an excellent writer there are shades of influence in her from writers like HP Lovecraft and others that allow the darkness to take you in its rip right away Very well done and highly recommended although mainstream horror readers may not like it because there are no ory parts or whatever it is that a lot of modern horror fiction readers are looking forIn the list of what I would consider excellent storiesthe last feast of harleuindr locrian s asylumvastarienthe spectacles in the drawerthe shadow at the bottom of the worldnethescurialthe bungalow houseThe others are ood too but these were my favoritesVery highly recommended
If You Read Lovecraftyou Will you read Lovecraftyou will this one very much Earlier this year I had a chance to read two of the most recent projects by horror writer Thomas Ligotti contemporary corporate novella My Work Is Not Yet Done and his nonfiction primer on pessimistic philosophies The Conspiracy Against the Human Race and found both of them to be excellent really dark and uniue stuff that appealed to me as a non fan of this enre So I thought I d take a chance and read up on a bunch of his short fiction too Ligotti has never actually written a single novel in the thirty years he s been publishing confining himself exclusively to the short story format and ended up picking just the first three books to become available through my local library system his very first book Songs of a Dead Dreamer covering pieces from the late 1980s his newest book The Spectral Link featuring stories just from the 2010s and the best of collection The Shadow at the Bottom of the World featuring a curated selection of pieces from the beginning of his career up to 2005Unfortunately though the disappointing news is that #these stories for the most part aren t nearly as ood as the #stories for the most part aren t nearly as ood as the full length books I had read before and in fact most of them are surprisingly dated to a specific time and place even just a A longtime Lovecraft devotee who has extended the weird tale to the next level via the likes of Borges and Burroughs Thomas Ligotti is usually published as part of a eneral anthology of horror writers But now Ligotti has pulled together a collection of his favorite fiction both old and new representing his best and most characteristic worksThomas Ligotti's stories are perhaps best described as dark magical realism Many of his stories center on the distorted perspective of a freuently doomed narrator The title story The Shadow at the Bottom of the. Of Ligotti s work containing a few rather meh stories but most of them fall in the ood to outstanding range Indeed the high uality stories than make up for the rather of them fall in the Don't Worry, Eat Cake: A Coloring Book to Help You Feel a Little Bit Better about Everything good to outstanding range Indeed the high uality stories than make up for the rather likes of The Mystics of Muelenburg and The Shadow at the Bottom of the World The magnificent Last Feast of Harleuin the terrifying Nethescurial and the enigmatically ultra disturbing Purity are simply among the best horror stories ever written The Spectacles in the Drawer and The Cocoons are perhaps the most conventional tales yet bothrow creepier and fascinating in the mind the I think about them Finally we have the all but unclassifiable Vastarien The Bungalow House and my personal favorite Dr Locrian s Asylum the reading of which is like being put into a trance and sent to some bizarre alternate dimension Weird fiction that is truly weird and though not very accessible to the average pop fiction reader will still be being talked about when death worshiping clown maggots devour all trends I had trouble etting this collection and instead read the collections that contained these stories originally Songs of a Dead Dreamer Grimscribe Noctuary and Teatro Grottesco I m adding this collection to my books read for the completion of a reading list I m that kind of nerdReading Ligotti for the first time has been one of the remarkable reading pleasures of this year I can only state that rereading his work will be another Outstanding My first exposure to Ligotti and what an introduction Every story plays like an unholy amalgam of deeply nihilistic philosophy poetic prose and fantastic enre storytelling every one of which bleeds into the effectiveness of the others to create the most deeply affecting and unforgettable collection of shorts I ve read since I picked up King s Night Shift when I was 9 RANKED EXCELLENTTeatro Grottesco the perfect sweet spot of all the characteristics above Dr Voke and Mr Veech terrifying Feels like a cursed German expressionist film The Tsalal mesmerizing with a haunting endingDr Locrian s Asylum haunting EVERYTHING Atmosphere to die for Nethescurial pit in your ut dread Maybe the scariest of the bunch A meta commentary on cosmic
Horror Stories That Functions As A Perfectly Frightening Cosmic Horror stories that functions as a perfectly frightening cosmic horror Last Feast of the Harleuin creepy small town jamThe Shadow at the Bottom of the World perfectly creepy midwestern autumn vibes Should have been 5 10 pages longer but reat nonethelessREALLY GOODThe Bungalow House eerieThe Red Tower this mostly just has haunting imagery to offer but MAN what imagery it is The Spectacles in the Drawer disturbing and A Secret Kept great The final reveal is horrifying Alice s Last Adventure one of his most subtle and very creepy The most chilling ending in the collection and that s saying something Vastarien Just a well spun weird tale Engaging from beginning to end The Cocoonsreat atmosphere and a reat ross out reveal SOLIDPurity maybe his most literary work here The only one that feels like it s really a commentary on something uite disturbing and interesting and I m always a sucker for a sardonic Eyes Wide Shut style ending The Strange Design of Master Rignolo some ood visuals but mostly forgettableThe Mystics of Muelenburg not bad just blends in with the rest Re reading this one again Stories from throughout his writing career ExcellentDr Voke and Mr VeechProbably the closest we ever come to a love tale by this modern master of the macabre Thomas Ligotti And this love story with revenge story is not your average romantic tale Mr Veech visits the strange eerie Dr Voke because he has a bizarre some would add hea. Rk and special kind a vision that no one had before him InterzoneAficianados of the macabre consider Ligotti one of the finest writers in the field The Sunday TimesThomas Ligotti is an absolute master of supernatural horror and weird fiction and a true original He pursues his uniue vision with admirable honesty and rigorousness and conveys it in prose as powerfully evocative as any writer in the field I'd say he might just be a enius Ramsey Campbell Britain's most respected living horror writer according to the Oxford Companion toEnglish Literatu.
Thomas Ligotti ↠ 5 ReadOuple of decades after their original publication that specific time and place being the emo oth scene of the early 1990s the same people who back in the day were obsessive fans of Neil Gaiman s Sandman and the music of in the day were obsessive fans of Neil Gaiman s Sandman and the music of Amos Kate Bush Dead Can Dance and others As a former industrial kid back in college I had a sort of tangential relationship to this community so I don t exactly fault them their pop culture loves my favorite band of those years Skinny Puppy was upon hindsight not much than an emo oth caught on a bad day but even then and especially now my tolerance is short for all the endless descriptions of lit candles and flowing curtains and masuerade masks and skinny pale dudes pondering the universe A huge amount of Ligotti s work features exactly this much of it written in the style of someone explaining a dream and we all know how much fun it is to sit and listen to someone describe one of their dreams and that really surprised me Tricycle (HISTOIRE) given Ligotti s reputation as a writer s writer and the horror author all the other horror authors wished they were especially disappointing after reading his Work and Conspiracy and seeing what he s capable of as a clear eyed author of non sentimental coldly chilling looks at the black depths inside the human soul As his reputation suggests the best pieces in his oeuvre always tend to be when he s doing pastiches of HP Lovecraft the main thing he s known for among casual fans of the horrorenre unfortunately though my recommendation today is to pick your way through these pieces to find those best ones not necessarily to plow through it all indiscriminately and expect it to be reat as his diehard fans claim A recommendation today but a cautious one This collection is amazing a true master of horror Be sure to have a birthday party or something after you read thisthese stories et under your skininto your headand make you thinkunsettling Something of a best of collection I think I ve read all of these stories before but I would recommend just about any of them I have to say I was overjoyed when the creator of the popular and critically acclaimed TV show True Detective cited as an influence various masters of the weird tale such as Thomas
Ligotti That brought these writers a well deserved exposure to aThat brought these writers a well deserved exposure to a audienceI suggest this book for those who might want to read Ligotti s fiction This book is a best of kind of book Most of the stories here appeared previously in other anthologiesThese are well written stories of metaphysical horror Behind appearances lie a disturbing realityThe contents Foreword by Douglas AndersonIntroduction Horror Stories A Nightmare Scenario by Thomas LigottiThe Last Feast of HarleuinDr Voke and Mr VeechAlice s Last AdventureVastarienDr Locrian s AsylumThe Mystics of MuelenburgThe Spectacles in the DrawerThe Strange Design of Master RignoloThe Shadow at the Bottom of the WorldNethescurialThe CocoonsThe TsalalThe Bungalow HouseTeatro GrotesscoThe Red TowerPurity Ligotti is one of the downright strangest writers I ve encountered but at his best he legitimately is one of the all time Let Freedom Reign': The Words of Nelson Mandela. Henry Russell greats of literary horror His prose has a hypnotic uality that cannot be compared to anyone else I m aware of Plot is minimal but used toood effect at times while an atmosphere of loomy dread reigns supreme and a dark undercurrent #of pessimism flows beneath decaying cityscapes and dust choked towns At times his writing degenerates into ibberish but even his failed #pessimism flows beneath decaying cityscapes and dust choked towns At times his writing degenerates into ibberish but even his failed such as Dr Voke and Mr Veech and The Red Tower in this volume are uniue This book is a sort of sampler platter. World reimagines a kind of Bradbury like small town that encounters the appearance of a kind of existential darkness written with a sharp imagery like that of William S Burroughs In story after story in this collection Ligotti does not merely present his readers with isolated incidents of supernatural horror he challenges them to confront nightmares that are entwined in the very fabric of life itselfUOTESThe best new American writer of weird fiction to appear in years The Washington PostLigotti is wonderfully original; he has a new vision of a da.