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My Work is Not Yet Done: Three Tales of Corporate Horror

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  974 ratings  ·  101 reviews
When junior manager Frank Dominio is suddenly demoted and then sacked it seems there was more than a grain of truth to his persecution fantasies. But as he prepares to even the score with those responsible for his demise, he unwittingly finds an ally in a dark and malevolent force that grants him supernatural powers. Frank takes his revenge in the most ghastly ways imagina ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published June 1st 2002 by Mythos Books
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4.0 stars. This is a bleak, bizarre and wonderfully original story that I thought I would have real trouble describing in a way that conveys the “unique feel” of the book. Then, as I was contemplating visual aids for my review, the images above popped into my head and I thought...That's pretty much it!!! Still, I will do my best to explain my weird picture equation.

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Thomas Ligotti is as close as I come to a living literary hero. But now that I have learned we share a common loathing, I find him more sympathetic but less heroic than before. Yes, Thomas Ligotti and I both loathe meetings, and Ligotti's visceral loathing of meetings is evident on almost every page of this book.

In 2001, after 23 years, Ligotti retired from his position as an editor with The Gale Group (publisher of research volumes for schools and libaries, best known for InfoTrac.) Then, in 20
The company that employed me strived only to serve up the cheapest fare that its customers would tolerate, churn it out as fast as possible, and charge as much as they could get away with. If it were possible to do so, the company would sell what all businesses of its kind dream about selling, creating that which all our efforts were tacitly supposed to achieve: the ultimate product – Nothing. And for this product they would command the ultimate price – Everything.

This is the third collection by
What a bleak, dark tale of corporate culture and the ways in which the bugs of the corporate world go about surviving day-in and day-out. I can't say that I am going to recommend this, but if you have a hankering for dark material, search no further.

I need to read some more of his stuff before I can fully state if I even like this me, that says something.

Nightmares, here I come.

Okay, I've had some time to think
Benoit Lelievre
Up until this morning this was in line for the "best thing I've ever read in my life", but since the main narrative MY WORK IS NOT YET DONE kind of ended in a predictable whimper, I'll only say this: MY WORK IS NOT YET DONE: THREE TALES OF CORPORATE HORROR is just one of the best things I've read in 2015. Whoever calls himself a horror fan and hasn't read Thomas Ligotti yet is like a man saying he likes painting despite looking at the same wall of the same museum for years.

The man is a universe
Eddie Watkins
Thomas Ligotti is the best "horror" writer at work today, though not many people have heard of him because he chooses to publish with small presses. But to pigeon-hole him as horror is certainly a disservice, as if he and Stephen King could even remotely be grouped together. King has his place and can be scary and entertaining, but Ligotti is entertaining and not only spooky scary but philosophically scary as well. He's in possession of about as bleak a vision as is possible while still retainin ...more
I didn't know whether Ligotti could live up to the impressively high standards that he attained in Teatro Grottesco but fortunately he did. I am once again humbled by this man's brilliance. This is precisely the kind of thing I'm looking for in horror; smoothly, eloquently written prose with creeping unease that makes one tremble in the face of the universe and the unseen that hide in its shadows.

Ligotti presents a starkly atheistic, cynical view of life and the universe. If asked whether the gl
Tim Pendry
This book did, in all honesty, give, or at least contribute to, nightmares. The sheer viciousness of the evil acts of the protagonist of the main novella might be enough to do that for some people ... but the real nightmare, as always with Ligotti, lies in his dark vision of existence.

My more considered opinion on Thomas Ligotti's place in contemporary culture is to be found elsewhere - - but this book adds to the canon.

The book is slim - really it is a n
Nate D
Apr 10, 2014 Nate D rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nate D by: Goodreads
I don't read much horror. I mean, just look at the much-neglected horror shelf at the back of any bookstore, dominated by Anne Rice, Stephen King, Dean Koontz. Nothing much too alluring. But as someone who is very interested in horror cinema, it seems strange to me that outside of the standard Poe and Lovecraft and a few Clive Barker stories, I give the stuff such a wide margin (please suggest). So when I ran across Ligotti, who draws comparison to Bruno Schulz and Thomas Bernhard, Kafka and Bur ...more
This was my first Ligotti read. Don’t know what took me so long. He definitely has his own style which really worked for me in the first and third stories in this collection of corporate terror tales. The second story “I Have A Special Plan For This World”, was a bit of a chore to get thru and seemed to be a series of super long run-on sentences, stream of consciousness style.

The main story and the namesake for the collection was my favorite of the three stories. The voice was strong and drawn,
Đorđe Bajić
Nedovršeni posao (2002) je svakako zanimljiva knjižica. Nevelika obimom (svega 171 stranica), ona nudi, kao podnaslov otkriva, tri priče o korporativnom hororu. Prvi segment knjige, naslovni Nedovršeni posao, ujedno je i najduži. U pitanju je delo koje po svom obimu može da se uvrsti u kategoriju kratkih romana. Početak Nedovršenog posla ne sadrži natprirodne, pa čak ni horor elemente. Ligoti nam prikazuje svakodnevnicu jedne američke firme kroz sudbinu Frenka Dominija, čoveka koji iz dubine duš ...more
I feel like half the art in horror is atmosphere, where nothing exactly happens for a while but I am nail-bitingly on edge and expecting just about anything. The eponymous novella in this book is about one the most unsettling things I've read: the story of an outcast at a large corporation whose personal neuroses, related with a wry, unsettling voice that owes a lot to both Nabokov and Lovecraft, drives him to bizarre extremes. Thinking I'd work through it in a couple of days, the novella had me ...more
There were three stories in this book, of which titular and first story was the longest, and the most offensive. Ligotti's attempt to wring shock value out of various issues, including rape and eating disorders was disgusting, at least to me. The whole first story was an angsty revenge fantasy that dragged on for much too long. Ligotti somewhat redeemed himself with the second two stories though. The second, "I Have A Special Plan For This World" was less focused than the first story, but also m ...more
Tim Williams
Just never gets off the ground. I found the angst of the main character to be, well, juvenile. The author obviously has issues with the corporate world or he is trying to project something... but it doesn't work for me. The main character garnered nothing but negatives from me - first in his reactions and lack of accountability to himself, and then , even worse, by just quitting. Quitting everything. The "I have decided to die and take everyone with me" motif is just... boring. I didn't find the ...more
Završen posao.

Mrak mrak mrak mrak, pročitan Ligoti.

Pročitajte ovo ukoliko želite da se poistovetite sa nekim ko prezire izraze "menadžment", "timski igrač", "korporacija".
oh heck, I lost interest.
The problem is a possibly good story gets weighed down by vague, obvious satire. Yeah, we're all corporate drones run by unseen malevolences--but I still get vacation days
Carole Tyrrell
These three tales are for anyone who has ever endured pointless meetings, office politics and ever marvelled at the ability of management to render every common English phrase unreadable by using jargon. Joining an office can be like marrying into a dysfunctional family as you don’t get to choose your co-workers and yet you’re all supposed to bond together as a cohesive unit. Believe me, there is nothing like the monotony and mediocrity of office life to really suck the life out of you.

In the f
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
Jun 01, 2012 Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves horror stories...
Shelves: horror, anthology
This was one of the best horror stories I have ever read. Bleak to a extreme. Don't expect anything good. You've been warned.

Our main character is Frank Dominio a loner employer in a mega corporation. He think that everyone is trying to screw his life and that doesn't help the obsessive–compulsive disorder he suffers from. He loaths and thinks that everyone is a swine. Mainly the seven people who work with him whom he dubs them the 7 dwarves give him silence when he proposes something at a meeti
I don’t think you’re going to like this book.

Here’s the thing. Thomas Ligotti is one of my favourite modern horror writers, but he does not work very hard to be liked by the average reader. His stories are the concentrated expression of a personal philosophy which goes beyond bleak. Most eloquently expressed in his book ‘The Conspiracy Against the Human Race’, it is something not often found in mainstream fiction for the simple reason that it isn’t the kind of thing most people want to read. Mo
Sam Reader
(taken from Geek Rage/Strange Library )

The rundown is as follows. This is arguably one of the nastiest things I've ever read, from one of the nastiest authors I've ever read. If you want a good, surreal Halloween read, you cannot go any better than Thomas Ligotti, whose works convey a certain pessimistic and existential dread. So the master of dread and dark pessimism doing a novella about a man pushed past the point of collapse who exacts some very creepy revenge on the people who wronged him
A dark view on office life.

I bought this book on a whim, after reading some of the reviews of Teatro Grottesco I decided to buy 'My work is not yet done' at the same time and I'm glad I did.

Frank Dominio is your average office worker he likes to keep himself to himself and largely attempts to go unnoticed by the majority of his co-workers, however when he puts forward a new idea for his company things start to go wrong when his colleagues and fellow managers start badgering him, setting him up a
A great prologue to Ligotti's later work, "The Conspiracy Against the Human Race". Quite straightforward horror, but with some profound insights about the vermin we actually are. Enjoy horror. Enjoy bleakness.
Quick raise of hands: How many of you have worked for a massive, soulless corporation?

You know, the kind of place that makes you wear a tie and funeral shoes to work even though the only people who see you on a day-to-day basis is your fellow cow-towed and dour co-workers? The kind of place where the managers pace the rows of the cubicle farm making sure your head’s buried in Excel spreadsheets and headset is clamped too tightly to your skull. And God forbid if you’re checking your personal ema

One of the things I enjoy the most about Ligotti's style is his ability to merge the common-place with the universal dread that seethes just below the surface. He has quite a talent with warping the known into something, if not unknown, at least barely recognizable. While his vision may overpower his stories at times, they are always worth reading. "My Work is Not Yet Done" is a collection of three stories, the title novella, "I Have a Special Plan for thi
Yup, methinks i have found a new horror author quite worthy of my time. Someone knows how to capture the desperation of the corporate workplace in a most surreal context and his world view (rather than his themes) is gloriously Lovecraftian in the way that Hollebecq lables "against the world, against life".
Mike Lester
Believe it or not, Ligotti is actually a pretty funny guy. My Work is Not Yet Done is the closest thing he'll ever write to an out and out mainstream black comedy. I will admit that I prefer his more horrific work, but anything Ligotti writes is sure to please. I love this man.
Andrew Lennon
Have up at page 50.
I don't know if it's because I'm ill today, but I just couldn't get into this book. I was completely disinterested the whole time. I usually enjoy Ligottis stories but this one just didn't do it for me.
I kept waiting for this book to take off. To soar to get truly grotesque. Perhaps I'm just too twisted for my own good but it just didn't feel complete and the finale was rather a let down if i do say so myself.
Ligotti promised existential "philosophical horror" and instead delivered self-pity, albeit elegantly written. It could have done with more paranoia, more of the grotesque, and less whining.
Timothy Volpert
Like probably quite a few people, I only just heard of Ligotti due to the allegations that some of his work was plagiarized for the show True Detective, which I liked a lot of course. The supposedly plagiarized passages were from a different book of his, but I just wanted to see what he was like as a fiction author. About that: if I had read this book when I was still in high school, I probably would've promptly declared Ligotti my new favorite author and set about devouring all his works. Fortu ...more
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Thomas Ligotti (born July 9, 1953) is a contemporary American horror author and reclusive literary cult figure. His writings, while unique in style, have been noted as major continuations of several literary genres – most prominently Lovecraftian horror – and have overall been described as works of "philosophical horror", often written as philosophical novels with a "darker" undertone which is sim ...more
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“The company that employed me strived only to serve up the cheapest fare that the customer would tolerate, churn it out as fast as possible, and charge as much as they could get away with. If it were possible to do so, the company would sell what all businesses of its kind dream about selling, creating that which all of our efforts were tacitly supposed to achieve: the ultimate product -- Nothing. And for this product they would command the ultimate price -- Everything.” 3 likes
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