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

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  1,410 Ratings  ·  149 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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Bill  Kerwin
Feb 28, 2016 Bill Kerwin rated it liked it
Shelves: weird-fiction

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
Jan 09, 2013 TK421 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 03, 2016 Jadranka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, read-in-2016

Nezadovoljstvo na radnom mestu, odnos nadređenih prema potčinjenima, homo homini lupus - u svom punom sjaju, uz primesu Lavkraftovog neizrecivog užasa koji odnekud vreba, i očigledan uticaj Kafke, sve to se nalazi između korica Ligotijevih priča o tzv."korporativnom užasu" pod nazivom "Nedovršeni posao".
Zbog malo konfuzne, ili prosto meni nedovoljno jasne, poslednje priče, moja konačna ocena: 4*
Eddie Watkins
Sep 29, 2014 Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it
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
Benoit Lelièvre
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
Nebojša Petković
Добар избор теме - хорор унутар актуелног корпоративног хорора. Остало - нихилистичко, мрачно, морбидно (не баш мој избор). Заита подсећа на Лафкрафта по истаживању ужаса унутар нас самих, али безнадежније по закључцима (чини ми се). Ипак, не може му се порећи занатска величина.
Marko Radosavljevic
Početak kao iz Američkog psiha, blaziran, poslovni svet, korporaciske ajkule i beznadje... Kulminacija i rasplet kao iz najboljih priča Klajva Barkera... Ko voli, nek čita...
Tim Pendry
Dec 20, 2009 Tim Pendry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 10, 2016 Nate D rated it it was ok  ·  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
Feb 22, 2010 Simon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, horror
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
Đorđe Bajić
Nov 25, 2014 Đorđe Bajić rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, contemperory
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
Nov 23, 2014 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
Nov 11, 2014 Cancerman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Završen posao.

Mrak mrak mrak mrak, pročitan Ligoti.

Pročitajte ovo ukoliko želite da se poistovetite sa nekim ko prezire izraze "menadžment", "timski igrač", "korporacija".
Mar 31, 2012 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 26, 2011 Peterh rated it it was ok
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
Sep 09, 2014 Tim rated it it was ok
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
Zorana Mitrović
Mar 04, 2016 Zorana Mitrović rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Какав смор од књиге.

Тако добра идеја и тема и стварно је у почетку и више него интересантна, а онда од друге половине почиње да губи смисао и да буде напорна.
Довршила сам је на силу.
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
Sam Reader
Nov 10, 2012 Sam Reader rated it really liked it
(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
Carole Tyrrell
Jul 04, 2011 Carole Tyrrell rated it it was amazing
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
Ian Casey
Dec 29, 2015 Ian Casey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ligotti’s fourth major collection of original fiction (ignoring some obscure ones) is quite literally a change of pace from the previous three. More on that momentarily, but first, a Public Service Announcement.

The Nightmare Network could easily be overlooked as the last and shortest story here, but that would be a disservice. My initial reaction is that this is the most dementedly brilliant thing I’ve read from Ligotti so far, or from anyone.

That visceral response will dull with time but for no
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
Jun 01, 2012 Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Sep 02, 2014 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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
Dec 07, 2011 Galo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-fiction
How ironic Thomas Ligotti should appropriately title this book for it suits it quite well. I hate to be overly critical of an author who is truly brilliant and possess one of the richest, most fertile, and under appreciated phantasmagorical mind's this side of Swiss artist H.R. Giger, but this novella and the two companion short stories (although the Nightmare Network can hardly be called a story) were complete and utter disappointments. I can only posit Ligotti fell into a deep state of dark ra ...more
Mar 08, 2013 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fiction
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".
Jul 07, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the darkness in this one and thought the storyline engaging for the most part. It wandered away from the action a bit for me in parts that didn't hold my interest as much. I also kind of wanted more from the end. Still, even with those things it was still quite the dark wonder to read. Enjoyed it quite a bit.
Nov 05, 2015 Justin marked it as to-read
Shelves: horror, short-stories
I need to give Ligotti another shot. I read Teatro Grottesco a while back and didn't really get it, but that was before I realized that the author is from Detroit so he was basically just writing non-fiction.
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Thomas Ligotti 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 similar to gothic fiction. ...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.” 5 likes
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