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Grimscribe: His Lives and Works

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  891 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
Seeking deadly justice when she and her invalid father receive next to nothing in a lawsuit settlement, nurse Hester Jones targets the defense attorney's daughter, hematologist Liz Broward. By the author of Blood Work.

The voice of the damned : The last feast of Harlequin --
The spectacles in the drawer --
flowers of the abyss --
Nethescurial --
The voice of the demon : The dr
Paperback, 230 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Jove (first published 1991)
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Bill  Kerwin
Aug 26, 2016 Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing

Ligotti's second collection of short tales is a considerable advance on his first. I won't deny that Songs for a Dead Dreamer contains a number of effective stories, but the collection as a whole is uneven, and many of its most powerful effects occur in stories that are not in themselves successful. This is due primarily to an immaturity of style. Ligotti was not yet capable of fashioning a world that could contain his most characteristic phantasms, and many of his personal horrors appear to be
Glenn Russell
Oct 29, 2015 Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

After bathing in the dark imagination of American contemporary horror fiction writer Tomas Ligotti’s first collection, “Songs of a Dead Dreamer,” I was keen to read his second book of thirteen macabre yarns entitled “Grimscribe.” My experience did not disappoint – in the tradition of Poe and Lovecraft, absolutely first-rate, well-crafted bizarre and ghoulish first-person narratives to make your hair stand on end and keep you up at night, as in these two eerie bone chillers: novella, “The Last Fe
Jan 18, 2016 Conor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction
I’ve decided to re-review this almost a year after reading it, because I’ve decided that Ligotti might just be one of the best authors of short stories that (most) people have never heard about.

This isn’t something that I say very often: best. In order to explain myself, assuming that you haven’t already started ignoring me, I’m going to need to compare Ligotti to some other writers.

We’ll start with what Ligotti is not; Stephen King. Now, most people know who Steven King is. If you’ve never rea
Benjamin Uminsky
This collection is really my first full exposure to Ligotti. I certainly have read a story or two, but never a full collection.

I think, to this point, I have never read a modern horror author that does what Ligotti does with his stories (particularly in the use of his prose style). The only modern author that leaves me feeling a bit tainted like Ligotti, is Laird Barron. Barron's stories just stick with you, often because of the monstrous things he does to his characters. Ligotti on the other h
Feb 16, 2008 Allen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seldom in this life do I meet anything that I feel an immediate connection with. Perhaps its that the suggestion to read this author came from one of my closest friends and one of the few people who "get me" in that profound way that few people do. Perhaps it's the fact that I feel Ligotti is the first true heir to the throne left empty on the Ides of March 1937. The writing of Thomas Ligotti fits perfectly into my skewed view of this futile existence. The stories collected in this book strike m ...more
Ignacio Senao f
Jun 02, 2015 Ignacio Senao f rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La última fiesta de Arlequín (5/5): Que curioso que un pueblo se celebre una fiesta en la que todos se visten de payasos. Pero aún más que en esos 3 días sea cuando más muerte por suicidio haya. Un claro homenaje a Lovecraft e “IT”.

Los anteojos de la caja (4/5): ¡Ay! Tanta obsesión con lo oculto… No hay que ponerse las gafas que uno te muestra como algo raro.

Las flores del abismo (4/5): El infierno en un mar de flores.
Nethescurial (4/5): Chutulu no es el único ser extraterrestre. Hay otro que ha
La Espada en la Tinta
Sep 14, 2015 La Espada en la Tinta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: received
Thomas Ligotti, autor de culto extremadamente prolífico con una base de adoradores internacional, creciente a medida que su trabajo va dándose a conocer en España, donde era repetidamente ignorado por el mundo editorial. Esto último ha cambiado en gran parte gracias a Valdemar, que editaba no hace mucho una antología suya, Noctuario —con una gran acogida— y que ahora nos sorprende con Grimscribe. Vidas y obras.

Sigue leyendo...
Nicole Cushing
Nov 25, 2011 Nicole Cushing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For me, the standouts in this collection were "The Last Feast of Harlequin" and "The Night School" -- but I didn't find myself disappointed by any of the tales. My understanding is that this is a reprint of a long out-of-print book. Ligotti wrote these stories many years ago. And yet, the horror field has yet to catch up with him. Brilliant stuff. Highly recommended.
D.M. Dutcher
These have to be the least scary horror stories I have ever read. Way too much repetition and writing that reduces the impact of the horror than prolongs it.

Most of the stories have the same formula. A first person protagonist who always sounds exactly the same, encounters either a person or an object who threatens damnation. Literally, they sound exactly the same even if they are a child-both the Library of Byzantium and Miss Plarr concern child protagonists in first person style who sound like
Oct 15, 2009 Kay rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is a superb collection of short stories - very spooky and creepy. Its not gory, just very atmospheric and lingers - particularly the story about 'The Scream'. Reviewrs often talk about his wok being like Poe and Lovecraft, and they would be right, just with a more modern setting. His language is excellent and complex and its a superb book to get your teeth into ;)
Mar 14, 2015 Andy rated it it was amazing
This is intimidating, how do I even begin? Late last year I was completely blown away by "Teatro Grottesco," in fact I thought it was the best collection of short stories I read all year. This book is almost as good, which means to say it's pretty damn incredible. I really can't think of a single disappointment in this collection, some are better than others, but none are bad.

The Last Feast of Harlequin - This was a great tale, as I'd heard everywhere. Great setting, mood and it's quite creepy a
Octavio Villalpando
En mi top de escritores están H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe y Clive Barker, en ese orden y sin importar el género literario. Puede inferirse fácilmente por donde van mis gustos, soy un fan irredento del horror, y ésto se extiende mucho más allá de mis aficiones literarias. Como tal, siempre estoy dispuesto a prestarme a ese viejo juego de "el gato y el ratón" que se ha establecido entre escritor y lector desde el comienzo mismo de la literatura de horror impresa. Siempre estoy buscando al próx ...more
Aug 22, 2007 Clint rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This guy just came onto the weird fiction scene and beat everyone's asses. Completely eerie, the kind of book that makes me lament the loss of the word "queer," because that's the best word for it. In the old sense of the word. In the new sense of the word it's perfect for Anne Rice.
Paul Roberts
Sep 03, 2014 Paul Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"The Last Feast of Harlequin"
"The Spectacles in the Drawer"
"The Dreaming in Nortown"
"The Shadow at the Bottom of the World"
Ventsi Dimitrov
This review is also available on the blog Codices, where I'm a contributor.

“Grimscribe: His Lives and Works” is the second collection of horror short stories by the American writer Thomas Ligotti. I was stoked to read something from Ligotti, because I’ve been hearing about him a lot lately – mainly because of the success of the first season of HBO’s “True Detective” (which is probably my favourite TV series ever). There, the character of Rust Cohle’s (Matthew McConaughey) personality is influenc
the gift
things this collection leads me to ponder: hp lovecraft (literate, cosmic, tortured) and would i like him if he was also modern? ramsey campbell's 'hungry moon' (well they are of the same vintage and both follow lovecraft)... stephen king (not very influential either way) and whether ligotti can write longer work, more immersive... cormac mc carthy's 'blood meridian' (not an influence) and why is the horror there so much more effective to me?... john dos passos (is there a horror writer who uses ...more
Greg Kurzawa
I had a hard time finishing this one. Ligotti is great at writing lush descriptions of decay and dread, but it was far too purple for my taste. Very early on I had a suspicion that the philosophy of some Awful Unknowable Evil lurking behind the masks of the world as we know it would persist throughout, and I was not proved wrong. In fact, I felt I was reading the same story over and over again, varying in setting, but not in tone, character or pacing. At each story's core stands the Philosophy o ...more
C. Derick
Aug 02, 2015 C. Derick rated it it was amazing
These twelve short stories illustrate the thematic debt Ligotti owes H.P. Lovecraft, but how dramatically different his style and literary technique can be from Lovecraft as well. Ligotti lacks Lovecraft's victorian flare, and is far too anti-human to have Lovecraft's chauvinism. The term "apocalyptic" applies to Liggoti's work, but not in its cataclysmic elements, but its devastating unveiling. The diary-like use of first-person narrative and the philosophical weight can make this an acquired t ...more
Jan 05, 2015 Tony rated it it was amazing
Probably my favourite and first introduction to Thomas Ligotti in written form. My very first were through Current 93, "Where the long shadow falls" and "I have a special plan for this world". Now I'm going back and tracking down copies of Ligotti's works that I can find and are affordable. I've found Scribd to be a good source when all else fails.
May 16, 2008 Moonglum rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cosmic-horror
There are some very cool horror stories here-- beautifully written, and creepy in that way that H.P. Lovecraft was to me when I first read him. My body starts to go numb and I become feverish and distraught as, on a very fundamental level, I have been exposed to annihilation.

Amir   Benhaida
Aug 31, 2016 Amir Benhaida rated it did not like it
I couldn't do it, I tried, I really struggled to finish it but it's just not going to happen.
the stories are uninteresting and generic, if you have already read Ligotti's works you really should stay away from Grimscribe, it's a boring book.
Matthew Hedgecock
May 29, 2016 Matthew Hedgecock rated it really liked it
Engaging and creative assortment of scary tales in the mold of HP Lovecraft. Some resonate more than others but there is a lot for horror fans to love here - a nice blend of psychological terror and just plain frightening monsters and weird scenarios.
Jun 27, 2011 L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While these short stories are clearly Lovecraftian in delivery (1st person narrator, high vocab), Ligotti's stories stand on their own. I'd re-read most on a stormy autumn.
Che' Gilson
Sep 22, 2010 Che' Gilson rated it it was amazing
Ok, I'm re-reading this in preperation for a YA horror novel I am plotting. The early works of Thomas Ligotti are the direct inheritance of H.P. Lovecraft. His more recent hort fiction... meh.
Nick Wallace
Mar 06, 2009 Nick Wallace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the least known and most underappreciated authors in recent history.
Jeff Mcleod
Apr 10, 2015 Jeff Mcleod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The Last Feast Of Harlequin is one of the greats. Excellent revised edition.
Oct 11, 2011 Adam rated it it was amazing
The modern heir to Lovecraft. These stories are dark, weird, and excellent.
Kathryn Tucker
Dec 09, 2012 Kathryn Tucker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic short stories. Like Lovecraft, but more modern, less dry.
Dave H
Dec 06, 2016 Dave H rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found Thomas Ligotti’s second collection of short stories difficult to enjoy and certainly more perplexing than his first work, ‘Songs of a Dead Dreamer’. I think that has to do with the dense prose and the unrelenting bleakness of many of the storylines. I also began to assume the narrator of each story is the same person, there did not seem to be much variety in tone or language (apart from the couple of stories where it is made explicit that the narrator is a child).

Of course, Ligotti is a
Иван Величков
Много странни разкази, движещи се на ръба между гротеското и ужасяващото. В началото имах чувството, че съм попаднал на нещо уникално, особено след прочита на първите два разказа, но после тежкият текст, богатият, но повтарящ се език и постоянното чувство, че съм чел историите в творбите на други автори, занижиха мнението ми за книгата. Все пак не си изгубих времето с нея, а има и два три разказа, които са перфектни попадения.

The Last Feast of Harlequin - Най-добрия текст в книгата, а както разб
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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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“You see how I live: shadows and silence, leaving things as I find them because I have no reason to disturb them. But there are things that I have known, even though I never wished to know them and cannot give them a name.” 7 likes
“The worst fear of the race yes, the world suddenly transformed into a senseless nightmare, horrible dissolution of things. Nothing compares, even oblivion is a sweet dream. You understand why, of course. Why this peculiar threat. These brooding psyches, all the busy minds everywhere. I hear them buzzing like flies in the blackness. I see them as glow worms flitting in the blackness. They are struggling, straining every second to keep the sky above them, to keep the sun in the sky, to keep the dead in the earth-to keep all things, so to speak, where they belong. What an undertaking! What a crushing task! Is it any wonder that they are all tempted by a universal vice, that in some dark street of the mind a single voice whispers to one and all, softly hissing, and says: 'Lay down your burden.' Then thoughts begin to drift, a mystical magnetism pulls them this way and that, faces start to change, shadows speak... sooner or later the sky comes down, melting like wax. But as you know, everything has not yet been lost: absolute terror has proved its security against this fate. Is it any wonder that these beings carry on the struggle at whatever cost?” 3 likes
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