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The mind-bending universe of horror master Thomas Ligotti awaits in another graphic adaptation of his haunting work. Enter a sphere where bizarre gas station carnivals serve as the first stop on the road to oblivion, a malevolent puppet steals people's identities, a deranged chemist engages in horrific experiments, and nameless beings skulk about in a stone tower, waiting ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Harper Paperbacks (first published September 1st 2008)
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Bill  Kerwin
Not quite as good as Volume 1. "Gas Station Carnivals" is excellent and "The Clown Puppet" was also very good, but I thought the other two stories ("The Chymist" and "The Sect of the Idiot") were second-rate Ligotti to begin with, and illustrated in ways that made them more ludicrous than scary. Taken together, though, I admire these two volumes. Ligotti's horror stories are more intellectual than visceral, full of unsettling paradox and suggestion, and it would be a difficult task to represent ...more
B.C.
This was a book that they over thought way too much. They tried to make it smart and artsy. In my experience, when artists try to be to smart or to abstract, very few people can appreciate it. The people who can appreciate it are the artist and the people who think exactly like that artist.

I am not one of them.

This book had next to nothing worth the weight of the paper it was on. This is marketed as a horror novel. There was nothing scary! I just kept reading and waiting for something scary to
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Doug
As I said in my reivew of the first volume in this series, there is a mix of good-to-great art and some interesting writing/adapting, but these short graphical vignettes rarely catch the full force of the prose which began them. Some of the art might make up the gap for some of the readers, and there are those Ligotti completists who will wince at not being able to have his short introductions—I would say they are less vital this time than in the previous volume—but generally it is a curiosity t ...more
Carlos
Jul 10, 2011 Carlos rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Ligotti completists
Shelves: read-2011
I had found the first volume sort of hit and miss and was hoping that the second would preserve the strengths while avoiding some of the pitfalls of the first. While it is more consistent, it's still sort of weak and made me realize how difficult it can be to translate from one medium to another, especially when dealing with such an odd, singular vision such as that of Thomas Ligotti.

I've found that Ligotti's best stories have such a powerful sense of language that after reading one, I'll have a
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Doug
Between this and volume one, there's a collection of four stories that I really enjoyed. Unfortunately there are a few stories among the rest that felt lacking, unfulfilled. That might be due to the nature of the medium. As with volume one, the illustrations are worth an extra star. But I'd probably be better off reading a collection of his actual stories instead.
Marissa
Considering this is a collection based on the work of Thomas Ligotti, it seems like a weird irony that his introductions to the stories actually turn out to be the worst writing in the book. One of the intros is literally an entire page of him basically rephrasing the same sentence over and over in an attempt to seem both deep and creepy. As you can imagine with anyone who describes their own writing as "nihilistic," he comes off as a pretentious, talentless hack. With that said, the first story ...more
Mark Desrosiers
The stories here are more metaphysical than frightening; the artists are a tad less interesting (of course, Templesmith was on board last time); and on the whole Ligotti seems to think he's more profound than he actually is (or perhaps he's just sarcastically foregrounding themes like Nonsense, Meat, and Being).

Still, I loved "The Clown Puppet", which -- with lots of help from Bill Sienkiewicz -- promises everything the title delivers. And I was very amused to see Ligotti heaping serious (non-i
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M.
Jan 19, 2009 M. rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009, comix
This is kind of disappointing. I thought visual interpretations of Ligotti's stories would be at least validly interesting, but unfortunately 3 out of 4 of the stories in here are done in standard (read: boring, nothing new, overplayed) "Vertigo" style art that hasn't been fresh since the early 90s. Aside from that, Ligotti's stories themselves lose a lot in "translation." Ligotti's power is utterly diluted in this form, and I think because part of what makes Ligotti's stories so powerful isn't ...more
Damon
This doesn't warrant much discussion. Pretty generic "psychological horror". Nice enough art, including some Lolos, but not a lot of substance.
Jon
I learned that I would probably prefer the orginal stories than the comic book treatments.
Joe
Bleh. Some decent art but not scary or interesting.
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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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